The First Day

May 3, 2016

The word overwhelmed has new meaning to me tonight. Within 30 minutes, the news about Clay’s situation spread to hundreds of people. We feel very loved. We’ve not been trying to hide it, but we were trying to be wise. We are desperate for your prayers and we want as many people praying for us as possible. I’ve watched so many people in my life deal with devastating news and I’ve always prayed that God would give me strength to walk through darkness with grace and steadfastness. Well, He has given my family a great opportunity to declare His power and His might to the watching world. 

After a very sudden onset of symptoms, we went from feeling perfectly healthy to finding out that Clay has an inoperable brain tumor called glioblastoma. We’ve received a lot of news in one day and our heads are spinning but our hope is sure. So far, the doctors have given us no meaningful hope. The only treatment option will require an invasive and risky biopsy and the treatment would only extend life by months. They’ve estimated that he has less than a year to live. Of course, they don’t know exactly but we’ve had wonderful doctors giving us difficult news to the best of their ability.

There is no cure. Only Jesus can save my husband. Only Jesus can save this incredible man that is loved by so many of you. We need Jesus.

Right now, we are weighing options and running more tests. We are in the hospital and will most likely be here through the end of the week. Please pray for wisdom for the doctors and for us. God has already done several miracles. Several. He is with us. He does not leave us and He does not forsake us.

In my prayer time this morning, the Lord brought me to Psalm 33,

16 The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.
18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

God, in His mercy, has prepared our hearts. We know that it doesn’t matter which horse we ride into battle. Our horse cannot save us. God, in His unfailing love, saves us. We are refusing to give Satan any ground. All glory belongs to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is not afraid, alarmed or surprised. He is just demonstrating His power through us right now. It is His testimony and we will trust Him with it. (I learned that from Robin Bussie Scherer.)

Rejoice with us that God will be glorified in the earth. Pray with us for healing, strength, direction, steadfastness, patient endurance.

Thank you to our church family who gathered about 70 people to intercede for us in just 30 minutes of us releasing the news. I will cherish this picture forever. I can hardly contain how loved I feel. Clay was so touched.

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