Every night I turn my fears over to God; he’s going to be up all night anyway.  anon

For our Girlfriends, Sandy (who has surgery Tuesday), and Deb, who’s been dealing with chemo and radiation, and all the brave moms, grandmas, daughters, sisters, aunts and best friends (and men too, because it does happen to them) everywhere who will, or have already, faced this challenge.  For the amazing survivors, for the fighters, for the believers.  We know how much power there is in prayer ***, especially when everyone is sending positive thoughts at once.  Perhaps a little blessing coming from us, while looking at the BLUE MOON tonight (and anytime this weekend) would be the perfect time. Let’s turn the blue moon PINK!!!  Sending love, and strength, and most of all, faith.  XOXO

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243 Responses to TURN OUR FEARS TO GOD . . .

  1. Susan, this was the perfect
    message to have waiting in
    my in-box this morning; you
    will never know exactly how
    perfect. Thank you for the
    inspiration, as I am a big
    believer in the power of prayer
    and collective positive energy.
    Hoping for a pink moon, tonight!!

    xo Suzanne

  2. Susan, you really are such a wonderful person 🙂 All my thoughts and prayers will be going out to all these really brave people!! xoxo

    • sbranch says:

      Better when we’re all in this together . . . thanks Debbie!

      • judi says:

        I WILL see a pink moon tonight. Love and prayers to all who need them.

      • Carol Maurer says:

        I see the power of prayer all the time in our church!! “Where 2 or more are gathered in His name”.

        • Holly says:

          I too will add Sandy & Deb to my list. Powerful things happen when women pray.

          17 years ago my sister was diagnosed with non Hodgkin Lymphoma, & had a football size tumor in her upper abdomen all around vessels & organs. It did not look hopeful, but we all had faith and prayed. She did all the treatments & surgery. They got it all, but said no more babies, ever. She had two little boys, so that was ok. But… a few years later, she had a totally unplanned baby girl. Our miracle baby just started high school! She is a special girl. We learned there is always hope, to always have faith, and prayer changes lives.

          Susan, perfect post for today. Thanks!

          • sbranch says:

            My sister also had breast cancer; and afterwards, at age 42, she had twin boys, her only children. They are nine now. Miracles do happen, dreams do come true.

          • Jane alexander says:

            Your story gave me chills! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kathy B says:

    This is so very lovely. During my diagnosis and tests for staging of breast cancer I found myself laying on cold tables for bone scans and MRI screenings and feeling quite alone. I knew praying would help, but all I could manage to utter was Psalms 46:10 – – “Be still and know that I am God” – – I simply said it over and over again whenever fear and doubt attacked. Two mastectomies and nearly 6 years later I have learned that whatever the future holds, those simple words of prayer will see me thru. Never underestimate the power of faith in God and having friends to lift you up in times of need. Thank you for years and years of inspiration and your devotion to the power of friendship – – – it is powerful indeed, you’re right about that!!

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you for your story Kathy! So much hope in what you’ve been through. xoxo

    • Karen P. - Green Bay, WI says:

      Kathy, that verse really IS what faith is all about, isn’t it? Nothing more powerful can be done but to be still from our struggling, and strife, and wrestling with our emotions and then let God do His work! Congratulations, too, on your 6 year journey!

    • Linda from Lancaster, Co PA says:

      Thank you, Kathy, for your great reminder. When we turn our focus on God and his strength, and not on our circumstances, we can experience great peace! In hard times it’s a comfort to have a great God who cares AND friends who can be God’s blessing to us.

  4. Gert~Iowa says:

    Good morning Susan! What an amazing, positive post! I know there are so many women (and men) fighting this terrible disease! Our God will be so happy to hear all these prayers! He will give comfort and love to those hurting! Please know my thoughts and ‘prayers’ are with all those afflicted with breast cancer…and I’ll be watching as that ‘blue moon’ turns pink tonight…


  5. Kristen says:

    What a beautiful reminder. Cancer is such an ugly presence, and it leaves us feeling so hopeless and helpless. This was the perfect reminder for me this morning. My husband has been diagnosed with malignant melanoma, although it isn’t breast cancer, the reminder of this still holds true. Thank you for your beautiful post this morning…all will be included in my prayers today.

  6. Robin Murray says:

    Hi Sweet Susan, You are a breath of sunshine in all you do and all you share. Your positive spirit and faith is an inspiration to us all, and something so precious and valuable to share. I thank you for all your WORDs of hope, love, and faith. It’s a wonderful reminded to everyone! I’m sending prayer and positive energy to all in need and all who may be!

    Life is amazing as I am writing this, on GMA a banner is flying in the sky “Light, Love and the Power of prayer” for Robin Roberts who will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant.

    Thank you dear Susan, xoRobin❤

  7. Deborah says:

    I will whisper a prayer for all those suffering under the blue moon. Even though the recipients won’t hear my words, I have no doubt they will feel them.
    Your Friend,

  8. Mary Cunningham says:

    God Morning Susan! Yes ,Thank God for allowing the survivors to have many more Birthdays!I know many who have come through the battle and I cherish every day with them! Happy Blue Moon tonight! I just looked up to my greeting and I’m going to leave it that way! Must have been a God message…Bless you and yoours Susan! Love and “sparkles” Mary

  9. Not only do I believe in prayer, I believe in God who answers prayer. His ways are not our ways but I choose to believe and trust in Him. He holds us in His righteous right hand of mercy; blessed be His name forever!

