Monday, December 13, 2010

Shared Victory!

Mom said that one of the first things that I said after finding out that I had a brain tumor was, "It's going to be fine. I can do it. But, I'm just so tired." Certainly, I don't remember saying this, because I barely remember a thing from those 48 hours surrounding the seizures. It's all a big 'ole blur.

I was thinking about instances in the Bible that could give me encouragement to stand strong, even when exhaustion sets in. You know by now that there is nothing special about Lindsey. I do NOT have any unique gifts or powers that allow me handle this situation. So, without the constant provision from God Most High, I am doomed to crater from the situation in which I've found myself.

Immediately, the Lord took me to Exodus 17. If you are familiar with Bible stories, I'm sure you know what happened in Exodus 17. But, I'll give you my quick version. Read it for yourself to get the exact wording.

Basically, Moses and the Israelites found themselves in a major war. Moses sent out Joshua and other men to fight against the Amalekites. However, God gave Moses a unique fighting tactic. He was to climb a mountain and raise His staff to the heavens. As long as he did this, the Israelites were victorious. But, soon Moses' arms grew tired, and he lowered his staff, causing the Amalekites to gain the upperhand. Soon, his arms became so tired that he physically couldn't hold them up, so Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on and literally held up his arms for him. They held his arms steady until sunset. As a result, Moses and Israelites were victorious in the war!

After the war was over, God commanded Moses to make a permanent record of the victory. The Lord promised to erase the memory of the Amalekites for all generations. Moses built an altar and named it, "The Lord is my Banner!"

And, here's a little photo to give you a visual of the situation. A picture's worth a thousand words.

There were so many encouragements in this passage. First, I couldn't help but praise God for you guys, my wonderful blog readers. I've told you over and over again what an immense blessing you are to me, but you are more than that. You are my Aaron and Hur. You are holding me up when I just physcially can't do it on my own. You are wading through the muddy trenches with me. We are sharing this journey.

And, I also considered the staff. Why a staff? What's so special about a staff? But then, I happened to remember some past studies that I did on shepherds' staffs, and the things that they symbolize.

  1. They are a sign of work/livelihood. In this case, Moses was literally saying, "God, here are my livelihood, my skill set, my talents, my abilities. And yet, I'm going to lose this thing without your sustainment. Father, take ALL I have here, and bring about your victory."
  2. They are a tool of loving correction. When a sheep strays from the path, the shepherd uses the staff to gently return it to the flock. In this scenario, God called Moses to surrender his path to God's path. Moses could've been crying out, "Lord, I don't know where to go or how to lead these people. Please take this instrument of guidance and LEAD us with your gentle care."
  1. Staffs are a method of steadiness. When walking along rocky hills and rolling mountains, the shepherds used their staffs steady their balance. I can picture Moses saying, "God, we are hanging in the balance here. We MUST have your steadiness, or we're going to fall on our face!"

It's so nice to know that "all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16). It applies today, so let's hide it in our hearts.

And, I want to challenge you today. I KNOW that many of you out there are going through your own challenges and trials. I KNOW that God is doing miraculous and mighty things in your hearts and changing your lives. I KNOW that some of you are hurting, and you need our prayers. I desperately want this blog to be the Lord's, not Lindsey's. I'm so unimportant in all of this. And, I want it to be a forum of discipleship and intercession. So, here are some rules for today. And, you know I'm a teacher at heart, and it makes us happy when people follow rules. :)

  1. Leave a comment. I happen to have access to statistical data on this blog, and I'm aware of about 600-800 of you who never de-lurk from the shadows. We want to know who is in our circle of intercession and fellowship. We want to bear each other's burdens and PRAY for each other. Please, if you are reading this post, just leave a quick comment. It can even be anonymous. Just say, "HI!". Please and thank you. :)
  2. If you have a prayer need in your life, let us know about it. I hate that I'm always the one laying out my prayer requests, and I hardly ever have the opportunity to intercede for you. Again, leave it anonymously. But, this is a place of sincere intercession.
  3. Know that I truly care about each and every one, and that is my only reason for asking you to stop stalking, and let us form a spiritual army for the Lord, just like Moses and Aaron and Hur.

And, last but not least (sorry for the super long post!), here are my prayer concerns for today~

  • Pray for Brian, that God would give him rest, refreshing, and endurance to withstand under extreme stress. I can't even imagine being in that man's shoes - new job, wife with cancer who can't drive, sold a house and moved, new car, lost a dog, loss of an income, increased medical expense. All in 2 week's time. But, you know he's handling it with the same captivating, quiet strength that he handles every challenge.

