Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Prayers

Thought you might be interested...
From the day I got the beeper (last Tuesday) to Saturday I had 95,000+ people who prayed and then called the beeper.

From Saturday to today I have had 81,000+ people who have prayed and then called the beeper.

It is attached to me and is a visible reminder of the prayers that are being lifted up for our family. I can not tell you how many times I have almost "lost" it and the beeper goes off reminding me that my strength is in the Lord and I can make it through this.

Does prayer help? I am convinced that without the prayers of the saints I would not have been as strong on Saturday. I am convinced that without the prayers of the saints I would not have been able to get through the funeral home paperwork without shedding a tear.

But, don't get me wrong. I cry an awful lot right now. I just got done crying over my 2 1/2 year old not being able to grow up knowing her daddy. I ache in my heart when I think of my husband's body laying in the morgue. I cry out to God and ask Him to please bring Eric back to me. I am weak, He is strong.

So, please keep praying. I know the power of prayer and rely on it heavily right now. Oh, and it has been such a sweet blessing to read all of your comments....and some coming from long lost friends!
~Lazyd

27 comments:

BelovedPeace said...

(By Thom­as A. Dor­sey).

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light:

Refrain

Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.

When the darkness appears
And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river I stand,
Guide my feet, hold my hand:

Refrain

tenthstreetplace said...

I continue to pray for your family every day.
-Yvette

Sue said...

Heather,
Although we couldn't stay long, Wayne and I were truly blessed to be able to attend Eric's memorial service this past Saturday. Listening to all the memories friends and family shared, I came away with the impression that Eric was very much like my father, only even better. Your children have been blessed to have a daddy like that, and I can understand your sorrow that Gabrielle will not have the privilege of knowing her daddy. My father shaped my concept of a loving God … I wish every child could experience the unconditional love from a human father that so easily translates into a Heavenly Father’s love! Having lost my father very suddenly a number of years ago, I can say with confidence that the Lord will supply what you need WHEN you need it. My entire family assumed I would become a basket case when my father passed away, but through the grace of Christ and Christ alone, this was not the case. On the contrary, although I was incredibly sad, I also experienced the joy that comes from knowing your loved one is in no more pain, and will never experience pain again. Sorrow and joy seem to be polar opposites, but in the hands of our God, they mix together quite nicely. Praise Him!
Through my father’s death and my brother’s suicide five years ago, I have come to realize that the first week or so is not the hardest … it is when things settle back down that life gets really tough. I remember thinking that it was so odd that everyone went back to work, the sun came up, etc. It just felt like the world should have stopped in its tracks. It simply felt wrong that life just continued. I have shared this with a couple of other people, and it seems to be a pretty normal response.
I appreciate your willingness to share with all of us who are reading your blog. Thank you for continuing to bare your heart. The Lord is working through you, even in the midst of your tremendous pain. We love you and will continue to pray for you and your children.
Sue Rasmussen and family

kristi said...

Continuing to pray and page you. We'll lift you up daily. We love you.

DeniseinSC said...

Trust him...do not tire, do not faint...you and your children are being prayed for. Know that a family in SC love you, have learned from you, and feel that Eric has touched our lives and has taught us as well. We talk of you and pray for you more than once daily. My children have been pryaing, and ask about you to see if you've updated. You are being used of God to touch so many of us around the world.

Love, Denise H. in SC

Christy said...

I don't know you and you don't know me but I'm praying for you guys. I just lost my mom in December - she left behind 11 kids ages 27-3. I don't know the words to say except that God is good - just keep trusting Him.

cindy said...

Heather ,
You continue to be in my prayers.Your updates are so appreciated. My heart aches for you.Praying God will give you strength, peace, and joy in the midst of your pain. Cindy in West Texas

homeskoolmom5883 said...

Dearest,
I know that pager could go off more often than even those phenominal numbers, our church and others we know are praying for you that don't have the prayer pager number, I think you could probably double that number and not even realize all the prayers that are being lifted on behalf of the Davis family.
You are never far from our thoughts, even my littles pray for you at every meal and then some.

