Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Luke said the doctor told him they plan to do a tracheotomy on Emily on Thursday. Please pray for her before she goes through this surgical procedure.
Luke said her dialysis is over for the day and things looked good. But they plan on doing more blood workup tomorrow morning.
When I called Luke, he was feeding baby Sarah and enjoying holding that bundle of preciousness. He said she was already changing.
Luke is going back up to the hospital tonight for the 8:15 visiting time and said if there were any changes, he'd let us know.

Would you please leave a note for Luke to encourage him? I'm sure he'll have an opportunity tomorrow to read your messages. Thank you for praying.


The Burk's said...

Hello Luke!
We just wanted to let you know that we are thinking and praying for you and Emily and your family daily. We keep up daily with Emily's progress. We love you guys. May God's peace, love, and comfort hold you close and sustain you in the coming days. Take care of yourself! :)
Gina & Tom Burk/FBC Greenville

Lindsey said...

Hi Luke!
We are praying daily for your strength and encouragement. We know God has something amazing up His sleeve for Emily really soon. Hang in there! We wish we could be there for help and support, but just know that our prayers and thoughts are with you all the time. We love you, and we can't wait to meet Ms.Sarah!
Dave, Lindsey, Ryan & Addilyn

Holly said...

In a time like this, God's Word is the only one that seems sufficent...more to come later...

"Give ear to my prayer, O God, and do not hide Yourself from my supplication. Attend to me, and hear me"...Psalm 55:1-2

"Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." Psalm 55:22

"You number my wanderings, Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in your book? When I cry out to you, then my enemies will turn back; This I know because God is for me."Psalm 56:8-9

Anonymous said...

Luke, David and I are praying for you daily, actually several times a day. We know the wait is very hard for you. We are encouraged by the updates and know God is working in Emily's life. Please depend on your friends, we all love you and appreciate your ministry. God has the plans, wait on him. Just know many, many people are praying for you.
You are loved.
David and Sherwin Sandlin,

Anonymous said...


You don't know me and I don't know you, but I am praying for your family every day!


Kara and Dave said...

Hi Luke, we're praying for your sweet family. We know that God is going to heal Emily completely and we pray that God continues to give you strength and patience.

The Piehls

Dana Van Steenbergen said...

Luke, I wanted you to know that we are praying for your family. May God show you His peace during this difficult time. Know you are loved by people you have never met. That is the body of Christ at work! Dana Van Steenbergen/FUMC Carrollton

Anonymous said...

Hey Luke,
I am keeping up w/you & Emily & the family every day & praying for you. I wish I had something very profound to say...but this journey you are on is God sized and only He knows. Rest in that assuredness that He does know your path and Emily's as well as your children's paths and He cares for you...all. The news is good - be encouraged in that. Trust Him! So many love ya'll &are praying daily & trusting God for Emily's healing. To Him be all Glory. God bless you, my friend. Alesa Benson, FBC Gvl

Be-Frazzled Mom said...

Luke, you don't know me, but I have been friends with Kim Dietz for a very long time. I wanted to let you know that I am keeping track of Emily, you and your beautiful kids, and that I am in constant prayer for you all. May God grant you strength, hope, and peace as you endure right now. I pray that you and your children find comfort in each other and in God's love. Above all, I pray for a full recovery for Emily. She seems like a fighter! I pray that you can remember that God's plans are perfect, even when our human minds can't comprehend them.

Feliz Andrews, Orange Park, FL

Anonymous said...

Luke, I cannot imagine going through all of this like you are. We can feel your pain from afar, but the reality that you are living right now is hard and trying. I'm not sure what to say other than, scream when you need to and cry when it makes you feel better. I am sorry your sweet family is going through this. We are praying. Hang in there. May God bless you with renewed strength and determination as you battle this trial. You seem like a wonderful husband and Dad!

Nina said...

