It was so fun! Micah and I hung around after the AMERICAN IDOL extravaganza at the Sprint Center the other night! It was a fun concert, but the icing on the cake happened afterwards - around 11:00. We knew the "idols" would be signing autographs by the loading dock (glamourous connection) so we dutifully lined up to catch our glimpse. We were about five rows back from the temporary orange-net fencing designed to protect the super stars from the rowdies, and quickly saw David rush right past us, scrawling his name on a hat, a cigarette package, a piece of paper, a program and a lil' kid's arm! We missed him this go around, so we sauntered a little further south - down the line - closer to the end of his adorers. Again, we were still WAY in the back of the crowd, Micah a short lil' 5'4" couldn't hardly see, so Micah's mom - with her rotund-but-not-voluptuous voice yelled, "Micah Gray is here!"
In the midst of all the clammour, yells, girly-squeals, and other marked noises that accompany admiration, David stopped in his tracks, looked up, quipped, "Micah Gray is here?" then started searching the crowd. The instant he saw her he very nicely instructed all the fans to "scoot apart so she can get up here!" And then he hugged her, they exchanged a couple of brief old-friend sentiments and he was on his way. But the division of fans parting so Micah could step into the hug of her old friend, was...to say the least...very David CooL!
My lil' black jitney is for sale now, so here are her stats in case you know someone with ten grand who is looking for a sweet lil' sassy machine to cruise:
1. Front and Side air bags
2. 100,000 miles, but maintenanced by Mike - an ASE certified technician! Mercedes are just getting "broken in" at 100,000.
3. Dual climate control
4. Supercharged / Kompressor
5. Automatic OR 4-speed transmission
6. New tires
7. Hard top convertible!
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I had one of the most blood-pressure-elevating experiences of my life Tuesday of last week. Amber at school lives in Brookside where my lil' black jitney was getting a new drivers' side mirror installed, so she dropped me off so I could bring 'er back home. Because it was mid rush hour, I elected to maneuver the back roads rather than sit and wait for people to press their accellerators, so I came home via 63rd, Woodson, Little Blue, Noland, and eventually Woods Chapel where I pulled to a stop at the east-bound intersection at Woods Chapel and 291 - right there in front of the Price Chopper on the south and Burger King on the north side of the road. There was a black Ford pick up stopped beside me. The west-bound lanes evidently got a green light because they started rolling and since we were both stopped, the first car in the turning lane, which I later learned was a left turn yield, turned left in front of us to go south on 291. Just as that car made a move to turn, out of nowhere came a little blue Honda, and literally slammed right into the passenger side door of the turning car! It all happened immediately in front of me - not more than 10 feet! Like time switched to s l o w m o t i o n , I watched the late-model silver Camry skid sideways a couple of feet and then as if it were being launched over a ramp, it rolled over on it's side.
The image in my mind's eye that haunted me all night long, was the 17 year old boy who was trapped inside the Camry laying on it's side. The passenger side was up in the air and smashed to smitherenes, so there was no escape there and the drivers side was against the ground - so he couldn't escape there, either. He was clammoring around inside that overturned car like a caged animal and the look of terror on his face seared into my brain. I flipped on my emergency flashers, left my car in the middle of the street, preventing oncoming traffic from entering the accident scene, and ran to the kid. He was bleeding and definitely disoriented, but moving and wanting more than anything to GET OUT OF THAT CAR even though the man from the black pick up and the guy who'd been behind him in the turning lane were urging him to stay calm and stay still until help arrived. Even now, I'm unsure how he got out of the car - probably through the smashed back window or something - but when he settled down on the ground beside the light pole there - the men left the kid and ran to the woman who had, in my opinion, caused the wreck - to check on her welfare. I did not go to her, so I don't know how badly she was injured but her windshield looked like a bowling ball had been thrust upon it and her head was slumped and bleeding - so she didn't look too good to me. I stayed with the kid until the ambulance crew took him to the Trauma Center at Research and about 7:00, I finally arrived back home. During the time I'd been with him and before the emergency help got there, he wanted to call his mom - so after he spoke with her a little and I heard him tell her, "Mom! I CAN'T get into the car! You don't understand!" I took his cell phone and assured her that he could not get into the car and that they would be needing to take him to a hospital. She wasn't at all in favor of that and wanted them to wait until she got there, but in light of the fact that she was still downtown KC, it didn't look like she was going to get her wish. I gave her my cell number so if we got disconnected or wanted information and couldn't reach her son, she could call me. I didn't hear from her.
All evening, I thought about the poor kid, his mom, his family and just prayed. The next day, during my lunch break, I'd just made a doctor's appointment so my cell was in my hand - and it rang! The likelihood of that happening during the day when my phone is always on silent and in my purse in my desk drawer is amazing in and of itself - but it was the boy's mom. She just called to thank me for staying with him. She said he told her he didn't remember a lot about any of it except that "there was this nice lady who kept making me think and answer questions and stuff so I didn't fall asleep." Bless his heart! She told me they kept him most of the evening and that he actually fainted in the Emergency Room, but sent him home after treating his cuts and making sure he didn't have any head injury. I was so thankful she called, so glad I was there to be with him, so encouraged by her good news, and so YEAH GOD that he was going to be alright. Friends, God does answer prayer - and He does work awful into awesome. Who knows why this kid had to suffer through such a traumatic ordeal. Who knows why his poor mom had to receive such a frightening phone call. Who knows? God does. It's so awesome to be able to trust Him with our lives. It sure takes a lot of pressure off of us!
I will try to post more often. I received an instant message from Beth asking that I write more often. Here I was thinking I needed to stop since I had no more cancer-journey information (Thank God!), but for those who enjoy reading - I will continue to blog and you continue to let me know if you're still checkin' in.
