Warriors: Pray!

Nov 06

I’ve been busy checking off my to do list so that I can “disappear” for six weeks while I heal from this surgery.  I wrote a letter to my girls, I’ve prayed/prayed/prayed, I’ve cleaned, written notes to teachers, organized, shopped, and we’re about as good as we’re going to get over here.  SuperGramma arrives today and surgery is tomorrow!  Game on!

I got a call from my surgeon’s office, and my surgery has been moved to 3pm, with a 1pm arrival.  (And still no eating/drinking after midnight–ayayay!)  The OR is booked for 2-1/2 hours, so will end at 5:30ish, with an emphasis on the ISH.  Brad says he’ll blog updates, and you can count on me to pick up as soon as I’m able.  We really appreciate your specific prayers.

  • surgery is smooth; staff is superior
  • safe/happy/secure/love for the girls while we are apart
  • strength for SuperGramma
  • blessing over Brad to handle all of it
  • peace for all who know me and love me
  • love for my parents as I move back in to their house after my surgery

For the past three weeks I’ve been praying that God’s finger would go before the surgeon’s tools to target that spot on my lung.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. — Deuteronomy 31:8

Thank you so much for your prayers and well wishes.  I appreciate them more than you know.  I’ll be reading messages/comments/emails/texts and soaking up the love!  If you want to help in a tangible way, please contact our beloved help coordinators at help4andersons(at)gmail(dot)com

I now have a six hour delay in the timing of surgery (my previous surgery was to be at 7:30am, with a 5:30am arrival).  It means I can have breakfast with Maren and put her on the bus to school.  I can do something fun with Greta and revel in her spunk for one more morning.  I think this is just what the doctor ordered.

Joy!  Hope!  Peace!  Life!  These things abound here today.  Do Today Well.


  1. Praying for you and all of your requests above. Most of all for God’s strength and peace to overtake you. You are such an inspiration to so many.

  2. Newbie friend /

    Praying praying praying, will be checking my phone for the good news updates!!!!
    Love and prayers for all of uou

  3. Ginger /

    Praying all the right prayers and I at peace that you and god have this!!!

  4. Jen powers /

    Love how you see the blessing in ALL things. Prayed for your memory making day yesterday and prayers today for God to go before the docs even in hat extra time tomorrow am and for utter delight in those extra moments with your girls tomorrow am. You are living proof that peace can trump even the most challenging of circumstances. I am awed by how you are answering “who do you say that I AM?”. Your story says God is only good and always good. I love that in you. Praying praying praying…

  5. Praying, Praying, Praying for God to send your Guardian Angel into the OR before you and bring healing and peace before, during and after.

    Our God is greater, our God is stronger God You are higher than any other
    Our God is Healer, awesome and power
    Our God, Our God… I know he is with you.

  6. Owengirl /

    Praying for you and your family and for the specifics you listed. Know that you are surrounded by warriors!

  7. Maryann /

    I will be storming the heavens with prayer… Much love to you and your family always…

  8. Marlayne Skeens /

    Jen ~ Super Mom 🙂 How GREAT it is that you will have another morning to share giggles & smiles of your little girls <3 Maybe after your surgery & recouping, you can Skype your little girls & make phone calls w/countdown days until you get back home 🙂 Maybe you can have a tea party if the girls are coming over <3 I bet you have all kinds of ideas 🙂 How did your hair cut turn out? Continued Prayers that your list above will be the outcome 🙂

  9. KathyT /

    Prayers and more prayers for you Mama. May God’s love envelop you and your family like a warm blanket. May His hand guide every doctor and nurse. May His grace settle profoundly in your heart.

  10. Lisa Mader /

    Praying – you’ve got it! I’m sure you’ll do tomorrow well also 🙂

  11. Jen with two boys /

    Big prayer for you, Jen with two girls. I will be thinking about you tomorrow and visualizing only the best results. Hugs, Jen with two boys

  12. Karen Almand /

    You dear girl are AMAZING! You are my hero! My prayer is that God’s finger has irradicated the spot on your lung. Praying for at least 48 1/2 more years. This dark world NEEDS your beautiful bright light! Thanks for reminding me to shine today! Karen from Memphis

  13. Lory French /

    This is Lory(we met at Doe bay). We’re thinking of you here in Washington.

  14. Jen, all of our prayers are with you and all of your family. You are an inspiration to us all and we love you so much!!

  15. Fredda /


  16. I will be praying and fasting tomorrow. I will carry your list of prayers in my pocket. We shall pray without ceasing for you and your family Jen. Much love from the Schreier’s. In Jesus name,NO CANCER!

  17. Christin /

    Praying!!!! Praying!!! Praying!!!!

  18. Lindsay /

    Praying for you Jen!!