  • My doctors have decided to send me to MD ANDERSON in Houston, TX for further consultation. This requires travel and overnight stays and mucho dinero! Certainly, we trust the Lord 100% for His perfect provision. He's proven it numerous times, and we're confident He'll do it again.

  • Treatment - You know, at some point you start feeling like a science experiment. Pray God's hand on my doctors and all who make treatment decisions for me. I keep telling them that I'm so glad that my hope is in the God's healing power (and not them). You can imagine how happy that makes them! :) But, it's the truth. It's hard to sign up for a debilitating treatment when you're very healthy (other than the cancer, of course :)

  • Pray God's protection over my mind. Just like before, I feel that this battle is far more spiritual than it is medical. I need God's safeguarding on my mind. Satan has a way of sneaking in when I least expect it. Pray that I will take every thought captive.

  • And, pray for Josh and Lauren. I'm still in awe of the sacrifce that they've made for us. Pray that God's storehouses of blessing would be opened on them for their extreme generosity.

Well, folks, I think that's all today. Let's try to remember the miraculous power of God Almighty as we go about our days. Let's try to allow Him to spill into every compartment of our lives, knowing that He is fully in control of it all.

Love you!

93 comments:

William, Megan and Avery said...

Hi, Lindsey :)

It's Megan. I went to OBU and found your blog through Whitney. I don't mean to be a lurker, but I read blogs through google reader, so it requires more clicking to leave a comment :)

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm a lurker :) I feel so encouraged reading your postings, it truly is a blessing. I followed a link from Whitney's blog to yours.

Right now, it has been prayers in that my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for some months now.

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I was also encouraged the other day to hear about studies that have been done when people who don't even know you pray for you. You are in my prayers Lindsey!

Amanda said...

Lindsey,
Amanda Lawrence here from Grace ('99). Your journey and faith are so inspirational, and you really have been given a gift with words. I enjoy reading your posts and am standing with you in prayer.

Anonymous said...

I too read blogs through Google reader and so I rarely leave comments - but since you asked, Hi! I'm a lurker :) But a lurker who prays for you daily. And if you could pray for God's guidance as I'm wondering what my next steps in life are, I would appreciate it.

Thanks for sharing the picture today - very cool image.

Snickerman said...

My daughter lead me to your blog a few weeks ago. She is 25, recently married, bought a townhouse and is a school teacher. She sees much of you in her life. She told me your story and gave me your blog address. I am now reading daily and catching up with your past blogs. I so admire the strength of your faith. I go to sleep praying for you and wake up praying for you. Know that you reside in my heart.

Anna said...

Hi! I'm another Google Reader lurker. Sending so many prayers your way! A prayer request I have - my boyfriend has his routine MRI Thursday from a brain tumor 3 years ago. We are trusting that the Lord has healed him completely, for always - the same I pray for you!

The Shabby Princess said...

Hi Lindsey, I found your blog through Whitney. I don't know that I've ever commented before, but, just want you to know that I'm praying for you and your family.

On that note, if we're offering up prayer requests, a prayer that my husband will find a job would be wonderful. He's been unemployed for 23 months (it'll be two years in January, but, I can't even think about that!) and I'm at my wits end with my job, but, obviously cannot leave until we have another income.

Thank you.

Rachel said...

I'm a regular reader (also through Google reader) and rarely comment... I think I found you from Whitney as well.

BUT, I want you to know I am thinking of you and praying for your miraculous recovery. I am inspired at your attitude despite all the trials you are facing and I will keep you in my prayers.

Torchness said...

Hi Lindsey! I'm Lauren, Alex's girlfriend. We read your blog and pray for you all daily!

p.s. You have excellent decorating style.

Di said...

Lindsey, I just love your heart and am so blessed to know you. If you need anything in Houston let me know, including a place to stay, I live about 15-20 min from the medical center, but I work closer and if there is anything I can do for you guys when you're here let me know I would be glad to.

Diane

Painting 4 Him said...

Ah, dear friend, it is such a blessing to read your encouragements for us all to keep putting ourselves out there for each other. I feel like a burden to ask for prayer-when others have so much more going on. But I will, cuz I know you care...I need continued peace of mind and joy to just capture my heart again. This time of mourning mum has been difficult to say the least. My heart aches to talk to her again, to hold her. I knew Christmas could be hard, but I thought surely busyness would help---ahh, I know only God can do this for me...bear my burden with me sister? As I bear yours, many prayers going up for you all constantly--God puts you on my heart moment by moment and it is an honor to press in for you!
Blessings--Vic

Justin & Haley said...

Hi Lindsey! I am a lurker that stumbled upon your blog and now read it daily! Your story is captivating and even though we have never met, you are in my prayers! You are an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing. :)

Sarah said...

