Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Good, The Bad, and The Real Life

In October, 2008, I found out my mother had stage 4 lung cancer. At the time I was just speechless. I'm not typically speechless. I just couldn't believe it. The sound of the "C" word just silenced me. My sister began crying, my step father gasped and the tears fell, my mother was crushed.....I was numb. No tears. No feelings. The doctor said, "with treatment she has 1 year to live...without it, about 6 months."

My mother began chemo in November, 2008. Her cancer was inoperable. It was incurable. that doesn't sound very good. I don't like it. She began chemo. It wasn't fun. It wasn't pretty.

The Good: But her body was responding. Thank God. She went through 2 rounds of chemo. Her body resoponded much better than we expected. Praise God. Her cancer slowed down.

The Bad: Mom has cancer in a totally different part of her body. You know, I was celebrating Mom's victory in one moment and fearing her next trial in the next. The newest cancer was in a totally different part of her body. And again....it's malignent. Surgery is required.

The real life....mom is in a lot of pain. I'm thankful for all of the prayers being sent her way. I trust God in all of it. What else can you do?

I am overwhelmed by the love being shown by my friends. I must have the best friends ever. Thank you so much for loving me and my mom throughout our tough times. I love you!


Thank you so much for your prayers! It means the world to me! If you have any questions, let me know. Love you!

Love,

Melissa

****Friends of Lysa visiting by way of her blog. Thank you so much for popping over here to pray for my mom. Your words are bringing good and much needed tears to my eyes. I love you for taking the time to comment and allowing God to use you in the lives of me and my momma! Have a blessed day!

175 comments:

stacey said...

Here's lifting your mom and your family up to the mighty, merciful hand of God. Oh how he loves us so! I pray for peace and comfort during this uncertain journey. God bless---cyber hugs ;)

Melanie Dorsey said...

I'm so sorry your mom and your family are facing this difficult time.
I'll pray for her and the family today.
Melanie@Bella~Mella

Joy in The Truth said...

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."2 cor. 4:16-18

Sweet Melissa, oh we love you and are praying for you and your momma. May you know and see His perfect peace and faithfulness each moment of the day.

Much love and continual prayers,
Sharon
PS -- and if I were there, you'd know I'd be jumping over that counter to hug your neck in abundant love! (smiles)

Anonymous said...

Melissa, I want you to know that I am praying for you and your Mom. I Love your blog. You do an awesome job. The cancer journey is not easy. It is heart wrenching. When my Mom had cancer I remember asking, "Why my Mom? She still has so much to offer to this world. I need her, please God NO!!" Hold onto the promises that God has given us in the Bible. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. He will help all of you through this. When you look back on this time in your life, you will see that, YES, it was God that carried you through this storm. I found that if I kept my mind on "Good Things", that Satan couldn't get to me. I encourage you to read the book series "The Heavenly Daze". By Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt. They bring such insight about Heaven, guardian angles, warrior angels, the throne room. Perhaps it will bring peace to your Mom, letting her know what Heaven can be like and transport you away from your troubles ~ at least for a little while. They have done their research and make it clear how wonderful Heaven is. God bless you. Brenda

Anonymous said...

Dear Melissa,
I read your story on Lysa's blog. I am so sorry that your mother is going thru this trial. Please encourage her with truths of God's love for her, His past faithfulness to her and His promises for her. I like Lysa's idea of 3X5 cards. What a wonderful weapon to fight the fear that will naturally creep in.
As I was reading Num. 13-14 this week about the 12 spies that God sent into the promised land it struck me that although they all saw the same things, 10 focused on the obstacles and 2 focused on the opportunity. 10 saw things from their perspective and 2 from God's perspective. 10 looked thru eyes of unbelief and 2 thru eyes of faith.
Our God is a God that specializes in the impossible circumstances. He promises to walk us thru each trial to the promised land. May you and your mom FEEL God walking right beside you, and in times carrying you thru this difficult time. He loves you both so very much and will carry you thru!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord for the blessings of Melissa and her Mom and what they have shown to others. Wrap your arms of comfort and strength around them. Place her Mom on your Rock of Refuge. Keep her enemies below where they will perish. Bring her your Love today that only You can bring her. Let her know that she is your amazing princess!

Sarah

Angie said...

My prayers are with your mom and your family during this time. I pray that you all will feel the strong hands of God's love and comfort during this time.
Love in Christ,
Angie

Shelly W said...

Dear Melissa, I came over here from Lysa's blog and just wanted to say that you and your family are being prayed for today. God bless you. Shelly

Bitsy said...

I am praying for you and your mother.

Stacey said...

Father, I pray for strength, courage, comfort...show yourself in a mighty way for this family. Send "earthly angles" their way to bless and encourage them through this journey I pray. Believing it so, Amen.

Anonymous said...

I am praying for your mom, you and your family during this really difficult time.
God Bless you all.

Anonymous said...

I am praying for your mom and you - that you may be comforted that you are not alone. Blessings.

Kimberly said...

I am so sorry for all that your family is facing right now. Please know that I am praying for you and your mother.

Anonymous said...

Dear Melissa,

May you have the peace of God at all times. Life can be so hard. It's just Him who makes it bearable. But He really does. Amazing.

blessings,

Anon.

Kelly said...

I am praying for healing and comfort for your mom, you, and your entire family.
Isaiah 46:4 "Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He, I am He who will sustain you, I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you"
Love,
Kelly

KimAmburn said...

I'm praying for you and your family. May God comfort you in the way only He can. May He give you peace in your time of trial. May He surround you with His love when you feel forsaken. God bless.

Lori said...

Melissa, Standing in the gap for you and praying for you and your Mom. I am sorry this is a journey you are on, but God is our mighty comforter. Sister in Christ,

Lori

DeenafromIowa said...

Dear Melissa
I am praying for you and your family. God will see you through this difficult journey.
God Bless
Deena

fortyb4forty said...

I am praying for you and your mom that God would ease the pain and give peace and strength for each day.

Sherry T said...

Melissa,

I pray that God the great healer and comforter be with you and your mom through this. Jesus said in John 16, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Blessings,
Sherry

Jill said...

