Kim's Prayer

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." --2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Monday, August 27, 2007

My great little weekend

It's really weird how the pain is. It is almost as if you get it under control and then--BAM! from out of the blue, it is something else. Or, this seems to be how mine is, but my nurses have said as the cancer grows, that is just how it will be. The hospice service is wonderful. What a gift these women are. They are literally a phone call away, and come by to check on me often. Just pray I can keep my pain in check. That's a biggie!

Everyone seems to be holding together the best we can. You know God can do anything! This weekend, with the kids at home, I was a little nervous. It was the most peaceful time together. The kids seemed to get along so well--and get this--my sister got to come to Jonesboro! What a gift. We climbed up in that bed and my mother got to take care of both of us in one place! You could tell that was what she had been wanting to do from the beginning. Mark has my oxygen mask tethered together so when I feel like it, I can get around the house. He did tell me he draws the line at me being able to reach the Mall. I love you all sooo much. Everyday, new fears and strange thoughts invade, but I'm trying so hard to just keep my eyes on Jesus.

Love to all,
Kim

82 Comments:

At 8/27/2007 07:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
How wonderful it is that Karen is there with you. Even through all this i know that house is full of laughter. Anytime you ladies are in the same room (including your mother)somebody is making everyone else laugh. I had a great visit with your parents the other day. I just want to hug you and get one ounce of your strength and humor. The Mcnabbs, Blasingames, and the Greens are all special people. I heard a song once (i can't remember what it is) but it said "I would rather see a sermon instead of hearing one". For years now you have let me see one. I love all of you.
Troy

 
At 8/27/2007 08:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Kim, my eyes fill with tears as I read your post. Not because I am sad (I AM still praying for a miracle) but because it brings my heart so much joy to know that you had a peaceful weekend with your family. I am so happy your sister is with you. Only after having my daughters do I realize the bond that sisters share. It is awesome. A truly indescrible bond. I loved what Troy said above about "watching a sermon" It is truly inspiring to see how the McNabbs live out the ultimate sermon we call life. Thank you sweetie. I love you and wish you much laughter today. As for the mall if you want to go were there and Mark can't stop us! Ha-Ha!!
All my love,
Stacey Orr

 
At 8/27/2007 08:29:00 AM, Blogger Fran said...

Kim and family...
We are praying for you daily. I pray that God's comfort and peace floods your heart, mind and body.
He has got you right up near His heart....He loves you SOOOO much.
Cling tight to Him.....

Fran
TN

 
At 8/27/2007 08:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,

I love that you are keeping your eyes on Jesus! I will pray that you have the strength to continue doing just that. It's something I struggle with daily, and it's nice to be reminded that that is where our eyes need to be at all times! It is such an encouragement to hear about the wonderful time you have been able to spend with your family...God is good!

Decolores,
Lisa

 
At 8/27/2007 09:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
I'm so glad that Karen got to visit. I've been keeping up with her progress via her blog and I know that is just what all the Green girls needed! Have a Jesus-filled day. I'll be thinking lots about you.
Love you,
Amy E.

 
At 8/27/2007 10:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
As a nurse myself, I have worked with the hospice nurses on so many occacsions. They are awesome, and will be able to ANTICIPATE your needs maybe even before you do. Rest assured, sweetheart, that they will do everything to be on top of the pain thing, so that you can enjoy your family. I am so glad to see that you had such a meaningful weekend with your sister. Keeping you all in my prayers.
CP

 
At 8/27/2007 10:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim.....woke up in the middle of the night thinking about you and couldn't go back to sleep......went and walked again for you this morning......just wanted to remind you how much you are loved and that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers constantly....Leigh Ann

 
At 8/27/2007 10:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim, I am so glad to hear about your wonderful weekend with your family. You have been on my mind so much and I have been praying for you and your family multiple times every day. You are such an inspiration to us all!
Love & Prayers, Brandi Carter

 
At 8/27/2007 10:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From my expericence,hospice nurses are outstretch arms of Jesus.They listen, love and minister to families.cb

 
At 8/27/2007 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Alicia said...

