Updates & Prayer for Ginny Smith

May 9, 2007

Birthday Update- May 9, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginnysmith @ 3:28 pm

Dear family & friends,

 Today is Ginny’s birthday. Yesterday had its ups and downs but last night had her best sleep. She awoke and is resting up for some family birthday time tonight.  We anticipate a better day today.

As we are going through this stormy time our thoughts often turn to the Lord. I have been reading as time allows to nurture my life with Christ. A line from “When I Don’t Desire God, How to Fight for Joy” by John Piper has stimulated my passion. “Only God can create joy in God. This is why the old saints not only pursued joy but prayed for it: “Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us” (Ps.90:15) To be satisfied by the beauty of God does not come naturally to sinful people. By nature we get more pleasure from God’s gifts than from Himself.”

We are touched by the prayers of so many of you. Our dear church is gathering to pray for us this evening, Ginny’s birthday. How this gladens us. We also are praying our Father will be most glorified by our being most satisfied in Christ. We are praying to count this affliction with all joy. If glorifying Christ becomes our desire even in this difficult time joy will become our pleasure.  

 Thanks again to all of you.


 Don & Ginny



  1. Dearest Don and Ginny, I and the EFCA West team only today learned of this. We grieve with you, trust with you, and pray with you. Clearly, you have an army of Aarons and Hurs coming under your arms to love you, pray with and for you, and we want to join that throng. You are two precious, faithful, and courageous servants of Jesus.Thank you for being to so willing to candidly share this journey with the rest of us… We love and appreciate you. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ginny! In His faithfulness, Steve Highfill

    Comment by Steve Highfill — May 9, 2007 @ 5:05 pm |Reply

  2. Happy Birthday Ginny,
    We hope you have a nice celebration with your family. we are
    praying for you and your family.

    In Christ’s Love,

    Joy & Jim

    Comment by Jim & Joy Bearden — May 9, 2007 @ 8:52 pm |Reply

  3. Ginny,
    Very happy birthday to you. I think of you often with loving thoughts and fond memories. Kimmie sends her love to you also. Let me know if you need anything special. Would love to help.
    My love to you

    Comment by FranConnelly — May 9, 2007 @ 9:24 pm |Reply

  4. Ginny
    Happy Birthday
    I have been thinking about you and praying for you since I heard about your illness about a week ago

    Comment by pat renga — May 10, 2007 @ 2:19 am |Reply

  5. Happy Birthday, Ginny, I have been thinking about you all day today knowing it was your birthday. I have been reading the posts here and I am very touched to read messages from so many of your Church family. You are blessed. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. Ed and Sue

    Comment by Sue Schiefelbein — May 10, 2007 @ 3:44 am |Reply

  6. I hope you have had a very Happy Birthday Ginny. I am so grateful that the Lord placed you in this time & place so the we could all be blessed by your gracious and sweet spirit. I really think that you are a perfect pastor’s wife and you touch so many lives without knowing it with every contact you have with others. Rich and I are continuing our prayers for you, Don and your family. We consider it a honor and are praying for many, many more birthdays.

    Comment by Rich & Linda — May 10, 2007 @ 4:18 am |Reply

  7. Happy Birthday Ginny! We, like others, have been praying vigorously for you and your family at this time and wanted to take a second and send you a note. You have touched my life in such a special way and I really truly do thank my God every time I think of you (and your family). I pray that God will continue to comfort you, give you strength, and build you up. God is faithful and will continue to give you everything you need to battle this illness-we are confident in this. We love you and are always here, should you need anything at all. May God bless you and your time with your family tonight and throughout the time to come. We love you all so much! Love, Heather and Donald

    Comment by Heather McAllister — May 10, 2007 @ 5:33 am |Reply

  8. Dear Aunt Ginny and Uncle Don,

    Sending much love and many prayers from Nebraska. The kids are faithfully remembering you in their prayers and so are we. May God’s supernatural comfort and strength overflow in your lives. We love you and trust that God will give you the hugs we wish we could give you today!

    Mark, Jennie, Maggie, Simon, and Justin

    Comment by Mark, Jennie, and family — May 10, 2007 @ 12:29 pm |Reply

  9. Happy Birthday Ginny (one day late)

    We hope you had a special time with your family last night for your birthday. We pray for you everyday that God would bring healing and strength and that you would know His peace each day. We love you and Don and are very thankful for you both. May you sense and know God’s love and faithfulness, even in the midst of these very difficult days.
    We hope to see you both soon.

