Lana Elder

I'm believin'!

Thank you!

Thank you all for “praying and fasting” for me. I really believe God heard and answered your prayers. Let the “praise and feasting” begin! 🙂

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Dear Sweet Saints,

Thank you for your prayers both today and everyday. I am so extremely grateful. I am adding an “Amen and amen! Let it be Lord!” to your prayers. I am so full of faith today I feel like I could move a mountain. And because of that I want to ask if anyone has any prayer requests of their own I would be honored to pray for you as well. You can either post it here or send a personal message to me.

I am reminded of a scripture in Romans 8:11 that says “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” I believe that my body is completely full of life. I pray death and disappearance to any cancer cell in my body and life abundant to every good cell. In Jesus’ name.

In Romans 10:9 it says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” I believe 100% that this is true!! I have eternal salvation because of my BELIEF that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. And therefore I also want to BELIEVE the very words of Jesus in Mark 16:15-18 that say, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever BELIEVES and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not BELIEVE will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who BELIEVE: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, AND THEY WILL GET WELL.” I’m BELIEVIN’!  I BELIEVE Jesus for my salvation and also for my healing!

I say this all to encourage you that your prayers will be answered and I will be healed. Again, if there is anything I can be praying for you please post it or message it to me and I will be happy to join my prayers to yours and pray in faith for whatever you need. Thanks again for lifting my request up to heaven. I have complete peace about everything and know His presence is right here with me. There really is no better place. May God bless you all back for your sacrifice and prayers. Love and hugs to you all. Lana

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Praying here in Illinois

Hitting our knees in prayer here in Illinios! We’re praying for Lana’s healing and more, that God would heal her body completely and gloriously and through it all that His name would be glorified in ways that go beyond anything we could ask or imagine.

We’re also praying through Psalm 20 for her, line by line. Thanks so much for joining us in prayer anytime throughout the day!

Love, Eric and family

PSALM 20

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May He send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May He remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
Selah

May He give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.

Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He answers him from His holy heaven
with the saving power of His right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.

O LORD, save the king!
Answer us when we call!

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Hit Your Knees!

(Note from Eric:  Here’s a message I’ve just posted on my website at The Ranch that I wanted to make sure was posted on Lana’s blog as well.  Words cannot express how thankful we are for your prayers!)

Dear friends,

In my message last week, I shared that I could use some encouragement, and thanks to your prayers and God’s help, I got it!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all your prayers and notes and words of encouragement.

In case you missed last week’s message, I shared that my wife Lana and I were surprised a few weeks ago to find out that she has breast cancer, and we were even more surprised to find it was not just one lump in her breast, but had already spread, with multiple tumors showing up on CT scans and MRI’s throughout her lungs, liver and spine.

This news was devastating, as you can imagine.  But within hours of sending out our note asking for your encouragement, prayers started coming in from all over the world, from places like Kenya and Ghana, Malaysia and the Bahamas, Qatar and Dubai and all over the U.S.  The prayers of the saints were spreading faster than any cancer ever could!

I heard from a chaplain of a prison in New Mexico who said that all of the inmates in his prison were going to be praying for my wife.  I heard from another man in Uganda who said:

“I bet you or your husband has never been to Uganda. Yet you have. This Day’s Thought has been the highlight of my inbox since 2007. I feel like I know you, the picture is more complete with the family photo. Am surely praying for you.”

As the week went on, God continued to speak to us, reminding us that Jesus already drank the cup of death for us, and that He was holding out a cup of life to us instead!  We feel that Jesus wants us to drink from His cup of life, and drink deeply.  Whereas I wrote my message last week in part to comfort my own soul in the event that this cancer might take my wife’s life, this week I’m writing with full faith and confidence that God could heal her in a moment, completely and gloriously! And I’m thrilled to say that this miracle may have already begun!

The day after we sent our prayer request to you, Lana noticed that the tumor in her breast had shrunk suddenly and significantly.  And by 4 o’clock in the morning, she wasn’t sure if she could even find it at all!  We began to pray hard that this would be just an indicator of what’s going on in the rest of her body, that the cancer is being driven out by the power of God, and what was once in the darkness must now flee in the light!

