Saturday, October 16, 2010

Update on Jake

This thunderstorm was taken at sunset,this past summer.
Today I will post the update exactly as I sent it out to friends and family.

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

If it were not for this strength,how could we go on?
Jake and I feel Gods' strength bearing us up daily.
Another week has passed and I can see that Jake is getting more tired and uncomfortable.
He still eats a little at each meal and that is good.
He says that he has only very little pain,we praise God for that.
Some days the emotions run high,but this too is very understandable.
We have visits almost daily,people who come by to leave a few words of encouragement.

We want to thank each of you who pray so faithfully,we feel the power of those prayers.
To those of you who live lose enough to drop in,thanks for doing so.
Each visit is a blessing and we welcome them.
We also want to publicly thank those who drop off some food or other tokens of your love.

I would encourage anyone to stop in for a short visit,these visits shorten the day and give great encouragement.
 Thanks again for your love and prayers on our behalf,
      Jake and Ruth


Kerri Farley said...

Dearest Ruth, I so wish I lived closer to you! You and Jake are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for God's Peace and Comfort.

Jane said...

I am continuing to pray for both of you.


Valerie said...

When I see the thunderheads like that I am always drawn to the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:25-39.

When I was in college we sang Mendelsohn's Elijah and the part that always stood out to me was the collection of 'songs' when the prophets of Baal kept calling to him - 'hear and answer' and he never answered. And then Elijah called down the fire of God on to the altar that had been saturated with water - and then the music for the part when "the fire came down from heaven" and burned everything up ... was so powerful and I was taken to the moment when God said - "I AM the Lord Your God" there was no doubt as to who He was (is and is to come) the people knew.

I am so thankful that God is revealing Himself to you daily as you take each moment - as they come. Praying He will continue to keep Jake comfortable and with little pain, that your angels of mercy are able to continue to visit and hold you both up and encourage you and give you strength.

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

D said...

Ruth, thank you for letting us know that there is comfort in these days. Blessings to you and Jake.

Sandra said...

thank you for the update, I will continue to pray for both of you and you can tell Jake all the "visitors" that come to visit from blog land, people you have never met that care. God's blessing and strength on both of you this day.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Good Morning Special Friend, Thank You for the update.... It's hard to see the beauty in a thunderhead--when you know there is rain in that cloud.. BUT--as you and Jake know, there is beauty in EVERYTHING--even illness. I know that you two count your many blessings each and every single day... Thanks Be to God.

I am glad that Jake is in no pain. That is one of the most important things in life I think... Please remember that i am praying for you both.

Much Love and LOADS of PRAYERS,

Anita Johnson said...

Thank you for the update and we will continue to pray for peace and painfree days. I too would love to stop by for a quick visit if that were possible, but please know that prayers are being said for you from all over. The photo is beautiful.

Dorothy said...

Thanks be to God for answered prayers! May you continue to feel the prayers of your many friends!
Love and Peace,

Cicero Sings said...

Oh how I wish I could pop in for a visit. Thanks circuit update. I 'm glad to hear that Jake's pain is minimal -- have been praying to that end. Ah emotions -- they can't help but run high at times.

Love the picture of the thunderhead. My own D would have loved it. Being a weatherman, he was into cloud pictures!

Karin said...

What an interesting capture of the thunder storm contrasted with the peace that's within your heart update post! Your submission to God's Will is evident in the words you write. God is in control and surrounds you with His love and grace during such a stormy time. Thanking God that Jake is strong and not in pain. Big bear hug here! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Montanagirl said...

Still in my thoughts and prayers.

George said...

Thank you for the update on Jake. Even though we are too far away to drop in for a short visit, we do have both of you in our thoughts and prayers every day.

I learned, when my late wife was battling cancer, that God's presence becomes stronger with each passing day, and that each day is a precious gift. I hope the two of you have that same feeling.

Just remember that you are not alone.

Unknown said...

God will keep you strong,
Bless and keep you both.

Appalachian Lady said...

Beautiful photo--your strength and words are inspiring to us all. Joan

Ginny Hartzler said...

Thank you for this new post. Your picture does not look like a thunderstorm at all, it looks like golden clouds lit up by God. Some things really are however we see them, aren't they? Your faith and strength through all this is a wonderful example to us all that we need to keep our eyes up and focused on the only important thing that truly is eternal. May the peace of God continue to be with you both.

Diane said...

Der Ruth, I can sense the calm in your post even though you're going through such a tumultuous time. I continue to pray for both of you.
We are with you. Diane

cyclopseven said...

I received this via e-mail from a dear friend of mine, and thought of sharing with you guys. Guess its a bit long, but there is HOPE all along. God bless.