  10. barbzie says:

    Thank you for this inspiring and loving start to many of your girlfriends’ days, Susan.

  11. jeannine leonard says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post. So many of our girlfriends are in need of our strength and love. Great way to remind us of how strong we are, no matter
    what we are facing with ourselves or our loved ones or our friends.
    Loved the full moon last night, shining on us, so beautifully.

  12. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Beautiful & inspirational, that’s you dear sweet Sue & all the heartfelt comments! A pink moon? I think we can, I think we can……!!! XO

  13. Gloria Ray says:

    What a sweet post…..warmed my heart!!!!!!!

  14. Doreen Strain - Florida says:

    Susan, thank you so much from bringing to mind those of our “girlfriends” who need our prayers and support.
    Heavenly Father, today we ask you to draw close to your heart all of our girlfriends that are in need of your compassion. Provide them with your peace, your mercy and your love. Allow them to feel your presence on their journey and know they are not alone on their walk . Allow them to experience your goodness in the world around them. Provided them with a compassion that makes their hearts still and provides them with a comfort and reassurance that you are in control of their lives. Allow them to feel the love and support we as their friends offer them and above all make them aware without a doubt that you are Lord or Lords and are in total control. Allow them to give their fears over to you and find peace in knowing you will provide to them the desires of their heart in this most uncertain time in their lives. Thank you Lord for allowing me to come before you today with the wantings of my heart. AMEN

    FOSB 4~Ever! ~ Doreen ~ (signed with tears of compassion)

    • Doreen Strain - Florida says:

      “Lord of Lords” (fingers can’t keep up with my mind!)

    • sbranch says:

      “They are not alone in their walk” — thank you Doreen!

    • Karen P. - Green Bay, WI says:

      Simply beautiful, Doreen! Love you!

    • Linda from Lancaster, Co PA says:

      Doreen, Thank you for leading out in that beautiful prayer! I prayed it from my heart as I read it. I believe in the power of many people praying for the same thing!

    • Jane alexander says:

      Maybe we all need a copy of this prayer to pray over all our SB friends. It gives me a deep breath of hope.
      Jane Alexander

    • Terrie from Atlanta, GA says:

      Wow ~ you’ve got the POWER, Doreen! Thank you for sharing these beautiful words. The holy spirit of Christ is surely speaking through you, providing comfort and solace to girlfriends everywhere. xoxo

  15. Tawni urrutia says:

    Susan…wonderful, generous, and soulful as always! To our girlfriend Sandy, my prayers are with you in your recovery. And to our girlfriend Deb, my prayers are with you too, as you so bravely march on the path to health. You girls are my inspiration for courage!
    I wish you and your families much love and many blessings for years to come.

  16. Laurie Walt says:

    As I type this I am fighting my emotions. I am not fighting cancer, but another ailment. I am going through withdrawal from a prescription drug that I started taking for a bout of depression, and found that it helped with my irregular heart beat, so the doc left me on it once the depression left.The withdrawal has been compared to heroin withdrawal! I am on week three, and the scripture I keep coming back to is be still. I know that this is no comparrison to cancer, but your sweet words touched me so much that I had to share. I will wish on a blue moon tonight that this moment in my life will quickly pass, and I will wish on a pink moon for all of you that your moment will pass too. Be still!

    • sbranch says:

      Closing my eyes right now Laurie, sending stillness to you . . . you can do this. xoxo

      • Doreen Strain - Florida says:

        Yes Laurie….you can do this and you will! Three weeks so far…your doing a great job! Hold onto Faith and Hope and they will bring you right to where you need to be! <3
        FOSB 4~Ever! ~ Doreen ~

        • Lori from Maine says:

          Laurie ~ my beautiful son is in a recovery program right now fighting his way back from oxycontin. I know the pain he went through physically, and now the mental part is in full swing. My prayers go out to you for recovery. If the girlfriends could send up a little prayer for my son, I’d be ever so grateful.

          • sbranch says:

            Would be happy to do that Lori! No family, not one, is untouched by something, it’s the human condition, and why we need each other so much.

        • Pat Mofjeld says:

          Laurie, what you are going through is not easy but know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers… 🙂

    • Deb Surman from Illinois says:

      Week 3 Laurie, that is fantastic! Keep strong and know that your girlfriends here have your back and we’re sending you nothing but positive thoughts and prayers while you go through your journey of recovery! The girlfriends here are amazing and they along with my family and dear friends help give me strength in my recovery. God Bless them all.

  17. Susan, you’re such an encouragement!

    Your wonderful post reminded me of this quote: “Prayer is the way and means God has appointed for the communication of the blessings of His goodness to His people. ” Written by A.W. Pink, an English evangelist, who lived from 1865-1952;
    can’t help but love the thoughts that came from a man with a name like that!

