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October
16
2020

October 15, 2020

Hello, dear friends. 

We are grateful not to have had much new news to report! The past few weeks have been pretty uneventful, which in itself is a blessing. 

We are deeply conscious of your prayers. The Lord is hearing and answering those prayers and giving us much grace and peace. 

Today was Robert’s third chemo treatment. That means we’re halfway through, Lord willing! 

His hemoglobin level has been fairly stable: 9.0 this week. The doctor told us yesterday that Robert doesn’t have to get any more blood draws (or transfusions) until just before the next chemo on Nov 5. Yay! There has not been a week since June that he hasn’t had to give or get blood, sometimes multiple times a week. We are celebrating the reprieve. 

Also, we have a PET scan scheduled in two weeks (Oct 29), pending approval from the insurance company (a prayer request). That should give us a sense of how well the chemo is working (our doc is hopeful that it seems to be effective, based on what he can tell at this point). 

The doctor expects that Robert’s anemia will continue until we get past chemo and that it may even get a little worse toward the end of the treatments. Other than the dizziness and tiredness, however, Robert is feeling well overall, for which we are so grateful.

We have received so many encouraging notes, emails, texts, cards, meals, and other kind gestures. We could never adequately express our gratitude for all of the love and care we have received. Day after day, we are given more blessings to add to our gratitude wall. (We’ve been encouraging others to start something similar. Gratitude really is the best medicine for discouraged, heavy, weary hearts.)

Our world seems to be at a boiling point. Beyond that, we have friends who are walking through deep waters. How we all need hope and perspective. The attached sunset picture was taken from my study tonight. The moment took my breath away. Be still my soul. Worship Him. All is well in heaven and all will one day be well on earth. 

We love you and give thanks for all you mean to us. May He give you strength and bless you with peace, as He has promised (Psalm 29:10-11). 

Heaven rules. 


