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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Invitation to Prayer

Lisa Smith Glad Chatter

I have many messy thoughts but think that there's a message in here for us.

One of the most amazing things I have witnessed in the last couple of days is what suffering invites us to. Suffering is a door that when we choose to step over the threshold in His grace, we enter a place that is so deep and so close to His heart, it takes our breath away. Suffering also extends an invitation to others to step through with you as we bear one another's burdens.

As I have talked with family and close loved ones, many shared their own trials. Hard trials. Trials that have caused me to weep with great grief.
Please pray for Andrea as she buried her precious 3-year-old son this week who was tragically killed in a very freak accident.
Please pray for Deanna as her father "Coach" entered the gates of heaven forever free from cancer on Monday.
Please pray for Melinda as she undergoes her third surgery for brain cancer on Monday and then will begin chemo. encourage her here
And pray today for Tina's mom as she undergoes surgery for breast cancer.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15

Also my wonderful friend Sarah Deckerhas taken on the task of building a 24 hour prayer wall for my family. Please visit her blog to sign up to pray for us, to receive updates or to copy my prayer button her sweet fiance made. You can receive updates via email or facebook this way. She has directions on her blog. The staggering volume of emails, messages, texts, phone calls, ringing doorbells is the most humbling thing I've ever experienced. That people would be willing to lift up my precious family 24 hours a day is hugely overwhelming in itself. I've been amazed at how God has used this to unite the body on my behalf. Different churches, different denominations, different theologies, One God. United in prayer. Storming heaven for a miracle. That is a miracle to me.

Also wanted yall to meet my friend Kathy who will keep my blog updated during my surgery, recovery and at any other times I am unable to post.

The body is a beautiful thing.

Last night as I lay sleeping, which is a huge answer to prayer, I dreamed of Queen Esther going before the throne of King Xerxes asking him to extend his sceptor, listen to her plea and save her life. My first thought was how I will be going before Dr. Arun (and now also searching for Dr. Weiss) and begging her to hear my case, to take my case, to spare my life. But as I prayed the Lord showed me I've been before the King, He has extended his hand to me and the steps are already in order to save my life.

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Psalm 23:5





29 comments:

Historicus said...

We are praying for you and your family, Lisa! Thank you for being willing to share your thoughts and struggles as you face this challenge head-on!

I've read that many cancer treatments are very taxing on your body, so keep the nutrients in your body replenished with extra doses of vitamins!

We'll pray that your spirit is replenished with spiritual fervor and with the Words of God "vitamins"!

Andrea said...

I am praying for you and your family. Is there a link to get your prayer button? I would put it on arise 2 write with my other prayer buttons.
Hugs, andrea

Melanie said...

Yes, cancer is ugly. Cancer is a thief.
I love you, Lisa. I have been praying and will keep it up...pleading on your behalf. Again...being persistent in prayer, this time for you.
Melanie@Bella~Mella

Sheryl said...

no long comment, just want you to know that i was here. i am praying and i love you.

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Jenny G said...

Hi Lisa,
I am a friend of Tracy's. You and I have met a few times and Tracy always speaks of your family with love. I am also praying for you, your ability to keep up your strength and to keep up your faith. I pray that your surgeries go well and you have a speedy recovery. Thank you for letting me be a part of your prayer family!

Sincerely,
Jenny Gordon

Meleah said...

Lisa...I'm so sorry! On my knees pleading and praying for your recovery and healing. Jennifer told me this morning. Please let me know if I can help in any way. I will continue to pray and check in on you here.

Bernie said...

Oh Lisa here you are organizing and making arrangements for those you love and it looks as though you have already a wonderful support system beside you...always keeping you and your family in my heart and prayers......:-) Hugs

Faye said...

Lisa, I am praying for you and your precious family.Thank-u for such a humble post.I am a ovarian cancer surviver. It is bad but the Lord will be with you. My cancer was a stage three.They took 10 pounds out of my stomach.The treatments will make you weak.Keep your body replenished.I know it looks dark now but there is light at the end of the tunnel.This month I will be cancer free for 13 years. I give God all the credit. May God Bless You Lisa. I will be telling everyone I know to pray. I will be checking for updates. Love, Faye

Jackie said...

Lisa...
I want you to know that I'm holding you, your doctors, and your precious family up in prayer and am standing strongly with you for a successful surgery and complete recovery in Jesus Mighty Name!!

I'm thanking Him that you are covered by the Blood of Jesus and that the same Spirit that raised Jesus dwells within you Lisa and quickens and makes alive every part of your body and that no weapons formed against you shall prosper - you shall live and proclaim the goodness of God!! I thank you Lord for dispatching ministering angels to minister to Lisa and assist all those that attend to her. Lord I ask that you anoint her surgeons hands with skill and wisdom as he cares for your precious daughter, Lisa. I thank you Lord for pouring your strength and peace upon Lisa and her family......so much peace that it's beyond understanding. And lastly Lord, I thank you that your hand is upon her right now ~ comforting, soothing, protecting and settling her, In Jesus Mighty Name!!!

He is Faithful!!

Hugs,
Jackie

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know i am praying for you. I think it's wonderfull your heart is so full of love for others, even as you face this battle. You are dearly loved by the one true king and i know he is holding you now. May he grant you strength, peace, his amazing love and his supernatural healing!
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. -Psalm 57:1

Susie said...

