Striving Together In Prayer

I appeal to you brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with  me in your prayers to God on my [our] behalf…”

Romans 15:30

Tomorrow morning, Chris and I will head into the Avera infusion center for his 21st treatment. This is the last treatment before his next scan on November 14. If we knew the scan would reveal great results and allow Chris to stop the chemo, I’d feel infinitely better about drilling down for another week. But we just don’t know how God intends to write this story. We have no doubt He’s able to use Chris’s treatment plan, He’s able to do a miracle–but we don’t know His plan or His timeline. Our lives belong to Him to use and spend as He desires. At the risk of sounding whiny, I’m finding myself feeling homesick, threadbare and weary.

Yet I’m also feeling cared for and strengthened. Last Friday, despite the day being especially hard for him, Chris declared that we needed to have someone come out to visit to encourage and pour into me. Just his desire to take care of me went a long way to lift my spirits. Yet for some reason, I felt prompted to say, let’s just pray and see if God brings someone to us tomorrow, and if not we’ll make some calls on Sunday. So that’s what we did. The next morning, Saturday, I got a voicemail from my dad saying that he and my mom wanted to make a plan to come out in a week or two. I haven’t seen my parents in a few months, and we haven’t talked about a visit in weeks. Needless to say, his timely voicemail brought instant tears.

This morning I read the parable of the Good Samaritan (read here if you’re unfamiliar with this story) and immediately identified with the man lying on the side of the road, needy and utterly dependent on the compassionate care of the Samaritan. I felt God saying, Just let me take care of you. Trust me. My compassion and love for you far surpass that of the Samaritan for the stranger. These words are balm for my heart…and I also struggle to trust and believe them because I know the pain and suffering God sometimes allows even as He generously loves.

So I’m asking you, praying friends and family, to continue to pray for us–for our hearts to be courageous, strengthened and faithful as we wait and anticipate another scan. Please “strive together” with us in prayer, as it says in Romans 15. We need you. I have no doubt God will take care of us and that He is good, all the time. We want to pray with expectation and faith in His unchanging goodness. Will you also pray that God uses the treatment to effectively fight this cancer? We’d love to get really good results from this next scan.

In fact, I’m a little hesitant to share this last prayer request because right now it feels so outlandish, remote and personal. For several weeks now I’ve been praying that Chris would be able to go skiing this winter. I’m not talking ski mountaineering racing or skiing the Grand Teton after boot packing and skinning uphill like he did a year and a half ago, I’m just asking for some good runs on a groomer. For those of you who know Christopher, you know how much life and joy he gets from outdoor adventure, especially skiing. Obviously, this is not a need, it’s a want. But I believe God cares about those too, so I’m asking.

Lastly, this past week brought some extra smiles for us as I spent significantly more time than I’d planned making a “littlest bird in the nest” costume for Pippa…and enjoyed every minute (hour?!!) of it! She was definitely not the happiest bird in the nest when I first put it on her, but fortunately, she warmed up to it later in the day and seemed to enjoy trucking up and down the sidewalks and darting into people’s living rooms when they first opened the door, haha! We have a handful of retired neighbors who especially loved having her visit, and we enjoyed getting to know them better. Somehow, getting to create something and then watching our sweet little bird make neighbors smile significantly lifted my spirits. I’m thankful…for each of you who have been praying, sending emails, texts and love, for so many profound and great things God is and does for me, and also for felt and glue and cute babies : )!!

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Saddest bird in the nest!

Clearly she takes “birding” very seriously, haha!

 

 

6 thoughts on “Striving Together In Prayer

  1. Praying and expectantly hoping and trusting Him with you Elizabeth… thank you for sharing your heart.
    Love, love, love the little Bluebird!

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  2. Thinking of you both and praying from afar. So thankful for God’s provision in the smallest ways like a Halloween costume or a planned visit from your parents.

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  3. Sweet Friend! Wish I could sit with you and laugh at the funny things in life, like “saddest bird in the nest” – hilarious, and shed tears over the hard things! Love you and continuously praying for you guys.

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  4. Pippa is so precious! Love the bird//est costume and her initial reaction.
    We want you to know that we are walking with you in prayer. We believe in Miracles, and we are claiming them for Chris, Elizabeth and Pippa! We love you so much….Isaiah 40::30 – 31 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

    Isaiah 41 : 10 . do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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  5. We continue to hold all of you in our hearts and prayers. Know that God has a firm hold on you even when it doesn’t feel like it. He is ever faithful!
    We will definitely pray for some time on the slopes for Chris! and hope for each day ahead!

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  6. Elizabeth and Chris, Just a quick note to let you know that I prayed for you guys today. I have thought of you at times as this year has been challenging for me with both of my parents experienced health concerns. I resonated with your posts more than I have wanted to, or desired in the midst of my parents lives and the uncertainty of their situations. May God continue to strengthen and go before you guys. Sounded like good news from Chris’ recent post as well. Praise God for that. May that news begin to bring rest and comfort to your hearts and souls. Your brother in Christ, Dave

    On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 9:00 PM, A Fragmentary Blue wrote:

    > elizabethkatelawrence posted: ” I appeal to you brothers, by our Lord > Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in > your prayers to God on my [our] behalf…” Romans 15:30 Tomorrow morning, > Chris and I will head into the Avera infusion center for his 21st ” >

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