Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DETERMINED to Make it Right

Determined - Having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it. Processing or displaying resolve. Marked by or showing determination; resolute: was engaged in a protracted struggle with a determined enemy.  

I went to bed last night with no D word in sight ; it came to me loud and clear this morning. Determined. I admire those who are determined to accomplish their goals, who resolve to lose weight, complete a novel, begin and finish a screenplay or a book of poetry.

I admire anyone who resolves to win a battle with a determined enemy. And that brings me to this because I’m determined to make it right:  

When I chose my C word, when it came to me, nagged at me, it was defnitely Charles but I misunderstood the reason behind it. I hadn’t visited Charles’ blog in a week or longer because we’ve just moved to Oklahoma and I’m behind in everything. I just knew Charles was constantly on my mind for some reason. Now I know why. After going to his blog yesterday afternoon, and reading all the posts I’ve missed, I learned that his wife Lana has been diagnosed with cancer--a horrible C word. Suddenly, I knew why Charles was on my mind.

I’m a firm believer that God puts things on my mind and heart for a reason; he expects action from me. In this case, prayer.  So this morning I'm determined to make it right. I’m asking everyone who reads this post (at any time-today, tomorrow, next year) to join me and send up prayers for Lana. If you aren’t a praying person then please, send good thoughts their way. Visualize/pray that Charles and Lana find the right doctors to help them, and that those doctors and every medical person they come in contact with will be kind, considerate, helpful and knowledgeable. Pray that Lana and Charles use wisdom in their decision making, and that Charles is able to take the time he needs away from work to be with Lana in all her appointments. Pray that Lana is healed and that she and Charles have many more years of marital bliss.

"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:16

And because I know you're doing this, I'm going to add, Amen and Amen.

Read Charles Gramlich’s post HERE.  Lana is an artist and a photographer. Visit HERE to see some of her work.


Nikki said...

This was a lovely and touching post, I was sorry to read about the horrible C-word surrounding your friend.

I'm just visiting from the A - Z, you have a lovely blog, it's nice to meet you :)

mindthagap said...

Determination is one of the hardest things to keep going in your heart! Also one of the most worthy.

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

You are the one that taught me to be determined in my writing. After six years I'm finally getting my articles published. Determination pays off. Next my play. I am determined. Thanks Jess for being my mentor.

Charles Gramlich said...

Jess, I can't tell you how touched I am by this. I so appreciate it. And so does Lana. I thank you, and everyone for the prayers. Those too are needed.

Jess said...

Thanks Nikki,mindthegap,Debra. We all need determination, don't we.

And Charles, you and Lana will be continuously in my heart and prayers.

Rachel Morgan said...

Just "sent up" a prayer right now... What an amazing and supportive friend you are that you would share this here and ask for all our prayers.

KarenG said...

Originally my D word was Determination. I just love that word and all its derivatives and meanings and applications!

Crack You Whip said...

This is so true and I am so glad I read this. My reason is too long for a comment (maybe a blog post) but thanks!

Jan Rider Newman said...

Praise be to God for cancer, which he allows, but never causes. Praise God for cures and compassion and caring friends.

Lynn said...

Great post and I'm sending love their way.