    Our eyes will all be on the sky tonite…..praying! XO

  18. Here, here to everything you’ve written, with all my heart

  19. Diane says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Please add my name to the list of those who will be praying toward the blue moon tonight….and I’ll be hoping that it’s turning just a little bit pink with all the prayers sent to the Man above.

    Thanks for the reminder to keep those who have fought, are fighting, and will fight the terrible battle against cancer in our hearts and prayers.

    Love from Diane in North Carolina

  20. Linda Pintarell says:

    Thank you, Susan. PINK moon it is! I’m seven years out from a breast CA diagnosis and very grateful to all my family and friends for all their love and support. Sending PINK moons and hugs to everyone!

  21. Dawn from Minnesota says:

    To the sweetest Susan I will ever know,
    May God Always Bless You! for being our Sunshine on a cloudy day, for filling our hearts with love, our minds with inspiration, and our souls with strength. I will be wishing under a Blue Moon tonight with the hopes that tomorrow will be a better day for ALL of us! My prayers are with you Sandy….and please know we will be here waiting for you….in the Sunshine!
    There is a song from 1979 that has never left my heart for some reason…it gives me something to hum when I am too afraid to think…
    BJ Thomas, He’s Got It All In Control from the album Happy Man
    He sings the song Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.
    Hmmmm….if Susan is our Sunshine in the rain…and after a storm we have the miracle of a rainbow….. makes me believe that everything’s gonna be okay!

  22. Carol Hesch says:

    Perfect timing!!! ((hugs)))

  23. Sharon Calvert says:

    Thanks for the reminder and encouragement, Susan. Having started this year off with the unexpected news of breast cancer myself, I can attest to the emotions it conjures up. Early diagnosis and treatment, covered in prayer, has me cancer-free today. One scripture verse that always helps me stay centered is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Sharing my hope from Alabama … Sharon

    • sbranch says:


    • Sandy Richmond in Attleboro, MA says:

      Sharon, This is the verse that one of my cousins shared with me. She too fought breast cancer and is a survivor. She focused on this verse during treatment and of course still loves it today.

  24. Stephanie from Nevada says:

    You always share the right words at the right time. Thank you Susan.

  25. Wendy Louise says:

    There is life after cancer!!! Be Strong, Pray, Love, and with the help from your friends, God will get you through. Prayer was a big part of our journey. I am on the otherside of this. My husband was first diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma went through a long treatment and at the end of his treatment I was diagnosed with Anal Cancer. We took turns being the care taker. So we will pray this weekend to the big beautiful Moon and back that God’s Grace shines down on all our girlfriends and all that is in need. Sandy and Deb the power of prayer is with you and you will be on the other side of this. Just know that when ” Grace happens Dance”. Wow, you are all so wonderful ! Susan this was so great of you. OOXX

  26. Linda San Diego says:

    The Power of Prayer…….

  27. pat addison says:

    will sending my prayers out tonight and hoping that blue moon goes pink, also including a very dear friend of mine who lost everything in Isaac, her whole town flooded and her home was flooded, they lost everything so along with all those battling cancer i am praying for those battling and recovering from Isaac. hugs and heres to a pink moon tonight. …….. 🙂

  28. Pat Mofjeld says:

    Thanks, Susan, for this posting. You are an angel!!! And, thanks, girlfriends, for all the prayers and good thoughts you are sending my BFF Sandy’s way as well as to all dealing with this issue. 🙂

  29. Cynthia Nolan, Cheraw, SC says:

    Have been fighting 4 years this month with bone cancer. Thank you for your post and I will be praying on that pink moon tonight.

    Cynthia in SC (Go GAMECOCKS)

  30. Carol Maurer says:

    I’m so glad that wrote this this morning!! The power of prayer is the greatest! I fall on this scripture whenever I need help or am going through something that I can’t handle on my own: Philippians 4: 13 “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” I prayer for all those going to tough times, be it cancer, depression, addiction to drugs or whatever. God is great!!

    Carol M

  31. Maureen says:

    Thank you ,Susan, for an uplifting message. I look forward to seeing a “pink” moon tonight.

  32. Sue R. says:

    I wish your friends the best they will get through this. I just it my 5 year mark and i am doing great thanks to good doctors good friends and family and a lot of prayers and support. I will pray for your friends!

  33. Charlene says:

    Susan, I will say a prayer tonight on the blue moon for all us girlfriends. I include you and Joe in my prayers every day. You make the world such a better place.

  34. Blessings to YOU Susan for your beautiful message to ALL people touched by this cruel disease called CANCER…..it is in every family and each of us never know when it could touch US personally. Blessings to everyone going through this journey and know that you are not alone and Prayer does work. We are expecting the remnants of Hurricane Issac and it is already getting cloudy here in IN so we will not be able to see the PINK MOON; but, I will imagine it and make a WISH FOR HEALING AND HEALTH FOR ALL THOSE WHO NEED IT.


  35. I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sister and brothers. I pray for each and every family members in their households. I pray for peace, love, and joy in their homes. I pray that they are out of debt, and all their needs are met. I pray that every eye that reads this, knows there is no problem , circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in His hands for Him to fight. May God bless you dear Susan and Joe.

