Friday, May 14, 2010

Love for Leah Grace Parker


Look what Lisa made for Leah Grace Parker!

This little sweetie is waiting for a heart transplant. Lisa is one of Leah's angels here on Earth. She made this beautiful confetti ribbons painted door sign for her to hang on her room door at home or her hospital room when she is called for her transplant. Thank you, Lisa!

Read more of Leah's story on her family blog: http://parkerlife04.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 16, 2010

Praying for Anjali


This photo has me in tears.
She could be any of our children. Fighting every day against an aggressive cancer.
This is Anjali.
Please read her Caring Bridge blog journal and join me in praying for her today.
We are sending a care package to Anjali with personalized gifts next week (a little late birthday present).
Please e-mail me at isaiah43project@gmail.com if you would like to send a gift to Anjali.
As you can see...she loves pink!


God bless you!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Playing with Puppies in Heaven...


Little Layla Grace went to Heaven yesterday morning...to play with the angels (and lots of puppies, I hope).

Her parent's last post "Still Praying" will bring you to tears and to your knees. I hope you will consider making a 7.5" x 7.5" square for Layla's quilt - click link at right for more information.

Keep these words close when nothing makes sense (thanks to Layla's parents for sharing their daughter's story and these verses with all of us):

2 Corninthians 4:7-12, 16-18

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Quilt Squares for Layla's Sisters


The Isaiah 43:1 Project is teaming up with Heather of Olive and Ollie and Candace of Cotton Candie Fabric to make a quilt (or two) in honor of Layla Grace and her family.

What a wonderful gift to Layla's older sisters to have for years and years to come...as a sweet memory of their little sister (read her dad's most recent post on her condition).

Read their family blog at www.laylagrace.org and view their Flickr photos for inspiration...

Then create your quilt square - finished dimensions to be 7.5" x 7.5" square.

Heather has graciously offered to coordinate our e-mails and questions - she will give you the mailing address for Candace (who is putting the quilts together for us!).

Please e-mail Heather at olive_and_ollie@yahoo.com when you have finished your square(s) and are ready to ship.

Deadline is in one week - let's get these quilts made for her sisters!

Will you join me?

Heather writes, "When you send the block, please be sure to include your name and blog address. We want to make sure that everyone who makes a block gets credit and is included in the card that we’ll send to the Marsh family with the quilts."

(For more inspiration, visit Candace's fabric shop.)

Leave a comment here if you will be participating so I may link to your site/blog too. Thank you!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Kate McRae - Eight Months


A note from Kate's mom, Holly on their Caring Bridge journal:

"Tomorrow will mark 8 months since we heard the life changing news that Kate had a brain tumor. And later found out that it was cancer, a rare and aggressive form. 7 months later to find out that the pathology was in question, leaving us guessing between two forms of rare brain cancer. Thankfully both types treated on the current study Kate is on. A blessing amidst the chaos."

"For a mom who likes stability, predictability and lots of medical hope, this journey has challenged us to lean on the stability that only our faith can bring. Not the way any parent wants their faith strengthened. Through the fire of watching their child suffer. It is teaching us lessons not learned through the brightest of times. Only in the darkest of nights. And the dark ones have come. The questions and instability of what our daughter will face in the upcoming days and months. Oftentimes it brings me to my knees sobbing for God to heal our daughter, to bring us peace despite our circumstances. For the chance to see her grow up, cancer free. And yet we are trying to learn to trust Him unconditionally, and still fervently pray and hope that God would choose to heal our daughter. Knowing He is able. But either way, knowing he will redeem our pain."

I believe the Lord is speaking to all of us through Holly's words. How else to explain her strength and wisdom...and ability to even write these beautiful words during this terrible time.

Please join me in praying fervently for the Lord's healing hands to be upon Kate today.

Please bookmark and read more of Holly's inpirational and real-life daily journal with Kate.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Layla Grace - A Portrait of the Last Day...


Photo courtesy of Christie Lacy Photography

I joined the Hope for God's Children group just after their benefit launch for Layla Grace.

