Somebody go get Jesus for me

Sunset over Tuckaway FarmSomebody go and get Jesus. Those words are from the Feb. 8 morning sermon at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Hayesville, N.C. I wasn’t in attendance, but a friend sent me the link so I could listen in. The message couldn’t have been more timely. Here’s the part that cut me to the core:

He knows what you don’t. When you think you have everything figured out, you don’t. Because He has it all under control. When you feel like your world is getting ready to be destroyed, He’s holding it together. When someone is sick … somebody go get Jesus.

Lazarus was sick. In John 11 we see that word sick four times to let us know the severity of his condition. They knew who to send for, though, didn’t they? What about those times when somebody is sick in your home or in your family, and you needed God to show up — what did you do? You got on the phone or text message and you put in prayer requests. Why? Because you needed SOMEBODY to go get Jesus for you.

And isn’t it odd that sometimes when we need the Lord to show up it’s hard for us to be able get to him — because we have so many emotions swelling up in us. We can’t control the situation and it’s hard to get focused in on our prayers … so we begin to call on other people we know who love the Lord and believe in the healing hand of God. And all of a sudden prayers begin to go shooting into the Holy of holies of Glory and then God moves his hand

That preacher, he just described what is happening here at Tuckaway Farm. Someone in my family is sick and I am helpless to control the situation. I can study up and scour the Internet. I can watch videos and read articles and peruse photos. And in the end there’s not a single thing I can do but go get Jesus. Except, yeah — like the pastor said — sometimes it’s hard to focus. Oh, I’m praying all right, but I feel weak and inconsequential. And I know there’s only one thing to do: take the step that seems really hard — at least to me. I have to ask …

Somebody go get Jesus for me my husband. 

I’m asking you. When you talk to God, when you’re praying or praising or worshiping in your way, please mention my husband. You can call him Farmguy — I’m sure God will know who you mean — but his name is Ryan.

Fly-fishing in Yellowstone National ParkHe has stage two malignant melanoma. Surgery is scheduled and we’ll know more after that. It’s a journey neither of us ever considered. Heart troubles? Yeah, we’ve been through that already. Cancer? Shocker — though I realize how naive that seems. So. We’re praying and loving and humbly asking that you might consider calling out to Jesus on his behalf.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. ~ Romans 8:26

May God bless you and your loved ones. And please, please,  slather on the sunscreen.

Don’t worship the sun. Worship the Son.

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40 Comments

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    Sally February 11, 2015 (7:26 pm)

    Praying for Ryan, you, and the whole family.

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      Jennifer Kiko February 11, 2015 (8:24 pm)

      Thanks, Sally. We appreciate it!

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    Nanny February 11, 2015 (8:02 pm)

    SO right we are NOT in control but we do know who is! I will praise HIM!

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    Deanne February 11, 2015 (8:21 pm)

    We are thinking of you and praying for you! Let us know if there is anything you need. x

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    Cassandra Nicholas February 11, 2015 (8:37 pm)

    Praying for your whole family and for healing and restoration for your husband. Bless you. What a beautiful post. My heart breaks reading your emotion, and I will be an extra messenger to plead for your husband’s health.

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      Jennifer Kiko February 11, 2015 (9:12 pm)

      Thank you so much for your prayers!

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    Taryn February 11, 2015 (11:24 pm)

    He is already there…He loves us far more than we could ever imagine. He will give you peace in the midst of the biggest of storms. When we are weak He is strong. He knows our every thought, our every need, and He hears us when we call. I’m crying out to Him for you all! I love you all so much!

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    crafty_cristy February 12, 2015 (8:19 am)

    God is the Healer! I am praying for you guys.

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      Jennifer Kiko February 13, 2015 (8:56 am)

      Thanks, Cristy. He is indeed!

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    Nicole Steiner February 12, 2015 (8:32 am)

    Praying for you and your family!!!

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    Robyn February 12, 2015 (9:20 am)

    Sending up prayers for Farmguy and your family, Jennifer! To be completely honest, I frequently thank God for my blog friends and acquaintances and name them off, you are on my prayer list. Will keep you there for health, safety, well being and spiritual growth.