  36. Marty says:

    As a survivor since 1982, I know that it is important to believe in yourself -that you will move on and do what you need to do in this world. You do not have to be brave, you just have to carry on.
    When I needed to believe in my recovery, the song “a bridge over troubled water” was a great consolation. I could feel the love and concern of others, including a stranger who stopped me on a street when I was feeling very sorry for myself. It was a kind, elderly man, who talked to me about something else entirely, but to this day I believe it was a spiritual intercession that gave me hope and lifted my spirits. I annot explain our interchange in any other way.
    I hope that all who need an extra hug and comfort see that pink moon shining brightly in their hearts.

    • sbranch says:

      I like that, “you do not have to be brave, you just have to carry on.” Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes “There ain’t no rules around here, we’re just trying to accomplish something!”

    • Chris Wells says:

      Angels walk among us. You just never know for sure who the strangers are that we meet!

      • Marianne in Hidden Meadows, SoCal says:

        I truly believe I’ve run into a few of them….so we should always be kind to strangers. Thanks for the reminder, Chris! God Bless all our girlfriends and faith and healing to all who need it…..I’ll be praying beneath a pink moon tonight….

        • Janet says:

          I’m so sorry… I’m a few days late for this [no Internet at home] but so moved by everyone’s comments, prayers, stories, quotes, hopes, wishes, blessings…
          All I can think of to contribute is one of my own favorite quotes ever – from the wonderful Ralph Waldo Emerson:

          What lies behind us,
          And what lies before us…
          Are tiny matters compared to
          What lies WITHIN us….

          Peace and love to all… :>)

  37. Sandra Gillanders says:

    Amen, tap the power of prayer. He always answers so we must be still and listen. I’ll be seeing a pink moon tonight!!!

  38. Trish from Missouri says:

    “Be still and know that I am God”, is such a favorite of mine, it really says it all. Thank you everyone for sharing your stories, today I’m praying for anyone affected by cancer. Thank you Susan for your blog, and for being you, and for allowing us to comment to each other. Wonderful things are happening here.

  39. Winnie Nielsen says:

    What a sweet heart felt post for the friends facing hard days right now! Surgery and extensive treatments are so very scary . I send my well wishes with all the other girlfriends to those needing a few extra prayers today!

  40. Karen Lange says:

    Susan, I will keep your friends in my thoughts and prayers. Prayer helped me immensely 11 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. So, I know prayers will help these ladies also. My prayers kept me grounded and positive, even though some days were scary during the waiting for appointments and treatments.

    Think pink!

    GO PINK!!!!!

    Hugs, Karen (who is now an 11-1/2 year survivor)

  41. Marie (Long Beach, CA) says:

    One of my favorite blessings…

    May The Lord bless you and keep you.
    May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
    May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

  42. Chris S. says:

    XXOO… <3

  43. Carin B. says:

    For Sandy and Deb and all the girlfriends, I learned this verse as the “10 Finger Prayer” because it’s only 10 words long and it’s been a comfort to me in many situations. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Here’s to the power of many prayers under a blue moon.

  44. Jackie P says:

    Sandy and Deb you are in my thoughts and prayers. Tonight, all of us, look up at the moon, feel its energy and absorb some of its light. Radiate it back out to all who need a bit more. BELIEVE . . .*✩✪❊*✭❉*✪

  45. Laurie says:

    10 years have passed since my diagnosis of Stage 3 Breast Cancer. I spent 2002 in treatment…surgery, chemo and radiation…they threw it all at me! Many were praying for me, asking God to heal me, AND live joyfully and graciously in spite of whatever the future may hold for us, whether that included good health, or death. Now I am privileged to care for my husband who has Alzheimer’s D. I’m so glad God chose to heal me so I can help Gary now. One things for sure…having Breast Cancer wakes you up to the mortality we all share, and gives opportunity to think about what REALLY matters. Why we’re here, how we spend our time, and where we’re going after we die. This may sound strange, but: For all of you who are part of the Breast Cancer community, I pray for this to be a good thing in your lives as is was in mine.

  46. Debi from California says:

    This was PERFECT! My dear, sweet sister had breast cancer in 1995, recurrence in 2003, then secondary cancer in 2010 and again just recently. The prayers are truly appreciated and warmly welcomed. THANK YOU for this post!!!!!!!!!

  47. Debra says:

    Ahh – so precious! I am constantly practicing turning all my fears over to God! I know HE is constantly shaking his head as I keep taking them back and then remembering God tells us not to worry – not to fear!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

  48. Cyndi in NC says:

    Prayers to you both Sandy and Deb for speedy recoverys. You are not alone!! Take care of yourselves, do what your docs tell you to do and get better!!!!

  49. It could happen–keep watch abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/04/pink-moon-rising/

    Thanks so much for the uplifting message!

  50. Gail Buss says:

    Yes, the power of prayer……………..please know we are praying! Gail & Joe Buss, Florida XXOO

  51. Janet from Pgh. says:

    Thank you for the wonderful post. I am going through some testing for a possible recurrence of Lymphoma. I have been in remission for nine years. I remember the number of years easily because that is the age of my daughter. My precious darling saved my live nine years ago as the cancer was found during birth–a c-section. This post has reminded me of the power of all the prayers from family, friends and complete strangers back then. I have them all again. It really does give you the hope and strength that is needed to get through such trials in life. God Bless you and thanks!