The prayers have continued for this family. Many praying women follow Layla's parents' posts on Twitter. There is a call out to pray for this family - will you pray with me?

A post from Layla's mom at www.laylagrace.org:

"We found out on January 22nd that Layla’s cancer had come back. The doctors told us to expect to have 2-6 more months with her. I started planning and making a list of all the things we were going to cram into the next few months. One of those things was a family photo shoot. I had tons of pictures of the kids, but had never had any taken of all 5 of us. So I added that to my ever growing list and set out to find the perfect outfits. I wanted to have the pictures taken in the spring so I was casually looking for the perfect dresses for the girls."

"Towards the beginning of February, Layla became very fussy. After a few days of this, I took her to the doctor. During the exam, the doctor felt a large mass that wasn’t on the scans 2 weeks prior. She had another scan done that day that revealed 2 large new tumors. We were told to prepare ourselves for only about a month with her."


"Suddenly those pictures became a HUGE priority. Her “good” days were slipping by very quickly. One of our neighbors, Christie Lacy, is a fabulous photographer. We contacted her and set up a shoot for early the next week. Within 2 days Layla had deteriorated more and the doctor told us that we would lose her within the next 2 weeks. We called Christie on a Thursday afternoon and asked if we could move the shoot up. Her response was “Let’s do it now. I can be ready in about 2 hours”.

"Christie took beautiful pictures that day. Pictures that I will cherish the rest of my life."

Not pictures I will walk by and glance at;

Pictures that will remind me of the last “good” day we had with Layla.

The last day she was able to lift her head up without crying.

The last day she was able to sit up and read a book.

The last day she smiled.

"I am forever grateful to Christie Lacy. She has blessed our family tremendously by capturing a precious moment in time."

Please pray to the Lord and lift up the Marsh Family today.

www.laylagrace.org

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bible Verses Through the Tears




I love children. I love to be around them and watch them play. I started this project to bring some happiness to children who perhaps could not run outside and play. Sometimes a new project brings more than you ever thought - more feelings, deeper understanding, unexpected friendships, a closer relationship with God, an aching heart. Isn't this how God always works?

When we trust in Him and follow His paths for us, we may not know what lies ahead or why our we are going this way, but we can stand tall knowing that God is with us.

This road - the Isaiah 43:1 Project - has brought me more sadness, more heartache -- more lumps in my throat than I've had in a long time! Should I continue on? How do nurses and ministers do this every day? I cannot shake the tears, the sadness for these families. But I will stay on this path, God's path for me.

My dad is a Presbyterian minister. He deals with sadness and grief every single day. Is this why he is so quiet at night when he finally comes home? Is this why his load is so heavy? Yes. I feel it too. So I take a few weeks off from posting on this blog. A woman sends me an e-mail requesting prayer for Ben. I visit his site, get the huge lump in my throat, pray for him and go on with my days. Then I check in on Ben's site last night...and he has passed away. That day. Yesterday. God sent me there. Oh, I am heartbroken! She told me Ben needed prayers and did not need a huge care package of personalized gifts at that time, but oh, I wish I had done more for Ben. Will you please pray for his family with me? Read more at www.pirateben.blogspot.com.

I also received an e-mail this week requesting prayers for the sweetest little girl, Anjali. Her mom is keeping a journal for Anjali at Caring Bridge. She is a Christian and knows God is with them, but her little girl is suffering and there is nothing she can do about it. Can you even imagine? She needs our prayers right now. Please read Anjali's journal and pray for her and her family. I will be putting together a care package group for her as well. I hope you will join me.

Through the tears and the questions, here are a few Bible verses I want to share with you that bring me some understanding and comfort - to help us all continue on, through the pain that this earthly life can bring:


Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit



Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.



Lamentations 3:31-33 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.



Matthew 11:25-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.



John 14:1-4 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.



2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.



Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.



Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."



Mark 10:14-16 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.



Thank you for taking this journey with me!