Hey there Luke,
I can't even begin to imagine the stress that you are under. I know it has to be hard on you to just stand by and wait to see what happens next. I want you to know that I am praying for you and your family and you are never far from my thoughts. You have been a great inspiration to be by helping me find the Lord again and I honostly believe that He is with Emily and putting His hands on her to heal her (although the process may be slower than we'd like). You and Emily are truly missed at church. I did get the oppertunity to see your children and they seem to be holding on strong. Sarah is a beauty. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to call me. You will continue to stay in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Luke, we are continually lifting you and your family up in prayer, and we are do thankful for every little sign of our Father's love which He shows sweet Emily.
We love you, Aunt Leabeth

Kim said...


I'm so proud of the strength you've shown through all of this. You've loved Emily like Jesus loves the church...with an unwaivering love. You did something the other day at the hospital thay was so little, yet showed such a great depth of love for Em..it really blessed me.It was right after they put her on the vent and she was drooling and you took your hand and wiped the spit and tears off of her face. Such love was shown in that moment. That's the kind of thing you don't expect to have to do with your spouse until you're way older and you're having to deal with it now, but you're doing such a great job. I'm really just so proud of the way you've demonstrated your love...your soft,kind words. Your gentle touch each time you see her. Your encouraging words to help her keep fighting. I can't wait to be able to tell her all about it when she gets better. We're here and will be until the day our Emily is back. We love you so much!


STuttle said...

Luke -
I know we haven't met, but I was in Chile with Emily during her growing up years. We have so many great memories of our families doing things together. I have been praying and will continue to pray for your strength and courage on a road that I know is so long and so hard. I just pray God will renew your strength each morning and give you what you need to face that day. Your children are precious and I praise God that you guys are following God's call in the ministry and teaching your children to walk in His ways. Please know I am lifting you and Emily and kids up many times a day.
Sherry Tuttle
Richmond, VA

Greg & Monica Newman said...

Thinking of you and praying for Emily and your whole family. May God give you peace and grace during this difficult time. Take care.

Becky Dietz said...

I know you're probably running on fumes, but I'm praying that God infuses your body with supernatural strength---just like I'm praying for Emily. I'm praying God gives you wisdom of where to be when. I'm praying you see Jesus every day. I'm praying you gain so much that you're able to minister with later. I'm just praying your needs are met, Luke. He loves you so much---and so do we!

Stef said...

We are praying for you here in Taylor,TX. Praying for healing and restoration of Emily's body. We are praying for you and your children. Bless you today as you wait. Psalm 91:1-7.

Jaime, Estefanie, Jaimee, Jonah and Jocelyn.

Anonymous said...

Luke, We are praying for all of you daily. Tonight all the girls prayed sweet prayers for you and Emily and the kids. May God be "a tower of strength against the enemy" for all of you through this time.

"Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of your wings." Psalm 61:1-4

Greg, Brandi, Abby, Emma, and Mikayla

Anonymous said...

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people.

Thank you, Father, for surrounding this precious family.

cindy said...

We are praying for you and Emily daily here in Alabama. Emily is on our church's prayer list. We hope to see you when we're in Texas at Christmas. Stay strong in the Lord!
Cindy, Chuck, Lindsey and Jud Hill

Marsh5 said...

We are remembering you in our prayers and have been praying for you all and especially Emily at our Bible Study and prayer meeting here at Inskip Baptist Chapel in the UK. We know at some point the Lord will use this time for his Glory. We are MORE than conquerors through him who loves us. If God is for us who can be against us. What a wonderful protector we have.


laresa white watson said...

Hello Luke,
I wanted to let you and your precious family know that I am praying. I wish I lived closer to you guys to be able to help out with things around the house. I have been truly blessed just being able to pray for your needs and they being met. Just hearing that you guys are seeing God's work at first hand is even a blessing to me. My prayers too are for those who are lost are found just by reading Emily's blog.
Laresa (one of Bobby Hyde's granddaughters)

Kathleen Gray said...

Just wanted to let you know that I am praying for Emily, you and your family daily. May He bring healing for Emily and strengthen you!


The Avants Family said...

