Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Prayer Request

Dear Friends,

The phone company provided internet service for us today, and I wanted to post a quick update. I haven't had time or access in recent days, but I have a few minutes to post before doing the next thing!

Tiffiny was admitted to the hospital again this past Tuesday. I took her to her physical therapy session that afternoon, and they immediately suspected that things weren't as they should be. Her leg was very swollen. They contacted her doctor at the hospital, and he ordered an x-ray. A broken bone or blood clot was suspected, and they were right. She has a very large blood clot and is still in the hospital. She might come home tomorrow, and she will be on medication for six months. She is receiving excellent care, is in very good spirits, and wishes to thank everyone for their prayers.

Emily is also receiving physical therapy, and she's progressing VERY nicely. She uses a walker now instead of the wheelchair! She also thanks you for your prayers.

A friend who is a doctor and his family brought us a meal the other night, and God used him to provide me with some very important information concerning my son Jacob. Jacob was pinned face down between the piano and a large beam for hours after the storm. He was carried to the triage center and the hospital that night and received excellent care, but we noticed days after his release that he only smiles with one half of his mouth. I asked our doctor friend what he thought and he asked if Jacob could close his eyes. I never would have even thought of that. He checked Jacob and found that he could not close both eyes completely. He recommended that I take him back to see the neurologist, and I am so grateful. My step brother is also a medical professional and recommended the same thing. The neurologist saw him immediately and gave him a prescription and eye drops. My prayer request is that Jacob's nerve damage will heal nicely and that his eyes will be protected. Because he can't completely close them, his eyes might be very dry as he sleeps, and dust particles or whatever might scratch and damage the cornea. He will also need to wear protective glasses while working because the natural reflexive response to particles approaching his eyes will not work to completely shut the eye lids. We appreciate your prayers for him, and we thank God for all the caring people, friends, and professionals who are ministering to them and to our entire family!

Again, we truly thank you all for the outpouring of love and prayers directed our way. The Lord is meeting our needs and blessing us in ways we never imagined. People are SO creative in how they show love and concern. His grace and peace is sufficient AND amazing.

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God.
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

We enjoyed reading from the book of Psalms this morning. His mercies are new every morning....




  1. Oh Sherry, we will keep all of you in our prayers and pray for continued healing for your family. Your strength and faith are a true inspiration and testament. Many blessings to you:).


  2. Dear Sherry.. I tried to leave you a message on your last posting but blogger was acting up.. It is so good to hear from you all. You have been in our prayers and thoughts. Not only ours but we requested others to do the same..
    What a faithful God we serve to give you grace to get through this..
    If He brought you to it... He will see you through it...
    We will continue to remember you dear ones in prayer..
    I wished that I lived closer..
    Blessings, dear girl... to you all...

  3. Hi Sherry! Praise God for internet service.Such a small thing to make you giddy.

    It sounds like the children are on the right track of healing.There always seems to be stumbling blocks along the way.Praise God for friends who can recognize things that we are cloudy on!I recognized my grandaughters lack of hearing before her mom did..New eyes and ears always help!

    You and that precious family are always on the first of our prayer list here!!Now we know what to pray specifically for!!

    I miss you and think about you and the daily's you go thru.Know I love and pray for you my Sister Sherry!!

    I wish there was some way to get my garden to your shelves this summer.I will be praying about it!

    Hugs and big Tx.Squeezes..Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  4. Dear Sherry,
    It was so good to hear of the progress of your daughter and that you are hanging onto the goodness nad faithfulness of God. What else is there? We will continue to pray for Tiffiny and Jacob's special needs. Your entire family is in our constant thoughts and prayers. We are agreeing with you in prayer and trusting God for all your needs to be met.

    May you all feel the love and concern of Your Heavenly Father who so cherishes you and rejoices over you with singing.

    Love and Blessings,
    Jeff and Tamara
    and children~ Arizona

  5. It is good to hear how God is taking care of you and your family. Praying for God's continued blessings on you all!


  6. You are very much in my thoughts and prayers (and conversation, just in this past hour or two too). We will, of course, keep praying for your children. We thank God that He spared their lives, but we do pray that they will be fully restored to full health and strength.
    I pray that you will be able to grieve... remember, grieving is not a sign of weakness, nor is it a sign that we're not accepting God's will. It is natural, and the way God made us.
    Please know that we are praying for you,
    With much love in Christ,
    Anne x

  7. Hello Dear Lees,

    Our family is continuously praying for y'all. Your family is an incredible testimony of the Lord's strength and grace, and we are so thankful that the Lord has allowed us to know you and your precious family.

    If there is anything we can do, please let us know.~

    Hoping to see y'all again soon. God bless.

    The Whiddon family

  8. Continue to lift your family in our prayers, your family has touched more people than you can imagine......there are so many who care and will continue to pray for the physical and emotional healing of your family..... Hugs to you all!

  9. My family will continue to pray for your children and you. May the coming weeks provide continued healing and love, always.