We’ve been praying toward that for the rest of the week, and with that in mind, I’d like to ask you to consider praying and fasting along with me and hundreds of others who have already told us they’ll be praying with us during a special 24 hour prayer vigil for my wife.  You don’t have to go anywhere special, just pray wherever you are starting tomorrow morning, Monday, February 27th at 7:00 a.m. Central Time (-6 GMT), through Tuesday morning, the 28th, at 7:00 a.m.  We’re going to be praying and fasting that God would spare Lana’s life, confessing that her life and ministry isn’t at the end, but that it’s just at the beginning in a whole new way!

We believe that even one prayer, offered in faith, has tremendous power!  As the Bible says:

“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:13-16).

One prayer, offered in faith, can make the sick person well.  One prayer, offered in faith, can bring forgiveness.  One prayer, offered in faith, can stop the rain or start it up again.  One prayer, offered in faith, can lead us to eternal life.  As the Apostle Paul said:

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

We’re praying and believing for Lana’s healing, not just because we’re afraid she’ll die, but because we believe that it pleases the heart of God whenever we pray a prayer offered in faith.

Whereas last week I felt like I needed a cheerleader to keep me up in my spirits, this week I’m feeling like being the cheerleader, cheering you all to stand up and clap and shout and make some noise for the Lord.  I remember watching cheerleaders at a college football game stand in front of one section of a stadium full of people.  The cheerleaders would raise their arms and shout to the people to do the same, calling on them to lift their hands, too, and to shout and clap and stomp their feet for the victory that they were hoping would soon come.  Then the cheerleaders would move to the next section and call on them to stand up on their feet and do the same.  Then they’d take off running around the stadium, going from section to section, until the whole stadium was on their feet, clapping and shouting and stomping!  As this message goes around the world this week, I want to call upon all of you to stand to your feet in prayer and praise, shouting and clapping and making some noise for the Lord!  (You don’t have to do it out loud, but you can do it in your spirit if you want!)

While it may seem selfish of me to call on so many of you to pray so intensely for my wife and myself and my family, after reading your notes and letters this week, I know for sure that this is not just about saving her life for my sake or the sake of the kids, but for God’s sake and what He is wanting to do through this to bring glory to His name.  I pray this is yet another testimony that will bring hope and healing and salvation to people all over the world.  So with that in mind, I want to encourage you to pray with us, and fast with us, for 24 hours this week. that Lana’s healing would be complete and glorious, and that God’s name would be glorified through it all!

There are times when fasting should be done in secret.  But there are other times in the Bible where fasting is done in the light, in full view of everyone, like when Esther was about to make a special request of the king to save her people, but which could cost her her life. Esther said:

“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16).

Esther declared her fast, publicly and widely, because she knew that God could use those prayers for the salvation of many, many souls.  Esther was placed in a unique position to call this fast, and I believe Lana has been placed in a similar position.  As Esther’s cousin said to her just before she declared her fast:

“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14b).

If you’d like some ideas for how to fast and pray, here’s a link to a website that I’ve found helpful. (7 Steps To Fasting)

If you’re thinking of joining us, I’d like to encourage you by sharing a note I received this week from a dear friend who had mistakenly, but thankfully, thought that the day of prayer and fasting was last Monday instead of this coming one.  As she set out to fast and pray for 24 hours, she wrote to us and said:

“This morning, I pledge a day of fasting and hourly prayer for Lana’s healing. I pray for her recovery and the Lord granting her 50 more years of ministry at Eric’s side. I pray for the possibility of unbelievers hearing of Lana’s healing and following their curiosity to the Gospel. I pledge to pray each hour for Lana’s healing not only for the benefit of her family and friends, but for the benefit of the Body of Christ. May God hear my pleas.”

