Thank You All for Your Prayers and Patience!

Dear Lord, what a journey this has been lately…. this journey called life. Not just for me either. This one is affecting the world while at the same time affecting each individual life… in a very negative way. The only thing I can think of at the moment that has ever done that is… sin. Sin is ugly and sad. Covid-19 is ugly and sad. Death and illness is ugly and sad. There has been so much ugly and sad for so long now.

I want to take a moment to thank You for the prayer warriors! We need them! I want to take a moment to thank each one who has been praying with me and for me! And I want to thank You for answering prayer! Praise Your Holy Name, Father God! I love You, Jesus! Thank You, Holy Ghost!

Friends… Prayer Warriors! I want to thank you for praying so faithfully and fervently with me and for me, and for my family and friends. On September 8th I was finally able to have a much needed appointment with the specialist about this struggle I have had with choking, and constantly clearing and cleaning out my mouth all day long. This has been a 4 year battle, with some dysmotility that has happened along the way.

While I was terrified to go through with the procedures that I knew it would require and just knew I would have problems with, your prayers finally gave me a doctor who HEARD me, who LISTENED, who BELIEVED me, and made notes for possible problems and possible procedures. And though I wasn’t really keen on going near the hospitals because of Covid, I agreed to do them on October 12th. Within a couple of days the doctor’s office moved them to the 16th so that my doctor could do the procedures himself. (See how personal your prayers were!) It was a 4 year battle just trying to get my previous doctor to even believe me (and he never did)!

I am so grateful for those prayers and grateful for this doctor because I did end up having the very issues we had discussed. But the morning I arrived EVERY.SINGLE.PERSON. of that team listened to me, reassured me, and were very attentive. When I awoke coughing so hard, they knew it was from that choking issue but had such fear in their eyes. Yet they STILL took care of me!

When I had told my sister Sandra that I would need those procedures, she called her doctor to check on her situation, and came to let me know they went ahead and scheduled her for a needed surgery. She was extremely nervous, and so many things were uncertain. She had hers on September 30th. Thank you for praying for her!

Then I spent a week doing the things instructed to do for my procedures/surgery on the October 16th. It was a challenging and stressful week. After the procedure, I struggled with choking, swallowing, talking, even the challenge of getting my medicines down for a couple of days. Thank you for praying for me. There was a moment I thought for sure I would be on a liquid diet for the rest of my life. I see my doctor on Nov. 3rd to see if we have any answers, and what to do next.

The following Thursday (October 22nd) my brother Nathan had a surgery on his tongue that took them 3 hours. He struggled with the anesthesia so it took him hours to wake up. He also had a lot of pain from them having to put a tube through his nose and down his throat because he would stop breathing. Your prayers surely helped him get through a horrible time!
Thank you!

Now yesterday (October 28th) he had his other surgery that the doctor told him would be worse. We were all concerned, especially with the anesthesia and breathing. So many of you prayed with me for my brother. God blessed him and his day so mightily! I thought of you and your praying for him each time God moved!. The surgery went well and timely! He did NOT struggle with the anesthesia! He did not stop breathing (so no tube down the throat either). They even took his stitches out of his tongue. He awoke and was alert much quicker and stronger this time! And the concern the doctor most had… was ruled out! Which also meant the biggest concern my brother had in losing function to his body… was no longer a scare!

I cannot begin to thank you enough, but I absolutely want to try a little. SO many of you have been so incredibly merciful and patient with me for quite awhile now with delayed messages, inactivity, falling asleep while talking to you, missing calls altogether (many while holding my phone… I’m still trying to get used to my first smartphone since February), and so many more things that sadly I cannot even remember. I have hated finding later I left someone waiting for a reply for a week or more! (Sorry, Tosin, Caz, Holly, Randee, Margaret, Maxine, Nitin, Doreen, Stu and so many more!) 😦 Or that I have lost awards and tags that someone nominated me for! I didn’t even get to thank them, and have forgot who and the award!

You guys are so faithful and loving, merciful and full of grace. You have your own health issues, family scares, and just as much loss, uncertainty, and unending numbers of family and friends contracting and dying from Covid too. Yet you are so loving to still pray, to still call me friend, to encourage me in the faith with your own, and to speak prayers over me right in the comments and messages in my inbox… some even sending me cards and notes to my mailbox! (I am still so touched by that one who sent the $200 in a birthday card for my birthday fundraiser! And each one who contributed to make the other $200. I can’t tell you just how much you let God work in me!)

Christ… and His wonderful, undying, unconditional, never ending love… this is what you have constantly blessed me with. You have shown me His mercy, extended His grace, accentuated His kindness, and bore burdens with me. Thank you especially to each one who has been praying for my friend Nitin and all of his colleagues as they fight on the front lines treating Covid patients. Many of my doctor friends read your comments and tell of their own gratitude and journeys which include losses.

