Friday, February 13, 2009

She Finished the Race

"For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." (2 Tim. 4:6-8)

Kristi Walker fought the good fight and this morning she finished the race and was welcomed by her Savior into His glory. Thank you so much for praying for and encouraging our friend and her precious family during her battle with cancer. I know we will all continue to lift up the Walker, Winters, and Savage families as they grieve the profound loss of their wife, mother, daughter, and sister.

51 comments:

Holly said...

Praying for her family..grieving with them.

Love,
Holly

Yankee Mama said...

I'm so sorry. Praying.

Kylie said...

Oh Amanda, I am so sorry for your loss. (I went to high school with Chuck) and have been praying for this sweet family. I will continue to pray for Chuck and the boys and for all their dear friends and family.

Marla Taviano said...

Oh, Amanda. I'm so sorry. I can't imagine how much everyone will miss her. Praying for her family!!

Eli's Lids said...

I discovered this story today on the net and my heart is just aching for the children. Prayers from our family in Southern California covering the family with Peace and memories!
~Kara-Noel

Patty said...

My heart breaks for this family! As I sit here in tears I will lift her husband and children up in prayer!
Love,
Patty

Toknowhim said...

My eyes are full of tears... a young mother...3 boys left behind (I have 3 too) with a grieving husband, and all other family members... The only thing in this world that does bring hope in a situation like this is knowing where she is...

Thanks for sharing... I will pray for this family...

Beth in NC said...

I just left you a comment on your last post. I am so sorry to hear about this. I am praying for her family and friends.

Love in Him,
Beth

Kelly said...

Oh my heart GRIEVES for her family. I know she is having the time of her life but I hate that she had to leave behind that precious family. I'm so very sorry. Thank goodness for the hope of where she is.

connorcolesmom said...

Oh this just breaks my heart!
May God comfort her family during this time of loss and may He bring them some peace ...

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Oh Amanda, I am so sorry to hear this news. Praying for her sweet family and longing with them for heaven.

Joanne

HisTreasuredPossession said...

my heart aches tonight along with you all. Lord Jesus you know our pain, please be these families' Peace.
rachel winn

Lauren Kelly said...

Amanda, I am so sorry to hear about this. I will continue praying for the family!!

Marc and Charity said...

Oh goodness. I'm so sorry to hear this news, praying for their family!

lavonda said...

I'm just sitting here bawling... my heart so hurts for this family.
Thank you for keeping us up to date Amanda.

Amanda May said...

Praying...

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."
Romans 8:26

Fran said...

My heart just sank. Praying for her family Amanda.

Debbie said...

Even though I don't know her, my heart is broken. Her sweet family are in my prayers. Thanks for the update even though it's a tough one to post.

rooney said...

oohhhh. Amazing how you don't even personally know a person and yet be saddened by her death. That IS the Body of Christ. When one part hurts, it hurts the whole.
Abba, Father, please comfort Kristi's husband, children, family and friends. May they see You in the midst of the grief... and Kristi! how glorious to be seeing the Savior face to face! I pray you are dancin' on those streets!
Jackie from MO

Deborah said...

Praying for you and them, Amanda.

With love,
Deborah

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend! She sounded like a wonderful woman. She is now where we all long and yearn to be....safe with Jesus.

God bless and comfort you.

Marilyn

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

This is so devastating. I am so sorry and will lift this family to the Father in my prayers.

Andreea said...

OH wow...I just want to go cry. And I don't even know them! I listened to one of your mom's teachings one time, where she addressed grieving, and I remember she said that we grieve, but we don't grieve as those who have no hope. (That absolutely set me free!) Anytime I hear of something like this...I know God is sovereign yet it's like somoene just knocked the wind out me. I will be praying for the family, and for you.

Carolina Mama said...

Sweety Thank You for posting. I looked a couple times today for your email to let you know to know avail. Of course, just a matter of time. Thanks for all the prayers and for these kind words.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

I'm so sorry Amanda. We lost a friend Stephanie last year, 34, also a mom. It's so hard.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Moose Mama said...

Oh Amanda, I'm so sorry. My prayers go up for all those who loved her.

Melana

Honea Household said...

Our prayers are with her family she left behind as they wait to be reunited with her one day soon.

It still makes me ask "Why, Lord?" My heart aches.

Tara G. said...

Amanda- what can possibly be said? I'll be praying.

alicia said...

My heart is broken for their family. I feel honored to have served with her in Honduras and at First Irving. I will keeping the family in my prayers.

