Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Prayer Request

***Updated- Tiffany's surgery was canceled today. Her tumor has doubled in size and began growing in other parts of the brain, in the last 30 days. Tiffany will be undergoing aggressive chemo-therapy. Please continue to pray for Tiffany, her parents and sister.

Tomorrow morning (Thursday) at 7:20am my best friend's ("Brown") sister Tiffany (my friend as well) is going into surgery. Tiffany has been battling brain cancer off and on for the past 10 years. Tiffany will be having brain surgery in an effort to remove portions of the tumor. Please pray for Tiffany. I can not begin to imagine the fear that one could feel leading into something like this. Pray that the Lord comforts her, is with the surgeons, and for complete healing if it is God's will. Also I ask that you please pray for the family, her parents and her sister. They are a very close family, who love God and I know this battle is exhausting for everyone. Pray for comfort for them. The whole family is very dear to my heart and I am praying for them all. Love to them all!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Praise Him in the Storm

"Praise You In This Storm"

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away
-Casting Crowns

It has been quite a while since I have blogged, really blogged. I have had a decent case of writers block. My last real entry was about 4 months ago and so much has happened in my life, our lives. Some happy and some not so happy. Some things that have gone on I am sure I will blog about, others may never see the blog light. Somethings are just supposed to be private.

I will say this, my family, friends and church body have been in the middle of a trial. God's word promises there will be trials and tribulations (I have never understood the whole prosperity doctrine thing). It is not easy to follow God and His word never promised it would be; there is a reason they say the road is narrow. For the last few months I have played the above listed song lyrics over and over in my head. God's word says "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance"- James 1:2-3.

This has probably been the rockiest few months that I have ever experienced, but I have also witnessed God's grace in the most amazing ways. There is still pain, the trial is not over, but I continue to pray for those around me, who may be closer to the epicenter of the trial. I pray he comforts them and can provide peace and closure.