Melissa, I am praying for you and your mom and the rest of your family. Lord, please fill Melissa, her mother and all with your peace. Help them trust in your plan and Lord comfort them in their pain. Draw them all closer to you during this difficult time and I pray your light will shine thru their brokenness. In Jesus name, Amen

Blessings,
Jill

1 Happy Campa said...

Melissa,
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Holy Spirit fill you with that peace and comfort that surpasses ALL understanding. May the word of the Lord be presented to you afresh in ways that speak to your heart and bring you the encouragement you need.

Blessings,
A friend

Bonita said...

Melissa, I'm so sorry. I'm praying for you.

Anonymous said...

I don't have any beautiful words to ease the pain in your heart today, but I am praying for you and your mom that God will comfort you both in only a way the He can. May you both experience God's overwhelming peace today.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Melissa, I pray for you, your mother and your family during this time of trial and pain. I would like to share a word that I received from a Beth Moore study a few years ago. It's never left me and has always strengthened me at times of struggle. It was the comparison of God's daily portion to the daily manna the Israelites received in the desert. The manna was new every morning. It was exactly the right amount for their daily needs. However, if they attempted to hoard for the next day and not seek it fresh each morning, it would not suffice. While he faithfully provided, they still were required to rise and collect it new each morning. Likewise, His portion for us is perfect each day. Our task is to have the strength to rise and seek Him and that portion every day. I will pray for that strength for you and your mother. Praying for His Portion! Much Sisterly Love,
Heather
hlridge@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Dear Melissa,
It doesn't really matter that we have never met. We hold the closest bond, sisters in the Lord. So I am writing to encourage you and to let you know that you are continually before the Father in Heaven. This struggle that your family is going through is not a surprise to God but it does cause Him to weep, when He sees His children suffer. Pain and death were never part of His perfect plan for us. But we can rejoice that Jesus has overcome death! That is God showing His great love for us! I have been where you are, both my parents are now in Heaven, BUT it was so hard for me in the letting go part. Please know that even though it seems like you won't be able to get through the day, God ALWAYS provides a way!!! Keep this picture in your mind that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of grace daily living to intercede for you! Much love and ongoing prayer for you and your Mom and entire family.
An eternal friend from CT

Stacy said...

"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." Isaiah 41:10

The Lord works in mysterious ways. I have been an avid reader of Lysa's blog for over a year now. Last night I read her blog, then somehow clicked on yours. This morning when I woke up you were on my mind, and I said a prayer for you and your mom. I got on my computer and read several devotionals, then got on Lysa's blog and there you were again!!!

May you feel the arms of the Lord holding you close and giving you comfort today and know that someone in Mississippi who doesn't even know you is praying for you and your mom.

Much love,
Stacy Climer

The Cobbs said...

You don't know me, I am one of Lysa's readers. I am praying for you and your mom. I can't imagine how difficult this must be, and I pray that the Father will wrap His comforting arms around you.

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Melissa,
Although I have lost both my parents and a sister to cancer, I still do not have words to say to comfort you during this griveous time in your life! Only God can give you the love and comfort that will truly help. I do pray that His grace will be abundant in your life and in the lives of all your family....especially your sweet mother!

God bless you....
Marilyn

Carolyn said...

Dear Melissa, my heart hurts for the pain that your mother and you are experiencing right now. It can be SO overwhelming with the emotions that wash over you in any given day as you see your mother fight this battle. When it seems so overwhelming, think of what Jesus said in John 16:33: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

My husband watched his father fight stage 4 brain cancer last year and God's will was to bring him home to heaven. We clung to God's promise that He is with us in every turn of events, in every doctor appointment, in every doctor call, and in every difficult night.

Dear Heavenly Father, I lift Melissa to you right now and ask that You would allow her to experience and tangibly know Your peace. Please give her exactly what she needs today to be a support to her mother. Thank you for loving Melissa and her mother so much!

megs @ whadusay said...

Praying that God will carry you and your family through this valley and you will feel his presence like never before. My heart hurts for you today.

Christie Todd said...

I'm praying for peace and comfort for you, your mom and your family.

Hold fast
Christie

Anonymous said...

I'm a visual person, and uwhenever I've had people close to me going through cancer, or something just as painful, especially when it's something that I cannot control, which has happened to many times unfortunately - I picture God as my big daddy, and curling up in his lap like a little girl does, and let him make it all better, and tell me that He's in control. I don't know if it helps, and I know that you know all this, but hopefully the visual helps. I'm praying that you and your mom can curl up in His lap, let Him hug on and let Him whisper that He loves you, your lives are in His hands, and He's in control and you both can rest peacefully in that reassurance today.
God bless you both - hugs & prayers.
A

Shanda said...

Just wanting you to know I will be praying for you.

You are always in His hands.

Michelle Murphy SC said...

May the God of Heaven bless your heart today and always. I just went thru some serious health problems with my Daddy and God was the only One I could put my complete trust in. And He saw my family thru that and my Daddy is doing wonderful now thru God's grace and lots of prayers and miracles. Keep your eyes on Him and He WILL see you thru this, too. My prayers are with you.

Terri Sue said...

May God comfort your family, help you to find joy in this situation and give you wisdom as you continue this journey.

in Christian love,
Terri Sue

Kate L. said...

"Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they will mount up with wings as eagles, they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31.

I'm lifting your mother and your family up in my prayers.

The Fergusons said...

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted. He saves those who are crushed in spirit" Psalm 34:18

Angela said...

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Romans 15:13

Heidi Winter Tracht said...

Dear Melissa, your mom, & family,

May the comfort of the Lord surround you and tightly hold you in hope and peace knowing that He is in control; that He loves you very much!

Tatum said...

Hey Melissa,

This verse was brought to mind when I read about your mom and the situation the Lord is allowing you to go through.

My prayer for you is that your heart will be lifted today! Pain and joy are such oxymorons but thankfully our hope, your mom's hope, your hope is in our Heavenly Father!

Isaiah 65:17

"Pay close attention now: I'm creating new heavens and a new earth. All the earlier troubles, chaos, and pain are things of the past, to be forgotten. Look ahead with joy. Anticipate what I'm creating: I'll create Jerusalem as sheer joy, create my people as pure delight. I'll take joy in Jerusalem, take delight in my people:

Mickey said...

Melissa, Praying for your mom and you and your family. May God bring you peace as only He can.

