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What an amazing day this was!

Learning To Fly

Welcome to our life party ūüôā

Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated with us ‚Äď make sure to watch the videos, who knows.. you may see yourself

To others who want the full experience, hopefully this will help you get a feel for what our celebration was all about. I want to encourage you to watch every video in the order they are posted‚Ķ they build on each other to show our life and our journey through the great, through the trails‚Ķ Thank you for taking the time to share in our day even from your personal computer ‚̧

Those who don’t have the time to walk through this day with us, you can just view the pictures as you scroll down.

Life Party Getting Ready Set up, worship practice and getting ready for The Life Party to begin

Everyone Watching The Amazed Video (which is below) ‚Äď Sam and I‚Ķ

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Lion's Den

 As for every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and conjurers who were in all his realm. And Daniel continued until the first year of Cyrus the king.  Daniel 1:20-21

Daniel is one of the most amazing characters in the Bible for a number of reasons. ¬†Our canon of Scripture places Daniel among the prophets but the Jewish Scriptures do not. ¬†The Jewish Canon¬†places it¬†in a group called The Writings. ¬†While one cannot deny Daniel’s prophetic gift, he did not hold the office of prophet. ¬†Certainly God calls on him¬†repeatedly to speak ¬†to the various leaders of Babylon, but that leads us to another unique thing about Daniel. ¬†Other than the fact that Daniel was a Jew and was taken at a young age from his home in Judah the contents do not speak of or to the Jews.

So what do we know about this enigmatic figure and author of one of the 39 books of our old testament (one of the 24 in the Jewish Canon)? Daniel lived in the sixth century BC. ¬†His family was either of the royal family or the nobility. ¬†Pretty much everything that we know directly of Daniel comes from the book bearing his name. ¬†The authorship of the book is much debated but I do not doubt that Daniel wrote it¬†near the end of his life, probably after he had retired from public service. ¬†I find most other textual criticism to be contrived either for academic reasons (you have to write your dissertation on something) or with the express need to explain away the miraculous. ¬†He grew up during hard times in Judah. ¬†His dedication to God from the very beginning would indicate to me that his parents were godly people living in ungodly times. ¬†They are not mentioned here or elsewhere in Scripture. ¬†If they did survive the siege and capture of Jerusalem Daniel was taken from them at around the age of 13. ¬†This was the typical age at which the Babylonians of this era began training for public servants. ¬†We are able to historically place the siege and capture of Jerusalem right around the year 605 BC. ¬†This enables us to date many aspects of Daniel’s life, particularly when his service to Babylon began and ended. ¬†This is what caught my attention and brought me to look a little deeper at the life of this man of God, this man of ¬†hupomone (perseverance). ¬†Daniel as we said was not a prophet, he was not a priest nor a missionary. ¬†He was a public administrator and in many ways a politician by trade. ¬†Daniel served God in the Babylonian courts and government until the year or year after Cyrus captured Babylon seizing control of that empire. ¬†That event is historically established as occurring in 540 BC. ¬†So Daniel served God in his capacity as an administrator for several versions of the Neo-Babylonian Empire from 605 BC until 540 BC, or including training around 65 years! ¬†That is some serious Hupomone! ¬†Throughout that time he maintained his dedication to and love for God, even facing death! ¬†He probably spent the last few years of his life (from 540,41 to 543,44) penning the book under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit which would become of part of the canon of Scripture we hold as the Word of God today! ¬†He was very much an Old Testament Missionary, called to a pagan people to speak the heart of God. ¬†Consider his words to Nebuchadnezzar: ‘Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: break away now from your sins by doing righteousness and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity.’ ¬†Daniel 4:27 It seems that most often studies of Daniel focus in on either the eschatological aspects of his prophecies or just a few specific events within the book. ¬†The next few weeks will be dedicated to looking at Daniel and the Long Haul.

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This is our first Newsletter since the closing of The Lewis House.  Below is a link to the PDF version with live links for donations and contacts.





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Change is a part of the Christian walk.  Some change is sudden and some change comes slowly.  Last Friday our whole world changed but our hearts did not.  As The Lewis House website is no more I wanted to post this here.  The Lewis House is gone, a sudden death, and our lives have been turned upside down since this was recorded but our heart of ministry continues unchanged, building the Kingdom of God one relationship at a time…



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“Son of man, with one blow¬†I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes.¬†Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears.

