Please pray!

Hi !  🙂  Below is an update and invitation to pray with our family that I sent to our NTM Headquarters staff yesterday.  Even if you are not able to join us for prayer tomorrow, we’d love for you to join us from wherever you are.  I praise Him for His peace that passes understanding and that His plans are always the best ones. I praise Him for Who He is and that this Earth is not my “real Home”–I’m just an alien and stranger passing on through to Eternity in HIS TIME.  Death is inevitable for all of us.  I hope I have lots more of living to do here and as far as I know, I do– but I am trying to leave all that in His Hands and let go of my life and just trust Him.

Thanks for your encouragement and support!

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“Some things are so important to God that they are worth interrupting the happiness and health of His children in order to accomplish them.”

 
Hi everybody, 🙂
 
This Wednesday, May 11th at noon, our family would like to meet together for a short time in the NTM chapel with any folks who might like to pray together with us. I want to give a brief testimony of how loving and wonderful our Lord is in the midst of everything He wisely has allowed in our lives and I’d love for us all to sing one of my favorite hymns, “He giveth more Grace when the burdens grow greater”.   If I could, I would join you  for the concert of prayer on Tuesday instead, but I have an appointment at the hospital for pre-op tests that morning then my girls and I are off to check out wigs and scarves to cover my head which soon will be bald…oh my…this too I give to the One Who keeps a running count of the hairs on our heads.
 
A mastectomy with extensive lymph node removal is scheduled for this Thursday, May 12th at 9:45 AM at FL Hospital in Orlando with a planned stay of one night.  In a couple weeks I will have a port inserted surgically that will be in about a year for chemo and a drug called Herceptin, followed by radiation and other medications.  You might could say this terrible, aggressive cancer and the medical treatments ahead of me would be among my worst nightmares.  What a comfort and relief to know that He is in full control, He hand picks and orchestrates the trials He allows,  and that we can trust Him completely!
 
My main prayer requests are that I would bring Him honor, glory, and praise.  Honestly, I am very afraid (and thankful He obviously understands our weaknesses and frailties by the number of “Do not fear” and other comforting verses He included in the Bible).  Please pray that I will snuggle up in His love and completely rest and trust Him,  the Creator of the entire Universe who is also my personal Great Physician and my Beloved Daddy.  🙂
 
If people are interested, I would love it if folks bring along some Bible verses on a paper for me to wrap my mind and heart around–good “whatsoever things are lovely, of good report, etc”  truths to replace the scary  fears, fiery darts, and worries when they come.  Or, feel free to  pop the Bible verses in our mailbox, or on our Pilgrims Pathway website www.JPOliver.com/wordpress.    God’s  thoughts, plans, perspectives, and ways are soooooo much higher than ours and THOSE are what I must choose in my moment by moment walk with Him!
 
Below are some verses I memorized during the first few weeks of the alternative cancer therapy I was doing.  I am disappointed that God did not use the Gerson Protocol to stop the cancer but my complete and ultimate hope is in the Lord alone,  not the tools He may or may not choose to use.  Not our will, but His be done.
 

Psalm 18:1-6

 1 I love you, LORD, my strength.

 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
   my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
   my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold.

 3 I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
   and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
   the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
   the snares of death confronted me.

 6 In my distress I called to the LORD;
   I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
   my cry came before him, into his ears.

Gratefully His,
 
Paula

5 thoughts on “Please pray!

  1. Well Paula, we have tracked with you as your family over the years in HTR and will be praying in one class HTR today and the other classes on Thursday as you undergo surgery. You already have great verses listed and there are so many others like: “this poor man/woman cried unto Him and the Lord heard him/her and delivered him/her from all their distresses…”
    However what I would like to share is about His grace, it is all sufficient we know – but when we need it and not before. I learnt this hard lesson on the field. I had the hardest time Thursday and Friday before the kids left for the dorm on the Saturday. It was hard washing and packing their clothes, thinking of them leaving us and made harder that I did not understand that His all sufficient grace would be there when they went and not before. Isn’t it bizarre that the day they left passed better than the ones before! Not really I guess, the tears still flowed, but there was amazing peace and help when I really needed it. Henry Sheffield used to change the last line of the hymn “Oh for grace to trust Him more” and tell us the grace is there, it should be “Oh for faith to trust Him more!” That was during the early days on the field, but it has stayed with me – so true!!
    So yes, we will be praying here at MTC much this week, as we used to sing as a child (in the UK 🙂 “Ask the Saviour to help you, comfort, strengthen and keep you, He is able to save you, He will carry you through.

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  2. I am praying and many people pray for you Paula. The Lord will heal you. All this pain will pass away, but His grace will stay with you forever. Think about the faith of Job and how the Lord blessed him in the end. And that is what matters.
    I will pray tomorrow from work when you will be in the Ntm chapel.

    Love you,
    Michelle

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  3. Paula,
    Your strength has touched my heart during this trying time. May our God give you peace, strength and a continued testimony for Him during this time of surgery and healing. We are praying for you daily!
    Doris

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  4. My experience as a Master Herbalist and author of articles and one book on breast cancer is that the body releases or loses alot of protein during periods of stress/disease challenges. Now is the time to make changes to the diet and eat more fish or other animal protein, to replace what your body is losing. Even whey protein shakes might make a difference. My own sister tried to remain vegetarian in her breast cancer challenge and it resulted in loss of weight and eventually a separation from her body back home to The Most High. She was on a similar “Gerson” regimen but the time for heavy vegetable and fruit juicing is after the stress has passed. May Yahuah Most High give you the strength to endure and the shalom (peace) that passes all understanding.
    Blessings, Vietta

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