To help financially during this time of great need, please forward your offering to Tom's sister:
Darla Wexttsen, 16738 N. Tolle Lane, Mount Vernon, IL 62864
checks may be made payable to "Grace Community Church"

There is also a deposit account set up at US Bank to help defray Deb's uncovered medical expenses.
Visit any US Bank branch office to make a deposit in cash or by check for "Deborah A. Smith Memorial Fund".
Please be sure to mention Charity Paddock or Nellie Haverkos to be sure the gift is properly deposited.

If you use this link to join, then go shopping there, as much as 26% of your purchases will help the family.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Deb is under hospice care at home

Dear friends,

As of August 11, our mom is now at home under hospice care.  Her oncologist has advised that the treatment is no longer working and he has recommended hospice of Southern Illiniois.

She is struggling with keeping any food or liquid down here at home. Please pray for her nourishment and digestive processes.

Right now, Hal and I are with her and Aunt Vera has come to help.

In the next few days, we are looking to find medical personnel who can consistently come be with our mom and take care of her IV's, meds and our questions during the day while Dad is at work. Hospice is not able to stay for the duration of a typical workday.

We thank you for your love and prayers, Charity.


Anonymous said...

To the friends and family of Deb,

Deb has been my best friend for the best part of 30 years now. There are no words to describe the depth of the pain I feel in my heart because of the suffering of my friend. I have stayed in close touch almost daily and have watched my dear friend's body deteriorate. However,I want to tell you all how I have seen her "heart" strengthening. When she is able to talk she always wants me to read her the notes on the blogspot. The words of love and encouragement have blessed her greatly. She has cried many times at the outpouring of love and amidst her pain has expressed how blessed she has been to have such wonderful friends. She has marveled at the fact that so many people are praying and care enough to talk to the Lord on her behalf.

I wish I had the faith to believe that her body will be healed here on earth, but I am finding my faith is not that strong right now. Lord please forgive me. What I do know though, without a moment of doubt is that Deb is anxious to some day dance with Jesus and be held in his arms. She longs to rest in the Father. I also know however that she doesn't want to leave her family. Her love for Tom and her kids and grandkids is deeper than any I have ever seen. The last year has been very difficult and yet all she has ever asked me to pray is for her family to be comforted and strengthened. My prayer right now is that Deb will find a peace deep inside and will feel the love of the Father in a way that she has never felt before. I pray for her family to feel the comfort that God can give in a way man can't. I also pray that they will know deep inside that God's plan is, and will be, the perfect one for them and for Deb. I also pray for a strengthening of their family. I know one of Deb's greatest desires is for the strength of her family to continue to grow no matter what the circumstances. Lord please touch each one of her children and Tom. Allow them to feel your hand guiding them through the days to come. Send them the Comforter. Give them strength beyond what they have ever known as they are called on to care for her physical needs. Lord I ask these things in the name of Jesus.

I'm not sure what our Lord has planned for Deb's body but I do know his plan for her soul. Deb and I have talked many times about heaven, and eternity. Let me assure you all that she is so excited and anxious for the day she will receive her new body and be in His presence. (We have always been sure that's a nice thin body with good hair!)

I pray right now for the pain to subside and peace to overwhelm her. I thank you Jesus that Deb knows you and has taught so many of us how to live with you deep in our hearts. I thank you that she has shown me what unconditional love is and that she has been You to me so many times. I ask you Lord to help those of us who love her so very much to not be angry about what's happening to her and trust that your plan is perfect. I ask you Lord to remind her spirit of that and to draw her close and help her to feel you. Heal her body Lord , if that is you will. If not here on earth, then thank you for the promise that she will be healed in heaven. Lord Jesus come quickly! Thank you for the honor of having such a special friend.


Anonymous said...

Deb, Tom and Family,
Just wanted to let you know you are in our prayers daily. We wish we were closer to be able to visit and help out but know you have many who are loving and caring for you and your family.
In His Love,
Bobbie and Bernie Stevens

Anonymous said...

Dear Deb, Tom, and beloved ones,

Don (Poody) and I pray with perseverance for you. Our heavy and prayerful hearts join all of the family of Christ for you. I thought of you in this verse

Isaiah 58:8 ..."Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear ; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say, Here am I."

Dear Family of Believers,
This scripture is preceded by instructions on fasting. In the freedom of the Holy Spirit I invite those of you who would like, to fast for Deb.I know many already have; Barb Hine encouraged me speaking of her fast when she first heard the news of Deb's cancer. Feel free to fast as you wish since there are many ways it can be done. It will be a wonderful time of giving glory to the Father on behalf of our dear sister Deb, and for Tom, and their beloved family.

much love,
Poody and Deb