  52. Elly says:

    Just had lunch with my sister-in-law who is struggling with the aftermath of her chemo and radiation. She had 18 lymph nodes taken from under her left arm, and now needs to spends 3-4 HOURS every evening with a “power sleeve” to take care of the fluid that builds up there. She has an enormous uplifting attitude about it all; though I am sure there are many nights when she’s alone that it must be quite overwhelming. I made her a garden quilt when she was diagnosed last year, so she would know I was surrounding her with love and prayers. I will share with her your wonderful artwork! She loves the Lord and I know this will bring a smile to her face knowing that God is there, even in the darkest of nights! Thanks Susan~

  53. Sue Rideout says:

    thoughts and prayers for your friends. My mom is a survivor and prayer is the answer!

  54. Sue says:

    I was looking at the blue moon last night and thinking it is the very same moon you are looking at up in Martha’s Vineyard. I will definitely say a pray when I look at it tonight. If wishing on a star is a good thing, just think what praying on a blue moon might do!

    My daughter, who is a nurse in the ER, has organized a Ride for the Cure (horses) to help those with breast cancer. Everyone is supposed to put something pink on their horse.
    Sue in Fl.

  55. Dee Van Ingen says:

    My cousin (in her 70s) was just diagnosed two weeks ago……..she’s in all of the initial fears, grief, denial, etc etc……. I’m trying to be as supportive as possible as she lives in Maine and I’m in DE! Prayers are definitely a HUGE blessing for her and all others out there with this disease. My own Mom – her aunt – died at the age of 52 so many years ago……………praying for a cure to come very soon…………

  56. Lynn McMahon says:

    ~ Good Afternoon~
    Thank you for the post today~ August 29 th would have been my parents 54th wedding anniversary. Both of my parents had cancer touch their lives personally. My mom had breast cancer twice~ radiation and chemo~ and a double mastectomy~ Non -Hodgkins lymphoma~ skin cancer and lastly colon cancer. My dad had bladder cancer. They always told me
    ” The Lord only gives you what you can handle” and that they could handle it because they believed in the power of prayer. Doctors really could not explain why mom had cancer 5 times and lived to tell about it ~ other than she was a very strong woman ~ to which she replied ” I have faith, I truly believe in the power of prayer, have family and friends who love me and a strong positive attitude!” She didn’t die of cancer, but I believe of a broken heart. She died 2 weeks to the day after my dad. I believe in watching their trials ~ and how they got through them~ I was made into a better Christian person.
    God ‘s blessings and promises to all the girlfriends and their families~

    • sbranch says:

      Oh my Lynn, you are amazing. xoxo Thank you for that beautiful story of your parents strength. We never know our fate, we only can do the best we can do, and your parents were a perfect example.

      • Lynn McMahon says:

        First, I meant to write my parents would have been married 53 years.
        And secondly thank you ~Susan~ for letting us girlfriends use your blog ~not just for our cyber fun and friendships~ but for letting us share our trials and triumphs too~ Remember Matthew 18:20
        ” For wherever two or three gather in my name I am among them.” I think it applies to us in cyberspace too.~
        You my dear are the amazing one!

  57. I believe in the power of prayer and will keep both Sandy and Deb in mine tonight and all weekend.

    Susan and Bentley

  58. Karen P. - Green Bay, WI says:

    Susan, thank you for this blog today! This will speak (and already HAS!) to so many women. It’s wonderful to know others care. Prayer is powerful and where two or more are gathered, there is God in the midst, desiring to answer those prayers. How wonderful to have the symbol of the Blue Moon where we all are gathered under no matter WHERE we are to offer prayers for our sisters (and brothers) who struggle with this awful cancer! xoxo

  59. Sue Miller says:

    THANK YOU! I have friends who have/are facing this challenge. I smile when I think about our thoughts and prayers turning tonite’s moon pink! You touch so many lives with your kind heart <3

  60. Deb from Dixie says:

    The light that shines from one caring soul can be a blessing to so many. Susan, you are one of those lights. You have touched us all with your special heart.

    Tonight I will be sending prayers to Sandy and Deb, and all the girlfriends who are and who have struggled with this dreaded disease, and also those who have shared their story; those who are doing their best each day to overcome other challenging circumstances.

    Prayers are powerful, bundles of prayers have to be that much more powerful.
    As I look at the moon tonight, I will also say a prayer for my dear cousin Kris, who last Monday had another surgery for a very rare cancer. She is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, under the care of a wonderful specialist, but the surgery was not successful, and she is not doing well.

    For Sandy, Deb, Kris and all who face the struggle……I pray for blessing for you; light, strength, comfort, love and support……and a Pink Moon!
    God Bless,

  61. Debbie S. says:

    Thank you, Susan for your beautiful post and for reminding us of the power of prayer – I believe it works! My thoughts and prayers are with Sandy and Deb for continued strength during a difficult time. Maybe we really can turn that Blue Moon pink!

