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Published on September 20, 2013, by Rich Johnson

“…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  

James 5:16  NIV 

“As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning,  but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.  When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.”

Exodus 17:11,12  NIV

 

The past few weeks have been so emotionally draining with our  physical issues, moving etc.  It has truly been the most trying time of our lives.  It’s also been a rollercoaster for our family as we’ve watched Robin diminish to point where even hospice was telling us it wouldn’t be long for her.  She’s lost a considerable amount of weight, been unable to eat most things (and very little at that), has had high temperatures of 104.00-105.00 at times and battled confusion to the point of not knowing what day it was or even current events.  We just didn’t know what to expect, but we knew people were praying all over the country and other countries for us and still are.  A few weeks ago, we had a wonderful group of people coming and going all day long to pray and cry out to God on our behalf.  We are eternally indebted to those of you who continue to pray, for we are not out of the woods yet.   I am happy to report in this post there appears to be a positive change to Robin’s condition, and for this we are overjoyed!  She is much more alert, eating more, walking without help most of the time, and the fevers  have subsided.  She is also up from the bed and sits upright in the living room most of the day.  This may not seem like big news to some of you, but if you saw her a few weeks ago you would say this is nothing short of a miracle!  We praise God for this!  May His name be praised forever!  Please continue to pray for her mouth ulcers which plague her, and it’s painful to eat.  We are doing our very best to treat this condition with little progress.  

I myself had been placed on ice chips and water diet a couple of weeks ago, because I couldn’t eat any foods at all.  I have been praying, and God has obviously answered my prayers as well, as I am now able to eat some semi-solid foods  I couldn’t attempt to eat before and they stay down!  Now, if I could only get my hemoglobin counts up, my energy would be great, and I would feel better.  I still run short of breath quite easily.  

Friends, it’s so very obvious to me, that the Lord is doing something great in our bodies.  It appears to be in a progressive way for us, and we’ll give God praise for however He wants to do this.  Our hospice nurses are in awe at what’s happening here, and we tell them, we’re praying and many, many people are praying.  

I want to share something with you I believe the Lord will answer on our behalf in this journey.  I have recently been praying everyday and sometimes much of the days and petitioning the Lord about our situation as a desperate cry for help.  That’s exactly where we are.  We  have nothing really now except the clothes we wear from a physical standpoint.  We are selling our possessions (or at least most of them).  I have been asking the Lord for mercy to extend our lives.  And this request is for no other reason but that we may go and tell of His marvelous love, mercy and grace to people everywhere!    Our desire to live is to be a part of a great harvest.  I’ve asked the Lord for mercy, and in return we will preach until we see 100,000 souls added to the kingdom!  Our hearts are in ministry to people, and I know the Lord came to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).  When He called us He gave us the desire to see people come to the cross and be saved.  That passion and calling is still as strong as it ever was, and perhaps even stronger now!  

Here’s where you come in…

Please join us in praying specifically in agreement with our prayer to be raised from these beds of affliction to go carry the message of the gospel to a lost and dying world.  That is our only request.  Not for anything else this world has to offer.  I desire to see 100,000 souls (or more) added to the kingdom of God!  It’s certainly possible @ 5,000/year for 20 years!  We would only be in our early 70′s!  So friends, will you join us?  We’re praying this through, but as Aaron and Hur held up Moses hands, would you hold up our hands in this battle?  It won’t be one or two but an army of people to see us through to victory.  This is vital if we are going to see victory come.  Robin and I are so very grateful for  any and all prayers going up before the Lord, but now you have specifics to pray for.  Nothing is impossible with God…Nothing!  

 

Our book, “Through the Valley” is still available through our blog if you have not received your copy yet.  It would also make a great gift to someone you know who may be battling and “valley” situation life can and does bring to all of us. Many thanks to you who have supported our book.  We appreciate it so very much.

 

Address Update:

Since moving in with our daughter and son-in-law our address has changed, and you’ll want to make a note of it.  Our new address is:

1300 N. Crestview Ct.   Ozark, MO  65721   

 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support, as we look forward in anticipation of greater things!     

“…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”    James 5:16  NIV 

 

To God Be The Glory!

Rich and Robin

 

 

 
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Published on September 13, 2013, by Rich Johnson

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.  Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect,  he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him…”  

Hebrews 5:7-9a  NIV

 

