God hears

hope quote
Laura J Dake photography

I read her words, how she is twisted and torn from the inside right out. Most of the time it’s only one word or a few. Enough to let her friends know her heart.

Her brother has cancer. The diagnosis came when he sought answers to a back injury. He was already stage 4. Their world stopped for that moment in time. No air to breathe as their breaths caught and hung for what seemed forever.

Laura

She told me last fall, this woman I don’t know well, this introvert who is more comfortable behind a camera than sharing on Facebook but she needs virtual arms wrapped around her so she calls out through social media. She reaches out with her pain and is answered with prayers for healing, for peace, for comfort. Wordless prayers to our God who knows deep the need.

with brother
photo by Laura J Dake

 

hope tattoo
Laura J. Dake photography #hope

 

hold fast
Laura J Dake photography #hope

She talked about some of his past struggles. The years he’d turned his back on God, went his own way and how they prayed for him and he had returned. Now this. Cancer. Stage 4. He’s up north, she’s in the south. Her only brother, only sibling, and her heart breaks.

brother

family tattoo

Their family has claimed hope. All of them claiming this faith with that one word tattooed on each of them. HOPE

SHATTERED That was the one word she had on her Facebook. That was enough. Enough to know her heart. This quiet woman who is often somewhere in the background behind a camera lens, her heart is crying, out loud. And God hears.

tattoos

 

All photo’s provided  by and used with permission of Laura J. Dake. Thank you, Laura, for allowing me to share this part of your story. You can find more of Laura’s photography on Instagram at believinginhope.

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

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  1. Reply

    Beautiful.

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      Thank you Rob.

  2. Reply

    Hope is a beautiful thing

    1. Reply

      It is, Gwen. And we have it. Her tattoo is tempting…..

  3. Reply

    Hope is a beautiful thing

    1. Reply

      It is, Gwen. And we have it. Her tattoo is tempting…..

  4. Reply

    thank you debby! your words capture my heart!

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      Thank YOU Laura for letting me share a bit of your story. I can tell you, you are surrounded by prayer. You AND your family <3

  5. Reply

    thank you debby! your words capture my heart!

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      Thank YOU Laura for letting me share a bit of your story. I can tell you, you are surrounded by prayer. You AND your family <3

  6. Reply

    Debby you have captured it all. Laura and Doug are my Niece and Nephew whom I love so much and watching Doug fighting for his life and Laura’s heart break is tough. Unfortunately distance has separated us and we see each other only rarely but the bond remains. The love of Sharon and Doug is so strong for their children and it breaks my heart to watch all of this from afar. I firmly believe Melissa was a gift sent from God to Doug as the love this young couple shares is unbreakable.
    Thank you.

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      It’s been a special honor for Laura to let me share this. I understand the burden of distance as my family is separated by that too. But love seems to bridge that in ways we thought weren’t possible. Love and prayer….Thanks, CBrynien. I know your support is meaningful for Laura and her brother.

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    Debby you have captured it all. Laura and Doug are my Niece and Nephew whom I love so much and watching Doug fighting for his life and Laura’s heart break is tough. Unfortunately distance has separated us and we see each other only rarely but the bond remains. The love of Sharon and Doug is so strong for their children and it breaks my heart to watch all of this from afar. I firmly believe Melissa was a gift sent from God to Doug as the love this young couple shares is unbreakable.
    Thank you.

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      It’s been a special honor for Laura to let me share this. I understand the burden of distance as my family is separated by that too. But love seems to bridge that in ways we thought weren’t possible. Love and prayer….Thanks, CBrynien. I know your support is meaningful for Laura and her brother.

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    A Prayer for Hope

    Heavenly father, I am your humble servant, I come before you today in need of hope. There are times when I fell helpless, There are times when I feel weak. I pray for hope. I need hope for a better future. I need hope for a better life. I need hope for love and kindness.

    Some say that the sky is at it’s darkest just before the light. I pray that this is true, for all seems dark. I need your light, Lord, in every way.

    I pray to be filled with your light from head to toe. To bask in your glory. To know that all is right in the world, as you have planned, and as you want it to be.

    Help me to walk in your light, and live my life in faith and glory.

    In your name I pray, Amen.

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      Yes, Amen! Thank you for that prayer, Rose.

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    A Prayer for Hope

    Heavenly father, I am your humble servant, I come before you today in need of hope. There are times when I fell helpless, There are times when I feel weak. I pray for hope. I need hope for a better future. I need hope for a better life. I need hope for love and kindness.

    Some say that the sky is at it’s darkest just before the light. I pray that this is true, for all seems dark. I need your light, Lord, in every way.

    I pray to be filled with your light from head to toe. To bask in your glory. To know that all is right in the world, as you have planned, and as you want it to be.

    Help me to walk in your light, and live my life in faith and glory.

    In your name I pray, Amen.

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      Yes, Amen! Thank you for that prayer, Rose.

  10. Reply

    Just beautiful, Debby. Praying for much hope to flood each person in that precious family’s struggle you chronicled here. Without the hope of our Savior, this world is such a dark place. I know you’ve added some light with this post for your friend.

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      Thank you Cindy. For your tender heart and your prayers❤️

  11. Reply

    Just beautiful, Debby. Praying for much hope to flood each person in that precious family’s struggle you chronicled here. Without the hope of our Savior, this world is such a dark place. I know you’ve added some light with this post for your friend.

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      Thank you Cindy. For your tender heart and your prayers❤️

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