  62. Jane alexander says:

    Wow….so beautiful to see so many friends of Susan Branch are women of faith. Wow. I plan to begin praying for ALL my Susan Branch “family” when I see future full moons as a reminder. The response to this post shows something of the heart felt difficult situations folks face, and blessings and encouragement and love that come when others pray. This has been a HUGE blessing today!!!

    • Jane alexander says:

      I, Jane, just took my favorite pup for a walk…her name is Faith, and I really thought there might be a pink hue across the moon! For sure by my imagination the moon is pink tonight. May God bless you all!

      • sbranch says:

        Our moon really was pink!

        • Dawn from Minnesota says:

          Susan, our moon is PINK too!!! I walked out of the movie theater and thought my eyes were just adjusting…..but I am home now and it’s still PINK!!!
          It makes me feel so happy and hopeful!!! Right at this very moment, under the moonglow in Minnesota, prayers and thanksgiving are being sent to the heavens…..from my heart to yours dear girlfriends, God Bless!

          • sbranch says:

            Felt just like you Dawn! SO wonderful!

          • Pat Mofjeld says:

            Dawn, the moon was pink where we are in Minnesota, too!!! I told Norm about it all…Watched the moon rise with tears in my eyes, thinking of all out there with their thoughts and prayers for girlfriends everywhere…

  63. violet says:

    I had breast cancer. It was the grace of God that saved me.
    When I see the blue moon tonight, it will remind me to say a prayer.
    I can guarantee that nothing is impossible with God.
    Just believe.


  64. Jeanne Hedin says:

    It is a joy to read all these posts and know that this strong circle of girlfriends is filled with faithful intercessors, praying in power. Thank you, Susan, for your blog today!

  65. Katherine says:

    Yes!!! And also for the men with breast cancer!!!

  66. Linda Petersen says:

    I would like to join my heart, my faith in the Lord, & my prayers with all of yours for the needs of our sweet girlfriends. Thank you Father God for your healing power & the strength you give us all to fight the good fight of faith. Thank you Susan for being an open vessel to share so much of your heart & life with all of us. Blessings to all~~~
    Love, Linda

  67. Linda from Lancaster, Co PA says:

    I just finished reading all the comments. What an outpouring of emotion and testimony came from your beautiful post, Susan! Our love for each other and trust in God’s power and blessing is like a ribbon that links all of us together. I felt that each woman who commented was holding hands with the next girlfriend. And now I will join hands as well! We are not alone! And may this encourage us all when we feel blue and lonely.

    • Deb from Dixie says:

      Hi Linda,
      Your comment, ” Our love for each other and trust in God’s power and blessing is like a ribbon that links all of us together. I felt that each woman who commented was holding hands with the next girlfriend.”

      Heart to heart……we are, so blessed……by so many lighting the candles of caring and kindness.
      Hope all is well with you.

  68. mary spring says:

    ….prayer and faith, hope, and love will get us through … i always count on that for strength and guidance !!!!…take care….

  69. Priscilla in SD from So CA says:

    Saying prayers for Deb, Sandy,Kris, Laurie and all the girlfriends. Each of us has our own struggles we are dealing with, but how wonderful to see all this love being shared on this blog today. The power of prayer is amazing and comforting and nothing is impossible with God.

  70. Laurel Young says:

    I have to say that we need to think of all with any type of cancer. My husband was diagnosed one week ago with pancreatic cancer and our world is spinning out of control right now. Moment by moment, day by day for all going through this terrible disease.

  71. Lucy says:

    Dear Susan,
    Thank you so much for your blog today. Love the quote! Quite simply, prayer changes things! Prayer can turn the night to day. Ill be looking at the moon, and praying for all of our friends. Collective prayer works. I know this to be true.
    Much love,

  72. Kathy from Heafed to the Fell, Brevard, NC says:

    Not so, not so, no load of woe
    Need bring despairing frown;
    For while we bear it, we can bear,
    Past that, we lay it down.
    Sarah Williams

    Thank you so much for today’s blog, Susan. Prayer IS powerful! A spiritual life is a VERY RICH life. NO OTHER life can be compared to it. God is always with us, even when we can’t feel His presence, even when we don’t want to acknowledge Him, even when we don’t believe in Him, even when we push Him away, even when we are angry at Him, even when we have said the most vile things to Him. God always loves us and He will never cease to love us. He is always ready to welcome us home when we are ready to come home. There one finds peace.

  73. Darlene B says:

    I will be saying a prayer for all who are going through a difficult time. May you feel all the love and blessings that will be shining down upon you from the big beautiful pink moon. xoxoxo

  74. JoEllen Bendall says:

    Bless you, as always, darling Sue. I’ll include Deb and Sandy in my prayers. At 84, mom’s recovering well from her mastectomy. We know how very lucky she is. No chemo needed. Her first was 18 years ago. We now laugh and call that the trial run… We’re extremely blessed to be able to laugh at the very hard times. This is her crying week. She’s toughed it out, but now that the final staples are out and the medical stuff is almost behind her, the sad part moves in. (After the terror part has moved out.) Nothing like finding ANYTHING to laugh about, and kind friends to laugh with. xoxo

  75. Linda says:

    What a beautiful painting and sentiment……..prayers are ongoing from me in Idaho.