The past three weeks have been some of the most trying times Robin, our family and I have ever been through in our lives.  It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything simply, because of the emotional roller coaster and busyness we’ve all endured.  I’ve asked the hard questions of our Lord, as I lie sleepless some nights next to Robin who has endured such suffering, my heart nearly explodes watching her go through some of the most horrendous  physical trials.  She has had pain, weakness to the point of not being able to walk unaided, and mental confusion, which tears me apart inside.  This is not my Robin with whom I’ve shared every aspect of my life with for thirty-one and half years.  The mental confusion, I’m sure is due in part to the amount of medications we’ve had to keep her on to bring some relief.  She fights on day to day, as I do, but every day is a new challenge to all of us.  We also just recently made the decision to move to our daughter’s home, where she can care for us more closely.  Heather and Josh have blessed us with opening their home to us, and for that we are eternally grateful.  As I’ve watched Robin suffer, and I’ve come to a place physically in my journey, where I’ve had to basically stop eating even semi-solid foods, I’ve come to a stark realization of the suffering Jesus went through in making His way to the cross of Calvary.  If anyone has ever suffered, Jesus did.  And it was all for one, single purpose…humanity!  The suffering He endured was so much more than anyone ever suffered in this life.  Not only did He battle the physical suffering, but He also had the weight of all sin on His shoulders.  Robin and I cannot and will not ever have to endure this amount of suffering, but why should we suffer less than the “suffering servant”?  But there is some comfort in knowing He understands far more about suffering than we ever will, and He’s touched by the feeling of our infirmities!  He’s a caring and comforting savior!  Thank you Jesus, for carrying us through this valley of physical and emotional suffering.  ”…he learned obedience from what he suffered…”  Suffering is not something we ever want to have to go through or watch others go through, but my prayer now is, “Lord may we be ever so obedient in these trials, and no matter what comes our way, we know you understand and have a perfect plan in our lives until you are ready to call us home.”  

 

I will try to keep you all updated on our situation, but Robin and I are so very grateful for your prayers and words of encouragement.  I have shed many tears these last few days in seeing Robin go through these trials and having to move from basically everything we ever knew in our home, but your prayers are upholding us in this hour.  We recently had an all day prayer meeting at our home, and the presence of the Lord was so present as people came and went throughout the day.  People were also praying around the country for us during this time.  How do we say, “thank you” for this most important spiritual support and petitions going up before the Lord on our behalf?  It’s all overwhelming.  I would ask, that you continue to pray for strength, peace and comfort in these trials, as we move forward into uncharted territory in our journey.  I am praying for the Lord to extend our lives, so that we may honor Him in telling of His marvelous grace and mercy.  I am crying out for mercy for no other reason, but that we may tell of His saving and healing power.  We have promised our Lord to GO tell as many people as possible in these last days, if He would raise us up from this affliction.  We’ve already planned on buying an RV and telling his story far and wide!  Please pray with us.  

 

Our book, “Through the Valley” is still available here on our blog, if you haven’t already purchased your copy.  Thank you for your support!  

 

For Him in Obedience,

Rich and Robin 

 

 
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Published on September 3, 2013, by Rich Johnson

…”he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.”

 Isaiah 25:8  NIV

 

Tonight is the seventh night  I’ve been lying here next to the the most beautiful woman I have ever known.  For thirty-one  and a half years we’ve shared joys, fears, and I dare say enough trials for two lifetimes.  I cannot begin to tell you in these few lines what emotions I’ve been going through just today.  As I watch Robin slip away now, it seems many other parts of our lives are also leaving in small but deliberate pieces, and it all hurts like tearing away small parts of my heart one piece at a time.  We’ve made a decision to sell our car in order to try to pay our final expense bill in part (no life ins. and it’s expensive for two to pass).  We began giving small things away to our children and grandchildren weeks ago, but none of it truly hit me like it has the past couple of days.  The culmination  of six years of suffering is beginning to rear its ugly head in this final blow.  BUT, we still have hope!  Hope in a miracle working God who can do the impossible, and if a miracle here is not in His sovereign plan, then we know, “ he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces…”  We know death will one day be swallowed up forever, and that brings a calmness to my soul.  This end of life “stuff” is the sting of death, but one day very soon, it will all be over.  No more tears!  I’m not crying because I hurt in losing her to heaven, sure I’ll miss her more than I can describe, but heaven is what we who KNOW our Lord has prepared for those who love him.  I won’t be far behind her, and I’m saying if this cancer doesn’t take me before Robin, I will die of a broken heart.  That is only because I want so much to go together.  We’ve always done everything together.  It would only be fitting for both of us to go together.

Our hospice nurse told our family today, that Robin has entered the “active dying process”.   She is sleeping more and more.  Becoming confused about times, dates, events and people.  Many times, she speaks and her words make no sense at all.  Her body is literally shutting down, but the nurse did say, because she is so young, has a strong heart and lungs that the process may take a little longer than most.  I’m not so sure I like this, because her suffering is so very hard to watch.  We all knew this day could potentially come, but no one ever wants to face or believe it would come.  The same holds true for me.  I don’t know how long I have, but I don’t want to linger long.  

 

I’m not writing long tonight, but wanted to update you all, so you’ll pray and know how to pray.  You all have stood by us and continue to uphold us in prayer, and we love you for it. We’ve come this far because of your faith and prayers!

 

We are looking forward to a day when there will be no more tears, and we can all share in the joys of our Lord!

 

Many Blessings!

Rich and Robin