Posted by: Jeff Warren | August 17, 2008

An Unexpected Journey

Many of you now know that my precious Stacy has been diagnosed with cancer. Following a routine mammogram we discovered that she would have to undergo surgery. Believing that this would be a simple “bump in the road” we moved ahead with surgery on Tuesday. During surgery the doctor informed me that he had found that the cancer was not as contained as originally thought. Chemotherapy would be the next course of action.The past month has been a difficult, heart-breaking, and yet hopeful journey for our family. We have all embraced this unexpected journey as an opportunity for God to show Himself great. We have incredible children who love God with all their hearts and they have been amazing. I’ve often said, “Stacy is the purest person I know” and she has a heart to serve Jesus with her life. On Tuesday night, as she was brought into her hospital room following surgery, through tears she quoted her life verse:

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Stacy has totally surrendered this situation to the Lord for His purposes and glory. Knowing that we serve a loving and sovereign God who is control of all things, our entire family is committed to a desire for Jesus to be known and seen through our lives. I will honor my wife and at the same time inform you along the way. What we need more than anything else is, of course, your prayers. I would love for you to encourage Stacy. You can leave a comment here and in time she’ll read every single one. We love you all so much. Please pray for peace and wisdom in the coming days.

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Responses

  1. Hey Mom! I’ll be the first to comment! I’m so proud you’re my Mom and I love you so much! Dan was right when he said God picked the strongest person to allow cancer to come…You’ve already taught me so much through this and I love you soooo soooo much!!!!!! I know you’re going to be ok and this is only going to make our family BETTER!! See you Tuesday:)
    Peanut!

  2. Leslie and I will be praying for you, Stacy and Jeff. I figure you’ll be swamped with requests to help, but if there is something left to do, please let us know. We are blessed to have y’all leading our church. It’s amazing to see how when the church is turning a corner and getting so much more dedicated to serving people around the world, to stepping out of our typical close-knit community comfort zone, God allows a very, very difficult challenge into your lives. I can’t imagine what it would be like if the mom of our household was facing what Stacy is facing.

  3. Our prayers are with you, Stacy and family. God is control!

  4. We’re praying for our Texas Warrens! Taylor Cole sure loved meeting Aunt Stacy, Uncle Jeff, Cousins Emily, Whitney, and Travis a couple weeks ago. We look forward to coming to Texas and seeing your wonderful family at FBC McKinney soon. We love you lots! In Him, Kevin, Beth & Taylor Cole

  5. How I wish we had been available when you called a few weeks ago–but what an encouragement even your voice was to us!

    We want to be an ongoing encouragement to you. The truth in your life verse has seen us through various and many trials. Christ IN you is more than able.

    Isabel Kuhn in one of her books, maybe In the Arena, says that sometimes God allows us to be on-stage, in the arena, and shines a spotlight on us during such a trial so that He can show Himself for who He is [more that sufficien]t–for all the world to see.

    He has had that spotlight on you and Pastor Jeff for years–but not in this kind of situation. Now people will see HIM even more clearly.

    Thank you, dear Stacy, for being who your are–in Him.

    Beth and Bob Stapleton

  6. We love you and your family. Like you said this morning, many of us have walked through the path that you have begun. When Philip’s mom was in the middle of her chemo treatments and feeling the worst, she would continue to praise God. She said that whatever she did, she wanted to glorify God through it. She amazed doctors and hospital staff with the recoveries that they couldn’t explain. She then got to share Jesus with them. You now have the opportunity to talk with and share Christ with many people whom you might never have crossed paths. I pray the peace of God upon you, the peace that surpasses all understanding.

  7. Isaiah 42: 16 was shared with me by a friend, and I want to pass it on to one of the dearest friends I have ever had.
    “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known; along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”

    Stacy and Jeff, I came to McKinney because of Pat Ann, and found you guys. There aren’t words enough to express the blessings God has brought to me through you, not the least of which are Emily, Whitney, and Travis. I told Whitney this morning, and I want Emily to know, that anytime they need to talk or cry or yell or whatever emotion they need to express, they know where to find me. God is good, all the time.

    I love you,
    Susan

  8. Jeff and Stacy: My heart is touched by your story. I was reminded of a young man, B.J. Higgins, who became sick after a mission trip to Peru (he was 15 at the time). When the family realized the antibiotics weren’t working – B.J. was asked what he wanted God to do – B.J.’s reply was – “Whatever will maximize His glory, that is what I want Him to do.” (prayforBJ.com) I have kept that quote posted at my desk and strive (and many times fail) through the good and bad of life to pray and live so His glory will be maximized. I sensed this theme in Jeff’s talk this morning. My prayers are with all of you.

  9. Stacy and Jeff: I just wanted to say how much you are loved and what a blessing you have been to my family. I firmly believe the hand of God is on you both. God has made you strong and he will comfort and guide you both through this.

    I and my family will keep you in our prayers. If you need an empathetic ear, we are here for you.
    Yours in Jesus Christ.

  10. Pastor Jeff & Stacy,
    I will have you, and your sweet family.. in my prayers faithfully throughout the days. God is with you and will never leave you. We are never alone in anything we do…with God’s loving arms around us to protect us, and carry us even when we become too tired to walk.
    My heart of love and prayers reach out to your family, and I pray that God’s contunious strengthening and love will shine brightly.. as you travel along the path your Christian walk is taking you. God Bless You! Love, Barbara

  11. Jeff and Stacy – when I heard the news at the 11:10 service this morning I wished that I could give you both a hug and comfort you.

    You have given my family so much on our journey to Christ – our hearts break for you but we know that your great faith will see you through. We will pray for you all.

    Only the Lord understands why things happen but as Jeff continually teaches us, put our faith in the Him. Know that your church family is with you on this journey.

    Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. — Helen Keller

  12. LUKE 4:40
    Now when the sun was setting, all those who had anyone
    sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid
    His hands on every one of them and healed them.

    Your faith and the prayers of family and friends will bear you before jesus and his healing touch.

    Nár lagaí Dia do lámh
    Gearóid

  13. Dear Stacy,

    Thank you for the message you gave to us in Mom Matters several years ago about Finding Rest in a Busy Life. I know that you are as close to God as you have ever been despite the new journey that God has allowed your family to take. He will use every one of you to bring glory to His name.

    I am sure that your spiritual solitude has allowed you to live “In the Calm”.

    Ps. 131:1-2 – My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

    You, Pastor Jeff, Whitney, Emily, and Travis will remain in my prayers. Like so many others, if there is ever anything I can do, please know that I am always here in thoughts and prayers and would love to do anything you may need done. I love all of you.

    Ps. 34:18-19 – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

    I am leaving you a book by Emilie Barnes to read. It is “Knowing God’s Comfort – Safe in the Father’s Hands”. I pray it will be a comfort to you and full of encouragement.

    Much love and prayers,
    Lynn

  14. Dearest Stacy,

    It’s everyday that Bryan and I thank God for you and your precious family.
    Your grace and beauty radiate and we are so grateful you are part of our lives.

    May you know an extraordinary presence and power in these days ahead – a presence that doesn’t make any sense to other but only to you..

    God invites us to intercede for complete healing and so we have claimed this promise by faith.

    We love you so much,

    Tracy (and the Doyles XXXXX)

  15. Stacy and family,

    The Heaton family is praying for you! We love you and your precious family so much and are here if you need anything. Stacy, last year as I prepared to go to Africa, you would remind me that when I am weak, He is strong. He IS Strong, and He will walk with you–and carry you as needed–every step of the way. We will continue to pray for you throughout this unforseen journey. I pray that God will be your Rock and your Salvation, Your Strenth through all of your days.

    Love to you,
    The Heatons

  16. Even with this surprising journey you find yourself on, we know it was no surprise to God. He is our comfort all the time but especially in times like this.

    We are thankful for the kind and gentle hearts you and Jeff have – you will touch lives for the Kingdom all along the way because of your great faith.

    Praying for your every step – for healing, peace, comfort and strength.

  17. Stacy,
    God sat you next to me on the way to Guatemala and thru your encouragement, I am moving on. There is no need to say that God will take care of you because we know that, it is what God has in store for you and your family after this event that will be so glorifying.
    Faith my friend……..

    We will be praying for you,

    Andrea, Jamie, William, Stephanie and David – The Tabors

  18. Jeff & Stacy,
    Please know that you are in our prayers. Howard and I feel honored and blessed to serve on staff with you. I know that God is faithful and He will lead you every step of this journey. We will pray that Jehovah Rapha will bring you complete healing and strength. Please know that our family is here to help in any way that we can! Please call on us. We want to help.

    Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalms 62:5-6

    Love you,
    Howard and Melissa and family

  19. Warm hugs to all of you! I love you all very much!!
    Peace be with you,
    ~Sylvia and family

  20. Jeff & Stacy – our prayers are with you now … you’ve both blessed so many so strongly; God will bless you all, and allow you to be blessed by your community. Our S. African friend Leo told me in the midst of his medical trial, that he’s been blessed more than ever and that God has shown him Kingdom community in a dramatic and new way. Praise God for His Great Love and Companionship as you journey this life chapter.

    Our love to all the Warrens.

  21. Sweet Stacy and Pastor Jeff, As you know, Charlie and I have walked this path with our son, Andy, so we may have some insight in how to pray for you during this difficult journey. I am specifically praying that God will remove all fear and allow you to truly rest in Him. Early in our cancer experience, we were told that it is a “family disease”. All of your sweet family will walk along beside you in a very special way. Our family was helped immeasurably by Christian counselors. Even in the midst of the pain and difficulty we can all honestly say that the experience made us a stronger family. I know that God will receive glory and others will be drawn to Him by your sweet spirit. Pastor Jeff, I would hope that you will have the freedom to take the needed time away from the pulpit. We have so many good teachers who can fill in. Charlie and I are both hopeful that you will spend the time you need together. Stacy, I would like to begin a regular prayer time for you with others of your closest friends. Please let me know if I can organize this. Thank you for all that you do for us. WE love you very much, Valerie and Charlie New

  22. When Brian and I heard the news, it brought back lots of emotions with Molly’s diagnosis last year. We are in steadfast for Stacy and we know that God will take care of your family, as He carried our family through many dark days. I know God has a plan for Stacy and will do amazing things through this. We are praying for Stacy to heal from her surgery, have peace knowing God is in control, and comfort with the upcoming treatment. If you need anything, please let us know. Brian and Gretchen Reck

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phil 4:13

  23. Dear Warren Family,

    We love you all so much and are praying for you at this time. We pray for God’s comfort and peace in your home. Stacy, we are confident God will take care of you. I (Angie) thought of you today when I was singing along with Kendyl, our three year old, to her Bible song CD…we sang, “…angels watchin’ over me my Lord.”…all night and all day, He is watching over you.

    We would love to help you all in any way possible if you need us.

    Much love,
    The Stout Family

  24. Jeff and Stacy,

    Thank you so very much for sharing such a personal battle with us. As I cried with you this morning, I was humbled by the beauty of your love for each other and your undying love for Our Lord and Savior; the Great Healer.

    Cancer has touched our lives several times and each time we are blown away by God’s amazing power. We want to encourage you with hope and healing.

    A burden shared is a burdened lifted. We will be praying for your family in the days, weeks and months to come.

    Stacy, Your beautiful spirit shines brighter than you know. Thank you!

    The Dosseys

  25. Dear Pastor Jeff, Stacy and kids,

    We are so blessed to have you lead our church. Your strength and vision is a constant reminder of how we should lead our lives. Stacy, we pray trhat God will bless you with healing, strength and peace. Jeff and kids, we pray that God will give you strength and clarity on how to best support Stacy.

    Stacy, as Lynn mentioned, I’ve often thought of your talk to Mom Matters about finding peace in our frantic world. May God speak to you in a special way in the coming days – just as you spoke to us that morning. Also, given that we’re neighbory, please don’t hesitate to call upon us for help. We would love the chance to minister to you and your family.

    You will all be in our prayers in the days and weeks to come. God bless you.

    David & Gina Hammack & the boys

  26. Dear Warren Family,

    We are praying for all of you right now as you face this very difficult time in your lives. We will be praying for Gods peace and comfort to surround you all. I Pray that God will give you the strength Stacy to fight this horrible cancer like you’ve never fought anything before.
    Stay positive and know that you can do this with the help of your church family and one amazing GOD.
    Much Love,
    The Goodrich Family

  27. Though we have recently been called elsewhere, we have been blessed for almost the past 6 years to have you as our pastor and pastor’s wife. The times we had together were so sweet and meant so much to us. We are praying for and claiming healing for you, Stacey, and we look forward to seeing how the Lord reaches many more for Him through this – through you!
    Love,
    Alan and Jamie Michael

  28. Jeff, Stacy & family,

    What a joy to get to know you better on our recent Guatemala trip. It was wonderful seeing the love for each other and your family. What an example you all are for us.

    We are heartbroken and saddened to hear about Stacy’s cancer diagnosis. We can’t imagine the fear of the unknown you are going through now. Please know that we will continue to pray for a complete healing. We have seen miracles unfold before our eyes in our own family and know that there is nothing too big for the Great Physician. We pray that God will give your doctors’ wisdom and that He will guide their every move. We pray that your family will be comforted in the Father’s arms.

    Thank you for the example you are to those that surround you. Your ministry reaches far and touches many.

    We love you!

    The Hedricks

  29. Dear Pastor Jeff and Stacy,

    Bruce and I will be praying for you! Our hearts go out to you and your family and we want you to know that we love you all very much! We are willing to help in any way we can.
    We will be praying for God’s peace to wash over you and for His mercy and strength to carry you through each day! For His Healing hand to touch you and bring healing! We pray that God will encourage your hearts and guide you each step of the way.

    Dueteronomy 31:6 Be stong and courageous, Do not be afraid or terrified becuse of them, for the LORD your God goes with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you.

    Dueteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.

    We pray for His everlasting arms to hold you and carry you through this journey you are on. For God to be glorrified and for opportunities to share Him with those whose lives you touch.