RR Mama said...

Praying for you, your mom and your family. I pray God brings each of you comfort and peace.

Anonymous said...

in times like this i reach to an old church song that brings me comfort.. be not afraid. he goes before you always. come follow him and he will give you rest.

Mocha with Linda said...

"I will never leave you nor forsake you." Joshua 1:5

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

I know these are familiar verses to you, but maybe having them amog these comments will offer a small comfort. Blessings to you today.

Denice said...

Praying God's comfort and peace on you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Melissa-

Cancer is a very scary thing and it is difficult to see family members that we love suffering, I pray that God gives you, your mom and your whole family peace and strength.

Lisa Bunner, WV

kristine kelly said...

Bless You Melissa and Your Mother in this time and know that you are COVERED in prayer.
Don't lose Heart..... God is in control even in this dear heart.
Love, Blessings, and Healing Spoken over your life today.
Your sister in Christ
Kristi Kelly

Beams of Light Ministries said...

Hi Melissa,

I've visiting from Lysa's blog. As I was reading your post about your Momma, I kept hearing "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help." Then I was singing it...praise God you don't have to endure that too - that just may be the tipping point.... Anyway, just remember that your help comes from the Lord! And, with God, tell me, is there anything impossible? NO, nothing is impossible with God.

Keep the faith,
Sanya

Anonymous said...

Focus on the positive. Don't dwell on the negative. God is using you and your mom to spread His love, to be a testimony, to reach those who may never come to Him otherwise. In everything give thanks. God loves you. We "build our houses" - some on the Rock some on sand - we ALL have storms but guess whose house is standing after the storm.
I pray for you to have strength and courage for if He brings you to it He will bring you thru it. You'll never endure that storm alone.
I love you, sister.

tiggerdaisy said...

Melissa,

May our merciful God shower you and your mother with love, peace, healing and comfort! His love, peace, healing and comfort that surpasses all others!

Prayers and blessings,
Rebecca

Laurie Ann said...

Please know that I am praying for your dear Momma right now. I'm so sorry for what she's going through and how it's breaking your heart. I pray that you feel God's loving arms around you and know that He's right there with ya'll, through every bit of it.

pamelasue said...

Just wanting you to know that I am praying for your mom and your family during this tough time. God has plans for each and every one of us , and while during these times it is hard to see, he knows what he is doing. I will continue to pray for strength and courage for you guys each and every day!!!

God Bless!!!
Pam

Beverlydru said...

"For the eyes of our Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers..." I Peter 3:12

You are surrounded by prayer. Your mom is being lifted up before our Father. My heart hurts to know the pain your family has been in. May God do a mighty work in your midst.

AP said...

i heard about you on lysa's blg.it amazes me how the world of blogging brings so may together.
you are in our prayers. praying God's arms wrap around you and comfort you and you feel his peace surround you, and your mom

Samina said...

Dear Melissa ~

I just read your story on Lysa's blog...what a blessing it is to be surrounded by sisters in Christ...to be surrounded by the outpouring of God's love...God's grace. Although we may not fully understand what it is like to be in your shoes, we do know what the power of prayer can do. What the power of God can do. And I just pray His Will, His Protection, His Healing, His Grace be upon your momma. I know it is hard to stand by and watch, but know that God is standing right beside you and your momma...He has a plan; it may not be our plan, but He is there, every second of every day. Lean on Him...and fill your momma up with His love and mercy and strength.

Much love,
your sister in Christ
Samina

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10

I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8 (AMP)

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP)

The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows (recognizes, has knowledge of, and understands) those who take refuge and trust in Him. Nahum 1:7 (AMP)

Anonymous said...

My father died 7 years ago. Being near the youngest of 9 kids, I was not told how. He was 81; I was 39. You'd think I was old enough to think 'well, he had a good life' or some of those other platitudes we say when someone dies, but no, not me..I was numb. He died in Feb, so the snow made it unable to bury him, so we had his commital in June..by then, I was not numb. Honey, whether your mom is a Christian or not (and I'm not sure if my father was), it is never ever a wrong time to cry...I still do on occasion. I have lots of 'I wish he could see this' or 'I would tell him that'. Know that whenever you cry, God will hear you.

Lucy Brazzell said...

Melissa I have been there. Three years ago tomorrow my mom lost her 13 month battle to leukemia. No words for you except that God is a good God and is holding your mom as well as your family in the palm of his hands. I am praying for you, your mom and your family. God is good!!!
Lucy

lisa said...

Melissa,

We went through this with my wonderful father-in-law last year. He truly was like my own father. A blessing to know. I will pray for you and your mom. The tears are flowing now as I type, because I am aware how out of control you feel. You just want to do everything possible and it's hard to stomach that there is nothing we can do to "fix" it. I pray that you can all rest in the peace that we can only get from our Heavenly Father. One bit of advice...get all those conversations out of the way now that you know you are going to want to have. I felt I could wait a little bit to do that and he was gone in 4 weeks. I will be praying....God bless you!

♥Susan said...

My mother was in a great deal of pain when she had cancer. She went to be w/ the Lord when I was eight years old. I understand what you're going through, even though I was young.

You and your family are in my thought and prayers, Melissa.

♥Susan

Stephenie said...

Melissa,
I am so sorry that your mom is going through this. Cancer is a nasty thing. Lord, grant Melissa and her family a peace that passes all understanding in the middle of this. May you know the presence of God in an amzing way today.

beachgirlcp said...

Praying for your family.

Amber said...

Melissa,

Even though we have never met, we are sisters in the Lord. As your sister I pray that the God of all love, peace and mercy, our Heavenly Father will pick you and your Momma up and hold you both in His arms. This is a place of undescribable peace. May He make time stand still there, so you can love on each other. Whether He blesses her with 1 more day or 100. You are in my prayers.

Amber

Yancy and Joy said...

I'm praying for you and your mom today! God loves you so much! He will not abandon you! Hold on to Him tightly!

Just me~ Bobbie Jo said...

Melissa-I read your story first on Lysa's blog and her asking everyone to come to your blog and pray for you and your mom and family and that is exactly what I am doing. Know that God is with you and He will hold you.

Lisa V said...