Then, when her fast was nearly complete, she wrote:

“Lana and Eric, Soon – as in fifteen minutes – my day of fasting and prayer will be over, so I wanted you to know how much it meant to me to carry you both in my heart and mind all day.  During the day and night, I remembered many moments of laughter and friendship, but I thought mostly about how you express your faith. It is inspiring, yes, but also challenging, because your faith makes me – and those who listen to me share about your work – question if we are doing as much, being as faithful. While I know comparison is not the answer, I can’t help but think that the Lord uses those moments to nudge me, and others, along. Lana, you are so dearly loved and I am in your debt for thousands – yes thousands – of little ways you have encouraged my faith. P.S. While praying about whether or not I should commit to doing the fast and prayer day, I went to check the dates so that my prayers could be added to others. I believed I saw 20-21. I was convinced, in fact, so I was shocked to read, this morning, that the prayer vigil is set for next week. So, it is my hope that the Lord directed me to this day for His purposes, but I will add my prayers to the others on the 27th as well. :)”

I am fully convinced that God directed her to pray for us that day, and I would love for you to join us in prayer, too, whether it’s on the the 27th and 28th, or at any other time when you receive this note.  I’m sure time zones and dates don’t mean nearly as much to an eternal God as they do to us here on earth!

But if you’d like to join us on this special day when hundreds of others will be praying, too, we’re starting as 7:00 a.m. Central Time (-6 GMT) on Monday, February 27th through 7:00 a.m. on the 28th.  You don’t have to go anywhere special to pray, just pray wherever you are.  And if you’d like to post your prayers on Lana’s blog, or read the prayers of others, you can do so anytime at lanaelder.com.

And at some point during your prayers, can I encourage you to “hit your knees,” by kneeling on the ground?  As one of our friends said who is organizing this special day of fasting and prayer:

“Hit your knees when you pray, because we want Satan to feel the earth tremble as we pray for Lana.”

I know I’ll be hitting my knees several times tomorrow, and I’d love for you to do the same.  If you need some words to pray for Lana throughout the day, here’s a Psalm I’ve been praying over her, line by line, for the past few days.  I pray it encourages you in making your own requests to God as well!

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May He send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May He remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
May He give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.

Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He answers him from His holy heaven
with the saving power of His right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
O LORD, save the king!
Answer us when we call!
(Psalm 20: 1-9)

Thanks again so much!  Your words and prayers are already glorifying God in ways that go beyond anything we could ask or imagine!

Will you pray with me?

Father, thank You for what you are already doing in this situation with Lana, both in the healing we believe is taking place in her body, and the glorifying of your name that is taking place around the world.  Let this day of prayer and fasting be a testimony to Your power, Your might, and Your victory over darkness, once and for all.  We pray for healing and more, that You would heal Lana’s body, completely and gloriously, and through it all, that Your name would be glorified in ways that go beyond anything we could ask or imagine.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Joshua 1:9 T-ShirtP.S.  Many of you have asked if there’s anything you can do for us during this time.  Your prayers mean the most to us, and have helped us already so much.  And while I’m extremely hesitant to say so, the gifts that some of you have been sending in to our ministry at this time have been extremely helpful and a tremendous blessing as well.  I don’t want to use this situation in any way that looks like I’m trying to raise funds for the work we’re doing here.  Yet I know that God has so much He wants to do in and through us and the financial pressure of running the ministry and dealing with all of this at the same time is sometimes almost more than I can bear.  I’m trusting in God every step of the way, but I must also confess that the gifts you’re sending are going a long way towards helping us personally right now, and practically as we continue to try to use this ministry to reach out to people in the name of Christ throughout the world.  Our same friend who has asked you to “hit your knees” in prayer has also donated some special T-Shirts she has made to remind you to pray for Lana.  The shirt has a verse printed on it from Joshua 1:9 that says: “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your GOD will be with you wherever you go.”  Our friend would be glad to send you one of these special T-Shirts anywhere in the world for a donation of any size to our ministry.  If you’d like to make a donation and get a T-Shirt as a reminder to pray for Lana and our family, just click the link below.  Your gifts really do make a difference, and our friend is glad to send you this gift as her way of saying thanks!
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Bone Biopsy Result