  76. Sandy Richmond in Attleboro, MA says:

    Susan and girlfriends,
    I started reading this at work today and had to stop. Your words brought me to tears. Tonight I have read each and every word. Since I was diagnosed early this summer, I have felt the prayers of family, friends, and my SB blog friends lift me up and carry me thru this.
    My mother was a breast cancer survivor, as well as two of her sisters, and three of my cousins are. Both of my aunts on my dad’s side had breast cancer and did not survive. So when I heard the words, it was very frightening for me.
    All of these posts have been so inspiring tonight. I will keep all of you in my prayers forever.
    One of my friends from church said, when a girlfriend needs help, we circle the wagons. Thank you to all of you for circling the wagons around those of us facing difficult situations under a full moon tonight. Susan, thank you for this wonderful blog, where we share so much, and support and inspire each other in so many ways. Did you ever think your blog would be such a blessing? I feel strong heading into surgery…

    • sbranch says:

      Love to hear that Sandy, and also, your words “circle the wagons” resonate perfectly, that’s what we will do for you… fill the wagons with love, and circle right around you! xoxo

    • Dawn from Minnesota says:

      So happy to hear this Sandy! Continued strength as you keep on, keeping on! I will be checking in with your dear friend Pat Mofjeld on Tuesday, and thought perhaps she would like to share my wagon for awhile….such a comforting thought. O:)O

    • Kathy from Heafed to the Fell, Brevard, NC says:

      I will be wrapping you in prayer on Tuesday Sandy. xoxo Kathy

  77. Kate garfield says:

    I never knew how many friends are out there until two years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. First was the mastectomy, then chemo and finally radiation. Two months previous our 30 year old son was diagnosed with cancer in his calf. We bonded in a new way.

    Through it all God was/is my daily Friend. He gave me peace and took away anxiety. He is the One true God, my friends!
    All is well now and our son and his wife are expecting their first child in Oct! God surely deserves all the thanks and gratefulness!

    • sbranch says:

      Look at you! And a new baby soon! Congratulations Kate!

      • Kate garfield says:

        Thank you so much, Susan! There is a lot of encouragement out there for long term surviving! At the blood lab one day and lady sitting nearby told me she is a 22 year suvivor! PTL!
        And YES, the moon was just beautiful here in Northern Az.

  78. Kathy Phenix says:

    Sue, Can you believe what you’ve done? You have brought together such a wonderful group of women. We love to cook, to decorate, to travel, to read your books and blogs and we love animals and flowers and dishes. And, most important of all, we love God! And truly believe in his strength and compassion for all of his children. Thank you for bringing us all together and helping us to know that the world is not as bad off as the media wants us to think. As long as we have the support and love of our “girlfriends” and the love of our Lord, we can do anything! I’m going right out to say a prayer for all of us, while I gaze at the “Blue–AKA– Pink Moon”. Happy weekend! Kathy from Melbourne 13 1/2yr. breast cancer survivor!!

    • sbranch says:

      It takes everyone to make it happen! What I love is how we all connect in conversation and support!

    • Sandy Richmond says:

      Kathy, thanks again to you for reaching out to me. Your honesty and strength in your journey gives me strength in mine!

  79. Rachel says:

    Thinking of Sandy and Deb… and everyone else affected!

  80. carmel says:

    Holding you in my prayers, Deb and Sandy. I really will continue those prayers. Recently I had absolutely joyous news from a very dear friend whose breast cancer returned. To be brief, her treatments have eliminated the cancer in her liver and her spine. She no longer has terrible back pain. Her health care professionals are now working on her bones, but it’s looking very promising. My friend and I know it’s all the prayers offered for her. We don’t know what the future will bring, but for now it’s filled with healing and hope. “Just trust in Him and He will continue to lead you safely through all things. Where you cannot walk, He will carry you in His arms.” – St. Francis De Sales
    Susan, you have also given me comfort and hope through this post for other reasons. I love you as one of my treasured friends even without ever meeting. You do so much to uplift and care for all. Many, many thanks.

  81. Lorna schreck says:

    Thanks for this significant reminder. I just learned of a dear friend who must start the road to recovery by way of surgery and chemo with a possibility of a radiation side trip. There can never too may prayers.

  82. Chris Wells from West Texas says:

    Dateline: 8:35PM Central Time
    The Blue Moon emerged from a cloud on the Eastern horizon and shone through my majestic Live Oak tree with a beautiful pink tinge. Good work Girls on the Eastern Coast! As it emerged from the cloud it got brighter and lighter until that wonderful orb shone brightly over my piece of the world. My prayers were lifted up and joined all the other prayers and that floated to the heavens. The Lord heard his praises sung this night.

  83. Karen Saunders says:

    Here is a strange thing….5 years ago my older brother of two years and I were diagnosed, (in the same month, Dec.) with breast cancer. Mine went well, his, not so much. He had to have a mastectomy. 5 years and we’re so far okay!!!