Lord, May the love of God wash over Melissa. Mow especially in this season on her life, be at her core and give her strength and comfort for herself and her family. Hold Melissa in your arms, she needs You. We know you love Melissa's mom so very very much. Shower her with Your peace and care. Ease her pain, give her strength. In this difficult time, may the family cling to each other and cling to You. You love them. Thank you that You are our Ruler, that we have You. In Jesus name, Amen.

Tales From the Eurovan said...

Dear Melissa,
I'm so sorry about your mom. I prayed that God would give you today exactly what you need exactly when you need it, whatever that may be.
Take care,
Julie

AnooCre8ion said...

Hi Melissa, I just wanted to say that God is a God of comfort. Feel His loving arms around you and know they are around your mom as well.

This is not a surprise to Him. He already has all of you covered in the blood of His precious son Jesus.

Praying for you
Vickie

Angie said...

I am sorry you are all having to go through this. I am praying for strength and peace for you all and that your faith in God will be deepened even more as you face this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Melissa,

I bare this burden with you. I will be praying for you.

God, pour out your grace on this family. Lord please fill them with your peace, which supasses all understanding. Lord speak to their hearts today.

Love,
Shauna

Anonymous said...

As someone who has been through this more than once, I want you to know that with God's love, you and your Mother will be blessed both in the earthly world and more so in Heaven when and if that time comes. We are all praying deeply for both of you.

RefreshMom said...

Lord, make your peace and presence very real today.

all4boys said...

Melissa, I am sorry about your mom. I am lifting you both up in my prayers as I write this. May the Lord bless you both, and keep you both. And may His face shine upon you during such a time as this. His will and glory will be revealed to you, my friend, my dear sweet sister in Christ. I am praying for you and love you IN HIM.

~Jennifer

Anonymous said...

What an amazing journey this is for all of you. God is seeing you through it, He is with you every single step of the way. Praying that your hearts will be filled with peace and the presence of our loving God.

Kim said...

Praying for you, your family and most importantly for your Mom.

May God give you all the peace and comfort that only HE can give.

hugs,
Kim

Elizabeth said...

Jesus holds you in the palm of his hand. I pray for your peace anc comfort. "Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness." Lamantations 3:22-23

May you see His faithfulness every moment of your trial.

ScrapHappy71 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, Melissa. Words can't begin to express the sadness. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

God Bless You,

Michelle in CA

irishgirl said...

Melissa, I am so sorry that your mom is sick. Please know that I will be praying for her, for you and for your whole family. When you think you can not go one more step, remember that we are all bathing you and your mom in prayer!

God Bless!
Lara

Anonymous said...

Lord Jesus I pray for You to be with Melissa, her mom, and her entire family during this difficult time. Provide them with strength and faith despite the circumstance. Lord i pray for her mom to not be in pain. I pray for Your comfort to be with them all. Lord I praise You for the gift of eternal life that You promise all those who have accepted You into their lives. In Jesus name, Amen.

Jennifer said...

I heard you needed some kind words :) Although I don't know you, and I don't know much about you, I'm praying for you just the same. That's a testament to Jesus' love for all his children. I hope you are blessed by the many comments you'll receive from strangers around the world.

Melissa said...

Melissa,
I do not know you, but came here as a sister in Christ through Lysa's blog.I know how painful it is to hear the "C" since I am dealing with it in the lives of people I love right now. I found this beautiful plaque for my friend and I wanted to share those words with you: "These are the things Cancer cannot do. It cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot corrode faith, it cannot kill friendship, it cannot destroy peace.”
I have read the many Bible verses left for you and i leave just a few more in the hope they will bring you comfort knowing the Lord will never forsake you.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."
Romans 8:26

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry [did enter] into his ears. 2 Samuel 22:7

I will call upon the Lord, [who is worthy] to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, [even] into his ears.
Psalms 18:3-6

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Please know as I go through the day I will continually lift you and your family up to the Lord that he will hold you and comfort you through this.
Your sister in Christ,
Melissa

Anonymous said...

Melissa-
I'm another of Lysa's blog readers are coming over to show love to a fellow sister in Christ. I pray that you, the beloved of the Lord, will rest secure in Him, for He shields you all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders." Deuteronomy 33:12- rest between His mighty shoulders, trusting Him to give you the strength you need each day for whatever comes your way. Hugs, Amanda in PA

Miss G said...

Have a blessed day, Melissa! I can't imagine how hard this time must be. Kelly

Tera said...

My family has dealt with a lot of cancer and we all have buttons that say "CANCER SUCKS". I'm praying for ya!

Toknowhim said...

Psalm 34:18 (New International Version)

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit

Anonymous said...

My daughter in law forwarded this to me. . . I am now forwarding to my womens bible study group. You will have 15 women who love the Lord, lifting you and your family up in prayer.

I just completed treatment for breast cancer. I had hundreds of people praying for me and felt God's presence every step of the way. I pray that you will also feel His presence.

BJ said...

He who Promised is Faithful.

Hs IS faithful.

Mindi said...

Melissa, I know a lot of your pain. My voice teacher and dear friend Staci had stage 4 cancer for a few years before she passed away Jan. 18. She was more a mother to me than my own mother. If you want to, you can visit her blog www.blogspot.com/stacimcauley and read about her personal journey through the cancer. It's encouraging to read how even in the depths, she still relied on God. Yet it is so real and raw across the board of confusion and grief and even anger. I think you'd be blessed by having read it.

I promise to pray for you and your mom. Let yourself feel God's love flowing through you.

With love,
Mindi

Anonymous said...

Heavenly Father,
I ask for peace and comfort beyond human comprehension for this family. Please give Melissa's mom perfect healing and perfect peace in you.

Amen....
EM

Anonymous said...

Melissa;
I will be praying John 14:27, Psalm 85:8, & Psalm 105:4, all over you & your mom @ this time. His Peace & Strength I'm praying for you.
In his love

Fields of gold said...

Mel, I love you and am praying with you! I'm standing with you and watching as the Lord rescues you and fights for you. Sambo

Ann Brown said...

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. Psalm 56:3
The key word is trust...I have prayed for your comfort which God has given to me in times past. I'm the Mother of 5 boys and they are my priorities now that my husband has passed. A MOM after God's own heart....

Anonymous said...