    Jeff, LeeAnn, Joshua, Elisabeth and Olivia

    Comment by Jeff, LeeAnn, Joshua, Elisabeth and Olivia — May 10, 2007 @ 8:54 pm |Reply

  10. I want you to know that you remain in my heart from our wonderful years of teaching together. Hang in there with God. You are loved and cared about by so many.
    Suzanne McCord

    Comment by Suzanne McCord — May 10, 2007 @ 10:57 pm |Reply

  11. Ginny,
    A belated happy birthday wish to you! My heart is deeply touched with all that has transpired this last week…you both have been in my thoughts and prayers. This website is really appreciated…to be able to read the updates and know what is going on…and just how to pray! Thank you for making it available…God is so good and He does give peace in the midst of the storm! My church family here in Puyallup is praying for you also! You are a very special person and always a blessing!
    Praying for you,
    Sandy Lackey

    Comment by Sandy Lackey — May 11, 2007 @ 12:50 am |Reply

  12. Hi Ginny
    Hope your birthday was special with your family surrounding you with love. I’m glad you liked the basket that Kirby put together for you. She did it so lovingly, she called me to tell me about it that very day she had shopped for all the goodies. All our good Valencia wishes came with it.
    Talked to Marcia Sargent and she is sending her love to you. She leaves for Hawaii on Tuesday so I will email your website to her today.
    Talked to Sharon McBee today also and she wanted your home address. I don’t have your new one in San Clemente, I don’t think we got an updated address list this year. Anyway, I gave her this website.
    You are in my prayers daily and there’s an angel on your shoulder from all of us at Valencia. God bless!
    Love, Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Jumper — May 11, 2007 @ 1:26 am |Reply

  13. GINNY and DON–
    I last saw you at the 3rd grade inservice this fall. Our bible study prayed for you tonight. How our hearts go out to you, as my mom battled multiple myeloma in the strength of the Lord. God was tremendously faithful to her, and she drew great comfort from knowing that there were many who were praying for her. Whenever she got a blood transfusion, we prayed that she would feel as if it were the blood of Jesus going through her veins, sending healthy cells throughout her body.
    It is also amazing that the verse you quoted about joy,
    Psalm 90:15, was also a verse I claimed for my mom. I will be praying that verse for you.
    We love you, Ginny and Don, and so do many others in the body of Christ.
    Vicki and Eric Young

    Comment by Vicki and Eric Young — May 11, 2007 @ 4:54 am |Reply

  14. Dearest Ginny, A belated Happy Birthday. I hope you got our birthday group remembrance. Missed our early morning celebration. Please let me know when you are up for a loud friend. I miss our weekly get togethers!! Wheyou are ready, Kirby and I are coming for a “bring in” lunch or going out dinner. Just let us know–your choice, our treat. I think of you almost every hour–you have been the bestest of wise friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Have a special Mother’s Day with those daughters and their wonderful families Love, rae

    Comment by rae kalklosch — May 11, 2007 @ 1:54 pm |Reply

  15. Happy Birthday Ginny!! hope your evening with your family was uplifting to you. It has been a blessing to see the love they all have for you. Hope you are blessed by them. We are continuing to lift you before our Lord daily in prayer; for strength, comfort and healing.

    We love you
    The Reyes Family

    Comment by The Reyes Family — May 12, 2007 @ 5:02 am |Reply

  16. Dear Ginny~

    I was stunned to learn of your illness. I had just sent my birthday cards to you via the district’s mail system (1 mushy card and 1 silly one, of course!). I miss our coffee times together and catching up on everything going on in our lives. You’ve been in my constant prayers and thoughts. Many times I’ve wanted to pick up the phone and call you, but I am respecting your wishes for privacy. I hope you know how much you’ve blessed my life and that even though we don’t teach next door to each other any longer, I still think of you, often. I will continue to keep you in my prayers for healing, and I trust that God will deliver that request. I can see that you have a huge support system and I’m grateful for that. Love and Care Always, Debby James and the entire James Family.

    Comment by Debby James — May 13, 2007 @ 2:23 am |Reply

  17. We too are thinking of and praying for you, Aunt Ginny. We hope that you are able to experience God’s peace and love during this extremely difficult time. We will continue to pray for God’s healing and strength in your life.

    We love you,
    Ben, Robin, Samuel and Kyle

    Comment by Ben and Robin — May 13, 2007 @ 6:34 pm |Reply

  18. Dear Ginny and Don…
    We continue to pray for you and our hearts are full of love and compassion. In the midst of all this upheavel in your life, you celebrated a birthday and Mother’s Day! I know Don and your beautiful family were there to honor you, for you truly are an amazing woman and an example of the Proverbs 31 woman. There are so many who love and respect you…may you draw strength on that and know how you both have touched our life in a very special way. We just wanted to pass on our love to you…and more prayers lifted up for you both and the entire family. We will not cease in doing so!!!!!!!!!!

    May you feel the Lord’s peace, as He said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” This verse comforted me during a difficult time, and I will be praying it for you….
    With much love…
    Bonnie and Vince

    Comment by Bonnie and Vince Concialdi — May 14, 2007 @ 5:46 am |Reply

  19. Dear Ginny,

    We just returned from Brooke’s graduation in Elementary Eduation @ Purdue, and she is really to follow in your footsteps. You are such an inspiration for her! Thank you for being a strong role model! We love you. KTABCT

    Comment by The Peck Family — May 14, 2007 @ 2:12 pm |Reply

  20. Was so sorry to here about what is happening with Ginny. Our prayers are with all of you.
    When I went through this exact situation, you and Ginny were both there with me and my family. You were so helpful and encouraging to all of us as we struggled with the cancer that took JoAnne.