Hi friend,
I am so glad to hear from you this morning and to hear that your weekend was great. Did Karen deliver my hug yet? I am so thankful you all are there together - I am picturing the precious moments you are sharing and your sweet mom taking care of her girls. It overwhelms me how GOOD He is even when we don't understand His ways.
Yes, Kim, keep your eyes on Jesus, for He will never forsake you or leave you. "Cast all of your anxiety on Him because he cares for you". 1 Peter 5:7

I am leaving the words from the hymn "I must tell Jesus" below and hope it brings you comfort today. May you have a beautiful day, full of love and no pain. Lots of Love to you all, In His Name
-Alicia

I must tell Jesus!
I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus!
I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.

 
At 8/27/2007 11:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO:
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit

You are loved. I pray for your family everyday.

Karla Preston

 
At 8/27/2007 11:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
you are on the hearts and minds of so many... As we said our assurance of pardon yesterday-"We will run the race set before us with endurance, eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith." (Hebrews 12:1-2), I thought of you. At the same time my sister turned to me and said that reminds me so much of Kim.
Rest easy today precious child of God.

 
At 8/27/2007 11:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
It was good to hear the Green girls had a special weekend together! You're in my family's prayers each and every day. Thank you for letting us know of your need~pain control~so that we're able to pray specific prayers to our Father. May He give you such a perfect peace today, Kim!
In Christ,
Jennifer Baltz

 
At 8/27/2007 11:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So wonderful to hear about your time spent with family. One of your blogs reminded us that it was ok not to know what to pray, b/c God knows your needs. AMEN to that!However, as I walked and prayed for you this morning, I actually stopped myself from babbling(prayerful babbling)so that I could spend some time listening. As soon as I got home, I checked your blog and THERE WAS HIS ANSWER... you told us what you needed.I will pray even harder for you to be free of pain, and I will pray for you to keep your thoughts focused on Christ.No denying you are another"TRAMP FOR THE LORD"(written by Cory Ten Boom).Love in Christ, KT

 
At 8/27/2007 11:59:00 AM, Blogger Alesa said...

i love you all. i am typing this as i hold fiona, and am listening to vic and o in the kitchen with papaw. i feel so honored to be able to help you and karen spend this time together. God is so great and loving. our choir is working on a song called "heaven", what a comfort to know that where Jesus has gone, he has gone to prepare us a place so we might be with him. we might never get to live on our family commune here on earth, but Kim, we wlll be together were there is no pain, no tears and no night. Praise Him for He is an awesome God. In my heart and prayers I keep you. Alesa

 
At 8/27/2007 12:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kim,
I have never written because I knew my words would be insignificant; but insignificant or not, I want you to know that I have been praying for you and your precious family for a long time. To say you are an inspiration is an understatement! You will never know the impact you have made, not only on me and my family, but the many, many people that you do not even know that have been touched by you and have grown in their faith through your example. Thank you so much for that! Please know that I will continue to pray for you consistently!
Love, your sister in Christ,
Kimberly Murphree

 
At 8/27/2007 12:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dreamt of you last night. I've always heard that dreams are angels from heaven speaking to us. You were perfectly healthy and laughing and talking. Also, dreamt of the complete peace and serenity of heaven with no fear, indescribable beauty, colors we've never experienced and a calmness beyond words. A place everyone would want to be. I told my husband, and he too thought of you during the night. So happy for you and your sister. Was praying for good weather so she could make the flight and thought of you all day. Couldn't wait to read the blog to hear about your visit. Your friend.

 
At 8/27/2007 01:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kim--

I'm glad to hear you're all together and that you are getting good care.

Although I'm filled with sadness to hear you are having pain, and that you are dealing with so much, I have also been remembering many good times. I've even found myself laughing at some of the memories.

I'm guessing you gave up the hot rollers a while back. When I think of times at your house you are wearing those rollers. There's also the rides in the "big blue bomb" and going to Stace's house (instead of school) with Mikki the day Luke and Laura got married.

It's good to hear that you are keeping your spirits up. I wish I could be near enough to be your nurse that you could call upon.

