Thanksgiving with Kennedy

The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.  Isaiah 9:2 (NKJV)

Many of you know that last winter our then three-year-old granddaughter Kennedy was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma cancer.  She began chemo on February 1 of this year and it has been quite a long journey.  Kennedy is most certainly one who has dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, and on her God’s light has shined.

Last week we had the joy of spending Thanksgiving with Kennedy and her family.  I thought I’d share a few pictures this week as a way of bringing you up-to-date on Kennedy, and thanking all of you who have been praying this whole year! God bless you all!

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near. Psalm 75:1 (NKJV)
Is there no balm in Gilead,
Is there no physician there?
Why then is there no recovery
For the health of the daughter of my people?  Jeremiah 8:22 (NKJV)

Oh, how many times have we cried out this prayer to God?  Earlier this fall, Kennedy was very sick in the hospital. Yet we know there is a Great Physician named Jesus who is healing Kennedy day by day.  Kennedy recently began her maintenance chemo which includes a week of treatment at the beginning of each month for two years.  She enjoys the time-off between treatments. Jesus is bringing health to the daughter of our people!

As you can see, Kennedy is looking much better as she serves three monkeys their Thanksgiving dinner.

And their message will spread like cancer… 2 Timothy 2:17 (NKJV)

Does it seem like cancer is everywhere today, like it’s a new thing?  I was interested to find this verse in 2 Timothy about the false messages being spread like cancer, so they had it way back in Bible times, too.  We don’t like cancer or false messengers!  We love Jesus and healing through Him!

“For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,” says the Lord… Jeremiah 30:17 (NKJV)

This is the promise we claim for Kennedy, as we go for walks, as we read stories, as she plays…Jesus will restore health to her! The little girl who once sat in the corner of the sofa, propped up by pillows, unable to walk, is now running, playing, and turning somersaults! Praise Jesus!

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near. Psalm 75:1 (NKJV)

I thank Jesus for being able to visit Kennedy five times this year (even in a year full of coronavirus and closures), and every time we had safe travels and stayed healthy. God is so good.  I’m thankful for each of you who prayed and for her strong family in Wisconsin. I’m especially thankful for our Thanksgiving together where Kennedy opened our meal in prayer.

I will praise the name of God with a song,
And will magnify Him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP:  I can’t thank you enough for being faithful prayer warriors, dear friends.  Keep praying. Keep praying for your loved ones in your family and community and the USA. God hears your every prayer.

...I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you… 2 Kings 20:5 (NKJV)

Thank you for reading My TEA CUPP Prayers!  If you enjoyed today’s devotion, you might also like to read, Prayer Works!, Well, I’m sure praying!

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Night Tea

“Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord,
“And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29 (NKJV)

Dear TEA Friends, 

If you’ve been reading My TEA CUPP Prayers devotions for awhile, you know my passion is for reading and praying God’s Word. Every day before sunrise, I fill my favorite morning mug and sit down with Jesus, letting Him speak first through His Word, the Bible.  I underline my favorite verses (or the tough verses He shows me), and use those as conversation starters as I pour my heart out to Jesus in prayer. 

Why do I use the God’s Word in prayer?   For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb. 4:12). 

A while back I shared a list of verses that fit with Tea in the Morning.  A friend who owns a tea company told how she often has a cup of tea in the night when she can’t sleep.  That caused me to search for verses for A Night Tea.  Perhaps you are going through a “dark night of the soul” right now or would like Bible verses for when you are awake in the night.  Here are some night verses for you…

T for Thanksgiving:

At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You,
Because of Your righteous judgments. Psalm 119:62 (NKJV)

E for Exalting:

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. Psalm 16:7 (NKJV)

A for Admitting:

Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” Mark 14:30 (NKJV)

But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him. John 11:10 (NKJV)

C for Calling:

Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 (NKJV)

U for Understanding:

You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 1 Thessalonians 5:5 (NKJV)

P for Promises:

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.  Matthew 14:35 (NKJV)

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.  Psalm 4:8 (NKJV)

When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24 (NKJV)

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. Hebrews 4:9 (NKJV)

P for Petitioning:

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Tuck theses verses and your Bible by your bed tonight.  If you have trouble sleeping, have some “TEA” with Jesus in the middle of the night. Claim God’s promise to come to you “in the fourth watch.” God bless you, dear TEA friend!

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Romans 13:12 (NKJV)

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
‘Come unto Me and rest;
lay down, thou weary one, lay down
thy head upon My breast.’
I came to Jesus as I was,
so weary, worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting place,
and He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
‘Behold, I freely give
the Living Water, thirsty one;
stoop down and drink and live.’
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
‘I am this dark world’s light;
look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
and all thy day be bright.’
I looked to Jesus, and I found
in Him my star, my sun;
and in that light of life I’ll walk
till trav’lling days are done.  (Horatius Bonar, 1846)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 

Are Ye Able?

But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” Matthew 20:22 (NKJV)

“Are Ye Able, said the Master…”  This old hymn has been running through my head for over a month after I read the above scripture in my Bible in January.  I was curious as to what day I started humming this tune, and flipped back through my journal to locate the verse. I was very surprised when I found out the exact day.

I follow the one-year Bible reading plan found in the Our Daily Bread devotion booklets.  On January 31, the New Testament reading was from Matthew 20:17-34.  In this passage, the mother of Jesus’ disciples James and John came to Him to request her sons sit beside Jesus in His kingdom.  Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you ask.  Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink…?” 

As I read this, my mind immediately went to the old hymn by Earl Marlatt (1925).  The first verse cries out:

“Are ye able,” said the Master,
“To be crucified with me?”
“Yea,” the sturdy dreamers answered,
“To the death we follow Thee.”

That morning, before the day began, I wrote Matthew 20:22 in my prayer journal along with this short prayer, “O Jesus, I want to be able. Please make me able by Your great power and Holy Spirit.” And I wrote the last verse and chorus of this great hymn:

“Are ye able?” Still the Master
Whispers down eternity,
And heroic spirits answer,
Now as then in Galilee.

“Lord, we are able. Our spirits are Thine.
Remold them, make us, like Thee, divine.
Thy guiding radiance above us shall be
a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.” (Marlatt, 1925)

Later that very morning, while doing home school with my son Joel, I happened to glance at my phone (which I usually ignore during home school) and noticed this text from my daughter Kallie about our granddaughter, “We are in an ambulance on our way to Milwaukee. They think Kennedy has pneumonia.” 

But it was not pneumonia, it was something much worse, cancer, T-cell Lymphoma in a little three-and-a-half-year-old girl.  And I cried out to the Lord, “No!”  And, “I’m not able!”  And, “Take me, not our precious granddaughter.”  I wanted to collapse in a puddle of tears, and sometimes I do, following Jesus’ example in John 11:35.

But I’ll tell you who has been able…little Kennedy and her parents.  Kennedy has endured more pokes and pains in a month than most people have in a lifetime.  Her mom and dad have taken this in stride and encouraged Kennedy and trusted their doctors, where I would be falling apart.  Thank you, Jesus, for making them able.

We don’t get to choose our stories or trials, this is the one we get to walk through today.  And so I pray again, “Lord, make me able. Help me be a strong grandma for Kennedy and fight this battle on my knees in prayer. Help me be a beacon to all who are going through trials. Please heal our sweet Kennedy.”  

“Please heal her, O God, I pray!” Numbers 12:13 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP: Perhaps you are not feeling able to face what is happening in your life today.  Pray to Jesus for help.  Claim all His promises.  He will make us able and see us through even this. 

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 (NKJV)

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4 (NKJV)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.