Dear Sister in Christ,

I read your blog & the P31 devotion daily. What comfort and support they have been to me over the past 18 months. I don’t typically “blog” but today felt the Lord urging me to send you a message.
I lost my father to cancer in October of 2007 so I can only imagine what you are going though now. Words are never enough, but we are so blessed to have the knowledge and hope of a better life. A life that our Father has promised will be without pain and hurt. I’m praying for you, your mom and entire family.

Spend as much time together as you can, the memories will be so precious and comforting to you. Always remember how lucky we are to have our earthly parents.

May God’s blessings be with you today and always.

Lory

Jennifer said...

Praying for peace among your hearts, faith that He is still God who can do wonders, and joy in these days together as a family.

God Bless.

Alexis said...

The Lord is your strength and your shield, and your heart trusts in him, and you are helped!!!

Heavenly Father, I pray for Melissa and her sweet mom, that they would feel your abounding love and peace. I pray that you would be so close to them that they would feel your touch like never before and know that it was you. Most of all, let them just rest in the fact that you love them with an everlasting love!
In Your name, Amen!

Bridget said...

Melissa,
I am so sorry for you and your Mom. Don't be afraid my friend...this battle is God's and He wins! I'll be praying for you and your family to see God's glory through this journey.

Mari said...

Melissa:
I only know to say two things. First, I am so sorry your mom is going through this. But I am so glad that you there for her. Second, I will be praying for your family in this difficult time, that God provides you with His peace.

Amy L Brooke said...

As you know, I am praying for you,your mom, and your family. I am praying for strength and peace and knowing God's ever present love.

hkudla said...

Dear Melissa,
I am praying for you and your family...
Lord in the powerful name of Jesus, I bind the enemy from the lives of Melissa and her family. I bind any spirit of fear and anxiety, and spirit of contention that would arise to try and split, hurt or plant lies in their lives.
I pray that you would come in behind and loose Your Spirit in their lives. Fill them with such peace that they are able to comfort each other, and that they are able to love on each other and Melissa's mom.
God you know what they need. Please touch them all the in the specific ways they need to feel Your love, and Your arms around them, holding them safe and fast in Your lap.
I thank you in advance for Your answer to these prayers, and all the prayers being raised on behalf of Melissa and her mother and the rest of her family. May your healing hand be on all of them.
In Christ's precious name,
Amen

Love you my friend,
Heather

maudie-mae said...

I know the feelings that come with hearing the "C" word. It is by far the ugliest word in the English language. However, with it comes a whole new way of trusting God. I'd leave you with one verse that has been very important in my journey through cancer: He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is steadfast on Him, because he trusts in Him. Isaiah 26:3 (with a little paraphrasing from me in it.)

Anonymous said...

Father, In Jesus name we stand together in faith for the healing of Melissa's mom. Thank you for for strengthening them for this journey of faith. You are the God of all comfort! You have already designed comfort for this day and everyday. There is healing in the name of Jesus!

For the sake of your reputation, In Jesus Name,

Debbie - North Carolina

SheriYates said...

Eph. 1:20-21...Jesus name is above EVERY name. It is!

I went through this journey with my mom. I was waffling will God heal her, will he not? How do I know? I had so much teaching that this may be from God. I didn't know to receive it or rebuke it. I was so confused. Every Dr. visit was an opportunity for anxiety.

Praying for healing one day, God showed me that I wasn't living in the present moment. I was living in the "what-ifs!" I wasn't just being thankful for TODAY. He also revealed to me that I didn't really know His will for her life or mine for that matter. I wasn't really sure if He was truly good all the time.

I set out on a pursuit to find out - to know Him better...to know His deep and intimate love for me and my mom!

There is a verse is Is. that says "call evil good and good evil." Cancer is not good. We have to see it for what it is and put the right label on it. We have to know that God came to bring life and life to the full so that we can stand completely firm against it.

My prayer over all those months was Eph. 1:17-end - I pray that you for today, Melissa. If you don't know how awesome and wonderful He is - that He is for you and not against you- that He wants your mom well, I pray that He floods the eyes of your heart TODAY! I pray for quick revelation and a wonderful assurance how His great love for you both!

In Mt. 8:24-27...The disciples are in the boat with Jesus. They are afraid. Some Christians today would have told them to ride the wave out because Jesus was with them, but look at what Jesus did...He rebuked the storm. Immediately following, there was a perfect peace!! Perfect peace.

When we are not sure of God's fingerprints, its hard to know if we should fight or submit to the illness.

I encourage you this day to stand firm!!

Stand firm! Resist it! Resist the anxiety. Tell God all about it, but tell it to go too!!

I am sorry I went on and on - I could write a book about my journey!

Love in Jesus Christ!
sheriyates

Julie Stiles Mills said...

My son shared this verse with his little sister this week and it immediately came to my thoughts when I read about your mom on Lysa's blog:

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

I pray this truth for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Dear Heavenly Father,
Please surround Melissa her family and her mother in your love today and the love of all of their friends and relatives. Please give them a sense of peace during this tumultous time of cancer and uncertainty. Give them comfort knowing that you will hold them up and be faithful to them through these painful times.
I ask this in Jesus' name.
Amen.

Liz said...

Melissa... I've been reading through all the comments and tears are stinging in my eyes and rolling down my cheeks. All I can think at this moment is that God is being glorified and His glory is everlasting. How wonderful that women of faith can come together, through the internet, and pray, and uplift and glorify our Heavenly Father with their thoughts and words.

Joyful said...

Hey sweet friend,

I wore my 'pink' yesterday as a visual reminder all day to be in prayer for you and your mom (I even posted a pic on Facebook.)

Do you know what has blown me away? Tuesday night while God was using you to minister to my heart, you never once mentioned your own pressing need. Melissa, you poured love into me when you were experiencing your own pain. Ah, my friend, I feel so bad for adding to your burden, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there for me.

Continuing in prayer for you and sending hugs....wish I could do even more.... Please Lord Jesus, minister to my sweet friends heart.

Love ya,
Joy

sharron said...

I've prayed for you and your mom to have the comfort that you need today. I love the song,He Knows My Name, and I'm praying that you will find the comfort in knowing that He Knows Your Name. May God's hand comfort you today.
Sharron

Terri in AZ said...