Love, Nancy Ledbetter

 
At 8/27/2007 01:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dear friend Kim,
I have been keeping up with you through Lois and Carol. You and your sweet family have been in my constant prayers. Right now the only thing I can do for you is pray but I take that job very seriously! I pray Romans 8:38-39 over you that you know nothing can separate us from the love of God and and Deut. 31:6 That He is faithful to be with us!your sister in Christ, Bridget

 
At 8/27/2007 01:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like many others, you are not only in my prayers but also in my dreams- we made cinnamon rolls together last week! You are so loved by so many- it fills my heart to see everyone on Monday mornings at the YMCA. You are more than just a prayer at bedtime- countless times throughout the day you are on my heart, and I lift you and your family up to God. Much love, Candace

 
At 8/27/2007 02:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kim,
I was so glad to see a new update on your blog. I check it all the time to see how you are doing!!
I am so happy that you all had a great weekend.
Have a great day. It is beautiful today!!
Love, Marci Stracener

 
At 8/27/2007 02:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful blessing! You had your sweet children and your sister and mom with you this weekend! How special! Wow...I was so glad to see your post. For some of us (me) this is something we check throughtout the day to try to find out how you are doing and it is such a blessing. We will continue to pray for a miracle and will add prayer for your pain to be managable and for protection from the stray thoughts so that you will be able to focus on only the things of Jesus. Love you! xoxoxoxoxoxo Tara

 
At 8/27/2007 04:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
We love you and Karen and are thinking of you both, Nancies story reminded me of the time that you threw the door open in front of the cyclist coming down Dickson street in front of Kimpell Hall and sent him flying . We are blessed to know you all and you inspire me every day. Hang in there .

Prayers for you all ,

Shaun

 
At 8/27/2007 05:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the biker story! My personal favorite is going to Mark's to do laundry and not understanding why it was taking so long. 4 goofy girls never thought to empty the lint screen! I smile every time I think of you (which is very often each day)and then I pray for peace and comfort.
Janis

 
At 8/27/2007 06:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,

I really wanted to come see you over the weekend, but after I had a wonderful talk with your mother, I decided that I wanted you to save all of your energy for your children and for your visit with your sister. I am so happy that you all had a wonderful visit. I am praying for you and your family everday. I also requested prayer for you at church yesterday. I love you so much and I pray that God will take away your pain so that you can enjoy your beautiful children and family.

I was reading some of your earlier entries on Friday, and I came across the one where you were talking about the Bible verse Isaiah 43:2. You said, "Take it for what it is but I don't really believe in coincidence but I do know that God is good all the time, and four years ago he knew I needed that verse for today." Well, in our church bulletin yesterday, the thought for the day was: "A coincidence is a small miracle where God prefers to remain anonymous." I truly beleive in miracles,because God has worked so many in my life, especially by giving me my son, Matthew, he is truly my little gift from God. I know that miracles come in God's time and in God's way.

I prayed today that God would give me a scripture to quote to you today. This is one of the scriptures that I came acrossed, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)When you do regain your strength, Teresa and I want to come and see you and I want to tell you all about my little miracle.

I love you,

Rhonda Craig McCallister

 
At 8/27/2007 06:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's sing:
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face; and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."
We are SO glad Karen got to come to you yesterday. Everyone at Wesley is lifting you and your whole family up in prayer. You all are dearly loved.
Blanche

 
At 8/27/2007 07:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim-Like so many others, I am storming the throne room for you daily. You are never far from my thoughts and always in my prayers. I had been praying that GOD would give you good days with your family. I am so glad that He is answering our prayers. You are an amazing women and we are still believing in your healing. Much love, The Willhite's(Scott and AMY)

 
At 8/27/2007 09:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim:

Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and your family with more peace and peaceful days and nights!!! LMP

 
At 8/27/2007 09:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim, I haven't written on your blog yet, as I guess I've been your "little sister's friend" for sooooo long. But honey, aren't we ALL sisters in Christ?!!! I love you BOTH and can just picture the two of you piled up in your bed and your mom making something (those no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies, maybe?:) and fussing all over both of you. (It's just like something Caroline & I would be doing with Jane:)
You three are such a wonderful testimony to Jesus...your lives are lived through Him and for Him. Thank you, ALL; and we mustn't forget Bro. Vic!!! He is surely the rock that you ladies cling to in this crazy think called life.
All my love, my prayers, and again, my thanks to you and yours!
In Christ,
Laura Jackson Whitley