Ezekiel 24:16

(I do want to start this with a disclaimer: While I do believe that God has called us to walk this difficult road for His purposes and have already seen incredible fruit from our experiences both within us and around us, I have no reason to believe that Allana is going to be taken from us any time soon.)

Serving God can at times be overwhelming. ¬†We are not told a lot about Ezekiel’s wife, just that she was “the delight” of his eyes. ¬†Ezekiel loved her. ¬†She was perhaps, next to God, the most important thing in Ezekiel’s life. ¬†I have heard it taught that Ezekiel somehow sinned in his desire for his wife, that he had placed her above his devotion to God. ¬†This is simply not in the text and perhaps arises from the desire to believe that God is here to serve us instead of the other way around. ¬†We serve a God who loves us immensely. ¬†We also serve a God who commands ultimate obedience, honor and trust. ¬†The circumstances surrounding this loss are not known to us. ¬†It can be supposed that Ezekiel’s wife succumbed to a fatal illness, a much more common occurrence in the those days than living a long and healthy life. ¬†I can easily imagine Ezekiel crying out to God in prayer over her having been there many times for Allana. ¬†I cannot but believe that Ezekiel’s wife was a godly woman, the respected and honored wife of a priest. ¬†Why O lord does she have to go through this? ¬†And the answer comes,” “For my purposes”

Paul understood service to God when he wrote to the Philippians,¬†“For to you¬†it has been¬†granted¬†for¬†Christ’s¬†sake, not¬†only¬†to believe¬†in Him, but¬†also¬†to¬†suffer¬†for His¬†sake, ” (Philippians 1:29)¬†¬†Carizomai¬†does not mean imposed upon or required. ¬†It carries the sense of a pleasant task, a favor, something given benevolently. ¬†As His servants, suffering for His name and for His purposes is part of the gift, but in the same book we find that this gift is paired with something else. ¬†“¬†Rejoice in the¬†Lord¬†always¬†;¬†again¬†I will¬†say,¬†rejoice¬†! ¬†Let your¬†gentle¬†spirit be known¬†to¬†all¬†men. The¬†Lord¬†is¬†near. ¬†Be¬†anxious¬†for¬†nothing, but in everything¬†by¬†prayer¬†and¬†supplication¬†with¬†thanksgiving¬†let your¬†requests be¬†made¬†known¬†to¬†God.7¬†And¬†the¬†peace¬†of¬†God, which¬†surpasses¬†all¬†comprehension, will ¬†guard¬†your¬†hearts¬†and your¬†minds¬†in¬†Christ¬†Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7) ¬†This does not mean that everything is going to go the way that we desire it to, it means that through the storm we will be able to say, “It is well with my soul”.

God called Ezekiel to more than just losing the love of his life. ¬†He is called to contravene the social norms of the day and to not enter into what was the common practice of very public and very loud mourning. ¬†God calls him to “groan silently”. ¬†Paul says, “Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.” ¬†We are called to a holy standard not only in the gift of suffering for His name, but in the Holy Spirit empowered ability to break the customs of this world in our reaction to that suffering and show the very nature of God in our actions. ¬†When we do that the world takes notice! ¬† “and in the¬†evening¬†my¬†wife¬†died. And in the¬†morning¬†I¬†did¬†as I was¬†commanded.¬†The¬†people¬†said¬†to me, “Will you not¬†tell¬†us¬†what these¬†things¬†that you are¬†doing¬†mean for us?” (Ezekiel 24:18-19) ¬†It is in the very city of Philippi that we get the story of the Philippian Jailer. ¬†After being beaten and praising God through a night of imprisonment Paul and Silas are able to lead their captive audience, the jailer, and his whole family to Jesus. ¬†“Sirs, What must I do to be saved” (Acts 16:30)

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I just went back and read my Christmas Eve post on Nisa.  This is a quote from that post:

We have a mighty heavenly Father who cares for us in ways that I cannot begin to fathom.  He loves us in a way that is so far beyond my understanding that I only touch the edges of what AGAPE really means!

Several weeks ago while in prayer God gave me the name Nisa Faith.  Indeed she is a miracle of faith, not the simple faith of a single prayer or even the cry for healing but the faith of a 9 year journey.  She represents to us the faith of Abraham as he led his entire family to Canaan.  She represents the faith of Joseph as he waited in slavery, in prison for God to act.  She is even now, yet in the womb that miracle, an incredible act of God.

