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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 250 

Katie and Grace just left for the hospital a few minutes ago. Due to the new COVID-19 restrictions, only one parent is allowed at the hospital and today Grace will begin her final phase of treatment called "Maintenance". This phase will end on October 2021 and will include a monthly visit to the doctor for labs and chemotherapy every three months.  We are happy to finally have her treatments spaced out a bit further. 

They will give her Vincristine and Methotrexate and start her on oral chemo medications today that she will take for much of the next 18 months. She will also be sedated and receive chemo through her spinal fluid. When I put Grace in the van to say good-bye, she had the look of someone trying to be brave but tired of hospitals, doctors, and pokes.  I could see her little lip quivering and told her it was OK if she needed to cry. I told her she was so brave. She nodded her head and then put her face in the blanket and started to cry. 

Please pray for Grace today that she would experience the supernatural strength of the Holy Spirit.  Pray for Katie as she works diligently to protect her and Grace from any infections.  I would also ask you to pray for the thousands of people dying every day during this pandemic.  Pray for them to turn to Jesus in this dark hour. Pray for their souls as they pass into eternity. Pray for the families that aren't able to be with their loved ones. 

Thank you for your faithfulness to pray.
 
Jon and Katie
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 247

"The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it" Psalm 24:1

Springtime is here and the weather is turning warmer. Our perennials are beginning to bloom with color, our trees are budding, the grass is green, and the birds are chirping. Grace's hair is beginning to grow back (see pictures), she learned to ride a bike this weekend, and she radiates joy every time she starts to pedal. Yesterday, we celebrated Palm Sunday as a family and the triumphal entry of Christ and today we "officially" begin Spring Break. I also celebrate a birthday tomorrow so we feel very thankful and blessed. 

On the other hand, there is a collective cloud hanging over our country and the world.  This week is projected to be a time of great suffering as hundreds and perhaps thousands will die each day alone with no memorial services or family by their bedside. Holy Week begins as we remember the final days of Christ, his betrayal, and crucifixion. Our family has had moments of conflict, we're trying to adjust to whatever this "new normal" will be, and we are attempting to stay "quarantined".  The risk of Grace being infected creates added stress with four kids all wanting to be with friends.

I'm reminded of the quote by Charles Dickens in his novel "A Tale of Two Cities". “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair..."

This describes the season we are currently living in as a family and globally as a people.  One day, the tension will go away as it says in Revelation 21:4-5, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"  Until then we wait...and pray and recognize the sovereignty of God reflected in the passage listed above in Psalm 24. 

Today, we're getting ready to have a picnic with Grace.  Thursday, we will be in the hospital for a spinal injection and more chemotheraphy drugs in her bloodstream.  So...we give thanks...and pray. 

Praying for you as well, 
Jon and Katie
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 238

(LONGER POST) We begin a brand new phase of treatment on April 9th. Praise God we are on the final leg of this journey and although it is long, it's much less intense.

Looking back, Grace has come through "Induction", "Consolidation", "Interim Maintenance I", "Delayed Intensification", "Interim Maintenance II" and now she starts her sixth and final phase called "Maintenance".  Over the past week or two we have received a handful of congratulatory texts and calls that her treatment is over, but we wanted to clarify what is involved with "Maintenance" and how to pray specifically during this phase.  

The good news is that most of the potent chemo drugs are behind us (Dox, Peg, Erwinia, Cyclo, etc) and the rhythm moving forward will only be with drugs her body is familiar with and a cycle that is much less intense. A good analogy might be that we are wrapping up an obstacle course and now entering the final leg of the race, a long run on even terrain to the finish line.  Grace has completed the toughest obstacles but the key to finishing well will be to keep our eye on the prize, not trip and fall, and stay focused on what is before us. 

Her hair will return, she will be able to go back to school, and most of her interactions will return to "normal".  She will still have a low ANC at times, infections are still a reality, and certainly we will monitor her counts each month, but for the most part we want her to begin to experience her Kindergarten year of school without much interruption. The unknown factor in all of this is COVID-19 and while it doesn't seem to be impacting kids under 15, there is still much uncertainty in the leukemia community on how it might affect cancer patients.  We are praying that as this unfolds, it will be discovered that ALL children will have a higher degree of immunity. Right now we are being EXTRA cautious.  Here is a look at the rhythm moving forward with "Maintenance" that begins April 9th.

