Wednesday, January 21, 2009

thankfulness

Hi all. I'm over here with my dad and he wanted everyone to know that I (or my mom) read the blog comments to my dad and they make his heart happy. He cries the whole time...for happy :)
We are praying that he can get off some of the medications because they make him so drowsy. His pain is doing alright though...and he prefers drowsiness to pain. He only feels bad because he doesn't have much energy right now for calls, emails or visitors. I told him that you all love him and completely understand.
love,
The Lauers

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

YES WE DO! We do understand Kit, and we too cry for happy reading your entries on this blog. Enjoy the presence of your family around you, rest in the love of them and your 'other' family scattered across the world, and most of all, rest in HIM.

We know you will blog when you can...Until your next entry,

Praying without ceasing,
CW

Lyle & Gaylene go to Maui said...

Dear Kit,
I just want you to know how much you are loved out here on the cold prairie of Saskatchewan! We were blessed to serve at Haggai Institute for a couple of 6 month terms and Hope was our home away from home, you blessed us so many times with your words and encouragement. Thank you and we pray God's blessings on you and all your family... Lyle and Gaylene

Anonymous said...

Yes we love you all.

We are always everyday praying for you Kit and Shelly and your entire family.

We enjoy reading the blog. It gives us incredible hope and puts our hearts in a loving joyful place.

We are always here for you.
You have always held a special place in our hearts and your teachings have been worth more than you can ever imagine. Through your amazing journey you are still teaching us how to live on this Earth and bring Glory to God.

Thank you for blessing us.
Judy, Paul and Brian

michael, ciara and mikaela said...

Uncle Kit,
We are so stoked that you are surrounded by your most loved and treasured. We are praying for you always, and are so thankful that there is some comfort in the midst of your pain. We "cry for happy" that you are a part of our lives, and we get to be a part of yours. We cling to every word you encourage us with! love, and big, big hugs,
ciara, michael & mikaela

Anonymous said...

Your heart is pure.
Kit you practice what you preach. At least that is what I am reading. I am truly thankful to see that in my pastor. What a message of doing what is right, having a heart for God, or not doubting God's love, and God's will be done...through sufferring. You have preached so many messages from your hospital room. I read them in entirety. No one person can read this and not know that God changes a person, heals, and strengthens not just in body, but in spirit, and in your mind. God is with us always. Thank God for that.

Welcome home. I hope you are still home. As, I said before...Phillipians 1, Irish you felt better!
Love in Christ,
Tamara Johnson

Charlie and Doreen Barnhart said...

Kit,
Crying took on a whole new meaning since we met! I love to hear that you are "Crying for Happy."
I keep getting inquiries about how you are doing from friends and family that never met you but know you. You have affected so many lives.
It is a honor to be a part of your family...your church family. Our prayers for you do not and will not stop.
Rest well and enjoy every single minute of your loving family.
Love,
Doreen and Charlie

janna said...

Dear Sweet Kit,
The entire Lauer family is continually on our hearts to pray for day and night as you walk through this together. The Lord has pressed you deep on our hearts, and it is an effortless privilege to lift you up to Him throughout the day! "We wait in hope for the Lord, He is our help and our shield."
Love Always, Steve and Janna

Anonymous said...

We've rarely met a family that has been so steadfast in their Faith as your entire family has demonstrated.Each of you are being a powerful witness in your daily walk and struggles.We lift all of you up daily in prayer and continue to ask God to restore your health Kit and we ask Him to keep Dear Shelly,Maisha,Mike,and Shea strong and healthy..Sending you a heartfull of love,Joyce and Jesse

Doug Spencer said...

Hey Kit!

I flew into Maui this evening for a few days. In fact, I already bumped into Lucy Jim, as well as Pat and Kandi O'Brien. It reminds of how small Maui is.

Although I know you're not quite up to snuff just yet, I just wanted to let you know you I'm thinking of you while I'm here.

I thought you would enjoy what the Lord laid on my heart as I was in the middle of my 8 hour flight from Dallas today. We have crosses everywhere; in our churches, in our homes, on our Bibles, around our necks, etc. The Lord showed me today that instead of focusing on the cross, we should focus on the resurrection. Without the resurrection, the cross is meaningless, just one more guy crucified by the Romans.

Don't know how we'd do it, but I think instead of a cross we should go around with a representation of the empty tomb. The empty tomb represents our eternal life in Jesus Christ. Anyway, that was my word from the Lord at 35,000 feet today.

Kit, I bless you and your family for they have been a blessing to me. I bless you for being a lover of the truth in an age of deception. That is a rare thing in our world today.

We pray for the Lord's providence upon you as continue in this earthly battle.

Cathryn True Varlet said...

Hey, Kit, my friend...
I'm still here.
Just praying and letting you catch up with your family and rest at home.

