Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Intercession.

When you hit your senior year of college, you have likely, for the most part, already established the lasting friendships that you will carry through for the rest of your life. You've gone through three years of trial and error on friends and you settle in to enjoy your last year with those people in your life who you have chosen - and have chosen you. The ones who know your in's and out's and those who you can trust.

But my senior year brought something (someone) who would prove that entire first paragraph to be "not always the case".

And that girl was Lindsey.

Lindsey's three apartment mates happened to be a year older than her. That means, they graduated a whole year earlier than her. Which ultimately meant that when our senior year rolled around, she didn't have any roommates! It just so happened, that of my three apartment mates, one decided to move off campus. After a series of events, Lindsey, a stranger, was set to move in with the others of us who had lived together for two years.

I didn't know Lindsey from Adam. All of my roommates knew her, though, because she was a teaching major with them and they had all of the same classes. They told me she was very opinionated. They told me she spoke her mind. They told me they were kind of scared of her.

I was nervous to get to know Lindsey, seeing that she was "opinionated" and I was "non confrontational". My roommates had me pretty shaky about the whole situation, but my roommates....well....they were DEAD WRONG.

Lindsey and I hit it off the bat the first week. We were so much alike in so many ways, but so different, too, which is why I think we clicked. She was hilarious. She was real. She was kind. She was interesting. She was just a blast to be around! I just loved sitting and talking with Lindsey, and making each other laugh. (She's EASY to make laugh.)

She was regimented in a way I never knew actually existed in people. For instance, I begged and pleaded with her to stay up til 11 with me to watch Roseanne every night. Why I watched Roseanne, I'll never know, but every night it was the same conversation.

"Lindsey, come on - stay up with me. It'll be fun. Please. You won't be tired in the morning."

Sometimes she caved, sometimes she didn't. She woke up at like 5:30 every morning to study her Bible and to work out. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. So, she took her bedtime very seriously.....understandably.

Of all of my roommates throughout my entire four years of college, I felt that Lindsey understood me best. And I understood her. We felt so cheated that we found each other the very last year, and wished we could have been roommates all along. She was so EASY and so FUN to live with. She added so much to our apartment. I couldn't have imagined it without her. It turned out that she is actually one of the least confrontational people that I know (remember the earring and shoe situation, Lindsey?) Of course she had her opinions, but don't we all? She actually voiced her opinions in SUCH a tactful and sweet way, that I was left thinking that if I should be "scared" of anyone in the house, she would be the last! I actually spoke up against some "housing problems" we experienced (not with each other) more often than she did (maybe my red headed temper got the best of me). But, she does know who she is and she isn't going to take any junk off of anyone. I love that about her. She handles herself in such a mature, wise, dignified way, that shows you how grounded she is in her relationship with Christ.

My roommates totally ate their words and they laughed about it the whole year. This Lindsey they had in their minds was NOT the Lindsey we knew and loved.

When the year ended, she was one of two people that I was going to miss the most. She was one of two people that I considered my BEST college friends. She was one of two people that I am most thankful that I met and formed a friendship with.

Last year, a bomb dropped on Lindsey. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought the long, hard battle, gaining strength and faith in God each day. What an example she is! She went through chemo, radiation, a few surgeries and finally thought this whole thing was behind her.

Until a few weeks ago when another lump resurfaced.

Lindsey has breast cancer again, a year later. It's a very aggressive cancer and right now she is in limbo about treatment, surgeries, therapy, etc. She has a tough road ahead of her and yet she boasts in the goodness of the Lord. She is a TRUE example of Christ. Trusting Him and clinging to Him in ways that I doubt most of us have yet experienced.

She is a strong lady. One that I have looked up to and admired since I met her. When you live with someone, you know their in's and out's. You know their true character. Lindsey is one of a kind. She is a jewel. She is one of my most genuine, authentic friends and she is a true warrior of faith. How I long to have faith like Lindsey.

Please pray for her. Please pray for healing. Please pray for strength. Understanding. Wisdom.

Please intercede on her behalf.