April: Vincristine and a Spinal Tap (Methotrexate) (daily steroids 2X a day for 5 days)
May: Labs
June: Labs
July:  Vincristine and Spinal Tap (Methotrexate) (daily steroids 2X a day for 5 days)
August: Labs
September: Labs
October: Vincristine and a Spinal Tap (Methotrexate) (daily steroids 2X a day for 5 days)
November: Labs
December: Labs
January 2021:  Vincristine and Spinal Tap (Methotrexate) (daily steroids 2X a day for 5 days)
February: Labs
March: Labs
April:  Vincristine and Spinal Tap (Methotrexate) (daily steroids 2X a day for 5 days)
May: Labs
June: Labs
July:  Vincristine and Spinal Tap (Methotrexate) (daily steroids 2X a day for 5 days)
August: Labs
September: Labs
October 2021: End of treatment!  (She will then need to go in for regular labs to be sure the leukemia does not return)

In addition to hospital visits she will also receive daily oral chemo. There are the daily steroids after Vincristine, 6MP or Mercaptopurin every night, oral Methotrexate once a week, and Septra on Saturday and Sunday. We are hoping to train her to take pills as she still has a bit of aversion to the taste of the medication.

Finally, we are praying for all of you and our world in the midst of this pandemic.  Last night I felt a strong heaviness after reading the news of makeshift hospitals being planned in major cities and the reality of the mounting death toll.  It does feel like we are at "war" with an unseen enemy.  In addition to Psalm 91, I believe God has given me another Psalm to consider during this season and I would like to write it out below.  May it encourage you during this time.  

Psalm 46:1-11
"1God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields d with fire
10He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46:1-11

Amen, 
Jon and Katie
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 234

(from Katie) I just want to say thank you for supporting us in prayer yesterday.  It was a long day, but we are thanking God that Grace’s counts were high enough (ANC 1700) to get her last dose of chemo for this phase!  Being downtown was a different experience as there are many more leukemia patients. They did their best to keep us all separated.  We waited in what is normally a toy room but instead of kids playing, the toys were covered with sheets and all was sterile. Only one patient could be in the room at a time. We took the time to FaceTime Grace’s sister, Lauryn who is always good at cheering Grace up.

The night before, Lauryn was in tears out of concern for Grace getting exposed to the Coronavirus at the hospital. We don’t always share how this situation impacts our other daughters but it certainly does. We also made a video for her cousin, Rosalyn, and enjoyed getting one from her.  I am thankful for technology to keep us all in touch. 

The visit ultimately went well.  Grace was able to have her favorite nurse again who we had previously said good bye as he was moving to the downtown location.  We also found out about a saline solution (used to flush the line that goes to her port) without preservatives that is much more bearable for her tastebuds while doing blood work and chemo.  I was very concerned about entering and exiting the hospital and going through security and screening as I didn’t want to expose ourselves to germs but there was literally NO ONE there when we arrived and exited.  Thank you for praying!  We are so thankful for the ways God provided. 

I pray all of you are staying well and encouraged. God is good through the joys and challenges of life.  He is faithful and we can put our trust in him. Some of my favorite verses from the Psalms right now:

Psalm 23:1  “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack NOTHING.”  Use that as ammo whenever the devil speaks his lies to you;).

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear NO EVIL, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 

Psalm 33:18-22  "But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those who hope in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.  We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.  In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.  May your UNFAILING LOVE be with us, Lord, even as we out our hope in you."  

Be encouraged through these uncertain times because our God loves us with an unfailing love.  He is faithful and he will see us through.  If you feel anxious, seek him.  The Bible says he is the “Lord of Peace”, so he is our best source;).   If you read our journals and don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus, we would love to share more about that with you!

Please feel free to reach out to us.
  We firmly believe that Grace’s story has a bigger story.  Thank you all for being a part of it!  

Jon and Katie
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PS:  Grace is starting to have her hair grow back (see picture).  Praise God! 