    Thank You for sharing your words of courage and helping us realize we all need to ask for extra prayers sometime in our lives.

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      Jennifer Kiko February 13, 2015 (8:55 am)

      Yes, Robyn. Thank you so very much! “We’re all just walking each other home!”

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    tracy b February 12, 2015 (9:46 am)

    Your family has been added to my prayer list.

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      Jennifer Kiko February 13, 2015 (8:55 am)

      Thank you Tracy, we appreciate it!

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    Diane DiDonato February 12, 2015 (10:02 am)

    Sending up prayers for you both! There is power in prayer and you have done exactly the right thing by calling on all your friends & family to be Ryan’s prayer warriors. I pray for our Heavenly Father’s healing touch on Ryan’s body & for His grace & strength for you both!

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    Teara Buren February 12, 2015 (10:29 am)

    Loving and praying for all of you and your health care providers. God still grants miracles! My husband and I are examples of His love and grace! “Trust in the Lord forever . . . The Lord himself is the rock eternal. Isaiah 26:4

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      Jennifer Kiko February 13, 2015 (8:54 am)

      Absolutely, Teara. Thank you so much. Blessings!

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    Sherry February 12, 2015 (10:41 am)

    Praying for you! Well said Jennifer during this time! When we don’t know what to say, just say His name!

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    Susanne February 12, 2015 (10:50 am)

    Oh my goodness sweetness – – I am so sorry to read this. It would be an honor to pray for you and your family.

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      Jennifer Kiko February 13, 2015 (8:53 am)

      We are honored, Susanne. Thank you so much!

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    Melanie February 12, 2015 (12:13 pm)

    You have a beautiful way with words; praying for healing, strength, comfort & wisdom during this difficult time!

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      Jennifer Kiko February 13, 2015 (8:52 am)

      Thanks so much, Melanie!

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    Jayme, The Coop Keeper February 12, 2015 (5:17 pm)

    Jennifer! Praying right now, and will continue to pray, and put him on the prayer list at church….xoxox

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      Jennifer Kiko February 13, 2015 (8:51 am)

      Thank you so much, Jayme! Blessings to you 🙂

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    Barb February 12, 2015 (6:02 pm)

    Surrounding you in prayer – we too know the healing touch of the Lord and have recently experienced the love and prayers of prayer warriors. God has shown in hand in several ways over just the last week. I’ve no doubt that he is lifting you up each and every moment. I’m not sure why we think we need to always be strong, because it certainly is evident that he needs us to lean on him, his love, his strength and his healing touch. Blessings and prayers abound.

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      Jennifer Kiko February 13, 2015 (8:51 am)

      Amen to every word, Barb. Thanks!

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    Chris Rumfelt February 13, 2015 (2:07 am)

    We are praying for your family and healing for your husband Ryan. I am going to get Jesus!

    Blessed,
    Pastor Chris Rumfelt

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      Jennifer Kiko February 13, 2015 (8:51 am)

      Thank you. That message was just what we needed!

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    Scott McDaniel February 13, 2015 (7:48 am)

    Going to get Jesus! Praying for you and your family.

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      Jennifer Kiko February 13, 2015 (8:49 am)

      Thank you so much, Scott!

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    Denise Satterfield February 13, 2015 (8:28 am)

    In the Name above all names we ask for a supernatural move of your Heart for a created miracle, that the Doctors involved KNOW this touch was done and completed by the Hand of Almighty God. We bless this family from the tops of their head to the tips of their toes, we pray and bind the pain in their hearts and loose it to you, asking you to fill each one with the joy of the Lord. In the Holy Name of Jesus, the Savior to the world. AMEN.

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    Gail Lynn February 13, 2015 (8:38 am)

    Please note that Ryan and his family have been added to my special intention list of nightly prayers.

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    Nancy February 13, 2015 (9:42 am)

    Praying for the whole family! (I’ll get my sisters on this too; they’re prayer warriors!) Hold tight.

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    Georgia peach February 16, 2015 (10:51 am)

    Praying for you all right now. Praying that the doctors are wise and the surgery goes by easily with a great outcome. Praying that you all will be strong in this time. Praying that you will have a peace that passes all understanding. Love you all.