Returning with Songs of Joy

Psalm 126:5-6 was part of my daily Bible study a week ago, and I had never heard these verses and felt so connected to them before in my life: Here is what they say:

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.
I honestly feel that these verses sum up our family’s life journey and the awesome power of God to bring joy to replace weeping.
Nick, the son furthest to the right, is battling cancer and has been since he was seven. Today he had an MRI, and we found out the devastating news that he has a 6th tumor. This makes his fifth brain tumor (one was on his spine). Nick will have surgery next Wednesday, May 21st. He will turn 13 on the 22nd and spend his birthday in a hospital bed. This is bothering him more than anything.
I know that God promises to never give us more than we can handle, so I know He will give Nick every bit of courage and strength he needs to make it through the next week and the next surgery.
I feel that the Psalm mentioned above promises that we will reap songs of joy if we continue to “carry the seed” as we weep. So, I will forever share God’s Word with all who will listen as I journey through this nightmare with my baby boy.
If you are facing times of tears in your life, my prayer is that you will find comfort in His promises. He truly does give a “peace that passes understanding.” Have a wonderful day and thank you for your prayers for Nick. God bless you all!

5 thoughts on “Returning with Songs of Joy

  1. Tammy,
    I saw that you posted at 1:43 am. I didn’t even know you had a blog. I woke up from a thunderstorm at 1:43 am (true, it was NM time, not KY). You’ve been on our hearts and minds since we read your email yesterday. Garret is home for a few weeks and was nearly in tears when I told him the news… we all were! We’re weeping with you and lifting you up daily in our prayers. I’m leaving next week for Ecuador. My team of 36 teens and adults will be praying for Nick’s recovery every day while we’re gone. Many of the kids already know Nick’s story from being in my Spanish or Com Skills classes. One of the other teachers on the trip is Mark Scales, who grew up with Beth Stepp. We’ll all be praying! I love you, dear, dear friend! Karen

  2. Tammy, Mom sent me your email yesterday. I am praying feverishly for Nick and for you and the entire family. Love you all, Jessica (Sheroan) Frye
    PS I love the picture!

  3. Tammy,

    I want you to know, even though you don’t know me, that my heart and prayers go out to you. I can’t imagine. Don’t want to imagine.

    Please know from the bottom of my heart… I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY!!

  4. Hi Tammy, I just saw your comment on Van’s blog…Please know that I will be praying for Nick and your family…healing for Nick and for the surgery to go well and for Nick to have a wonderful birthday despite being in the hospital…praying for Jesus to touch and heal him…

  5. I will be praying for your son– please keep me posted as to his progress. Thanks for letting me know– you should also post a request to the Proverbs 31 prayer team if you haven’t already. You can go to to do so. Blessings and peace to you this day–