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Monday, April 19, 2010

Friends and Fragrance

Dear Bloggy Friends,

I’m feeling the need to share from my heart with you tonight. Your comments the past few days have touched me deeply. Actually, your comments from the past few months have touched me deeply.

Your love humbles me. Your prayers strengthen me. Your friendship encourages me.

Lately I have been so sad. So sad that I do not know each and every one who leaves a kind word here. I am sad I do not know your header, your children, your favorite things or where you live. I wish I did. I wish I could.

I am sad I do not have enough hours in the day to visit all of your blogs, email you all personally, find you all on Facebook. That makes me sad.

Please do not stop coming here during this time. I need your comments. I need your friendship. I need your encouragement. Mostly, I need your prayers.

I know that one day this will all be behind me. I will have fought cancer. And won. I will have moved. And settled. One day I will visit your blogs. And I will encourage you as you have me.

For now, know you are loved, cherished and prayed for as I read each comment, many of them bringing me to tears.

Tonight, if you are battling cancer, disease, struggles or uncertainty of your own, leave me a comment. I will pray. I want so badly to be the blessing you’ve been to me. I know you have your own struggles and I want to be a part of your miracles as you are a part of mine. When you share your own victory story, I want to stand and say that I helped usher in your miracle through prayer.

I pray each of you knows how special you are. When something is extra special, I keep it. I have a box with comments, emails, cards and notes that you have written me. It is filled to overflowing with your love. I will treasure it for many years to come as I can open it and smell the fragrance of Christ. You all have been not only healing balm to my battered and bruised body and soul, you have been the words of Jesus to my heart.

Be blessed and don’t forget to leave a prayer request. I have so much to share with you. I have news of Friday's appointment, the weekend's retreat, the ending of the safari, the packing ahead of me and the glory that He has revealed. But for now, let’s turn our glad chatter to the One who makes us glad.

Much love and many prayers,

lisa

xoxo

"Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life." 1 Corinthians 2:15



28 comments:

Denise said...

I love you my dear sis, and enjoy praying for you, it is a privilege. You are a breathe of God to my heart, you encourage me daily. Watching you battle this disease so beautifully, and faithfully, gives me hope for my own trials. Never give up, battle on sweet sis.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Loving you through the computer screen and praying that God heals you in a supernatural way....

Love, Teresa

Bernie said...

Sending you love and prayers my dear friend......Big hugs to your wonderful family.......:-)

charlene said...

lisa~ i found you through twitter and find your strength and belief in God encouraging. i had a double mastectomy in 1995 due to having the breast cancer gene and my mom was dx with stage 3 breast cancer in 96. Mom is doing well after a long session of chemo~due to me choosing to have my breast removed before i had cancer i didn't have to have chemo or radiation

keep on blogging~i love your faith stories

Leeann said...

This sweetness of this made me cry. Your loveliness shines through your words, Lisa.

You have a huge and giving heart.

Tea With Tiffany said...

Hi sweet Lisa,

You are precious to me. Prayer connects hearts. So thankful to have your friendship online. I'm praying I can meet you at She Speaks this summer.

Tomorrow is the day they pick someone. Lord knows I ache to hug you sooner than later! Ultimately I trust He will answer according to His perfect plan. I will admit I'm jumping up and down saying, "Pick me." :)

No pressure about the return visit. This is a time to rest and recover. Grace and more grace.

love and hugs,

tiffany

Gigi said...

It is a privilege and honor to pray for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! Many prayed for my Sweet Hubby and I as we were faced with his diagnosis of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Many have continued to pray for me as I find my way in this life without the man who was my everything here on earth.

You are loved by many - including those, like me, who only know you through your blog!

Rachel Hyde said...

I love reading your blog mostly because of your raw and open honest heart about what's going on inside. IVe loved reading where you were in your marriage ad what you believed God for. Thank you for sharing so openly and honestly. So thank you for sharing and letting us be apart of your journey. We will all continue to pray for you, sweet Lisa. I'm believing as Jerod and I have moved our little family out to El Paso that God would create a new bond between Jerod and I that is new and joy-filled. Thanks for believing with me. .

Debbie said...

I'm so glad that you are being encouraged and comforted as you go through this very difficult and trying season of your life.

You said it so well. As you are receiving love and comfort, there will come a time when you can be a comfort and encouragement to others.

Remember 2 Corinthians 1:4-5

Sending you a blog hug today Lisa.

Be encouraged and be strong ...in the Lord.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Jan said...

