Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Focus on THIS Day

We wanted to share part of a devotion from the book Jesus Calling.
This is from Monday’s devotion:
"Your gravest danger is worrying about tomorrow. If you try to carry tomorrow's burdens today, you will stagger under the load and eventually fall flat. You must discipline yourself to live within the boundaries of today. It is in the present moment that I walk close to you, helping you carry your burdens."

We needed to hear those words.
A dear friend spoke this truth to us Sunday at church.
Another precious friend shared it on her daughter’s blog. Her daughter recently relapsed with Ewing’s sarcoma. She had surgery and began her treatment on Monday. You can pray for her and follow her journey at

Throughout Elena's treatment, this family has brought great joy, comfort, and encouragement to our family. We cannot believe that our daughters are going through this again!

After reading the above entry from Jesus Calling, this is what Heather shared on their blog: “We are looking ahead as far as asking God to direct us in making plans for Sarah's treatment, but past that, we are trying to keep our eyes on today. This is hard to do, and God has to help us with this....but it is the only way to keep from being overwhelmed.”

She speaks the truth and we feel the same way, just insert Elena's name above.
Thank you Heather and to everyone else who speaks the truth to us.
Thank you for taking the time to send us a verse, a card, a text, an email, or a blog post that encourages us. They always come at the right time.

Please pray for our upcoming appointment with Elena's doctor on Monday.
Pray for continued guidance as we are faced with making decisions in the days ahead.
Pray for Elena to continue to feel well and enjoy each day.
Pray for Liv to not feel lost or get lost in the midst of it all.

In Him,
The Tates

"Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34


  1. To the Tates,
    Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you. I saw Elena at school this week, and she was her usual happy, upbeat self.She always goes out of her way to greet me when she sees me at school, and always has a smile on her face. She is a special girl. You are always in our prayers and thoughts. We love you Elena!
    Kathy, Allie, Joe and Erika SZatmary

  2. Hi guys -- small world, we met Sarah at clinic yesterday, and we had fun playing games while both girls received their treatments ... hang in there ...we're thinking of you all! :) The Slaters

  3. Elana and your entire family continue to be raised up! I am convinced that everything in our lives happens for His reasons. He is in control of all of our lives. Thanks for continuing to share your journey!

  4. Christy! I have been thinking about your family non-stop. Elena is at the top of the prayer list at Lighthouse and I was glad to see the picture of Cori and Phil posted here, your Lighthouse Family Partners.

    We were cleaning out closets are our house and found books galore and thought Elena and Olivia might enjoy a donation of books from the Carter Family??? Give me a buzz and I will gladly bring the bins of books over to your house for a bit of rummaging.

  5. You are in my prayers for peace, comfort and complete healing for Elena. Just know your church family loves and pray for you often.

    Jer.29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

    God Bless you all!