You can follow Lindsey's story HERE. I guarantee after visiting her blog to encourage HER, you will be the one left encouraged. What a lady.

I beg for prayers. For my dear, dear friend.

26 comments:

  1. It was so good to read your post this morning. I have been so depressed about a situation in my life and this just reminded me that I am blessed because I have good health. I take that for granted alot and let the little things in life get me down and this was a great reminder that I should be more thankful. Thank you! I will keep your friend in my prayers.

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  2. Gosh! What a doll she is. I just checked out her profile and I want to be her friend ;-) Praying now.

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  3. Definitely will read her blog and follow and keep her in my prayers. God has us in his hands, and he'll help her through this.

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  4. I only know Lindsey through her blog, which I started following when she was diagnosed the first time. She is amazing. Such an example of faith being lived out daily. I am praying for her.

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  5. Ii've been praying for Lindsey and I will continue to do so. This is a beautiful post Whitney!

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  6. What a wonderful post about friendship. I right away to her blog and read a few entries. What a young age to face cancer! Totally not fair!!

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  7. What a friend to treasure! My prayers are with her.

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  8. Whitney, I love you so much! You are a treasure and a delight and a true example of friendship to me. I can't thank you enough for your intercessions and for petitioning others to intercede on my behalf. It's the greatest gift! I laughed out loud at so many of the memories that you recalled. Those earrings! That was hilarious! People are always scared of me at first. It's funny. Thank you, Whitney!

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  9. She sounds like an amazing friend. I will be sure to check out her blog and encourage her. I can't wait until the day that we finally rid the world of cancer.

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  10. Wow, I will be keeping her in my prayers. A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer-her second go round as well. It's pretty much through her body so removal isn't really an option. Reading your post on Lindsey reminds me of a lot of my own similar memories, thank you!

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  11. in my prayers.

    ps, no shame in roseanne. i stayed up to watch it last night :)

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  12. Loved this post! Praying for our friend.

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  13. awww...prayers are with her! what a touching story...especially as a senior in college this really struck me. thanks for sharing!

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  14. This reminded me of college friends, and made me sad and happy at the same time. I'll be praying for your sweet friend.

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  15. I can't imagine how she feels, but at least you has friends like you to support her through this!

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  16. Praying for Lindsey. Thanks for the sweet message about amazing friendships.

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  17. What a beautiful post for your friend! I will absolutely pray for her & what an amazing example to show the world. The funny thing is I know another Lindsay who gets up at 5 am to read her bible and worke out every single day & without the cancer, she sounds just like YOUR Lindsey. I have been blessed to know mine for quite a while and simply can't imagine the world without that shiny example for us simple people to try and live up too! Thank you for making me think of someone other than myself!

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  18. I had tears in my eyes as I read this. The last thing you wrote is so true. I always leave her blog amazed by her faith and encouraged to make my walk with God like hers.

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  19. Oh, Whitney, what a beautiful post about your friend, Lindsey. She sounds wonderful and I am heading over to her blog right now. I will most certainly lift her up in prayer.

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  20. Lindsey sounds like an amazing woman!! Praying for her health!!

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  21. Oh man. I read Lindsey's story last year but at some point lost my blog roll and hadn't read her in months.. It makes me so sad to see that her cancer is back-- I will be praying!

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  22. I'm a follower of her! She has such a great heart and is such a strong person!!! I'm praying for her. And I LOVE Roseanne...Still watch it!

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  23. May the peace of God be with you and all those you love.

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  24. I've been following her blog and my heart is heavy for her. Her strength is amazing and it's incredible how much she is an encouragement to others in the mist of all of this!! We are definitely praying for her!

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  25. I love that you posted this because I KNOW the wonders of MASS PRAYER. Its fabulous to see that there is wonderful people in this world like you and your awesome friend.
    :)
    -Jen

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  26. Whitney: I feel your pain as her friend and i believe in the POWER of prayer. I will hold Lindsey up to our Lord on a regular basis. Please do keep us updated. God is huge and He wants to hear His children cry out to Him over and over and over on behalf of His dear children...
    In His care
    Ms Mae

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