    Just wish I could be there for the two of you. If you want to talk or pray or cry with someone who God choose to share this exact experience 10 years before you, I would be honored to spend some time with you both. Some times it helps to get a perspective from history. God is sufficient in all things, but sometimes ordinary people can help also.

    One last thought, encouragement and laughter is a great gift in these tough times. There are great blessings that come from a family going through a long illness, times to say and do simple things, that one would not do if, not going through the fire.

    Love you.
    Rodarmel family

    Comment by Don and Ginny — May 15, 2007 @ 7:12 pm |Reply

  21. Don and Ginny,

    Gosh…you all have been going through deep waters!

    We are praying for you daily…really moment by moment as the Lord brings you to mind often.

    Just know how much we care and how much you mean to us.

    With love and friendship,

    Carl & Babs

    Comment by Stilsons — May 15, 2007 @ 10:55 pm |Reply

  22. Ginny,
    I just heard about what is going on yesterday. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. You are such an inspirational example of God’s strength to me.
    I will pray that you will feel god’s hand on you continually. Please give my love to your entire family and let Katie know that I am willing to help with Andrew in any way (pick-up from school, etc)
    Love, Sue Skelly

    Comment by Sue Skelly — May 16, 2007 @ 9:15 pm |Reply

  23. Pastor Don and Ginny,
    I and my family are praying for you and for Christy, Carrie and Katie and their families. I love you all and I am so thankful for each of you and how you have led me into a deeper relationship with the Lord. You are on my mind and in my prayers throughout the day.


    Comment by Alycia Orndorff (Stevens) — May 18, 2007 @ 2:39 pm |Reply

  24. Don,
    If you need me to preach, teach, or scrub bathrooms let me know. Our church is praying … and I can get away at any time to give any support whatsoever to your very capable staff.
    Doug Kyle

    Comment by Doug Kyle — May 23, 2007 @ 6:17 am |Reply

  25. Pastor Don and Ginny,

    Our hearts truly go out to you! We just found out about this today. We will be praying and thinking of you often throughout our days. God has been glorified through your lives, and may he be glorified through this extremely difficult time. Thank-you for letting us be a part of your life and ministry. We miss you and the church so much and look forward to the day when we will see you again.

    the Chengs

    Comment by Michael, Tina & Abigail Cheng — May 24, 2007 @ 1:30 am |Reply

  26. Dear Ginny and Don,
    You all are in my heart and prayers as you walk through deep waters. Some of the Scriptures that have ministered to me the most during my trials are Isaiah 41:10,13 and Isaiah 43:1-3a, Romans 8:35-37. I memorize them and bask in the truth of these as I need strength. I’ve found that only in trials such as you are going through do we experience the fullest depth of Christ’s love and presence as we lie prostrate before Him.
    I pray that the power of His love and the presence of the Holy Spirit will fill and empower you in these difficult and uncertain hours and days. May you experience all that He has reserved for you, for you are His children and His obedient servants.
    Be assured of my love. I wish I could tell you in person how much I care and love you both.

    Comment by Gerry Buchholz — May 26, 2007 @ 8:28 pm |Reply

  27. Hi Ginny
    Just was thinking of you and wanted to tell you how often you are thought of by me and all of your friends at Valencia. We miss you. Tracy is doing a great job, she is so sweet. She has a lovely poster of pictures of you and your kids on your classroom door. I saw it on our yearly walk about after Open House.
    You and your family continue to be in my prayers. God bless! Stay strong, you’ve got lots of angels fluttering around you!
    Love, Nancy
    P.S. Saw your darling Andrew when he was coming to school with Marie. He was so sweet and asked first if Marie needed help with anything and then asked me too. What a love!

    Comment by Nancy Jumper — May 27, 2007 @ 2:08 am |Reply

  28. Love to see the picture of you two on the website. You look so beautiful, but your beauty is not just on the outside!!!! We continue to pray for you and your sweet family. May the Lord continue to uphold you and encourage you.
    We love you ~
    the Reyes’

    Comment by The Reyes Family — May 30, 2007 @ 5:37 am |Reply

  29. Dear Mrs. Smith,

    I hope you feel better. Thank you for being such a wonderful Teacher—Kian

    Dear Mrs. Smith,

    How are you doing? I hope you feel better, too—Ash

    Dear Mrs. Smith & Family,

    We just wanted to add our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. All of us are send our love to you.

    The Etedali Family

    Comment by Kian, Ash, Nina & Reza Etedali — June 3, 2007 @ 5:45 am |Reply

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