    Love you all!!
    Bruce and Lynn Quernemoen

  30. Stacy,
    I walk outside often to relieve stress and to allow God to restore. This morning after Jeff’s announcement, I came home and walked to seek emotional restoration and to seek His words to share with you. I can’t fix any thing. I can’t take the cancer away. I can pray and am and will continue.
    While walking and listening to the music on my head phones, the song said “His Eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me” SAME song that was playing when I walked into the worship center this morning. That wasn’t an accident! Next song was about “rainbows”–I see that as all about hope and God’s promises—-once again no accident. Next song was about “How Great is Our God and How Great Thou Art”—still no accident!

    When walking I’m always looking for things on the ground or in the sky or on the street that I can some how apply a “God lesson” to. I saw a smashed styrofoam cup from “I Hop” and knew you might be feeling a little smashed and slow about “hopping to it” – a little useless – and maybe a lot scared about the restoration process ——“He restoreth my (your) soul!”
    I also saw a half smoked cigarette butt (this should be good Ha). As kids, my brothers and I thought we’d found a real treasure when we found one of those! It wasn’t all used up and it wasn’t finished! You have been and will continue to be a real treasure to so many AND you have “stored up many treasures in Heaven” where nothing can touch them except the Love of our Heavenly Father! May God give you eyes to see and a heart to accept your beauty and worth to Him and may he give you peace as you too accept that you’re not finished or used up! Great is our God! His eyes are on you! May you see the beauty of rainbows everywhere you look and be encouraged!
    Love you, Carol

  31. Dearest friends,

    What a journey that Christ has placed your family on. I truely believe that Christ is the great healer and that your faith will be your strength. Our family claims the song by Steven Curtis Chapman “His Strength Is Perfect” I love the lyrics…..His strength is perfect when our strength is gone, He’ll carry us when we cant carry on. Raised in His power, the weak become strong…….
    Our prayer for you will be that God’s strength will be PERFECT for you and your family!

    We love you !

    Mark, Binky, Randall and Kate Ragon

  32. Jeff, Stacey, Emily, Whitney, and Travis,
    The Carter family just wants you to know that we are praying for you. We were on our way back from A&M today and several people called us and told us the trial that you are going through. It just so happened that I was listening to Sandi Patty on my Ipod when I got the first call and the song that I was listening to was “There is Strength in the Name of the Lord”. I prayed for you all the way home and our family will continue praying for you.
    We love you so much,
    Ricky, Cheryl, Ryan and Jordan Carter

  33. Job 23:10 And when He has tested me I will come forth as gold.

    Stacy, notice I didn’t say Mrs. Warren and Dr. Jeff. I just wanted to thank both of you for being such an amazing encouragement to me. I am so blessed to say that I know you both. My mom asked me to tell you that she has all of her church in Willard Missouri and her prayer partners around the world at work. The God that we serve tell us that we are not given anyting we can’t handle. This is just another one of those situations when He and He alone will be glorified! He gives us miracles each day when we wake up and I am expectant to hear about the miracles he gives you each day of this journey. You are all in our prayers and thoughts!

    Love you all
    Kenny

  34. Stacy, Jeff and family,
    We are praying for you and lift you up to the Father. I can’t help but sing the song your daughter sang in New Community on Mother’s Day, “Set the World on Fire,” : The
    lyrics:
    I wanna set the world on fire
    Until it`s burning bright for You
    It`s everything that I desire
    Can I be the one You use?

    I, I am small but
    You, You are big enough
    I, I am weak but
    You, You are strong enough to
    Take my dreams
    Come and give them wings
    Lord with You
    There`s nothing I can not do
    Nothing I cannot do

    I wanna feed the hungry children
    And reach across the farthest land
    And tell the broken there is healing
    And mercy in the Father`s hands

    My hands my feet
    My everything
    My life, my love
    Lord, use me

    I`m gonna set the world on fire
    Set the world on fire—-

    I pray that God uses this situation to show HIS love and glory as your light shines among this dark world. Stay Strong.
    The Bains

  35. Jeff,

    As you spoke this morning, sitting with tears in my eyes reflecting on my own personal journey with cancer (12 years cancer free!), I truly empathized with the pain and uncertainty you are feeling now. I still cannot imagine how difficult it must be to hear your spouse is battling this disease — as my wife also experienced when I was diagnosed — as hard as it is, I believe it is often much harder on the caregiver than the patient.

    As you were speaking, one message kept coming to mind. That message is not meant to sound contrite, and is heartfelt: Stay the course. This new battle is a notice that the work you and your family are doing here in McKinney is having a great impact on our community and our world. When we threaten Satan, he strikes out at us. If we are not a threat, he usually leaves us alone.

    Your job (husband, father, pastor) will be doubly difficult now — you must keep your family priority one and care for them as they need you more than ever. However, the leadership you bring to our church, teaching us how to change the world one life at a time, is taking hold. It is up to each of us to practice what you preach, to support you and your family in this time, but also to carry on the work we have begun. I pray that we are also up to this challenge.

    Jeff, I encourage you to STAY THE COURSE even though the road ahead is unknown. You ARE making a difference.

    David & Cleette Harrison

  36. Hello, sweet Stacy…I absolutely know that this is but a small part of the greatness God has in mind to show you and your precious family. I think back on our Bunker Hill Kindergarten best friend days in Houston…and it has always been a joy to become reconnected with you through the years. He will continue to honor your faithfulness as He continues to bless others through you…you have ALWAYS certainly been a blessing to me. I love you!

  37. Jeff and Stacy,

    2 Corinthians 1:3
    All Praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.

    1 Peter 5:7
    Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

    My family cares about your family, and we will be on bended knees in prayer. I can tell when you speak of Stacy she is the light of your world. God is great, and you have a great family. Your family has had more of an impact on us than you know. God led us to First Mckinney three years ago, and we used to drive 40 miles to come to church. Now we live in Mckinney and can’t wait to be on mission even more. Stacy, I have never met you but feel as though I know you. You are a ROCK, and I know your walk with Christ will be your foundation to a speedy recovery. We love you and wish you luck.

    Rodney, Lauren, and Rylan Ross

    Rodney, Lauren, Rylan Ross

  38. Jeff, Stacy & Family:

    While it can be difficult to find oneself in the center of God’s will, He is always in control. Know that we add our prayers to the chorus of others from your friends for your recovery and that the Lord be glorified by this new path upon which he has set before you.

    – Darryl & Lisa Chavis

  39. Brother Jeff, thank you for sharing with us the difficult time that you and your family is going through. It really touched me Sunday morning, and has helped focus me back in the right direction. Sometimes I get all caught up in my own problems and sorrows that I forget that the world is moving around me. I was extremely moved as was everyone else in the room. God bless you. I know how difficult this must be for you.

    Stacy, I’ve never gotten the privilege to actually meet you, but know that you’re loved and prayed for. I know this is a scary thing, but I’m so inspired by your strength in our Almighty God. I’m not sure that I could be so strong. Thank you for sharing your journey with the church. We all love you. God bless you!

    I know this must be so difficult for your children, but it seems they have a fire for the Lord and understand that it’s His will that must be done. God bless your sweet children.

    In Christ,
    Lorna

  40. Pastor Jeff, Stacy and Family,

    You are SO loved by so many and yet our love does not come close to the love of our Father in heaven, who is in control and will guide your steps in this journey you are on.
    We will be praying for you constantly and will be here for you if you need anything. We’re just a phone call away.

    Stacy, your tender and quiet spirit is seen in all you do and I know God will do amazing things through all of this.

    Pastor Jeff, your love for Stacy is so evident each time you speak about her. May you find comfort in that love at this time.

    Emily, Whitney and Travis – you all are incredible – your thoughtfulness, support and love for your mom, dad, and one another is always noticeable – may you continue to lean on each other during this time.

    We love you.

    My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
    Psalm 62:1

  41. You and your family have been so much on my mind and in my prayers. As I’ve been praying for you, the words I will rest in you keep coming to me. I do pray that in the midst of this incredible storm that you can find rest in the precious arms of Jesus.
    My dad has a church in Oklahoma and I’ve put you on their prayer list. They are a mighty group of prayer warriors!

    Love and prayers,
    Michelle Rader

  42. Stacy,
    Though I never had the joy of being able to know you personally as I know Jeff, you have, however, had a powerful impact on our lives. Your transparent love for our Lord has allowed Him to show Himself through you to all to whom you come into contact. You are a true “carrier” of our Lord’s love!

    I am sure I assume correctly that you will be praising our Lord even through the tough times ahead, and, Susan and I will be praying for Him to honor your returned faithfulness with mercy and healing.

    Jeff, I love you, Brother, and always will. My heart aches for what you and your whole family is, and will be for a while, going through. For a “time such as this” ——.

    Bill and Susan Fower

  43. Dear Jeff & Stacy,

    Our hearts are heavy, but know our Lord will be glorified through all of this. Adriana and I as well as our kids are praying for you. We are asking the God of the impossible to do the impossible for you. We have asked a lot of people in Brasil to pray for Stacy as well.

    Your brethren in Christ,
    Elisio, Adriana, Lucas, Ana Luiza & Matheus Roza.

  44. Whitney, oh sweet Girl, my heart was breaking Sunday as I listened to your father mouth the words that none of us want to hear that a family member is stricken with Cancer. My prayers are that you will be open to the Lord and your Family/Extended Family as they try to muddle thru to soothe you and offer any help that we might be able to be in this season of your life. You are an amazing young woman — I had the privilege of observing you from close up in Share Group and I stand amazed at you and your life stong. I have had the privilege of admiring your father from afar as a member of the church but after meeting your beautiful mother – I could sense her quite and strong sense of purpose and what a brave heart she must be for your family.

    I am hugging you from a distance and please know that I am here for you if you ever want to yell, talk, go watch a movie or just sit.

    I have personally walked this journey with my mother when I was 18.

    Our family is praying for your Family and we want to be a sense of help for all at this time.

    XXXXXXOOOOOXXX

    Greg, Sheri, Shawn and Kendell Groom

  45. Stacy and family, As I sit here writing this it is pouring rain outside…in August. And you know the earth is so dry and needs that rain so much. It makes me think that God takes the rain, which we don’t always view as welcome, and uses it for so much good. I don’t know how He chose you to be the one to go through this tough tough time, but I do know why. Your faith and light will shine in a new way for those who need it so much to see. And I am confident He will place many around you to be curious about what it is you have that they don’t. Know our hearts hurt for you and your family right now and we will be praying for you every day. I know our wonderful God is in control and He will care for you. You are so special to Him…and all of us.
    Claudia

  46. Stacy and Jeff –

    We are praying for you guys! We know that we serve a God of Hope. Hebrews 11:1 reminds us all of the intricate dance between hope and faith. It is that hope that defines us, especially in times of difficulty. Hope that transcends diagnoses, test results and progress reports. Hope that invites us to rest in Jesus. Thank you for teaching us and leading us through your lives of service. “Miss Stacy” is a special name in our household. Nicholas smiles everytime he says it.

    We love you guys!

    Jack, Carol, Nicholas, Sutton, Sumner, McCall, Caleb, Austin, Savannah and Grayson

  47. Jeff and Stacy,

    Lori and I are so thankful for you and your family! You have and are impacting us deeply. Our prayer is that you will have strength when you are weak, hope when it is difficult, grace when there is fatigue, and love when there is pain. Thank you for the ministry your family has for Christ.

    We love you,

    John & Lori

  48. As we sang in church yesterday, “Amazing Love”, I was reminded of my dear, late friend, Melanie Quinn. She kept a plaque with these words above her bed…. As she was awakening from her surgery only to find out that she was not to have her transplant as she had hoped for and that she instead had cancer, you were there, Jeff. As I am sure you recall, the first thing out of her mouth was,” Just let Him use me.” I was and am still amazed at her grace, strength and faith throughout all of her struggles. She was such an inspiration. Stacy, I have no doubts that you will be an inspiration to others. We know that God’s love is Amazing and that He can do amazing things. I will be praying for you and that He will work through you as you go through this journey. I will pray to the Great Physician for complete healing, for your comfort, perseverence, and strength. For peace and comfort for your precious children. For peace, and encouragement for the world’s best pastor. God really blessed our lives in a huge way when you guys moved to McKinney. Please let us know if there is anything we can ever do for you. We will pray without ceasing. We love you all very much.

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.
    Romans 15:13

    Kim and Tony Vitz

  49. Jeff and Stacy,

    Not a minute goes by that we are not thinking of you. We want to say again today how much we love you, how grateful we are for your friendship, and how much we applaud your lives and that of your children.

    You are a gift of grace to all you touch. You bring out the best in people and you bring joy to every room you enter. We wish you God’s joy and peace today.

    I pray to God Almighty that you are healed. May His power touch you, may He replace all sickness with wholeness, and may He fill your heart/mind with His presence!

    Wishing you God’s best today and claiming His hope for you,

    Chris and Brenna

  50. Dear Stacy,
    Slater and I know how much the prayer support of fellow believers lifts us and carries us through many a trial.
    Please know that we will be praying for you, Jeff and those beautiful children as you go through this time.
    It is pure joy to know how the Father loves us all. Our love, Slater and Joann

  51. Stacy,
    I continue with “on the walks with Plain Jane” (really is my middle name—-and really does sound like a baked potato from Jason’s Deli!Ha) Smiles really do help!
    God is every where and in every thing so I pray that He will give me the eyes to see, the ears to hear, the simplicity to communicate, and the wisdom to comprehend a part of His magnitude so that I can share with you what He would like to be shared.
    Between rain showers today, I hit the street with a prayer for you. First, I saw flowers and was reminded that the “flowers fall but the word of our God stands forever”! As you still your heart may He bring scriptures of comfort and encouragement to mind.
    Second, I focused on a sign in the street that said “road under construction”. We are challenged to be clay in the Potter’s Hands so that He can reconstruct and mold us just like He wants. As I pondered this sign the rest of my walk, I was reminded of a sign I’ve seen hundreds of times on my journey to see my mom in Wichita Falls. Just outside a small town along the way reads a sign “Leave it in God’s Hands And Enjoy the Ride.” When I see it, I smile, relax, and release the burderns of the moment to Him. I’m glad they don’t take down the sign because I can’t seem to remember that! “Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
    Love you, Carol

  52. My assitant has joined your church, loves you guys, and keeps me up with what’s going on. After this past Sunday she sent me this link and Shelley and I want to tell you that we have thought of you often and prayed for you much over the years since we have been apart (from PCBC). Now, we are on our knees for you Stacy and for His purpose in this. We pray for strength, peace, and for His Hands to work in you for your complete healing and for His great glory. We love you.
    David and Shelley and the (grown) kids

  53. Pastor Jeff and Stacy,

    I know that this is a difficul time for you, but I also know that God is going to do great things through it. Your family has been such a blessing to me and my family over the years that we have lived in McKinney and I have loved growing in Christ with Emily and Whitney. I see alot of both of you in each of them. I can only empathize for what you are going through and know that the road ahead may be rocky as my grandfather is now back in remission after battling leukemia and then a relapse after his first remission. My prayers are with your whole family.