 

Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 233

Katie and Grace leave at 10:30 EST for Riley Children's Hospital and Grace has an appointment at 11:30 EST.  She will receive lab work, wait on results, and then have her chemo treatment sometime around 1:00 pm.  They only allow one parent at the hospitals now so I will be saying home with the other girls. 

Please consider taking five minutes to join me in praying for the following. 

1. Pray that God would shield her and Katie from any viruses or infections while in public. I have followed each request with verses to pray.
  • Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
  • Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
  • Psalm 3:3  But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
2. Pray that God would sustain her joy and peace (see attached picture).
  • Psalm 16:11 "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
  • Psalm 23:4 "Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
3.  Pray that she would recover quickly from the chemo and not get sick
  • Psalm 103:1-3 "Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases."
  • Psalm 91:3-6 "Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.5You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Thank you! 
Jon and Katie
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 231 

Psalm 18:1-19
"1I love you,Lord, my strength. 2The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."  

"3I called to theLord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. 4The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 5The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. 6In my distress I called to the LordI cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears."

"7The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. 8Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. 9He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 10He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. 11He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky. 12Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning. 13The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. 14He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them. 15The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, Lord, at the blast of breath from your nostrils." 

"16He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 17He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 18They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. 19He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me."

"He rescued me because he delighted in me".  I love that phrase.  God delighted...in me! The imagery of this Psalm is so powerful and at the same time so gentle and loving (and it goes on for another 30 verses).  
This past Sunday, our "assignment" for house church was to have each of the kids draw a picture representing God from Psalm 18. Grace chose vs 46 which reads, "the Lord lives, praise be to my Rock!" You can see her attached picture below.  She drew the gray rocks, the stormy clouds, and when asked about the squiggly lines above the verse she said, "those are the worms".  I didn't find that in the passage :)!  

But God is our rock.  He is our strength and he has certainly shown us favor.  The imagery of God delighting in us and specifically in Grace is a beautiful picture of the God we serve. This Monday, Katie (they only allow one parent now) will be taking Grace to the hospital for her next treatment.  She is due to receive Vincristine and Methotrexate through her port depending on her counts.  This is the final dose she will receive in Interim Maintenance II and on April 2nd she will begin Maintenance with another round of chemo. We are so grateful we have made it this far. 

Please pray for these next few weeks specifically.  With the threat of the coronavirus, her compromised immune system, and the need to be in a more public place at the downtown Riley location, we are praying for God to be "her shield" (vs 2) and protect her from anything that might come her way. In addition to the words of Psalm 18, we have been regularly praying Psalm 91.  I'll close with these words...

Psalm 91:3-7
"3Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly plague. 4He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart. 5You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the calamity that destroys at noon. 7Though a thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, no harm will come near you."

What a beautiful passage for so many during this time.  

We love you! 
Jon and Katie
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 229

We are living in strange times.  I'm sitting in my room right now looking out the window as I type.  It's pouring rain and the sky is pretty dark for 4:00 pm in the afternoon.  I'm definitely feeling a bit stir crazy.  I just wrapped up a few Zoom calls with pastors and ministry leaders and heard a few great stories of how they are managing change, trying to move the church forward, and navigating the Coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, the call had a bad internet connection and if you've ever had to facilitate a call with a bad connection you know the frustrations that can bring.  I got off the phone with Xfinity and they are sending someone out tomorrow.  So...perhaps we will be both isolated and without the internet.  Good times.  

On the home front, our family vascillates between two opposite extremes. We've had some incredible times together playing games, watching movies, and even a few longer-than-normal conversations with my teenage daughters. On the other extreme, we've had a few meltdowns, some tough parenting moments, and of course the reality that all six of us are cooped up with nowhere to go and no one to invite over due to Grace's compromised immune system and the risk of infection. 

The people most at risk for the coronavirus are the elderly and people like Grace. We've stayed up to date on hospital restrictions, other leukemia patients, and what to expect on Monday when she goes in for her next treatment.  At the moment they have closed Riley North and we will need to go to the downtown location on Monday. Only one parent is allowed to go with Grace due to the restrictions and if she is hospitalized the same restrictions apply.  In other words, one of us will need to be with her the entire time and there is no trading of shifts.  If she is infected with the coronavirus...well, we obviously are taking every precaution to prevent that from happening.  

