Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tuesday am Update

Lisa again. Brad had another ok night. One big coughing episode (that I heard, anyway), but was able to get some rest, Jenny as well. Brad is holding his own, still better than Sunday, but still very fatigued. From a medical standpoint, his situation is obviously, very serious, and some would say, grim. However, it's amazing to me the improvement he has shown over 2 days ago. I know all of you are praying, and I know you will continue to lift Brad up in prayer. He needs specific prayers today for his emotional strength and will to continue fighting. As would be expected, he is experiencing feelings of sadness and uncertainty; frustration with constantly approaching God's throne with the plea of healing for the past 2 years, and always seeming to receive a "no" answer. We all consider the physical improvement over 2 days ago an answered prayer, because we were very fearful of losing him then; we know and believe that God can and will still deliver him through this trial. I know Brad believes that too, and has since the beginning. But rightfully so, he has times of overwhelming sadness and desperation. Please pray specifically for Brad to have renewed spiritual and mental strength to fight this physical illness, and for him to be able to draw that strength first from God, then from family, from friends, and from within his self.
Jenny is so strong--what an amazing woman, wife, and mommy. I know she appreciates all of your kind encouraging words, and draws strength from them. The Southeast Church of Christ Praise Team came and did some awesome singing for and with Brad and Jenny yesterday--what an uplifting experience. More updates later.


Robin Johnson said...

Dear Lord,

You know Brad so much better than I do. You know his sickness and the burden he carries. You also know his heart. Lord, I ask you to be with my Christian brother now, working in his life. Let your will be done in his life. Lord, I pray for Brad because your Word says I should pray for his healing. I believe you hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that it is powerful because of your promise. I have faith in you to heal Brad, but I also trust in the plan you have for his life. Lord, I don't always understand your ways, and why Brad has to suffer, but I trust you. I ask that you look with mercy and grace toward my Brad. Nourish his spirit and soul in this time of uncertainty and comfort him with your presence. Let him know you are there with him through this difficulty. And may you be glorified in his life. Amen

Renee said...

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servant Brad, and give your power of healing to those who minister to his needs, that he may be strengthened in his weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Praying without waiver.

Randy said...

way to fight, brad. we're pleading with our great Healer and Deliverer for you up here in dallas. know that we all love you guys!

randy and allison (tammie's brother)

Lynn said...

Dear Father,
I pray specifically for Brad's emotional burdens right now. I can not identify with the fear that he has but I, ashamedly, often have fears that have no basis. Please give him a faith boost, a pain free day, a wonderful nap, let him hear the sounds of the people that love him surround him, Give his tired spirit a respite. Your will is being done in all this although we do not understand. Help us all to be stronger because we know or have known of Brad. Give his family a sense of peace and strength that they have not felt. Bless us all through uncertain times.

Anonymous said...

In praying for you today, these passages came to mind:
"Dont be afraid; Just believe, and she(he) will be healed."
Luke 8:50

"I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you."
2Kings 20:50

"I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security."
Jeremiah 33:6

"God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self discipline."
2Timothy 1:7

-the johnston's

Anonymous said...

Just posted on your wall on facebook but thought I would try both places! Praying for you, Brad.

Richie Malone

Laura Ann said...

Praying for Brad and all of you today.

I have also placed a post on my blog calling all Prayer Warriors to pray for Brad as well.


The support system Brad has around him is simply amazing and he is so blessed to have each of guys, especially sweet little Jenny.

I will continue to pray for you guys and for Brad's healing.

Calling Out 100 said...

He is able, more than able, to accomplish what concerns me today. He is able, more than able, to handle ANYTHING that comes my way. He is able, more than able, to DO MUCH MORE THAN I COULD EVER DREAM, He is able, more than able, to make me what He wants me to be.
Father, we know that You are able. We believe that You are able. We are waiting in faith to see the miracle You have in store. Blow us out of the water God. We want to see Your power at work. We love you!

Matt, Kara, and Hank (plus Teej) said...

A wise man once said, "Never underestimate the heart of a champion."

That's the heart you have Brad. A champion's heart, a warrior's heart. I do not know a more competitive 'you can't beat me' man in the world. Hang tough brother! I'm sending up prayers like you wouldn't believe. There are so MANY others doing the same. We are here for you. We love you!

Lianna Knight said...

I came to your blog though Life as a Frazier, Laura Frazier. Please know that I am praying for you and will post about your story on my blog for others to pray for you as well.

Praying for a healed body, mind, and spirit.

Rebecca Jo said...

Got linked up through another blog... I am definitely praying for the whole family but for Brad for all the things you mentioned! Sounds like he knows that God is in control & with that - ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!! Only God knows the outcome of any situation - no matter what doctors or man says...

Brad - you fight with the power of God behind you!!!! Remember that!

Heartfelt hugs & prayers to everyone!

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog for a while now and am so inspired by your love for each other and your faith in God. Please draw on that strength and know that God is with you and your family as we continue to pray for Brads' healing. Miracles can happen and through our prayers, we have hope!

Shawna said...

I have been following your blog for a while now and am so inspired by your love for each other and your faith in God. Please draw on that strength and know that God is with you and your family as we continue to pray for Brads' healing. Miracles can happen and through our prayers, we have hope!

amber dayton said...

Praying for God's strength to be made perfect in your weakness... when we are beat down & don't have any fight left He is still more than able! I know that people are seeing God's glory in your family right now. I pray for you guys constantly, for rest & sleep, for peace of mind, and for a strong will to keep trusting & praising
Him. We love you guys!