Eric left a strong, strong legacy. His life will impact "G" through the stories you, the children, friends, and family will tell of his faith in Christ that he lived out daily. I imagine Eric will be honored in the "city gates" for many, many years and generations to come. Personally, I know my "T" will know of the man who told us about her so she could live in America and be our daughter.

God bless you dear sister! Oh Dear Father, continue to give Heather you peace. Comfort her and the children. Be a husband to her and a Father to her children. Father we don't understand why you would take away a man like Eric so early in his earthly life, but we trust you in your Sovereign Will. Lord continue to surround the Davis's with your people that will support them and lift them up...especially in a few weeks when the newness of Eric's loss is gone. When that prayer pager isn't going off as often. When life continues for the rest of us, but will never be the same in that CA home again.
Father thank you for the life that you gave Eric on this earth, for the legacy he leaves even to those of us that never met, him in this life, but look forward to meeting him in the Heavenly realm.
Your Name be praised, Amen!

We love you dear Heather,
Christine

Alesha said...

Prayers for you and your children continuing from here in Florida.

I just keep crying out to my God to have mercy on you.

I know He will be faithful to you all.

Alesha
(Cheryl's bloggy friend)

Valerie said...

Heather,

Everytime I read this blog I want to say, "you truly are amazing!" Then I know what you will say, "No, it's not me but God that is amazing." He is and I am so thankful for Him and all He is and will continue to do.

I loved what someone said in a previous days comment about going through the suffering. As I've told you I so wish I could take this all away for you as I love you and so hurt for you. It seems a bit odd to me in that I too miss Eric but beyond that I so feel your pain. I find myself in many daily things that I am doing thinking, "this won't be that way for Heather" and then the tears come. Yet as the comment so perfectly "embrace the suffering and you will discover you are embracing Him". Wow!

I am so proud of you being so open and vulnerable because I know at times it would be easier to just crawl up in bed and not share with others where you are at. Yet, as you said Eric would have wanted you to allow the body of Christ to share in your suffering and that is what is all about. Not hiding in our houses when the storms of life come.

I love you friend and still think you are pretty amazing! :-)

-Valerie

Janet said...

Dear Heather,

You don't know me but I have been reading your blog and have been praying for you daily and often. I am so sorry for your loss.

I lost both of my parents when I was 7. God's grace and mercy has carried me for 35 years. God will be the Father to your beautiful and precious children. He will love them and care for them beyond your wildest dreams.

I will continue to pray.

Love,
Janet

motherofblessings said...

May the Lord continue to comfort you. Grieving is a very personal thing. There is no "right" way. I pray that the Lord has put people around you who respect that.

Your display of faith, through your blog, shines with the light of God's love.

TnFullQuiver said...

Heather,
I still to date haven't called your prayer beeper, but I can't count the amount of times I have been praying for you and your children. You are on my heart so much and everytime I think of you I cry out to the Lord on your behalf. I just wish I knew you...I would love to bring a meal to you...fellowship with your children...hug your neck, and cry with you. I would love to hear your stories and laugh with you when the time is right. However, God saw fit to have me here in East Tennessee so I just want you to know that your prayer pager counter isn't exactly right...because we are still praying for you here in Tennessee!
grace and peace,
julie

monica said...

Heather you do not know me personally but I am a sister in Christ. I am so very sorry to hear about your loss and will be praying for you and your family. I will pray that God will give you peace and strength to get up and do your everyday life and to be able to take care of your family and also that you will be surrounded by support. Know that when you are feeling weak and can't stop crying that God is sitting there holding you He will never leave you.

Psalm 136
1 Peter 1:24-25
Psalm 5:1-4
Psalm 9:9-10

Love in Christ

As One Voice said...

Heather ~

Your loss, your honesty, your pain, and your faith as you cling to Christ through it all have touched our family deeply. We are continuing in daily (often hourly) prayer for you all as you find comfort in the precious Shepherd's tender, constant care.