Just wanted to let you know i am praying for you. I think it's wonderfull your heart is so full of love for others, even as you face this battle. You are dearly loved by the one true king and i know he is holding you now. May he grant you strength, peace, his amazing love and his supernatural healing!
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. -Psalm 57:1

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Faith Imagined said...

I want you to know that I will be praying for you and your family.

-Alisa Hope

Queenmothermamaw said...

Hello beautiful Lisa. I came over from Bernie's blog. Will you accept a WOW pin from me and my sisterhood. Just come to my blog and you will find it if you decide to accept it. I know you are overwhelmed with calls etc, but I own 44 yr old daughter nearly died last summer and all cyberspace bombarded heaven with prayers. Your button is going up too. Blessings.
QMM

LisaShaw said...

Hey Sis, came back over today to love on you. I posted for you on FB for everyone to pray. I put your link. I'm heading over to your friends blog. I will grab and post your button on my blog.

Praying and praying...trusting GOD for you and your family. Love you! Stand firm in Jesus!

Susan said...

Dear Lisa,

I'm new to your blog. I came by once when you were asking for prayer for your precious friend Melanie and her son Andrew.

I must say I was in shock to read this news, but not suprised at all by your response!

Truly you have a heart after God.

Thanks so much for sharing these other needs with us as well.

We are all truly in the battle together. I will commit to pray for you, your friends, your family and doctors too.

Thanks for allowing us to walk along side you now.

You are so right when you talked about experiencing such closeness to Jesus through this.

Keep holding on to Him, as we keep lifting you up before the throne.

He is faithful, He is good...

In His grip,

Susan

LisaShaw said...

Praying also for your friends dear sister that you mentioned in your message especially the family who is grieving the loss of their son. I'm so sorry...

Just Breathe said...

Praying for you Lisa and all the people that you have listed. I also want to mention that I have a blog called For Your Tears where I send out a handkerchief to a grieving mother like Andrea. If you know her full name & address I would love to send her one.
dpucci9972@gmail.com
Take care and God Bless.

Renee Swope said...

Hi sweet friend. I have been out of town and just found out today that your biopsy came back cancerous. I am shocked and sad.

I wanted to scream - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! And I still do. But then I read your words, and God's peace and power washed over me. Truly, He has anointed you with His grace, strength and wisdom. You are a minister to the very core my friend. Giving and exhorting in the midst of your own questioning and need. This mess already has Messiah’s message all over it!

I love you my friend and I am so sorry you and your precious family are having to go through this. So very sorry.

I am praying for each doctor by name – Dr. Wagner, Rodriguez, Arun and Weiss. God has already determined the best care and plan for you. Asking and believing HIM to get you the appointments and procedures you need as quickly as possible. I’ll be in TX tomorrow through Sunday speaking. Oh how I wish I could see you and love on you in person.

Praying and asking others to join forces with the hundreds who already come before the KING on your behalf!

Lysa TerKeurst said...

Hi Lisa...

I am praying for you sweet friend. I will weep with you when you weep and rejoice when you rejoice...

My heart is heavy tonight. I pray this is God's way of removing some of the sadness from your heart and letting some of your sisters carry it for you.

Michelle said...

Lisa,
I am from Bryan, BHS class of '92, now living in Houston. I learned about you through your husband (he's my fb friend) and Stacie Manning. I have a blog too and will have to grab your button.I will be praying for you and your family!

Denise said...

I am standing in prayer with you and for you sis. I am adding your prayer button to my prayer blog, I love you.

Eileen said...

I just stopped by to let you know that you and your family will be in my prayers. I have added your button and link to my sidebar, hope it helps to spread the prayer chain.

"God never abandons anyone on whom He has set His love; nor does Christ, the Good Shepherd, ever lose track of His sheep." ~ J.I. Packer


"I Am the Lord, your God, Who holds your right hand, and I tell you, 'Don't be afraid. I will help you'." ~ Isaiah 41:13

Love and Prayers,
Eileen

Alleluiabelle said...

Precious Precious Sister,

My mind, heart and prayers are with you and my prayers are being said for those that you have listed here today.

You are an amazing woman...one that he holds so delicately in the palm of His hand. Your faith astounds me and encourages me in so many ways.

I've added your prayer button to my site and I take rest with you in the shadow of His wings.

Love & Prayers,
Alleluiabelle

B His Girl said...

Lisa,

I have been out of touch because of a virus on my computer. That has not kept me from thinking of you and praying. I love the touch of the sceptor on your hand. Praying for healing and for you to feel the Lord's Presence with you. Joining the prayer wall. Much love and hugs, B

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Hi Lisa...new to your blog. I am so sorry you have to walk this path. I have been walking, Jesus and I, for 3 1/2 years with Ovarian cancer. Cancer is indeed ugly and I hate it.
I will add you to my prayer list and I became a follower so I can keep up with your progress.

Jen said...

Love you, sister. Praying....

Gloria Medina said...

Lisa, What a dream! How Awesome is our Lord that He even gave you the interpretation of your dream! God doesn't give us more than we can handle. Your body is going through battle but sister you are so strong in Spirit. Stay in that special place, hang on tight and never let go. Your message of Hope is liberating many. You are in the Master's master plan.

"But as I prayed the Lord showed me I've been before the King, He has extended his hand to me and the steps are already in order to save my life."~lisa smith

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Hello, Lisa...I just found your blog...I spotted your prayer button on several of my friends blogs, and decided to follow it...and I see you are battling cancer...I am so sorry...I promise to pray for you, and your family...I will pray regularly...you can count on it! With love, Janine XO