Lily's PET scan proved today that the MRI was completely correct. All of the tumors around her body ARE GONE and the one in her brain has shrunk considerably. Let us keep praying for her - as well as for this upcoming election - of which I want to write about for just a moment before I close tonight...rather, this morning.
WE all know that when we live INSIDE God's will, that we will be blessed. That doesn't mean to say we will be without awful things happening to us. It doesn't mean we will be exempt from hurt or difficulties. It doesn't mean we're without fault nor does it mean we are better than anyone else. It only means that our hearts are as in tuned with God's desires as is humanly possible. Even when we fail to be in THAT place, He knows our hearts and KNOWS it is our desire to live within His perfect will. Then, we ask, how do we KNOW, without a doubt, what God's will IS? There are some things we must move forward on and test - praying and trusting that God will guide us in His direction. But, there are the majority of things that are clear cut and non-compromising in His Word - the Bible. IF you believe in God's holy word as the inspired word of God and that all portions of it are true - without exception, then it is a MUST to elect a President who values life at the moment of conception! We must vote for a leader who understands that a woman's choice begins when she chooses whether or not to be sexually active. There is a questionable juxtaposition for those protesting the war because of the many deaths of our service men and women, yet, let us remember as we decide who we will vote for, that there are more babies aborted in one day in the United States than lives that have been lost throughout the entirety of this awful, ugly war. ALL life deserves to be valued! And if we could just keep the tune resounding in our heads - the song we learned as kids: JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN. ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD! RED AND YELLOW, BLACK AND WHITE, THEY ARE PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT, JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD!
Then there's the other controversial issue about same-sex marriages. Our Bible speaks, without question, that homosexuality is bad for us and He will not bless that choice; therefore, IF we expect God's blessings to pour down upon our families - as has been over the past several centuries when we've been a prosperous, healthy, powerful nation, we must follow His directives - for our own sakes - and vote for a president who does not promote that which God clearly disapproves.
Our Lord does not establish a bunch of rules to ruin our lives, take away the fun, make life boring, refuse us choice, to be all powerful, or just to be the "heavy." Every single thing He has given us as a directive is for our own good. Just think how wonderfully different our world would be if we just followed His Ten Commandments. Had we followed His guidance regarding homosexuality, we would not be suffering with such a roaring HIV and STD pandemic! God knows...we need to do as He says and we can be, once again, blessed as a nation.
Please, let's examine our hearts more than our finances. Let's entrust our economy to Him and take care of His people - both young and old! He will bless our economy if we follow His advice on that, too! The United States CAN get back on track IF we vote INSIDE GOD'S WILL. We can't be both, either. Either we are doing what WE think is best or we are trusting that what GOD instructs is best.
In His grip and knowing He knows better than me at my best,
Dear only everyone! The days have come where the NEWS seems so distant, the journey was steep and more than I could've handled without the friends, family and Father who kept me strong, and now the VICTORY is glorious. I have much to share since I've not posted for weeks - but first - I want to SHARE God's VICTORY that, like my 13, are simply...MIRACLES. Please read first, from the Caring Bridge Blog of Lily Clevenger who was diagnosed at age 6 with Rhabdomyosarcoma (Undifferentiated) Stage 4, Group 4 cancer:
Lily's CT and MRI results are back.
Hold on to your hats....there is NO evidence of disease in her chest, abdomen and pelvis. All of the many, many tumors (and there were too many to count) are GONE!
We are still waiting on the MRI results on her head and neck where the primary tumors are.
So to all of you who have prayed daily with our family for Lily's healing, THANK YOU! They were heard. God Bless you all and thanks to God. What a wonderful day!
Thank You, God, for the amazing medical teams at Children's Mercy who've been Your hands through this amazing miracle! Thank You, Lord, for hearing the prayers of Your people!
Next, another story comes from my friend Carol Mead. Carol forwarded this to me from her daughter, Kerry, about Carol's five year old grandson, Kerry's son, Jackson:
Only a day or so later, I received the following email from Carol:
This was the outcome of all those prayers---a miracle. A full-blown, honest-to-goodness miracle. God worked in a MIGHTY way! There are so many stories that have come out of this, it's unbelievable. Friends, we will see more and more miracles as God begins to move in these last days. We are so blessed to be a part of this. God gave us all peace about Jackson when we gave him into God's care.
Scott and I are deeply moved by the outpouring of love and prayers for Jackson. As you know, I sent out the e-mail on Thursday morning and by 11:30pm that evening, our cry for help to petition God for Jackson’s healing had reached both coasts and north and south across this great nation. We received so many e-mails, many from complete strangers that had such a burden to pray for him. We thank you and are forever grateful for your support.
On Friday, the doctor asked to speak with us prior to the procedure to update us on Jackson’s condition. She said that his case had been discussed with the entire cardiology group at the weekly roundtable. They discussed the severity of his case and that it would be best to have a couple of doctors from rhuemotology on call to speak with us after the procedure. In addition to exploring the two enlarged coronary arteries, the left with a sizable aneurysm, she had elected to explore additional arteries that the group speculated would also have aneurysms.
After the procedure, the doctor sat down to give us the news. She began by saying “ I don’t really know how to explain this, but your son’s heart is normal.” I didn’t find enlarged arteries and no aneurysms.” It was obvious she was surprised what she found. Scott and I started smiling and crying and she said “ The chief of cardiology, a man with 30 years experience did the second set of echocardiograms, and the whole group reviewed them, we’re sorry to have put you through this.” We simply told her that it was a miracle, there were thousands of people praying for Jackson and God healed him! With tears in her eyes she shook her head yes.
To Ronnie, thank you for sending this verse, I held it in my hand the entire day-
Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.