    It’s like Emily said, God wouldn’t allow this to happen if He wasn’t positive that in Him your family is strong enough to endure it. One of my favorite verses simply states, “…and it came to pass”. And this too shall pass. Regardless of when that time comes or how it comes, it’ll pass.

    So as I begin my journey at Baylor and your family begins this journey remember that every journey, no matter if it’s a short walk or a marathon, every journey begins with that first step; and your first step was when you surrendered your fears, worries, and uncertainties over to Him.

    I love you all and will always remember you in my prayers.

    Katie True

    (my favorite verse) “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”- Psalm 56:3

  54. Stacy-

    What a wonder you are. Dynamic in faith, steadfast in worship of the one who knitted your body together and knows your body better than any other. You are within the realm of holiness in that you are surrendered completely to the will and glory of the Father before this unexpected journey, and now even more so. I have often prayed and thought of you and the rest of the Warren clan and wished that we could be nearer in location, but know that life sometimes causes even those close by not to make time for each other. Know that I am committed to praying specifically for God’s power in your body and your testimony as you serve to bring him glory in all of this journey. You are a strong woman because you know in your weakness, He makes you strong. You are one of the most incredible women I have ever known and I pray joy in the days ahead for you and a tremendous expectation of each day and the Lord’s hand working in and through your life in the lives of others. Love and miss you. Jer. 29:11.

    Jeff and kids- I love you and am holding you close in prayer. God bonds sisters and brothers together with the blood that is thicker than any other thing, the blood of Christ. You can call or ask anything at anytime and know that my family and I are there. Be blessed as you have blessed so many.

    Trish

  55. Stacy:

    Bill and I want you to know we are praying for you and your family. I woke up this morning early thinking about you. I feel so strongly that God is going to heal you. In the interim you strong faith will glorify our Glorious Savior Jesus Christ. You, Jeff and the children have been such an inspiration to all of us and will continue to be.
    In Jesus Christ Name,
    Loretta and Bill Adler

  56. I heard about your trial from a friends I work with, Alan and Jamie Michael. I am a 31 year old mom of two preschoolers and just had breast cancer surgery 11 days ago. Please know I will be praying for you and I know that God has been so good to me through my trial and I have been blessed beyond belief with love and a renewed love for Him. I will be praying the same for you as well as quick healing.

  57. Dear Warren Family,

    “But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
    – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    I want to let you know that my whole family is praying for your recovery, Mrs. Warren. You are such a wonderful women, mom, role model, and I know that Gods grace will be sufficient for you and that his power will heal your body’s current weakness.

    God’s power is present even in the most forbearing hardships or difficulties – with his perfect power and mercy, Mrs. Warren, you are and will be made strong.

    I just KNOW your family will get through this – I love you all very much, and I know God will help you, guide you, and strengthen you through this difficult time.

    Love,
    Lea aka Ashley!

  58. Dear Stacy,
    I had the priveledge of getting to know you through the “Heartstrings” ladies BFG a few years ago. You have such a gift of caring and making each person feel so special. May You, Jeff, Whitney, Emily, and Travis be encouraged in knowing you are being prayed for by all of the BFGs at First Baptist and beyond.

    If Chris Stull had not asked the congregation to honor your request for privacy, there would have been a steady stream of baptist women (including me) delivering casseroles to your door. Instead, I will be delivering a prayer each day to our Heavenly Father for your full recovery. Thank you Stacy and Jeff for continuing to be a good example of love and commitment.

  59. Stacy and Jeff,
    My family has been the blessed by your prayers and hugs. Now it is our turn to have the privilege to lift up your family in prayer. God is so faithful to honor our feeble prayers – He truly loves us as His children – unconditionally.
    Often times we find ourselves on a journey that we did not plan nor would have ever planned, but in His wisdom he allows for us. Just knowing that He is at least 10 steps ahead of us, has our best interest at heart and most importantly is our hope is a comfort. I can not imagine not knowing the Lord and his love at times like these.

    Also, what a special time for your children to be able to minister to you – just let them love on you – family is such a blessing – enjoy and God Bless.

  60. Dear Stacy,

    I know we don’t know each other really well; however, you are my sister in Christ and I love you!

    I can’t begin to say I understand what you are going through. I can’t begin to say I understand what your family is going through.

    I do know when I was waiting my outcome, I found a peace knowing I am a child of God and that He loves me so much. At the same time, He loves you that same way. He is with you and is the ultimate comforter.

    At the same time, what I do know about you is that you are a true servant; therefore, it will be difficult to let others serve you. Keep in mind this is a time for you to be blessed by others, especially your family.

    Know I am praying for you and your family. I have placed you in God’s hands and I know He is cradling you.

    Love Your Sister!

    Now Dearest Jeff,

    I can’t begin to understand what you are feeling or going through. You have many titles or hats to wear; however, at this time your attentions will be tried even more. I am praying you will continue to find the balance you need, while supporting your wife.

    You and Stacy both have a range of emotions….let them come. God understands your emotions and will guide you through as you experience them.

    Even though you are the head of the family, remember to let others minister to you. Let them be a blessing, just as you have been a blessing to them.

    Know our family is praying for you and your family. We are here for you. If you need anything, please call on us. We are more than willing to assist you and your family.

    We love you!

  61. Stacey,
    Just a quick message to share my life verse in hopes that at the moment you read it, the words will lift you with HIS strength and power:
    “I can do all things through CHRIST who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13.

    Feel our prayers

  62. Hopefully your family realizes how much you are loved. The things you have done for us are immeasurable. We are praying for strength, guidence, and recovery during these challeging times. Even though we are in Austin, please know that we are always there with you.

    Love Matt & Beth Parli

  63. Hey Jeff, Stacy, Emily, Whitney, & Travis,

    Got the news this morning while vacationing with dear friends in New England. We immediately stopped what we were doing and had a precious time of intercession for you all. Though we are miles away, we are only a whisper’s distance from the Father’s ears, and our consolation is in that primary connection. We will utilize it; we will take advantage of it; we will thrive through it for your sakes as we trust in faith the Father’s purpose and desired journey through this most recent turn of events.

    We love you and stand with you in this most important juncture. We will be monitoring the progress, and rejoicing with you as the ‘Lord shows Himself strong on your behalf, an behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to Him!'(2 Chrn.16:9)

    You are all deeply loved and appreciated; may His grace and peace be your provision – may His healing touch be your portion.

    Blessings, Love, & Grace,
    Chris, Leigh, Matt, Morgan, Jenna, & Lauren

  64. Stacy, Jeff and beautiful family, thank you for being such a blessing in our lives. When I’ve faced tough times in my life, there was a special passage that always got me through it, Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. We love you and we know that you can pull through this. With God all things are possible. You are in our prayers. Please call us if you need anything. Much love, Mary, George, Drew and Christopher

  65. COUNT ON US TO:
    Love you
    Pray for you
    Support you
    Be there for you!
    James, Dianne, Tonna, Don, Will and James, Jr.

  66. Dear Stacy and Jeff,

    Please know that I am praying for you as you travel this unexpected journey. You have a host of friends at Park Cities Baptist that love you and are here for you at a moments notice, especially me.

    Hugs,

    Markay

  67. Stacy & Jeff-Even though the Lord called me to another church family a couple of years ago, that does not lessen the appreciation I have for both of you. I will keep your family in my prayers and will add you to our church prayer list. This faith journey will impact not only your family, but the entire FBC McKinney family. May God carry you both.

    When my dad went through his bout many years ago, I saw it as a chance for my parents to receive instead of give all the time. Allow the Savior to minister to you in a special way through a loving church family.

  68. Stacy & Jeff,
    We received the news of Stacy’s diagnosis just now. We will be faithful in praying specifically for your complete and swift recovery, Stacy. The road ahead will no doubt be difficult, but we know the Lord will be with all 5 of you every step of the way. We love you and your family and remember fondly all the years we served with you in the youth ministry at PCBC.

    Miuch love,
    Cheryl & Ed Pearce (& girls)

  69. Stacy, Jeff, Emily, Whitney and Travis

    We wanted you to know that the Samuel family will be lifting you up in prayer before our Heavenly Father.

    We are so thankful for your entire family.

    The Samuel Family

  70. Jeff and Stacy:
    I know there are lots of prayers being said on your behalf. I pray that each new day brings the strength, wisdom and grace you need for the day’s challenges and that the enemy is dumbfounded by the faith of the Warren family and is sorry that he ever messed with any of you. Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world and the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, that same Spirit will bring life to your motal body also. (paraphase of Romans 8:11. As Paul also said “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that wil be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18). I already see His glory on this website and the words that are spoken about and over you all.
    Prayers and Blessings,
    Debi Newman

  71. Stacy and Jeff –
    The first few words of your life verse have made a profound impact on my heart and soul today as I learn of this journey you are on. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Stacy, the Lord has already used this circumstance to make an impact, please know I love you both and will faithfully pray as the Holy Spirit leads.

  72. Hey Jeff and Stacy!

    We love and miss you guys! We’ll be praying for you.

    Andrew and Cynthia Knight

  73. Stacy and Jeff,
    What a blessing you have been to me and my family. I loved serving with you both in Youth at your old church in Dallas.

    The minute I read this my heart became heavy, my throat tight, my eyes wet with this trial for you and your precious children. You have far too many people to keep blessing for any time frames to change.

    This morning, studying God and His Sovereignity, I grew comfort at His abilities, especially His ability to create wonderful things like Stacy and His love for His Creation, mainly us.

    He knows your heart and I think I do too. Because of your heart, His plan for you is wonderful. He just doesn’t do things the way we think most of the time. That actually is pretty great eternally.

    I am praying for great comfort for you both and a complete and quick healing of Stacy’s Cancer. We will be hugging and praising God soon.

    In and For Christ,
    Stephen Barnes

  74. “after the rain” by aaron jeoffrey

    i cover my heart, turn from the wind, look to coat. here comes the storm again. what can i do but to trust in Him? cause i know the deeper my faith runs, the stronger i become. and the thunder it may shake me but i always know that after the rain, you can look to the sky again. the clouds will give way to the light of the Son. after the rain, you know that you’ve made it through. and you finally see the joy from the pain. after the rain. everyone needs. everyone hurts. everyone feels the weight of the world sometimes, but dont the wind sweep your heart away. cause even the roughest waters calm, so when they come again, let them serve as a reminder. you can always know that after the rain, you can look to the sky again. the clouds will give way to the light of the Son. after the rain, you know that you’ve made it through. and you finally see the joy from the pain. after the rain. can’t you see the hand of Jesus reaching out for you? you’ll never have to face the storm alone. after the rain, you can look to the sky again. the clouds will give way to the light of the Son. after the rain, you know that you’ve made it through. and you finally see the joy from the pain. after the rain. you know that you made it. hold onto the hand of Jesus. you know that you made it, after the rain.

  75. Hey m8’s…

    …Just me, thinking/praying constantly,

    Unending love from the Doyle clan tonight,

    Hope and healing Stace,

    The mad brit Bryan

  76. Jeff and Stacy
    I thanks God to come to know you and have the privilege of work with bouth of you in Guatemala
    I don’t understand whay the life change so quickly, but i understand God is in control.
    I promese pray for you and God glorify his name in your life.
    if is possible to i do something for you, please let me know……we love you

  77. Stacy and Jeff,
    We love you and your family so much and are trusting in Him for your healing and renewed strength. It is not a journey of your choosing, but nevertheless it is a journey, one of tremendous faith, and we will be here for you all the way. We look forward to seeing your sweet face back with us! Love to you all,
    Trish, Bill, Stephanie and Rich

  78. Good Morning, Jeff & Stacy,

    Thought of you when I heard these lyrics yesterday while listening to Casting Crowns – hope they can encourage you today:

    I’ll praise You in this storm
    And I will lift my hands
    For You are who You are
    No matter where I am
    Every tear I’ve cried
    You hold in Your hand
    You never left my side
    And though my heart is torn

    …I will praise You in this storm

    Love,
    Chris O

  79. Stacy,

    Your smile and your grace has always blessed me. It seems like just yesterday when you and Jeff moved to McKinney to join us. What a joy it has been to see you faithfully serve beside your husband. Your family is so loved and treasured. I am praying that you feel our love and support as God gives you the strength to go through this time.

    Love,
    Karen and Thomas Runyan

  80. Stacy
    We have been and will continue to pray for you and know without a doubt that God has a wonderful plan for you as you embark on this unexpected journey. We often don’t know where God will lead us, or why he chooses to take us down a particular path. We do know, however, that He loves us and will enable us to overcome any challenge that we encounter. Know too, that you have the earthly support of a wonderful Godly husband and great children who love you, as well as literally hundreds of others, both known and unknown to you. “Our God is an awesome God.”
    Keith, Cindy, Morgan, Madison, and Hunter

  81. There are times in life when words just don’t do the job and it is at those times, I believe, that God hears the groanings of our spirit. This is one of those times for me as I am sure that it is for you.

    We will pray about and for this journey of your life. We will pray that He will straighten the road, remove the bumps and give you plenty of gas along the way. The road map may be scary at this point, but it usually is just before a big trip. We trust Him for the destination.

    Thank you for sharing your journey.

    We love you!

  82. Stacy, Jeff, and all the Warren clan,

    We love you all and are certainly joining the multitudes in praying you all through this….especially Stacy. We are all humbled by the tremendous servant leadership that your family displays. We know that through this trial, no family could demonstrate better the strong faith to fully puts hope and trust in our sovereign Lord. We are trusting Him to hold you close through this Unexpected Journey and provide you a peace and hope that surpasses all understanding. Your family is so precious to us all. Our church is so blessed because of you.

