5.16.2011

This Post is for You

I want to share an email with all of you who have been prayer warriors on Lucy's behalf.  I received it from a family friend and as I read it I was amazed and taken aback by her ability to convey such an incredible message.  God truly must have been working in her heart (and fingers) as she wrote in painstaking details what He has laid on her heart. 

I share this to receive no accolades on my part, but rather to prove to you what a critical role each of you plays in Lucy's fight to beat her cancer.  You can never stop praying.  Not because I selfishly want your prayers, but because I NEED them.  We need them.  Lucy needs them.  Please read the following with an open heart and I hope that you will be impacted the way I was. 


*****Kate, I try not to write very often b/c I know you are inundated w/ emails and everything else, but I just had to let you know again that I am still holding my arms up with Lucy in them to the Lord!!! It reminds me of the passage in the Bible where, as long as Moses kept his arms held up with the staff of God in his hand, the Israelites prevailed. But when he got so tired of holding them up, his friends, Aaron and Hur, held them up for him! WOW!!! That's you Kate, and Lucy, and Erik! We are all holding Lucy up to the Lord, and you and Erik as well! But we know you and Erik are holding her up too, so when your arms "get tired", we are there for you holding, propping and doing whatever it takes to bring that precious baby thru this!!!!!!!!

Please pardon my paraphrase of Exodus 17:8-5: but in verse 9 it starts out w/, "So Moses said to Joshua, 'Go out and choose men for us'...Kate, you and Erik have been "choosing your men"...(friends, prayer warriors)...all your lives leading up to this event!!! And now it is our turn to do what the Lord has called us to do!It is my privilege to be a part of praying and holding my arms up, w/ Lucy in them, to the Lord!

This passage goes on to say in verse 12, "but Moses' (you and Erik) hands were heavy, so Joshua and Hur supported his arms, one on one side and one on the other, thus his hands were steady". That's why the Lord has put in your lives so many strong, grounded, good Christian friends and family! Some new friends as we all know, and praise God for that, and some old friends, who had no idea that when she prayed you through high school, I'd be praying your daughter through the absolute toughest time of her little life!
And then there's verse 13 "So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people (we both know who the Bible is referring to there) with the edge of the sword!  Girl we are just gonna overwhelm that cancer in Jesus Name!

Now, the one that really is crazy is what verse 14 says; "Then the Lord said to Moses, "Write out a book as a memorial, and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under the heaven" in Jesus name girl, God's got this!! I took out the word "Amalek" in that last verse and put "cancer" and we're just gonna claim it in Jesus Name!

AND THEN...Write out a BOOK!  That's what you are doing on your blog! ****

So, that's the paraphrase of her email.  I have to stop and say that I am in NO way comparing myself or any member of my family to the amazing men in the Bible.  I do ask that you take these words at face value and think about how they apply to our lives and the role you play in it.  Do you even understand how important you all are to us?  To the plan God has laid before us?  We are grateful for each of you, those we have met and those around the world that have become champions for Lucy even though you don't know her personally. 

I am making a promise to continue to do my part.  I will keep writing on my blog, allowing each of you to be a part of Lucy's journey, the good and the bad.  Our lives are an open book right now.  We are just asking for you to do your part and continue to lift her and us up in prayer as we go along. 

We are so thankful and humbled that you would want to pray for Lucy and our family.  Many of you will never, ever know us personally but have chosen to love us and pray for us none the less.  What an amazing lesson in humility this has been for us.  There are days when we are too tired, too weak and too full of fear and doubt to pray for ourselves.  Some days the words just won't come.  On those days we are grateful for the prayers of our friends who are filling in the gaps for us.   Together, we make a mighty team.  A force to reckon with.  Our God can and will do mighty things as long as we never take our eyes off of him. 

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32 comments:

  1. Hi Kate,
    What a wonderful email to receive with such a powerful word from God! I am in tears reading this.

    I promise I will not stop praying for Lucy and your family it is a privilege to be able to pray for you all.

    Praising God and praying,
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  2. Wow, what an awesome email your friend sent you. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. Whenever I pray for your family in the days ahead, I will have the picture of fellow believers holding up the arms of you and Eric with Lucy in them. Powerful...

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  3. WOW! Love this post!
    I know I will never know you personally and it's not about that at all. It's so much more than that! God has purposely laid Lucy and your family on my heart and I do not have any doubts about that. Praying fervently for Lucy and her COMPLETE healing! God has worked miracles in front of my eyes this year and I know Lucy will be another one!

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  4. Kate,

    I also am in tears reading this. I am one of those people that has not met you personally, and I probably never will. That does not stop me from holding your journey close to my heart. I agree with your friend... you were chosen by God to raise such an amazing child of GOD. I truly believe it takes very special people to deal with the kind of stress and hardship your family has had to endure. Your young Lucy is so pure that the Lord has chosen her for this "special" mission. She has and will continue to turn many people to God. As I read your blog, I continue to be amazed at the "BLESSING" it must be for you to be a part of her amazing life.

    I will continue to pray for your family.

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  5. I just wanted to write in to say how much of an inspiration Lucy's story has been to me. I am also going through a health crisis, and to see how strong this little girl is has been really inspirational and there is nothing like seeing how God is working in your lives! In many ways I feel like our stories have paralleled one another, as Lucy's bad days seem to line up with mine and same with the good! One of the problems I am dealing with is a severe B12 deficiency and when I read about Lucy's nutritional deficiencies I had tears in my eyes. It is evident to me how God is working through this blog to give me, as well as many others I'm sure, strength to deal with our problems.

