Thursday, June 3, 2010


Well, tomorrow is the big day. I have MANY emotions about all that is going on as you can very well imagine. I have struggled with anxiety my whole life as I have shared before, but I can honestly say that through this whole thing the Lord has been so faithful to me, and I have experienced His peace and love in such abundance that it has more than gotten me through; and how grateful I am. I think those who know me the best have been as pleased as I have, that the Lord has met this need so obviously. On Wed. morning as I was doing my devotions I prayed as always, but specifically asked God to speak to me and let me know and hear something specifically from Him; just for me. I wanted to really hear His voice. He didn’t disappoint me as He lead me to these verses in Psalms. I personalized them by adding my name…

Psalm 29: 10, 11…and the Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to Debbie; the Lord will bless Debbie with peace.

This Psalm also just speaks about “hearing” the Lord’s voice. His voice is heard over all creation. His voice is powerful and full of majesty. He spoke everything that was and is into being and holds it all in His mighty and loving hands. The God of this mighty universe loves us and cares for us and will meet our every need. I have NOTHING to fear. I have felt a flooding of His peace every since. Now of course that is not to say that fear, and doubt, and worry, and all that goes with those emotions have not come knocking at my door. The enemy is doing his very best as always. And yet, greater is He who is in me than he who is the world. The enemy just really doesn’t have a chance.

I will have much support at the hospital tomorrow as so many of family members will be there for me. Again, how grateful I am. I will ask all of you to pray for me as you have been soo faithful to do so. I have some very specific requests if you don’t mind, but PLEASE pray any way that the Lord leads you to do so. I would ask MAINLY that His peace continues to flood my heart and spirit as I will be waiting for I while I understand before it actually happens. Now this is going to sound ridiculous, but if you knew me well you’d know just how large I have this, haha ~ but please pray I am not starving ~ I am one of those people who wakes up hungry and does the majority of my eating for the day by noon. Fasting is NEVER easy for me as I become weak, shaky and just plain old weird when I don’t eat. Soo I am really not looking forward to that. Then, I guess I have to have a dye injected into me when I arrive so that they know just exactly what nodes to remove during surgery. It can take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours or more for this to happen, and of course the surgery can’t happen until it does. Please pray that it happens quickly. (see the above request as to why I have this large, haha) I would also ask that the Lord guides the surgeon’s hands and gives everyone wisdom in dealing with all that is happening. I would ask that my blood pressure stays in control the entire time I am there. It does tend to soar. And that my heart does not palpitate as it seems to do especially when I am stressed. And I would also ask that as I come out of the anesthesia that I have no problems. I HATE waking up and feeling soo weird and out of control. And finally, while I am there I want to be able to focus on those around me somewhat too who are going through surgery as well. The Lord has impressed upon my heart this last week or so that soo many of His people are going through so much too. And they may not have Him, or a large supportive family, or a blogland full of prayer warriors like I do. If all goes as planned I will be home the next day. Melody is to arrive this afternoon and I am soo excited to see her face. I wish it was for different circumstances as I will probably not be up for much at all besides laying around. But that does leave lots of time for chatting. I feel bad as it is her 2nd wedding anniversary on Tues. and she will be far away from her new hubby. I will have MUCH to deal with no doubt as I adjust to life after a double mastectomy and a major life move as well coming up in 3 weeks. But for now I plan on focusing on just getting through the surgery, and the recovery. On a different note, escrow will close today (we didn’t quite make last night) and I would ask that you might pray that all goes well with the work that is to be done while I am recovering.

I am soo grateful that it seems the cancer has been caught at the stage it has and that more than likely this will be all that I have to deal with. Sooo grateful. And yet if something else should change that, then I KNOW the Lord will see me through. I am soo grateful to all of you for praying and for being there for me. It has meant more to me than you can imagine. If I am not able to write out what happens soon myself, I will have Mel keep you updated. I continue to be grateful for my family who are soo supportive and helpful, and for the kindness a complete stranger showed me yesterday as she gave me tips on how to cope following the surgery. Yesterday afternoon GORGEOUS flowers arrived in the mail from some good friends of Mel’s. Soo sweet. In the meantime, know that you are all in my heart and that I will be anxious to get back to visit blogland and see for myself what is happening with all of you. Much love to you all……Debbie

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


  1. So thankful the Lord is providing you with peace and love specific and personalized just for you! I pray He continues to do so. He is with you and it does make the hard times more bearable when you can really feel that. I am praying for the whole surgery tomorrow and your recovery. Wonderful that you'll have your Mel with you starting this afternoon. What a blessing she is!

  2. My love to you, and my prayers, of course.
    Will anxiously wait for Mel to update us.

  3. So such a sweet, honest and from the heart post - just why I so enjoy your blog. You can be sure you will be covered in prayer tomorrow. So glad you shared specific requests..I love to pray for people that way.