Well, the results are in. My bone biopsy confirms that the cancer in my bones seems to be similar to the cancer in my breast. So it most likely started in my breast and spread from there. It’s possible I may still need to do a lung biopsy to confirm that it is also the same breast cancer there and not a separate lung cancer. We will see. In other news, the biopsy report also had an indicator of the aggressiveness of my cancer. It’s called a Ki-67 factor. Apparently anything over 20% is considered aggressive. My Ki-67 factor was 70%! For some reason when I found out it made me laugh! (Now I know you are probably all concerned about my mental state right now. And maybe you should be!! I do tend to laugh in the face of adversity…or maybe just at inappropriate times.) The verse that came to mind was one that some dear friends gave me on Sunday from Psalm 112: 7-8…

 “He will have no fear of bad news; 
   his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 
His heart is secure, he will have no fear; 
   in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.” 

The biopsy report does seem rather bleak. But thankfully my God is powerful. He’s the Great Physician and His report supersedes any other! He already knows what’s going on and has everything under control. In the mean time, I am also trying to do my part nutritionally. I’ve adopted a plant-based, no-sugar diet with many supplements.  I’m still praying about what else God might want me to do next, and will talk to the doctors more next week.

I hope this latest report doesn’t scare you, but maybe encourages you all to keep praying fervently for my healing. And God will receive all the glory for healing me from such a seemingly dire situation. On that note- I am attending a healing service tomorrow morning @ 9:00 a.m. at Bethel as well as a special inner healing session tomorrow afternoon @ 4:30 p.m. I’m blessed to be able to be here and experience this.

Thank you again for your many prayers and encouraging notes. I reread them many times to encourage myself. May God bless you back in multiple ways!!!

With great love for all of you, Lana

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Feeling Refreshed

Dear friends, I am so overwhelmed by your prayers, gracious notes and words of encouragement.  I can understand what Paul said to Philemon in chapter 1, verse 7, which says, “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brothers (and sisters) have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”  My heart is refreshed and I am encouraged by all of your prayers.  There’s a verse in Revelation chapter 5, verse 8, that talks about the prayers of the saints being like bowls of incense.  I can just imagine with all of your prayers, that the heavenly army has been very busy bringing full bowls of incense to the throne of God.  Saying thank you just doesn’t seem like enough.  I want to tell you I am so encouraged.  I know you’re all praying and I believe your prayers are being answered.  I believe the lump in my breast is getting smaller.  Really.  Is that not amazing!  Our God is so good!  In Revelation it says that they will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.  I just want to testify that the lump is getting smaller.  I know that this has got to be a direct answer to the prayers you all are praying.  Please continue to pray that the lump disappears, as well as those in my lungs, liver and back.  Thank you again for interceding on my behalf.  My eyes well with tears many times as I read your notes.  I am deeply grateful.

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The Twilight Zone

Thanks so much for everyone’s prayers.  Eric and my family and I feel so loved and cared for.  Your prayers have helped more than you know.  I was supposed to have two procedures today, the first was going to be a biopsy of a tumor in my lung, but they decided to postpone that one till after my trip to Bethel College in California this week. My daughter Makari and I will be visiting a friend of ours and receiving some special prayers for healing as well as checking out the school for Makari for next year. This school emphasizes the ministry of healing and so we are looking forward to them praying for us on the 27th which is the day our friends have organized a day of prayer and fasting for us. We had planned this trip several weeks ago, and my doctor said it was fine for us to still go.  So, this morning when I asked the biopsy doctor when I could resume normal activities I was surprised to hear him say, “The only thing you can’t do is fly for two weeks.” (Because there is a chance my lungs might have collapsed during the flight.) Good thing to know!!! So thank you for praying and for (I believe)  prompting me to ask that question. They went ahead and did the bone biopsy today and we’ll have the results later in the week.  They want to be sure the bone cancer is related to the breast cancer, and not another kind. They gave me a “twilight sedative,” which kept me partially awake.  I felt a bit like everything going on was a little surreal, just like this whole experience!  I’m having some back pain tonight, but that’s to be expected after this procedure. And I actually can’t imagine having pain in my lungs at the same time as the pain in my back so I’m so thankful I only had one procedure done today! A friend gave us this verse yesterday that has helped.  It’s from Psalm 112:7-8:

“The righteous will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.  Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.” While we know we’re not righteous, through Christ’s forgiveness we’ve been made righteous.  So we’re trying not to fear, and praying that God will triumph in the end.  We can see how He is triumphing already in this situation through all of your prayers and stories and notes of encouragement.  So thank you again.  We love you.

