Heather has just asked that there be no visitors until further notice. She needs to be alone with Don right now.

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  1. knicholson on December 6, 2007 11:15 am

    Hello to Don and Heather,

    It seems like a 100 years ago since Heather first told me about the neat little company her husband ran when I was working with her at Dr. Hays’ office.

    IC was never the same once Don left, and I have always enjoyed the updates I would receive about the Valencia family from others.

    Thank you so much for creating and keeping up with this amazing blog. Its been a long time since I thought about my faith, and your site has brought it back to me.

    My prayers are with all of you. God Bless.

  2. stan on December 6, 2007 3:04 pm

    Tie in with Skip’s Isaiah 62:7 of giving Him no rest…” Isaiah 45:11 “…Ask Me of things to come concerning my sons,……command ye Me….”

    Lord, now is the time to run things around….
    and through disappointments, we still cling onto to You, to provide……

    from another devotion today:


    TGIF Today God Is First
    Thursday, December 06 2007

    Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12

    Life is filled with disappointments. Many of God’s greatest servants experienced deep disappointment in their journeys of faithfulness to God. Joseph, after spending years as a slave and in jail for crimes that he did not commit, revealed deep disappointment when he was forgotten another two years in prison. John the Baptist, when awaiting execution, doubted whether Jesus was, in fact, the Christ because he was sitting there awaiting his death. Elijah, losing all hope and despondent to the point of death, asked God to take his life in the desert; and Peter, who left his fishing business and invested three years of his life only to watch his Savior crucified, wondered whether the purpose of those three years could be justified.

    When life doesn’t add up, it leaves the heart sick. When we have done all we know to do and the formula has not worked, it leaves us questioning. These are times that try the very souls of men. There is no human sense to be made of it. We are left with a choice: to cling or not to cling. There are times when holding on to our Master’s robe is all that we can do. It is all that He wants us to do.

    The heights by great men reached and kept

    Were not obtained by sudden flight;

    But they, while their companions slept,

    Were toiling upward in the night.

    Standing on what too long we bore,

    With shoulders bent and downcast eyes,

    We may discern-unseen before-

    A path to higher destinies!


    There is only one answer to life’s disappointments. Like the psalmist, we must “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken” (Ps. 62:5-6).

  3. stan on December 6, 2007 3:06 pm


  4. Doug wheeler on December 6, 2007 4:36 pm

    Remember that piece of the puzzle that God gave you. Hold on to it and know that Gods got the whole picture,and knows where we all fit.

  5. alex woo on December 6, 2007 4:45 pm

    I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
    You get your fill to eat
    But always keep that hunger
    May you never take one single breath for granted
    God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
    I hope you still feel small
    When you stand by the ocean
    Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
    Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
    I hope you dance
    I hope you dance

    I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
    Never settle for the path of least resistance
    Living might mean taking chances
    But they’re worth taking
    Loving’ might be a mistake
    But it’s worth making
    Don’t let some hell bent heart
    Leave you bitter
    When you come close to selling out
    Give the heavens above
    More than just a passing glance

    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
    I hope you dance
    I hope you dance
    I hope you dance
    I hope you dance

    I hope you still feel small
    When you stand by the ocean
    Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
    Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

    (Lee Ann Womack)

    Your friends Susan and Alex

  6. abdoulaye sarr on December 6, 2007 5:22 pm

    I wish i could dance in heaven ,its much better place than earth,i wish i could put my hand on Don and heal him like Jesus did,but who am i ? I am just a servant.Our Lord has plan for everyone .
    God loves making friend with people like Don because of who he is .He is a man of God,and our God is a jalous God ,doesnt want to share and he is in control.
    Thank you my friend for sharing your life with us,thank you for renuing my faith in Jesus,thank you for making a difference.
    I love you brother,may the peace of God be with you.

  7. markd on December 6, 2007 5:46 pm

    Its very hard for me to understand why a guy like our dear Donald must leave us – a guy who perhaps more than anyone I know, seems like the kind of guy God would chose to leave on this earth as long as possible, to continue to live such an exemplary life, to continue to bring others to Christ, to continue work to alleviate suffering and make life better for the misfortunate and poor souls in our world, to continue to raise his precious boys and be with his family. How can it be right for him to leave ?

    My uncle, Dr. Don Demaray, a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, was quoted by one of his students as having given him some of the best advice that student had ever received in life – and I have always remembered it and tried to live it: “There are some things in this world that you will just never be able to understand and you will drive yourself to despair if you persist on trying to understand them. Just place a little box in the back of your brain and label that box, ‘To Be Answered in Heaven’- and the hurts, the questions, the injustices, the tragedies you just can’t understand… place them in that box, leave them with God, and then you will have peace.” It is that difficult task we now find ourselves having to undertake at this time – what is so hard to understand now, indeed simply cannot be understood or answered now, but must be left with God, to be answered in Heaven. It is my hope and prayer that in this way, we can all find a measure of peace. Mark Demaray

  8. nprscott on December 6, 2007 8:38 pm

    Dear Heather and to Don,

    We have been quietly reading your blog, and you are all in our hearts, as you are in the hearts of so many. We are grateful to Don both for inspiring us with his great courage and spirit, but also for the simpler things in life — for his kindness to Robert when he has visited Johnny. He came home commenting on what a neat guy Johnny’s dad is. And his mother as well. You have touched our hearts and inspired us deeply. You are all in our thoughts and hearts.
    Pat, Norm and Robert Scott

  9. karen johnson on December 7, 2007 10:13 am

    Dear Don and Heather,

    I awoke many times the last two nights, praying for you…

    It is a holy time you are in, with tender moments beyond description. Tears fill my eyes as I picture you.. And when there are no words, He knows our prayers, and our hearts, better than we know them…

    “Now we see in a mirror dimly, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully even as I am fully known.”
    i Corin. 13:12

    May He continue to grant you His amazing peace…Love, Karen

  10. mchestnut on December 8, 2007 1:12 am

    Don –

    I want to thank you for both your direct and indirect contributions to my life and the lives of many that I love since moving into your neighborhood.

    Your love for our Lord, impact, courage, strength, generosity, spirit, and ultimately legacy have inspired me and so many like me, I can not thank you enough for the gift of sharing your life with me/us. My prayers and the prayers of my family have been and continue to be with you and yours.

    For the Glory of our Lord and Savior,

    Matt Chestnut

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