Praying for you and your family, knowing that this could happen to any family at any time. So sorry your family has to experience this trama. May your faith be evident and God's peace all encompassing.
Blessings,
Terri in AZ

Anonymous said...

I'm very sorry your family is going through such a difficult time.Please know that although I am sure your moms dr.s are very wise, only God in heaven knows your time so please dont give up FIGHT!!! Dont let the devil cause you to miss one moment of time together or cause you to waste that moment worrying just enjoy looking at each other memorizing everything voice,hands,smile, enjoy the AMAZING mother daughter bond.I pray for God to give you a pain free recovery and wonderful memory making days ahead.

From someone who lost my mom when I was 33 if she wants to talk about death, heaven or life without her,although your mind screams no your not going anywhere just listen, she needs to let you know whats in her heart, Please dont forget God is in control and you are his child he will never leave or forsake you.

GG said...

I lost relatives from cancer and I almost lost friends from cancer as well but cancer did not overcome our friendship. I am sure it is the same thing with you and your mom. You will overcome cancer by your love for each other. God be with you, your mom and your family in this time of need.

Scribbles said...

I can't compare with others' sweet and loving words but I can share your burden and send love to your mum from the other side of the pacific and send prayers up to the big guy. Stay strong in your faith Melissa, I know you will make it through.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Hold on to Him in this valley - He will never leave you.

Praying for you, your mom, and your entire family.

Stephanie said...

May the Lord wrap you an your mother in his warm and loving arms today and all the days to come. Know that He is right there with you and continue to have faith in Him as He chooses the path for you to follow. God Bless!

Wanda said...

Melissa
I am more than glad to pray for you and your family. God is so good and He has blessed you in some wonderful ways. I can see you are very loved.
These messages are so heartwarming.
God bless you guys....and hang on tight as you weather this storm. Cherish each moment.
BIG HUGS!!

Melissa said...

I have been through cancer with more family members than I care to count. Cousins, great aunts, Great Grandma, Grandma, my own Mom too. I know the feelings you are experiencing and because of that you are in my prayers.

There is only One who can comfort and you are resting in His mighty arms.

Many hugs to you and your mom.

Anonymous said...

Melissa, we've never met, but I regularly read P31 Blogs and love this women's ministry. You all touch so many lives and your honesty and courage to post what's on your heart is appreciated and looked forward to daily.

During this time I pray for your family, for healing, for love, for courage, and grace.

I'm not a writer, so it's hard to find just the right words to express all I hope to share with you.

I just know that God brings us all together for his good, right reasons and know that he is there, holding you all in the palm of his hand. What better place could we be?

In his care, daily
Hugs, Jodi =]

Aline said...

I pray that God keeps you, your mom and your entire family in his peace and that you may be conforted by his love, and his love given to you through your friends and brothers in Christ Jesus.

I read about you in Lysa's blog, and also pray that God blesses you in the ministry of Proverbs 31.
with love, your sister in Christ
Aline

"and God will wipe every tear from their eyes". Rev 7:17

Alichia said...

Melissa,
I'm praying for you and your mom.
I hope this verse brings you some encouragement. It sure helped me when a friend shared it with me a couple of weeks ago as my heart was losing hope.

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

On Purpose said...

Dear Jesus hold Melissa, her momma, and her family tightly in Your mighty arms. Only You can bring comfort, only You can bring strength and only You can bring endurance. Love on them in ways only You can do. Thank You Jesus for a great a wonderful love that covers all things-Amen

Jami @ livelaughlove5 said...

Wow, Melissa - I am sorry to hear this news for you. I am praying for you all today. Praying that you will feel HIS nearness and peace during this time of turmoil and unknown.

Sandy said...

I've been in your shoes: same words about my mom. Very painful, hard to believe I made it through that time in my life.
I was held up by prayers and love. And the same to you ...

Anonymous said...

Melissa,

Lifting you and your Mom, to the throne of grace. You are not alone and we are praying.

"I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.' The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD." Lamentations 3:20-26 NIV

May you and yours find comfort in the arms of our strong Savior, "And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19 NIV

God bless and keep you always.

Cheri Bunch said...

Sweet Melissa~
I want to be in that band of friends that Lysa mentioned. I pray for peace.......His peace.......and strength.........and whatever you need whenever you need it! I send love your way for you and yours!
Cheri

Wanita said...

Your mom and all of your family are in my prayers. I pray you will all feel God's loving arms wrapped around you and holding you tightly.

Tina said...

I pray that God will grant you and your mom the strength you need to continue to fight this beast! His deepest blessings upon you.

Kristen said...

My heart goes out to you and others who have gone through these difficult times with their mother, as I did 7years ago. It truly is a "come to Jesus" time in your life, where all the pettiness of this world falls away and are sustained by the bread of life and the power of the Holy Spirit. Be sustained by the power of his "everlasting arms" which will lift you up and with the hope and joy that comes from Him alone (Romans 15:13). Pray your way through each day that your steps may be ordered by Him to accomplish the things you must and spend the time you must with your mom sharing about all of your life.
Be still and know that HE is God....

Denise said...

I love you my friend and I love your mom and Buddy too! I know she is in pain but God will comfort her, I just know it because He promises it in His word!He loves her even more than you and Patricia and all the rest of her family do..... she will go through the fire and into His arms pain free!I Love u - Denise and K

Amy said...

Melissa,
I wish I had a bucket of flowery words for you to help ease the pain...but I don't. You're in my thoughts and prayers and we're all standing in the gap for you, sending up prayers left and right!
It's so hard to be the "care taker" for someone with "C"! You just want to find a way to fix it all for them and you can't! This brings back lots of memories for me...my husband passed away with cancer when he was only 25 leaving me with 2 small children to raise. God has definately been good and led the path for me! Hugs from Oklahoma...Amy

Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa,

All i want to say is what i was told when i had cancer years ago. Cancer is a big and scary word, but it doesnt stand a chance in comparison to this word CHRIST.

By Hes stripes we are healed

God bless you and your Mom.

Victoria said...

Praying that the Lord will strengthen you and remind you of His faithfulness. He rose Lazarus from the grave after four days, He can heal stage 4 cancer by His stripes. In Jesus' name, Amen. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

"and God will wipe every tear from their eyes". Rev 7:17

Stacie@HobbitDoor said...