I did not know how real it was going to have to become in just a few short day. ¬†I did not know that the flu symptoms that my beautiful wife was having were not the flu at all. ¬†10 days later Allana was in the hospital in a battle for her life with a deadly disease known by its acronym ALL chromosome positive; Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Philadelphia Chromosome positive. ¬† Allana’s CaringBridge site follows the details of our experience. ¬†Throughout this time we have had ups and downs. ¬†I have faced the prospect of losing her and I have faced the deep pain of watching her suffer in ways that I could not even have imagined. ¬†Yet the statement that I made 8 days after Nisa’s birth remains the truest thing in my life:

We have a mighty heavenly Father who cares for us in ways that  I cannot begin to fathom.  He loves us in a way that is so far beyond my understanding that I only touch the edges of what AGAPE really means!

I truly believe that it is this core belief that has opened up our lives for the miraculous interventions that have followed us throughout this experience. It is when we tie our relationship with God to our circumstances that trouble occurs.  If we accept that when bad things happen God somehow has diminished his love for us then our spiritual life will be a roller coaster of highs and lows, undermining our ability to grow spiritually.  The core statement then becomes:

We have a mighty heavenly Father who cares for us when life is good.  He loves us when I understand and can grasp the good things that he gives us.

I have recently been reading Ezekiel.  My heart broke for him as I read the simple verse in the middle of chapter 24. 

¬†“Son of man, with one blow¬†I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes.¬†Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears.”

It is with that statement that God informs Ezekiel that his wife is going to die.  We are not given any of the back story or the circumstances, just that as a part of his office as prophet of God, as a part of his calling to serve the almighty, as a part of her calling to serve Him, his beloved wife was going to die.  Two things we need to understand here.

1. ¬†Ezekiel was not told by God to just ignore the death of his wife and not to mourn for her. ¬†The culture of the day and even through to today in many cultures in the region, called for very loud and public mourning. ¬†We know that in Jesus day wealthy families would hire professional mourners to make the process as loud and public as possible. ¬†It was this public and plastic mourning that God called Ezekiel to ignore. ¬†“17¬†Groan quietly;¬†do not mourn for the dead. Keep your turban¬†fastened and your sandals¬†on your feet; do not cover the lower part of your face¬†or eat the customary food [of mourners].” ¬†¬†This was extraordinary behavior for a recognized public figure. ¬†God calls us as His elect to extraordinary behavior but he does not expect us to be wooden soldiers. ¬†This mourning would be between God and Ezekiel. ¬†And while the text does not explicitly say so, I believe that the phrase,¬†The Word of the Lord came to me…¬†is an indication of the miraculous intervention of the Holy Spirit. ¬†Dabar is the Hebrew equivalent of Logos. ¬†I am not going to jump into a word or phrase study here but I want to make the point that God did not leave Ezekiel hanging. ¬†Ezekiel did not have the benefit of the indwelling Holy Spirit that we as New Testament believers enjoyed (He does note that the Holy Spirit entered him at one point and helped him to stand (Ezekiel 2:2). ¬†Still “The Word of the Lord”¬†was with him. ¬†Ezekiel’s continued obedience and interactions with God’s people are a testament to his continued faith in God’s love for him.

2. ¬†Ezekiel’s experience was not in vain. ¬†When the Spirit of God moves things happen! ¬†We may not understand or see the full scope of what God is doing but he calls His people to extraordinary behavior in extraordinary circumstances for His glory and to extend the purposes of His love for all mankind.

19¬†The¬†people¬†said¬†to me, “Will you not¬†tell¬†us¬†what these¬†things¬†that you are¬†doing¬†mean for us?”¬†

When God’s people do the extraordinary within the context of the extraordinary people notice. ¬†And honestly what we do within the context of the ordinary often appears extraordinary to those who do not have a relationship with God. ¬†We are not often told the impact of the words spoken by the Old Testament prophets. ¬†I have to believe that while the national fate was sealed by the word of God individuals were impacted by the message and turned their faith to Him even as everything around them fell apart.

