Prayer Request Update: Janie Blake

Well, a couple weeks ago shared the difficult news of Janie Blake retaking up a battle with Cancer. Just wanted to give update of where things are at. After the initial report of the return of cancer cells Janie was giving difficult prognosis. She was informed that she was likely to have “months” to live versus years. It as a pronouncement that was difficult and painful. One filled with grief and despair. My first thoughts came to recalling dogs that my mother has had that have had “short lives” pronounced over them only to live a good long life. Yet, on the other hand there are dogs who did live short lives. The point though is that for each of us, animals or human, it is not up anyone to make “proclamations” over life, as that is in God’s control, ALWAYS.

It is noteworthy that whatever happens with Janie Blake at this point, it is whatever is God’s intent. Janie is not taking any further course of the human generated courses of treatment. Whether the cancers cells grow and consume her life, or turn back on self and implode is in God’s hand. It is one or other. Either Janie will live and serve God in this life or will reach a point of no further suffering and graduate on.

Today, she goes to the doctor, the one making these proclamations and will hear the pain and suffering she will endure of the cancer cells continue to grow and consume. It is a difficult thing to go and hear what suffering may come, what to expect. Yet, ultimately, we all know that whatever is ahead, God is in control. No one else. It is God’s will, not our own. God will make his will clear, in time. All I know that whether life or death is what is to come for Janie Blake, that He who promised is faithful. If ongoing time in this life of suffering is necessary for God to keep His promises, that is what will occur. If God is brought greater glory by His promises being met by her graduation from this life, then this is what will occur. But we can rest in He who promised is faithful. So I ask for prayer that for each person who cares for and knows Janie to be given open eyes and ears to see God’s faithfulness in whatever suffering they encounter. May each encounter be filled with a touch of God’s peace. For ultimately it is not our will, but God’s will that will rule the day. No one can make any proclamation otherwise.

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Christian Creativity: Mikeschair- Let the waters rise

Christianity Today recently posted an article about a newer Christian Band publishing with Curb Records that is going by the name of Mikeschair.  Strange name and have not found an explanation for it. The band just released their first music video Let the Water’s Rise.  The video images in combination with the lyrics to the song are powerful. It really points toward remember God and his faithfulness regardless of what is going on around you. 

They have a MySpace page which can be found at www.mikeschair.com. Mike Grayson, the lead singer, possible owner of the chair, and general band front man his a blog at the My Space page. He posted a comment about the song:

Let the Waters Rise is by far one of our favorite songs on the record.  I am so excited about this song being a single because I feel like its one of the most honest song we have written.  There are going to be times in all of our lives where we don’t understand the situation that God has us in, or we feel like He is no where to be found when we need Him most.  These are the times when our faith is truly tested.  Jesus never promised that our lives down here were going to be perfect, in fact, in John 16 Jesus says “In this world you will have troubles…” In this life we are going to experience death, we are going to experience loneliness, disappointment, and heartache, but Jesus doesn’t leave us there!!  That same verse in John is finished by Jesus saying “but take heart! For I have overcome the world”.  One of the hardest things we are going to have to do as believers is choose to follow even with a raging sea is right in front of us.  Our prayer is that this song encourages you in those times of struggle to “take heart!” and follow God no matter what the situation.

Here is the video he is taking about and drew my attention to this young band and how God may be using them:

Please pray that God continues to work out in their life what it means to worship in spirit and truth and keeps them on the narrow way. At the concerts they apparently have a table letting people donate food or money to various ministries and organizations helping those in need in this world, displaying God’s love in action.  The heart of their actions and desire definitely comes across as displaying genuine response to God’s revealed reality.  Mike Grayson also has a video explaining their commitment to Mike’s table:

An possible answer to swine and other Influenza’s? Sambucol

     Well, just recently was directed to this article: http://israelity.com/tag/sambucol/. The article hi-lights the discovery of Israeli scientist Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu. Sambucol is an herbal extract from elderberries that contains AntiVirin, isolated from the black elderberry, and three flavonoids according to this article: (Study shows Israeli elderberry extract effective against avian flu). A quick perusal of www.amazon.com shows a range of pricing with a top price of about $30.00 for 7.8 ounce bottle.

    Upon reading about Sambucol, it strikes me the amazing goodness of God, who has placed things with in nature that can combat things like viral infections.  Here is a product, in nature that really does fight viral infections. It is also interesting that in a day and age where the potential for disease and illness and the prospects increase for a global pandemic, a simple answer is found by an Israelite scientist.  God is good and He is faithful.  Learning of this just draws me to praise God.

Update on Step-mother and ongoing prayer request.

Well the results from the liver biopsy returned and came back positive for cancer.  The internist also told my father and Janie they were concerned about spots on her lung, which is weird because were told that chest X-Ray was negative.  She will have a bone scan tomorrow. 

     This news came as a gut punch since every one praying for her had faith and confidence she would come back clean from cancer.  However, it turns out this battle is not that easily won.  The events my father described of the process of the day definitely point to a battle going on.  Last night she had a roommate who also had a friend visiting.  They were loud and kept Janie up most of the night.  They left today, when they left, Janie and my Father felt the Peace of God again.  However, shortly there after waiting all day and communicating that there was nothing documented in her chart, the internist came and gave the bad news, left, saying options would be reviewed tomorrow. 

    Now, I must confess that I felt enough confidence that the test would come up clean that I relaxed a little and didn’t spread the word to pray as far as possibly could or even spend much time talking to God about it, cause felt it was settled.  So lesson learned there, that until you know the results of a matter, continue to pray because the enemy does not relent. 

     Personally, I have not been given any direct discernment.  My wife when praying about it, feels she gets an answer back that this situation is “rain.”  She distrusts what she believes she hears from God because in the past she felt she got a word from God about a 17 year old male in our congregation, named Allen Ellingson,  that hand brain cancer, that we would be perfectly healthy.  Turns out she perceived the health here on earth, when  God simply took him to where there is no more suffering and pain.

    My dad and his wife had also expressed confidence. Janie reported that while praying with their pastor and his wife (Mark and Julie Maxhausen) that she received Psalms 117 and 118 as a word from God.  The pastor and his wife have told them to continue to believe in God’s promise. It is tough and faith does waiver.

     There are tons of emotions clearly going through all the people that care for Janie. The emotions range from denial, to anger, to confusion, to grief, helplessness, and to fear.   Personally, I have written about rejoicing always as a Thanksgiving article, little did I know the test that was coming.  Over the weekend God had me at peace and able to rejoice. Today, it is hard and the emotions can overwhelm.  However, as I write this what comes to my mind is “The Joy of the Lord is my strength.” God has used Janie to touch a lot of people as a tool to help free them from snares and heal spiritual and psychological wounds.  The enemy stirs up fears of all the people who could fall back to past snares and healing wounds re-opened as a result.  God has to have bigger plans.  So, all those that read this blog or happen upon this request pray.  Email me or leave comments for me to pass on to them as you feel led.  Above all, God will be glorified and His will, will be done.  Those of us around the situation have varying degrees of faith.  Yet, when storms come, always our faith is little compared to the greatness of God, this is a lesson previously learned in my life.  God is always faithful.  So to wrap this post up, I do so with thanking and praising God for what He intends to do in this instance regardless of my will.  I believe God will heal Janie of the cancer and that the enemy will not be defeated.  God is good and His mercy endures for ever.  He alone is Holy and Worthy of praise.