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Update on Bev 7.20.13

Dear Friends,

As I’ve shared with you for the past four weeks, my wife Bev is battling breast cancer which has metastasized to her bones. The good news remains that she is tolerating the medication and radiation very well. The only side effect seems to be fatigue.

However, this type of cancer has proven to be particularly painful, predicable, and unpredictable! Predictable – in that she has experienced acute pain every day. Unpredictable – in that a different area in her back, ribs or pelvis is where the pain is centered.

This journey has added a new dimension of sharing our lives together. We see more clearly than ever that life is really all about loving and serving Jesus Christ and loving and serving people. And so many have been kind to pray for her in this hour of need – from family and friends, to churches in Singapore, to our radio listeners. We cannot adequately thank you.

Two books in particular have meant a lot to us. Trusting God is a superb book by Jerry Bridges and published by Navpress that surfaces God’s role when Continue reading Update on Bev 7.20.13

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Bev Cancer Update & Larry Burkett 10th Anniversary

Dear Friends,

I want to bring you current on my wife’s progress in fighting cancer and reflect on the tenth anniversary of Larry Burkett passing away July 4th.

BEV: on Wednesday we met with her radiologist who has an excellent reputation. We really liked him! He confirmed that her breast cancer has metastasized to her bones and told us that it is located in many more spots than we previously had been told.  The hormone medication that she started taking five days ago should be able to control the cancer – Lord willing!

He prescribed 15 radiation treatments in the pelvis area (5 treatments a week for 3 weeks) starting on Monday. When we asked about the side effects, he responded, “The only side effect you should have is becoming pain free!” She will also receive an intravenous medication that is intended to strengthen her cancer weakened bones. Her bones have been so damaged that Bev is severely limited in what she can do for exercise because of the risk of bone fracture.

We continue to be blown away at the outpouring of support and prayer on Bev’s behalf! Thank you is such an inadequate word for the gratitude we feel toward all of you standing with her. She remains completely at peace, snuggled in the love of Christ, clinging to His promises and Continue reading Bev Cancer Update & Larry Burkett 10th Anniversary

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Bev Cancer Update 7.2.13

My wife, Bev, and I met with her oncologist this afternoon to learn if her breast cancer has metastasized to her bones. There was good news and there was challenging news.

Many of you have joined us in praying that the spots on her pelvis and spine would not be cancer, or if it is, that the breast cancer would only be attacking the bone. He confirmed that it is the breast cancer and that the only place it is in evidence is in the bone. The strength of the bones have been compromised, but they can recover much of the lost strength.

The doctor also told us that this cancer is never completely eradicated. According to him, the best we can hope for is that the cancer would go into remission and there is a very high likelihood this will occur.

We have been overwhelmed with the prayers, encouragement and the helpful counsel of so many of you personally.

Bev is going to fight this cancer three ways: (1) Spiritually, by prayer, staying in God’s word, meditating on His promises and love, and staying connecting to her family and friends. (2) Medicine, by using the best doctors and treatments available. (3) Alternative treatments, by eating a really healthy diet and getting good advice on how to strengthen her immune system.

Sooooooo, the initial treatment will be medication designed to block the Continue reading Bev Cancer Update 7.2.13

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Update on Bev

First of all, my wife, Bev, and I want to thank so many of you for praying for her health after she was admitted to the hospital for what the doctors suspected was breast cancer metastasized to her spine.

After five days in the hospital and five comprehensive tests including a bone biopsy, the oncologist still believes her breast cancer has spread to her spine and both sides of her pelvis. We are scheduled to meet with him on Monday to learn the results of the bone biopsy.

We are praying that it isn’t cancer, however, if it is, the best case would be for it to be the breast cancer that only is affecting the bone. The treatment for this would be taking a pill that is very effective. If it is a different type of cancer, the treatments can be more difficult.

Despite the uncertainty and the waiting, we have felt an amazing sense of God’s peace. This is rooted in recognizing the Continue reading Update on Bev

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Prayer for Bev

My wife, Bev, needs your prayers!

After struggling with sciatica for four month, Bev had an even more excruciating series of back spasms. Yesterday morning they were so painful that we went to the ER at our local hospital. After an x-ray and CAT scan, the doctor came back with the diagnosis: three spots on the spine!

He believes that Bev’s breast cancer has metastasized to her spine. Today and tomorrow she will undergo four tests so her oncologist can make a determination.

The past 30 hours have been a roller coaster of emotions for us: surprise, concern, tenderness, and faith. We thank the Lord Jesus Christ that He has proven His consistent, faithful love and care for our family for more than four decades. Hebrews 13:5 contains one of the Lord’s precious promises: “I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you.” We also know that He is able to do anything, As Jeremiah said, “Nothing is too difficult for Thee.” And our God is in complete control of this challenge, “We adore you has being in control of everything” (1 Chronicles 29:11).

We would be incredibly grateful is you would join our family and the Compass family in praying for Bev. Specifically, that (1) the spots would not be cancer; (2) if they are cancerous, that they would not have spread to any organs; (3) that the Great Physician would completely heal her.