Ryon and Rachel said...

Brad, Jenny, and family:

Can you feel the Holy Spirit stirring? Can you feel the love that you are being embraced by now? So many people are joining their hearts (since we can't be in the same room to join hands) and are encircling you with prayer, love, and encouragement. I know God is moving...we have gathered together in His name and He has promised us He will be with us.


In Matthew 18:19-20 you tell us that whenever two of us agree that we can ask and it will be done. Lord, listen to our requests for healing for Brad. You also tell us that where two or three have gathered you are in their midst. Father, let us feel your presence now. More importantly, let Brad and Jenny feel your presence right now.

I am so moved by the story of the leper in Matthew 8 that approached Jesus seeking healing. Lord, we (all of us - Brad, Jenny, the world wide web) are seeking you with that same spirit. Jesus, you can heal Brad if it is your will. In verse 3 and 4 Jesus tells the leper to go show off his cleansed body and let the evidence of his healing be his testimony. Lord, that is what I keep coming back to. The evidence of healing in Brad will be a tremendous testimony to many people. I know there are people reading this blog that might not know you intimately or at all. Father, I don't even know how to put it into words the response I imagine when Brad is healed and the cancer is removed from his body. Lord, I want healing for Brad and peace for him and his family, but I also want for people to witness, in our times, a miraculous healing and have confirmation of your power. God, give Brad strength to persevere and endure this trial. Give his family strength as they accompany him. Bless them with a peace that is far beyond our understanding and reassure them that you are in control, and you are with them now and always.

Thank you God for everything.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

Nellie's Nuggets said...

Praying for peace, perfect peace. We love you!!

Linda said...

I attended SE C of C and went to elementary there YEARS ago. :o) I will never forget the wonderful good people there...I am so happy he is improving and will continue my plea to God. Thank you again Lisa...and my heart and love always to Jenny, Brad and their beautiful children...

Anonymous said...

Dear God,

Please give Brad strength. Please heal his body. Please give Jenny strength. Please take care of them.

Jennifer G said...

Dear Lord,

Please give Brad the feeling of safeness in your hands while you heal his body, give Brad comfort in his body and spirit, talk to his inner heart and soul and let him know your peace. We know you are right there with him and beside him, but speak loudly to Brad so he can live in your peace and enjoy everyday you give him. In Jesus name we pray,

Anonymous said...

I am praying all the time and talking to God about you all.
I have followed the blog and wanted to tell you both how much u have inspired me to be a better Christian and wife.

Please know you have friends you have not even met! Amy

kj7 said...

You guys truly inspire me. The love for Christ and for eachother that is shown through you each and every day. I've fallen to my knees in prayer and I will not stop!

Love you, Kathryn

Tom Dayton said...

Brad, know that we love you and are in prayer for you in this time of need. I can't listen to an acapella song without thinking of you, me and Samoff lifting our voices in harmony to the Lord. Similary, we all in the unity of one body and one spirit are lifting our voices and prayers to you Lord for the miraculous healing of this courageous warrior. For you and you alone are the way, the truth and the life and there is no other name by which man can be saved. It is by this name that we ask for doctor's to scratch their heads in disbelief and believers to raise their hands in praise and unbelievers to know your miraculous power through the testimony of your servants healing. Amen

J Katy Garner said...

Sweet Jenny and Brad! You guys are famous in our household. We have and ARE praying for you guys multiple times daily!!!!
I cannot even begin to imagine where you guys are emotionally and don't have many or any words of wisdom but I know GOD moves MOUNTAINS.
love you guys
The Garner's

Perks said...

I know you enjoyed the singing, Brad. That's one of your gifts and I'm thankful that others were able to turn around and bless you with the gift of singing.

We believe! Keep fighting, dear friend!

Jean Cates said...

Dear Jennie,
I just today learned how to send a comment to your wonderful blog -
after having watched it from the beginning. Thank you for taking the time to share your joys and sorrows, your faith and your family with all of us.
Our continual prayer is that God will heal Brad and that HE supply you with the strength you need so desperatly. I also ask of God that HE give you a strong sense of his presence, knowing that He cares deeply for you all.
Regina in LA and Rachel in Little Rock are among your prayer warriors. All my church family here in Marshall are praying, too.
Blessings and Love,
Great Aunt Jean

Anonymous said...

Sending our love to all of you. Asking our Father for your healing, Brad, for peace, strength and continued comfort for you and your sweet family.

We love you so much--
Harold and Linda

Dorothy / Bubba said...

Dear Brad & Jenny,
We are keeping you before the Father continually. We are checking your blog several times a day for improvements and are so thankful that those prayers have been answered. Stay strong and keep the faith, you have our love and prayers.
Dorothy & Bubba

Anonymous said...

Hey Brad, I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through and feeling at this time. I think we all feel so small and wish that we could help out in so many ways to repay you for all the help and good times that you have shared with us. I know that God is a major part of you and it shows through the outreach that is out there for you right now. We don't understand God's will a lot of times, but we have extreme faith and trust that he is leading you down a path that will bring glory to his name. We love you Brad and pray and plead for your miraculous recovery. We ask God to watch over you and those that are around you and taking care of you. Keep up the good fight as we all know that you are too stubborn not to! We love you.

Randy and Cindy Samoff

PS - Tom was the 3rd wheel in our singing group! We all knew that. We did have a lot of fun though and remember those good times often.