Hi Lindsey,
I don't remember how I found your blog initially, but I lived in east Texas for several years prior to moving up to Boston two years ago - so, most likely, through a friend of a friend. :) I'm consistently challenged and encouraged in my faith through the reading of your blog - thanks so much for sharing your story! My greatest personal need at the moment is for employment, as I'm in the process of seeking God's guidance in regards to a career path and am currently between jobs. Lifting you up today!

Allison said...

I'm also a lurker (and have been for a long time!) who doesn't really know you, but on the day that you told us about this brain cancer, I saw a facebook post from my cousin that said "please pray for my friend Lindsey who has been diagnosed with brain cancer," and she had a link to your blog. I had NO idea that she knew you, and she had no idea that I've been reading her friends blog for months and months. What a small world; that has to be a God thing! I'm praying for you every day!

Julie Adams said...

La la la. Here I am with my comment. I've been a stalker of yours for four years now as your friend so I will continue to stalk you forever. I'm so confused because I thought the radiation would be the last of your treatments until and if they find another tumor in the future? Why all this testing and prodding? Well, I don't need to tell you I pray for you because you know I do. I love you very much!!!

A Nerd and A Free Spirit said...

i comment pretty frequently. (-:

~Kathryn

Anonymous said...

Hello! I'm a lurker but I read your blog almost daily and have sent it to other people as well! You truley are an inspiration. Any time I'm havign a rought spot I think of all the blessings you are able to find everyday! You are often in my pryers and I hope nothing for the best for you and your family!

Ashley said...

I'm a lurker and a good friend of the sweet Shelly Tyler! Me, my husband and Sunday School class are all praying for you!

Corey Ann said...

Hi Lindsey -- I am a fellow breast cancer warrior and SO enjoy your blog. Your words seem to keep my mind on track while I am in the midst of my 3rd cancer fight. I was diagnosed at the age of 27 and am now a 32 year old mother of a 4 yr old gorgeous little boy. I am also battling my 2nd recurrence of breast cancer mets to my liver. Thank you for your words that keep me hopeful and full of prayer. Right now, I need prayer for healing most of all.

Lisa said...

I was a previous lurker (aka google reader subscriber) yet your continued journey and inspiration compel me to save your posts for when I am at a computer and can post a comment. In comparison my trials and prayer request are so insignificant but I will share as you have asked. My husband and I both currently have good jobs however they are not taking us in the career path we desired. I pray for peace in the outcome of our job searches that we may find the good in our situation as you always do in yours. Thank you for this great idea and for allowing the rest of us to all pray for each other!

Jess Ogden said...

I'm another google reader lurker! I found your blog via word of mouth. Everyone knows everyone here in Tyler. :-) I've got 2 adopted kiddos with special needs. We read your blog and pray for you daily.

Joel and Cindy said...

Hi! I am also a google-reader-lurker! You have an amazing testimony and I love reading your blog! It's amazing how the "big" things in my life are put into perspective thru certain things (like you). Your attitude is amazing and I am learning so much thru your blog. I hope and pray that I will learn to let things go, and not dwell on things are so ridiculously small in the grand scheme of things. You're helping me to keep my focus Upward, and not to sweat the small things. When "big things" come, you've been a tremendous example of how to handle them. Praying for you and your hubby!

Rebekah said...

Hi Lindsey. I went to OBU and though I don't think we ever met I lived on the same hall as your sister for a couple years and was friends with her. I have been reading your blog for a long time but have never commented though I pray for you often! I want to let you know my whole family lives in Houston and my parents have a huge house with a few guest rooms that are usually empty...so if you need somewhere to stay when you go to MD Anderson please let me know. My email is rebahoo@gmail.com. I mean it! I have a niece with serious health issues and my family knows how great it is to have a nice place to stay when you have hospital and doctor visits.

Forty and Trying to be Fab said...

Hi Lindsey,
I found your blog through Whitney and you have reminded me how important it is to put our trust in the lord. My small community has suffered a tradegy recently and several lives were lost. It has helped me to remember that god is with us and the families always and will help to ease the pain.

Kara said...

Hi Lindey, I'm a new lurker! :) I'm a friend of Leslie's and found your blog through her's. Your blog is beyond inspirational and you are in our prayers daily. I'll share like you asked! We're praying for guidance to know where to lead in home and career next and are just trusting in God to eventually have me home full time! :)

Lindsey said...

Hi, Lindsey! I'm another Lindsey from Florida. I love reading your blog. You provide so much encouragement to me, and I speak of your blog daily to my friends and family. You are in my prayers every evening. I could use some prayers too for my family and I who are about to move from Florida to California. It's so hard letting go of what we believe our plans to be and let God take the control He already has, so I pray that this is at the forefront of my mind. God is driving, not me! Thank you for being such an encouragement to so many people. You are amazing.
Love,
Lindsey

Jeanne said...

