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My heart is so very heavy with burden, but I'm thankful that I don't have to bear it alone.  I'm so glad that I can cast all to the Lord, and that there are others joining me in prayer.

For several years now, I've been the assistant to a local museum's curator.  Not long after I started volunteering there, I shared the Gospel with her.  Seemingly, nothing came from that...but thru-out the years I've been trying to say a little here and a little there, and to always live my faith.  Every time I would head to work, I would lift her up in prayer.  Now...it has turned into a very dire situation.  In March she was diagnosed with lung cancer.  She'd already had a 4-way bypass, and she has 7 "old fractures" in her back.  Not long after she was diagnosed with the cancer, she contracted pneumonia.  She'd had one chemotherapy treatment, but was then immediately whisked into the hospital because of the pneumonia.  Hospice is now being discussed.  I've been "storming" Heaven that the Lord would let her live long enough to be saved.  It rather slays me.  A Christless eternity.  Please join me in praying for Dorothy.  She is in a hospital about 80 miles away, and I just can't get down there to visit her as I'd like to, plus having been her assistant....now much responsibility has fallen on me at the museum.  I beg of you to please pray for her very soul; her eternal salvation.

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Thank you so very, very much for praying for Dorothy and for me too, NN and Alan!  It is a comfort to know that the Lord is being sought to sustain Dorothy's earthly life that she might be saved!  She is finally starting to eat after almost two weeks in the hospital, and because she is showing some improvement it is hoped that they will be able to move her to the hospital here!  By the way, the one thing she used as her "excuse" to hinder her salvation was that she had an uncle who was a Baptist preacher, but was an "hypocrite".  Sigh... Today, another saved gal that loves the Lord is going to go down to visit Dorothy, and she has also requested prayer that she might be able to speak about spiritual things with her.  Thank you again for praying!

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I have prayed that the Lord will give you strength, boldness and determination to go beyond suggestions and present to this person God's glorious offer of salvation.  These are the moments hope burns brightest for both the hearer and the presenter.  May God hear our prayers and comfort you during this time.

 

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Thank you to all who have prayed for Dorothy!  Orval, I also appreciate the encouragement to be more bold to present the Gospel again to her!  Time truly is of essence, and there just isn't time to build anymore of a "rapport" with Dorothy.  She was moved to the hospital up here thankfully, and so I went to visit her a few times...as did the other saved gal.  It was interesting to experience the "closed doors" of time that the other gal and I had with Dorothy.  However, the last time that I went to visit her...I went softly right thru the "door" and told Dorothy that I would love to share my faith with her!!  She was very positive about that, though I'm not sure that she truly understood what I meant.  She replied that I should "Go ahead, I'm faithful!"  I also told her that the other gal shared the same faith as I did.  I wasn't able to say anymore with Dorothy that day, but I certainly called the other gal and told her, "The door is OPEN!"   Since then, Dorothy has been moved back home again, and I presume that she will be starting on the Hospice care.  Please keep praying...  I appreciate it very much, and YOUR prayers could be helping to make the difference in where Dorothy spends eternity!!

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Dorothy is home now, but is on Hospice.  I talked to her on the phone today, and at times she had a little confusion, and she slurred her words a bit.  She is on some heavy duty pain medications, which would explain some of that.  My heart is heavy, except that I have great hope for Thursday.  Thursday -  the other gal, Debbie, will be going to sit with Dorothy for a couple of hours while Dorothy's husband goes to an appointment.  We are both feeling the urgency to speak boldly now.  For those who feel so led, please pray especially for Debbie this Thursday afternoon between about 1:00-3:00 PM PST.  Please pray that the way would be paved without interruptions, that Dorothy and her husband would be receptive to the Gospel, and that Debbie would have all utterance to speak boldly.  It's especially difficult for Debbie because her own mom passed away about 3 yrs. ago from lung cancer.  I told her that I would be praying that she would be led so clearly by the Lord to be focused on Dorothy's need for salvation, that her own grief would not deter her.  I am praying for her to have strength, and also peace as she tries to reach dear Dorothy.  There is so much power in prayer...and though we cannot be gathered together...we can still be praying in His name, and our Lord will hear us.  Thank you for joining me in prayer, and for your compassion.

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My dinner is ready, but I'm just so thrilled...that I had to come online first to let all know that this afternoon....the Lord was indeed with Debbie!!!!  She called to let me know that the Lord gave her a tremendous boldness and strength and she didn't mince words with Dorothy about salvation!  Dorothy had, had some pain med and so was a bit out of it, but it was made plain to her that there is only one way to Heaven...and that's thru the Lord Jesus Christ!  She said that she believes that Jesus died on the cross for her sins, but then she would ramble off to something else.  However, EVERY single time....Dorothy herself would return to the subject of God and Jesus.  Debbie doesn't know how much actually pierced thru to Dorothy's heart, but we both know Heb. 4:12....and that the Word "speaks for itself"; it stands alone, and needs no help from us (and morphine can't even deter the power of God's Word).  I'm just so amazed at how the Lord answered all of the prayers....YOUR prayers....that Debbie would have that boldness.  Dorothy cried a few times, so we know that perhaps combined with the Gospel that I had shared with her some time ago, coupled with Debbie's bold conversation today...that the Lord is working!!  Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow!  Please keep praying, dear OLB people, that both Dorothy and her husband would truly realize their need for the Saviour.  O how exciting it is to see the Spirit working!!!