3. ¬†It is in our relationship with God that the extraordinary occurs not out of ourselves. ¬†It was the Holy Spirit through Ezekiel who defied the cultural norms to bring God’s message to the people of Israel. ” …for¬†no¬†prophecy¬†was¬†ever¬†made¬†by an act of¬†human¬†will, but¬†men¬†moved¬†by the¬†Holy¬†Spirit¬†spoke¬†from¬†God.” 2 Peter 1:21 ¬†Ezekiel’s response to this catastrophic even in his life is a direct response to the Holy Spirit. ¬†I can assure you that his heart was breaking even as he rejoiced at the work of God being done in and through his life. ¬†Some day I believe we will be able to talk to the individuals impacted by the ministry of Ezekiel even as the nation fell apart and ¬†fell into exile.

Whatever circumstances one faces the opportunity for the extraordinary exists for all of the followers of Jesus who have the Holy Spirit as an integral part of their lives.  It is interesting that the less that we attempt to be extraordinary and only seek to be obedient, the more extraordinary things God accomplishes through us.

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Wow I have not been here in too long.  As you can imagine other things have been keeping me busy.  This will be redundant for many of you but I wanted to add this wonderful Guestbook post from our CaringBridge site.  It is a great reminder that we have a Living God who walks on water in the worst of storms!  Our Spirits rejoice even as our flesh weeps.  God is moving and we are excited to see the results when the storm is stilled.

A big thank you to Karen for allowing me to share this in a more public way.


June 27, 2013 6:50pm

Hi Sam and Allana,

I am so sorry, my last entry got deleted except for the first line. ¬†You don’t know me but I went to Israel on a Missions trip with your sister Beth in 1983. ¬†I have had no contact with her since then until she befriended me on facebook yesterday. I went to her wall and saw your caringbridge link there, and while working all night, read the entire thing. ¬†I have no words except to tell you how much my flesh aches for you and all you are going through, and yet my spirit rejoices at how God is moving in you and through you to reach others in so many ways. ¬†I have been faltering in my faith over these past few years and just really struggling…trying to “figure out” who God really is and what Christianity is all about. ¬†As I read the words in your entries, God took ahold of my heart in a way that I haven’t experienced for a long time. ¬†I wish I had a better way to express it to you….but adequate words escape me. ¬†Thank you for your faith, your love for Him, your humaness, and your willingness to share this hard, hard journey He has you on. ¬†I will be praying continually….May you continue to feel His presence and peace during this difficult time.

Karen Bobalik

Here is the link to our CaringBridge site for any who may not have it.


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Reposted from Facebook

One thing I said when I was pregnant with Nisa was that i was going to be transparent… the good the bad the ugly…. I have continued in that… it hasn’t been easy – I always got the label “tough cookie” since I was a kid… I have lots and lots of emotions, I am a very passionate person, but I hate failing, I have feeling weak…. today I had to reach out – and my friends uplifted me greatly! One thing is for sure people, when you allow yourself to be real that is when God truly shows up…. it reminds me often when God asked Adam and Eve where they were – do you think it was because God didn’t know? I don’t believe that – I think God asked them where they were for them… today God asked me where I was, and I was anxious! And be met me right where I was at… He stilled my heart for the moment – there will be more days coming up when I will be anxious and worried, but I know without a doubt, when I am weak HE is strong. When I am real, HE shows I AM! What an amazing God I serve! I Love You Lord!

Dear Lord, thank you for your ever present grace. Thank you for always holding my every moment. I know my world is in your hands. This is way worse than the first day of school which always made me nervous. The pathway looks so dark and unsure. But this is what I do know. You are here with me. So Daddy I see darkness all around but I am clinging to You. Thank You Lord for the picture I just had – walking on a dark scary path. Lots of scary jungle noises. Holding onto My Heavenly Fathers hand with both of mine as hard as I can. I am crouched as close as I possibly can – just barely able to see around Him because I am trying to hide. But my Daddy – he is upright. He is walking slowly but still He is assured of the path. He knows the way. The holds the lamp out in front of us and though it doesn’t light up enough so that I can see, I know even if that light were to go dim, He is not afraid. He has walked this path many times. He pulls me close to Him, puts His arm around me. I look up at Him and He smiles and says “it’s going to be okay my daughter, I know what comes next and I am with You”. My heart still pounds. I still squint my eyes trying to see better. I still jump at every noise. But I will walk with Him. I won’t let go. And I know if anything jumps out at us He will protect me with all He’s got. Lead on. I’m not letting go.