Lindsey--we may pray for you (and, what a privilge that is!) but, you MINISTER to us. Thank you for your honesty and transparency. Blessings to you & Brian. Lifting up your requests.
Jeanne

Cindy Hooser said...

I was introduced to your blog thru a friend. I have been praying for you since you were first diagnosed. I know your mom as she is married to my ex-brother-in-law. I pray for you and Brian daily and will continue to do so. God is using you in a mighty way and I pray many blessings on you in the days to come.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lindsey-I have commented a few times but more often than not I lurk(sorry)! Your blog has really made a difference in my life. Because of you, I have started reading the Bible and living my life with much more intention. You and your husband and family are always in my prayers! Thank you for your blog!

Lori Cooper said...

Lindsey, Lindsey, Lindsey, since the day I met you at work ( I think we were getting ready for our first Kids Camp together) I have loved you. I liked that you were the most straight-forward, tell-it-like-it-is person I have ever met. You know so much and you are an excellent teacher (not just to kiddos)! I have learned and continue to learn so much from you! As you can tell by reading all these comments, your life is such a walking testimony for the Lord. Everyone that reads your blog walks away inspired and uplifted! And that man of yours, what a blessing from God! Praying for you and your whole crew! Praising Him for the healing I know He is going to provide to you!!!!
Love, Lori

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm a lurker as well. Thanks for being so open about your life, and for inspiring me! -- Amanda

c said...

Hi Lindsey,

I've commented before, and as I've said before I love reading your blog. I find it inspirational, and I'm always amazed at how God shows up in such a big way in every situation. Thank you for sharing your life and your journey.

Courtney

Anonymous said...

Hi Lindsey!

I found your blog through Kristin Skaggs' facebook and have been reading for months. I am a teacher in Tyler ISD (second grade too!) so I felt a connection to you when you posted about your class from last year. Just want to tell you we are praying for you and thank you for letting God use you in such an incredible, inspirational way...you are such a blessing to so many people who haven't even personally met you!

Melissa M. said...

Hi! I'm a lurker from Washington. I enjoy reading your blog. I pray for you often and have a greater appreciation for my circumstances and the power of God thanks to you!

God bless!
Melissa

McKinney Mumblings & Munchkins said...

Lindsey, be encouraged that you have so many "fans"....we love you and are carrying you, some of us through prayer and some more hands on. You are so very blessed and teaching us all along the way. I share your joy in your recent (huge!) praises...God is so very, very good!

Much Love,
Julie
(Dale and Judy's next door neighbor...aka, huge follower of your blog!)

Bethany said...

I'm not a complete lurker since I've commented a few times before. : ) I can't imagine being as faith-filled and gracious as you have been if I was in your shoes. I pray for you often!

Prayers for some stressful upcoming months at my job would be appreciated. Also, more importantly, a student at the college where I work was in a serious car accident on Nov. 7 and is still in a coma. We only have 80 students so this has had a huge affect on our campus. Her name is Karissa, and you can visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/karissayoder to find out more.

Elizabeth said...

"Be not dismayed by this great multitude
(i interpret 'great multitude' as being
overwhelming and seemingly
hopeless circumstances),
for the battle is not yours but God's".
2 Chronicles 20:20

praying for you

Sarah said...

Always praying for you in TN...think of you & Brian often b/c I can relate to your stage of life so well. I cannot imagine surrendering everything yall have surrendered these past few years. And you have done it with such grace. God is continually using you for His glory. Thanks for pointing your readers to Him always. Sarah in TN

Jessa R. said...

hello - i followed a link from Whitney's blog - and your faith is such a source of encouragement. i will be praying for you.

i pray that my mom finds peace in her heart (and some comfort from the loneliness) after losing my dad unexpectedly 3 years ago.

thank you for sharing the Biblical verses!

Gemma said...

Hi, Lindsey!

My name is Gemma. I found your blog through Whitney's blog, and I've been lurking ever since ;)

You are constantly in my thoughts and always in my prayers. My God Bless your husband. What a wonderful man you have there.

Shandra said...

Hello Lindsey
I am Shandra and I work with sweet Lauren. I just love her. Just know that I read your blog daily and pray for you. God is always in control no matter what.

Anonymous said...

Lindsey -

Having had "terminal" cancer twice (once 33 years ago (!) and once five years ago (ALL CLEAR for five years since - YAY!) I can bear witness that cancer is as much if not more a mental battle as it is a physical battle.