  19. Angela /

    JEN! Praying for all of your specifics – specifically NO CANCER. Blessings on all of you and fast healing to you! Have a delicious 11:30pm feast tonight and enjoy your morning with Brad & the girls. Love your positivity.
    Hugs from Michigan!

  20. kathy swim /

    All our positive healing thoughts are with you and your whole family! I’ve been through what you are going through and I’m still here fighting the fight 7 and 20 years later!

  21. Jen, your surgery was delayed for only the best of reasons…it gives us (the warriors) just that much more time to send buckets of positive energy to you and it allows you one more morning to be “normal mom” to your precious bundles of joy. All is good. Tonight I will definitely concentrate of praying that your surgeon opens you up tomorrow only to find God was there first! ♥ peggy (breath in calmness; breath out worry)

  22. Kristin Russo /

    I’m praying for you and your family!! Kick butt like I know you know how to do! Sending lots of love and positive energy your way!!
    Kristin (aka “Russo”)

  23. Mary O'Leary /

    my prayers are with you and your family.

  24. Sharon Hajek /

    During tonight’s rain I believe in God’s rainbow of hope and promise across your lung tomorrow.

  25. ohiofishergirl /

    Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way! We love you! Hugs, Dale, Lauri, Carli, and Erica

  26. Jen,
    I am surprised to find we will both be in the hospital on the same day. Tomorrow I will go in for a csection for my second child. I want you to know I will be thinking about you and praying for you and your family. Thank you for giving me a way to focus my nervous energy and anxiety. I so admire your faith, toughness, and spirit. Please be kind to yourself and know you are the recipient of much love from around the world.

  27. Prayers from Atlanta! I hope you feel them from all over the world!

  28. You will be on my mind and in my heart tomorrow.

  29. So much love coming from TX to you right now! You are on my heart and in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your journey so strangers like me can pray. I am so honored to pray for you. Thank you also for inspiring me to Do Today Well. You have done each day, so so well. And you are going to Do Tomorrow Well too. Praying that God’s floods your heart with His peace. And praying most of all for no cancer. Our God is mighty to save! Love, hugs, prayers from far away…hope you can feel them!

  30. erin elizabeth /

    you’ve got so much love and prayers coming from here. wishing you healing for you and your family. you have this.

    <3 (from Doe Bay)

  31. I am praying for you, cancer-free and quick recovery!

  32. Bonnie B /

    I’m so thankful that you get another morning with the girls before the surgery. .. what a blessing ! I continue to marvel in the Lord’s specific care for each of us – He knows exactly what we need and desire. Praying for wonderful news! !

  33. I am praying for you Jen! I only met you briefly at the “Carry On, Warrior” book signing, but I feel that I know you through your beautiful & honest writing on your blog. You are one amazingly strong warrior and an inspiration to so many. Carry on! Love & prayers coming your way!

  34. There is so much of both power and comfort in the prayers of God’s many people. Prayer moves us forward. May God bless you and keep you in his grace. Holding you and your family so very close.

  35. Shell Powell /

    Hey baby, we’re praying for you too! I’m not as practiced at it as you, but I’m getting better every day!!! We are all sending our love, and marvelling at your strength and resilience – love you heaps! xxx

  36. Rebecca /

    Praying, praying, praying!!!!

  37. I am praying so hard for you today. Will be thinking of you nonstop. You are such an inspiration!

  38. Peggy I /

    Dear Jen… Praying right now that you find joy in this morning, as you do daily, with your family and girls. Will continue with prayers for surgery and recovery as the next days unfold.

    Special blessings for SuperGramma and let her know there is support for her too when needed!

    May God bless you today especially with His Peace that transcends all understanding.
    Love,hugs and prayers… Peg

  39. Ingrid /

    Praying and holding space for you (in the Monkee way! 🙂 )

    You are SO right … whatever happens, is in God’s hands. He’s got it!

  40. Leah Chapman /

    Jen…so many prayers and so much love coming your way. You are strong and I know you all will make it through to do tomorrow well, too. Keep your chin up! 🙂

  41. Julie Hughes /

    Praying without ceasing for you and your family today! Hugs and love from Alabama.

  42. Krista /

    Praying for you, your family and those who will help you HEAL.

  43. Rachel /

    Praying BIG prayers for you and your family. Woke up in the middle of the night and you came to my mind. Prayed fervently in the darkness of the night. Thank you for your light and spirit. (p.s. I’ve been following your story since the beginning but haven’t been good about commenting)

  44. Oh! I am praying so much for you. Am a longtime reader, but this is my first comment in a long while. I am so touched by your sense of peace. My love to you, fellow mother, blogger and human. May He hold you and your sweet family in the palm of His hand.