This past weekend we had the annual Angels Among Us run/walk at Duke for the brain tumor center. We are so thankful for everyone who came down to be part of the team and also those who made donations in honor of Nathan or their loved ones.
Sarah, Matthew and Tabitha are doing great. Sarah is growing to be such a godly and responsible young woman. There are so many times I see her doing something kind for someone and she doesn't even know anyone is watching. Matthew has really just become such a little gentleman and so outgoing. Tabitha is just so full of life and laughter. However, she is still having her health issues that we have dealt with in the past but the drs really feel that it is autoimmune although some more tests may be necessary. In the meantime, we have been really enjoying the spring weather and being able to have fun outside. So thankful that Nathan has been feeling well on this medicine. Now the prayer is that it is working! Never underestimate the power of prayer because we serve a God who is capable of what seems to be impossible.
As you pray for our family please pray also for our friends who are battling different medical issues Dylan, Caroline, Allison, Jack, Laura, Levi, Jackson, Ella, Jaxson, Emaleigh, Nathan T, Ethan, Ezra, Issy, Mia, Micah, Cassidy, Claire, Layla, Charlotte, Andrew, Wesley, Kaiden, MacKenzie, Cullen, Ella, Yan, Ava, Cayden, MC and so many more. Also, our adult friends battling cancer or other illnesses: Grandma Lisa (who is back in the hospital), Missy, Dennis, Tim, Jeff, Karla, Lance, Trey, Grant, Nana and Poppie, etc.
I want to share the devotion I read this morning by Max Lucado from Grace for the Moment:
Prayers Are Precious Jewels
The Lord sees the good people and listens to their prayers.
- 1 Peter 3:12
You and I live in a loud world. To get someone's attention is no easy task. He must be willing to set everything aside to listen: turn down the radio, turn away from the monitor, turn the corner of the page and set down the book. When someone is willing to silence everything else so he can hear us clearly, it is a privilege. A rare privilege, indeed.
[Your] prayers are honored [in heaven] as precious jewels. Purified and empowered, the words rise in a delightful fragrance to our Lord. . . . Your words do not stop until they reach the very throne of God.
Your prayer on earth activates God's power in heaven, and God's will is done on earth as it is in heaven.
Your prayers move God to change the world. You may not understand the mystery of prayer. You don't need to. But this much is clear: Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth.
The Great House of God