Hey there Luke and Family,
We just wanted you to know that we are in daily prayer for Emily, You and the family. We check the blog for updates, and pray.
Our God is amazing and is on His thrown through all, in control. Just trust and lean on Him, and may He give you and the family peace, strength, and patience.
We love you guys, and will continue to pray for you.
Chad, Sheila and Coleman

Anonymous said...

Hello Luke,

You don't know me and Emily wouldn't necessarily remember me either but I am an MK from Chile. Your family is in my prayers. As I read the blog I am moved by the prayers and faithfulness of those around you. I pray God will continue to give you peace and strength throughout this situation.

Sherma Almedia

Anonymous said...

We love you guys and we are continually praying for all of you.

"The universe is vast beyond the stars, but You are mindful when a sparrow falls; And mindful of the anxious thoughts that find me, surrond me, and bind me. Jesus, King of angels, heaven's light, Hold my hand, and keep me through this night." Fernando Ortega

Jesus said "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you..." John 14:27

We carry your family to the throne of grace every hour of the day.

Love you,
Paul, Emily, John, Jacob, Isaac and Audrey

Anonymous said...


I just wanted you to know that we are praying for you and Emily and the kids and your extended families. I just pray that you have the strength to face each new day with a renewed spirit and that God heals Emily completely.
Luke and Sarah Baker, Cooper, TX
(Julie Baxter's sister)

Deborah51 said...

Luke, I can't say anything better than what God Himself says.
2Cor 4:17 "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." Ps 43:5 "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him! My Savior and my God!" Ps 62:5-8 "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. My salvation and my honor depend depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out hearts to Him, for God is our refuge." Micah 7:7 "But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me."
That's just a few.
I am in constant prayer for Emily and your family.
Deborah Yates

Pastor Jeff said...


My heart and my prayers go out to you. Bethany Baptist is praying for Emily. Call me when you need something.


Anonymous said...

Hello, Luke!

Gloria and I thoroughly enjoyed the service with your people at Bridgeview on Sunday. She played the organ with Vicki at the piano, and your folk sang well!

We have been praying for her and for you every day. God is ALWAYS good..all the time. Remember the song from a few years ago:

"God is too wise to be mistaken.
God is too good to be unkind.
When you don't understand,
When you don't see His plan,
When you can't trace His hand...

Charles and Gloria Mayo

Julie Baxter said...


We're praying constantly for Emily and you and your family. We wish there was more we could do. We love you guys. I look forward to the day when I can call up and visit with Emily again,

Jason said...

Hey Luke,

Hang in there! We are praying for you all the time and check to see if there is a report multiple times every day. We wish we could be there for you and Emily. Hug all your kids for us!

Marlene said...

I had yours & Emily's nephew, Logan, in my class when they were in Richmond for IMB orientation. I just want you to know your family is in my prayers! May the comfort and strength that only GOD can give surround you each day.
Marlene Boothe

Glenn and Joy said...

Luke, if ever there was a mighty man of valor, you are! That has been a prayer Emily and I have prayed for our men although we never expected it to manifest itself under these circumstances! Please remember that this is the Lord's battle. Continue to equip yourself with His armour and stand fast. Our prayer for you is daily strenght to remain strong and courageous. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

amy wright said...

Luke, I am thankful for you. The music that you have played for Emily, the picture of Sarah and all of the little things that you do, I know mean so much to Emily right now and give her the hope to keep going.
I'm praying for you and want you to know that Jay and I love you guys.

Phil Scarratt said...

Hi Luke

Another "you don't know me"...praying hard for you and family, especially Emily, as are a number of others over here in Australia. I'm a friend of Jason's from Chile.

Tim, Marilyn, and Kaitlyn Medley said...


Know that our family is praying for yours. We have added Emily to our prayer list here at the church in Childress. There are a lot of people here who have shown concern for all of you, even though they don't even know you or your family. We are praying for a complete recovery. Let us know if we can do anything for you or your family. Love you.