Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Not sure where to begin. The last couple of days have been a whirlwind. I haven't been home but to eat and sleep. We've experienced the highs of the joy of adding new people to the ministry of Young Life here in Lexington as well as the devastating blow that came yesterday when we learned that after nearly 2 years of being cancer free, cancer has likely returned to Derek's mom. So for those of you that pray, I would ask that you would lift her up in prayer. Pray for healing, pray for peace, and pray that this would allow her to know and love God in a way that she never has before.

As I was driving to work this morning, I was listening to the Christian radio station, and the song, "I'm forgiven" which I've heard a bunch of times, but one line brought me to tears this morning:

When I don't measure up to much in this life,
I'm a treasure in the arms of Christ.

I've heard it so many times, but for some reason it was just so real to me this morning. To know that I am a treasure in the arms of Christ, no matter what this world brings. It brings me to tears as I write it. I just can't describe what it means to me to know that truth.

This is her 3rd cancer diagnosis in her life. I'm sure she is questioning why God keeps putting her through this, wondering if a God that truly loved her would allow this. And my prayer is just that she would know that she is a treasure in the arms of Christ. He loves her so so much.

James 1 says:

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 

I pray that she knows that God has chosen her to face a trial because He wants to grow her and mature her. He wants to use this to show His love for her and to put her in a position where she has to rely on Him, so she can taste and see that the Lord is good. We're praying so hard, would you join us in lifting her up? Thanks so much friends. 


chloƫ. said...

definitely will be praying. and that's such a beautiful message...when we're down, out, and defeated, looked down upon, shunned, mocked, tired, worn -- we're still a TREASURE in His arms and He's never left our side. so powerful.

Randi.Cariella said...

I will definitely be praying for Derek's mom and your alls family during this time. Your perspective is encouraging as it isn't based on circumstance but on the Lord.

Callie Nicole said...

I'm definitely praying for Derek's mom, that the Lord would strengthen her, and use this battle that she's going though to reach many people for Him!

Jennifer said...

praying! also, yes- send me your kitchen research sites, i want to look at some ideas! thanks!

Anonymous said...

Praying for Derek's mom and you both too! I know it's hard on you all too and your support and love for his mom is just what she needs to feel it sounds like.

Miss you!