What a glorious God!

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Continued record of selected entries from Allana’s CaringBridge Guestbook.¬† I have redacted most names though you can go to CaringBridge and see them.¬† I have started to add a few notes to some.¬† If you want to see the GuestBook entries in their entirety go to¬† Allana’s Page

Dear Allena .I have been reading about you in Believers.I have been praying for you and your family and will continue to do so .

Jesus is the same today as He was when He walked the earth in the flesh ,and He still perfoms miracles .I pray Jesus will give you and your family ,courage and strenght as you go through this ordeal .May He comfort you ,as He puts His arms around you .He loves you dearly ,you are His child .He will never leave you nor forsake you .

Much love to you and your family .

Entries like these are especially precious.  Believers is a FB group based in Massachusetts.  Brothers and Sisters all over who have never met us but learned about Allana through FB groups, churches, friends or who knows where have been praying!

Good morning. It is a wet raining one here today. I will take it and enjoy as I do every day.

I hope you feel my love for you in your presence. Please, keep fighting like a girl and kick that illness out the door. I am proud of you and your strength and determination.

Love you cuz. xoxo

My name is                     and I attended bible study with                      through a mutual friend several years ago.
I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1987 while 32 weeks pregnant. ¬†I delivered 4 weeks later to a 6# 14 oz baby girl…completely healthy. ¬†I started radiation immediately, this was April 1987. ¬†In Feb 1988, it came back with a vengeance. ¬†Started chemo. ¬†Finished in Oct 1988 and have been in remission since.
I said all of that to say, I understand….
I would like to offer ANY help you may need to stay peaceful and in this fight. ¬†I have my own cleaning company and would be happy to go to your home periodically free of charge. ¬†I also love to cook and adhere to the “cook once eat twice” philosophy so I have some foods ready to eat now in the freezer. ¬†They are not gourmet or anything but I would like your permission to drop them at your home.
Please know that this offer is from God….He wants me to do it. ¬†Even as I am typing now I know He is in control of ALL!
I am praying for strength and healing for you Allana. ¬†I also pray for you to have hope and stay positive. ¬†Sometimes it will be all you can do but NEVER let the devil defeat you by feeling hopeless…if God is for us then who can stop us?
Heal quickly sister and please feel free to connect with me on facebook at                 or by calling                 .
God bless u and your family.

Was thinking of all these prayers going up to the Throne on your family’s behalf…and then got stopped thinking about our amazing Lord, who is the Great High Priest, constantly interceding on our behalf. Peace and grace. Thank you for always keeping it real and letting us walk along side you in this fight.

Blessings today! Strength for the big and little things that make up the hospital routine.  xoxo

Greta F

I left Greta’s name there because she is an amazing member of¬† The Bridge Metrowest Church where my brother Paul is pastor.¬† She created the CaringBridge site for us and in spite of my brain deadness!

Sam and Allana,

I am choosing life for Allana as I know you are also. I am praying for complete healing and a good report from the drs. I am praying for strength for each moment, God, our Father does know what He is doing, even when it seems so heart wrenching to us. I love you all. Allana and Sam, choose joy, choose life. I¬† love Allana’s ¬†beautiful smile.

My husband, Darren and I, went to Houghton with Sam’s sister, Lisa and I just wanted to write a quick note to let you know that we are praying for you here in Landenberg, PA.¬† You must feel like you¬† are getting a crash course in something you never wanted to know about and we are praying for God’s grace,mercy and healing for all of your family!

Love you my friend, you are very important to me. Your fight is Gods fight keep strong and remember > Jesus looked at them and said, ‚ÄúWith man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.‚ÄĚ -Matthew 19:26

Lord, please give Allana your grace, strength and mercy to be able to endure this pain. I pray that these procedures will go smoothly. Most of all I ask for your complete healing. In Jesus name. Amen.

This wonderful lady has an amazing story of her own and has just adopted our family in prayer!

Hi, we are missionaries in Africa, we pray for you.

For all the ills that technology seems to bring it also has united the people of God in ways never before imagined.

Our family of 7 is praying for your family of 7. When you don’t have the strength for one more minute, we will pray that God continues to supply it, one minute at a time.