Align your medical warriors (doctors, labs, nurses, technicians) whom you have ABSOLUTE faith in. Then let them do what they do best. That leaves you free to do what you do best: BE with GOD. It is the mental part that is yours to deal with. I know you know.

YOU ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT MEMBER OF YOUR MEDICAL TEAM. THE MIND HOLDS MORE POWER THAN ANY DOCTOR.

I am thrilled you'll be going to MD Anderson - it WILL all work out. I made plans (after my last diagnosis of lung cancer five years ago) to go to treatment that would not be covered by insurance (it was in a foreign country) and would cost $40,000.00 - $50,000.00 out of pocket. I even booked my airline ticket (last minute - over $3,000.00) not knowing how I'd pay once I arrived at the clinic.

But I KNEW! I knew it would work out. And of course it did. And here I am, five years in the CLEAR! It WILL work out for you as well.

BELIEVE. KNOW. And go forth with nary a doubt. Fear will tell you how it will be. Yet fear doesn't know. Fear lies. Banish it the minute it raises its ugly head.

You do the mental part. Let the doctors and medical team do the medical part. And we, your prayer warriors, have got your back round the clock.

You're covered Dear Heart. All the way, you're covered.

And loved mightily.

Barbara

Allison said...

Hey Lindsey!

This is Allison Wilbanks (Burkhart). Your blog is the only one I have ever read faithfully, and it has blessed my life immensely.

I pray for you faithfully and think of you often. God is using you so much through this struggle, and I feel proud to know you.

grandmama'hart said...

I am Erin (Hart) Kern's mom and have prayed for you often, from things Erin would share from your blog. You are a brave young lady, to be greatly admired. Thank you for the lessons learned from today's blog!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am a lurker and also found your blog through Whitney. You are such a strong soul.

danielle said...

We went to OBU together, although, I am not sure we ever met. I found your blog through Whitney and Elizabeth. My cousin is currently getting treatment at MD Anderson.. she has Stage 4 brain cancer, I am sure she would love to talk with you.. if you need to talk to someone who understands completely what you are going through! My husband and I are praying for you, and believe that God is using you in great ways!

Norma said...

Hi Sweet Friend! Rejoicing with you and praying for you and Brian and family daily! LOVE YOU!!! (I keep hoping I'll run into you again! Looked around Drug Emp for you today! HEE HEE)

Jeze said...

OK, fine.

I love the story of Moses, Aaron, and Hur (And really? Why don't people name their baby boys Hur? I mean, come on, folks. That right there is a perfectly good Old Testament name just waiting to make the top 100 list of boys' names 2011.).

I should confess that while most days I make sure to include your specific requests, my most frequent prayer for you is for healing here and now. Right here. Right now.

As for me? I'm being challenged in ways I never imagined, spiritually, mentally, emotionally. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just a way-out-of-my-comfort-zone thing. I need grace. Lots and lots and lots of grace.

And for Cliff Lee to make a stinking decision already.

Beauty From Ashes said...

Lindsey,
It's been a while since I've commented, so i guess I'm more of a "lurker." But I love to read your posts- real, fresh, encouraging. The verse that I think of for you right is this: "I will not die but live and tell of what the Lord has done." Psalm 118:17. Oh, what you have to tell- all the Lord has the done in you and through you.

As for my prayer request, just that I would be focused on the Lord as I wait on Him. I'm in a definite season of waiting and I don't want to miss what He's showing me during this time. I'm the last of my friends to be married and 30 is quickly approaching the horizon- I love my life and all that He is doing, but still yearn for that missing piece. Praying for you!

Alison said...

Hello, Lindsey! I, too, am a "lurker." Your blog/journey is one that I visit on an almost daily basis. I am a 1st grade teacher so I love to identify with you through that. I am also a believer and love our Savior. Your journey has been one that I often tell others about. Your faith has inspired me and also challenged me. I thank you for that. Please know that you are prayed for daily by myself and my mother-in-law. You have blessed both of us! :)

(My father received a cure during his time in Houston at M.D. Anderson. Those doctors hold a special place in my heart! I am praying that God would begin to prepare them, the doctors, even before you arrive in their care!)

Martha said...

Hi Lindsey! I've been praying for you and just want to say that you are such an inspiration! I knew Ashley and Brian when we lived in TX, they were in our S.S. class. We live in MO now but Ashley is a friend on Facebook and that's how I found your blog!

Leah Malone said...

I'm for sure a stalker too...but in a good way I promise. I love reading your blog...I see you at church sometimes and I always think to myself gosh I know so much about her for us to have never met! Maybe one day..

I pray for you often. Thanks being so open and real in your writing. You're a blessing.

Lenora said...