What a beautiful post Lisa and how kind of you to want to pray for others when you yourself have so much on your plate right now! You my dear are a true child of God and living life the way He intended it to be lived ... always steadfast in His goodness, His mercy and His love! I am so happy that I found your Blog cuz you inspire me greatly! You've visited my Blog, which I appreciate; and you know that I mainly Blog about my love of quilting and a few other various things. I'm not one to bare my soul to anyone and I so admire those who do; and I humbly accept your offer of prayers, and I know there is no greater gift we can give each other, so I thank you. This month on the 28th we celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of our only child's entrance into Heaven and my heart is quite heavy right now because of that. I am thrilled beyond words that she no longer has to suffer and truly smile at all the goodness she has known during the last 3 years, but I'm human and a tad bit selfish ... I miss her terribly. Along w/that my Husband has not been well for 5 very long years. He's only 57; and due to severe multi-level spinal stenosis and other degenerative issues, his body is failing him. Seeing the big burly man I fell in love with a life time ago in this shape literally breaks my heart. To top it all off, after 26 years, our business is barely staying afloat and the savings are dwindling away. The main culprit is this wicked economy, which has beat on SFL something fierce ... so many folks are loosing their homes and everything they've worked for. It is sheer misery for so many. I feel if my Husband was well then we'd be in better shape ... that if the worse happened, we could start over at this age; but that is just so hard for me to comprehend in the shape he is currently in. He keeps telling me that God will see us thru and I know he is right cuz He has always seen us thru everything, but I'm afraid I'm growing terribly weary ... basically I'm in pitiful shape, which kinda makes me LOL! Surely I'm strong enough to keep on keeping, but I feel like my strength is dwindling. Praying for others helps me remember all the blessings we do have and I thank you for the opportunity of praying for you :) It my dear has been a privilege and an honor. God Bless :)

Andrea said...

My sweet friend....you do not have to worry..even when I am away from the computer you are on my heart and mind. I met with a group of bloggers in Maryland this weekend...ladies from Arizona to New York. We had a glorious time and one of them asked me to share my prayer request for you. She could not remember your name, but had read my post and had been praying. She wanted each of them to pray. I praise GOD for the opportunity and also for not having to worry whether they remember your name....HE knows and their prayers count,too.
Hang in there and know there are MANY all over the world praying for you. We love you!
Continuing to storm the heavens,
andrea

Christie said...

Lisa,

You are an encouragement to others. Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and pray with me for the little one God has in store for us!

We are not only sisters in Christ but through a cancer journey that far too many people share.

Knowing that God has a purpose and He will be glorified through it all!

Love,
Christie

Jen said...

You are so precious, Lisa. Thank you for just being you. I am so privileged to know you.

Thank you, God, for knowing the future, and for holding us all. Thank you for introducing me to this precious girl through a Bible study that I didn't even want to do. But You knew I needed to know her. Thank you.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Don't be sad that you cannot comment to each and everyone of us every time. We do not expect anything back. Any of us that agree to pray feel it is a ministry that this electronic marvel can bring into the world. Yes it is true you will probably need to pray for anyone of us at anytime. blessings
QMM

Loren said...

Lisa ~ You bless me each and every day! Your love flows through this computer straight to the hearts of those who read your blog. We all have the same Father and HE has brought us all together and given us the same heart...as much as we love to pray and lift you up we know you do the same for all of us....You are cherished by so many and it has been such a gift to lift you to our Father and walk this journey together knowing and seeing the hand of God on you and by that it touches our lives as well. Walking with HIM and with you blesses me and I know one day you will have won this battle and we will all rejoice together....I love you my friend!!! You couldn't keep me away!

Kimberly S. said...

I am so glad the Lord led me to your blog. I pray that I will meet you in person one day. In the meantime, you are in my prayers and I will continue to read your blog and be encouraged.

Blessings!

Kimberly S

Erin said...

Wow! You are so beautifully eloquent. I too am going through a life threatening battle. I took an antibiotic that was supposed to cure me of a bad Sinus infection and instead...it killed my Bone Marrow. So - I have gone through 2 treatments so far and have recently relapsed so that I need another treatment. I also just found out that they will be trying to find a bone marrow donor. I understand what you are going through and the depth of love that you feel for those who are so kind to leave messages. It has been hard to sometimes respond...just because of how exhausted I am and get. You are a beacon to me...a brilliant and beautiful light at the end of a dark tunnel. Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring words and I will be thinking of you as I go back into the Hospital for my next treatment. May God hold you in the hallow of his hand and bless and comfort you and those who love you that you will be filled with his strength and his love.

Lorri said...

Hi Lisa - I saw your pretty face on your button on a friend's blog. I knew when I saw the pink that breast cancer had come to visit yet another young woman. I'm so sorry you have to go through this but I wanted to hold out hope to you. I go before you with a rare breast cancer (ILC stage 3c.) While my blog is private, I would be happy to add you to my reader list. I've been on this road since 8-28-07 and am currently doing well (check out Romans 8-28 to be encouraged.) :) You can email me at steerfamilyATqDOTcom.