May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!

Love in the Healer,
Howard Dayton

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Thank you for praying

Dear Friends,

A special thank you from my wife, Bev, and me for praying on Monday for her second surgery that was connected with her recent double mastectomy. Unlike the first surgery that lasted four hours and required a hospital stay, this surgery started about 7:30 am and she was recovering at home by noon!

Nothing on the planet is more valuable and a greater gift than the prayers of God’s people. Period! Thank you! We would be grateful if you would pray for her recovery to be infection free.

We pray that the Lord would bless you in every possible way in 2013 for your faithfulness.

Love in Christ,
Howard Dayton

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Bev’s Second Surgey

Dear Friends,

This afternoon during some prayer time, I began to weep suddenly. I’d been feeling tender all day, but now this. Why?

Then, I realized that in about 14 hours Bev, my wife of 42 years was going to have her second major surgery associated with her double mastectomy. A flood of memories together engulfed me.

The first time I saw her at the First National Bank of Maitland, I was applying for a loan to build a restaurant made out of a caboose and five railroad box cars. I knew from that moment that she was the girl I wanted to marry and grow old together with.

Together we have experienced many births and new beginnings. About six months after our marriage, we were both born again as we were introduced to Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. The exhilaration of the births of our three children—Matthew, Andrew and Danielle. The births of our two amazing grandchildren—did I tell you how bright they are? The birth of our Caboose Restaurant and real estate development company—The Crown Company. The birth of Crown Ministries and more recently Compass—finances God’s way.

We’ve also experience our share of deaths and the end of chapters in our lives. The deaths of all four of our parents and Andrew when he was 11. The sale of the Caboose and The Crown Company before we started Crown Ministries. The unexpected transition from Crown Financial Ministries after serving there for 22 years.

Bottom line, we have experienced life together with all its highs and lows. Through it all, we have grown in our love for each other and in our love and trust of Christ. When we are in the midst of a challenging time or know of someone who is facing something hard, we often ask each other, “How do people make it who don’t know Jesus? How do people make it if they don’t have a soul mate with whom they can pray encourage each other?”

This is my prayer for you on the eve of Bev’s surgery when she and I are in a tender place, thankful for praying friends like you, and trusting in the absolutely faithful God of the universe. May you come to know Christ better. May you be surrounded with His people who genuinely care for you.

Gratefully in Christ,
Howard Dayton

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Prayers for Bev

Dear Friends,

I am writing this from the Pre-Op room at the hospital as Bev is having an EKG and blood work in preparation for the second surgery related to her double mastectomy.

The initial surgery was conducted four months ago, and recovery have been steady. Bev has experienced a fair amount of discomfort, but the medical team serving her have been excellent.

We have been completely blown away by the faithfulness of God’s people praying for her. We both want to express our deepest thanks for standing with us during this challenging time.

We also wanted to invite you to join us in praying for Bev’s second surgery which is scheduled for next Monday, January 7. The surgery is scheduled for 8:30 in the morning and should last about 90 minutes. We would be sooooo grateful for your prayers!

I have been impressed beyond words by Bev’s courage and the Continue reading Prayers for Bev

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Update on Bev

Dear Friends,

It has been seven weeks since my wife Bev’s double mastectomy surgery. Thank you so very, very much for praying for her recovery.

Here’s the update: We are incredibly grateful to report that all her testing has confirmed that she is cancer free! To God alone be the glory! We are quite certain that the prayers of His people were a major factor contributing to this good report.

Bev’s recovery has been steady. She has faced two primary challenges: (1) The pain medication she took amplified bouts of depression to an extraordinary level. She is no longer taking this medication, but still is grappling with periodic depression. (2) Bev’s spiritual gift is service. She has been a remarkable servant to our family, friends and all those with whom she comes in contact. Physically, she has been unable to serve, which has been frustrating to her. On the other hand, it has been a very sweet time for me and our children as we finally can focus on serving her!

Her prayer requests: (1) Relief from the depression. (2) The Lord’s direction on whether or not to go through a chemo treatment which has awful side effects.

When we first married, Bev promised me that our lives together would not be boring . . . and boy was she right! After 41 years of marriage, I knew and admired Bev’s many strengths and her deep love of Jesus Christ. But during the past two months, I have come to admire and respect her even more. The Lord has given her amazing courage, perseverance, and a remarkable depth to her kindness and appreciation of others.

About the only way I can describe Bev is from the pages of Proverbs 31:28-30, “Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her saying, ‘Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.’ Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

Gratefully in Christ,
Howard Dayton

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MW:Gingerbread Pancakes

From our MoneyWise Show:

Bev Dayton’s GINGERBREAD PANCAKES

Sift together:
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves

In second bowl beat with wire whisk:
2 eggs
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

Whisk in:
I cup buttermilk
2 tbsp molasses
4 tbsp melted butter, cooled
1/2  cup water

Add the flour mixture and whisk until almost smooth. Don’t overwork the
mixture.