Our family, friends, community, and complete strangers have been so gracious to give us constant words of encouragement. Whether the encouragement has come in the form of bible verses, quotes, or quick-witted statements, we want you to know that we appreciate and value them all equally. If you can bring a tear to our eye, a blush to our hearts, and a laugh to our gut, we are thankful. Eternally and humbly thankful.
~Team Mac Howard
“Holy God, I ask that your supernatural strength and comfort fall right now on Amanda and in the hospital room. I pray that you fold precious Mac up under the power and shelter of Your outstretched wings. Protect that little body and let no harm befall him. Prepare the surgeons, doctors and nurses to work perfectly with Your wisdom and precision. Please give them clarity and resolution quickly. Please prepare the way before Mac, guard him and wrap him in Your arms so that his only memory of today is spending the morning in sweet dreams with his Abba. Holy Spirit fall on Amanda and give her your endurance and strength to get through today. Help her take it a day at a time. God, we don’t understand the why but we trust Your love for Mac and your best for his life. Lord, we love you even when it hurts. Please have mercy on this family. In the healing and powerful name of our Savior King Jesus, Amen” ~Alison
“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve (Submitted by M.M.)
“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” C.S. Lewis (Submitted by Amy E. Smith – Gonzalez)
Bible Versus –
1 Corinthians 12:8-11 – For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. (Submitted by K.E.)
2 Corinthians 12:9 – And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (Submitted by Tabitha Rue)
2 Corinthians 13:14 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. (Submitted by Susan Allerheiligen)
2 Timothy 4:17 – But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength…(Submitted by A.W.)
Isaiah 40:11 – He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (Submitted by A.H. / MOPS)
Isaiah 41:10 -fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Submitted by B.J. & Alicia Cherry)
Isaiah 43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,nand the flame shall not consume you. (Submitted by H.B. / MOPS)
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Submitted by Alison & Ethan)
John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give peace to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. (Submitted by Alison & A.W.)
Luke 1:37 – For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Submitted by Rich, Kai-Lin, Connor, & Ethan McClintic)
Mark 11:22-24 – Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. (Submitted by K.E.)
Philippians 4:11-13 – Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Submitted by K.E.)
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Submitted by Becky Basalone)
Psalm 4:3 – Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.(Submitted by Susan Allerheiligen)
Psalm 20:1 – In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry. May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm. (Submitted by K.E.)
Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Submitted by Team Mac Howard Supporter)
Psalm 29:11 – The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. (Submitted by Susan Allerheiligen)
Psalm 62:5-6 – Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. (Submitted by Phyllis Rollan)
Psalm 77:1-14 – I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked: “Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again? Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?” Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. (Submitted by K.E.)
Psalm 91:1-2 – Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
Psalm 91:11-16 – For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Submitted by Alison)
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Submitted by Melinda Benkovsky)
Just Because –
“…true friendship is that a burden shared is a burden divided, a joy shared is a joy multiplied.” (Submitted by my daD / Mac’s papaw)
“The best place to be is in someone’s prayers.” (Submitted by Linda Leroux via Nygel Gilbert)
“Hang in there, friend. Sometimes, life is just shitty and there isn’t much you can do about it.” (Submitted by Debbie…a friend who can always make me laugh and has a keen sense of calling it a duck when it walks like a duck!)