 
At 8/28/2007 01:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so sad to hear today that you are in pain. Someone mentioned they dreamed about you, and I did too just a few nights ago. I dreamed I was in my car and I saw you crossing a wide street with Mark and the kids. I realized that y'all had moved to a new house in a new neighborhood. You were smiling and happy and healthy. And I just thought, "Good."

When my daughter heard today that you were sick again, she said, "But she is such a fighter." Through your fight and with your faith you have done so much for so many people, including me. I wish I could take some of your pain. I know we all would if we could. I pray for my dream to come true.

Love and prayers,
Sherry J.

 
At 8/28/2007 08:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read and have been reading your amazing journey for some time now. I have never written to you, b/c I guess finding the words are so very hard. I'm sure alot of people who are following your journey, feel the same feelings: anger, happiness, joy, praise, bitterness, depair and gratefulness all balled up, very hard to explain. You are such a strong faith filled woman, and I know that God is working through you to save so many lost souls. I pray for you, your children and your husband, that there will be peace within each and everyone of you. When you are weak and weary God will carry you!

 
At 8/28/2007 09:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an awesome way to spend a weekend, surronded by the ones who love you! Even now you are still making precious memories that will last forever. What a fighter you, Karen and your mom are and such an inspiration to us all. Praying for you all every day!
Misti W.

 
At 8/28/2007 01:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kim,
I hope this finds you feeling well today. Below are some words to a worship song that I keep thinking about when I think of you.....it is one of my favorites and I bet you are familiar with it too. Here it is and may it speak to you today.

From "You Never Let Go"
(Matt Redman)

even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back
I know You are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom (what) then shall I fear?
Whom (what) then shall I fear?

Chorus:
Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We’ll live to know You here on the earth (repeat)...
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

 
At 8/28/2007 10:32:00 PM, Anonymous Ada said...

Kim, all of us here at McCrory United Methodist Church are praying for you. There are members here now who never knew you as a little girl (in late 70's and 1980), but they have come to know you through those of us who DID know you and Karen. We pray for your family and you as you travel this road. Your parents are very dear to me and I know that they are a blessing to you. Your weekend with them and Karen must have been absolutely awesome!
You are an inspiration to all who comes in contact with this blog. May God richly bless you and your family.

Ada Heath

 
At 8/29/2007 08:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kim,
We check your blog daily as we pray for you constantly. So glad last weekend was good! I know having Karen, your parents, Mark and all the kids close to you was a precious gift. Our prayer for healing continues and we've added pain control to the list of things we pray for you. God is indeed an awesome God and I praise Him for all He is doing and will continue to do in your life. Please remember that I am just a phone call away - anytime of the day or night.

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace."
Numbers 6:24-26

Love and gentle hugs,
Margaret

 
At 8/29/2007 12:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, I'm praying that Kim and Mark and the of family and friends will be free from worry...

Help them not worry when things don't go the way they expect. Jesus said we're not to fret, not to worry, not to let our hearts be troubled or afraid. He said we're to trust in You— and also in Him. May it be so in their lives and ministry, no matter how impossible things seem. (John 14:1, 27b)

Keep them from worrying about tomorrow, for each day has enough trouble of its own. When such trouble comes, help them to cast all their anxiety on Christ because He cares for them. (Matthew 6:34; 1 Peter 5:7)

Help them not to be anxious about anything but to pray about everything with thanksgiving—for when they do, You'll give them Your peace that surpasses their understanding, and such peace guards their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7)

Keep their minds steadfast in trusting You, and give them Your perfect peace. May they turn to the Lord of Peace who will give them peace at all times, in every way. (Isaiah 26:3; 2 Thessalonians 3:16)

Help them leave every worry at Your feet where it belongs.

In Jesus' name, amen.
KP

 
At 8/29/2007 12:20:00 PM, Anonymous Antti said...