    Love,

    Mark, Barbara, Elle, and Shelby Schneider

  83. Stacy,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious family as you endure this “unexpected journey”.

    With love,
    Bill & Jennifer
    Katie & Molly McCann

  84. Jeff & Stacy,

    We’re crying with you guys, praying for miraculous recovery, and rejoicing that God remains in complete control – always.

    Isaiah 55:9

    Call if we can help. We love you.

    Ivan & Judith

  85. Stacey, Jeff, Whitney, Emily, and Travis,

    Mary and I leave today for a job in Florida for eight days, but please know that you will be in our prayers daily.

    God is good, all the time, not matter what.

    John Cox

  86. Jeff and Stacy…

    “The Lord is good, a stronghold [a refuge] in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” (Na 1:7)
    You also has a “Refuge in the Woods,” anytime it is desired…
    We will continue to lift you up in prayer, our Brother and Sister.

    Paul and Sue

  87. Praying for you and the family. There is joy in this time of the unknown.
    Psalm 91:1-2
    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.

  88. Dear Warren Family,

    Please know that you have our love and prayers in the days to come. The staff came together to pray for you yesterday and we drew comfort from each other as we lifted Stacey up for complete healing, comfort & joy through this journey. Stacey, you are full of grace and Christ will use your strength, your faith, and your love for others to bring them closer to him during this time. Thanks for being who you are!

    Love, Tom & Susan Collins

  89. We started our day praying for you. What a privilege. You are dear friends.

    May God’s presence guide each minute this day. We pray God’s healing hand upon you as walk ahead toward doctor visits, times at home resting, and moments spent reflecting upon this journey.

    You are loved by many. You are loved by us!

    Chris, Brenna, Dillon, Derek, Caleb, Micah, Karis Joy, and Speedy!

  90. Hi Stacy,

    I know you have prayed for me and many others during trials and difficult situations. That same God that you have watched work miracles for others during their struggles loves you and wants to work miracles for you.

    You are an amazing woman of faith and courage. God will walk with you and hold you close. He is the Great Physician. I will pray that His healing touch will be with you in this valley.

    My love and prayers are with you!

    Karen Mensch

  91. Stacy,

    You, Jeff and your whole family have been such an awesome encouragement to Becky and me. We love you guys and are standing with you in prayer.

    “Some thro’ the waters, some thro’ the flood, some thro’ the fire, but all thro’ the blood.
    Some thro’ great sorrow, but God gives a song
    in the night season and all the day long”

  92. Hi Stacy
    We will spend much time in prayer for your recovery. God is good and he always takes care of our needs. Stay positive.
    Jeff, you too are in our prayers. Keep the faith

  93. Mere words cannot express what is in our hearts right now so we will keep it simple. We are praying for you & we love you.

  94. Stacy,

    You are in our prayers. I know everything will work out and God will reveal his plan. I’ve been reading through Job this morning and it meant so much more to hear Jeff talk about it.

    God Bless,

    Daniel and Aimee

  95. Stacy & Jeff & Family,
    We will continue to pray for strength and comfort for you all. We love you all and know that God will most definitely be lifted up and glorified during this season in your lives.

    God Bless,
    The Driskells
    Darren, Stacy, Nicole, Alexa, Mason & Hannah Lynn

  96. Stacy and Jeff,

    Each Night our family prays for your healing. We know that through it all, God will receive the praise. You both have been examples for my wife and I over the past several years. We thank God for your leadership and commitment to each other as husband and wife. It has been a beacon of hope to our family as well as others. Let us know if you need anything. We will continue to pray for your family as you go through this trying time.
    Love Amy and Jody Woolverton

  97. Dearest Stacy, While trying to put my passion for knitting to a practical use, I’ve recently started knitting chemo caps to donate. I was looking for new patterns and ran across this website, “www.cancercant.com”. This poem was on the front page and I thought it was wonderful.

    What Cancer Cannot Do

    Cancer is so limited …
    It cannot cripple love,
    It cannot shatter hope,
    It cannot corrode faith,
    It cannot eat away at peace,
    It cannot destroy confidence,
    It cannot kill friendship,
    It cannot shut out memories,
    It cannot invade the soul,
    it cannot reduce eternal life,
    It cannot quench the spirit,
    It cannot lessen the power
    of the resurrection.

    Anonymous

    You are constantly in my prayers.

    love,
    Gina

  98. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. You all are a blessing to the church and the church family. We know that God will see you all through this difficult time. You have many people praying for you- some people you probably have never met.
    Trust in God.

  99. Stacy and Pastor Jeff
    Though I have not walked this road that Stacy is walking I have walked it as a spouse. We asked that same question “Why us Lord?” and the answer always came “Why not You?” We not only knew the Lord but we had Him to daily walk with us giving us strength and hope for each new day. I praise Him that you also have this assurance. What a Mighty God we serve.
    God’s Blessings on you and your family as prayers are being lifted daily.

  100. Stacy-
    Our family has been lifting you up to the Father who can heal in a second! Thank you for being such a great partner with us as we serve Him. We pray you feel His presence more than ever before during this test.
    We love you and your family,

    The Byrds

  101. Please know that Texas Baptist will be praying for you everyday. You mean so much to the Kingdom that God will bless you and use each day for you to bless many others.

  102. Stacy and Jeff,
    Julie and I want to add our voices to the chorus of prayers directed at the throne of God for you. Our prayer will be three-fold. We will pray for the Peace and Wisdom as you requested. We also pray that a holy bonding will come upon you and the kids as you experience the supreme love of the Lord. Finally, we pray for Divine Healing through the power of the Lord as the doctors and nurses use the knowledge God gives them to minister to your physical needs.

    Stacy, May you be encouraged and strengthened by the tremendous support of the family of faith.

    Eternally, Rickey and Julie Hargrave

  103. Stacy and Pastor Jeff my church HAY VIDA EN JESUS in Orlando is praying for you and your family but God is in control of our life and sometimes we do not understand but is not about us, is about him and I know that God has a purpose on this situation, we had a wonderfull time in Guatemala and we hope to see you brothers and sister again, God bless you. Maria Luisa.

  104. Stacey and Jeff,

    Your family was always such an inspiration to our own family when we attended FBC McKinney before our move to another city. Your family continues to be an inspiration to us and all who know you. God has certainly chosen your family to go through this for a very specific purpose. While we don’t know it at this moment, we will see it in time. We are praying for Stacey’s healing and for God’s glory to be shown in the entire process.

    Love,
    The Evans’ Family

  105. Stacy & Jeff, Although it has been years since I have seen you, I still keep up with everyone through my mother, Elizabeth and my sister, Heather. I am praying for your continued strength and courage. I share the following verse for you…

    Psalm 73:23-24 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.

    Blessings to you and your family and in your total healing. Angie (Kinslow) Osborn, Houston, Texas

  106. I will continue to lift you & your family up in prayer each day. Our God is a faithful God and will be more than sufficient each step of this unplanned journey.
    Carla

  107. Stacy,
    I haven’t seen you in a while but please know that I am praying for you during this difficult time. You and Jeff have been truly a blessing in my life during more than one difficult time and I love you both. Having been where you are now – I know how much the prayers and love of your own and your church family can lift you up and help you carry on. Blessings to you all,
    Linda Dixon

  108. Dear Ms. Stacey . . . Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that when one part of the body suffers, all the parts suffer with it. We are truly suffering with you at this time. HOWEVER, we look forward to being joyful with you as our precious Lord and Savior restores you to full health. What wonderful hope we have in HIM!! Our hearts and prayers are with you! Mark & Linda Zschoche

  109. Stacy and family,

    Please know you are in our daily prayers. We personally know that God does conquer cancer. We were shocked when the doctor gave us the news that the biopsy showed cancer.

    We were expecting them to say.. everything is fine; however, God used those doctors to rid my body of cancer. That was in 1992. The doctors released my 5 years ago with no sign of cancer. God is the great physician.

    We know that your faith and the multitude of support people will see you through this and you will be back soon. We will miss your lovely smile for a little while but you will be back to church soon.

    Our love to you and you family,

    Jim and Becky Hughey

  110. Stacy,
    My wife and I are praying for you and your family during this time. We know that your faith and love for God will carry you through this situation. Sometimes our plans don’t always match up with God’s plan, but we can only grow stronger and closer to him during these circumstances. My wife had cancer as a child and it really defined who she is today and her relationship with God.

    The following versus from Jeremiah are my wife’s favorite and we want to share them with you for strength and encouragement.

    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. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

    Aaron & Manda Maxwell

  111. Jeff and Stacy,

    Thank you both so much for sharing your incredible Emily with us the last couple of days. She is so special to us. We’ve loved getting to be with all of you. Jeff, I would love to talk to you more about your book. We want you to know we will be praying for your family.
    Love, Karyn

  112. Stacy and Jeff,
    It’s ol’ Lynn Huffhines Schwall from PCBC. Brad heard the about Stacy today at PCBC staff meeting. I went to a routine mammogram May 07 age 41, diagnosed, lumpectomy June 1st, 4 rounds of chemo last summer, 6 wks of radiation last fall. I am here to tell you that bodies aren’t perfect, but God is. He was so present with us and our kids (at the time 6yrs. Grace, 10 yrs. Sam). My health is great, my hair is def. growing and is just the same as before,blond and straight. You will totally be able to get through this. Days go by that I hardly think about it anymore when at first it was in my mind every second. The time will fly by, the treatments will fly by, and God will be so close to you. With God’s help, Brad and my families’ love, I can honestly say this wasn’t even that bad. It wasn’t my marriage or my kids or anything like that. I feel sad this happened with your body, but I feel happy that you are going to discover a peace from God that I still can hardly believe is possible under such circumstances.
    Love,
    Lynn and Brad Schwall

  113. May God’s marvelous grace greet you every morning; you can count on our prayers for it to be so.

    Because Stacy was a friend of Kevin’s long before we ever met the Warren family, we feel that a special link connects us.

    Let’s praise God for the skillful doctors and wonderful medical care, and for His healing power, already at work in Stacy’s life

    Ann & Ed

  114. Jeff and Stacy,
    Emily, Whitney, & Travis,

    We love you guys so much. You have been in our thoughts and prayers constantly.

    Stacy – You are the most gracious women we know. We pray for your rest, comfort, and healing through these days.

    Jeff – You are the most selfless man I know. We pray for strength and encouragement as you lead your family and your church.

    Travis, Emily, & Whitney- My mom had breast cancer when I was in high school. I know how this is a roller-coaster of emotions for you. I pray that God provides you with the peace that passes understanding – especially as you start back to school.

    Love,
    Paul & Becky Daily
    Aidan, Noah, Tucker, Cade & Titus

  115. Dear Stacy,

    I know you will be smiling through your tears and will rest as easily as humanly possible because of your faith and love in Christ. Keep that classic red handy for those beautiful lips. Give my love to Emily and Whitney – they are beautiful girls.

    Keep the faith. You and your entire family will be constantly in my prayers,
    Love,
    Lynn

  116. Warren Family

    Our prayers are with you and we know the word CANCER as our grandson, Bailey,age 9, has Renal Cell Carsinoma(no cure). It is something you do not want to hear but the prayers of our friends and FBC have given us hope and strength. May God give all of you peace and strength and HIS Name be honored through these days. All of you are in our prayers. We love all of you. Ronald & Sue U.

  117. Although I am at a loss for words, God is not…He has already spoken about the journey on which you are traveling, and recorded it in His Word for you to find during this time. I pray that our teacher, the Holy Spirit, would reveal Himself in a new and fresh way.

    “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”

    You are in good Hands….

  118. Stacy and Brother Jeff,

    I was sorry to hear about Stacy’s illness. I am reminded that the Lord doesn’t want us to worry about a thing because He is a big god and has everything under control. I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am also reminded that the Lord never gives us more than we can bear.

    An encouraging poet wrote:

    “Therefore I live for today–
    Certain of finding at sunrise
    Guidance and strength for the way.

    “Power for each moment of weakness,
    Hope for each moment of pain,
    Comfort for every sorrow,
    Sunshine and joy after rain!”

    May you and your family find the joy and sunshine that the Lord has for you after the rain.

    Love in Christ,
    Charm Cameron

  119. Stacy,
    Just having returned from 2 weeks in Egypt with Lindsey, I heard the news. Be comforted and confident that you are living in a country where the finest medical treatment is available for you to rid yourself of this cancer. “Circle the wagons” and fight this with everything you have available to you and your family. Pray without ceasing, cry when necessary, lean on those you hold so dear, rest when your body needs rest and be filled with a strength that only God can provide. God is in control. Join hands with Him, stand ready for everything, fight with the strength of a warrior and prepare for His blessings and miracles to pour over you. Dr. Bruce and Susan Douthit

  120. Dear Stacy & Jeff,

    Our prayers are with you. With God all things are possible. We hold you up not only in our prayers but also in our hearts. God bless you as you witness to all of us through this means. Moses and Gloria

  121. Dear Warren Family,

    Your family is a blessing to ours in so many ways. We are praying for complete healing for Stacy and strength and comfort for the entire family.

    We never know exacltly what God is up to but we can excitedly anticipate the mighty ways he will reveal himself!

    Thank you for your example of faith and grace!

    We Love You Guys!
    Jay, Traci, Paige and Jack

  122. “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings abound with ten thousand beside. Great is Thy faithfulness Lord unto me!”

    Sweet Stacy and Jeff,

    This song keeps playing in my head. I sing it a loud as to affirm it in my head and in my heart. I sing this song for you and your family. We all know it. We all believe it. But to feel the peace from this stanza in the depth of our souls is something only the Holy Spirit can do. This hymn that has for so long been played, sung, hummed and lifted up to our heavenly father by so many is my prayer for you today. May it give you some joy, encouragement and some much needed rest and refreshment.
    May our precious Savior give you strength for today. May all of you continue to focus on the bright hope for tomorrow and as you travel on this “unplanned journey” may the blessings abound and be so evident as He showers His faithfulness to you.

