Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What is it to be Strong?: Day 4

Ever since this whole ordeal began people have been telling me to stay strong. But, what does that even mean? Is staying strong crying out in pain in the middle of the night? Is staying strong grinding your teeth over every little bump your wheelchair crosses over, because it sends vibrations rocketing up your kneecap? Or is staying strong taking refuge from the pain and grief with God and those surrounding you with their love? To stay strong is not trying to find your rock. It's finding your foundations in those who support you.
In Judges the Bible tells of a man named Gideon. In Gideon's tale the Israelites are constantly being supressed and mistreated by invaders as punishment for their sins. Finally, God decides that enough is enough and decides to use Gideon, the least powerful man in the smallest tribe, to drive out these invaders. But, Gideon tried to first use his own strength to expel them and failed miserably. He tried to do things his own way and got kicked to the curb because of it. He then realizes that it's only possible with God fighting alongside him. And so with God's helping hand and only three hundred men he was able to expel the invaders for good. This story shows that with God all things are possible and I am learning this fact more and more everyday. I started like Gideon, but lately with alot of pain and grief it's become crystal clear. God is using this experience to teach me and those I love how to live our life with God.


  1. Psalm 18: 1,2-
    I love you, O LORD, my strength.
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
    He is my shield and the horn [a] of my salvation, my stronghold. <3

  2. Kyler you're right, I love and miss you and have been keeping up with this everyday. You're coming home sooner or later. Don't forget you're not in this alone; everyone and God is behind you every step of the way<3

  3. Kyler, I do not know you but having been praying for you and your family. My family & I attend CCF / CCA. A few weeks back Isha posted a prayer request for you on FB. This moring just before Meet me at the Pole, Mr. Whiddon asked all the kids to keep you in their prayers. You have lots of folks praying and you have God... what chance does cancer have again that?

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  5. Hey Kyler. I don't know if you remember me, I used work at the front desk at CornerStone Academy. Jackie Farris told me what was going on with you. My heart is holding you and your family in a special place and I am praying for your miracle to come soon. I am so sorry to hear you have to go through this, but you ARE strong. I can't even imagine what strength it takes to even 'hear' what you have heard lately, let alone experience all that is coming along with that. So know that you are strong and you will get through this! I know that there is a lot of good going on for you too. Good that we don't even know about yet and good that we know, there is Love and Hope and there is evidence of Angels on earth and we are praying for you and lifting you up everyday. The good news is there's Peace and Harmony and God's Love coming your way right now! Many, Mega Blessings to you and your family. Michelle (Rohl) Justice

  6. Romans 5:3-4
    3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope.
    Kyler your faith and trust in God is so amazing and know that God's work in you is definitely reaching others. Taylor and I are praying for you and your family

  7. Kyler, I just want you to know that I love you, and my heart goes out to you, Connor, and your parents! I always used to say that I believe everything happens for a reason, but now I am really doubting that!!! There is no rhyme or reason for this!... I think you are, and always have been an AMAZING guy! (Even as a young boy when I used to see you at Country Inn for breakfast, and buy you some candy out of the quarter machine.) Also all of our X-Mas parties. You have always been such a good & loving person! I am praying for you! PLEASE BE WELL SOON! ALL my love, Kodie

  8. I've never had cancer, so I don't know exactly what you're going through--I know that people will throw well intended cliches your way--Your strength will surely be tested, but with your faith in God, and so many of us pulling for you in prayer, I hope you beat this beast! I think that strength during times of adversity is simply surviving day after day, waking up to face another day and tackle it head on. I wish you well.