Lastly, that is certainly the thing you have been most faithful to pray with me on. So much loss in this Covid war,the senseless and petty bickering over rights being more important than our concern for one another’s health, calling millions of deaths around the world a hoax, and so many people who live with asthma, COPD, and many other compromised bodies terrified to come out of their homes not just because of the virus that can take their life, but many fear more the careless friend, or that enraged stranger that may attack them for wearing a mask as they have seen on the news. So many loved ones dying alone, or having no funeral because of the danger taken serious a little too late.

I have not kept updates on the prayer requests I have had along the way because they are so lengthy it would depress you. It depresses me! And angers me for those whose loss was due to carelessness… some their own, some the carelessness of others. In just the last few weeks, 2 ladies from my lifegroup lost a father who began his horrible battle on the daughter’s birthday and lost it, and another who lost her husband, 2 local facilities warned of large numbers among their patients and staff (which house several family and friends of the ladies in the lifegroup, and a few were the staff members), another has a brother who survived Covid but now battles with Afib, and that same lady has another brother in hospice dying from cancer, a family friend who is 29 was on a ventilator for a week without anyone knowing until he came out of it, a 27 yr old girl with little children is fighting Covid so hard the doctors had to put her into a medically induced coma to stop her from having seizures, and another family friend in his 60s sounded pretty bad on the phone when letting us know he was headed to the doctor and we still haven’t heard back if he has Covid or not.

And I could not begin to count the constant postings of friends on their blogs, Facebook, and emails of surviving Covid. No one would have known if they had not survived to post! 😦 Many are now living with permanent health problems gained from Covid. And I mean of all ages.

On top of all of this loss, are the losses of many who are dying from the things that were already killing us…. cancer, suicide, failing organs, car accidents, heart attacks, strokes, murder… and the pneumonia and flu that get dismissed so easily to make Covid look so harmless. So many have lost husbands, wives, parents, children, sisters, brothers, friends, and many have lost more than one. And sadly so many pastors and others in ministry are among the suicide numbers.

And there are so many working in the medical community. The team that took care of me on October 16th knew my situation, knew to expect how I would wake up, knew I had been tested for Covid as all patients entering the hospital are required to do and cleared (Praise God!). Yet my heart sank to hear them before I could open my eyes, and then see the terror in their eyes when I could open mine. Some got away from me as quickly as possible. I wasn’t the least bit offended. I felt so bad for them. They’re living and working with this all day long! 😦

The Lord has made that burden to pray for them even heavier, as well as to thank you for praying! With me! For me! Thank you. And if you read this all the way through, I pray the Lord blessed you in a way that you know it is absolutely Him reminding you that Jesus is an intercessor for you when He prays to the Father on your behalf, and the Holy Spirit is praying for you with groanings that cannot be uttered.
God loves you! And He prays for you! And everyone you pray for!

A special thank you to my Lifegroup… Blooming Zooming!
Thank you for praying with me, and letting me pray with you! God knew exactly who to put me into a sisterhood with! I praise God for each of you being Covid sensitive! For being so burdened already on your own to pray for the Medical Community, and emphasizing to pray specifically for as many as possible by name, as often as possible! Thank you for having such a love for God, and a heart for pursuing obedience even now. Thank you for being wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Thank you for making room for me, and for being so welcoming.
Me and God love you each one! ❤

Thank You, Jesus, for encouraging me to get a thank you written down, and for helping me to stay awake and get it written and posted!!
Praise Your Mighty and Majestic name!
I love you… forever… no matter what!!

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”
– James 5:13-20 KJV

29 thoughts on “Thank You All for Your Prayers and Patience!

  1. Oh Gail, what a horrible time of things you’ve had. Four years of those symptoms with choking and with your mouth and dysmotility is a long battle.

    I’m SO glad you had a doctor who listened and believed you. Gosh, that’s a big part of the fight, isn’t it? Just to get a doctor who believes and cares, which should be the basic foundation for going into the medical profession. It shouldn’t be that way that so many fall far short of this, but sadly it is. Shame on your previous doctor.

    I’m glad your sister had her surgery without more delay. How’s she holding up at the moment?

    I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed and thinking of you on 3rd November when you get your results. I hope they have some idea of what’s going on, and if not that the doc can suggest other investigations to get to the bottom of it. It sounds like you’re in much better hands now, and I just wish more than anything that there’s some good news around the corner.

    Your poor brother has been through the wringer too. It’s so good to hear his second surgery went more smoothly with the anaesthesia. It’s very early days since the surgery but so far, with them ruling out the big concern the docs had, the sigs sound good. I’ll be thinking of him too. I really hope Nathan has a smooth recovery from here on out!