Fortunately, we are all healthy and Grace seems to be doing well. We were able to spend St. Patrick's morning with a neighbor (who has also quarantined their family) and we are praying for a good weekend.  I think one of the best bits of advice I've heard during this season has been this: “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” It might be summer but the spring will come.  :)  

Love you all,

Jon and Katie
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 223

We woke up early this morning and helped Grace get dressed and ready for her 8:30 am appointment.  The other girls left for their final day of classes on-site before they start e-learning this next month.  It seems the coronavirus has everyone's attention these days and even the drive to the hospital seemed a bit less congested than normal. People are hunkering down and praying for the best. 

Grace was remarkably calm this morning.  Normally a trip to the hospital is met with tears and anxiety but today she seemed to be at peace.  We arrived at the hospital, she was checked in, vitals were taken and we were ushered into her room for treatment.  I've gone over the process before so I'll spare you all the details but here's a typical visit. 

8:30 am:   Check in and take vitals, go to room 
9:00 am:   Access port (clean area, insert needle, draw labs)
9:30 am:   Give Zofran (anti-nausea) through port
10:00 am:  Spinal injection (anesthetic through port, position her, insert Methotrexate in spinal fluid)
10:10 am:  Procedure ends and Grace must lie still for 30 minutes.
10:15 am:  Grace wakes up groggy (see picture), is soon able to eat and drink fluids. 
10:45 am:  Wait for chemo
11:30 am:  Vincristine through port
11:45 am:  Methotrexate through port
12:00 pm:  Remove access to port, clean area
12:15 pm:  Instructions on next visit (March 23rd)

Today her ANC was at 950 so she was able to go through the entire treatment process although they have decided not to increase the level of dosage. This is to prevent her from dropping too low again and compromising her immune system.  Our final visit for Interim Maintenance II will be on March 23 and Lord willing, April 2nd will begin Maintenance.  This has been a long journey but we are thankful that Spring is right around the corner and so far no major hospitalizations during this phase.  

Thanks again for praying.  Grace recovered well at home this afternoon and was out playing with friends for an hour or two before taking a nap.  We appreciate your constant intercession especially during these uncertain days.  God is in control no doubt!  

"Some trust in chariots, some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God" Psalm 20:7. 

Amen!  
Jon and Katie, 
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 222

We left our appointment on Monday and weren't able to go through with treatment for Grace.  Her counts were too low and they wanted to give her body a few more days to strengthen. With that in mind, we head back to the hospital tomorrow morning at 8:30 am for one more attempt at treatment.  Prayers are appreciated.

Like many of you, we feel a bit on edge these days with the news of the spreading coronavirus, the mounting cancellations, and the reality that there are a number of diagnosed cases in Indianapolis and perhaps many more that have yet to be identified.  When you are living with a child that has a compromised immune system (450 ANC on Monday), it's easy for fear to get a foothold. 

Earlier today, I was driving back home from an event and in my mind I began to play out "worst-case scenarios" as a reflected on an article I had read about a doctor in Italy and the reality of living in a city that was literally locked down(click here)He described the hospital as a "war zone" and my mind went back to a story I once heard about the early church. 

The time was 250 AD and the plague infecting the city of Rome was deadly. It is now simply referred to as Cyprian’s Plague but at it's height the plague killed around 5,000 people a day. Cyprian writes in On Mortality of the effects of the plague on the human body- “The intestines are shaken with a continual vomiting; the eyes are on fire with the infected blood; that in some cases the feet or some parts of the limbs are taken off by the contagion of diseased putrefaction.” It was rough.

Rodney Stark, author of the book The Rise of Christianity writes, “though the plague terrified the pagans, Christians greeted the epidemic as a testing". Christianity it seems was the only faith to offer explanation and comfort.  More than that, they also rose to the occasion by providing incredible Christian service. Dionisus shares how the Christian community responded to the epidemic. “Heedless of danger, they took charge of the sick, attending to their every need and ministering to them in Christ, and with them departed this life serenely happy; for they were infected by others with the disease, drawing on themselves the sickness of their neighbors and cheerfully accepting their pains".  To live is Christ.  To die is gain. 