Kim, I can only admire your courage - beyond understanding - but I guess it is God's job to comfort beyond understanding.. May God continue to bless you and your family

 
At 8/29/2007 12:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim--
Ditto on everything that was said above! It will be your faith, family, and friends that shall see you through this time. Know that I am thinking of you and your family, and praying hard for you and yours.
Love, Caroline Jackson Morgan

 
At 8/29/2007 12:58:00 PM, Anonymous caroline cone said...

Dear Kim, You are in inspiration to all of us and to me in particular. I am praying that God continues to give you sweet time with each of your children and your husband! I love you, girl!
caroline

 
At 8/29/2007 07:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KIM, I'M SO GLAD YOU & KAREN WERE ABLE TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER, KNOW MARY LOVED HAVING HER GIRLS IN ONE PLACE. I KNOW FOLKS HAVE TOLD YOU AGAIN & AGIAN WHAT AN INSPIRATION YOU HAVE BEEN TO ALL OF US & HOW GREAT YOUR MINISTRY IS & HOW IT'S GROWN. I DON'T THINK YOU CAN HEAR THIS ENOUGH. YOU ARE RIGHT, GOD'S WAYS AREN'T OURS. HE DOES ALWAYS ANSWER OUR PRAYERS, MAYBE NOT HOW WE WOULD LIKE. I DON'T KNOW ALOT BUT DO KNOW THIS...GOD PROMISES US EVERLASTING LIFE & DYING GRACE. I WISH I COULD TAKE ALL YOUR PAIN & CANCER, IT'S NOT HIS PLAN FOR ME. MY ONE COMFORT IS KNOWING WE WILL BE TOGETHER IN HEAVEN. YOU HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB RAISING THE KIDS & HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH THE MOST WONDERFUL PARENTS & SISTER. MARY HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY ROLE MODEL IN NURSING & YOU ARE MY ROLE MODEL IN TRULY LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. I PRAISE GOD EVERY DAY FOR PUTTING "YOU GREENS" IN MY LIFE. ALL MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE DIRECTED TO YOU, KAREN, MARY, VIC & YOUR FAMILIES. GLAD YOU ENJOYED THE FLOWERS. LOVE, GLORIA PRUITT

 
At 8/29/2007 07:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kimmy,
I was so happy to hear from Troy today that you walked in the rain! The simple things, right? Right after I spoke with him, it began to rain here in Cabot and walked outside and smelt the air and I thought of my sweet, precious friend Kim. I love you!!!!!! Teresa Neece Gavan

 
At 8/29/2007 08:10:00 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Kimmus,

I love you. Eyes on Jesus sweetie! We find our strength when we wait upon the Lord!

 
At 8/29/2007 09:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a song by Superchick (which you are) that is called "Stand in the Rain" (which you were doing) about standing through the pain, and you won't drown, (which you are living).

Stand in that rain, Kim, "stand your ground...stand up when it's all crashing down. Stand through the pain, you won't drown. And one day what's lost can be found."

The last line sounds a lot like another favorite: Amazing Grace (which you have:)
xoxox Laura J.

 
At 8/29/2007 09:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kim. I continue to be amazed by your faith and love for Christ. I know others have left you lyrics from songs, and I heard this today on KLove and instantly thought of you...."We will CHOOSE to be a blessing for life, for your kingdom, for our children....." and that is what you've done, chosen to be a blessing. No matter what your outcome, no matter how hard the fight (and I know it has been hard), you continue to be a blessing for Him, for your family, for your friends and even for those who don't know you. What an incredible legacy. I continue to pray for you and yours. Thanks for blessing me with your faithful journey.
Much love to you! Diana (Nix)

 
At 8/30/2007 08:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Psalm 91 and today's Upper Room:

"For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them."

Kim, always remember you are a precious child of God. Your rescue is promised!

 
At 8/30/2007 09:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
Just wanted to say hello and hope you are having a good day.
Troy

 
At 8/30/2007 11:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.
God, make me brave for life; much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts, let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes,
Knowing Thy way is wise.
God, make me brave, life brings
Such blinding things.
Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
That out of dark comes light.


