Mom’s Journey – Chapter 1

October 13, 2005

Mom and Dad at Silver Dollar City

I feel it very necessary to tell this important piece of the story of Mom’s journey with cancer. This is how it all begins and it is imperative that those praying know this and pray this with us.

Back in July when Mom started feeling bad, we had decided to take off to Branson for a weekend trip. She didn’t even know if she felt like going but decided to make the trip anyway. We had a really fun time at Silver Dollar City and doing some fun things around the town even though Mom really felt awful. She was a real trooper, even walking all those hills at Silver Dollar City!

In the middle of the night, she had got up to go to the bathroom and just wasn’t feeling well. She grabbed the Gideon’s Bible there in the room and thought she would read Psalm 119. Her and my Dad had been going through a study on the Word of God and she thought that would be appropriate. As she read, her mind kept being drawn to the Psalm next to it , the 118th Chapter. There in that version there was a verse set apart from the rest and it said “You shall not die, but you shall live to declare the glories of the Lord.” This verse arrested her and she felt that God was speaking this verse to her. She felt this so much that the next morning when she got up she told my Dad, “I don’t know what this means but I really feel like God told me this last night!”. He of course read the verse and jokingly said “Well good, I am glad you aren’t going to die.”

They had NO idea what was coming in the days ahead. . . .but, God did!

We believe and know that God does intervene in our lives. He wants to bring glory to himself through our meager existence. Our lives do matter and how we live them matters. We don’t know what the days ahead will bring but we know Who does. None of us know the number of our days, but we know Who does. Jesus is Supreme! He CAN heal, bring comfort, joy, peace and walk with us in the midst of our circumstances.

We hope that as you pray and think about my Mom, that the Lord Jesus will draw you close to his heart. That you will experience peace in your circumstances. We ask that you pray Psalm 118:17 with us and believe that God is going to do a miraculous work in her life. Just watch!!

Psalm 118:15-19
The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord.
The Lord has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, And I will praise the Lord.

I am printing off all your encouraging words for mom! Thanks for them!



3 responses to Mom’s Journey – Chapter 1

  1. I have been praying that verse for Judy, since you told me about it. Isn’t God good to give us His promises to stand on when tough times hit. What hope and encouragement he gives!

    I know it must be so hard to wake up each morning and not feel well. I’ve been praying against depression. May the Lord God be the lifter of Judy’s head.

  2. I read this today and thought it was so good! I love the Message version of scripture.

    Psalm 42 (the message)

    A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek;
    I want to drink God,
    deep draughts of God.
    I’m thirsty for God–alive.

    I wonder, “Will I ever make it–
    arrive and drink in God’s presence?”
    I’m on a diet of tears–
    tears for breakfast, tears for supper.
    All day long
    people knock at my door,
    “Where is this God of yours?”

    These are the things I go over and over,
    emptying out the pockets of my life.
    I was always at the head of the worshiping crowd,
    right out in front,
    Leading them all,
    eager to arrive and worship,
    Shouting praises, singing thanksgiving–
    celebrating, all of us, God’s feast!

    Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
    Why are you crying the blues?
    Fix my eyes on God–
    soon I’ll be praising again.
    He puts a smile on my face.
    He’s my God.

    When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse
    everything I know of you,
    From Jordan depths to Hermon heights,
    including Mount Mizar.

    Chaos calls to chaos,
    to the tune of whitewater rapids.
    Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers
    crash and crush me.

    Then GOD promises to love me all day,
    sing songs all through the night!
    My life is God’s prayer.

    I have been praying against depression, too, Jules. Thanks!!

  3. I love that translation. I’d like to have The Message and the Amplified translations. The most comtemporary translation I have is the New Living. I do my main reading out of the NIV. James prefers the New King James. I’m rambling… That’s worth copying off.