“One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.” -Acts 16:14
“The Lord opened Lydia’s heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.” Acts 16:14
Let this great act of heart-opening govern and gladden your prayers for those whose hearts are closed.
-John Piper via Twitter
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8-9
Do not bring before God stinted petitions and narrow desires, but remember, as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are His ways above your ways and His thoughts above your thoughts. Ask, therefore, for great things, for you are before a great throne. —Spurgeon
“Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.” -Psalm 86:3
We need to be in a constant state of prayer, constantly talking to the Lord, bringing requests before the Lord, and praising Him all day long. -Steve Dawson
(excerpt from Sunday Evening sermon from Psalm 86)
“Whatever you ask in My Name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” -John 14:13
“God answers our prayers not because we are good, but because He is good.” -A.W. Tozer via Twitter
“And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the Lord.” -Leviticus 4:7
The altar of incense is the place where saints present their prayers and praises; and it is delightful to think of it as sprinkled with the blood of the great sacrifice. This it is which makes all our worship acceptable with Jehovah: He sees the blood of His own Son and therefore accepts our homage.
It is well for us to fix our eyes upon the blood of the one offering for sin. Sin mingles even with our holy things, and our best repentance, faith, prayer, and thanksgiving could not be received of God were it not for the merit of the atoning sacrifice. Many sneer at “the blood”; but to us it is the foundation of comfort and hope. That which is on the horns of the altar is meant to be prominently before our eyes when we draw near to God. The blood gives strength to prayer, and hence it is on the altar’s horns. It is “before the Lord,” and therefore it ought to be before us. It is on the altar before we bring the incense; it is there to sanctify our offerings and gifts.
Come, let us pray with confidence, since the Victim is offered, the merit has been pleaded, the blood is within the veil, and the prayers of believers must be sweet unto the Lord.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Dear Friends and Family,
I had the CT and Bone Scan done yesterday. All went well, and I also saw the oncology dietitian because I have not been able to regain any appetite after the fourth chemo. I have been more fatigued this time. She wants me to consume more protein and calories. It’s hard because I just have no desire to eat, but I am making a huge effort to do so. I see the doctor again on Friday and then have my fifth chemo next Tuesday, June 24.
This morning the oncology clinical coordinator called to give me the results of yesterday’s testing. All was excellent. Cancer was not found in any other parts of the body. I had been have abdominal pain this week, but the CT showed that I have diverticulitis and the doctor is ordering the meds necessary for that. I have not had a case of that for more than 10 years and with the results of the testing, I think that is little to worry about!!! I am rejoicing in the good report and thank God for His goodness and faithfulness to us.
The report also stated that the tumors are more than 50% smaller than when scanned in March.
Just wanted to share the good news with you. We will be traveling to TN this weekend to celebrate the 60th Wedding Anniversary of Sheridan’s parents. It will be a good weekend for me since the days just before chemo are my strongest. It will be nice to spend time with all the family and see everyone again. Mrs. Stanton is celebrating her 80th birthday this weekend also.
Thanks for your prayers and the many expressions of love and support. We love you!