As I write these words, Thursday has not arrived yet.
As you read them, it has.
We awoke this morning at 3:30 a.m. and stumbled from bed.
How do I know that?
I’m SO not a morning girl. Stumbling will be my best effort.
We’ll arrive at the hospital at 5 a.m. and Richard goes into pre-op. I’ll whisper goodbye as they roll him into surgery.
And then I’ll be brave.
I’m grateful that the cancer was discovered and that it will soon be out of his body. I’m grateful for family that has wrapped themselves around us. I’m grateful for friends who have already signed up to bring us food as he recovers.
I’m grateful for the private “I love you’s” texted and messaged by beautiful Proverbs 31 ministry sisters and church family and even strangers.
I’m also grateful for God.
We walked through this years ago as a couple and I know that He’s by our side. So it’s not the statistics or the bigness of this 5-hour surgery that will be my focus.
It will be Him.
Because as peace-filled as we have been, it’s all so real today and I’m not near as brave as I look, but. . .
God is big and that brings me strength.
So, will you pause just for a moment and whisper a prayer for my guy? I’d love that. In fact, I need it.
While I won’t be able to check in today, later when he’s asleep in the hospital and I’m resting nearby, I’ll hold those prayers close like a treasured friend.
I’m excited that today is #livefreeThursday.
Women from all over the nation are sharing their stories of “brave.”
That’s what this is. . . every single week. Brave girls who love Jesus coming together to love each other.
Oh Suzie, I’m praying now for you and your husband. May the Lord guide the surgeons’s hands. And may the Lord guide your heart into His peace. May Christ’s power rest on you today. May His love surround you. I pray for a good result to the surgery.
Abba Father, please show Yourself strong today to Susie and her husband. Guide the surgeon’s hands. You are our Shepherd and we commit these dear ones to You, today. As Your little lamb, may Suzie feel your loving care; may Your presence be very precious to her throughout this day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
I am praying for God’s soothing arms of comfort to surround you as you wait…”I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.” John 14:18 I pray for surety in the surgeons hands and for a total, complete, healthy recovery. Praying all God’s blessings upon you, your husband and your family.
Dear heavenly father, I lift up to you Susie and her husband! Father pray that you give him peace and you give her peace as well. Let them know that you have your great big arms wrapped around them protecting them watching over them. Please guide the doctors hands. I pray for healing heavenly father. Thank you for Your love! Please let them know how big you are!! In Jesus’ name!
Dear Lord, thank you for guiding the hands of the doctors as they perform the surgery today. Thank you for sending peace and comfort to Suzie and her family. I humbly ask that you continue to watch over them and strengthen them today and in the days to come. In Jesus name, Amen.
Sweet Suzie, I am praying for you precious husband and the doctors and for you. I have been in the waiting room, I know the feelings. Praying for God’s comfort and strength to surround you.
Suzie & Richard, I pray for you today- help Richard & Suzie, Lord my God; save them according to your unfailing love. Let them know that it is Your hand, that You, Lord, have done it. Psalm 109: 26-27. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He sent His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind. Psalm 107:19-21
May His Word sustain you this day. Hugs from my heart. Susan
Praying even now while your man is in surgery. May you feel God’s peace and praying for full and complete healing.
Lord, We love you. All that you have made, all that you are..we love. Your creation is good, including Richard and Suzie. Father, go deep within Richard, and heal him. Grant wisdom to the medical professionals, guide their hands as they operate on Richard. Father, clear Richard of this disease. Set peace and hope within his and Suzie’s hearts and minds. In the midst of the turmoil, I pray that, in the midst of the battle, they are able to worship you in a new depth, a greater steadfastness, and trust with an overwhelming assurance. Surround and protect them, Lord. Like Daniel, I pray they will walk out of this unscathed. Father, I set this at your throne and give you praise and say thank you.. In Jesus’ name, amen.
I’ve been praying all week. Even shedding a few tears for you as we speak. I know God is good and you are both in the shelter of his wings today. My love to you!
Continuing to pray for you and your husband. I am also praying for surgeon and everyone in operating room to be guided by God. Be blessed my friend and know that you are being prayed for and that you are so very loved!
Praying for you all!
Father, you are good, you are bigger than our minds can imagine and as you hold this earth in orbit you also hold us in the palm of your hand. You are strong and mighty. Be with Richard and Suzie all the way through the surgery, the recovery, the beginning, the middle and end. Let us trust in your faithfulness for you have never failed. Thank you Lord for your loving presence. Wrap Suzie us with your strength and peace! Thank you Lord. Thank you. Amen
Dear Suzie — you and your husband will be on my heart and in my prayers throughout today and in the coming days and nights. God’s blessings of healing love over every aspect of this ordeal. Shalom and hugs…
Father, bless Suzie today as she waits. Give her peace that only You can give. Please bless Richard today and in the days ahead as he recovers. Thank You that Your mercies are new every morning. Amen.