    You are a true blessing to us from our Lord and Savior. Our family is so thankful that He has allowed our paths to cross. We are also so thankful that your family is in the circle of our fellowship of believers.

    Please know we will be joining you on your journey and praying for you all each step of the way. May with the rain that came today, also come a refreshing pouring of the Holy Spirit into all you do today.

    We love you.

    Barbara Schneider and family

  123. Dear Stacy and Jeff,

    Marian Osteen Engelland sent me and others an e-mail to let us know what was happening and with a link to your blog. I was a member of your PCBC youth group back in the early 90’s, and God impacted me through both of you.

    I find myself right now with many dear people in my life that are dealing with cancer, and I will be in prayer for you, Stacy … and for you, Jeff … and for your children.

    I thank Him that He is walking with you THROUGH this valley and that He is our provider, healer, comforter, redeemer, and great physican. I trust He is providing daily manna to each of you, but I pray He will allow you to see it – at least in part – that you may be greatly encouraged.

    Strength and peace to you all in Him, and with love in Christ,
    Shelley Houston

  124. Stacy,
    Rained my walk out this morning—-“there shall be showers of blessings” —- — nice hymn to hum or sing out loud with the kids?? “this is the promise of God”—-“seasons refreshing” —–
    Continuing in prayer,
    Carol

  125. my prayers are with you & your family!
    if you need anything at all, please let me know!
    take care,
    vance

  126. Dear Stacy,

    Your friends in Houston are praying HARD for you. As you have prayed for me in a similar situation, please know that I am honored to return the favor. I will pray for you daily. It is truly amazing to see how God reveals Himself through the prayers of those around you. Prepare to be more amazed than perhaps ever before. I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this, but I am confident that our God will be revealed and glorified through it. We love you! Paul and Wendy.

  127. Stacy and Jeff,
    We wonder “why?”…. could it be that this time in your lives (and ours) will be used to glorify God
    in a monumental way that only the light from one of His most precious servants could bring forth?

    You are precious to us, we love you and we lift you up in our prayers – now and always.

    Ron, Debbie and Deena

  128. Stacy,

    I’m sitting here trying to think of something wise to write and realize that I’m not a writer, much less a wise one, so I won’t try to sound eloquent… but I do want you to know that I, as many, have been touched deeply by the news of your cancer.

    We will do as Chris asked, and respect your privacy but please know that we are ready when you are ready for us, to be there in any way possible. We will be praying constantly for your entire family… I’ve found myself in the middle of the night, talking to God about you and praying for His comfort and peace in the unknown.

    I so enjoy just being around you Stacy – you are a very wise woman, wife and mother and have given me such encouragement that I’m sure you didn’t even realize.

    If I can sit with you during treatments, clean, carpool, cook, anything, know that I would be honored if you asked.

    We love your family!
    Angie and Charlie Short
    Garrett, Connor, Corey and Dylan

  129. I hope that so many (thousands) are praying for you and your family gives you some relief during this episode in your life. Knowing that there are many who can comfort you as they have been comforted is so good. Others like us in the church family can still have tears and compassion for you’ all. I’m praying for you to be healed and God to be glorified. Thank you for sharing your lives with so many of us.

  130. Dear Stacy and Jeff and family,
    We are praying in expectation of complete healing for you. We love you “and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) We claim this verse for you, Stacy, and for your family and we pray with great anticipation, watching and waiting as God’s great glory is revealed in and through you.
    Love in Christ,
    Barbara Loest

  131. And don’t ask me how a smiley face ended up on my comments. ‘Cause I have NO IDEA!
    B

  132. Stacy, Jeff & children,
    I did not attend the service on Sunday because I work in PS8 (NE corner of childrens building) which is next to security entrance. I finally asked someone what on earth did Jeff preach about because all the ladies came through to pick up kids and were all crying. At that time I heard the uncomforting news, but be sure that God will handle this as he does all else in your life. Be sure to let the kids support you as you have raised them to do “all things in Christ”. I wish you well during this process & hope that you find peace, blessings unlimited and a full recovery. God Bless all of you and may you be lifted up by everyone.
    Donna Addison

  133. Stacy and Jeff,

    Your family has been such a comfort and blessing to all of us at FBC. Our prayer will be that you will feel comfort and blessings during this difficult time knowing so many are lifting you up.

    Bryan and Lisa Greenup

  134. My sister and brother-in-law attend First Baptist Church. She was telling me about Stacy on Sunday. I immediately sent an e-mail to my Bible study ladies who are prayer warriors as well as to my associate pastor who has a Wednesday evening prayer time each week at 6:30 p.m.
    Your testimony of God’s sovereignty & faithfulness is amazing and blessed me.
    I’m praying for you and your family and will look forward to hearing reports in the future.
    God bless you and give you peace!
    Valerie

  135. Dear Stacy,
    I have checked into the blog several times, but I’ve been at such a loss for words. I could echo so many of the sentiments that have already been expressed, but the truth is I have no original words of my own. I think this is one of those times when words fall away and what is left is just you and the Father. I am praying for complete healing and that in the waiting, God will comfort you, strengthen you, and love on you as only He can. While none of us would choose this route, I know that it’s in these moments when we see aspects and treasures of God that can only be seen while we’re being cradled in the shadow of His hands. You are an amazing woman of God, and you fulfill all your roles with grace and dignity. I have no doubt that even in the darkest points of this journey, you are bringing much glory to the Father!
    Earnestly praying,
    LeAnna Martin

  136. Stacy, Jeff and family,
    James tells us to count it all joy. Boy, this is a tough one. I just know that our sweet Lord is going through every step of this with all of you, and with the church that loves you so.
    We will lift you up daily and each moment we think of you, and we’ll do our best to count it all joy. May you have the perfect peace that passes all understanding. And may you be inundated with prayer. Hack and Loreida Tremble

  137. We and the entire Cottonwood Creek Church staff are praying for your family during this time.

    Joe & Evita Patton

  138. Warren family,
    I just wanted to add my words to those already said. We are praying for you — for peace, for strength, for hope, for grace, for love, and for healing. We pray God will be glorified through this journey your family is now on. Just know you are loved and lifted up constantly.

    Jim & Monica Healer

  139. Precious Stacy,

    I met you only once and spoke with you only once, but your kindness touched me and I have loved you ever since. Your pure heart and Christ’s love radiate for all around you to see. Please remember to actually enjoy pouring that Love over every part and step of your way (large and small) through this journey. Also remember that Christ allowed those that loved Him to minister to Him when He needed it. I’ve wondered if He wanted it or felt He needed it, but I know He allowed it. Enjoy, embrace, cherish the love of your friends and family; and most of all, allow them to love you and spoil you rotten. They need to show love as much or more than you need to “feel” it right now.

    Note the sound of experience here? I started my breast cancer journey this past December and finished treatments in February. I have been cancer-free for 5+ months. :o) I learned a lot. I know that all people need friends and family during illness; some people also need a friend that they don’t know yet. I am volunteering for that role. IF you ever need me, call. You will have a lot of volunteers and God will tell you when you need who to call when (or is it whom?). :o) Don’t be afraid to enjoy (use?) all your volunteers. Our Lord has set up many of these friendships for you and they want to love you.

    More info than I meant to share, but know that you are in my prayers throughout each day and call me if you need anything (214-544-7485). I have lists and numbers of many products that made my adventure easier. Oh yes, and read your notes often and enjoy what God says through them. It’s really cool!

    Smiles and blessings,
    Donna Krempin

    PS – And forget about doing thank you’s; your job is to love, be loved and let your body heal. You can blame me for not doing ’em! :o)

  140. Dear Warren Family:

    You have blessed our lives in so many ways: it is truly an honor to lift you up to our Holy Father during this difficult time! Although we no longer attend FBC McKinney, the love of Christ that radiates from there can still be felt here, over 2500 miles away!

    I will encouarge my bothers and sisters in Christ, as I am sure you are, to pray for Stacy and your family, so that people all over the world are lifting you up in pray. I pray for complete and total healing, and I praise God in advance for the work he will do! I also praise God for the good things that will flow from this: I know that is God’s speciality, that He can use anything, and I do mean anything, for His glory.

    I thank Him for what he is doing right now in reminding us once again how completely and utterly dependant we are on Him. Any thoughts we have of power or control are mearly illusions: He is the source of all that is good, and He alone holds all power.

    I pray the you will feel the presence of our prayers, and more importantly, of God Himself, and that in the midst of this journey you find strength, courage and joy.

    We love you!

    Steve & Patti Bower
    Juneau Alaska

  141. Stacy,

    Your friends at PCBC are praying for you and for your family.

    The Lord promised to always be with us and He will be present with you in a palpable way now. We are praying for you to know the God of all comfort right now and experience His strength in a way that you never have before. Your verse is a wonderful promise to claim. We all love you very much.

    We will be praying that Jeff, always the encourager, to be filled even more with the Spirit of God to love and support you and the children.

    Be strong and courageous and we will support you with many prayers to the very throne of God.

    In His love,

    David and Cindy Harper

  142. Dear Stacy,
    Our hearts were saddened to hear about your diagnosis. We will pray for you daily. We know how overwhelming the first few weeks after diagnosis can be so let us give you an idea for some comfort. Remember the CD our choir did,
    “The Anchor Holds”? We think it will have new meaning at this time as you listen to it.

    The following are the words from one of the songs on it:

    Trust His Heart /When Answers Aren’t Enough

    All things work for our good
    Though sometimes we can’t see how they could.
    Struggles that break our hearts in two
    Sometimes bind us to the truth.

    Our Father knows what’s best for us
    His ways are not our own
    So when your pathway grows dim
    And you just can’t see Him
    Remember, you are never alone!

    God is too wise to be mistaken,
    God is too good to be unkind.
    So when you don’t understand,
    When you don’t see His plan,
    When you can’t trace His Hand,
    Trust His Heart!

    He sees the master plan
    He holds the future in His Hand
    So don’t live as those who have no hope
    All our hope is found in Him.

    We see the present weary
    But He sees the first and last,
    And like a tapestry,
    He’s weaving you and me into
    Something just like Him!

    He alone is faithful and true
    He alone knows what is best for you.
    When answers aren’t enough, there is Jesus!
    He is more than just an answer to your prayers,
    Your heart will find safe and peaceful refuge.
    When answers aren’t enough, He is there.

    God is too wise to be mistaken,
    God is too good to be unkind.
    So when you don’t understand,
    When you don’t see His plan,
    When you can’t trace His Hand,
    Trust His Heart!

    Stacy, We know that you will inspire others with your dignity and grace. We pray for complete healing!

    Love Dick and Nancy

  143. You are in our prayers even more so then ever. I know the Lord will see you through this difficult time.

    In Him,

    The Harris Family

  144. Dear Jeff and Stacy,
    I have not had the opportunity to meet you although my wife, Sheila and I attended FBC our first Sunday back in Texas when we moved here as Executive Director of the BGCT. The worship service was an awesome experience of the presence of God.
    I continue to hear how powerfully God is working through you and the church. Today I learned of the challenge you now face. I pray that you will experience the presence of Christ daily in a way that is morre profound than ever. I pray that God will give you strength, wisdom, hope and healing. We pray that God will be your Rock and your Hope.
    Please let me know if we can do anything in addition to our prayers. God bless you.
    Randel and Sheila Everett

  145. Both Sue and myself will be praying for your recovery, as well as peace and comfort. God has you right where he wants you.

    God continue to Bless you and your Family

    Hans and Sue

  146. Here’s all I have for right now–

    WE LOVE YOU

    Walking with you,
    Jim and Terry

  147. Dear Stacy,
    You are loved by so many. Heaven must have been bombarded with prayers these last couple of days! Bill and I will continue to pray daily for you and your precious family.

    Mark 24:11
    Therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever you pray and ask for, believe that you receive them and you shall have them.
    Much Love,
    Bill and Mary

  148. Dear Warren family,

    We received an e-mail this morning from a member of your church asking for prayer for your family during this difficult time for you.

    Our church, Northrich Baptist Church in Richardson is known as a ptaying church. We would love to gift you with one of our little lap quilts in which members of the congregation tie a knot and say a silent prayer for you.

    To read about this ministry, please log onto our website under ministries and then let me know, along with your favorite colors.

    May God give you strength, peace, comfort and complete healing.

    Mary Quindlen

  149. Dear Stacy,

    I’m here for you, loving & praying for you.

    (214) 477-3257,
    Sara

  150. Jeff & Stacey,

    We got forwarded this blog today with the news of Stacey’s surgery and ongoing recovery. Since that time, we have been thinking about our precious friends from yesteryear at PCBC. Both of you meant so much to us early in our marriage as we are at the same stage of life journey. We are thankful that you you have continued to lead others by words and example since then.

    This diagnosis and recovery is another opportunity for Him to be glorified in your lives. I am reminded of another verse, Philippians 1:27 “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ”. I can’t think of 2 other people who have and do live this daily.

    You can count on Macey and I to pray for y’all through this treatment and recovery period and we look forward to having the opportunity to celebrate with you personally in the future.

    God Bless and Godspeed!!

    Woody and Macey

  151. Dear Stacy,

    Our hearts are heavy with the news of your diagnosis, yet our feet are standing firmly with you on the precious promises of God – He will never leave or forsake you. Nothing can separate you from His love. When you are weak, He is strong. He hears our prayers.

    With our eyes on Him, we’re praying for you!
    Bobby and Roxanne

  152. Jeff and Stacey,

    Cindy and I love you both and will be praying faithfully for you and your family. I know you have all you need to make this journey that is so unexpected. God will be glorified in all of this because you both are some of the finest folks He ever created! I know you will be surrounded by many there that will love on you and support you and please know we are loving on you from St. Louis.

    Bob Dude

  153. Dear Stacy,

    Thank you for allowing us to share your ongoing battle. We just went through the same battle (finished chemo 3 weeks ago) and, had it not been for Susan Armstrong ministering to our family, we would have struggled so much more.

    God is good, and He provides what we need in these times: to strengthen and refine us. He is a healing God, and I’m praying that He touches you and helps you recover.

    Please feel free to visit our family website–www.caringbridge.org and suzannet–for encouragement (the journal of a Godly woman battling breast cancer) and let us know what you need.