Stark goes on to say that in communities without a strong presence of Christianity, 30% of the population died from the plague. However, in communities with a strong Christian presence only 10% died from the plague. Historians agree that the Christian response to the Cyprian Plague resulted in thousands and thousands of people converting to Christianity. The witness of love and Christian service, the sacrifices made, the solidarity with those that were sick, and the evidence of genuine faith in Christ, brought many ancient pagans to the faith. 

The natural response to the coronavirus pandemic and the aftershock of a volatile stock market, business uncertainty, health care, and potential death is often fear, isolation, and anxiety.  The supernatural response of these early Christians was faith (instead of fear), service (instead of isolation), and peace (instead of anxiety). It's a good lesson for us to remember as well.  

Pray for Grace tomorrow.  But also pray that God would help us rise above the natural tendency toward fear, isolation, and anxiety in order to walk in a life of faith, service, and peace.  Pray God would help us make every day count and that we might respond as the hands and feet of Christ no matter what life may throw our way.  We will be praying for you as well!  

Jon and Katie
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 218

Short post.  I forgot to mention in my update yesterday that we have another visit to the hospital tomorrow morning at 9:00 am with Grace. This time she will be receiving a spinal injection as well as Vincristine and Methotrexate through her port. Our prayers are the same as last time.  Please pray for her to stay calm all morning and for the chemo to not cause any lasting side effects or damage. 

Thanks again. 

Jon and Katie
 

Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 1

Thanks for visiting our website and learning more about how you can pray for Grace and our family during this season.  To bring you up to speed, on Monday of this week, our four-year old daughter Grace went to the doctor because of a prolonged fever and was sent to the hospital for further testing.  On Tuesday, she was diagnosed with leukemia (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), and last night we received her treatment plan.  Today we started the first day of a 28-day chemotherapy plan called the "induction phase".  The prayer during this phase is to bring the cancer to remission and that her body responds well to the treatment.  The end of the first 28 days may mean a number of pathways forward and so we will pray for God to bring healing each step of the way and for the best possible outcome.  Already, we are thankful the leukemia diagnosis was ALL (as opposed to the alternatives) and that she was flagged as CNS-1 (Central Nervous System), which simply means they didn't detect any cancer cells (lymphoblasts) in her spinal fluid.  The typical treatment after the "induction phase" is 6-9 months of ongoing chemo and then two years of "maintenance", but we are praying for God's continued healing.  Rather than going into the details of the "post-induction phase", we will wait to see how she responds during this first month.  

She will be receiving a daily dose of oral medication and a weekly dose of IV medication this month as well as a few other treatments sprinkled in.  There are a number of side effects including some nausea, cramping, moodiness, constipation, etc. and we are praying God would give her the resilience needed to fight this thing off.  We will try to keep you updated as to how you can pray on a week to week basis both for Grace and our family.  We are doing well given the circumstances, have a posture of faith as we move forward, and believe that prayer is powerful and effective.  God is going to use this situation to touch hundreds and thousands of lives and is going to deepen our faith, the faith of our family and friends, the faith of our church family and many others during this season.  I could write much, much more but I want to leave you with 25 verses we are claiming during this season.  We would invite you to submit others as a collective way of encouraging one another and boosting our faith. We aren't receiving visitors at this time as she is at risk for infection but hope to see many of you soon! 
Thank you for your prayers and support.   


25 Great Verses
Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Psalms 62:6-8 – Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Exodus 14:14 – The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still

Deuteronomy 31:6  …Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Psalms 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

I Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Isaiah 58:8-9 – Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

Romans 15:4 – For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Psalms 103:2-4 – Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Matthew 11:28-29 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 10:30-31 – And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Psalms 33:20-22 – Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in him.

Psalms 46:1-3 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

James 1:3 – because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 5:13-14 – Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.

Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him

I Peter 1:21 – Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

I Peter 4:19 – So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Romans 10:17 – Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

I Corinthians 2:4-5 – My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Thanks for praying,
Jon and Katie

Grace’s Story

Site created on August 1, 2019

Grace is the youngest of our four girls and loves Jesus, playing with her friends, reading books, jumping on trampolines and playing with toys. She was diagnosed with leukemia in late July, 2019 and this journal is part of her journey. If you would like to give financially to her medical care you can visit www.hopeforgrace.net. Thanks for praying for little Gracie!

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