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Comments

  • Diane Avant : Dear Nancy. I feel like we have been friends since 2010 when I attended my first True Woman conference. I have been to 5 more. I was diagnosed with lymphoma just a few weeks after the 2012 conference. It’s hard to express how much being there strengthened me for that diagnosis. I am happy to report I am in remission. I’ve been a ministry partner for several years. Thank you for caring about women and their families. I’m praying for you and Robert every day. Thank you for updating all of us on Robert’s journey. Keep trusting God and witnessing to all of us through your strong faith. You can trust God to write this story!
    11/16/20
  • Josie Pillman : Watching and praying for you.
    10/29/20
  • Kaitlyn Dykema : Hello Robert and Nancy, I have been praying that everything goes smooth tomorrow. Nancy I was going to tell that I was listen to you this morning on Reviveourhearts and I wanted to tell you that I love what you and your staff are doing. I hope and pray that God will be with not just Robert tomorrow, but that he will be with you as well. With God all things are possible. Heaven Rules.
    10/28/20
  • Trudi Norman : So grateful for this news! Praising the Lord for a reprieve from giving/taking blood, and for Robert doing so well thus far. Thank you for the updates, Nancy. I love the gratitude wall idea, and may need to create one for my husband and I. Blessings and Grace to you both!
    10/28/20
  • Kaitlyn Dykema : Good Morning, Robert and Nancy hope you are both doing well. I have been praying that you will be able to have that pet scan on Thursday October 29th. You both are a blessing to me and your book that you and Nancy wrote has been a blessing to me, and i have been able to share that book with other people. Here is a verse for your gratitude wall and it comes from Psalm 119:97 and verse 114. Heaven Rules.
    10/26/20
  • Marilyn Anderson : Good progress! It's encouraging. Thanks for the update! Keep on! Marilyn
    10/25/20
  • Kaitlyn Dykema : Good Morning Robert and Nancy. Hope and pray that you both are doing well. I hope and pray that Robert is doing well. God is good. Continuing to pray for a Pet Scan that reflects complete healing. Your wall of post-it notes make a beautiful altar of thanksgiving, a savor for our Lord. Here is a verse to add to your gratitude wall and it comes from Psalm 32:11. Heaven Rules.
    10/22/20
  • Gillian Powell : Praying, thank you for sharing this experience with us. We all love you both so much.
    10/20/20
  • Crystal Morla : Dear Nancy and Robert, Praising God with you for this time of stability in the treatment process! God is good! Continuing to pray for a Pet Scan that reflects complete healing. Your wall of post-it notes make a beautiful altar of thanksgiving, a savor for our Lord! God is truly glorified in all your updates and offerings of thanks. "And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!" Psalm 107:22 🙌🙏🏾❤️
    10/20/20
  • tucky dill : Prayers flowing right this moment from northern Minnesota🙏❤️
    10/20/20
  • Kaitlyn Dykema : Hello Robert, I have been praying for you and to know that you are in really good hands. It is truly amazing how God has blessed you and Nancy with a Godly Marriage and to know that you can really Trust God to write your story. I just wanted to say I am truly thankful that you and Nancy wrote that book, and to really see how that book has helped many people In the bad times and the good times. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Heaven Rules. Here is a verse to put on your wall in your sunroom and it comes from John 6:48.
    10/19/20
  • Cynthia Heald : This poem from Amy Carmichael is a great encouragement: Thou art my Lord Who slept upon the pillow, Thou are my Lord Who calmed the furious sea; What matter beating wind and tossing billow If only we are in the boat with Thee? Hold us in quiet through the age-long minute While Thou are silent and the wind is shrill; What boat can sink when Thou, dear Lord, art in it? What heart can faint that resteth on Thy will. Thank you for your testimony as you sail safely with the Lord during this "age-long minute." Grateful for His faithfulness and for yours. Love and blessings, Cynthia
    10/18/20
  • Roberta Rozansky : Praying for continued strength, comfort and peace as he holds you in his arms.
    10/18/20
  • toni lee : I keep "hearing": you are opening the gates with praise, You are opening the gates with thanksgiving. Prepare the way for the LORD!!" HE is your strength. I know you can feel the overflow from everyone's prayers as you soak in them! The Holy Spirit only knows VICTORY!!! Love you so, Tia Toni
    10/18/20
  • Kaitlyn Dykema : Thank you Nancy for taking the time to update. Glad to hear that Roberts condition is relatively stable.And your grateful wall the saying Heaven Rules it truly does. Blessings on each day. I will be praying that everything goes smooth for October 29th. Praise God for your ministry.
    10/18/20
  • Linda Lea : Grateful for the good report. God is at work now! May your days go well and your body heal as well! God is also at work in your work of the past Robert. My husband just finished reading your book. “Lies Men Believe”. I am seeing some thoughtful changes that have been a blessing! I send that back to you...Double‼️ Thank you Robert‼️
    10/17/20
  • Lois Vanderstel : Thank you for taking time to update. Glad to hear that Robert’s condition is relatively stable. Prayer that things will continue to go smoothly and the Lord be glorified through this heavy cross. We are grateful for your ministry.
    10/17/20