It's almost 1 AM. I think this is the 7th "Watch" (IF there's 8 prayer watches in a 24 hr period, each 3 hrs, 24/7 model)

Anyway, haven't checked email in a week. Noticed I had 96!
HOPE you got the message Julian and I received your wonderful teaching set "Loving God With Your Mind" (on our anniversary! 5th!) How cool is that!

What an awesome network, between Shelly and Hope Chapel, she got that "puppy" sent out in NO time after our chat when you were in the hospital.

WHAT AN HONOR! Kit, we will TREASURE this and USE it to God's GLORY. You betcha!
Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!
We will think of it as an anniversary blessing from you!

Tomorrow's the Lighthouse again.
Every Thursday morning I look forward to the ladies in my home (10 - 1) Worship + Intercession: Touching and Praying the Father's Heart.

I hope you are feeling God's peace as you rest and know you are under His awesome wings!

One thought: I wish my husband Julian could have known you as the friend I have known you to be, your faithfulness, your kind and gentle spirit, not unlike his, your unrelenting, unswerving perseverence towards the Lord and fulfilling your call. Did I tell you the boat he and his brother Richard owned was called "The Persevere"?! (He's finally writing the book!)

Don't we have a great God! Oh, what a wonderful Savior, a kind and loving Father, all-merciful, all passionate in pursuing us, the Lover of our souls!

Well, my friend. Rest well these days. I haven't been led to call. Just thought I'd check the blog. The Lord is faithful in everything, including His timing!
REST IN HIM.
His ways are higher than ours.

Love to you and Shelly,
Hugs and prayers to Mikey, Maisha and also Buddy and Becky. Hope Buddy's OK since his accident.
I LOVE you Buddy!

Your sister in Christ,
Cathryn (True Varlet)

Cathryn True Varlet said...

Hey, Kit, my friend...
I'm still here.
Just praying and letting you catch up with your family and rest at home.

It's almost 1 AM. I think this is the 7th "Watch" (IF there's 8 prayer watches in a 24 hr period, each 3 hrs, 24/7 model)

Anyway, haven't checked email in a week. Noticed I had 96!
HOPE you got the message Julian and I received your wonderful teaching set "Loving God With Your Mind" (on our anniversary! 5th!) How cool is that!

What an awesome network, between Shelly and Hope Chapel, she got that "puppy" sent out in NO time after our chat when you were in the hospital.

WHAT AN HONOR! Kit, we will TREASURE this and USE it to God's GLORY. You betcha!
Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!
We will think of it as an anniversary blessing from you!

Tomorrow's the Lighthouse again.
Every Thursday morning I look forward to the ladies in my home (10 - 1) Worship + Intercession: Touching and Praying the Father's Heart.

I hope you are feeling God's peace as you rest and know you are under His awesome wings!

One thought: I wish my husband Julian could have known you as the friend I have known you to be, your faithfulness, your kind and gentle spirit, not unlike his, your unrelenting, unswerving perseverence towards the Lord and fulfilling your call. Did I tell you the boat he and his brother Richard owned was called "The Persevere"?! (He's finally writing the book!)

Don't we have a great God! Oh, what a wonderful Savior, a kind and loving Father, all-merciful, all passionate in pursuing us, the Lover of our souls!

Well, my friend. Rest well these days. I haven't been led to call. Just thought I'd check the blog. The Lord is faithful in everything, including His timing!
REST IN HIM.
His ways are higher than ours.

Love to you and Shelly,
Hugs and prayers to Mikey, Maisha and also Buddy and Becky. Hope Buddy's OK since his accident.
I LOVE you Buddy!

Your sister in Christ,
Cathryn (True Varlet)

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading what people say, and it makes me cry as well. Like all the others I smile at cry happy
I love that because I am big at that and would always say I am not sad just happy. I listened to another cd message while doing errands. They are so meaningful to me and I usually feel like you were talking to just me. How can all our lives be so intertwinded as I know your word touched many others the same. I have even started sharing the cds with others at our church here. They love your messages as well.
I am praying the medication can be decreased and you will find true rest for now. So happy that you are with all your family. Glad that you are eating better. Your faith is so rewarding to us.
Still with you each and every day is prayer.
Your friends in Christ
Nick and Sharon

Anonymous said...

Kit, The fruit of your labor has been good, very good. You should be proud for being a great husband, father , friend and minster to everyone.Always leading by example,even now in the face of your greatest challenge. Keep on! Love, Jimi

Anonymous said...

Kit and Lauer family.
We understand! Just focus on getting well and strong and your family.
I spent about 45 min with your mom, kit. She is doing just fine after her chemo this time, not feeling great but she is much better then I have seen her in the past! She loves to talk about you. :) Talking about you makes her smile. :)
The Hutchins and their church friends in Greenville Texas are still praying for you!
We love you all.
Sarah

Anonymous said...