In the love of Christ - Diana Ortega

All 8 of Us said...

heather,
I am continuing to pray for you and your precious family. I have only called the pager once but pray for you often throughout the day. It truly is a beautiful thing to see the body of Christ lifting you and your family up during this difficult time.
And I so agree with the one comment about grieving...how it feels abnormal for life to go 'as normal'...I so remember that after the death of my own Dad.
May the Lord continue to uphold you by His righteous right hand as those waves of grief seem to come at the most inopportune times...praying He will comfort you and your children!
Blessings,Kathi

The Herd said...

Heather,
My name is Karen and my heart is breaking and praying for you and your family as I keep updated on your blog. I am a friend of Ginger Clark, who knows you through Liberian adoptions.
I am praying for you (in Texas)and your sleep and those weeping times that come unexpectedly.
Loss is painful and deep, but God is deeper and His love for you and your family is sooo much deeper than we can imagine.
Keep going and know that when you are weak--He is strong, but also your friends/family can stand for you when you are too weak to stand.
Love from your family in Christ in Texas,
Karen

Beth said...

Heather,

Your strength is amazing! I wanted to let you know that I have been lifting you and your kids up daily since Eric went home to be with the Lord. I am praying that you will feel the hand of God over you and your family and Him wrapping His loving arms around you guys.

Your sister in Christ~Beth in IL

Texas Blessed said...

We are praying for you again tonight, Heather. It especially touched me to think of your sorrow in the nightime as you lay down to sleep. Tonight, dear Heavenly Father, would you grant Heather the most amazing sense of your love to her, your everlasting arms surrounding her with your peace. May she feel your comfort and fresh senses of your mercies. The Lord bless you and your family, Heather! ~The Ervin Family in Tx

Edith said...

Still keeping you in my prayers as I think of you - and check often for updates.

Angela said...

I weep with you, my heart breaks for you! I recently lost my mom-in law(jan) suddenly. I'm not trying to compare mine with yours at all, I know its not near the same. All I want to say is its the first time I have lost someone I have such a deep love for and I miss her so so much. Some days it feels like I can't take a breath, the pain is so great. I know nothing brings comfort except the Lord and prayers. I am praying for you. I recently told someone I really never understood grief until now, you think you can imagine it but you really can't until you experience it. We know Heaven is wonderful and when our loved ones are there, thats incredibly great but for us left it can feel unbearable. I'm writing all this to just say you have sisters out there you don't know who are lifting you up and are crying with you. I had some girlfriends who just stood in my livingroom and wept with me, ones who didn't know my loved one but loved me so much. Thats love and I'm blessed to have it. Praying for you.

Angela

jennifer said...

Heather, I pray for your family many times a day, but don't often make it to the pager (I'm also not sure if I'm doing it right!), but please know that you are being lifted before the throne of grace by many.

Love in Christ,
Jennifer Bogart

S & C & C's Gram said...

Still praying for you here...

We'd like to come visit after our cold flus are gone.

Lisa said...

Know that those numbers are probably double! I pray for you through out the day. My children and I have included you and your family in our NightNight prayers. I have told my family and friends to also pray for you. And I know that we have not called your pager. Everytime you cross my mind I say a prayer for you. May God continue to give you strength.

Tim said...

We are praying for you all of the time, especially my wife. God knows your sorrow. He's felt the deep pain of losing his son. We can't imagine your hurt but He can. He knows and shares your deep sorrow.

Give your kids a big hug for us.

Rebecca said...

Heather,

Even though I haven't been able to call your pager, you have been in my prayers multiple times every day. And, since our day-time is your night time, you can take comfort in the thought that you are being prayed for around the clock.

love, Rebecca

Michelle said...

w to use the pager, but please know that even though I have never met you, I am heartbroken, crying and praying for you.

Cling to Jesus with all of your might.

God Bless you always,
Michelle