Monday, June 9, 2008

My perfect Jesus

Several quick things to report:

1. My family has organized a special prayer service tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 10th, at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Livingston, TN. I may not be able to attend but will do so if I am feeling able. Everyone is invited. We know that all of you are praying continually, but my family thought it would be a good idea if there was a corporate meeting. Obviously, many of you will not be able to attend, but, if possible, we ask that you join us at 7:00 p.m. wherever you are.

2. For those of you in the Nashville area, some dear friends are hosting a satellite service in their home. It will be at Randy Smith's home at 7:00 p.m. His address is 6324 Murray Lane, Brentwood, TN 37027. Again, everyone is invited.

3. We are believing God for great things, one being that the current chemo regimen is working this week, and I believe that it is. Dr. Cmelak (radiation oncologist) and Dr. Gilbert (chemo oncologist), however, want me to come in tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. to start the process of mapping my radiation. Like I posted earlier, a special mask has to be made for my treatments to guide the beams. This takes time, of course. So, if I go in on Friday and Dr. Gilbert does not see improvement (join us in asking God boldly that this will not be the case), my chemotherapy regimen would be changed to a more potent cocktail, and I would begin radiation next week.

I believe in my perfect Jesus. Nothing is too big for Him. As I've said before, nothing ever catches him by surprise. I also believe in being real with people. So, I want you to know that this is very difficult on the body, mind, and spirit. When you pray for me, you go to battle for me. Please keep fighting hard. I know the Savior is listening. He will deliver perfect provisions in perfect timing.

Meanwhile, I must embrace the exhortation of James.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." -James 1:2-4

When He is finished with me, I will not lack a thing.

13 comments:

XieXie said...

We'll be praying for you tomorrow at 7:00CDT from Knoxville although we will probably pray for you 25 times between now and then. Thanks for keeping us updated. It helps us to pray more effectively. shay

Jeff, Abbey, and Reed Land said...

We'll be praying for you here in Springfield, TN!

Anonymous said...

Daniel,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write these updates... and for being so transparent. We have been praying and will especially join in lifting you up tomorrow night.
Virginia

Derek Bell said...

Hey Daniel - it's Derek Bell. I wish I could be with the folks tomorrow night in Brentwood. I'll be on my way to CA but thank goodness that God can hear me wherever I am. I'll be standing in the gap on your behalf. dbell

e said...

Like we texted, things sure have changed since we were last able to read your blog. Your words (which is no surprise) are so amazing, inspiring and dripping with the goodness of God's grace. Thank you for sharing from your heart and soul. Thank you for being bold in the face of adversity where many of us would fail. My heart continues to ache tonight and we will continue to pray for our dear Daniel. When you are healed, plan on a delivery of some Alice Springs Chicken to your door. We love you.

debbie said...

1Daniel- I will be standing in the gap for you here in mt juliet ! I am so touched by your desire to keep your eyes lifted up and your daily walk straight ahead to calvary ! You keep us all encouraged in our faith as we lift you up !

you friend,
Debbie Cagle

Anonymous said...

Daniel - I just learned of this crazy journey of yours this morning. Please know that I'm already covering you in prayers and I have my small group praying as well. I know you are in the best care possible and that God will meet whatever need you might have today just at the right time and in the right way. One day at a time, sweet Jesus!
Rachel McRae

Leah said...

Daniel!! I just found out about your illness. Rachel got an email from Beth and Travis and she sent it on to me. I am so sorry to know you have had such pain and discomfort. Know that I will be praying for you daily. I miss ya and hope to see you sometime soon. Now that I know where you "decompress", I can stay in touch and keep up with you. :o) Love ya-
Leah

Anonymous said...

Daniel, Praying for you, buddy - for God's incredible peace to be all over you, for holy wisdom for your medical team and for a miracle of physical healing of the cancer that has attacked you. "Oh God, please heal Daniel and bring glory to Your name through His life and healing is my prayer, Amen" We'll be lifting you up tonight at 7 pm, my friend.
Wayne Causey
2 Cor 2:14

Chris Hare said...

Daniel, This is Chris Hare, a Pharmaceutical Rep that has called on you and your office over the past few months (AMRIX is my drug). I was in your office today and just found out about everything. Just wanted to stop by your page and let you know that my wife and I will be praying for you! God Bless and always remember that Our Father is in the business of making miracles realities!

Anonymous said...

Hey Daniel - It's Fletcher Walley the Nexium guy. I learned about your situation last week and praise God that you are a beliver. My wife and I attend Trinity Assembly and our small group spent time in prayer Sunday night for your recovery. Jesus has the power and will to heal your illness and we are beliving that has happened and that god be given the glory for what he has accomplished in your body.
I enjoyed reading your blog and will be checking it often so we can rejoice in the healing of your body. Kathy and I are praying for you and we will be keeping our small group aware of your progress.
Fletcher

Tammy said...

Daniel,
Please know that your "MS Family" will be praying earnestly for you tonight at 7pm. I am glad that I checked your post earlier than usual tonight. You are in my prayers each morning and night and all throughout the day but let's all rally together and let a LOUD voice be heard at 7 pm. I wish that we could all be at the service with everyone. What a feeling that will be in that church!! Keep strong, Daniel. Melissa and family are out of town today but I will call and let them know the special time is 7pm because she has not had access I do not think since earlier yesterday. You have many prayer warriors in your corner. Keep the faith and stay strong... With Love, Tammy

Anonymous said...

Daniel,

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you my friend. I feel like my words are completely inadequate, but my prayers are powerful. You have those every day.

I am praying specifically that God will heal your body and give you peace, comfort and rest. We know that He has purpose in all things, even when we just can't understand the "whys"and "hows". This is one of those situations where you just have to completely lean on Him- true faith. I know that is what you are doing and its a powerful witness to those that love you and those that they touch. It brings tears to my eyes because its a true picture of what we were created for.

We will continue to pray without ceasing. You are dear and God has great plans for you, even in the midst of these trials. God bless you Daniel.

Hagan
1 Thessalonians 2:8