    Sincerely, Carie Lambert (972.369.0965)

  154. Jeff and Stacy,

    Your PCBC family is praying too! 🙂 Your life-long faith is leaving amazing footprints in SO many lives, mine included. I’m praying for strength and peace throughout the coming days and weeks. You are loved dearly!

    Erin Blaydes Anderson

  155. Stacy and Jeff,
    The Bible says that life is a vapor that comes and soon goes away. We as Christians know that we are not home yet but live our Journeys on earth under God’s will. The Bible also says in Psalms to “be still and know that He is God”. Thanks for sharing and for drawing us even closer to Him, for God reveals His secrets for those who love Him. In Him,
    Roberto, Elaine, Erick and Ingrid – yours forever…

  156. Dear Stacy

    My heart is heavy and I am praying for you and your precious family. You are a beautiful Lady and you are a blessing to me and we are blessed to have your family in our church family. You are not alone, we stand with you in prayer and whatever your needs may be. God is who he says he is and God can do what he says he can do. He is in control and he loves you more than we do. God bless you and yours.

    Love you dear sister in Christ
    Barbara and Bill Daughety

  157. Stacy and Jeff,
    You and your family are in our prayers. Our hearts go out to you and we pray for full recovery. Stacy, you have come to my mind so much lately and I wasn’t sure why, but I always just sent up a little prayer for you and Jeff. We miss yall, but know you are where God wants you to be. The Taylor Armstrong class will put you on our prayer list and pray for you weekly. I hope you know how much Park Cities is there to love and support yall through this time.

    Love,
    Cindy and David

  158. We join with all the many others who are praying for you and your family. We know the power of prayer and the Lord’s response to the prayers of His children. We claim His peace and His healing for you, Stacy. God will be glorified through your suffering and your faith in Him as a family. Many lives will be changed eternally through this journey for your family, and the prayer warriors that you have been for others serves as a model for all of us as we pray for you seeking the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and asking the Lord for restoration, His peace, and His grace for you all today and all the days that follow.

  159. Wisdom for this time, I have none.
    Personal experience of a time like this, I have none.
    Scriptural references are many, and I know you can call upon them all.
    Hope, Faith, & Love you have in spades, without question.
    The warmth of GOD’s Grace, I’m sure is all around you.
    Your Family and Church are all in prayer and offering their support.
    And with your focus on bringing Glory to GOD in whatever comes your way, there is no need for axioms or words of encouragement.
    But as tears fill my eyes I pray for the ease of your journey through this time, comfort and strength for your family, and I joyfully join you in your quest to Glorify GOD in your every step.

    LOVE in CHRIST, Kent

  160. Stacy,

    I can’t say that I understand what you are going through or even begin to know the kind of emotions you are experiencing at this time. All I know is that God is AMAZING and his purpose, though strange and even frustrating at times, is the core of everything we do … everything that life offers us. Try to see this as a beginning to an incredible story and witness you will have later in life. I can remember my mother going through cancer and the ONE THING I can remember she relied on the most was God. And then … my father. God and Jeff will see you through this. And our prayers are with you constantly.

    Jeff,

    Not only is this a trying time for Stacy but for you as well. God has given you yet another opportunity for you to show your faithfulness … your passion for trusting God completely and knowing that He KNOWS what He is doing. You have to be the pillar of strength for Stacy. And I know she will be lifted up into God’s caring hands by your support. “In sickness and in health …” I know you will do amazing things for Stacy and for your own relationship with God in the days to come. We are with you every step of the way in our prayers.

    Kevin, Cindy & Summer Moseley

  161. Stacy-

    We serve a great God who loves us and will not give us more than we can handle. He knows your every fear and will give you the strength and courage you need to endure through this journey. God is bigger than any disease and will sustain you as you walk through the days ahead. Shari and I will be praying for you, Jeff and your precious children daily! If you need anything at all please don’t hesitate to call..214-384-6326.

    We love you!!

    Mike and Shari Patterson

    Jeff-

    You continue to be a great example of what it means to live forgiven. My prayer for you is that God will give you the courage and wisdom you need in these days to lead our flock while also caring for your loving bride. If I can help you create some “white space” on your calendar so that you have more time for Stacy and your family let me know…I am just a call away.

    Mike Patterson 214-384-6326

  162. Stacy,

    I will, with you, hold onswervingly to the hope we profess in our Lord, for He who has promised is faithful.
    I am not moved by what I see but by every word
    that comes from my father.
    The God of peace and the grace of our Lord Jesus
    is with you.
    Love in Christ,

    Arleatha Green

  163. Dear Warren family (Stacy),

    Lupe, Mikaela and I are praying for you. We are so very sorry to hear the news. My mom just went throught this earlier this year. She is winning!!
    Stacy, you said it best with scripture post surgery. We live for Him. In times like these what great joy we find in our hearts knowing this. I am reminded of a sermon Jeff preached when we visited the church last year. He asked “Do you worry?” Jeff’s comment aned sermon was “Worry about NO THING in Christ” It has stuck with me ever since. Your family brought the message of Christ to me in 2001. I thank the Lord for your being in our lives. Hang in there. Your a winner!

    Mike, Lupe and Mikaela

  164. Jeff & Stacy,
    When my Mother called me yesterday and asked me to check her email, (as her internet was disabled in a recent storm), I was not prepared for what I found. It was a forwarded email from my cousin with the subject line of “Paster Jeff Warren.” My heart sank when I read the prayer request. I’m so sorry to hear what Stacy is going through, but I know that she is stong in her faith. I believe Jesus will carry you through this to the glory of God the Father.

    I came to FBC McKinney only 6 months after your family. It was refreshing to hear someone finally preaching the love of God instead of the scorn of God, [which I had grown up hearing]. I remember that Stacy was the very first person who walked up and greeted me one morning as I stood in the hall looking like a little lost puppy. She was so nice and warm and I was so excited the next time we came to church and saw that she was the teacher for my then 3 year old daughter, Cheyenne. We moved to Grapevine 2 years ago and have joined another church, but you guys will always have a wonderful, special place in my heart.

    Stacy, I know you haven’t changed a bit. You are the most kind and warm soul I have ever known. I only hope that I turn out to be half the woman you are some day. I know God is with your family and please know that my family will continue to pray for you every day.

    We love you all so much!
    Crystal, Scott, Cheyenne and Charlie

  165. Jeff and Stacy,
    When we heard about your cancer on Sunday, it brought back memories of that phone call that said You have
    cancer. We need to do surgery. I know that the Lord
    will take you through this. He did me.
    Couldn’t keep from thinking about a quote from Same Kind of Different As Me. Denver said, “The work Miss Debbie is doin is very important. She is becomin precious to God. When you is precious to God, you become important to Satan. Watch your back, Mr. Ron. Somethin bad gettin ready to happen to Miss Debbie. The thief comes in the night.”
    I know that Stacy is precious to God and our God is
    bigger than anything Satan can do.

    Neal and Paula Ator

  166. Dear Sweet Stacey,

    I am not as talented as others with speaking or writing words, but the sentiment is deep and the love is real for you and your precious family.

    I prayed for you to have joy today in each private personal moment that you spend with Jesus. I also prayed that there would be many sweet memories that come for the precious times with family and friends today and over the next several months. And…I prayed for full healing.

    I believe God will honor the request!

    With deep love and admiration,
    Debbie

  167. Thinking of you today
    Praying for you continually
    Loving you always

  168. Praying for you all today. My mom has been battling cancer for many years and my parents were with us last weekend. When Katie heard of how Whitney had put Bible verses all over the house for Stacy she wanted to come home and do the same for her grandmother. Whitney made a big impression on Katie during Christmas journey and I am very thankful for your family and the great kids you do have that even without knowing it they are encouraginging mine to love Jesus. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.

  169. God has much confidence in you as he entrusts you to demonstrate his message of Grace while we watch and pray… not unlike Job when Satan challenged God that Job would cave. I’ve only been in the area a few months, but as I’ve seen my cracked ornaments gain beauty, my nightmares turned back into dreams and my door kicked open a little more consistently, I’ve come to love and appreciate your family and ministry more and more. Thanks for your faithfulness to God’s call in your lives.

  170. u’ll be in my prayers, both of u, all of u.
    always continue to run to Him.

    Philippians 1:3-6

    ur brother in Christ,
    brady

  171. Pastor Jeff & Stacy,

    We are family of Bill and Mary Rosen, and they were sharing with us Stacy’s diagnoses, and i am here to tell you there is life after CANCER!!! And life more abundant may i add!! Bob was also diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and had to have a kidney removed. I felt as though our world had come to an end!! But it was just the beginning!! Our GOD is a amazing GOD! Although it was the hardest time it our life, we felt that peace that passes ALL understanding. Our marriage is stronger than ever and our faith in God has stengthened! He is God in the up’s and he is God in the downs!! Bob is healthy and cancer free.God does answer prayers!! And i know you both have many prayers being said on your behalf. Just know their are people outside your McKinney family that are lifting you up in prayer!!These verses helped get us though!!What time i am afraid i will trust in thee. In GOD i will praise his word, in GOD i have put my trust,I will not fear what flesh can do to me. Psalm56:3-4. Your in our thoughts and prayers!!

    God bless,
    Bobby & Beverly Richardson

  172. Stacy: what a wonderful testimony you are to everyone you come into contact with. I will lift you up to the Great Physician every day. I have put your name on my computer at work and will ask God to surround you and all of your loved ones with His perfect peace.

  173. Stacy and Jeff,
    I am a breast cancer survivor of 4 years (diagnosed July 2004). The journey was filled with tears and laughter, heartache and rejoicing, and God is faithful and for you too, He will lift you up and comfort you during this journey. Along with everyone else, I wish to help you in any way I can. Please feel free to call or e-mail me if you need to talk to someone who has been along a similar path, or just need someone to sit quietly with you. Every morning I am lifting you up to the Great Healer, along with your family.

  174. Jeff and Stacy,
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. We are now both cancer survivors, having just had my kidney removed that was cancerous. The people from FBC, McKinney and everyone we have had the pleasure of ministering to over the years were so faithful to lift their prayers before the Father on my behalf. I remember the hundreds of hours spent supporting Margaret through chemo and radiation. I would not have made it without the Lord Himself, and the way He spoke to us through His people. The reality – God is faithful! He is faithful to His Word and His promises. He is faithful to be there through every step that every one in your family will go through as you deal with your cancer. He will be faithful to use you to speak to others in your church and in your community. Your testimony will be a beacon light that will draw people to want Christ as their Lord and Savior! That is what we learned, and He will teach you that and so much more in the days to come.
    Frank and Margaret Mathews

  175. We’ve been thinking of and praying for you daily since we heard the news. I know that your sweet family will draw closer to each other and to God in the days ahead. Our preschoolers sing a song that states, “Our God is a great big God, and He watches over me.” Hold on to this simple truth in the coming days. It’s easy for God to watch over you when He holds you in the palm of His hand! We will continue to “pray without ceasing” for comfort, strength, and healing.
    In His love,
    Jerry & Sherrilyn Price & family

  176. Hi Stacy- You don’t even know me but My mother and mother in law attend FBC and told me the report. I am praying for you and your family. I had one of your beautiful daughters in my home for a birthday celebration ( with Matt Budjenska) a few years ago. Today I met with the prayer team leader at McKinney Fellowship Bible and we prayed for you and put you on our church prayer list. You’ll get through it. My 83 year old mother had it twice in both breasts – 10 years apart – and she is just fine and dandy today! It’s been 5 years since her last bout with it! God is faithful and He shows Himslf strong for His own. Lifting you up! Joy Roberts

  177. Dear Stacy,
    I just prayed for God to give you strength, peace and wisdom as you take one day at a time.
    Psalm 57:1b
    “I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”
    May God also give you many moments of joy and laughter with your family.
    Jann

  178. Dearest Stacy and Brother Jeff,
    How deeply sorry I was to learn of the cancer and your surgery. Even though it has been a while since we have spoken to you or seen you, you and your family have always been in our thoughts and prayers. We miss the times we had together when you were with us at PCBC and watching you grow in your marriage, your faith and your ministry. Stacy, your smile has always been something I always remember about you. I’m not sure I can ever remember a time when you weren’t smiling. You are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. I know that you truly will bring honor and glory to Him during the upcoming weeks and months. Please know that The Parkers and The Porters love you all and will continue to keep you close in our hearts and our prayers.

    In the love of Christ,
    John

  179. Dear Stacy and Jeff, just want you guys to know that I will be praying for you. Love you guys.

    mark

  180. Stacy–“on the streets with Plain Jane again”—
    I walked “between” the drops of rain today (and don’t I just wish I was that skinny!) I’ve walked thousands of miles in the last 30 years and I’ve never found what I did today. Right there in the middle of the street was a lug wrench—so I picked it up and “lugged” it with me the next two miles; (could that be the reason no one smiled or waved at me today?) Anyway, I was reminded of the phrase “He’s not heavy, he’s my brother.” Stacy, you have hundreds, if not thousands of people praying (carrying) for you right now. It is our honor to be allowed to carry our own little part. You’re not heavy–you’re family! “Carry each others burdens —–” Galatians 6:2
    By the way, do you know what lug wrenches are for? They’re used on “nuts” on car wheels. So now you know for sure that I’m the “nut”. Also, if you need an extra lug wrench I know where to find you one fast.
    Smiles and prayers, Carol

  181. Dear Jeff, Stacy, Emily, Whitney, and Travis,

    We feel so blessed to serve alongside you and we are praying for each one of you. We are praying specifically, Stacy, that you will be touched and completely healed by our Almighty God’s powerful hand, and that He will replace all of the sickness with a fresh, new hope! We are constantly inspired by your precious family’s evident faith, and we stand firmly faithful with you during this test.

    We have received so much love and encouragement from our incredible FBC McKinney family during our own unexpected journey over the last year and it is our privilege to lift you up in prayer, now.

    Here is a small piece of scripture which was helpful to us. We have referred to it as God’s little prescription for therapy:

    Philippians 4:4-8
    4Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.

    Be encouraged, and know you are LOVED so much!