Author Unknown

 
At 8/30/2007 10:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kim,
Thank you for being the most beautiful and loving vessel of God. Jesus' love shines through every word you post (as well as every word you say) and your precious smile radiates faith and trust. You are a hero to me. Love in Him, Andrea (Dunn)

 
At 8/31/2007 10:15:00 AM, Anonymous Lisa Owens said...

Kim,
I am praying for you and your family daily. I've thought of you almost every day for a year now but never know what to write or to say. I feel a kinship with you because our lives are somewhat parallel having 3 boys and a girl within the same age range. How many times I've wanted to call you up and commiserate over my endless piles of laundry and how amazingly long the smell of sweat can linger in the vehicle after the ballgames are long over and the kids are long gone. Your life, your faith, and your love for others continues to give me perspective for my own life each day. Thank you for giving me this most precious gift. I pray that like you, I might be able to leave such a legacy for my own family, my friends, those I love, and those I've never met but I'll see in Heaven.

In Him,

Lisa

 
At 8/31/2007 11:22:00 AM, Blogger Alesa said...

Kim, I heard a song today: Child of God, do not be afraid. He will walk with you through the vale. Child of God, do not be afraid.

We know where fear comes from, and it isn't what our wonderful Father wants for us. So dear Kim, I pray that you are able to "hold to God's unchanging hand... build your hopes on things eternal... hold to God's unchanging hand."

So my dear sister in Christ I pray for you to have a day of peace and rest. I want you to enjoy your wonderful family, and rest in the "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, oh what a foretaste of glory devine. Heir of salvation, purchase of love, born in His spirit, washed in his love." This has been your story and song to all of us, thank you for your testimony.

Love, Alesa

 
At 8/31/2007 01:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim-

Like so many have said-and I've probably said before myself!-your words are such nuggets of inspiration. I'm thankful that God puts it on your heart to share your joys and triumphs with all of us! Several weeks ago Bro. Bruce shared thoughts from I Thess. 4:13-18... this is the end of those words,

" Oh, we'll be walking on air! And then there will be one huge family reunion with the Master. So reassure one another with these words."

I continue to pray for you and your family. I know you relish the time that you're spending now. Much love and encouragement I send to you.

Brandon

 
At 8/31/2007 01:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim...Brandon again! Christi and I are just reading over the outpouring of words...I LOVE the song "You Never Let Go." My favorite part is "I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on..." I know those words are so meant for you...and then your light illuminates the path of so many others. Thank you.

B

 
At 8/31/2007 04:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kim,
I hope you have a very special long weekend with Mark and the kids. I think about you all the time. I'm praying your pain will disappear, you will rest well and you will spend special time with your family. I think you are so great. I miss you.

Love,
Catherine

 
At 8/31/2007 05:48:00 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

Hi sweet Kim,
We finished our Beth Moore Daniel study this week and something Beth said in the video just made me think immediately of you. She said, "we have assurance that lights willing to shine in the darkness will shine forever" and then she said, "what we do with our lights on this earth matters forever". She referenced Philippians 2:14-16, which says:
"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life"

When I heard this all I could think was about you and your shining smile and your words filled with light and peace. You are perfecting your faith in this walk and giving light to all of us who surround you. Light that never ends - that we might turn and do the same to another. You are a shining star, my friend! A bright one.

I hope you are having a beautiful day and that you are being guarded from pain by our wonderful Savior. Love, Alicia

 
At 8/31/2007 11:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
I am praying right now that when you read this in the morning some of the pain will have left you. I know that it is more intense right now and our prayers need to be just as intense. I pray every hour of the day for your comfort as do many others. Kim you are so loved. I am so very proud of you. Good night dear friend. Love,
Troy

 
At 9/01/2007 04:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

 
At 9/01/2007 07:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words cannot explain how hard I am praying for you at this moment, this weekend. He can do all things.