Lisa said...

Amanda, there are no words. May God wrap Kristi's family in His loving arms as they grieve this separation from her. Only He knows the plans He has for them... plans to give them hope and a future. My prayers go out to the Walkers, Winters, and Savages.

Deedra said...

My heart and prayers go out to her family, husband, and children.

Swan Family said...

Oh Amanda...Becky told me yesterday morning at our MOPS meeting. It makes me so sad for her boys. I know she is with the Father Almighty and well! I will be praying for the families.

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

I am truly sorry to hear this for her family and friends' sake. :(

Cindy said...

I am so sorry Amanda!

Lyndsey Newton said...

I know you don't me, but I know and understand your sadness. I lost a sweet friend about two years ago to cancer...she was young and the mother of two. I will so be praying for these families. How wonderful that you were blessed to be apart of her time here on this earth.

Terri_in_Alabama said...

Oh Amanda, I am so very sorry. I prayed for them... and for all those close to them from the time your first told us. I will pray for strength and peace for the family and friends!

Lindsee Lou said...

When I saw this on Janelle's blog my heart dropped to my toes. I prayed for them yesterday so much, and even though I don't know them, I asked "Why?"

Still praying for them.

Heather said...

I am so very sorry to hear about this Amanda. Praying for this sweet family and for those sweet sweet boys. My heart aches and I didn't even know her. Praying for you.

Mitzi said...

I'm so sorry. Praying tonight for her family, friends and for you.

Sitesx6 said...

I'm so sad. I don't even know Kristi, but I prayed for her almost every single day since you shared her story with us. As I write, I have tears pouring down my face. I am happy she is out of pain and in the Savior's arms, but just sad about the leaving her husband and kids.

Please tell me she was able to read her notes we all sent her?
Kelly in Michigan

bethany said...

There are no words that will suffice...I am so sorry. Life hurts so much at times...thank the Lord that there is more than this!
I'm in prayer for Chuck and the boys. Can't imagine...

Nise' said...

I am so sorry for this loss. She went home to be with the Lord on the same day as my grandfather. He arrived in heaven at 6:23 am Friday morning. Will pray for her family.

Ruth Lee said...

There is a lump in my throat and words won't come out. I'd love to be able to send Kristi's husband some books that helped my mom when my dad passed away from brain cancer. Could you email me their address?

Ruth Lee McLain
ruth_lee_mclain@hotmail.com

Ruth Lee said...

There is a lump in my throat and no words to say. I'd love to be able to send Kristi's husband a book that helped my mom when my dad passed away from brain cancer. Could you email me his address?

Ruth Lee McLain
ruth_lee_mclain@hotmail.com

katiegfromtennessee said...

Amanda...I am crying...she did fight the good fight. She finished the race. She kept the faith...she is with Him. Now, she is healed. Completely healed. I want to finish well like that...I thank the Lord for her life. I will pray. How I pray that the Lord used us to encourage her!...Thank you for letting us know.

katiegfromtennessee

Brenda said...

We've been praying for them. Thanks for letting us know. Truly heartbreaking. Did they have a blog? Continued prayers for her husband and children.

Amy said...

Amanda, I am so sorry and have been praying for Kristi's family since I saw this post. I live in NC and today I saw her obituary in the Raleigh News and Observer. It is a beautiful write-up about her life and testimony. I cut it out with you in mind. If you would like it, I will be glad to send it to you. My email is alccrain at yahoo dot com.
Amy

twinkle said...

This is one of those times where a Christian just has to trust God and allow Him the opportunity to pick up the pieces of all the broken hearts that Kristi's death has left behind.

What's going to happen to her children? God knows.
What's going to happen to her husband? God knows.
Why couldn't He heal her? Only God knows.
Why her? Only God knows.

God has provided Light through His Word. I pray that through His Word, God will comfort, strengthen and reveal His abilities to those left behind. Kristi trusted Him. May her legacy of faith live on through her loved ones.

Luke 4:18a,c

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath...sent me to heal the brokenhearted...

Thank you, Amanda, for the honor of sharing in this saint's suffering. God will heal the brokenhearted just as He has promised. I will be praying for you and for all those grieving.

Marni said...

I didn't even know them, but I'm crying and grieving all the same. I can't wait to meet her in Heaven some day...thanks for the update...

jennyhope said...

oh this just broke my heart when I read it. I will be praying.

The Bargain Shopper Lady said...

I love your verse. She was an amazing woman! Praying for their families.