The man whispered, "God, speak to me" and a meadowlark sang.

But, the man did not hear.

So the man yelled, "God, speak to me" and the thunder rolled across the sky.

But, the man did not listen.

The man looked around and said,
"God let me see you."
And a star shined brightly.

But the man did not see.

And, the man shouted,
"God show me a miracle."
And, a life was born.

But, the man did not notice.

So, the man cried out in despair,
"Touch me God, and let me know you are here."

Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man.

But, the man brushed the butterfly away, and walked on.

I found this to be a great reminder that God is always around us in the little and simple things that we take for granted ... even in our electronic age

So I would like to add one more:

The man cried,
"God, I need your help!"
And an e-mail arrived reaching out
with good news and encouragement.

But, the man deleted it and continued crying .

Don't miss out on a blessing
because it isn't packaged the way that you expect.

My instructions were to send this to people that I wanted God to bless and I picked you.

Expect the unexpected...

Have A Happy Day!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Dear Ruth, I wish I lived close enough to bring you a meal and visit with you and Jake. My heart is heavy as I think about what you must be going through. I know that God's grace is sufficient and I pray that you both feel the comfort and peace of God in a very mighty way.

Kay said...

My prayers are with you Ruth & Jake.


Marsha said...

I also continue to pray for both of you. May God bring you both comfort and peace.

Elaine said...

May you continue to feel God's strength through this difficult time. I'm keeping you in my prayers.

Mary C said...

Ruth, I am copying what Sandra said earlier. It's exactly how I would word it. "thank you for the update, I will continue to pray for both of you and you can tell Jake all the "visitors" that come to visit from blog land, people you have never met that care. God's blessing and strength on both of you this day."

S. Etole said...

you are often in my heart and prayers ...

Susan said...

dearest Ruth..
Thanks for the update on Jake. I'm glad that I got to meet you and Jake and I hope I can encourage you in some way. I too had/have an encounter with cancer and I know through prayer that peace surrounds you and comforts you through all what lies ahead. I will continue to pray for both of you...
ps. beautiful picture..

Jolly Princess said...

I will be praying without let up for both of you. Miracles do happen if we have faith...

Mary said...

I'm thankful that Jake is having little pain. I pray that both of you will be filled with his love and peace. I wish I lived near enough to drop in and visit, but will keep you in my prayers. Love and hugs for Indiana.

jeanlivingsimple said...

Wish I lived close so I could visit.
Prayers and thoughts to you both.

Ruth said...

i happened upon this beautiful blog and i'm glad i did. your pictures are breathtaking!!

Praying for Jake and you!!


Becky said...

Right now words come with great difficulty Ruth. I just want you to know how much you and Jake are on my mind. Having been through cancer with my mother and myself, I know exactally what you are feeling. I know personally that God is there with you, and will lead you both in the right direction.
Take care.

Rick said...

Ruth - that beautiful lit up cloud reminds me of when God led Israel through the wilderness into the promised land. We don't know God's purposes but we do know that He has promised never to forsake those who love Him.

You and Jake may have moments when you feel you're going through the wilderness, but you know that He is in control.

May you continue to experience his love and comfort, and leading. You and Jake are in my prayers.

Leovi said...

Very nice photos. A greeting from Spain.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Ruth. I will keep you and Jake in my thought and prayers. Thanks for the update and your photo is beautiful.

~Brenda said...

Keeping you both in my prayers.

Michele said...

Hello Ruth. We still think of you both and pray every single day. I am SO happy you have such a wonderful support of friends and family that stand by your side in your time of need so you will not feel so alone. I wish I could be there to help out as well . {{{hugs}}}

Dawning Inspiration said...

So glad to see an update - praying for you both and wishing I was closer to offer whatever help is needed.... love and prayers.

Ruth said...

Remembering you both in prayer. I am glad to hear that Jake is not in discomfort.

Lisa said...

Ruth Im so sorry for the pain you endure in your hearts and souls and your husbands pain. Im keeping you in my prayers with my brother and along with so many others. Prayers for peace to fill you when you think it can and joy to enter into your husband. My prayer is also for peace that surpasses our understanding and that your are both filled with his unending love and grace. Amen.
Hugs to you both and many. I wish I was closer and just down the street.

What Karen Sees said...

Thank you for the update. Thank heavens for a belief in God, and the knowledge that he knows us, and loves us, and is waiting for all of us when it is time to come home.

Leah said...

Jake and Ruth, I can't imagine what you are going through, it must be so hard. We will continue to pray for your family. God Bless.

Monica H said...

I fall asleep praying for you two. I will continue to do so.


scribbles psprint said...

Nice capture of the sky and the clouds and their orange-y tint!