 
At 9/01/2007 09:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When All That's Left Is To Believe

Steve Siler and W. T. Greer
Sung By: Clay Crosse


Oh Lord
Sometimes You seem unfair
If You really love me
Why would You bring me here?
Oh Lord
I've tried to do what's right
Why won't You deliver me
From this never ending night?
Sometimes the truth can hurt
But You said it would set me free
Somewhere in this pain
You must have a plan for me


When all that's left is to believe
I give my doubts and fears to You
And fall down on my knees
I may not have the answers now
But You give me what I need
So father I will cling to You
When all that's left is to believe


Oh Lord
Believing makes me see
Everytime I trust in You
Your spirit moves in me
Life's a mystery
And I don't claim to know it all
But I'm certain where to turn
If my back's against the wall

Father forgive me
When I lose my way
And love me back
Upon the path
Of faith

When all that's left is to believe
I give my doubts and fears to You
And fall down on my knees
I may not have the answers now
But You give me what I need
So father I will cling to You
When all that's left is to believe

Still praying,

Karla P

 
At 9/02/2007 12:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim:

I am happy that you got to spend time with your sister last week. What a blessing for both of you to be able to spend time with each other. I am still praying for you and your family. May God bless and comfort you.
Lots of love,
Audrey Watkins

 
At 9/02/2007 06:24:00 PM, Blogger layrockcrew said...

I am a classmate of Karen's and received your blog sites from Marci Baker Cox. I have been praying for you and your family for some time now and so has our church family in Sheridan. Know that you are being lifted up to the Father's hands daily.

Diana Alexander Layrock

 
At 9/03/2007 08:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim, I've never met you or your family, but, only heard of you from my aunt and cousins who are friends of yours - Pat Neece, Teresa Neece Gavin and Rhonda Craig McCallister. I am touched and inspired by your faith.

Please know that prayers are being sent up for you and your family from Memphis, TN. I've added you and your family to my church prayer list here in Memphis. I am praying daily for you that your pain is kept under control and that God sends you and your family special doses of comfort and peace during this time.
Vicki Campbell

 
At 9/03/2007 09:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim, just wanted to say Happy Labor Day to you and your family. I pray you are enjoying this weekend as much as you did the last one. I loved hearing that you went outside into the rain last week. Most of us run from things like that and you walk right into them, head up to experience and treasure all of God's works. Thank you for the lesson. My family hopes your pain is under control.

In hope and peace,
Cathe

 
At 9/03/2007 08:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just thinking of you, Kim. I hope you have a restful night!
Love, Karen Sage

 
At 9/03/2007 09:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
It was such a blessing to see you last Tuesday. While we were visiting, I truly felt the presence of God with us. Your God-Filled eyes and voice amaze me. We pray daily and often hourly for God to heal you and free your body of pain.
I hope you had a blessed weekend with your family.
Jay

 
At 9/03/2007 09:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim and Mark,
Kevin and I thought about you so many times this weekend. We took our kids to their first Razorback game. It was quite a sight to see Kevin with his hands full of hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy etc...it reminded us of seeing you all in Branson with the Barres and the Cones and how you said "chaos is awesome, isn't it?" You were talking about the joys of raising children. You and Mark are awesome and we just wanted to tell you that we think of the both of you and your children daily and we pray that the "chaos is awesome!!!!" We are here if you need anything...We love you!
Stacey and Kevin

 
At 9/04/2007 07:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prayed for you at 2:30am for healing and for you to be pain free. I could see Jesus lifting you up in his arms!cb

 
At 9/05/2007 01:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim, I've been keeping up with you on your blog, which is just a total insipiration to me every time I visit. You are such a champion for Christ....I am so proud that I have had your friendship through the years! I was in Fayetteville this weekend and drove by that little crummy house that you, Stacey and I lived in that summer..and was laughing to myself about how you and I watched Unsolved Mysteries and got so scared that we all got in the bed together! I know....I can remember things that happened 20 year ago, but I can't remember what happened yesterday. Kim, God has and is going to bless your sweet family.....you are an Angel!
I'm praying for you and yours.
Love,
Susie Douglas Munson

 
At 9/05/2007 03:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim:
I think of you often and can still see you and Carol in the back of my step class just talking and having a great time.
I pray for you and your family. I am touched by your website.
God Bless You!!
Becky Smith
and all the Trim Gym Employees

 
At 9/05/2007 09:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim
I check your site and Karen's a few times a week. My church family and my family will continue to pray. God please heal Kim's body....provide her with the energy to enjoy her children today. Bless her today....keep her pain free.