    I am always praying for Lucy and I believe that God will do great things with her life. When you've dealt with cancer, you can deal with anything! Lucy is going to do great things with her life, I have no doubt! Sending prayers and hope for continued healing! Thank you so much for letting others be a part of your journey. Your family is an inspiration to many.

    God Bless and GO LUCY GO!

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  6. We are holding Lucy up here in Alabama and will continue to do so as long as we need to. You have touched so many people with your words and taught me to hold my children a little tighter. We will be praying relentlessly for Lucy and your family. God is writing Lucy's story and I have no doubt it has a happy ending!!

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  7. Wow!!! A wonderful reminder how EACH AND EVERY situation of our lives is written about in His book! Thankful to be a prayer warrior for your family. And yes we may never meet on this side of heaven, but I pray that some day I will meet your precious family. I thank you for sharing your faith and your family with us. You are inspiring, and encourage me to walk closer with our Lord. God bless you!!!!

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  8. What a beautiful image of prayer warriors holding up Lucy and your family. Thank you so much for sharing that letter.

    I am so honored to be able to be a prayer warrior for your family during this time.
    Several months ago so many people came along side me and my family in a time of need. I personally know how powerful a community of believers praying for something can be.

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  9. Praise the Lord! I will continue to pray for Lucy and your family. I too consider it a privilege to pray for your family. Keep the faith!

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  10. Amen!!! I love the word picture of us helping to hold up your arms. We will continue to do just that, Kate. When you are worn out and can no longer stand, know that you have God's people praying for your baby girl.

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  11. i am praying for sweet little lucy!!!

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  12. Kate,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have added the "pray for Lucy" button to my blog. I feel so strongly about praying for Lucy, you, and the rest of your family.

    I also wrote a post on my blog about You and Lucy. Please do not feel like you have to read it. I just wanted you to know...

    http://alastingfootprint.blogspot.com/2011/05/lifting-others-up-in-prayer.html

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  13. What an absolutely WONDERFUL and POWERFUL message. I pray that the love from everyone around the world continues to carry you guys!

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  14. Not that we needed more motivation to pray...Lucy is enough...but that sure was inspirational! Love, Laura

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  15. What a wonderful, uplifting email! I agree with her, we will support your arms when they are tired. I have never met you or your family even though I am here in Tipton County, but I pray for that precious girl and read your blog every single day. You all have sooooooooo many supporters and I just know with all of us praying that Lucy will beat this! Love, hugs, and prayers always!

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  16. All I can say is, wow. Why wow? Because lately, when I've been praying for Lucy, I visualize holding her up to be closer to God. So, like I said, wow.

    And of course, always, always praying. God bless you all.

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  17. That is awesome! We are continuing to pray daily and each night with our night night prayers that Lucy will be completely healed! We love you guys!

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  18. Wow! I am reading your post with tears running down my face. What an amazing comparison to the Word your friend has written about in her email.
    I, too, picture myself holding Lucy up when you write that you have fallen to the floor in tears or to pray. In a situation like yours, a community of prayer warriors and God's calming presence is the source of Lucy's, and you and Erik's strength.
    Kate, my belief in miracles and the power of a Christian witness are evident in your family's journey and the wide readership of this blog.

    When you are weary, I will gladly lift your baby girl up to God and pray for her complete healing.....
    Love, Jenny Underwood

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  19. What an amazing woman of God. And yes there are prayer warriors around the world holding up Lucy. I will continue to do my part in KY and lifting Lucy up to the lord. This cancer is BEAT!!! Rhea Anne

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  20. Kate, I have not left a comment previously but started reading Lucy's story shortly after her diagnosis. We have been and will continue to pray for God's hand to be on her healing and recovery and for your entire family. Your family friend is spot on and what a wonderful thing to read. Bless you all from Michigan,
    Karen

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  21. Hey,
    You don't know me, and I don't know you...but I came across your blog and it touched my heart.
    I was recently diagnosed with a grade 4 Glioblastoma and given two years to live.
    I am a father. My kids are 4 years, 2years and 4 months old.
    I wanted you to know that I will be keeping you in my prayers and I am sure that my wife will follow your blog as well.
    Our God can do amazing things...I guess that is it.
    We will be praying from TN.
    -Josh

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  22. I have been following your blog faithfully for a couple of months. I am so grateful for your honesty and grateful that God has used you and Lucy to bring great perspective to my own life. Every time my 4 month old wakes in the middle of the night, I pray for Lucy and thank God for allowing me to be a mother. I will continue to pray!

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  23. I have been following your blog for a while now, and I feel your pain with every word you write. I added you and your family to my prayer list a long time ago. Holding my arms up in Texas. God Bless you all.

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  24. FYI-You can have your blog printed into a book... later when you are celebrating Lucy's battle with cancer, it may be a wonderful reminder of how much God has done in her life.

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  25. WOW!! What a beautiful post....I don't know your family buy I have and will continue to pray for your little Lucy and your family. Blessings to you all from Pennsylvania.

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  26. Praying with the same heart I would pray if it was one of my boys!!

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  27. Kate - although you & I have never met, I want to thank you for letting us be on this journey with you and your beautiful family. We will continue to lift Lucy up in prayer from Grand Rapids Michigan!

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  28. The Shaver family (Andrea-mom, Scott-dad, Alexa 9, Rylie 6, Brayden 4 and Teigan 16 months) in Oregon loves Lucy and is praying for her and her family as well. Thank you for letting us enter your lives through this blog. I hope you can feel the prayers and love we are sending your way.

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  29. Sold. I don't pray, well, not often enough, but I will ... for Lucy. I just read your whole story, and while being swallowed in my own despair, I feel in control when I think about becoming a part of your team. So thank you ...

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