Testing, Testing…Is This Thing On?

I am truly overwhelmed by all the emails, telephone calls and text messages my entire family is receiving at this point!  Thoughts of well wishes and prayers are exactly what we need right now and I have never felt such a distinct peace in my entire life!  So thank you!!!  Today, I am going for more testing to see if the cancer has spread anywhere else.  My sister and sister-in-law have both graciously offered to accompany me for my long afternoon of poking and prodding!  Next week on the 10th, I will meet with the Oncologist to come up with the treatment plan.  I have already been told that the next step will be surgery.  My biggest prayer right now is that the surgery will be completed before March 1st, so if you are reading and are inclined, I would appreciate your continued prayer in this area… 

While talking with my mom last night, she told me, “I had this picture today of God being bombarded with all of these prayers for you, nationwide, and God saying, ‘Okay!  I got it!  Kelli Rickard!'”  We laughed and it made me think about all the times I have questioned God’s timing and whether or not He was really listening to me.  I imagined the poor chap in the dimly lit comedy club on amateur night, picking up the microphone, tapping it twice to see if it was working, only to irritate the 4 other club attendees with the loud, screeching feedback. 

But isn’t that how most of us test God?  We give him a couple of chances to show up in a loud screech and if there is no automatic response, we put down our faith and walk away?  I know I am guilty of this behavior, and I have decided that if this tumor is present on my tongue merely to provide me with a consistent reminder of how amazing and how consistent the Lord has been in my life, then I will walk through this journey and I will praise God…no matter what the outcome!  This is not the first challenge I have encountered in my life, challenges that nearly brought me to the end, but as so many have encouraged, I will continue to fight through this one and I will give God all of the recognition for what happens!

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heather Morton
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 18:26:00

    You truly are an amazing woman Kelli Rickard!! Your faith inspires me!! Love you girl!!

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  2. Heidi
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 20:25:32

    You are amazing…rock on, girlfriend!

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  3. Sandra Gomez
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 20:50:57

    thinking good thoughts and saying prayers for you sprite! we miss you something awesome! 🙂

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  4. Mr. H
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 23:00:57

    MUCHO LOVE YOUNG LADY!

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  5. Renee Garcia
    Feb 05, 2010 @ 03:15:31

    Will definitely be praying that surgery is DONE before March 1st. Thanks for letting us know how to pray. That really helps! Love you!

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  6. Kathy
    Feb 05, 2010 @ 19:28:19

    Dear Lord,

    You know Kelli much better than I do. You know her sickness and the burden she carries. You also know her heart. I ask you to be with Kelli right now, working in her life. Let your will be done and may the hands, minds and hearts of the doctors, nurses and all who come in contact with Kelli be guided with wisdom and skill.

    Lord, I pray for Kelli because your Word says I should pray for her healing. I believe you hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that it is powerful because of your promise as the Ultimate Healer. I have faith in you to heal her and trust in the plan you have for her life. Lord, I don’t always understand your ways, and why she has to suffer, but I trust You.

    I ask that you look with mercy and grace toward Kelli and her family, nourish her spirit and soul in this time of suffering and comfort her with your presence. Let Kelli know you are there with her through this difficulty. I pray for your perfect peace that passes understanding surround Kelli and her loved ones at this time and may you be glorified in her life and also in mine.

    In Jesus Name,
    Kathy

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  7. Paula Vossler
    Feb 06, 2010 @ 03:03:33

    Kelly,

    I wanted to let you know, that my prayers are with you. It’s amazing the tragedies we can endure and still lift up our heads and praise our God. His strength will be your strength. You will endure.
    I love you
    Paula

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  8. Jaime
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 21:23:08

    Kelli you attitude through this whole thing is incredible and a real testament to God at work in you! I plan to keep pounding on God’s door on your behalf though I am certain He has heard and knows. Love you girl!

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