    Michael and Elise Rutig

  182. Stacy–I was so sorry to hear of your recent surgery and the diagnosis you received. Coincidentally, I had a breast biopsy week before last. After I had the needle location and was waiting for another mammogram before the surgery, I was in the waiting area alone…or so it appeared. There was an open Bible on the table that I walked over to and started to read where it was opened to Psalms 91. I read these verses: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart…. If you make the Most High your dwelling–even the Lord, who is my refuge–then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone…..”Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name, He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” I certainly felt the presence of the Lord in that hospital waiting room and knew He had sent an angel to minister to me at that very moment. I know you have hundreds of people praying for you and your family during this difficult time. You will certainly be in my prayers through this journey.
    Nancy Senior Michael

  183. Stacy,

    We are thinking about you and praying for you and your family many times a day. God has a plan for your life, this is part of it and he will take care of you.

    We love you,
    Jan, Lonnie, Michael & Blair

  184. Stacy
    While I am sure you do not have a clue who I am, who we are, I want you to know that LaDonna and I are thinking of you and praying for you daily since this most difficult ” thing” has happened to you and your family. You are so young to have to endure such a difficult battle. Last year, my sons girl friend was diagnosed with cancer and going through her treatments with her( she is only 24) was one of the most difficult things we have ever gone through, and I can not imagine what it is like for the patient. ( By the way, she is in full remission ) Just remember, when your arms are to heavy, and the road to long, when the load is to great and the hill just to high, there is one that you can turn to that will put you on his shoulders and carry you through. I know that you already know this, sometimes we just need for some one else to say it for us. We love you Stacy and God is with you and your family. I read once that because we are told in the Bible that all things from God are good, that means that cancer is from the evil one. And that it is his attempt to come between us and God. Be strong, be steady and be assured that there are literally thousands of people that love you and are in your corner. And that includes God,as you are aware. Please tell Jeff that we stand ready to help you and he in any way that we might.
    972) 562-0855
    \\Jerry and LaDonna Goodwin

  185. Stacy, Jeff, and family,

    We are praying for you all and we know that God is in control all the way. My (Dan’s) mother is a 10+ year breast cancer survivor by God’s grace and as Jeff has told us many times His grace is sufficient. I got to see first-hand in Guatemala the faith of the Warren family and I praise God for your ministry. I pray that God will sustain each of you in every moment during this season of life.

    Dan and Kathy Weintraub

  186. Jeff and Stacy,
    I haven’t talked to you guys in many many years but I still have wonderful memories of the PCBC youth group. Stacy’s life verse actually made that song pop in my head from mission trip days. You guys were such an inspiration to me and really helped shape my christian faith. My mom forwarded me the news today. I am praying for you and your kids as you go through this difficult time. I know your faith is carrying you – know that you have many prayer warriors out there fighting this fight with you.
    Andrea Broussard Cole

  187. Stacy,

    As I was reading last night, I came upon a verse in Psalm 138 that stood out to me. Verse 8 says, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me”. I take great confidence in that reminder, and I pray He will comfort you in that as well. He WILL fulfill His purpose for you, dear Stacy.

    Praying for healing,
    Kim

  188. Stacy,

    Words can’t begin to explain how much the the Poe Family Loves you and your family, so I won’t try, but know this, We stand ready to serve you and your crew… We will lift you up continually and pray that God be glorified through your trials… Jeremiah 29:11-13 ( Seek Him… )

    JP

  189. How appropriate that Jeff often speaks of Job. We are sometimes left to wonder “why do bad things happen to good people,” and “why is this happening to me?” We don’t 100% know the answers for all of our hardships, but we do know this. Only those who are strong in God’s Word can be used for His Glory. It is people like you, Stacy, that will show the rest of us Job-less folks how to truly live in God’s Word. Your strength provides the example we need to keep our eyes focused upward, and our hearts yearning for Christ. Thank you for your courage.

  190. Dear Lord,
    Please guide the Warren’s today in all their endeavors. Please show them how you are walking with them through this arduous time. Please ease their burden, give then rest and provide them with the peace that passes all understanding. Thank you for your grace, your mercy and your unfailing love. We praise you for who you are and who the Warren family is because of you. May you be glorified in this entire journey. May you be lifted up. Thank you for loving our special friends, Thank you for loving them in a way we could never do. Your grace is sufficient. Thank you for your faithfulness dear heavenly Father.
    We Praise Your Name Dear Jesus!
    barb

  191. Dearest Stacy, Jeff and Family,

    We admire your strength as a family of God and we are glad to be part of your extended family of Christ. We lift all of you up at this time in prayer daily. We know that God will embrace you and carry you through the time ahead.
    I am reminded of a song by Chris Tomlin, “Holy is God Almighty; the earth is filled with His Glory.” …the Joy of the Lord is our Strength.

    We love you guys.

    Christina and Scott Bliven

  192. Ms. Stacy,
    I just love ya!. My mother once told me that God only assigns special tasks to special people because only He knows who can handle what. I truly believe you are a special, special woman of God and He has things right where He needs them to be. I am praying for you and the Glorious recovery He has already set up for you. Take this time to rest in the Saviors arms. He loves holding on to His children.

    Love you and my Pastor dearly,
    Lynda Dodd

  193. Well dear Warren Family,
    We have been so blessed to be in 2 churches where you guys have served…and I say you guys because we all know the whole family is involved in serving when Dad is pastor! Our prayers are with all of you during this trial. They will be for strength, fortitude, attitude adjustments, grace, forgiveness, thankfulness, upliftance (if that’s a word), HEALING, gratitude and PEACE.
    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13
    Bryan and Christy Bickerstaff

  194. Stacy & Jeff
    We love you guys so much. What a treat to reconnect at Wind River. Your family has blessed the York family for years. Please be comforted and know that we and so many others are praying for your quick recovery.

    We are big fans and love y’all tons.

    Blessings,

    John & Bev, Amy, Karlie, Molly & Katie

  195. Stacy:

    Our entire church family was absolutely devistated Sunday when we learned of this journey that God has chosen for you to travel. We do not understand the wisdom of God but we do know that he is in charge and that he will be the great comforter for you, Jeff, Emily Whitney and Travis in the times ahead. You and your wonderful family will be in our prayers daily.

    We Love your dear family,
    Bob and Marye Poteet

  196. Stacy, Jeff and Family,

    Just wanted you to know your PCBC staff had a prayer time for you Tues. morning. We will continue to hold your family up in our prayers!
    Miss seeing y’all.

    Laurie

  197. Stacy,

    I forgot to mention yesterday that the hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour” came to my mind as I was thinking of you in these last few days, and I kept going over it again and again. It is so true and so soothing to claim that phrase and declare it to the Lord. Of course, He already knows we need Him, but to confess it often is like offering up our burdens moment by moment.

    Mike and I are praying continually for you, Jeff, and the kids. We love you dearly.

    Connie and Mike

  198. To our dear “Blanc de Blanc” friends…

    Our hearts were SO saddened to learn the wonderful Warren family is having to deal with cancer–each in his/her own way. How grateful we are that we serve an omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God who knows each of you intimately and loves all of us more than we can even imagine. God will be glorified by all you….of this we are confident! You guys are engraved on our prayer list….we love you so much!!! Phyllis and Jim

  199. Just checking in with you guys. Wanted to let you know that I’m thinking about you today. Lots of love, Mary

  200. Stacy & Jeff … I know that Rachel will want to add thoughts of her own, but what a privilege it is to be praying for such precious friends. Life, as promised, is never short of surprises but we serve a God who knows all of them yesterday, today, and forever. First things first, like treatment, but whenever you need a getaway, give us a call. My best in His Love …. John

    Phil 4: 6-7

    PS … Jeff, once Stacy’s chemo kicks in, are you going to let YOUR hair grow out ? Just wondering … My best from Colorado … JA

  201. Precious Stacy,

    Oh how we love you and the entire precious Warren family. How saddened we are with this newsbut how we look forward to see God at work
    through this time. May His strength be yours.
    May His love be yours. May His healing be yours.

    We lift up you, Jeff, Emily, Whitney and Travis in
    our prayers. We offer our help to you in anyway
    you need.

    Ron and Carolyn Jones

  202. Stacy and Jeff,
    The Gotchers love the Warrens and are thankful that the Lord introduced us. We are praying for each of you and all of you.

    Mary Kay and Max

  203. Jeff, Stacy, Emily, Whitney and Travis,

    We just wanted you guys to know that we love you and that we have been praying for you and will continue too. Please call on us, if you need anything. I know that you have so many with that offer, but please don’t hesitate.
    Rachel and the boys wanted to let Emily and Whitney (Rachel’s favorite sitters), and Travis, know that they are praying for their mom’s healing, and that God will help them through this journey.
    We love you guys,
    Rob, Angie, Drew, Zach & Rae-Rae

  204. Stacy,
    Didn’t get to walk today—–except around and around the yard as I mowed it. I looked to see if mowing the yard was in the Proverbs 31 list for a wife of noble character——no, wasn’t there, BUT there were MANY traits listed that you have. Your family lacks nothing of value because they have you!
    Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7 Thanks for modeling the servant’s heart with all your acts of service and kindness.
    Prayers continue, Carol

  205. Mom-
    Youre doing good today! Walking around and everything:) I’m so proud of you and I’m so happy your my Mom…I love being with you these past few weeks…And I’ll always be here for you! You have always been beautiful and strong to me but your strength and beauty has mulitplied these past weeks as I watch you stay strong in the scarriest of times…I’m gonna go hug you now:)

    EVERYONE WHOS WRITTEN:
    Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!
    Hearing from all of you in this way brings so much joy to our hearts and my Moms! We are blessed by every message!

  206. Dear Stacy,
    I continue to lift you and your precious family up in my prayers night and day. Psalm 121 was part of my devotions today. I claimed verse 7 and 8 for you: The LORD will keep Stacy from all harm -He will watch over her life; the LORD will watch over Stacy’s coming and going both now and forevermore.

    You are a beautiful lady and God is in total control. Enjoy all the many blessings and little things He does for you each and everyday. He is always there and He will never leave you.

    Ps. 121:1-2 – I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

    Please call me if you ever need something or need someone to talk to. 214-934-4399

    Much love and prayers,
    Lynn

  207. Stacy,

    We haven’t met yet, but that doesn’t stop me from praying for you. Always remember that you are strong and when you fall or don’t have the strength, others will have it for you. God is there and He loves you and has brought you a whole church to support you. I know it is hard to do but remember the blessings in your life and God won’t give you anymore than you can handle. I pray that you always have the strength and power of knowing you will be okay. I hope what I said didn’t cross any lines, but I’ve seen people who have survived from this disease and so will you. You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers and if you need anything, let me know. My family would love to help. God bless you and your family.

  208. Hi Stacy,

    Was thinking much of you today, you are so precious…

    Will always be here for you,

    So honoured to be your friend,

    Love, grace and peace tonight,

    Tracy XXXX

  209. Stacy, I continue to be amazed at the strength of your children, but I know where it comes from–first of all a God who loves them very much and has poured Himself into their lives. And second, from parents who have done the same thing. What a blessing to be able to say they are my friends!
    First Samuel 2:30 says, “Those who honor Me I will honor.” How true, especially in your life. I love you, my friend.

  210. Dear Jeff and Stacy,
    You, your family and your ministry have been in my and Nita’s daily prayers for the past several years. We will continue to pray daily for Stacy’s complete healing and rapid recovery.

    After my heart surgery in 1986, I felt very uncertain about my future. I began searching in God’s word for a promise about my future. I received a promise from Psalm 128:5-6. This promise calmed my fears about my future when I was 53 years old. I am now 75 years old and have six grandchildren. God is good and He keeps His promises.

    We claim this promise for Stacy.
    Psalm 128:5-6: “May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life; May you see prosperity of Jerusalem and may you live to see your children’s children.”
    In His name.
    Glenn and Nita Robb

  211. Emily, Whitney and Travis,

    As Kate and prepared these last few days for the final year at MHS, you all have been on our heart! We have prayed and lifted your family up and claimed ultimate healing for your mom…but also that your hearts will find peace as you start school. I know your time has been precious these last few weeks at home with your mom. What a blessing for you all!!!

    As a mom, I want you to enjoy this year and soak up all the blessings that God has instore for you…He will lead you, love you and challenge you as you enter your school doors each day. One thing we all can be sure of is HE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU!

    Be who God has created….
    Trust HIS ultimate POWER…
    LOVE one another during this time!!

    When you see Kate in the halls, just know that our family loves you ALL and are in constate prayer for you……

    Hugs!

    Binky and Kate

    Stacy and Jeff….The sun is shining for the first time in days! Hope you both have a chance to ENJOY it!

  212. The Warrens –

    This will be a time of great uncertainty – full of unanswered questions and confrontation of hidden doubts and fears.

    It really doesn’t matter what the “why’s” are – what really does matter is the “who” – Jesus the Beautiful God – He is looking for those who will trust Him – no matter what, no matter why, no matter how –

    Laying all the nonsense at His feet and then walking away is the only course of action to take.

    The reason His mercies are new every morning is because we have to learn how to trust Him new every morning – step by step – moment by moment – breath by breath..

    God promises to enter into every life circumstance and work it out for the best. The answer to living forgiven is found by trusting-faith in the Beautiful God.

  213. Dear Stacy, Jeff and Warren Family:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this bump in the road of life. This “bump” seems to have touched all of our lives in one form or another and with each one – God has the plan and is so good. We love you, your family and thank you so much for your grace and love that you have shown to us and everyone that has walked in your path.

    We wish you nothing but the best and a speedy recovery. You have some many that love you – let us know how we can help and support you during this time. Take care and enjoy today!

  214. We are so sorry to learn of your diagnoses. We want you to know that here in Moses Lake, WA we are praying for you and yours. looking forwrd to hearing good reports

  215. Dear Stacy, Jeff, Emily, Whitney & Travis:

    Wow!! What a week! It has been like a “triathalon” of emotions, feelings, tears and even blessings for everyone effected by your journey; it certainly has been for our family. I can’t even begin to imagine what is has been like for you.

    But what an amazing way you all have allowed your friends and family to join you in this “journey”! You are loved by so many. So many wonderful words of encouragement, scripture and prayers. And from far and wide! It is a blessing to read from fellow believers from all over the world. And to see so many names that your family has impacted.

