Sunday, August 21, 2005


The last few days have been a celebration; a celebration of God's provision and goodness.

Friday, Jake celebrated in the halls at Young, our whole family called and emailed all we could, and my Dad took our immediate family out to dinner. Yesterday, we celebrated at my Aunt Diane and Uncle Mike's house. It was my grandmother's birthday so we had already planned a get-together. It was a good thing too because I could not go another day without hugging my family! They gave me a beautiful gold necklace with a gold cancer "ribbon". I had already recieved from them a silver one, but the new one symbolized a new chapter, one of victory and assurance. Today, we celebrated at church when our pastor called us up to the stage to give praise for this healing and pray for our family as we continue this journey. I was so glad when he also prayed for (as we are too) the others inside and outside of our church that are battling cancer right now.

I know there is more to come. But, I am so confident of this healing and completion that I can't wait to get started. Tuesday, I will know more about the coming stages. But count on me asking the doctors on my appointment Thursday, "Have you ever see this happen?!?"


** Thank you for your wonderful comments from Friday's post. I was visiting with my friend Sharon tonight when she said something I said have so often these last months: sometimes I didn't know what to pray, or how to do it. Sometimes I was so tired and ill, and weak, and drugged I didn't know what to say or do. And you intercede. You lift me up when I can't find the words for myself. For that, and so much more, I am so very grateful. I love you **


Anonymous said...

Hope and I were in Oklahoma this weekend for a soccer tournament. Paul called us late Friday and gave us the news. He let us listen to Jakes message on our voice mail. I ran down the hall of the hotel telling everyone I ran into of your good news!
GOD IS GOOD! Thank you for allowing us to see His strength, beauty, and HIS plan! You've all been such encouragers through all of this. Through this journey, God has used you to encourage those with weaker faiths, those with no faith and bring us all closer to HIM! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for your wisdom, strengtha and spirits to lift the rest of us up. I am overjoyed at this wonderful miracle HE has given all of us. Jessica- You are truly my hero! Jake You get the husband of the century award! Thank you for sharing this journey with all of us. May God continue to bless you richly! I love all of you!
Carrie Patchen

Kathryn Young said...

I loved the response from the church yesterday. I loved that this happened in perfect timing with LABC moving to one service. I love seeing us become truly ONE body together on Sunday mornings. I don't know why, but yesterday felt like Church to me, like I imagined all these years that Church is supposed to feel. Like one big, happy, excited, on fire, family!

I don't know if you've read my blog today, but it's about you, Jess. And the verse that came to mind today is Ephesians 3:20-21, which I concluded with. I want to repeat it here, because - it came to mind because it's what I experienced Sunday morning as the result of your great news (God's great work in you)...

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory IN THE CHURCH and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen!"
(Eph 3:20-21)

It was evident during the service, and it's evident in all the comments on your last couple posts - God is receiving ALL the glory and ALL the praise in the act of healing you, just as He should!

And that excites me even more than the healing, because we know that the healing isn't worth it if anyone other than Christ is exalted! So way to go! Way to live out the last 6 months in such a way that God is getting the credit He deserves! You are truly a woman of noble character, I am blessed to be under your leadership. I have begun to serve God better because of your (and Jake's) influence (together) the past year!

This is my psalm because of you:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who has brings physical healing,
Who has destroyed the disease that raged within His servant's body with His own hand,
and Who set His servant up to be a mouthpiece for His name,
to shine the light of Christ among men that they may know and believe that He is Almighty,
the Great Physician,
the One who never leaves and never forsakes us!
Great is your faithfulness,
your mercy endures through all generations,
your hand is quick to save,
you delight in being named Rescuer,
my Salvation!

Blessing and Honor
and Glory and Power
be unto the King
forever and ever!

Kathryn Young said...

ps. I just copied my psalm, so the post I wrote earlier is entitled "What A Mighty God We Serve!" right before it.

Just in case you're interested in reading it.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Jes, Jake and precious Grandchildren,
When I first received the news about Jessica's cancer, I never asked God, "Why Jes?" Yes, I knew she was a loving Christian. I knew she was faithful to her Lord. I knew she was a wonderful Godly mother to her children. Yes, a wonderful wife to our sweet Jacob. True, she's a precious daughter, niece, grandaughter, friend. Sometimes I even felt guilty because I never felt the need to ask,"Why? Why my baby?" I knew He would reveal that answer, if only I trust in Him. Jes was the perfect child for him to heal. She has been faithful to our Lord, and others look to Jes to feel her faith. Well, praise God from whom all blessings flow. Thank you, God for chosing my child to give you glory. I want to shout from the rooftops, thank you for giving me my precious child......twice.