From the Desk Of Leif: Will You Pray For Us?

Margaret —  November 22, 2013 — 75 Comments

From the Desk Of Leif: Will You Pray For Us?

Over the last few months I’ve watched Margaret, face this great adversity courageously and with way more energy than I could believe possible. One of my favorite pet names for my wife is Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) because she’s full of so much energy—bounding with ideas, always ready for the next adventure and that has continued during this time as well.

If only you could see my wife with her boxing gloves on.

The adversity we’ve been facing has stripped her of much of her energy, but I stand in awe that time and time again she keeps getting back up—even after those dirty dog bad days that follow chemo.

I don’t crash Margaret’s blog very often (except for recipes), but I feel compelled to ask you to pray for us today.

Will you join us and #PrayForZero? Will you ask God to completely heal my wife so that zero cancer cells are left in her body?

We believe in the power of prayer and would love it if you would join us in this prayer.

As you may know, Margaret’s dad, Bill, was recently diagnosed with cancer. Yesterday, Margaret’s mom said, “I can’t quite explain it but I know God is answering people’s prayers. Without people’s prayers I simply couldn’t survive this.”

We feel the same way. Your prayers have sustained us and strengthened us.

But please, don’t stop now.

Today, right now, will you #PrayForZero for Margaret and her dad?

We can’t get through this without you. And we’re so grateful to serve a God who listens and answers prayer. Thank you for loving and supporting us during this time.

Fighting with Joy,

Leif, Margaret, and Hershey

*Original photo found here.

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75 responses to From the Desk Of Leif: Will You Pray For Us?

  1. Dusty B. Allison November 22, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Please know I am praying for you and your family. This is a powerful song from Darlene Zschech ‘ s Revealing Jesus, and felt I am to share it with you.

  2. Jehovah Rapha, I lift up Margaret & her dad to you this day for complete healing. In Jesus Name, Amen!

  3. I can pay for zero! Love y’all!

  4. Prayers are definitely with all of you.

  5. Praying and believing with you.

  6. Praying for zero for Margaret and her Dad. Praying for God’s strength and peace for you all. And praying that He holds you all in the palm of His hand.

  7. Leif, I am continuing to pray for Zero. I pray for you guys every day without fail. Give Margaret a hug for me!

    Blessings, Alicia ROark

  8. Most certainly. Keep fighting…

  9. The Mitchell’s November 22, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Lord may you bless those who live to bless you. Do not turn your face away but look upon them with love. May your will be done and may this bring you glory alone. Please heal Margaret and her father. Nothing is beyond you. Your love is endless and mercies new each day. Let your presence be thick upon this family. We praise your name above all else.

  10. It is my privilege to pray for ya’ll. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. God bless you!

  11. Praying for you & your Dad!! ~ Please God, heal their bodies of this awful cancer! And make them strong when they need to be & rest when they need to rest. Surround them with peace & joy that passes understanding. Amen!

  12. Praying! May God hide you in the shelter of His presence, sustain and renew your strength and a canopy of His peace be over you, your home and family.

  13. Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. Interlude Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign Lord rescues us from death. (Psalms 68:19, 20 NLT)

  14. Praying for Zero, Margaret and Leif! “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show himself STRONG on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to him!” 2 Chron. 16:9

  15. May the God of all Hope and Peace, fill you with Joy and Comfort, as you trust in Him. So that you will overflow with the Power of the Holy Spirit!

    You are loved and cherished, and remembered in prayer before our Father today.

  16. Michaela Topalov November 22, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Hi kids, please be encouraged that so many love you and are praying for zero! As we are one body in Christ when you hurt so do we. We will not stop lifting you up to the Healing Lord, our Mighty Savior! In Him, Mikey

  17. Praying for Margaret & her Dad to have zero cancer cells & complete healing in Jesus’ name!

  18. I just pulled out of my bookshelf Margaret’s book “Twentysomething” to give to my daughter at this time of transition for her. Then I read your blog. Praying specifically for complete healing (“zero”) and that God would receive the glory through His work.

    Praying Psalm 9:9-10 this morning for you all -“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

  19. I prayed for zero, and I will continue. Breaks my heart to know you and your family are going through this terrible season. Trusting God.

