Wednesday, September 5, 2012

TPT4KC This Week - Wednesday Edition

Trade these ashes in for beauty,
And wear forgiveness like a crown.
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy,
I lay every burden down at the foot of the Cross.

When I read Isaiah 61:3, I hear this song, sung by Kathryn Scott, in my head.  Her voice is so beautiful, so peaceful.  It makes what she is singing about so.....well, bearable.  The full text of Isaiah 61:3 goes like this:

And provide for those who grieve in Zion--to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

I feel like I should reclaim our time walking besides Sophia as she fought cancer with this verse.  Who knows grief more than a parent or child or sibling watching someone they love go through chemo?  Who knows the pain of radiation burns more than someone who has to transport a patient back and forth for days on end?  Who knows despair more than those sitting by a bed side watching their beloved struggle for breath between pushes of pain killers? 

There is no one who knows mourning the loss of the life you had before better than a cancer patient and care giver. 

Right in the middle of the awfulness though is God's provision.  His promises to restore beauty, gladness, praise and righteousness.  It is hard to imagine those coming back into your life when you or someone you love is in treatment.  There are long, dark, ugly days when you wonder if your life will ever get better.  There are late nights when doctors ask you to do things that amount to self-inflicted torture.  There is time lost to side affects that never allow you to plan for anything good to happen, because when you do, cancer comes back to bite you in the butt.

But even then, Christ is there.  Beauty is found, joy is present and praise is possible.  You might have to look for it - some days harder than others - but He is there.  He is making you a display of His splendor, even if you can't see it.  Others do.  When you hold onto Him with whatever strength You have, even if it is just by your pinky finger, He holds on tight enough for both of you.  He never leaves and He is busy rebuilding you into an oak of righteousness - full of purpose, a manifestation of His promise.  

Hang in there Hang onto Him and you will see it.  Believe in Him and He will show you.  If you have a milliliter of faith, that's enough.  That's all He said you would need anyways.  (Luke 17:6)

With these thoughts in mind, let us pray for these precious warriors and their families.  Pray for them to see what the Lord is doing in the middle of their grief, mourning, stress and despair.  Pray for His light to shine on them and warm their hearts to His Promises today.  But most of all, keep praying because PRAYER WORKS!

Completed Treatment
Sophia Vogel (5, Undifferentiated Sarcoma) – Doing great! <"Team Sophia" on FB>
Anna Grace Dennis (7, Ependymoma) – Doing great! <"Team Anna Grace" on FB>
Rylee Beard (5, Will's tumors in bladder/abdomen) – Doing great!
Matthew Lucas (5, Rhabdomyosarcoma) – Doing great!  <"Team Matthew" on FB>
Gunnar Peterson (5, Wilm’s Tumor) Going great! <”Gunnar’s Team on FB”> 
Thomas Valerio (11, rhabdomyosarcoma) Doing well, scans were great and started school!
Izzy Slot (3, angiosarcoma) Her liver numbers are up again, as well as the fluid build up in her lungs has continued.  She has to have a liver biopsy, pray they figure out what is causing her issues and that is not organ rejection! <”izzyslot” on and “Princess Izzy’s Court” on FB> 
Aiden Rideout (4, Non-hodgkins lymphoma) Started school but had a migraine yesterday, pray it doesn’t come back and he recovers quickly!  <”Prayers for Aiden” on FB>
Riley Speed (7, Ewing’s Sarcoma) – All her scans were clear and she is recovering well! <”Riley’s Road to Recovery” on FB>
Gabbie Howe (12, ependymoma)  
Hunter Dickens (Teenager, Burkitt’s Lymphoma) Doing great!
Grant McTaggart (5, P+ ALL) Doing great and 3 months in remission!! <
Callie Cheer (3, AML) – Doing great!  <”Cure for Callie” on FB> 
Addison Marshall (18, ALL) About to start as a freshman at A&M, Gig ‘Em Aggies! <addiecake on Twitter
Paige Poe (16, Lymphoma) – Completed treatment and is cancer free!  Pray for her year at school to be great!  <>
Zoe Austin (7, Brain Tumor) – In Remission, but struggling with effects from radiation – pray for complete healing of all parts of her brain!
Logan Sinclair (5, Anaplastic Medulloblastoma) – Needs the Lord to heal the balance centers of his body so he can stand on his own and recover fully! <”Pray for Logan Sinclair” on FB> 
Hunter (2, Ewing Sarcoma) – Doing great! <”Cure Baby Hunter” on FB> 
Nicky George (2, Ependymoma) – Scans upcoming and then he is pending brain surgery as the result of a previous treatment!  Pray for complete healing!
Courtney Pette (17, lymphoma) – Doing great!  <"Team Courtney" on FB>
Maddie Briscoe (8, neuroblastoma) – Pray for a treatment free school year!! <”Prayers for Maddie Briscoe” on FB> 
Patton Jones (4, Burkitt's Lymphoma) –
Natalie Fraker (5, astrocytoma) – Doing great! <” PRAYERSFORNKF” on> 
Tristan Smit (3, ependymoma) – Doing great!
Mark Ochoa (2, Wilm's Tumor)