Praying for peace, strength and comfort. Just popped over from Lysa's blog to let you know.

Lorie said...

I just stopped here to give you a virtual hug and let you know I have prayed for your family. (((HUGS)))

Oh Dear said...

Just prayed for you, your mom, and your family.

Mommy Dot Com said...

Father,
I ask that you hold Melissa's mom in your timeless hands. You are the everlasting God. You do not faint and you don't grow weary. You're the defender of the weak. May Your hand and presence be seen like never before. May you silence fear and make room for your eternal power to hold her firmly and steadfast. Please speak peace to every cell in her body. Sustain her with your limitless power. May Your Name be her source of strength and may Your Words be her healing.

Father, please pour out your grace upon this family. They need you and you are an ever present help in the time of trouble.

We praise you. Amen.

Becky said...

Know that we are thinking of you and praying for your mom, you, and entire family. May God's mercy, grace, and peace shine on you all.

Lifting you all in prayer,
Becky

Tanya N said...

I just wanted to add my prayers for you and your mum to those above. I can't imagine what you are going through but I have faith that my heavenly Father who knows all things knows EXACTLY what you need right now & I pray that He will draw near to you all in a very real way and supply all your needs - whether its comfort, strength, courage or just a hand to hold. Praying for you all.

Dena said...

Father,
We are all so grateful that you are a God of Peace. Please fill Melissa and her mom and their family with so much love and peace and comfort that all the bad and ugly and real life seem not just tolerable but full of joy.

In the name of the great Healer - your Son, Christ Jesus
Amen

Lisa said...

I'm lifting your Mom and your family up to the throne of grace. May the great Physician lay His hand upon her and make her whole. May peace reign in the midst of the storm you're walking through and God receive all of the Glory!
Blessings - Lisa

Anonymous said...

you and your Mom are held up by so many prayers...add one more

Anonymous said...

What a sad and difficult time this must be for you and your family. I will pray that the good Lord surrounds you all with his mercy and grace. I lost my mom a year and a half ago, after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's. God carried us through that time. I have never felt His presence so strongly as I did the last week of her life.
Blessings to you.
Ann

Encourager said...

Hi Melissa, This is what a dear friend share with me, when my mom was dying.

Dear Melissa, You have an Angels job to usher your mom into heaven. You can do this and you will have all the right things to say. Continue to Love on her and know we are all praying for you to feel the peace and love of God on you and your family. Sit with her and write some of her stories she wants to share with you as a child. I sat with my mom, and as time got closer I put Praise Music on, my mom never really knew the Lord growing up and didn't believe what I believed. I sat with her, prayed and said Mom, you might as well get use to praise music, because your going to enter Heaven with praise... We watched home video's and laughed, cried.. She shared special moments I have and it has been since 1996 when my mom went to Heaven! You have an ANGELS JOB! Finish strong, blessings Karen

Kathy said...

Melissa,
When I read your information both on Lysa's blog and your page, I was hit with similarities of when my mom had cancer. In November of 2000, my mother was diagnosed with a large malignant brain tumor. In February 2001, she entered eternity with our Lord. What I felt during that time of uncertainty was just that- wondering, hoping, all "planning" stops as you wait with that yuck feeling in your stomach. However, I was held up in prayer as was mom and my family. What I have learned - GOD IS FAITHFUL! and I've learned that I have yearned for others who know how I feel or what I'm going through. My mom felt the same way after my grandmother died as well. The Lord has provided all we need. Please know that your burden is on our hearts, and don't hesitate to contact me if you need to talk with someone who's
"been there". May you feel God's arms surround you and hold you really tight Today!

Michele R. W. said...

Melissa,
One time during a rough time in my life, someone said, "God never gives you more than you can bear." My reply and feelings were,"Yeah, but I think he gets me mixed up with someone else!" I don't know where this finds you, but know that God is right next to you and so are many people you have never even met . . standing in the gap and praying with you!

Jennifer said...

Melissa,

Just wanted to add my thoughts, and hugs and prayers..for you and for your mother. I pray the times you have with your mother are sweet and peace-filled, that your mother's pain is controlled and both of your hearts are sweetly blessed....by each other and by our loving Savior!

Promising to keep you both lifted up in prayer...

Jennifer

Unreasonable Grace said...

Sweet Melissa,
I am praying for your mom, you and your entire family. Praying that God will comfort you and flood your soul with peace as only He can. Remember that every one of your tears are captured by Him. He loves you so much!
Kim

Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul said...

Oh, how my heart breaks....praying for your Mom and family during this God ordained season of your lives.

No, He never lets go!!!

Pamela in TX

Carol said...

Melissa,
I pray that God wraps His arms around you and your family today, that He give comfort and strength to your mother. I am sorry for this tough time you are going through.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me, your love, O Lord, endures forever - do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalm 138:8

In Him,
Carol @ sheep to the right

Anonymous said...

The verses that seems to bring me comfort when I am scared or worried is Philippians 4:6-7.

My heart breaks for you -- cancer is such a heartbreaking experience. I went through it with my Grandpa nine years ago. It is a devastating experience with a whole mixture of emotions.

I pray for your mama that she doesn't have too much pain and that she reaches out and clings to God. I pray that the treatments continue to work and that a miracle could be worked through her. I pray for you -- to keep up your strength, to continue to allow God to comfort you, and to share exactly how you feel with Him.

Linda aka Squirrelly Mom said...

You're not alone. God is always with us and carries us when we think we can't take another step. Let him carry you.

Anonymous said...

Melissa, I am so sorry that you and your precious mom are walking through this difficult trial. My mother and I walked that way a little over four years ago. She had ovarian cancer. I would encourage you to take some quiet each day to hear His voice. He will whisper encouragements to your heart that are SO life-giving and encouraging to your heart. Ones that you need most to hear at that moment. He will put you both on other's hearts and they will minister to you in very personal and special ways. He IS the great I AM and you will experience Him over and over in deeper ways than you ever have before. He is unfailingly faithful and His mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23) One of the Scriptures that ministered so much to me was Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." He will show you the way to take as you need to make hard decisions and encourage your heart and your precious momma's with His great and true promises. You are in our prayers. He will surprise you with how personal, loving and faithful He is.....in ways that only He would know would bless your heart SO deeply. It is a hard walk, but because you are walking with Him it is one of the sweetest you will ever take. He never wastes one thing that we are going through and will use it to build your character in ways you couldn't imagine. Look up to Him, lean into Him and obey all He shows you. My thoughts and prayers are with you sweet sister. Much love to you and your family....

