Posted by: bellissimanh | February 2, 2009

Memory Monday and a Plea for Prayer

 

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Before getting into my memory passage for this week, there are some prayer concerns that are heavy on my heart. I share them with you so that you can join me in prayer for these families.

First, there’s baby Cora.  She is nine months old and has cancer. She has surgery recently and seemed to be doing very well when they noticed that the incision was weeping. They took her back into surgery to discover that the cancer was rapidly regrowing. Cora just finished a 72-hour round of chemo and now her family awaits results. This will be a long day for them… please pray. Here are some praises and concerns from The Macs…

PRAISE

-That Cora made it through the first chemo treatment safely

-That she is resting and is more comfortable now

-That the swelling in her body has mostly gone down

-For all of the support that we have had from family and friends

PRAYER

-That God would heal our little Cora

-That she would get back to breathing on her own soon

-For wisdom for the doctors as they continue to make decions about Cora’s treatment

-For strength as we face each new day and challenge

-That the test results would show it to be the “better” type of cancer

 You may also visit their blog at http://themcclenahans.blogspot.com/ to read current updates and to leave a message of encouragement or a prayer. Please, let’s come together as the body of Christ and love on this family as they walk through this trial. When Jasmine was in the hospital, I kept an online journal much like the one the Macs have set up. It was an extreme encouragement to me to see all of the prayers that were going up on behalf of my baby girl… please, blanket this family with prayer and join me in supporting them in this difficult time.

 Please also pray for the Wootton family. Their struggle has lasted longer than Cora’s, and also needs prayer and attention. In November of 2003, Joy Wootton was administered an incorrect therapy for leukemia — in her spine. She is now paralyzed from her collar bones to her toes. While she has made great strides, and the Lord has worked some amazing things in the midst of her journey, Joy has recently been readmitted to the hospital due to a case of pneumonia. Times are tough. Please read about their story HERE, and pray for them as well. They have a Yahoo Group (third link down) you can sign up for to receive periodic updates on Joy’s condition.

 I have been so blessed by these two families. As I read their updates, the Lord just shines through them brilliantly. It’s as though when the pressure increases, the aroma of Christ is expressed even more fragrantly than before. I have learned so much from them, and their updates in themselves serve to minister to all who read them. The way they cling to Scripture, lean their full weight upon the Lord, and walk boldly forward, trusting Him completely to work out their circumstances for their good and His glory… it’s an amazing testament to the power of Christ in a Spirit-filled life.  I’m amazed at Jesus in them.

 On to Memory Monday…  my verses for today were Psalm 119:41-44, but I’ll start with the fifth stanza, verse 33.

 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding and I shall keep Your law. Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness.

 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things and revive me in Your way. Establish Your Word to Your servant who is devoted to fearing You. Turn away my reproach which I dread, for Your judgments are good. Behold I long for Your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness.

 Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD — Your salvation according to Your Word. So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I have kept Your Word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in Your ordinances. So shall I keep Your law continually, forever and ever. 

 And for this next week, I’ll work on v. 45-48:

 “And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts. I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes.”

 What are you memorizing? How is the Lord using it to minister to you?

 Please don’t forget to pray for Baby Cora and for Joy — and their families. Let’s storm the gates of heaven on behalf of these sweet girls. Thank you.

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Responses

  1. I’ve been praying for baby Cora and will keep doing so, and Joy, too….

    This hasn’t been a good week for memorizing verses!! We’ll see how it goes!!

    First, what he’s teaching me? Well, just a constant reminder that, yes, this walk with God does at times mean suffering!! I hope that if I am ever called to REALLY suffer just b/c I’m a Christian I’ll be brave enough!

    Well, starting at 2:1

    Therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
    The things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit to faithful men that the may be able to teach others also.
    Therefore, my son, endure hardness as a good solider of Jesus Christ,
    for no man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who has called him to be a soldier.
    If a man strive for masteries, is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully?
    The husbandman that labors must be first partaker of the fruits.
    Consider what I say, and the Lord give you understanding in all things.
    Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel
    Wherein I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even unto bonds, but the word of God is not bound.
    Therefore, I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they also may find salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
    (ack – so I had to cheat on that one a little bit)
    It is a faithful saying, if we be dead with him, we shall also live with Him
    If we suffer, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us.
    If we believe not, he abides faithful, he cannot deny himself.

    You’re doing super Heather!! What a great set of verses – you can see how much David loved God’s word!!!

  2. I was glad to hear how you were encouraged via Jasmine’s online journal. I recently left a message on someone’s journal that my family knows only distantly and I felt kind of funny about doing so but hopefully this family will feel the encouragement that you describe here.

    So many needs. Our prayer journal is overflowing.

    Kate

  3. Praying for Cora and Joy with a trusting and glad heart.

    My memory verse is Phillipians 7-8. I am going to try and moerize the book this year–2 verses a week. So far so good!

    Love and prayers for you, too!
    Holly


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