With The Lord (Please pray for their families)
Kory Krowell – Went to be with Jesus on November 18th, 2011.
Ruel Bobet – Completely healed on Saturday, February 25th, 2012.  Continue to pray for his family, they need strength only The Lord can provide! <”Sandy Bobet” (his Mom) on FB>
Wesley (1 month old, Rhabdomyoma) – Earned his angel wings Monday, March 26th, 2012.  <”The Battle for Baby Wes” on FB>
Daniela Owens (9, Ewing Sarcoma) – Jesus called her home on Friday, March 23rd, 2012.  <”Prayer for Daniela” of FB>
Brennan Scurlock (1, neuroblastoma) – Jesus brought him into His loving arms Wednesday, April 25, 2012.  <"Brennan Scurlock" on FB> 
Aiden McSpadden (3, AML) – Jesus brought him out of his pain and suffering on Friday, May 4th, 2012. 
Preston Winslow (4, AML) Preston completed his fight on May 19, 2012.  He is helping Jesus do lots of fun things now!  Pray for his parents and sisters in their grief.
Ava Caggino (4, ATRT Brain Tumor) Flew home to Heaven after a long struggle with an infection on July 2, 2012.  Pray for her family to heal and feel the Lord’s presence all around them.  <"The Ava Caggino Fight Aganist Cancer Page" on FB> 
Tynan Chapa (5, ALL) Jesus brought him home on July 30th, 2012.  Pray for the healing of his family and their continued work in cancer awareness! <”Tynan’s Crusade” on FB> 

Fighting Illness and/or Inpatient 
Aaron Pena (13, Bone Cancer) Diagnosed last week - Going inpatient to receive first round of chemo, following surgery.  Please pray for no side effects and for the spirits of his family to be high!
Katie Wagner (15, Rhabdomyosarcoma) She is cancer free but still in treatment with more chemo received last week.  Pray for recovery and faithfulness to the end of her protocol! <Wagner Family support” on FB>
Cameron Lindsay (20, Rhabdomyosarcoma) – He is enduring terrible reactions to his treatment, pray for relief and an end to the misery!  Come quickly Lord to help Cameron!
Braden Murry (9, ALL) Going inpatient this Thursday, pray for no issues with his counts so he can stay on track and no issues from the chemo! 

In Treatment

Lucy Krull (6, Medulloblastoma) Been going to school but is fighting allergies!  Pray for complete recovery and healing!
Nate Dinoffira (2, Neuroblastoma) Done with hospital stays and doing well, but still not out of the woods – pray for a miracle of complete healing!  <>
Kaylee Atkins (6, ALL) – Was in clinic yesterday, pray for no issues or after effects! <”Praying for Kaylee” on FB>
Wes Pak (5, Neuroblastoma) – Has scans at the end of this month, but in the meantime, he is going to school and loving it! <”Wes’ Fight against Neuroblastoma” on FB>
Lexie Synder (5, ALL) Going to school again and her counts are coming back up, pray for her to continue her protocol without issue! <”Lexie vs. Leukemia” on FB>
Wyatt Foster (4, ALL) Continuing to do well and go to school – pray his treatment continues with no issue! <”Wyatt’s Prayer Warriors” on FB>
Holden Underwood (2, ALL/MLL) – Getting counts and tests came back normal!  Getting IVIG and has a rash on his hands and forehead.  Pray they figure out what is causing it and he continues to do well! <”Holden’s Hope” on FB>
Victoria Feldman (6, Medulloblastoma) Has her scans tomorrow and goes in for chemo next week.  Pray for great results and no issues!  <”Victory4Victoria” on FB>
Lincoln Daniel Jones (3, ALL) – Fighting off a bad cold, pray for recovery and that it doesn’t interfere with his treatment  <"Pray for Lincoln Daniel Jones" and "Red Carpet Kids for a Cure" on FB> 
Lucy Weber (3, ALL) – In for counts and treatment today – pray for no issues! <"Team Lucy" on FB> 
Kristina Barrett (9, sarcoma in lungs and arm) – Tumors are still stable, praise God! <"Praying for Kristina" on FB> 
Makayla (4, DIPG) – Still cancer free and going to school, pray she completes her treatment with no issue! <”Makayla’s Miracle Makers” on FB>
Layton (4, ALL) On maintenance chemo, finally!  Pray she beats this disease once and for all! <”Prayers for Layton” on FB>
Raelynn (5, ALL) Pray she is recovered from chemo and at home, no illness! <”Prayers for our Sweet Baby Rae” on FB>
Liam Wilson (1, neuroblastoma) Pray he is doing well! <”Prayers for Liam Wilson” on FB>
Lance McClain (ALL) – Got counts yesterday, pray all continues to go well! <”TeamLance McClain” on FB> 
Sander Linnet (5, Neuroblastoma relapse) – Pray the Lord will continue to be with him and his family will feel His loving arms carrying them through.
Devin Duncan (18, Leukemia) – Doing great and got into UT! <>
Charlie Harris Beard (2, Leukemia) 9 months post stem cell transplant and doing great! <”Help save Baby Charlie Harries Beard” on FB> 
Shelby Adams (Langenhans Cell Histiocytosis) – Doing great!  Last chemo if everything continues to go well, is November 5th, 2012!  Praise God! <”Prayers for Shelby Adams” on FB>
Barrett Blake (5, Rhabdomyosarcoma)
Zayley Oliver – <”Prayers for Zayley Jade Oliver” on FB> 
Taylor Porter (15, AML) <”Team Taylor – Taylor Porter” on FB> 
Kaylea Stewart (ALL, 6) –<"Kure for Kaylea" on FB> 
Hudson Kadlecek (4, lymphoma) - <"Hope for Hudson" on FB> 
Logan Brant - <“Team Logan” on FB>
Kylie Overton (2, Brain Tumor) – <”Prayers for Baby Kylie Overton” on FB>
Carli Simmons (2, Brain Tumor)
Max Low (12, Leukemia) <”Mighty Max Low” on FB>

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