  • Mónica Ortega : Que hermosas noticias, le damos muchas gracias A Dios por escuchar esta bendición que están viviendo, anhelo que nuestro Padre siga trabajando en la salud de Robert, un abrazo desde Pachuca Hidalgo, México
    10/17/20
  • Rosella Miller : Thank you for the update!! So blessed to see faith remain steadfast in the storm, when I see the teaching being walked out ,it me great courage!! And your grateful wall...the saying...Heaven Rules...it truly does!!! Blessings on each day!!!
    10/17/20
  • Debbie Herbster : Thank you for sharing updates. Praying for both of you as you continue on this journey for the glory of God! Many are watching you as you choose to simply trust and obey! I'm SO thankful for your ministry! God bless you both!
    10/17/20
  • DianneNanny Smith : Praising God for His mercies as you walk this journey. Prayers for you and Robert to share this story and encoueage others for many years!
    10/17/20
  • John Hayden : Great news. Donna and I continue to pray for God to work out His “10,000 different things” He is doing through you both and that He give you strength in this journey. Can Ken sing? When you’re well, let’s put together an OLD friends male trio. ;) We love you guys.
    10/17/20
  • Ruth Cowles : Such a blessing to read of more answered prayers! Your "Giving Thanks" wall is so encouraging to see. Continuing to pray. (Nathan C's. mom)
    10/17/20
  • Jannell Ivey : Amen that report is such a blessing..Amen over this journey..let faith arise..
    10/17/20
  • Rose Lybrink : Continuing to pray for you both!
    10/17/20
  • Marilyn Anderson : So good to get an update! Halfway is very encouraging. I felt like it was a real accomplishment when I got to that point. Side effects are not great but you know that medicine is working! Praying for both of you! Take care! Marilyn
    10/17/20
  • Pama Bennett : Continued prayers for you dear people----you are both an inspiration! Love from Iowa!
    10/16/20
  • Marsha Atkison : I have been thinking of you both so much and was so glad to see this update. What wonderful news! I, too, appreciate so much your positive, thankful attitudes and hearts and the way you encourage all of US. Thank you! I'll continue to pray and trust right along with you. Love from Marsha Atkison in Wilmington Delaware
    10/16/20
  • Martha Barry : May the Lord continue to cover you with wings of eagles as you soar through this storm.
    10/16/20
  • Kathy Harris : Wonderful news! My husband & I are continually praying for you both. "What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer." Blessings upon blessings to you.
    10/16/20
  • Elaine Truex : Stay in the battle and fight, fight, fight. I am thankful for the answered prayer.
    10/16/20
  • jan latta : Great news. So glad Robert is having only mild symptoms. Love your positive attitude 🙏🙏😘😘
    10/16/20
  • Ronald Axt : In spite of all that is on your plate you Took the time To make a journal entry. We are very grateful to hear how things are going and to know how to pray for you specifically.
    10/16/20
  • Marianne Morrissey : So thankful to hear about how Robert is doing, and will be praying about the PET!
    10/16/20
  • Kathryn Ubaldi : Yes, Hope. Blessings. Thank you for the shares!
    10/16/20
  • Ken DAvis : Our prayers continue. Can't wait till Robert is well enough to have a conversation with his OLD friend. Your faith inspires us.
    10/16/20
  • Cheryl Hancharick : May God continue to pour His strength and grace into you both. He is using you both as such encouragers to me. I pray for a YES for the insurance coverages throughout this season. I ask God to give you His peace for today and times of refreshing and rest.
    10/16/20
  • Ray Ortlund : Thank you for keeping us in the loop, dear ones. It is a privilege to walk with you.
    10/16/20
  • Kim Zolman : Praising God for the good news. Continuing to pray for you both.
    10/16/20
  • Mary Anne Warner : Praise God ❤️
    10/16/20
  • Gail Nash : Prayers of praise to our loving, healing Great Physician, along with continued prayers for your journey to go smoothly all things considered! You didn’t mention nausea as a side effect of the chemo, but IF it comes, we’ve been told by friends who were on chemo that anything with ginger is extremely helpful! You might already be aware, but it’s never hurts to share!! Even in colonial times ginger was used for all sorts of stomach ailments!! You two are so special, so appreciated, so loved, and constantly prayed for! Thanking the Lord for you!! 🎉🙏❤️🎉🙏❤️🎉
    10/16/20
  • Patricia Franseen : Rejoicing with you at this uneventful news. Blessings on you both!
    10/16/20
  • Vicki Halford : We are so thankful for this reprieve & good news. Love these pictures! What a cute couple y’all are spreading joy with those smiles & Roberts hat😉. Continuing to pray & sending love to you😘
    10/16/20
  • Trina Peterson : Keeping you & Robert in close thoughts and our prayers. Seeing these pictures greatly encourages us. Thank you for sharing. GRATITUDE is the worshipful expression of our thankful joy-filled hearts. And, it preaches the gospel to those around us. Psm. 41:12.
    10/16/20
  • Barbara Quinn : Praising God for the good! Praying that insurance will approve the PET scan!
    10/16/20
  • Sue Schryber : Thank you for the update. So thankful that Robert is doing so well. Continuing to lift you up in prayer. 🙏❤️
    10/16/20
  • Jane Hogan : Bill and I rejoice with you and Robert as you treasure each day of this journey with gratitude and praise for God’s goodness. We love you!! We join our hearts with you as you celebrate another “Month Anniversary!” 💞
    10/16/20