Families praying for families!  Amen

Allana I read your post on Laura’s FB page. I’m a friend of hers from Childhood at Bethesda Church. I was diagnoised with AML Aug 18 2009. I was told I had TEN days to live.. I flew from our home in Hawaii to Seattle to Fred Hutchinson. They pioneered the Stem cell Transplant over 30 yrs ago. I went thru treatment and received a Stem Cell transplant Dec 21,2009. I blogged daily on carepages. Go to

Like you I have a 18,15,9 yrs old children
Married 23 yrs
Was fine then bam out if the blue!!
Here’s the deal
700 club aired my miraculous healing look it up on YouTube just type in my name

This is I’m not gonna lie not easy but its doable. You got lots of reasons to live.
Keep that attitude. Keep declaring Gods healing promises over your body.
If you private message me I want to mail you a booklet of Every healing promise in the Bible. I declared that daily thru all 22 blood transfusion
All 9 bone marrow biopsies
All the chemo
I’m healed Whole living and well.
God bless you.
I’ll send you my cell if you like with questions you may have just message me. You have my email on your guest book I also gave it to¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† .
Be In Health
In Christ Name

Love the many testimonies we have heard of cancer, leukemia and other physical issues.
I’ve been thinking about you all night tonight, praying and thinking, praying and crying. Calling out to God to heal you to have you continue to do HIS work that you do so well. I pray for His will to be done. I pray that His will is to heal you, strengthen you to continue to run the Lewis House. You all have done amazing things with the kids there and all others¬†important¬†things your family does for the schools and the community. I don’t believe God is done with you yet. You still have so much life and love to give. You are such a giver ¬†An amazing woman of God. I love you more than you will ever know Allana…nothing will ever lessen the love i have for my very dear friend that i’ve had for many many years,

As I do every morning. . . woke up praying for you all. . . actually woke up through the night praying for you.  As this chemo flows we are praying that the presence and power of the Holy Spirit flows in continuous and increasing measure. Praying that you will find a safe and peaceful refuge in His arms.  I ran across this old Scott Wesley Brown song yesterday. . .

“If He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders, I know my Sister (Brother, Nieces, Nephews) ¬†that He will carry you. . . ”

 You are loved! You are loved! You are loved! You are LOVED!!!
Dear, sweet Allana, you have been on my heart and in my prayers as you fight this fight against leukemia. ¬†I thank God that your fight is not alone but that you have an army of spiritual warriors that have gone into battle with you and for you! ¬†I pray for God’s peace and strength for you and your family during this difficult time. ¬†Much love to you my friend!!
Praying for you!! ¬† I am so sorry you have to walk this!! ¬†Wish this bitter cup could be removed from your lips… Allow yourself to feel the full spectrum of emotions as you walk this out! ¬†CANCER AND ITS TREATMENT SUCKS!! ¬† JESUS in the garden prayed 3 times for the bitter cup to be removed… He was afraid and not looking forward to the next part of His journey.. The opposite of faith is not fear its unbelief….I know you have great faith and love Him, but please allow yourself to be human and feel all the emotions …. I pray He surrounds you with safe people that allow you to have your garden moments… Love, Like and respect you…! ¬†Kerri
Kerri is a nurse, member of¬† Compelled Church and has been a tremendous blessing to Allana (and her husband ain’t such a bad guy either)

Allana and Sam,

We are lifting you and the kids up each moment of the day. There isn’t an hour that goes by that you are not fervently held up in prayer. We pray for strength, rest, peace, Christian nurses and doctors to bring healing and aid, courage and health. May God cradle you all in His arms today and give you rest. May your battle widen His kingdom as those whose lives you are touching physically and virtually experience your faith and grow their own. We love you.
This was a prayer that was answered!  We were so blessed to have so much of the medical staff not only treating us with the science of men but praying for us too!

Allana you don’t know me. I heard about you through a friend, Rae, on FB. What an amazing story you have and you are reaching out to so many people. I pray for you every day, and love the way you let The Lord lead and guide you. I love your testimony and I know God is going to bless you……..He already has. Be brave and lean on His everlasting arms!

Coppell, Texas
A Christian friend

Thank you Jesus for providing Your nurse to pray over that first bag, so overwhelmed by Your goodness in all of this.

Hey Little Girl, your babies at home have worked like champs at cleaning this morning and I got the floors cleaned – thank you mr hoover. We love you but of course you know that. Fight the good fight! Your kids and I and your brother are all cheering you on. YOU CAN DO IT! With God’s strength and love – of course.

