Thoughts & Well Wishes

Robin Pennell | Jul 6, 2009
I'm so glad you have started one of these.  A friend of my daughters' had back surgery and she started one.  It was a great way to be in touch.

I'm sorry for your long, hard journey.  I can't begin to imagine how you've been coping other than through Christ.

I pray that you and your family will know God's love and peace in this trying time; that the Lord would give the doctors wisdom; and that you would continue to feel His sustaining love.

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Phyllis Cheatham | Jul 6, 2009
Debby, thank you for doing a Caringbridge site.  This is a great way for us to understand more what you're going through.  And I am thanking the Lord for the way that His heart shines through your attitude and your words.  Keep courageous, dear one.  The Lord loves you so much! 
Phyllis (Frey) Cheatham
Twila Charles | Jul 6, 2009
Debby, thank you for sharing your journey with me and others.  No one can fully appreciate your unique travels, but I/we are better able to appreciate it as you take the risk to put into words here the struggles, losses AND gains that are yours.  While physically weaker, I hear, loud and clear, a strength that you did not know before, a growing confidence in God, even though the prayers you've prayed for particular outcomes has not been, thus far, forthcoming.  -- Trusting God is hard when others have not been trustworthy in our lives, and yet, God is showing you, in His own tailored-to your needs ways, that His sufficiency is delivered ~ even when it has not been provided in ways that we wanted or anticipated it should be given!

I thank you for your vulnerability, risking to share in this way with us!  Twila
Joanne Fetzer | Jul 7, 2009
Thank you for your transparency and honest in sharing your struggles and joys along the journey!  What a challenge to me and others! I will continue to pray that God will do HIS work in and through you. May He accomplish all that He desires. May you always know His peace and be enveloped and carried by His presence. I am inspired by your tenacious spirit and positive attitude... even on the difficult days.  I look forward to future updates that you post here. God bless!
Terri Bassler | Jul 9, 2009
Hi Debby,

You are such a strong woman of faith and a testament to us all through your strength, courage, and hopefulness.  I am sooo happy to have gotten to know you through facebook, and now through your personal story.  You will be triumphant with God's grace and power, so chin up and keep looking to the heaven's for answered prayer.

Love by God's will,
Brian Breese | Jul 9, 2009

I am amazed at how parallel our lives are.  My illness started in April '07.  I had the ILD first and had the lung biopsy in Sept 07.  The Dermatomyositis came after that.  My daughter has Down Syndrome and just graduated from HS last month.  My son has a seizure disorder and will start HS next month.  I am thankful I am still married and my wife can help me out.  Our roles have completely reversed and we both enjoy certain aspects of both roles.  I know it is the power of Christ working in our lives that help sustain us.  I cannot imagine going through this without Him.  When I was about to be wheeled in for the lung biopsy I experienced the "peace that surpasses understanding".  My faith has increased so I thank the Lord that if this is what it takes to bring me closer to Him be it.
I have seen God work in ways I never expected and by people I never would have expected either.  One example: I was chosen by a family to be the recipient of a Christmas tradition.  Their tradition was, whomever was hosting Christmas chose a family in need and whomever showed up and wanted to contribute would do so and they would enclose all the money donated in a card.  I don't think I stopped crying for at least ten minutes.  God is awesome and I know He will show Himself to you in many ways.
Our lives have definitely changed, but God is still the same.  He is guiding us on this path.  We just need to remember He is in control and we need to put our absolute trust in Him.
I will continue to pray for you and you kids.

God bless & strengthen you,

And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Bonnie Morsette | Jul 9, 2009
Hello Debby,

Thank you so much for designing this website.  It will make it easier to keep up with you and make connections. 

As I read your entries your relationship with God comes through loud and clear.  As each day passes it seems your love and trust in Him grow stronger.  Thank you for sharing your hurts, struggles, hopes, joys and faith.  Your faith and courage inspires many. 

I am praying for you Debby, I know God has a plan for you and the children.   He will provide housing. 

Rest the Lord is near, refuse to fear, enjoy His love.
Love ya Debby,
Linda Bowers | Dec 8, 2019

You are such a wonderful writer. Your journey needs to be preserved. Have you thought of writing a book?

You would be such an inspiration to others who are having faith crises!!! Sammi Trumbore from Bethany self-published her memoirs and then sold them. Linda  Bunner and another friend from Bethany helped her.
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