  • Mary Keillor : Such wonderful news! Thank you for sharing as we have been wondering how Robert is doing. Will pray for insurance to cover the scan. Yes! Praise God! He has set His throne in the heavens and HIS kingdom rules over all! Your attitude of gratitude is beautiful and contagious!
    10/16/20
  • Jerilynn Zwier : Amen Nancy! So thankful for the good news. What a gift. We will continue to pray.
    10/16/20
  • Bob McKee : Joining in the gratitude for good news and the ‘half way mark’ of treatments. Continuing in prayer with the huge host of warriors ‘surrounding’ you in love and prayers!
    10/16/20
  • Renee Minto : Praising our Lord with you. The Lord is our sustainer and will keep you.
    10/16/20
  • Bill Craig : We continue to pray for you.
    10/16/20
  • Marcie Brown : Thank you so for this wonderful update and the beautiful photos. We, your praying army, will not stop, but instead rest with you aside His promised still waters as He leads us on to victory and the promise of our soon-coming celebration of complete and full recovery for Robert and the time we are all once again united with Him!
    10/16/20
  • Mary Anne Piaget : Such an encouraging update! Thanks for sharing! Continuing to lift you both up before God's throne of grace! Much love in Christ!
    10/16/20
  • Leslie Neagle : Grateful for our God who changes our perspective as we listen to Him♥ The world is in turmoil & we are blessed to be part of the body of Christ who sharpens us. Thank you for sharing your gratitude attitude Nancy. I'm hoping to find my blank calendar & daily ...as able jot notes of gratitude on it. You jogged my memory. Praise God for holding you both up with many prayers. I love you Nancy! (((hugs))) ~Leslie N.
    10/16/20
  • Charmaine Hoo : Thank you for updating us, and for the pics. You both look wonderful!! I've not let up praying daily for your husband and you. What a God is our God! A God of lovingkindness, merciful, and compassionate. Those who worship other gods can never say that of theirs. May our God restore health and healing to your dearly beloved, and grant you many more years together. And as I view all those sticky notes of thanksgiving on your wall, I can't help but think how thankful I am for the many years you have fed and taught me how to live, and move, and have my being in Christ. It is now my great honor to commit to praying on both your behalf at this season of your lives. Oh, our kind, compassionate God, pour out Your great grace upon your dear faithful servants, I pray. May we rejoice with them soon as they proclaim, "The Lord has done great things for us! The Lord has done great things for us, praise His holy name!!" O grant it, Father, I pray! Amen
    10/16/20
  • Stephanie Mendez : Thank you for the update. Much encouragement to you , Robert ,& the whole family. The Lord Jesus has & will continue to be faithful to you both. Beautiful pictures! May the Lord continue to bless you both!💖💖💗🙏🏾🙏🏾
    10/16/20
  • Les and Debbie Dornon : Thank you for the update and encouragement. We are thankful for you and for your good news. We continue to wait ourselves, for answers to prayers - trusting and remaining thankful. Crying out to God with you in this month.
    10/16/20
  • Gwyn Thouvenot (Scheidt ) : Oh such positive news!!!🎉 Your photos bless us, as we pray for our family members that reside at your address. I am sure that when this is a memory, your sticky notes of gratitude will adorn every inch of your walls! Thanks for the beautiful sunset~ I always told my 3 children...” there are two times each day that God shouts to us that He is alive!!! Each sunrise and sunset is evidence of His Presence.... and that He wants us to SEE him!” {sometimes I would shout to them in excitement... “hey you guys.. !!! Outside!!! A Big Surprise... !!!!“..... .}... And I would take them, and point to the sunset ... and whisper...”look..... He is alive!!!!...He loves you... He wants you to see Him”
    10/16/20
  • Jeannie Bargen : Thank you for lovely photos. Love “the hat” and your smiles. 🎵🙏🎶 thankful for the Lords surrounding love.... around you.
    10/16/20
  • Correne Van Dyke : Thanks for the update, Nancy!! Praise God. Will continue to keep you both in my prayers. He will never leave or forsake us. He is our Best Friend!! Lean on Him always. So glad Robert is tolerating the chemo treatments this far & his Hbg is stable presently. To God be the Glory!!
    10/16/20
  • Leslie S. : Hi Nancy, Thank you for sharing this update. Jesus is good! You and Robert look really joy-filled. What a great witness! I am thankful for all the good reports you shared; clearly God is working. Yes, our world is at a boiling point, and many people are in deep waters. Let us continue to pray for them and for God’s plans and purposes to be fulfilled; He will never leave nor forsake us! Blessings and love to you and Robert. In Christ, Leslie S. Psalm 27 ❤️🙏😊
    10/16/20
  • Linda Carullo : I love good news! I'm praising God with you, and continuing to pray for you both along this journey. Thank you for remaining faithful to our Lord on those tough days! I love your gratitude wall! 😊
    10/16/20
  • Angela Shelley : What a journey you have been on! I pray strength and endurance to you both. God bless!
    10/16/20
  • Becky Jones : What an encouraging report! I’m so delighted to hear the good news! I pray often for you two. I have a few medical situations that tempt me to be anxious and discouraged. I am trying to go the gratitude direction, too. Definitely have to determine over and over again to trust God. Thank you for leading the way. 🙂 PS You have a lovely home!
    10/16/20
  • Mary Calderhead : Praising the Lord with you!!
    10/16/20
  • Pat Fuller : God's blessings
    10/16/20