Anonymous said...

We may not know each other, but we are family in Christ. I was prompted to send this note from visiting the site of Proverbs 31 Women Ministry.

Stay strong and hopeful in the Lord. He loves you, your family, and your mom more than you can imagine. Cast your pain, cares, and tears up to HIm. He is capable of carrying it all for you!

God bless you!
A sister in Christ,
Suzy

Shanda said...

Melissa,
My mom also received a "terminal cancer" diagnosis years ago when I was in college. She ended up passing away 2 years after the diagnosis. It was extremely difficult; and yet God...He brought so much good out of the pain - physical, emotional, and Spiritual in many lives including mine. I am praying today that she would be comforted. That her body would have strength. That your moments together would be precious, and that God would show Himself mighty & more real than ever in all of your lives.

Blessings & HUGS!
Shanda

Alexa said...

God is faithful, Melissa. "I will still be the same when you are old and gray, and I will take care of you. I created you. I will carry you and always keep yous safe." Isaiah 46:4 (CEV). I know how much you love Isaiah. You've shown me some gems in this amazing book. Streams in the desert, treasures in dark places. I am praying for the supernatural power of the HS to give you strength and grace as you totally depend on Him. As this situation becomes more and more out of human control, may you cling to Him minute by minute if necessary for your manna. I love you dearly my sweet friend.

Kim said...

Melissa, I am praying for God's strength for you, your mom and your whole family.

Love to you all.

Kim

Tammi said...

May the peace and comfort of being in our Shepherd's arms enfold you, and your mom- his sheep, today.

Zech. 4:6
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord."

Tonya Nash said...

I have had several close family members affected by cancer, so I can relate to what you are going through. I pray that the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep not only your mind, but the mind of your entire family as well. I pray that you and your family will take comfort in knowing that God is with you. May God give your mom strength, hope, and freedom from fear.

Hugs,
Tonya

Marla Taviano said...

Praying for you, your sweet mama, and your whole family!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Praying for peace and comfort for your entire family. May this time cause you all to press closer in to your Father and know Him better and love Him more.

Rina said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. May God grant you both peace and comfort as you journey down this difficult road.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. May you be blessed.

tracy krecklow said...

Melissa,
I just wanted to say that I am sorry for what you are going though. My mother was diagnosed in May of 2008 with terminal brain cancer. She passed away just six weeks ago. She was 47 and I am 24. Through our journey, we became closer that we ever were and I don't regret one moment with her. Within the months after her diagnosis, she came to know Christ and because of that, I am enternally thankful. People always would ask how I could be thankful for what she (and we) were going through... I just know that God's plan is much larger than anything I could ever conjour and knowing that He is in control is enough for me. I miss her, ever so deeply, everday, but I am grateful for the time we had and know that I will see her again someday. I will pray for your mother, you, and your family. From one daughter to another,
Tracy

Maggie said...

Melissa,
How I have thought about you so many times over the last couple of months. I have prayed for your mom and your family many, many times. I pray for your moms healing and Gods comfort upon your family.
Hugs,
Margaret

lisasmith said...

Just came by from Lysa's blog and was so excited to see your face. I just read your P31 article not too long ago about your struggle with depression and fell in love with you. I can so relate to your struggles. Know I am lifting your family in my prayers today.

Anonymous said...

Melissa,

I pray for you, your mom, and your entire family. I pray for God to give you all strength and encouragement during this trial. He holds it all in His hands, and I pray He holds you tightly during this. Look to God for all things and know, know, know that "PRAYER CHANGES THINGS!!!!!!!"

Anonymous said...

Sweet Melissa, I am praying for you and your mom and your entire family this morning. "Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." ~Lamentations 3:21-24 You all are loved and being lifted up by so many. Praying you are feeling His arms wrapped around you tightly this morning.

love,
Michelle Pierce

Onalee Sutherland said...

Hello Dear Heart..I have lifted your mother in prayer today and will continue to pray for God's will, peace and grace for her, you and your family. Warm Hugs, kindest of thoughts.
Onalee S

Anonymous said...

Hi, Melissa...I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you and your mama. I've had a few family members who have struggled with cancer and it is such a helpless feeling for all those involved. It reminds us to lean on God and to be completely & utterly dependent on Him. I rejoice with you in the good news and pray with all my heart and soul with you in the not so good news....
Lots of love & prayers...Heather (Clayton NC)

Martha said...

I prayed for you and your family - for peace in the midst of pain, and for little joys for you through out the day - that you may know that God is still God, and that he cares for all of you!

Vivian said...

Oh how God is so good in giving us His angels here on Earth . . . our girlfriends who love us, encourage us and build us up through so many of life's trials. Rest in Him, be at peace knowing He is the author and finisher of our faith. Don't worry about the things of this world, they will take care of themselves; just love on and be with your momma and cherish her.

In His Love ~ Vivian

Digging for Pearls said...

Dear Melissa,
I just heard about your Mom and wanted you to know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know through my Dad going through lung cancer that it affects all of you. I pray for peace and strength for each new day. May you feel His presence in a very special way. When my Dad was going through cancer I clung to Jeremiah 29:11-13. God's healing comes in many ways - sometimes physical and sometimes by taking them home to be with Him. I pray that you are comforted by all these comments!

Blessings,
Pearls

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

I am lifting you and your mom up in prayer this morning, Melissa. Peace be with you.

Anonymous said...

With so many sisters, I have also joined in prayer for strength, comfort and infinite love and hope for you and your mom. May God surround you and lift you up! Jennie

marilyn said...

Prayers for your mother and you, that you may spend these days enjoying each other's company and making memories that will last. Thank you for the reminder to live each day as if it were the last, to love fully those we hold dear.
Bless you sweet sister.

KAREN SCHMALZ said...

Melissa. You and your Mom are in my prayers. I know that God will give you the strength to walk through this valley.
Karen