Monday, July 21, 2008

~Gift of Prayer~

Most of you who’ve been to my blog know that my younger sister has been fighting an aggressive brain cancer since November 13, 2007. We have seen God’s hand at work in many ways since then. It is a desire that God will be given the Praise and Glory for EVERYTHING, as well as Jan having the support and love as she fights this cancer.

Jan’s blog was set up so that family and friends could check on her progress, as well as a place where prayer requests could be listed and to all Honor God.

I had created my blog in May of 2007, but never posted anything until last December. It is my desire that my blog not be about me, but one that reflects and honors Him.

Over the last several months I’ve asked prayer many times for Jan. There have been many who have come along side as we PRAYED AND PRAISED God. Prayer is very powerful! I’ve said many times in the last few months, “There is no better gift than the gift of prayer.”

In Matthew 18:20 NIV it says, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." The Message puts it a bit differently, "Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I'll be there."

Anytime we Praise and Honor God satan gets angry! In saying this, over the last 8 months or so there are many occasions where Satan has been angry because of the actions taken to Praise and Honor God. It is satan’s goal to beat us down or set us up for failure. He has been attacking in many different ways. Even though God is walking with us, or maybe I should say God is carrying us, I(we) are human and it is hard not to get caught up, hurt and/or frustrated by these attacks on us by satan.

Satan is using these attacks to try to get our focus off of God. We know that we CAN’T give satan this power. But, as I said above, I(we) are human and its hard not to become involved or troubled by the circumstances. Satan has a way of causing worry, doubt, and question (just to name a few) to creep in our minds.

In saying all this, I would ask that you pray for Jan as she fights this cancer. I would also ask that you pray for OUR FAMILY that we will stand STRONG and FIRM in our belief. We have been blessed with the “gift of prayer” by so many. Pray that we will Honor God in all we do.

We spent the majority of the day in the hospital with our Mom. She woke up quite early; when she got out of bed she experienced left chest and back pain. We thought it best to have this checked. We were very fortunate that she was able to have all the many tests performed today. Everything on her heart has checked out with NO PROBLEMS, so she didn't have to stay overnight. It is possible she could have done something to her back. So, in saying that, I would like you to join me in Praising God for good results today and that this is something minor, such as a pulled muscle or THAT IT IS NOTHING. Update: Tonight this area where she was experiencing pain is very SORE.

I have been richly blessed to have you walk beside me (so to speak) and especially by all the prayers you have offered on my behalf and for my family.

Thank You!



Darlene said...

So glad everything turned out okay with your mom. I know how scary it can be when your mom is sick and going down.
You are right about Satan's attacks. We must not give in..we must keep pressing on. We have had so many attacks during the last several weeks and I struggle at times. Thankfully God is right by my side lifting me up.
Praying for you now.

Krista said...

I just prayed for your mom, your sister and your family. I know that God will hear our prayers and will bless your family beyond your wildest imagination!

Hoping in Faith,

Tracy said...

So sorry to hear your Mom had to endure that scare! So glad it turned out to be ok. It's an honor to lift you, Jan, your Mom and entire family in prayer, my friend, particularly that your faith stays strong no matter the trial. You're so right...we can't ever stop praying and praising, and we MUST keep our focus on Christ.

Know that your precious heart shines through your blog. It is so clearly reflective of your love and honor to the Lord. (Makes those awards even more special, doesn't it?)

You are a precious blessing to so many. My heart rejoices in the precious faith friend you are, and the work God is doing through you. (Congratulations!)


Paula (SweetPea) said...

Cheryl, I'm fairly new to this journey of yours and your sisters. I just stopped and prayed for Jan. Cancer is such a nasty infection upon our bodies and hearts. However, we have a God greater than any cancer. We know He is the great Physician and Healer.

May the faith in your heart continue to grow stronger. May Jesus be revealed in this fight for all to see and bow at the knee in praise of Him.
In His Grip,

Laurie Ann said...

I'm still praying for Jan and for your family, Cheryl. When we are active in prayer, Satan does try to trip us up, that's for sure! I will pray for your family's protection as you continuously go before God's throne on behalf of Jan. I am praying God will be praised as He thwarts the enemy's purpose and as He works mightily in Jan's life. Hugs & Love, Laurie Ann

Peggy said...

Thank You Cheryl! Praying & checking back daily!

Lord Jesus, We give You Praise for all good results and continue to ask You for favor on this family!
This road is a long and tough one but we are assured that all Your Promises are true and we claim & stand on them. the enemy has no power over this family: maother, Jan, Cheryl, cousin, friend(s)-Joyce...etc. you are defeated satan and we take the authority of Jesus Christ over you and any problem you may be trying to cause.
Holy Spirit, we ask for You to release Your strength, wisdom, protection, comfort and any power
You can over Cheryl's family, especially this soreness still...
that You bringing healing and soothe this pain in Jesus Name. And we give You all Glory, Honor and Praise for each step toward victory for Jan and now her mom!

Bless you Cheryl!!! Peggy
over this situation

Jenn_N_Luc said...

Hi there lady! Sooo glad to hear your mom is ok. Praying for her pain to be completely gone soon. Praying also for Jan and always praying for you!!

Christina said...

I am praying for your mom and of course for Jan and your family. My sister will have her test tomorrow and it seems like that and a few other relatives with health problems have been piling on one after another so I know how it feels to be under attack from the enemy. But we will stand together in prayer and defeat him. We will remain strong until the end of these battles.