Soldiering On

Dear Faithful Praying Family & Friends,

Thank you for your prayers of last week!  Dr. Carroll gave me a seven day delay, which means I did not go for chemo last week at all.  I will go in two days, on 10.19.09.  Evidently the short-term effects of chemo subside after about 22 days post-chemo, as I began to heal and strengthen and feel “normal” again!  That week of healing was a wise decision and I know many of you were praying for wisdom.  Thanks!

Here is the list of prayer points from Georgia, from last week:

“Let us join together in prayer, that:
– that the Lord will intervene and take charge of the whole treatment and healing process.
– that the Lord will magnify our limited and fallible, though heartfelt, prayers that they will avail for you mightily.
– that for every side-effect and difficulty you have (thus far) endured in this treatment, the real target, the cancer, is receiving a 10-fold assault and complete destruction.
– that the Lord will prevent further such deep suffering, danger and crisis in all future rounds of treatment.
– that He will let the most bitter cup pass from you.
– that He will direct all the destructive effects of the chemotherapy to be sent directly to any and every cancer cell that remains.
– that as you are joined with Him and we are joined with you and thus with each other in the fellowship of His suffering, that you will receive innumerable prevailing consolations, graces, mercies, even His peace and joy. (Philippians 3:10)
– that the Lord will draw from the prayers, intercessions and praises of innumerable fellow believers and sufferers around the world and throughout the ages, the spiritual power to see you and Stephen and your family through this every moment, every day.
In the Name that is above every name, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.”

Coram Deo,



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16 responses to “Soldiering On

  1. Georgia


    May His loving healing sheltering arms be around you both every moment.

    (hope everyone will add their prayers and Scriptures so we can pray together as the Lord leads and inspires.)

    love, GA

  2. Karissa

    I am so glad that this extra week provided you with some rest, and I pray, with a deep renewal of body, mind, and soul.

    I pray for sweet, light moments with those you love (especially Steve) to come precisely when you need them most.
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    To quote Avila earlier today, when asked what the angel in her book was saying to Mary: “There’s nuffin’ to be sacred about, it’s gonna be GOOD!”

    • Karissa

      Correction to Avila’s quote: It should read “scared” not “sacred.” I mean, she is only 2. 😉

      • margopayne

        Dear Karissa,

        Your comment and your correction made me laugh out loud — and I desperately need moments like that, during the week after chemo! I appreciate your prayer for “sweet moments.” Being “Young & Breastless” and “Bald & Beautiful” definitely takes confidence away from a gal. It is hard to feel beautiful. So glad I’ve been developing my mind all these years!

        Coram Deo,

    • margopayne

      Dear Georgia,

      Thank you so much for your grace-giving, insightful, thoughtful prayers on my blog site and also on Nellie’s! I am learning so much from you, as you join me [and Nellie] on our journeys.

      Coram Deo,

  3. Lindsey


    It was such a treat to see you today. I’ve wept as I’ve read your blog and pray that God will enable us as we pray for you, to bear some measure of your pain.

    In His Grace,
    Lindsey Harrington

    “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The LORD’s lovingkindesses indeed never cease, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion’, says my soul, ‘therefore I have hope in Him.’ The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the LORD.”
    Lamentations 3:21-26

    • margopayne

      Dear Lindsey,

      Thank you for your heart-felt response to my journey. I am so encouraged by your commitment to read my blog and pray! One of the positive outcomes of all this has been the reconnection of friends!

      Coram Deo,

  4. Jackie McHaffie

    Amen- what a beautiful offering of prayers that we who read this echo- its like a beautiful flowering garden- may the visual and fragrant reminder of God’s glorious gift in the garden be with you this week. Onward Christian Soilders….
    Love and Prayers,

    • margopayne

      Dear Jackie,

      Loved seeing you last Sunday at SPAC! I was not able to go today, however. Thanks for your reminder of the garden — how like you to see beauty, color, texture, and design! Still enjoying my fall mums, cheering up my living room!

      Coram Deo,

  5. Vanessa

    Praying today went well Margo – I’m glad you had that week of extra rest… xoxoxo

    “I will lift up my eyes to the hills –
    From whence comes my help?
    My help comes from the Lord,
    Who made heaven and earth.”
    Psalm 121:1-2

    • margopayne

      Dear Vanessa,

      Thanks for your prayers! I am through the worst and it is Sunday night. I’ve enjoyed all the DVD’s so much! During the worst days, there is very little I can do, except watch a DVD. Reading, which I obviously love, is too challenging for my “chemo-brain” during those days.

      Coram Deo,

  6. Kathy Ciarlariello

    Hi Margo,

    Our family is praying for you. I hope you get lots of rest and bask in God’s great love for you. I know He is near to you, and I know that you rest in Him.

    Psalm 91:1
    “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

    Love always,

    • margopayne

      Dear Kathy,

      Thank you for assurances of the prayers of your family! I need them so much. I am so impatient, during my “horrid days,” post-chemo. I long to be productive but even reading is too difficult. I am not very good at “resting” but it seems I have no choice. Thanks for the reminder of Psalm 91.

      Coram Deo,

  7. Sarah Hampson

    Dear Margo, I’ve been out of town. Just catching up w/ your progress. You inspire me. You continue in my prayers. Love, Sarah Hampson

    • margopayne

      Dear Sarah,

      So good to hear from you! I have missed seeing you! I miss being at SPAC every week, also. Hopefully, I will see you next week. Thank you for reading my blog, commenting, and praying for me. I so depend on the prayers of family & friends.

      Coram Deo,

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