    Your journey has no doubt brought all who know you closer together and closer to our Lord. I’m sure we all are treating our loved ones with extra special care……hugging a little longer, saying “I love you” more sincerely and reaching for the Father with a new and special longing. And recognizing those folks around us who are lost and hurting and how we can be Jesus for them or to them.

    I can’t begin to put into words what should be said; so many have already written such wonderful words that I won’t try to add to them…….let me simply say that the Smith family is praying hard and often for “y’all”.

    Love,
    Ron, Delores, Madelyn & Logan

  216. Stacy,

    It is a mighty God we serve. I will continue to pray for peace and rapid healing. I look forward to the day we look back and see how God has been given glory through your complete healing.

    Thank you for your witness to us all.

    Prayerfully, from an employee of the Great Physician!

    Tim Brinkman

  217. Warren Family,

    I am blessed to know your family and to see that through this you are blessing others. Your joyful spirit through the turmoil uplifts others. God is being glorified in each of your lives as you live out your faith and relationship with HIM. We are continually praying for healing, strength for your body, and strength for your family. We are truely honored to have your family lead our church. We will continue to lift you up.

    Eddie & Pam Anderson

  218. Jeff & Stacy,

    What a blessing to pray for your sweet family! We know God has a plan. HE has been so faithful to all of us. Please know that The Robinson’s love you very much!

    Carla, Scott, Will, Neal and Caleb

  219. Jeff and Stacy,
    I’m writing this little note although we don’t know each other. I look at Stacy’s picture on this website and think of her and your family daily, praying for swift and complete recovery, and comfortable treatment.
    Your member Susi Mitchell is my mother-in-law (Jeff, you met my husband, Rick Harmon, at Susi’s house the day that her mother Billie Sue Allen passed away). I have been undergoing treatment for breast cancer this summer. Through Susi’s love and hope that we would have many prayers coming our way, I have received the most beautiful notes from numerous folks in your prayer partner group, as well as a lovely prayer shawl knitted by women in your congregation. I am so humbled and will be forever grateful for these gifts. The outpouring of concern, kindness, and prayer from these incredible people who don’t even KNOW me make me realize how immense must be the outpouring of love, hope, cheer, and prayers for Stacy. Please add our positive energy and fervent prayers to this, as we will continue to think of Stacy daily and pray for a quick, smooth recovery.
    Sincerely, Katherine and Rick Harmon

  220. Stacy and Jeff,

    I went to worship at the early service last Sunday with a particular purpose on my heart: to praise and thank our God for answering our prayers for my precious daughter-in-law, Katherine Harmon, who had just undergone surgery a week before for breast cancer. My heart broke when I sat there and heard you tell that Stacy had faced the same thing that very week! I wept. I felt like I was your mother, too.

    Stacy and Jeff, you are right there beside Katherine and Rick in my prayers each day. We are family. Love you….and thank God for you.

    Susi Mitchell

  221. Stacy and Jeff,

    You may not remember me from PCBC, but you touched my family’s life while you were there. I am writing to tell you I walked this path 7 years ago this month, and I want you to know I’m praying for you as you face this battle. The most comforting thought shared with me during my diagnosis came from Mini Elkins at PCBC…so often we talk about “our battle with cancer”, and I remember feeling totally overwhelmed and unprepared for the battle. But Mini (another survivor) shared this verse with me, II Chronicles 20:15 …”Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” Know that you are in my prayers, and I will be walking in your honor at the Dallas Komen race in October.

    Love in Christ,
    Linda Wachel

  222. Your blog is such a gift – to your family and to all who read it. Just thinking of all the prayers hitting heavens doors for you today is so encouraging – thank you for sharing so we can pray more.

    What a gift – to have so many people praying for you any time but especially during this time. May this give you the strength and courage to keep walking strong in your faith in Him.

    We believe God will carry you thru this journey and lift you up all along the way. May others see Him thru your walk on this unexpected path and may your heart be blessed in spite of the challenge ahead.

    You are loved, appreciated and admired – thank you for sharing your kind and gentle heart with so many.

  223. Stacy and Jeff,

    I consider it a priveledge to pray for the two of you during this time. I know that the good Lord will use you both mightily, and that He will bless you! Breast cancer touches so many of our lives in some way – my sister is a survivor – hallelujah!

    I love you,

    Laura Morrow

  224. Thinking about you and praying for you daily.
    Recently read a quote from Joni Tada (sic):
    “God sometimes permits what He hates, in order to accomplish what He loves.” Whatever the reason for this trying experience in your life, God is up to something good and will be glorified in this time.
    He loves you so – and so do we.

    Ron and Debbie

  225. Dear Stacy,

    It was so good to hear that you were in the early service today with your family. I am sure you were blessed as much as you blessed those who were in your presence.

    I use OUR DAILY BREAD for part of my devotions in the mornings and I wanted to share some things that were part of today’s devotion. It is nothing new or profound, but I thought of you and prayed for you.

    “God has not promised that your life will be easy – indeed it may not be, but He has promised to sustain you in your struggle and uphold you with His mighty arm.”

    “God will not allow you to be pressed beyond endurance.” And I love the quote that was on the bottom of the page: “In every desert of trial, God has an oasis of comfort.”

    I am so happy for you and the wonderful support system that you have with your family and friends and God at the center.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you again someday.

    Love and prayers,
    Lynn

  226. Our prayers are with you little cousin.

    Michael & Marita Smith

  227. Stacyand Jeff and family.

    Our family lifts you and your family up to Him for His blessings, His comfort and His guiding hands as together this journey is taken one day at a time with Him. Remembering each of you in our prayers. He will provide and He will meet your needs–He has promised us so.

    Jerry and Helga

  228. Stacy and family:

    When my choir sings tomorrow, we’ll send a song to you!!!

    Our prayers our with you!
    Love,
    Brigitte and Cayden

  229. Stacy,
    I have thought about you constantly and prayed. We know prayer is the answer and draws us to Jesus’ side. When we found out my dad had cancer I remember the questions. Jesus showed me life, like I had never known. I pray this for you and your family in this unexpected journey. “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. I am claiming these verses Eph. 3:18-21 for your family.
    I remember you Stacy from bible study and what a blessing you were to me. You are a precious and godly woman. If we can do anything please let us know.

  230. Stacy,

    Hi. I am Adam Lowder’s mom. I just want you to know that you have been in our prayers since we heard about this. Your family is such a blessing to us and so many others. If you ever need a friend to talk to, I hope you will get my number from Whitney and give me a call. I have been through SO much medically and would love to help you through some of your hard days if you would let me.

    You are a strong lady and I know you are going to be okay. But I also know how hard this must be for you. I am always here if you ever need a friend to go have lunch with or come over and cook dinner for you and your family. Just let me know. I think the world of you and your family. Adam and Whitney are best friends and I think she is just an amazing young lady.

    I will be checking to see if there is anything I can do for you or your family. Please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Your Sister In Christ,

    Shelley Lowder

  231. Stacy, you know the saying, “God will never give us more than we can handle.” He knows you are strong and will survive this. My sister-in-law is a breast cancer survivor, and she said if she knew then what she knows now, she would do it all over again willingly. It has made her even stronger in her faith and brought a new appreciation for life. She looks at the world with a different set of eyes. May you continue to look up for His comfort in this difficult journey you are facing.

    We will keep you in our prayers.

    DeLayne Haga (and Chris, Chad, and Shane)

  232. Stacy and Jeff…Today this song was on my mind all day..It was popular with youth in the 70’s (my high school years)..It seems so perfect for you as you go through good days and bad days with this challenge..It is now considered a classic oldie..”I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES”…
    I believe in miracles-
    I’ve seen a soul set free,
    Miraculous the change in one
    Redeemed thru Calvary:
    I’ve seen the lily push its way
    Up thru the stubborn sod-
    I believe in miracles,
    For I believe in God!!

    We continue to lift you up to our Lord in anticipation of His miracles to come…

  233. Stacy-

    I wanted to let you know that I thought of a special moment that you and I shared together long ago, but God reminded me of it today.

    Do you remember when you were pregnant with the girls and confined to bed? You had so much to do to get ready for the dynamic duo and there you were stuck in bed. I told you that I’d help get whatever done that needed to be done and you said okay. I came over and we organized the nursery and cleaned out your closet and prepped the whole house. It was so much fun…you laying on the bed and pointing and having a little elf to make it all come to pass. I’m willing to do that again anytime. You name the date and your closets are mine. We can have our own “Clean House” reality show and you don’t even have to be on camera. HAHAHA!

    I just thought you could use a fun and wonderful blast from the past and know that my services are always available. Even if the only thing you need is someone to sit with. I know how to do that, too.

    I love you and am thinking of you all day today, just like God is, Psalm 139.

    Blessings my dear friend.

    Trish

  234. Dear Stacy & Jeff,

    I am the Minister of Youth & Music at Waddill Street Baptist Church, just up the road from you guys. We heard last Wednesday about Stacy’s diagnosis, and were saddened by the news. Please know that our church will be putting you and your family on our prayer list and will be on our knees for you.
    I had the privilege of having your daughter, Emily, in my Super Summer group a couple of years ago at ETBU, and she was a testimony of how sweet your family must be! We’re with you all!

    Blessings,

    Steve Rand

  235. Stacy,
    I”ve been out of spot for a few days and finally got back. Yesterday, I was walking out my front door, and I found a basketball right in the edge of the alley. I’ve left it there and so far no one has claimed it. When I picked it up to check it out, I discovered it was flat. Now for two days I’ve tried to figure out some creative pharse about that ball, and I guess my brain is “flat”.
    So what lesson can I come up with? I think I need you to do that! As for myself, I guess it is a reminder that sometimes I “don’t roll or bounce” like I used to, and I wonder if I’ll ever “get in the game” again–if anyone will ever “pick me up on waivers” and take a chance that I could be useful again. I’m reminded that no matter what I look like as a “flat ball”, I still have worth, value, and purpose to God even if my fellow companions don’t want me to “play the game” with them anymore and seem to have forgotten that I am missing. I’m thankful that I can never go missing from my Heavenly Father as He has me in the palm of His Hand and He continues to have a plan for me. —-“to give me hope and a future.”
    Love and prayers, Carol

  236. Dear Pastor Jeff and Mrs. Stacy,
    I’ve been studying scripture since the announcement and have been sending them to your daughters and I came across these two passages that I think apply more to you two then to them.
    “…. ‘Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?’ In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”
    Job 2:10b
    Bad things come but we must stand firm and what out the storm.

    “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange is happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.”
    1 Peter 4:12-13. NIV

    Just keep rejoicing and don’t let Satan slow you down.

    a fellow prayer warrior,
    David Wayne Newman

  237. Stacy,

    We are fairly new to the church but just wanted you to know God has placed you on my heart. Will keep you in my thoughts and lifted up to our Heavenly Father in prayer.

    In Christ’s Love,
    Judy Clay

  238. Stacy,
    I am the daughter of Daddy Dub’s brother Doc Smith. I had inflamatory breast cancer in 1999. It was a very difficult year but God’s grace and many, many prayers have brought me to this place of relatively good health almost 10 years later. The best advice I got was to find something to laugh about. Though all the Psalms encouraged me #107 verses 21-30 seemed to perfectly describe how I felt and reveal to me the sovereignty of God. I will be praying for you as you take this journey. Patricia

  239. Warren family,
    It has been almost three years since my then 19 year old brother battled cancer. My husband and I were the primary care takers. It was difficult, humbling and beautiful. We met so many incredible people. God has used our story to reveal his glory to others. It’s amazing how this changed our lives. It taught us how simple life really is.
    We have learned so much from Jeff, he has really helped us to understand the Bible. We love your family so much. Thank you for giving of yourselves.
    You are in our daily prayers,
    The Millers

  240. How strange that just today I was talking to my sister who lives in McKinney. We actually mentioned First Baptist in our conversation. Then I came across this blog while reading a friends.
    I want you to know Stacy that 11 years ago I also was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent bi-lateral mastectomies and all the chemo and radiation regimen you are probably facing. I can truthfully say it was the hardest year of my life and the most glorious. God taught me so much. I have such a precious walk with Him that has come about solely because of my cancer.
    I had four children at home (the youngest was 10) God gave me grace to continue mothering, working, coaching the kids teams, etc. He will prove himself faithful in your situation. I pray you will take in all God has for you to learn through this experience.
    I will be in Dallas on Oct. 18th for the Komen Race for the Cure. My four sisters and I have walked it every year in honor of God’s healing grace in my life.
    I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  241. Stacy, As I walked into the balcony Sunday morning, I began my worship by watching you visit with so many people who love you….your smile showed such courage…your presence showed such committment to be in the house of the Lord…What a loving God we have! Just want you to know that I am walking this journey with you…loveing you all the way. Your trial has ministered to my life by the way I see you glorifing God! You are AMAZING! May you find comfort in the coming days as you start new things!!! God has something to say…God has something to say….Listen, Listen,…Pay close attention….God has something to say! Love to you and your family!

    Binky

  242. Praise You in this Storm

    I was sure by now
    That you would have reached down
    And wiped our tears away
    Stepped in and saved the day
    But once again, I say “Amen”……
    And it’s still raining

    As the thunder rolls
    I barely hear You whisper through the rain
    “I’m with you”
    And as Your mercy falls
    I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
    And takes away.

    I’ll praise You in this storm
    And I will lift my hands
    For You are who You are
    No matter where I am
    Every tear I’ve cried
    You hold in Your hand
    You never left my side
    And though my heart is torn
    I will praise You in this storm

    I remember when
    I stumbled in the wind
    You heard my cry
    You raised me up again
    My strength is almost gone
    How can I carry on
    If I can’t find you?

    I lift my eyes unto the hills
    Where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord
    The Maker of heaven and Earth

    “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.”
    2 Corinthians 4:16-17

    Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.
    Psalm 42:5

    “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. “
    Psalm 121:1-2

    Sometimes God calms our storms and sometimes He chooses to ride them with us. This song and these verses have been a comfort to my husband and me as we received an unexpected journey. I know you will let him ride this storm for you!

    Prayerfully,

    Bruce and Lori McWilliams

  243. “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

    Romans 5:3-5 NIV


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