    Gail – I love how compassionate you are, and you are always thinking of others. But do you see all of this you’ve been going through, all the worry you’ve had for your sister and brother..? That’s before the worries for everyone else struggling right now, the fear and loss and heartache that’s coming with this coronavirus pandemic. You have had so much to deal with. Nobody minds if you don’t reply or if you miss tags and awards. We LOVE you, we want you and your family well. Everything else can wait. Please don’t put any extra pressure on yourself.

    I’ll be keeping you all in my thoughts. Sending lots of hugs and oodles of love your way, dear Gail  ♥🙏🤗

    Caz xxxxx

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    1. Praise the Lord for your kind words, Caz! Thank you for praying for my sister and brother. Sandra has been doing better and had a good report from the doctor. Thank you for asking.
      Nathan is doing well considering. He had good reports as well, and this doctor has worked out a schedule to prevent further problems.
      It has been frustrating and scary not being believed. That was my biggest concern because I knew I had procedures to do, and a couple of surgeries my doctors have been recommending. It is a comfort to be heard and taken serious.
      I know I am not alone in having problems. We all are going through things, including you! I pray for you often, especially when you have to take trips to the hospital. I pray you are doing well.
      Thank you again so much for your kindness! I thank God for giving me such dear friendship in you! Hugs to you and Virgil! Me and God love you both! ❤

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  2. Johnnatta Giles

    Sister our God is powerful! With His people He does mighty mighty things and defeats the enemy! I am so glad you shared ALL the amazing ways God is healing and providing for your family. I truly believe the enemy is attacking in full force God’s people in these end times. But our God is greater and if we believe in Him and call on Him He WILL defend and deliver us! I’m going through something similar with my doctors. I’m pregnant with my 7th child. Two are with the Lord but this will be the 5th with me. I am battling the enemy with the doctors. But I am also holding them accountable for their un professional neglectful actions. I go through this every pregnancy! But the Lord always gives me favor and I am always in the end safe. It’s amazing! Pray for me and my baby as I will continue to pray for you and your family. All of you stay brave in these trying times. Trust in the Lord and He will always be there holding you and fighting with you. Love you sister.❤❤❤🌈🌈

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    1. Amen! He is powerful, mighty, and far greater! Praise His name!
      Thank you, Johnatta, for your kind words and encouragement! Thank you for your prayers, and yes I am certainly praying for you and your baby, and family!
      CONGRATULATIONS on your new bundle! Do you know if you are having a boy or girl? When are you due? I need to catch on your vlog! Praying the Lord works through your doctors!
      So grateful for your friendship, dear sister!. Me and God love you! And that little one on the way! ❤

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      1. Johnnatta Giles

        AMEN! I love you Gail! I will post my newest video here soon. Gail My prayers were answered! I had a great doctor’s appointment and found a doctor I really liked. We found out yesterday I am having a little GIRL 🙂 I’m due March 8th. Glory to God for His faithfulness!

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        1. Oh how delightfully wonderful, Johnnatta! 😃 PTL!
          Little girls make the world such a sweet place! I am so happy for you and your family! I praise the Lord with you for leading you to your new doctor! Looking for to March! 😍
          He is faithful indeed! 🙌

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  3. My dear Gail, you have been through some rough experiences, but I can see how much God has been taking care of you throughout. We will continue to pray for you and everyone who is battling diseases. May God have mercy upon us all. You are an inspiration to all of us. Bless you.❤ 🙏🙏

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    1. Thank you, Doreen, for your kind words and encouragement! I know we all have our struggles. Praise God for His omniscience, omnipresence, and His omnipotence! He is a good God and a Good Father! I praise Him for knowing He is looking out for you too, sister! Me and God love you! You inspire us too! ❤


  4. You’ve been through a lot, ma’am. But I am really glad you are here to testify. God is indeed good. 🙌
    You are not alone. God will guide your steps through full recovery. And for your brother too. I also pray for comfort for the ones you mentioned that were affected by Covid too.
    God’s got you. Hugs!. 🤗

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    1. God is indeed good, Mercy! Thank you for your kind and loving words. I know we’re all going a lot, but He surely gives each a testimony to glorify His name, even when it doesn’t feels like it. I am so grateful He is guiding me. I would be lost without Him.
      Thank you for praying with me! 🙏 Praying for you and your family!
      So grateful for you too, Mercy! 🌹
      Me and God love you! ❤️

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    1. Praise His strong and mighty name! 🙌 He not only makes me thankful, but He gives me His strength when I feel like I have none. So grateful we have His healing in a world that is hurting so much.
      So grateful for sweet friendships like you too, Alicia! Always encouraging me in our Lord! ❤️
      Praying you and your family are safe and well! 🙏
      Me and God love you, Sister! 🌹

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