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Latest Results

Thank you all for praying for me. Here’s my latest update. On Thursday Feb. 16th I had a full body bone scan and chest CT. The results came back that it looks like the cancer is already in my back bone, liver and lungs. This was devastating news to us and I honestly thought I might have a heart attack just thinking about it! Thankfully my heart settled down and I’m back on the road to full faith and belief that I will get through this. Thank you all for your prayers I do believe they helped me to get back on track quickly. I feel very healthy otherwise and am still surprised that this is going on inside my body. I am heading back to Northwestern Monday morning to have a lung biopsy and a back biopsy. They want to find out if these additional tumors in those areas are the same as the breast cancer. This will help to determine the course of treatment. It can take up to five days to get the results back so it may be awhile before I post again. Eric and I have been praying that God would reveal to us the truth about this situation and although we didn’t really want to hear this latest report we are very thankful to know more about what is going on. We are so thankful to have so many friends praying and your prayers mean the world to us right now. In fact, a wonderful friend of mine is organizing a 24 hour prayer vigil for me and my family. My husband and kids need the prayer covering as much as I do. It will begin on Monday, Feb. 27. at 7:00 am and continue until Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:00am. You can pray wherever you are. I definitely know your prayers are making a difference. In the book of James it says “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” I feel so incredibly blessed to have you all praying for me. Thank you again. (By the way, you can sign up to receive these posts by email from the link at the right.)

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Lana’s Health

Thanks so much for all your prayers and encouraging words for Lana and our whole family.  We really appreciate them so much…they’re keeping us going!  Lana asked me to post a message here on her blog that I wrote last Sunday (February 19th) for our other website (www.theranch.org) for those of you who may not have read it yet.  As odd as it may sound, I’ve re-read this message many times myself, as the words from God’s Word are so comforting to me!  Here’s the message…

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Lana’s Health
by Eric Elder
www.theranch.org

Dear Friends,

I normally use this space to write some words of encouragement to you, but this week I could use some encouragement myself.

A few weeks ago my wife and I received the surprising news that she has breast cancer.  Two days ago, we received the even more surprising news that it was not a Stage 1 breast cancer with one lump in her breast, but that it is actually a Stage 4 breast cancer, with multiple tumors that have already spread to her lungs, liver and spine.

If you know Lana, you know that she’s the picture of health…she’s at her ideal body weight, she eats well, she runs 2-3 miles every few days, and her blood work is perfect in every way.  She feels good and strong and healthy.  Other than the lump in her breast that we discovered in December, and some minor pain in her lower back that started soon after that, we wouldn’t have even thought to have her tested for anything that could possibly be going wrong inside her body.  Even when people do find lumps in their breasts, the majority of the time those lumps turn out to be harmless.  But not this time.

I’ve prayed with many people over the years with many types of cancer.  I’ve seen some people healed naturally, others supernaturally, and still others who haven’t been healed in the way that we had fervently hoped or prayed, including my own mother who died of breast cancer twenty-one years ago.  But even in those instances where God hasn’t healed people in the way that I had hoped, I have seen God use even those situations for good in the end.  As good and miraculous as healing is, I know that there is still more that Christ offers us than just the healing that we desire.  As the Apostle Paul says:

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men” (1 Corinthians 15:19).

I believe in healing.  I’ve seen people healed with my own eyes, and through my own prayers, numerous times.  God wants us to be healed and has wired our bodies to heal themselves as much as possible, whether it’s the coagulating of blood to heal a scrape on our skin, or the multiplication of white blood cells to fight off a raging infection.