    There is just nothing better than speaking to us directly and so personally from His word! Praying that you continue to feel Him ever so real. Enjoy today..especially with your sweet Mel:)

    Hugs friend,


  4. Precious Debbie, I ask right now that God put his hand upon you, give you sweet peace only he can give, and to let you know he is with you, when I had my surgery I claimed John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." I pray this same peace it give me it will comfort you as well, and I also pray for a very quick recovery, that you will up and about in no time, GOD IS ABLE
    lots of hugs and love, Barbara

  5. Dearest Debbie,

    Just to let you know that I've been following your blog to see what is happening, but been extremely busy, with no time for comments or emails...but my prayers have not ceased for you, and I'm praising our wonderful Father for the blessings He's pouring out on you! He will never leave or forsake you, as He has proven so many times, and He will see you through this, showering you with HIS peace. I am praying specifically for those things you've asked for...I do understand about being hungry in the soothes our stress, and when we are stressed but can't eat, that can cause us much anxiety, but with God, you will float through those hours of not eating...He will fill your body with peace and calm.

    Waiting to hear more good news...keep your hand on the hem of His garment, trust in Him, and know you are LOVED!


  6. Dearest Debbie, I say amen to all those prayers from others lifted up. I will be continuing to uphold you and yours-especially for a sense of His presence in a very tangible way and His peace. May His healing cover you completely.
    With love, hugs and prayers.

  7. Sweet Deb,
    Standing with you in prayer and praise of this Lord Who is sovereign over ALL! He is also able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ask or even think...may it be so for you, dear friend. May His peace flood your spirit and rest on your family, and may He bring you through this procedure speedily and restore you to full health.

    Love you much, gal.
    So glad Melly will be with you!:o)
    Thank you so much for your prayers.
    The kids are almost to Tennessee.
    I am doing better today. Just so much to be thankful for, you know?

    Blessings and big hugs,

  8. I am with you in prayer. God has such tenderness and he will cradle you in his loving arms.

    Yoli :)

  9. Debbie, I'm so glad you got Mel's flowers at just the perfect time and that she will be there for you. I know from your writings how important she is to you.

    I will be praying that God's peace will envelope you during this whole ordeal. In the midst of that peace that passes all understanding, your blood pressure will be normal and your heart will beat without any irregularities. I pray that the nurses and doctors and all who are involved in your care would treat you with kindness and skill.

    I will be thinking of you throughout the day tomorrow and will continue to pray.

    Hugs and love,

  10. Dear Debbie,
    I am in total agreement with you on all of these prayer requests. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Yes! you do have a lot on your plate right now, but the God of All who has carried you thus far will continue His work in you. Please know when you leave your family outside the operating room, there will be ONE who will be in there with you holding your hand and guiding the surgeons hands.
    I am so glad that Mel is going to be here, with you and Dear One she wouldn't have it any other way.
    I will be looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Much love going your way.

  11. Lifting you up in prayer, Debbie and especially your requests...Isn't it wonderful you have so much support and God's love andprotection along the way. I remember when I had my surgery Micey said that Jesus would be with me through it all ~ the surgeons and nurses would do his bidding...also a friend told me Jesus would stand at my feet until it was all over..I also decided to bring all those praying for me into the OR with my head of course.....surrounded in a circle of prayer. You will be too!!!

  12. Debbie - praying for you. Isaiah 26:3 says the Lord will keep you in perfect peace. I pray that the surgery goes quickly and smoothly and for everyone involved.

    Love and blessings,

  13. Sweetie, sending you hugs and much love. I am in much prayer for you. Asking God to gently carry you through all of this.

  14. Praying....and will be praying all day! Huge hugs...well, tender hugs after that surgery:)


  15. Debbie, I am and will be praying for you and your doctors and watching for an update on how you are doing. I hope your daughter will do that for you again!

  16. Sue from BEautiful Pear tree sent me here...You are being prayed for dear one..."Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you...let NOT your heart be troubled, NEITHER let it be afraid for My thoughts towards you My precious daughter are for good and not for harm. Plans to give you a future and a hope."

    Debbie, I am praying Jeremiah 29:11 over you (my first scripture verse I memorized way back when and one I have painted on my dining room wall) and praying John 14:27-28..and I'm praising God that His Word SHALL not return to Him void!!

  17. Debbie it is now Friday evening, and I am just now reading your post. I am praying for a speedy recovery for you and you are in my thoughts. Anxiously awaiting an update.

    Your strength and optimism really do amaze and inspire me Debbie.

    Sending all my positive energy your way. XOXO,

  18. Hi Debbie,
    It's Friday night, about 8:30 and I am watching my blogroll closely for an update from Mel. You have been in my thoughts and prayers all day. I just hope and pray that you are resting comfortably now.
    Much love.

  19. One of my biggest fears if I ever need to have surgery is the one of not being able to eat and the fasting that is required! I am so with you on this one!!!

    We prayed for you in church on Wednesday night, first rejoicing that the news was good as to no cancer, but praying for the surgery you need!

    It's Saturday and I hope all is going well! So glad your family is with you!

  20. My Sweet Friend,

    I stopped by here the other day to read. I have been praying for you and continue to do so...praying for that gentle peace that goes way beyond our understanding...praying for His grace and tender mercies to cover you like a warm blanket fitting securely and comfortably over and around you...praying for a miraculous recovery time (quicker than the doctors can imagine)...praying for renewed energy and joy throughout this entire time...also praying in the spirit as I am led for all things here...all in the precious name of Jesus.

    I love you my dear friend...very very very much.

    Big Hugs,

  21. So such a sweet, honest and from the heart post - just why I so enjoy your blog. You can be sure you will be covered in prayer tomorrow. So glad you shared specific requests..I love to pray for people that way.
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