Saturday, February 13, 2010

From the Bottom of Our Hearts

I am overwhelmed by the love and support we've received here since my post yesterday. Thank you for leaving a comment, taking our situation up in prayer, and just caring for us as you do. Each of you is a blessing for our broken hearts right now.

Although I'm up earlier than I wanted to be, I did sleep well. Sleep is such a relief when one is troubled. Michael's is trying to sleep in, but when I checked on him he told me he was able to get some sleep. I will let him doze for another hour or so before I get him up for breakfast.

Later this morning our pastor friend Ray will be coming by to pray for Michael. We had hoped to attend a healing service at church on Thursday night, but we were unable to once Michael's doctor admitted him to the hospital. Pastor Ray will be anointing Michael's head with oil and praying over him. Please join us in prayer. I still believe that my God is bigger than cancer. I still believe that healing is possible.

Whatever comes, we are resting in the knowledge that we do not walk this path alone. The Lord is with us and He will not forsake us. He has surrounded us with so many loving friends and family members. I am so thankful to have an eternal perspective on this life and the next. It doesn't take away the grief, but it offers comfort and hope that sickness and even death cannot corrupt. I praise God that Michael has decided to walk the rest of his life's journey with Jesus.

15 comments:

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

BIG HUGS..
you are simply AMAZING..
You are both in my thoughts and prayers..
Enjoy the time with each other..
Hugs...
Love ya ..

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Joannah,

As you know I am on a blogging break...and so I missed your post yesterday...I logged onto blogger to retrieve something this morning, and saw this...and so I ran over here immediately...you are in my prayer both day and night, and so I was anxious to see what news there might be...I have now read your Friday post. My heart breaks for you both. I am so very, very sorry. This road is so very, very difficult...I wish I were there to ease the load for you...the pain and discomfort for Michael...and the grief for you both!!!! I have grown to love you dearly through your blog. And so you can be sure I will continue to pray. If you need a shoulder, please email me. Sending you much much love, and standing with you both all the way...Love always, Janine XOXO

Two Kayaks said...

Your faith humbles me.
Glad you got some sleep last night. This is an uphill battle, but it's a battle that has no idea the force it's up against.

Jacquie said...

I wish I had the right words to offer.

I've read your story for awhile now (back when you had you adoption blog) and you're faith is so inspiring. Bless you and Michael on the rest of your journey together.

Sara said...

Joannah,


I haven't commented too much lately but I still check and read your blog every day. Always hoping and praying for Michael and you -- for healing, for peace, for whatever Gods' plan may be. This latest news is terribly sad and I my heart breaks for you both. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sara

Alex and Jill said...

To my sweet sister in Christ - joining you in prayer and believing right along with you!

You are an inspiration to so many.

((hugs))

Jenna said...

I am lifting him up in prayer and asking for healing to come. God is in control and He is so much bigger than cancer.

Joannah - you are amazing.. you seem to have so much peace and God is giving you comfort... I pray that the comfort will last through this trying time and after, no matter what the outcome.

Kate said...

I came here via Kate's blog today. And read about the tough decisions you had to come to yesterday. I'm so sorry that you and your husband are going through this.
If I were in your shoes, I'd be doing the same thing - holding tight to my faith, spending time with my husband and other loved ones, and making the best of all the beautiful moments we'd have left together.
I hope that the pleural drains make his breathing easier and help him feel better at home.
And I'm so glad that you have your faith to rely upon for strength and comfort. Best wishes to you both.

Alecia Zimmerman said...

I've been following you for a while. Please know that you and your husband are in my prayers. Your unmovable faith is a blessing and inspiration.

hearts2home said...

Joannah,
I am so very sorry to read this latest news and want you to know that I am praying for you and Michael. I have only commented once before and realize that you don't know me. I have followed your blog and kept you in prayer for awhile now. I feel such a heaviness in my heart and tug for you. I feel moved to share with you that we have similar life experiences. I am a teacher, I am a Christian, and I married the absolute love of my life when I was 25. I then faced my spouse having cancer. We were married just 5 months when he became ill and the doctors at Mayo Clinic discovered a cancerous brain tumor. I do not share this to make it about me, but rather to reach out to you as we have similarities in our journeys. I know the frustration of teaching first graders when I only wanted to be home with my husband, of fighting medical bills/insurance, of moving into the 2 beds to sleep, of taking a leave of absence from teaching to stay with and love and care for my husband. That was the best decision I ever made. I really feel "with" you as your journey brings so many emotions and feelings to my heart. I am holding you both in prayer and happy that you have hope in Christ. No one can or should ever take that precious hope away. God will reveal himself to you and Michael in so many ways in the upcoming journey. Keeping you in prayer. ~Sarah

Pundelina said...

Kate sent me over ... I'm sending you thoughts and prayers from Australia.

((hugs))

dawn said...

Nothing is impossible when you believe.

Homemaker Ang said...

Joannah,I am speechless as I log onto here at what has transpired in just a few short days. I am very sorry. I am praying for strength for you and Michael in these coming weeks. I really don't know what to say.

Kudo said...

praise God he will provide everything you both need.

Michele said...

I found your blog through another and just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and praying for God's healing hand on Michael.