But there’s also an enemy at work whose main goal, according to Jesus, seems to be to steal, kill, and destroy.  As Jesus said:

“The thief comes only to steal kill and destroy; …” (John 10:10a).

But Jesus didn’t leave it there.  He went on to say:

“… I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10b).

The healings and miracles of Jesus are so numerous that the pages of the Bible can’t even contain them all.  As the Apostle John said:

“Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written” (John 21:25).

And yet as miraculous and amazing and God-ordained as healing is, there are some things that are even more amazing… like forgiveness… and the peace that passes understanding… and eternal life.

When some men in the Bible brought their friend to Jesus to be healed, having pressed through the crowds and cutting a hole in the roof to get their friend to Jesus, Jesus said to the sick man,

“Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven” (Matthew 9:2b). 

The religious leaders were shocked that Jesus would make such a bold statement, knowing that only God Himself has the power to forgive sins.  But knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them:

“Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” Then He said to the paralytic, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” And the man got up and went home” (Matthew 9:5-7).

To Jesus, the forgiveness of sins seems to be just as miraculous, if not more so, than healing.  And considering what Jesus had to go through in order to forgive us of our sins, it seems like forgiveness is quite possibly the harder of the two.

When Jesus Himself was headed for the cross, way too young and way too innocent, rather than fighting His death, He submitted to the will of His Father in heaven, knowing that His Father’s plans were even more glorious than anything anyone could have imagined.  Yet Jesus still prayed that if there was any way possible, that His Father would take the cup of death away from Him so  that He wouldn’t have to drink it.  At the same time, He trusted His Father completely regardless of the outcome, saying

“…yet not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42b).

He sought for the peace of His Father above all else, and He encouraged His disciples to do the same:  As Jesus told His disciples,

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

And ultimately, what could compare to the promise of eternal life?  As Lana told a friend this weekend:

“For me, it’s a win-win situation.  Either I go to be with Jesus, or I get to stay here and be with Eric and my family.”

As Paul said,

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body” (Philippians 1:20-24). 

Jesus came to give us life to the full, both here on earth and in heaven forever.  This is the hope that we have in Christ, and this is the hope for which He gave up His life.

So with both of those hopes in mind, can I ask for your earnest prayers on our behalf?  We’re praying for healing and more, that God would heal Lana’s body completely and gloriously, and through it all, that God’s name would be glorified in ways that go beyond anything we could ask or imagine.  Thank you so much.

Will you pray with me?

Father, thank You for revealing to us this cancer that is at work within Lana’s body so that we can know what to do next.  Lord, we pray for healing and more, that You would heal her body completely and gloriously, and through it all, that Your name would be glorified in ways that go beyond anything we could ask or imagine.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Elder Family Picture

P.S.  Thanks so much for your prayers.  They mean the world to us.  Here’s one of Lana’s favorite pictures of our family. Lana is second from the right, and I’m second from the left. Some friends of ours are organizing a special day of prayer and fasting for Lana and me and our family.  If you’d like to join us in prayer, you don’t have to come anywhere, but simply pray for us throughout the day and night as you can.  This special day of prayer will start on Monday, February 27th at 7:00 a.m., through Tuesday, February 28th, at 7:00 a.m.  We’re in the Central time zone herein Illinois (GMT -6), but your prayers matter more to us than the time zone!  If you want to let us know you’ll be praying, you can post a note on Lana’s blog that she’s just set up to keep people updated on her situation.  I’ve included the link below.  Please also pray for her tomorrow (Monday, February 20th) for two more biopsies that she’ll be going through to test the tumors on her lung and back, that these biopsies will be helpful in determining what to do next and not harmful in any way.  Thanks again.  Here’s the link to Lana’s blog:
https://lanaelder.wordpress.com

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More tests

Thanks again for your prayers. I really feel encouraged by them. I’m heading to Chicago today for further testing to determine if the cancer has spread at all. Then I have an appointment with the doctor next week to go over the results. I appreciate your prayers!

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