Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fasting and Praying Together

Billy is doing well!  He went for a walk today, and he's becoming more and more independent--as independent as he can be when he's stuck in a hospital bed and has an NG tube in his nose.  He is doing what he can to get stronger, and it's encouraging to watch!

Billy has a few specific requests as we begin the day of fasting and prayer.  He'd really like to be able to eat again.  With Thanksgiving coming in a few weeks, he's hoping that his stomach will begin working, so he'll be able to join in.  Would you pray that...
  • Billy's intestines and stomach would begin working like they should
  • Any blockages in his system would be cleared out
  • Billy would be able to enjoy eating pumpkin pie and cowboy cookies (a family favorite!) on Thanksgiving

The doctors have advised that Billy have a catheter inserted to drain the fluid pocket in his "flank," but Billy's not so sure about that.  Please pray for...
  • wisdom for Billy and for us as we make medical decisions
  • patience for the doctors
  • wisdom for the doctors in knowing how to treat and care for Billy

Medically speaking, the cancer is unbeatable.  Pray for God to do the impossible.  

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.  (Ephesians 3:20-21)

For fun, if you're praying for Billy, would you mind placing yourself on the map?  We'd like to know who's praying and where you're from!  Thanks for joining us on this journey!


  1. Thank you for the specific requests. We're gonna rock this out, Will!! I am going to share this post on my blog, if you don't mind.
    I am excited for a momentous day! To God be the glory!


  2. (((billy))) I am from Long Island NY. Mindy. Wishing you well.

  3. Tricia...I saw your blog. Thanks!!!

  4. Having trouble with the map but please know that I am praying too. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. I used to think that that righteous man was sure blessed. Then God showed me that I am righteous! Because of Him! So my prayers, and any believer's prayers, are just as powerful and effective. Know that when we pray, God hears and is blessed. Thank you for the specifics. I will be praying in Durango, Co!

  5. I am just so excited after a morning of blessing with the Lord! I figured out how to leave a comment on here,, I AM in GOOGLE now ! tell Billy I feel so SMART! and finally get to comment on the BLOG! We love you all! and are having another prayer time around noon for you.Together as a fam, then later tonight together,, but individually throughout the day!
    Love the Jackson FAM.

  6. It seems you have to have a Google account so you can sign in to use the My Maps feature. If it changes, will let you know. Anyone can look at the map, at the very least! (Congrats, Jacksons!)

  7. 40 days without food... hard to imagine, I am only on hour 14. We are praying for you to be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with the fam. You know how much we all love you!

  8. LOVE the map idea. Beautiful to see everyone coming together in one accord. Praying these specifics. Blessings.

  9. Praying hard for your requests that you will be able to share a Thanksgiving dinner with your family. Love you Will!


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