  10. Praying for you here in DC! Peace of Christ to you and your dear family.


  11. Psalm 46 is the very psalm we read the evening we had heard about what had happened. God is so good and gracious to support His children in need. We are praying for you here in Canada. May His peace surpass our understanding.

    Tim and Cindy Vanderpol and family

  12. Praying for you and your family. It's easy for us to praise Him when all is well. Thank you for being a testamony of His grace and peace for others. God bless <3

  13. We are praying for strength and God's smighty hand to comfort and heal everyone! We have been doing so from the moment we heard. May God's love continue to sweep over you all.

  14. You and your family are continually in our prayers but it's always nice to know specifics to pray. But even when we don't know God always knows. : ) It's such a blessing to hear from you and we are praying specifically for Tiffany, Emily, and Jacob and will continue to do so. We love you!

  15. Thank you for taking the time to give us an update that we might pray with greater detail ♥

  16. I'm praying for y'all!

  17. Thank you for sharing specific requests that we can lift up to the Lord. And so glad that they were able to find out about the blood clot on Tiffany before it could dislodge! Praying that the children are all healed completely!

  18. So thankful for an update from you! I have been praying for your family! xoxo

  19. Dear Sherry, It IS good to hear how God is putting people in the paths of your children that have the disernment, knowledge and wisdom to know what they need. I will continue to pray for all of you. Blessings my friend!

    Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

  20. We are praying for you all! It has been such a blessing seeing the fruit of God's Spirit so evident in your family. we love you all, Jen for the Key fam

  21. We are praying for the continued healing of your family. I am also praying for strength and courage as you continue on with your new normal.

    God is your strength and your refuge!

  22. Dear Sherry
    I will continue to pray for you & your family, but thank you for the update as we now have some more specifics to pray about. God bless you - thank you for sharing

  23. Continuing to pray for you and your family during these times of trials. I know the Lord is with you and cares for you all more than we know. So glad you shared your needs so that we, the body of Christ, may surround you with prayers.


  24. What a blessing your family has been to so many throughout this entire tragedy. We are continuing to lift you up before the Lord!

    Blessings from Florida,
    The Stricklen Family

  25. Thank you for posting an update about your family. We are encouraged by the answered prayers and will continue praying for you and yours.

    The Pennington Family
    Woodinville, Washington

  26. Sherry, I really appreciate you taking the time to let us know about Tiffiny, Emily and Jacob. It helps us to pray specifically for each of you. We're looking forward to hearing more updates as they recover. Love from the Smiths in Helena

  27. We have been praying for your family since we heard the news. I've been where you are with the loss of a husband, and I do know that healing takes time, grieving is a messy, jumbled process, tears can come at anytime but the Lord is faithful and loving all the time. I will be praying for the continued healing of your precious children and for the medical personnel caring for them.

  28. I don't know you but I have been reading your blog for a little while. I have been praying and thinking about your family since the tornatoes. I will contiue to pray for you. god is a great God and is always with us.

  29. I know you only through the blog..but
    my prayers join with many others. We are pilgrims and alien to this earth. However, along the way we are also a picture of Christ Jesus as we love in deed and truth our sisters and brothers in Christ. Grace abundant be yours dear sister and your children. Love in Jesus,
    Mrs. B.

  30. Praying for you! :-)

    ~ The McCurdys

  31. Our family has been praying for you and will continue to do so!

  32. Your name and face went thru my here I am.Saying Hello sweet friend.I pray things are going a little better this week.What a long road you have...but what a blessing to know Jesus is walking it with you!!
    I am always praying for you...even in the simple things of life..when I see something in the garden..I think of your gardens..and then on to you.See what a domino effect you have had on us all!!Love you my sister in Christ.

    Hugs and big Texas squeezes!!
    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  33. Sherry,
    This is my second time to leave a comment on this same post but I wanted to let you know that if you are interested in replacing your stainless steel dishes you should check your local Academy. My mom surprised me with enough for my family for my birthday a few days ago. She was able to get the dinner plates and bowls and she said they 2 sizes of mugs. I'm sure this is not top priority but I wanted to let you know.

    Much love in Him,

  34. Dear Sherry
    I am just speechless at your response to all of this. God is awesome and faithful - but I am still amazed at how His grace is carrying you all. It is just incredible to see your heart through all of this. I have been so devastated for all of you and keep thinking of all you have lost - your precious husband and father, your beautiful homestead and garden crops (thinking of your comment that you were going to use leeks, eggs and milk from your garden and animals to make the crustless quiche), your new cast iron cookware - those things seem so important - and yet you say you have never been more blessed! I am amazed and blessed to hear that. God's grace is unimaginably great and awesome. Thank you Lord for carrying this special family. We pray for you daily. Much love from South Africa. Karyn

  35. I check your blog often, even though I'm still (mostly) at a loss for words, I wanted you to know that I think of you all many times each day. Love, Heidi

  36. Please know that your family is in my prayers daily. I am so very sorry for the difficulties and trials you are experiencing, and I am praying earnestly that God will pour out His blessings upon you. I pray that He will uphold you with His mighty hand during this difficulty. Thank you for posting when you can. Many people are very concerned for you and eagerly await updates on your lives.