I will praise His name forever

Six years ago today we were told words that no one dreams they would ever hear, words meant to kill and destroy, of death and fear, despair and hopelessness. We are rejoicing today because that same day six years ago Jesus spoke different words to my heart, words of hope and healing, words to give life and life abundantly! “By His stripes you have been healed” Isaiah 53;5, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and life abundantly.” John 10:10. “I will never leave you nor forsake you” Hebrews 13:5.
These words are the words that we have chosen to cling to and repeat over and over when the doctors reports told us of a cancer uncurable, of a time left on this earth of 6 months to 2 years, of a life left of constant treatments, tests, pain and suffering.
We had to choose then whose reports we would believe, and we chose the Lord’s. And we also humbly asked all of you to believe and pray and receive with us the healing miracle that only He can grant. We fell before His throne and cried out to Him and He has heard our prayers and for this we are forever grateful! It has not been an easy road, and when there were times that I took my eyes off of Him I would sink, but when I kept my eyes on Him, I, like Peter, could walk on water. Had it not been for your prayers, your sacrifices of love and time and meals and laundry help and donations and babysitting and rides to all of my treatments and cards of encouragement we would not be where we are today. We could never do this journey alone, but God told us that we do not have too. He tells us to carry each others burdens, to care for one another, to pray unceasingly, and all of these things were done for us. We had to walk in His light, to drown out the sometimes negative things that come along with any cancer treatments. During the 11 surgeries, 35 days of radiation, 190 weeks of chemotherapy, endless days of side effects and exhaustion we had to count it all as joy and give all the glory to Him because He was with us and was carrying us through this!
No one ever asks for pain and suffering, but sometimes it is through this pain that we are brought closer to Him, that we walk alongside Him and hear Him speaking to us. It is in this pain that our character is developed, that our hearts can be made new again and we can walk closer to Him. He desires to be right there with us, and sometimes when we are going through trials and pain we can feel His presence the most. I have never felt God work so closely in my life more than when I was in the thickness of the battle, and I saw Him fighting my battles for me. When I could do no more He stepped in and took over. When the doctors were amazed that there was “no more evidence of disease even though this is a terminal condition”, when there was no cancer shown in the 12 lymph nodes removed even though there was cancer there when they did the biopsy before the 12 hour surgery, when there was no more cancer in the liver even though it was certainly there before, when the doctors agreed to do a surgery on a stage 4 cancer patient that they never do and would not do 2 years before, when I could still live and hold my babies and go out and love others when doctors said I could not, that was Jesus showing up in my weakness, “for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest of me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians, 12:9-11.
I will praise His name forever! I will sing of His goodness and mercy all the days of my life for I was sick and He healed me, I have been given life through Him and will forever give Him the glory! We do not deserve Him, but He died for sinners like you and like me so that we may be in heaven with Him one day. Let us be a light that shines for Him and gives Him all the glory and praise. I am so humbled and grateful for all of your love and prayers these past six years and we will continue to walk in His healing power and love. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for always praying and believing with us. (:

Praise God!

"Way Maker
Miracle Worker
Promise Keeper
Light in the Darkness
My God,
That is who you are, that is who you are!!" (Way Maker)

Thank you all for your love and prayers! Tests and scans came back great, praise the Lord!! We are so humbled and grateful and will continue giving Him all of the glory, for by His grace I am saved and through His blood I am healed! Thank you for always believing with us! We serve an awesome God, a mighty God, a miracle-working, promise keeping, light in the darkness
God!!
Treatments every 3 weeks and scans in 6 more months but we will take it!

~April

Hi everyone! We hope everyone is happy and well! I am having my 6 month scans with my heart tests and treatment in Dallas on Tuesday and am humbly asking for your prayers once again! We appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts and we thank you for continuing to believe with us for our miracle to continue!! Love and blessings to you and we miss you! April and Chris (: We will post when we hear our good news, but it seems to take longer here for me to find out, so no news is good news!

Praise the Lord for His goodness and healing! Just got the call saying all is well!! There is a small shadow that has appeared in the past that was from scar tissue but since I am a new patient to her she just wants to double check to be safe! (And I can’t blame her!) So I will go for the MRI but believing and receiving that I am already healed through Him! Thank you all for your love and prayers, they mean the world to us! We are forever grateful! And thank you, Jesus, for your miracles in us each and every day!! Still treatment every 3 weeks but we will take it! Thank you, Lord! (:

Prayers needed

Hello everyone! We are humbly asking for your prayers for tomorrow. I have my 6 month pet scan, heart tests, and treatment in Dallas so we are believing I am healed but if you could please pray and believe with us we are so grateful! I am continuing to walk in His peace and I will update you when we hear the hopefully amazing news once again, all for His glory!! Thank you thank you! We serve a mighty and awesome God!! (:

5 years ago today…

Five years ago today we were told words that no one dreams they would ever hear, words meant to kill and destroy, of death and fear, despair and hopelessness. We are rejoicing today because that same day five years ago Jesus spoke different words to my heart, words of hope and healing, words to give life and life abundantly! “By His stripes you have been healed” Isaiah 53;5, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;I have come that they may have life and life abundantly.” John 10:10. “I will never leave you nor forsake you” Hebrews 13:5.
These words are the words that we have chosen to cling to and repeat over and over when the doctors reports told us of a cancer uncurable, of a time left on this earth of 6 months to 2 years, of a life left of constant treatments, tests, pains and sufferings.
We had to choose then whose reports we would believe, and we chose the Lord’s. And we also humbly asked all of you to believe and pray and receive with us the healing miracle that only He can grant. We fell before His throne and cried out to Him and He has heard our prayers and for this we are forever grateful! It has not been an easy road, and when there were times that I took my eyes off of Him I would sink, but when I kept my eyes on Him I, like Peter, could walk on water. Had it not been for your prayers, your sacrifices of love and time and meals and laundry help and babysitting and rides to all of my treatments and cards of encouragement we would not be where we are today. We could never do this journey alone, but God told us that we do not have too. He tells us to carry each others burdens, to care for one another, to pray unceasingly, and all of these things were done for us. We had to walk in His light, to drown out the sometimes negative things that come along with any cancer treatments. During the 10 surgeries, 35 days of radiation, 160 weeks of chemotherapy, endless days of side effects and exhaustion we had to count it all as joy and give all the glory to Him because He was with us and was carrying us through this!
No one ever asks for pain and suffering, but sometimes it is through this pain that we are brought closer to Him, that we walk alongside Him and hear Him speaking to us. It is in this pain that our character is developed, that our hearts can be made new again and we can walk closer to Him. He desires to be right there with us, and sometimes when we are going through trials and pain we can feel His presence the most. I have never felt God work so closely in my life than when I was in the thickness of the battle, and I saw Him fighting my battles for me. When I could do no more He stepped in and took over. When the doctors were amazed that there was “no more evidence of disease even though this is a terminal condition”, when there was no cancer shown in the 12 lymph nodes removed even though there was cancer there when they did the biopsy before the 12 hour surgery, when there was no more cancer in the liver even though it was certainly there before, when the doctors agreed to do a surgery on a stage 4 cancer patient that they never do and would not do 2 years before, when I could still live and hold my babies and go out and love others when doctors said I could not, that was Jesus showing up in my weakness, “for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest of me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians, 12:9-11.
I will praise His name forever! I will sing of His goodness and mercy all the days of my life for I was sick and He healed me, I have been given life through Him and will forever give Him the glory! We do not deserve Him, but He died for sinners like you and like me so that we may be in heaven with Him one day. Let us be a light that shines for Him and gives Him all the glory and praise. I am so humbled and grateful for all of your love and prayers these past five years and we will continue to walk in His healing power and love. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for always praying and believing with us.

May God bless you always. Love April, Chris, Faith, Savannah Grace and Isabella Hope (:

First scans & tests in Texas 10/22/18

Hi everyone! I hope this finds you all happy and well! We are humbly asking for prayers again as my 6- month scans, heart tests and regular treatment are this Tuesday. If you could please pray that I continue to be healed through God’s amazing love and grace I truly appreciate it! I am not sure when I will have my results as this is my first time doing everything here in Texas but as soon as I know I will share. Thanks so much for always praying and believing with us! We serve an awesome and mighty God! (:
Love and blessings to all of you! April, Chris, Faith, Savannah Grace and Bella xo

Thank you

Thank you all for your love and prayers for my scans and tests last week! Praise God all looks well and she has a small concern but we are believing these are just shadows as we have seen that in the past and keep clinging to His promises that I am healed! So thank you for praying and believing with us! We serve an awesome God, a mighty, healing and loving Father! Thank you Jesus!

Family

Last July we went from a family of 5 to a family of 6. Yesterday we went back to a family of 5 and it was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. Yet we are humbled and grateful that God chose us to be Jemmie’s family for this past year. She brought us so much joy, love and laughter (and challenges too!) We could not have imagined how much this journey with foster care could change us, make us grow, allow us to be stretched some days beyond our limits and other days fill our hearts to exploding. God’s timing is always perfect, and it is Him who we trust in now even when our hearts are aching as we know this was the right time for her to move on to hopefully her forever home. Looking back one year ago and seeing how much she has grown and learned to love and trust again is a truly wonderful thing. She has taught my girls to love freely, to give more, to laugh and be silly and she has shown Chris and I how to stretch and love even more. We prayed that we could show our girls love in action, to be the hands and feet of Jesus by loving those who have no one to love them and I think they understand it better now. She has blessed us, our church, our families, our school with her presence. She will forever have a piece of our hearts and I pray that we will always have a piece of hers. Please pray for us as we adapt back to a family of 5, for our girls that they handle this loss with love and acceptance and for Jemmie that she transitions smoothly to her new family and blesses them with all the life and love she did for us. Thank you always for your prayers and love for us. Love is an amazing thing, it is truly one of the only things we can give away and get more from back. If anyone has ever thought about foster care or adoption and God has put that inkling in your heart, go with it. It won’t be easy, but you will be blessed beyond measure, and He will give you all that you need every step of the way.