  20. Praying for zero for you, Margaret, and for your dad. Thanks, Leif, for the update.

  21. Been praying and will continue to pray. Blessings on you.

  22. Yes, I will continue to pray.

  23. I’m praying this same prayer for my mom, so it’s fresh on my heart everyday. I will pray for zero cancer cells in Margaret and her dad’s body, as well. He sends His word and heals our diseases. Praying for healing and wholeness in their bodies, trusting in God’s beauty and goodness…

  24. Bob and I will be agreeing with you for ZERO!!! #PrayForZero
    Hugs to you all

  25. Praying for Zero, knowing that our heavenly Father will never leave you nor forsake you.

  26. Praying for zero. Grateful for your example as you walk through this season. God is being honored through you both!

  27. Yes … praying for zero cancer!

  28. I continue to pray for zero for Margaret and her Dad. Trusting our God who is able and waiting expectantly for the good reports.
    Much love to all of you!

  29. Leif, Margaret…we are praying for your family. We are also praying for Margaret’s dad. I am sorry that cancer exists…and I wish you didn’t have to go through this. We just finished “Wonderstruck” yesterday…and the ladies were asking how Margaret is doing. I will pass on that we will continue to PRAY FOR ZERO! We will not be shaken!! Psalm 21:7 “For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.”

  30. Janetta McGovern November 22, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Will continue to pray. Definitely praying for zero.

  31. Leif,

    Thank you for letting us be part of your journey. We are praying for zero for Margaret and her dad. There’s an old chorus that says, “what a healing Jesus I’ve found in you, what a healing Jesus you restore, refresh and renew. You’re my healing Jesus for such a time as this, arise on healing wings Son of Righteousness.” I’m singing this over my friend today. Please give her our love.

  32. Absolutely praying for complete 100% healing… hugs fom California.

  33. I so join you in that prayer for ZERO!

  34. Yes..praying…I pray for healing for both Margaret and her Dad….and comfort and strength for you and her mom…and an extra measure of grace for watching both your daughter and husband suffer ….

  35. Praying for you and Margaret, Leif…

  36. Melinda Lancaster November 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

    My prayers for ZERO continue!

  37. We are praying for you all!!

  38. Prayed and will continue to prayer that on the way to “Zero” not only would GOD strengthen Margaret but that He would give her HIS strength. Amazing how prayer can change mid stream…..fighting for you both on our knees….

  39. Praying for your sweet family.

  40. I am praying for zero for Margaret. May God ‘a healing grace be upon Margaret and her Dad.

    Blessings to you all. Delphine

  41. Praying hard for “0”

  42. I will be praying for healing for Margaret. My daughter’s breast cancer, diagnosed 2 years ago has spread to all of her bones. We are praying for God to heal her and it is amazing the peace we feel through this. A great resource is the book Knockout by Susanne Somers; the movie Cancer is Curable Now (; and the book Cancer is not a Disease by Andreas Moritz.

  43. I will pray for Margaret and her father. I am always so inspired by her writings and the Bible Studies she has done. My prayer is for healing, for God to keep Margaret, her Dad, and Leif in His love and grace, and that through all of this, you all will be blessed immensely so that you may continue to bless others. May God touch each of you with His healing power and may it be so that you can feel the prayers of many being lifted up for you.

  44. Tom & I have your backs!!

  45. Praying. I am asking our Abba for complete recovery to full health and for Margaret to be cancer free. Also for His glorious peace to pervade you all. He loves you so very much.

  46. Praying. Always remember, your Abba Daddy is holding your hand,

  47. I just wanted you to know that we at Scum of the Earth continue to pray for you both at staff meetings, prayer meetings and beyond. We love you very much.

  48. Yes Leif, I am praying every day for you and Margaret! I will pray for 0, No cancer in her body. May all of our prayers lift her up on angel’s wings for rest and recuperation, and a touch from the hand of God heal her. God is blessing you both today.

  49. praying for zero; for complete healing for Margaret and her dad. The Great Physician is still in the healing business, so I ask him to touch both of them and make them completely well.