Hi, Lindsey,
I am pretty much a lurker too. I have posted once or twice before. I began reading your blog because we have a few things in common and I could relate to many of the things you would blog about. (I'm a teacher and I own an English Mastiff.)

Your faith in God and strong spirit are truly inspiring. Each day during the moment of silence at school, I pray for you and Brian. Our God is loving and mighty. All things are possible through Him.

Thinking of you and praying.

Anonymous said...

I pray for you and for your healing and thank you for being such a light. Right now my aunt just find out she has colorectal cancer. Two years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer but they tell her this is not from that. She was just beginning to feel "normal" and "healthy" again. She just found out and is having a hard time. I have sent her your link to renew her faith. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I don't recall how I came across your blog - but I remembered the first time it was something you had written about nutrition. Then I started reading your story and haven't stopped. I check back often because you give so much encouragement through your writing and strength. I also silently did your study on 1Peter. I've only left a comment once and felt like I really was out of my comfort zone. Yes, I'm a luker :) I really enjoyed the photo and story from Exodus 17 today.
Praying for you and your dear husband.

Blessings from NC

melissa said...

Hi Lindsey. My name is Melissa and I'm from Kentucky. I read your blog daily and pray for you. You are so inspiring.

Paula said...

Lindsey, you are so sweet to think of us. Of course we are here for you. We all would hold your arms up, stand by you, or pray for you indefinitely if that is what it took for God to heal your sweet body.
Thank you for thinking about us.
If you would pray for us as we wait for answers from the Lord that would be super.
Thank you for your sweet and tender spirit! The Chaffin's

Ashley said...

Do I count as a lurker? I think not, even though I rarely (ok, never) post anything on here. I just want to say how amazed I am by the sheer number of supporters that you have on here. Reading these comments blessed me to know that an even larger crowd than I thought is helping carry you through this with their sincere prayers and caring. People have opened up their hearts, their ears, and even their homes to you, and many have never even met you! What powerful provision our Father has offered - over and above what we can imagine! Love you, girly!
Ash

k_stin said...

I always love your writing and look forward to your encouragment every day! I'm so excited that you will get time to rest after Christmas.

I have been having struggles for the past year with my stomach and digestion. It happened suddenly and without any reason, really. I always ate normally before one day last October (a year ago). I am currently undergoing tests and look forward to the day that I will be able to eat normally again. Help with these issues is my prayer request. :-)

Paige said...

You are so inspiring! I truly love you so much and I pray for the best in Houston.

Alabamamom said...

Thank you for the story of Moses, Aaron, and Hur. We have a man in our church who has a ministry called "Hands of Hur". It is such a wonderful picture of how the Lord has given us the body of Christ to lift us up and support us, especially in times of great need.

Kelley and I will be praying for you as you go to MD Anderson. I've heard wonderful things about it. They are a cutting edge medical facility. I pray the Lord will give the doctors wisdom in how best to treat you. Of course, miraculous healing is our first line of prayer.

Please pray for my sister-in-law. She has had numb feet and hands for over a year. They've done every test imaginable and even some surgeries. She had tests at John Hopkins in Jacksonville last week and they seem to have narrowed it down to some things. She'll get the results in about 3 weeks. Thank you for your prayers.

Anonymous said...

I've left comments before, on occasion. I know it's not a big need, but if you are justing wanting something to pray for- could you pray over my husband's work? He used to work from home, but not anymore- we have two little ones- it was such a blessing having him around. I would appreciate prayer to sustain me while he is away, and for his work situation to change where he can provide for us from home again.

keely steger said...

I have gleaned so much encouragement from your story and your blog, and never more so than right now, as we just learned that my mom has a brain tumor. Her surgery is tomorrow at 1:30. I would love your prayers!
Thanks in advance!

Amanda said...

Hi! I am a lurker. I tend to read blogs at odd times as I run between work and taking care of my little one so rarely comment.

I found you blog through Whitney's when so asked for prayers for you. I now read and pray daily for you. I live in east Texas and after reading your story realized that I work in the very building that you have been coming to. Dr. V was my grandmother's doctor many years ago. We loved her.

Anonymous said...

Lindsey
I have been reading your blog for a long time. I pray for You, Brian and your Mom daily. As for my prayer request, please keep blogging! There have been so many days when I didn't think that I had the strength or will to go on.
Then I would read your blog and your love and faith in our Lord would fill me up! Thank You and God Bless, Carolyn

Considering it ALL JOY said...

Hey Sweet Friend!

I am praying for you today!