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Update:  this morning my husband and I went out to Billy and Dorothy's house.  An Hospice fellow and friend of ours, my husband, and Billy were going to fall a huge oak tree on their property.  Hospice as well as the rest of us have been quite concerned about Billy, and so falling this tree was a way of distraction and a break for Billy to get out of the house for awhile.  I sat with Dorothy.  The cancer is rapidly ravaging her body.  I sat there next to her for about an hour and a half.  She talked with me just for about 5 minutes, and then she fell asleep.  My heart is breaking for her.  I watched her labored breathing.  I looked at her face.  She looks so frail.  Indeed, she is.  I felt so helpless and powerless for I couldn't even speak to her of my Saviour, but I prayed.  I prayed and prayed.  Tears hovered.  O how the Lord Jesus does not want Dorothy to perish.  He loves her so.  Even though she is not totally aware, she is scared.  This is a grief that is so heartbreakingly powerful; so unlike that of grieving for a loved one that is Heavenbound.  Dorothy had sent me a card before she was hospitalized the first time, and she had signed it...."Forever Friends".  Tears.  I cannot see her heart, but from the outside...there is no evidence that she has seen her need for the Saviour.  I so much pray even if by "the skin of her teeth or as by fire", that she would be saved...so that indeed, we could be "forever friends".  Hospice "guesstimates" that Dorothy will pass on within the next couple of weeks.

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Yesterday, I went out to sit with Dorothy for about two and a half hours.  I had prayed and prayed in advance that I would know and be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and the wisdom and discernment as to what to say and what not to.  Once again and with sadness, the doors were still closed to speak of spiritual things with her.  How can that be?  I so much desire that Dorothy would be saved!  I am reminded yet again that the Lord loves her much, much more than I and is not willing that she perish.  His thoughts and ways are also much higher than mine...and His timing and His way...are crucial.  He is omniscient and I am very fallibly limited...so even though I was so greatly saddened that I didn't get to speak of spiritual things with Dorothy...I continue to entrust her to Him.  Prayer is so very powerful, and to pray for a lost soul is immense.  Aww, but for dear Dorothy and Billy to be snatched from the clutches of the evil one is greatly desired for, and sought through much prayer.  I appreciate your prayers for her, and in His name...they carry a lot of "weight". 

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We went out to see Dorothy on Thursday.  The time was so close.  I leaned over her for over 20 minutes soothing her brow, took my fingers and ever so gently "brushed" her hair, and whispered closely into her ear.  I whispered to her several times.  I spoke of my love for her, and I spoke of the love of Jesus.  It was extraordinary how every time I said the name "Jesus"....she would make a soft groaning noise and try to open her eyes.  I took note of it, and repeated it every few minutes.  One time I leaned back after whispering of Jesus' love for her, and I noticed a huge tear under only one eye.  That in itself is amazing!  She was so dehydrated and emaciated; how was she even able to have a tear?  A long while later, I whispered to her one last time and gave her a soft kiss on her temple, and told her goodbye.

This morning, Dorothy passed away into her eternity.  My heart is heavy with grief because I don't know if she ever called out to the Saviour with her need for salvation.  She had heard the Word...the Gospel very clearly.  She's gone now, but her husband and family are still here and ever so needy for the Lord. 

I greatly appreciate all of your prayers for Dorothy.  Her appointed day arrived, and she is where she is.  I just pray that the Lord would grant me a real love for others such that I  speak of the precious Saviour more often and indeed, more boldly.  Time is of essence.  May we all not just speak of the glorious gift that He has given, but prove it with and by our very lives..."Let your light so shine before men, that they might see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven"  (Matt. 5:16).  Thank you all again for praying.

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49 minutes ago, WellWithMySoul said:

We went out to see Dorothy on Thursday.  The time was so close.  I leaned over her for over 20 minutes soothing her brow, took my fingers and ever so gently "brushed" her hair, and whispered closely into her ear.  I whispered to her several times.  I spoke of my love for her, and I spoke of the love of Jesus.  It was extraordinary how every time I said the name "Jesus"....she would make a soft groaning noise and try to open her eyes.  I took note of it, and repeated it every few minutes.  One time I leaned back after whispering of Jesus' love for her, and I noticed a huge tear under only one eye.  That in itself is amazing!  She was so dehydrated and emaciated; how was she even able to have a tear?  A long while later, I whispered to her one last time and gave her a soft kiss on her temple, and told her goodbye.

This morning, Dorothy passed away into her eternity.  My heart is heavy with grief because I don't know if she ever called out to the Saviour with her need for salvation.  She had heard the Word...the Gospel very clearly.  She's gone now, but her husband and family are still here and ever so needy for the Lord. 

I greatly appreciate all of your prayers for Dorothy.  Her appointed day arrived, and she is where she is.  I just pray that the Lord would grant me a real love for others such that I  speak of the precious Saviour more often and indeed, more boldly.  Time is of essence.  May we all not just speak of the glorious gift that He has given, but prove it with and by our very lives..."Let your light so shine before men, that they might see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven"  (Matt. 5:16).  Thank you all again for praying.

Thank you for all that you did for Dorothy. This account has held a special place in my heart, and I'll continue praying for her family. May the Lord bless you.

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Thank you for informing us about the time that you were able to spend with Dorothy before here passing into eternity. May the Lord bless you for your efforts and compassion towards Dorothy and those who need to hear about the Lord Jesus. 

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