Suzie, God is with you, He is your strength. Even when you feel that you are in deep waters, He is there with you, guiding you! You are brave!!! Blessings to you on this day, May the peace of God flood your heart and that this experience take you to a new level of glory to Him. Thanks for hosting this link up, always Here sharing with you!
Tayrina from TGAWrites
Lots of love, hugs & prayers for Richard & you this morning. Love you so much & look forward to seeing another update when you are rested.
I met your son, Ryan, at a work conference this week. I’m praying for you, your husband, and family today. I am always amazed by the way God will being Christians together in the most odds places. I loved hearing your family’s story. God is always faithful!
Jesus, be near to Suzie and her family in this very moment. Guide the hands of the doctors. Be a shield to Richard and strengthen his body in this moment. Cover this family in your perfect peace. Lavish them with your love and kisses. We pray, Lord for a speedy recovery for Suzie’s guy, and for strength and rest for Suzie as she walks through this recovery with him. Guide them as they walk down this familiar path and offer your sweet assurance when the road ahead seems foggy. You are faithful, Lord. We love you and place the Eller family into your hands in this very moment, as we stand firm on your promises. Amen.
Thank you for the wonderful Woman of Faith the Suzie is to all of us. Thank you for her transparency and willingness to be vulnerable with so many women. I ask now that you would send the Holy Spirit to guide the hands of the surgeons. That YOU would eradicate ALL of the cancer and bring healing and wholeness. I pray for peace that transcends all understanding and that especially in this difficult place, You would get the Glory. May you sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness (Psalm 41:3). You are in charge her Father and I pray that You would move in this situation and others that don’t know You would be able to see You.
In the MIGHTY Name of JESUS- AMEN!!
I am praying sweet friend! I am so thankful for your strong faith at a time like this, that you know that even though you are not brave enough, that He is – and that as you draw close to Him, He will be your strength. How wonderful that you and being surrounded with love, prayers and practical support! God has plans to prosper and not to harm you, He is close by your side, and loves you so very much!
May you feel God’s warm embrace around you this day,
Prayers for your guy and you Suzie!! I pray for God’s healing and peace…a peace in knowing that He is in control and loves you both SO unbelievably much… I pray that truth will fill your heart and souls today. Blessings!!! <3
Praying in Florida, Suzie. Hugs
Praying for you both! Blessings of peace on you in the name of Jesus.
I’m praying for you, Suzie! I quoted Isaiah 41:10 in my blog post today, and I think it is very applicable to your situation. I claimed it when I underwent a procedure, myself. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
Two verses in the Living Bible God used to comfort and give peace before my cancer surgery 12 years ago were:
Psalm 139:5 “You both precede and follow me. You place Your hand of blessing on my head.”
Psalm 40:17b “the Lord is thinking about me right now.”
Praying for your husband and all your family.
Suzie, you and Richard are in my heart and prayers. God bless you both and do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine!
Linking up here Suzanne with a post written for a lady friend undergoing cancer treatment at the moment. The same words can be spoken over your beloved husband and I hope you do so. He is beautiful to Jesus too as His blood was shed to bring him healing and death and eradication to every cancer cell in his body. Have walked the journey too – God is holding you in the palm of His hand, snuggled right close to His heart. He will not fail you.
Saying a prayer for you and your guy today!
Praise God that His perfect love casts out all fear! Praying for you. Thanks for hosting & God bless!
Prayers going up for you and Richard now.
I lifted Richard up in prayer just now, and prayed for you as well. May the God of all Comfort, comfort you both and may our Great Physician bring complete healing.
Leaning on Him is the safest place you’ll ever be…it’s the only true “safe house” for all of us! Been praying for you today!
Praying for rest and healing. My friend had her 1 year esophagus post cancer scope today. She is 6 months cancer free and has the cutest curly hair. God loves to give miracles for HIS glory. Praying for one for you and will share your story with my friend. I know she will pray too.
Continuing to pray for Richard today as he recovers from the surgery yesterday Suzie. Thank you for the FB updates so we can keep his progress in our prayers 🙂 Love you!
I praise God that he is so big and so high and so lifted. He can do all things. I praise God that according to Facebook all is well. I am just praising him this morning.
Prayers continue for you both! Rest in
A day late. My own issues. But I am trusting that the same God we both love and who loves us has blessed your life and that all is well today. I had a rough spot yesterday, but today when I stopped and focused back on God I found He had plenty to say and it was all wrapped in love. Prayers for you today and tomorrow.
Father God, we bring Richards healing before you in the knowledge that nothing is impossible for you. them feel and be filled with your peace that surpasses all understanding at this very hour, your love and your Holy Presence embrace them. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen
I am praying for you, your husband, and your family. May his recovery go smoothly and you continue to feel God’s blessings, courage, and strength.
Suzie, I am praying for you and your family, as you have offered God”s encouragement to me I extend it back to you. May God hold your family in His mighty hands.