  50. Loving Father, we come before You trusting in Your goodness, kindness and the power of Your healing love as we lift up to You Margaret’s and Bill’s sickness. Heal them, Lord of this cancer that has invaded their bodies.
    Lord, You know all things, You can do all things and we know You love Margaret and Bill very much. Only You know what is best for them and what they need in terms of healing. They are before You now, lay Your hands upon them, touch them, heal them, and bring them wholeness of body, mind, emotions and spirit. Let the grace of Your divine love and power flow to them right now to reach the inner part of their being and spread to the different parts of his body. Take away any pain or feeling of discomfort. Correct any malfunctioning of their bodily organs and tissues. Melt with the heat of Your healing love all abnormal and cancerous growths; Loving God we are praying for zero cancer cells very soon for Margaret, her Dad, Bill and all of these your children with this terrible disease and by the end of everyone’s treatments may there be zero cancer cells left in any of their bodies, create in all new and healthy cells.
    Lead Margaret, Leif, Hershey, Bill and Marjane to the still water of Your comfort and make them aware of Your healing presence. With You, all things are possible, their hope is in You. May all receive Your bread of life to nourish them, Your living waters to revive them and Your breath that gives life to strengthen each and every one? You have been blessed with a God who gathers you up in His loving arms and will give you strength, courage, hope and healing during these days ahead and He will be with you every step of this difficult journey. Let all feel the support of our love, our presence and our prayers. In Your Holy Name, we pray, Amen and to God Be All The Glory!!

  51. Calling on Jehovah Rapha as I lift you all in prayer — praying for ZERO for Margaret and her dad, especially today, my ninth “cancerversary.” Love and blessings to you!

  52. Yes I will pray for Tigger. I’ve heard her speak twice in Pensacola. I’m honoured to do battle for her.


  54. Love you both. Praying now…again.

  55. Honored to #prayforzero for Margaret and her dad. Praying this in His name and for His glory!

  56. Praying…
    A blog u may find encouraging by a brother battling lung cancer for 2 years.

  57. Oh my King, I come on my knees and ask for healing, for ZERO cancer cells in her body. for strength for healing, patience in the bad days, and the power of Your Holy Spirit to fill her to fight this. I love you Margaret and am grateful for all your encouragement and your teaching and your wisdom…and for teaching me to walk AND pray!

  58. Thank you, Leif. Praying for zero cancer cells for both Margaret and her dad. Praying for you, too. I’m a cancer survivor, and my husband was a trooper through it all…but it was so incredibly difficult and draining for him, too. Spouses, parents and children of loved ones with cancer are very often the unsung heroes of the day, and as much in need of fervent prayer and encouragement as those they’re caring for.

    Please give Margaret a hug for me…and consider yourself hugged, too.

    God’s strength and comfort be with you all,

  59. Yes! Praying for Zero, for Margaret and her dad–thank you Leif, praying also for you and the family. Please let Margaret know we love her and will continue crying out to our Jehovah Rapha for total healing for her and her dad. Huge Texas hugs and blessings to you all.

  60. Leif, Margaret, Hershey, Bill & Margaret’s mom

    Standing with you all in prayer as you fight this battle. #Prayforzero!

  61. On board with you all..

  62. Father God, Heal Margaret now and completely eradicate this cancer from her body. She is your child and has received new life in her spirit. By your Spirit I pray she would now experience the resurrection power of Jesus in her body and be raised to full physical soundness. May she live to continue to serve you here on earth. Heal her from the cancer, but also from the effects of the chemo. I agree with Margaret’s family and friends for her physical restoration. In Jesus’ strong Name, Amen.

  63. Praying for healing, strength for all of you, and a continuous awareness of the love that surrounds you.

  64. We have prayed for you during our book study and have continued to hold you close as you remain in the throes of this battle. Will continue to pray for ZERO.

  65. At my post. Reporting for duty. Praying for you all —
    ZERO for Margaret and her dad.

  66. Deborah (Debbie) November 25, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Yes, Leif! My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer — 11 years ago…I am so grateful to God that my sweetheart is still walking this life’s journey with me, right here 🙂 But oh, my how we needed prayer. There is no way to overstate this. A year later…one month after my husband was in remission our eldest daughter (then 18) was diagnosed with a rare form of Lukemia (entering the last stages) and required a bone marrow transplant. Oh, the need for God and His work…all of it right there in the midst of the mess and pain and fear. God hears. He does. He moves to show Himself and bless “even when”.

    Praying for zero to the God who hears.

  67. Shelly Miller speaks so highly of you, Margaret. Praying for your full recovery!!!!! My mother has been through this, so I greatly empathize. God is holding you in the palm of His hand.
    Love in Him,
    Lynn Morrissey

  68. Praying for complete healing, wholeness and health restored in Jesus name. Shalom !

  69. Leif and Margaret (and Dad, Mom and Hershey),
    The man knows the power of prayer!
    Standing in the gap for your precious family.

  70. On this day, every day, I continue to pray.

    May the God who scooped the soil out of the depths of to make the mountains, filled those depths with waters, and threw stars across the heaven, work mightily in your lives to bring that same creative power to heal you.

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