HI all you Lauers

As we experience together the bittersweetness of pain that draws us in to intimacy with one another and to God, I invite you to celebrate with me some more cry for happy.

My nephew who has struggled so went to his high school youth group snow camp last weekend. the pain: he broke his wrist snowboarding. the happy: he rededicated his heart to the Lord, and his girl friend invited Jesus in!!!!

Rest well Kit, it is your time to "be still, and know that He is God..." and soak up all the love.

missing you

nancy

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that you cross my thoughts everyday.

Linda (and the Hoover family) on the Big Island

Anonymous said...

Dear Kit and Family,

Of course we love you and understand!! You have given soooo much of yourself, it is now our time to give a little back. Rest well in the arms of Christ and be confident that you and your entire family are in everyones prayers!!!

Keeping the Faith,
Susan Chris and Nathan

Anonymous said...

uncle kit,
just letting you know that i been praying for you and your family every morning i wake up...your Strength and wisdom has inspired me to pray more often and become much closer to god. I know you are a very strong man and i believe in my heart that you will be healed by the glory of jesus. I love you guys, i love your smile, i love the happy and optimistic attitude your family always carries in their hearts, i love your greatfulness, i love your heart, and i love the love you share with the world. i will be wrestling my hardest for you and mikey up here in the mainland and i will do my best to bring the gold home for you all. love you guys, take it easy and god bless!

"Fear not, for i am with you; Be not dismayed, for i am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes i will help you, I will uphold you with y righteous right hand."
-ISAIAH 41:10-

with faith and love,
Bulla Tuzon

Kathie said...

Dear Kit, Shelly, Maisha, Mikey, and Shae- I'm so happy that you are all together now and can support and enjoy each other. I am also thankful that Kit's meds are helping to ease the pain.
I continue to pray that Kit regains more and more strength each passing day.
I love you all so much!
Your Poop

Anonymous said...

Hi Kit and the Lauer Family:
We are still praying for God's miracle healing and we love you so very much. It was so good to get to visit with you and Shelly in Oahu. It was a very special time that we will remember always.
Love and prayers.
The Zautner Ohana

Anonymous said...

Kit should know how much of an inspiration he is to all of us. To have been so strong and to be there for all of us all the time. Words can not express the strength he has given me through tough times.

Thanks you Kit. We will see you soon.

In our prayers and thoughts

Michael,Christine amd family

Patty Thibaut said...

Hello Kit,
Buz and I are so glad you are surrounded by your family. We continue to pray for you everyday and we want you to know we miss you so much.
All our love,
Patty & Buz

Anonymous said...

hello the lauers :)
you continue to be on our hearts and we are just so happy too that you are together. well done mikey.
may God's peace and Spirit be felt among you constantly. in the laughter and in the quiet. please Father, give all the lauers a sweet nights rest tonight. if they wake, may the sense of Your presence be unmistakable and it bring a smile. God of all comfort, we praise You together!!!
loving Him with you kit and shelly,
carrie

Claire said...

Praying for you this evening, for more strength and comfort.
So many people I meet ask me about how is KIT doing (and they are not from Hope Chapel)?
You are keeping us on our knees and it's a good place for us to be.
I send love and hugs to the whole family. Lord, please lift up the Lauers.
Claire

Charlie and Doreen Barnhart said...

Dear Kit,

Just wanted to let you know that you were in our (and many others) hearts during the Hope Chapel Teaching today. Craig did a really good job of describing the "intellectual or scientific" proof defending God's existence. He told us that this is a lesson that you would normally give. He shared that he "consulted" with you to get the message across. We noticed when he added his own little "spin" to the message when he touched on big bang, photons, and neutrons; he added a couple more----croutons and futons. Nevertheless, we got it. We were so profoundly reminded of you and reminded of how much we miss you. We love you Kit, we love your family and we pray for you every single day.
Love,
Doreen and Charlie Barnhart

Anonymous said...

We are so glad you all are getting to spend time with one another. Love you all, The Malone's

Anonymous said...

kit and shelly...
i think of you and pray for you many times throughout each and every day...my heart is with you and i am hugging you both right now...do you feel it?...big bear hugs...i mean bonjo hugs.

know i am near...know i am there if you need me...know i love you always...
blessings,
bonjo

Anonymous said...