Texas, here we come!

look-out-texas-here-we-comeSo we have some pretty exciting news to share with our family and friends and also humbly ask for prayer on this new chapter in our lives. I have wanted to move South for many years now, have had a longing in my heart which I believe is from God and have always hoped it would be to the Carolina’s. We have tried many times to go and each time major things have happened to stop us. We would not make a move without praying about it for a long time as we always want to do God’s will in our lives, even if it is not necessarily our will. An opportunity came up last year which we pushed aside because it was not our will, and just hoped we could ignore it and keep praying for our own will to be answered, selfishly not necessarily His will. This past year many signs have pointed us back in this direction which came up last year with Chris’ job and we can no longer deny that it is definitely from Him. He has given us so many signs and a peace on our hearts that cannot be explained except through Him. He has even placed a joy in our hearts about going somewhere that we never dreamed or hoped to go! So with this faith and hope in Him we have decided to step out in faith and follow His leading in our lives and we will be moving to Texas with Chris’ job! Having grown up in Rhode island and living in Connecticut these past 13 years this is a huge transition for us! We are moving away from our families who we love so much and our church family and school and friends who have loved, taken care of us, and prayed for us during the hardest times of our lives. For this we are forever grateful. But we have always placed Him first and try to live on His word and will for us, so even though this change comes with sadness and hurt at leaving,our hearts are so full of hope for the joy that He has set before us and for what He has in store for us.
So we thank you for your continued love and prayers, as I will be continuing my every 3 week cancer treatments there but trust that God will continue to hold us. Please pray for a smooth transition for our girls and for our family that we are leaving behind, and that we continue to hear God’s will for all parts of our lives.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, love and blessings to all of you! (:

Praises!

April 3, 2018:

Thank you all for your love and prayers again! We are on our way home now from my tests and scans and we already have our great news! All is well praise God and though they cannot explain it we just keep giving all the praise and glory to Him!! Scan free for 6 more months and treatment every 3 weeks still but we will take that!! We are so humbled and grateful for His unfailing love and mercy on us and we are so grateful to all of you for always praying and believing with us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Love and blessings to you, love us. Xo

Prayers

Hi everyone! I am humbly asking everyone for your prayers again for Tuesday. I have my scans, tests and treatment again and am believing that I continue to be healed but would love you to pray that along with us! I thank you all for your love and prayers through all of these years, but praise God it has been 4 1/2 years and God has been so good! Thank you thank you and we appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts!

Thank you!

Thank you all once again for your love and prayers! God is so good! There is that same spot there again but they are just going to watch it and re-scan again in 4 months. I believe I am healed and it is just scar tissue, (it is in an area that is too difficult to biopsy so we are not) but we are going to keep praising and keep believing and keep living life, even during the waiting! Sometimes it is hard when the fear and worry creeps in but Jesus tells us not to worry about anything so I will keep reminding myself that I am healed when that worry sets in. Thank you all for praying and believing with us!!  You have no idea how much it truly means to us!

Xo love and blessings, April, Chris, Faith, Savannah Grace, Isabella Hope and Jemmie

4 years ago today, but God’s word is stronger!!

Four years ago today Chris and I were told some devastating news, but we proclaimed God’s words over that news and praise God four years later I am hear to share what He has done in our lives! I spoke at our church again last month and shared my testimony, and I want to share it with anyone who needs hope or healing, help or encouragement. This world is hard, and Jesus told us that we would have troubles here, but to “fear not, for He has overcome the world”. Even though we do have hard times and real struggles and lots of pain here, never give up on His promises that are for us proclaiming that He loves us. His miracles are still here each day in front of us! Thank you Jesus! Please continue to keep us in prayer as I go for scans on Tuesday but I am believing that I am healed and will give Him all the glory forever! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the love and prayers you have shown to us these past 4 years, words could never truly express how grateful we are!

love and blessings, April, Chris, Faith, Savannah Grace, and Bella (:

http://voluntownbaptistchurch.org/graphics/UploadFile/10212/14963/100117_testimony_april_robert_.mp3

October 8, 2017

Hi all,

So sorry for not keeping up with the latest information on April! I will do better going forward. The latest updates from September were just posted. Sign up at the bottom of the site to be notified when I publish an update, or friend April on Facebook where she regularly updates. As of now, we don’t anticipate anything more until late November when I will be sure to update on her scans.

Thank you,

Beth Robert-Small

September 26, 2017

So thank you all for your love and prayers! What they see is something but looking closer they are not as concerned praise God!! They will re-scan me at the end of November to be sure and watch me more closely these next couple months but I am going to just have to stand on His promises and rest in Him while waiting and believing that I am healed! Thank you all for your care and concern, and God is so good!!

April

September 25, 2017

Hi everyone! Thank you all for the love and prayers these past couple weeks since my last scan results. I am going tomorrow for my tests and treatment and am praying that what they find is “nothing” and that I continue to remain healed in Jesus ‘ name! Thank you all for believing with me, I will post when I know for sure but no matter what God is always good

April