God Bless,
Tona Wiegel
Parker, CO
Friends of Daniel

 
At 9/05/2007 09:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
I talked to Robyn today and was so happy that the last two days have been a little better. I called several of the Pocahontas bunch to let them know how it is going. I will call more tomorrow. Benny will be in town Sunday. He asks about you often. You amaze me. Prayers are definetly working. I love you girl.
Troy
Troy

 
At 9/05/2007 10:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kim,
Just wanted to say "hello"! I hope you are feeling well today and that you will rest well tonight. We continue to pray for no pain and healing here in Fayetteville!! Love you, Alicia

 
At 9/06/2007 09:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim and Mark,

While we haven't been in contact directly, we have continue to pray for God's presence in your struggle. We check the blog often in hopes that you find times of peace and joy during all of this. You have become amazing witnesses for the Lord and may God bless you all.

Continued prayers,

Brian and Melissa

 
At 9/07/2007 10:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been a great many years since the Halloween Party at the house on Nettleton, and I still remember it as if it were yesterday. That was the night I first met you guys. I saw Oliver tonight at the Spaghetti Dinner and was proud to see what a great young man you made from the curious little boy. I just want you know that I care about you and love you very much.

Peace be with you,
DW

 
At 9/10/2007 11:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim and family, Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers EVERY day. May the Lord BLESS and keep you. May he SHINE his face upon you and give you peace. You are an inspiration to my whole family!
Love, The Barnett's

 
At 9/10/2007 09:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
Hope this evening finds you peaceful and pain free... I love ya girlie! Teresa Neece Gavan

 
At 9/11/2007 11:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
Thinking of you today--and every day--and hoping you are having a good day.
I want to be sure you know what a effective and generous ministry this blog has been, especially to those of us who don't have the good fortune to be around you very much. Even with all of the comments, I'm guessing there are lots and lots of others who read it, too.
I will continue to pray for you, your parents, Karen, Mark and the kids, as well as for God's will and a deeper understanding of these lives of ours.
Love,
Beth (Bland) Girolamo
P.S. Paul, James and Cullen send their love.

 
At 9/11/2007 12:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kim & Mark,
I wanted to say hello that I pray for God's grace and presence to be upon you all today. I signed up for the K-Love Encouraging Word of the Day because of you, Kim! It is a great start of the day and I always think of you. Praying it is a good day and for you to have energy to enjoy the kiddos.
Love, Alicia

 
At 9/12/2007 05:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kim,
Praying for you today and have been every day. Praying for a peaceful, pain free day. Please know that we love you, and are always here to help in any way we can. May you have great rest today, and enjoy the love of our Great Father!
Love,
Jodie

 
At 9/12/2007 04:39:00 PM, Anonymous Kristi Johnson said...

Kim,

I only met you this Spring, but I feel I've known you always. You've inspired me to be a better person. When I'd sit by you in the baseball stands, I'd yell a little quieter and be a little more tolerant of the other team. Ha Ha I'm glad I met you and got to spend my Spring and Summer with you, Mark and especially Lehmann. I'll never forget when he and Tanner were laid out in the dug-out like two turtles sunning on a hot day. I've had you and your family at the top of my prayer list for a long time. I find myself praying all during the day for your recovery. You are an inspiration to me!

Love,
Kristi J.

 
At 9/12/2007 04:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim,
Thinking of you.
Jennifer May

 
At 9/12/2007 05:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kim. I ran in the Blessed Sacrament 5K Saturday and I saw Oliver there. Even though he's quite a bit taller now, I could still recognize his face. I remember at St. Marks when he and Adam were friends.
I think of you daily and pray for you and your family.
God Bless!
Becky Smith

 
At 9/13/2007 08:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning, All. Joel's little Emma-girl spreads her arms wide & says, "Love you-gobs!" I feel the same for y'all. "Love you - gobs!"
Blanche

 

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