Prayer Requests:
Me: Discernment for God's timing, trusting Him more in this crazy spinning dance He has me in!
Mom: hopefully she starts her last round of chemo this week
Dad: that he would continue to be constant encouragement to my sweet momma
Jackie Wilks: She continues to battle pancreatic cancer in Tulsa

Thank you for being an encouragement and speaker of truth to me!

-Ashlee

Anonymous said...

Hi Lindsey!
I don't know you personally, but know several of your friends/family at church. I've read your blog for a long time, and have been encouraged and challenged by your faith.
My husband and I are looking for God's guidance right now to new jobs. We're not wanting to take a single step outside His will, and would really appreciate prayers for direction and discernment.
Praying for you as you walk this road; thanks for the blessing of getting to help you in that way.

Anonymous said...

Oh Father, what amazing gifts you have given us. The gift of access to GOD of all creation! The gift of faith, that because of You, we might believe and have hope. The gift of prayer that we might encourage and support each other. The gift of growth and knowledge in Christ through the surrender of our own securities. The gift of eternal life. Every petition that is listed here is a simple request to You for you are able to ALL things. But we thank you, God, that in Your Wisdom, You do not allow Your children to have easy, problem free lives while on this earth. For these things are what give us a need for You and for each other. If we had nothing to cry out for, would we still offer our trust to You? Thank you for the situations and circumstances that cause us to share with each other and for those that cause us to gather together in Your Name, to acknowledge You, and to purposefully include You in our lives. We ask for awareness of Your Presence in a HUGE way today for each person and each family who is represented in this growing blog community. We thank You for using Lindsey and Brian to remind us of You and to teach us to be spiritually aware and attentive to your voice, especially in the midst of hard things. Bless them greatly for their faithfulness to You. Give them strength. Give them stability. Give them Holy service unto You. Arise and be mighty on their behalf as they teach us how to stand faithfully firm to prove You before others.

We will tell of Your excellent greatness!!

Anonymous said...

I also read and am inspired by your blog everyday. It is on my heart to pray every day for you and I have been for probably 5 months or more. With all that you are going through it is so sweet that you have asked to pray for your readers needs so I will share mine and thank you for your prayers...Would you pray for my 23 year old son who is in a difficult season and needs prayers for healing (physical and emotional) Thanks you

Jennifer said...

Hi! I have commented once or twice. I stumbled upon your blog from a friend of a friend. Our family used to live in the Tyler area, but now we are in South Dakota. Your testimony just makes my in awe of God and all that He can do! My mother-in-law at treatment for a rare type of jaw cancer about 7 years ago at MD Anderson. We spent many days, weekends and nights there. By God's amazing power, she is cancer free and doing better every year!

MaryanneD said...

Hi Lindsey. I've commented a couple of times before. You are such an encouragement to me. I am praying for complete healing for you. What an awesome God we serve.

Brittany said...

Hi Lindsey,

Thank you for your daily perspective and reminder of what it's all about. Praying for you and your family!

~Brittany C.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Lindsey. :) I have been reading for a while now. Thank you for your positive attitude. I have passed along your blog to several co-workers and friends and I know that prayers have been poured in to you and your family. There is a huge, huge support system out here for you....:) Thank you for sharing.

Julie said...

Hi Lindsey,

I just recently started reading your blog through Whitney (who I don't know either but is a friend of a friend!). I have been praying for you and am so encouraged by your posts!

Anonymous said...

What a footprint you are leaving on so many lives! I did the Bible Study with you this summer (Beth) and continue to read and pray for you and Brian. I can't tell you how humbled I am to "know" (through your blogging) such an inspirational woman of God.

Prayer request for me: I am having some health issues right now (nothing as serious as yours, at least that we know of!) and would love to a) know what is going on and b) be healed and set free from all the muck!

Thank you again for the blessing of your words each post! Beth :)

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Continuing to pray for you and Brian, Lindsey. I admire you for your positive outlook and such great faith in the lord!

Anonymous said...

I read your blog almost every day and am always blessed by it. Your faith is beautiful!

from my front porch... said...

I have been here. Not always commenting but, always praying with you!
Please help me in prayer for a friend who lost her 18 year old son in May, and gave birth to her fifth child two weeks later. Sometimes, reading her blog is so very painful. It is full of raw emotion, tears, anger, and fear.
Her family needs to be covered in prayer this Christmas season and beyond.
My hubby and I hit our knees nightly. And you and Brian are on the list :)
God Bless.
xo, misha

http://mamapundit.com/2010/12/size-11-feet-and-still-growing/

*just one blog post from her~but the story begins in April 2010.

Beverly said...

No lurker here! I proudly pray for you, Lindsey, and covet our shared time together at Bonner. I surely believe that God will hold you His arms and through his gracious mercy and love for you will bring healing to your body.