Aloha Pastor Kit,

I just wanted to take the time out to share with you how you have been a blessing to me and my family. About 15 years ago after a series of dissapointments I left my (Christian) church in search for a something that stimulated me intellectually and not just emotionally. I studied Buddism, Hinduism and finally settled on Christian Mystism. For me it was the best of both worlds. Until I found myself depressed and void of any accountability. As you know in faiths such as these there is no such thing as sin. So, in this delusion I continued in my flesh until I made such a mess of my life that I was forced to me knees. It's taken some time to find my way out of the web of lies and even longer to find a church that could answer the many scientific and philisophical questions that always left me wanting more. One day a friend invited me to sign up for your apologetics class (most recent) and though my travels prevented me from finishing the course I new immediatly that a prayer had been answered. For the first time I found someone who could help rectify my christian faith with science. I started to attend the Friday night service’s and have been attending ever since. I’ve renewed my commitment to the Lord and have found a peace and inspiration in my relationship with the Lord that I always new existed but seemed to ellude me. Your class tapes have found a permanent home in my car stereo, driving to and from work has never been so enjoyable.
One year ago my Aunt was diagnosed with lung cancer and after months of chemo it had spread to her brain and she was given 2 weeks to live. While driving to the hospital and listening to your message God spoke to me and I knew that I was being led to share the gospel with her. I’ve never had a problem sharing my faith with friends, family or strangers but the urgency you feel with someone on their death bed was new and unnerving to me. All my life I’ve never known her to be a spiritually minded person. She was a stoic women and not inclined to any outward show of emotions. I have to be honest, as much as I loved her I did not want to be the one to approach the subject with her. I was overwhelmed with a fear of rejection and did not know how to approach her in a way that was sensitive to her situation. So, I said a silent prayer went up to her bed and said; “Aunty do you want to know how much Jesus loves you”. Her response was immediate and pressing almost desperate, as if she’d been waiting forever for me to ask. We talked, prayed and before I left she received Christ. For the first time I witnessed her fragility as she cried and whispered in my ear that ‘she felt Jesus love and heard angles singing’. It was a beautiful and genuine experience and when she was laid to rest 20 days later ( 1week ago) it was with joy and peace knowing for certain that I would see her again.
So, in closing I want to thank you for being obedient to the call of christ on your life. You have taught me through your stories and your learned wisdom the value of surrendering to that still small voice and the gift of unconditional love. You have been a blessing and an answered prayer to me and instrumental in securing my Aunties place in Heaven and for that I will be forever thankful. I check your blog daily and am standing in constant and fervent prayer for you and your family.

Love and Godspeed,
Natasha

Mike Leonard said...

Hi Kit & Shelly,

I was reading in Romans 8 this morning and wanted to share a few verses that spoke to me. Romans 8:14-16 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out 'Abba, Father'. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God." You guys are in our thoughts and prayers each day.

Love you

Mike and Susan

Anonymous said...

Hi Kit,

I'm just writing to say how much I love you and have been thinking of you. I also wanted you to know that I've been praying for you and your family.

I saw Paco on Kauai last week and he continues to send his love and prayers, (I know he talked to Shelly last week and he was so glad to speak with her).

Your faith and strength continue to be an inspiration to me; it is Christ's love and strength that I see in you. You mean so much to me and I want you to know that the ways that God has used you to shape my life, my ministry, and my relationships with Him and others will always remain an indelible stamp on my heart.

Your friend and brother,
Steve MacDonald

Kim Insley Morrell said...

Love you all, you are never far from my thoughts!

Kim

Mele said...

Hi Kit,

Just checking in to let you know that every day we are thinking of you and praying for you:)

Loving you,

The Stricklands

Anonymous said...

Hi Kit,

I just want you to know that I think you are AMAZING. I've never met you before but I think of you often. You have encouraged me in so many ways and inspired me with your words and your strength. I tell so many people about you and ask them to pray for you. The light of Jesus shines so brightly through you. I will keep praying.

Renee

Denise Claydon said...

Aloha and the Lord of heaven's blessing's be upon you Kit:
We are so glad God's power and might are sustaining you. Isn't it peaceful to just let go. I've been meditating on a scripture that's made me so in awe of His love for us. "How precious also are your thoughts to me...Oh God...How vast is the sum of them? If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand- Psalm 139 17-18
Just the fact that he thinks of each of us is enough but that he cares about our thoughts and they outnumber the sand and that he does this for all HIS children at one time is astounding. Kit, my question is where are your thoughts? As I read someone's comment to your blog about the resurrection power of Jesus I ask you to embrace this with all you have and know we too are praying for this to be with you. This will build your energy. Have your family remind you often. Being still is the best place you can be this is when HE can really do for you.
Was wondering if you started back on the BarleyMax or some kind of greens. This will restore your energy just like it does for all the wild animals in God's creation. I'm putting an order in if you need any.
I'm looking forward and expecting God to heal you selfishly so I can attend your Apologetics class. It's the only one I haven't attended.
I am looking past the finish line seeing you in complete wellness here on Earth happy, healthy, with grandchildren, and a lot more people you are going to touch through God's Holy Spirit. Hold your mind captive to the desires of your heart.
Much HIS Tender Love and Aloha to you and your precious family,
Denise Claydon