Love you bunches,
Susan B

Grammy Sue has been such a blessing to us! 
The “ugly cry” ensued when I read that your precious nurse prayed over your first bag of chemo…God bless that woman! I continue to pray without ceasing Allana! God is good all the time!
Kathy has her own prayer need going on.  Her husband is currently hospitalized with blood clots.  Pray with us that these clots will resolve with no damage to his body!

Allana and Sam,

Praying for you guys continually..You are on my heart and mind constantly. Praying for comfort,peace,hope, and that you feel God’s constant presence. You guys are such and inspiration to me and many others. We love you so much:)
We sang “We still believe on Sunday” ¬†Every time we sing that song I remember that awesome worship retreat we went on together:) I also remember calling you Allana Banana..Thank you for not hitting me for doing that..:)) I am believing with you guys..
Yep Allana is pronounced like banana (just in case you have been saying it wrong…though I am pretty sure God can figure it out if you have ūüôā
Psalm 20:1-9May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings. Selah
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
he answers him from his holy heaven
with the saving power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.

I love this Psalm.¬† We sang it at a Happy T Ranch summer camp back in …well nevermind but we sang the last few verses as a worship song.

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Nisa Faith was born on 12-16-2012 at 9:40 pm.  She was 7 lbs. 3 oz. and 20.5 in. long.  Yet those simple statistics do not in any way define the miracle of faith that she is to this family.  A physical living expression of the journey that God has taken this family on over the past decade.  I have been literally overwhelmed by her presence in our lives and not just by the usual intensity of life with a new baby.  I am going to re-post my blog from July 31st because today I stand with the realization of that post in my arms:

                  (Nisa- Miracle)



We have prayed for this day for 9 years.¬† We have ached for the losses and doubted our faith.¬† We refused to give up even when we were labeled as a “Chronic Miscarriage” case.¬† When the entire world (and even God himself from a purely worldly standpoint) seemed to be saying emphatically NO, the Holy Spirit whispered in our ears to leave it in the Father’s hands.¬† So we did.¬† Don’t get me wrong we cried, we wailed, we begged over and over again.¬† We wanted at times to throw in the towel and act out of our own understanding.¬† We still do not completely understand, but understand this:¬† We have a mighty heavenly Father who cares for us in ways that I cannot begin to fathom.¬† He loves us in a way that is so far beyond my understanding that I only touch the edges of what AGAPE really means!

Several weeks ago while in prayer God gave me the name Nisa Faith.  Indeed she is a miracle of faith, not the simple faith of a single prayer or even the cry for healing but the faith of a 9 year journey.  She represents to us the faith of Abraham as he led his entire family to Canaan.  She represents the faith of Joseph as he waited in slavery, in prison for God to act.  She is even now, yet in the womb that miracle, an incredible act of God.

The difficult part to grasp is that my statement about our Father’s love for us is not just true because Nisa is healthy and strong.¬† It is an eternal truth that is expressed in both the tragic and the joyful.¬† He does not love us more now than he did on the very days that we miscarried our other seven precious babies.¬† The reality is that our journey to the fulfillment of the call that He had placed on our lives led us directly through David’s “Valley of the Shadow of Death”.¬† While we might prefer a detour around the Valley, God does not promise that.¬† He does promise that he will be with us, standing by us with His rod and staff and even more importantly for New Testament believers dwelling in us.¬† Many times it is not until after we are through the Valley that we are able to look back and see that God wielded His rod and staff on our behalf as we walked that¬† difficult road.

Even more than she represents the miracle of life to us, she is the miracle of faith itself.  Perhaps a better way to say it is that she is an expression of miraculous faith.  Faith inspired by the ongoing presence of God in our lives.  It is the faith that kept Abraham going on his 400 mile journey.  It is the faith that kept him in relationship with God even when he arrived only to face famine.  It is the faith that saw the birth of Isaac and the substitution of a ram for his only child on the mountain before God.  It is not a faith of the perfect life or of perfect people. It is a faith that traverses pitfalls and carries us through our own mistakes; faith that originates not with us but in the very heart of God and comes to us as a gift from the hands of our heavenly Father.  It is Nisa Faith.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.¬† He makes me to lied down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.¬† He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.¬† Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.¬† You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.¬† Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


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