B His Girl said...

Hi Lisa,

I read your post early this morning but didn't have time to comment. I am so glad you have felt love from the blog world. You are precious and I pray we are all a sweet fragrance to our heavenly Father. When we love our neighbor on the www, He sees. How beautiful we can all pray and encourage each other. Love you, B

Anonymous said...

Lisa - I went through radiation and then divorce right after, then moving to a new house, had to get a car...am on my own and with illnesses of diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia, I am in 24/7 pain. But I know that God has a plan for my life as He does for your life. Radiation can make you a bit tired if you have illnesses too, but I think someone with no illnesses wouldn't even get tired. NOTHING with radiation hurts, I promise. I didn't get sick or nauseated or anything. I got a tan on one breast and begged them to tan the other side so I wouldn't look retarded....lolol......if you live in Bryan or College Station, email me on facebook (Linda Vaughn Crenwelge) and we can talk on the phone about it if you want. I am 51 and went through a lot during radiation and after but the divorce stressed me, not the radiation. The rest is pretty easy. Just make your appointments and go to them. I was afraid too but once I started, it was really nothing compared to everything else....I DO mean NOTHING. It's been a year and cancer has not returned, I still have ONE tanned breast lolol and as far as that is concerned, I am fine. You are in my prayers. Do NOT be afraid. Radiation is NOTHING compared to surgery, tests, and chemo. You don't even feel it when they are doing it. I fell asleep during some of them...lol Love, Linda

nancygrayce said...

Lisa, can't wait until that day when all this is behind you and you are completely healed. When you are, drop by, we'll still be here!

The privilege of praying for one another is a precious part of our life in Christ!

We are currently praying for the 2 1/2 grandson of a friend who is being treated for osteasarcoma in his temporal bone. After he finishes chemo, he will go to one of two hospitals for surgery. One is M.D. Anderson. It is very comforting knowing there is a doctor there who knows all about sarcomas.

Rest easy in those everlasting arms!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, you certainly shouldn't worry about visiting!!! TAKE CARE OF YOU!!! And spend your time where it matters most--with your family!!! We are here just to support and love you! And pray...and CHEER YOU ON!!!! Big, big hugs, my new dear friend!!! Love, Janine XO

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Please realize that it's a privilege to be able to pray for you, to be included in the wonders God is working in you life. As you share, you give hope. We are the ones being blessed so often.
Blessings,
Marcia

Gretchen said...

Tried to comment yesterday, but it wouldn't post. Love you, girl. You may be feeling like you're not recognizing every bit if encouragement, but God knows & blesses the encourager. I pray that he bless you richly...for you have been an enormous encourager to me--and I'm not the one who has battled cancer. Standing arm in arm in victory w/you. Thank YOU for your friendship.

mrs. smith said...

i'm so glad you've found so much support online, lisa! i know it has helped you get through -- it's helped us, too. just wanted to let you know i am still getting emails from people we reached out to in january who are checking in to see how you're doing.
you're still on everyones' minds and in their hearts. remember that!
keep up your blogging -- your sharing has helped so many people already.

Sarah Soon-to-be Langhoff said...

Random - I hadn't seen that you had started this post with "Dear Bloggy Friends" and I just wrote a post saying "Dear Bloggy World" - great minds think alike! Love you friend, hope to be in CS soon to help you pack!

Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft said...

Lisa - You never have to worry about this stuff. God knows what is in your heart. And OF COURSE I AM SPECIAL. Sheesh. Whether you visit me or not, I will rock out with my six one self.

xoxoxxo

PS: Okay, since you have so much free time BATTLING CANCER, perhaps you could pray for some more faith on my part. I want to believe soooo bad. I do believe in God. But the "Jesus" stuff... I know what it says in the Bible. I pray for faith. I pray that I just can let God work on my heart. But the human "I'm writing a screenplay I have kids and wants and needs and Oh, come, on, could this have really happened" gets me. I would ask that you pray that Jesus reveals himself to me. Cleary I need Him.

Renee Swope said...

Sweet friend. I love being here for you, walking with you, praying over you, loving you from a distance and anticipating your time in NC this summer. No worries that you need to visit all of us. We are here for the long hall.

If you want to pray for me, here is what I need most - confidence to write my book on having a confident heart. Ironic huh? You wouldn't believe the continual attacks Satan is heading up against me. But JESUS is coming to my rescue. I just need His help and healing from perfectionism like never before.

Love you to Heaven and back!
Renee