Beverly

The Hoskisons said...

I followed a link from Leslie's blog and ohmyword! So encouraging. I told my husband, "I want to be like her." (the Jesus in you of course!) What a mighty, mighty testimony of the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our current prayer request would be for our first baby (9 weeks pregnant). There are some concerns with the ultrasound pictures so we're seeing a specialist tomorrow. Thank you and we'll be praying for both of you!

bakingwithkatie said...

You are such an inspiration. I talk about you to the point of annoyance to my husband and I pray for you daily.

Anonymous said...

Love that story of Moses.

Your story is a blessing, Lindsey. I visit your blog to remind me to pray for you. I do not know you but your story is somehow almost the same as all of ours. You are courageous and thank you for pointing to the Source of all that strength. Prayers for you and your husband.

Prayers of many years have been answered this year for us. We finally were given a baby this year. Gods grace has been indescribable. For me, right now, I have few requests, only praises - and that I will always remember His goodness.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lindsey....I'm a lurker. I've never met you but I was in a Sunday school class with your mom. You are truly a blessing and an inspiration. I come here every day amazed by your faith. I'm praying for you and Brian!

Cari said...

Can I still leave a comment?! I had a bout of insomnia the other night and read this on my phone as I laid on the couch so I wouldn't disturb Bran. I had every intention of coming back & leaving a comment yesterday, but failed. Anyway... there isn't a time when I read your blog that I don't leave feeling encouraged &/or convicted. Praising Him for you today, Lindsey, and praying for continued healing.

Rachel said...

I don't often read blogs by people I don't personally know, but since I found yours I can't help but keep coming back. You're such an encouragement. God is most definitely using you for His glory! I'm mostly a lurker, aside from studying 1 Peter alongside you this summer. Still praying for you!
Prayer for me: My husband was laid off in January, and about a week later we found out we were expecting a baby. Pray for our finances, and that God would provide a full-time job with benefits for my husband, one that pays enough for me to be able to quit my job. I had to go back part-time last week, I'm missing being home with my precious baby. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I found your blog thru Whitney's as well. I have to say, you AMAZE me. If I could write that word any bigger I would! Your strength and faith is a true testimony. I am praying that God will give you a healing touch and give you and your family strength, courage, wisdom and peace (and mucho dinero!) to get thru this time.

My prayer request seems so unimportant compared to so many other needs. We are looking at purchasing a house. It does need some repairs and we are praying that the owners will make those repairs.

Thank you,
Jodi

Jamie said...

I don't know if you remember me, but I'm a fellow survivor and I went to college with your amazing husband. I hadn't read a single blog in ages and had a few minutes and wanted to catch up. I had no idea what you were going through, but I will write your name on my mirror and I am committing to pray for you. Claiming healing with you. Jamie White

Anonymous said...

Hi Lindsey - I think of you often throughout the day and stop and send a prayer your way. You are a blessing to so many....thank you for that. A prayer request for me would be that I won't get laid off from my job. Thank you so much for thinking of our requests when you're going through so much.
MT - Central Illinois

Lisa and Ryan said...

Praying for you- I found your blog and read it a few times. Then about a month ago I had a thought to go and check on you and it was when you just found the brain tumor. I am praying for you- I love reading your posts. SO uplifting and positive- you are an amazing person and a great inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Lindsey, I was introduced to your blog by my daughter-in-law, Kathryn Bilberry and Rachel Bitter. My daughter, Kenda, is dating Erick Hensley's son and they too told me about your blog. I admire your faith and enjoy knowing that you give God the glory for all things. Thank you for sharing your faith and God's love with all of us. Glenna Bilberry

Emily said...

Hi Lindsey!

The more I read the more I am in awe of our God. Thank you for allowing him to use you to reach so many people. Praying for you and your husband daily.

Emily (Arciniega) Lashbrook

Crystal said...

Another lurker! I didn't even read this post until today, so I'm late in letting ya'll know I'm here! I found your blog through Whitney Gwartney.... And as soon as I read brain tumor, I had to keep reading. My mother had a large (benign) brain tumor removed in 2004, about 5 weeks into my freshman year at SNU.
I am encouraged to hear/see your confidence in the Lord in every post. Bless you! :)

Crystal
"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14

stacy said...

I know you wrote this long ago. I've spent my night reading through God's story in you. My friend Wendy needs your prayers. She was diagnosed a year ago with stage 4 breast cancer. She just celebrated turning 40. She is currently "cancer free" but is drowning in fear of the "come back". I've found several other women that I call the falbulous 4 are all battleing stage 4 cancer. I will be sending them your blog tonight. Your faith and God's work in you is timely. I am praising for the healing that has taken place in your body.