  84. Karen says:

    Thank you Susan. Perfect blog for today. Tonight is full moon bonfire night and I will be toasting to my best friend, Cheryl, and my sister-in-love, Deb who passed away from breast cancer and are twinkling in heaven among the stars. They never gave up their hope or faith in God and the power of prayer and have inspired me to do the same.

  85. Rhonda D. says:

    What a blessing to everyone who reads this post. I read it with heart felt tears. For all of us to pray on the Blue Moon and every full moon is a wonderful idea because prayer is so powerful, and so many of us are struggling with so many difficult situations and need those prayers. Sandy, Deb and all the others mentioned are now added to my prayer list. I have a verse I’d like to share. “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust.” Psalm 91:4. I took this verse literally and started looking for the actual feathers that God would give me. I’ve had some pretty rough days, and you would not believe where, how and when those feathers have shown up. God created the feathers and it is a tangible way for Him to show us that he is walking beside us through everything we have to face, we’re not alone. Every time I see a feather I think about this verse, smile to myself, and KNOW that I can trust Him to be right there with me in everything I am going through. (And we need all the help we can get). Even when I feel terrible, it’s still exciting. They’ve shown up at some very crucial times and places in my life…amazing! God bless you Susan for doing this post and all the girlfriends who need our prayers. Maybe you could paint us some special feathers sometime to go along with this verse. A full Blue Moon turning pink with feathers? Ok that’s a stretch. Love you all. Take care and God Bless! xo

    • Darlene B says:

      Rhonda, I’ve noticed a few feathers recently…pretty colors. I will think of your words now when I see them. xoxo

      • Rhonda D. says:

        Darlene, when I was in a rough spot, even the ones in magazines and on the wrapper of the toilet paper counted. If you look for them you’ll find them. I thought about it even as I saw pictures of Susan using the feather pen in England.

    • Yes, isn’t it wonderful when God shows us His Presence in such tangible ways! We just need to be paying attention!

      • Rhonda D. says:

        Cathy, you are so right. We have to be paying attenion. My best friend’s husband just passed away from cancer. I’ve known her since I was four years old. I bought a sympathy card for her and sat in the car not far from her house and tried to think of something to write in it. I could think of absolutely nothing. I sat there in tears, not knowing what to say. I looked down, and there was a feather on the floor of my car, right by my foot. I could write a book about all the feathers God has given me.

        • sbranch says:

          Lovely. I find those words hard to come by too. There are no words for depth of heartbreak we feel for the people we love.

          • Rhonda D. says:

            Susan, you just simply said what my heart is feeling and could not even put into words. Thank you. This only happened a few weeks ago. I wrote about this and taped that feather in my journal. That feather means so much to me, but I think I’ll print this off and tape the feather to it and give it to my friend. Maybe she can find some peace from this story.

          • sbranch says:

            I think she would LOVE this story. ♥

  86. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month…BUT, why don’t we make September….PINK MONTH..and all Girlfriends wear pink items whether clothing, shoes, lingerie, nail polish, jewelry, to support those who are fighting cancer? It will be a month long prelude to the National Campaign and why not celebrate GIRLS by supporting them and maybe there is a little “Barbie” in each of us….now ladies no saying “I’m too old for Pink” (it’s NOT my Color)…..throw on some pj’s or even pink lipstick…GIRL POWER is a positive force and maybe we can Rally and Rid this World of Cancer one Wish at a time. B*E*L*I*E*V*E

  87. Linda Wattier says:

    What an inspiration! I truely believe in the power of prayer, and especially when it is done in a group. Blessings to all who are going through tough times.

  88. Julie H from Michigan says:

    Hi Susan and Friends,
    I said a prayer this evening for all those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. My husband and I took an early evening walk, about 9:00 pm and I was was amazed to see the moon was actually bathed in a pink color. I had a little chuckle to myself and said thank you Lord and then explained to my husband about the blog today. God does work in mysterious ways and He always answers our prayers. It is in His timing, not ours. May God bless you Susan and all “our” friends.


  89. Julie(Omaha) says:

    Prayers, prayers and more prayers for peace, comfort and love for all in need. Going to go check out the moon. (Thank you Susan for the lovely post)

  90. Susan says:

    There are walking miracles among us. In 1990 I found a lump on New Year’s Eve. I’m thankful for every day of life. Friendship, good doctors and nurses, people praying for me all helped. My Mother somehow got my name on a prayer list on TV and that always kinda stunned me to know that people who were unknown to me would pray for me. It helped me have a good attitude through out the long treatments, surgery, chemo, radiation and stays in hospital. God blessed me and I’m eternally grateful for the people who said prayers. My kids were 3, 7 and 9 at the time and I’ve been blessed to see them live life and grow. What blessings! Pink moon tonight:)

  91. Valerie Mathews says:

    Although I do not have breast cancer I am battling a rare sarcoma. Whatever is brought my way I know I am in God’s hands. One of my favorite verses is Joshua 1:9–be strong and courageous, do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Blessings to all of you!!

  92. Lin says:

    Thank you, Susan, from an 8-year survivor! And girlfriends, for all these wonderful thoughts I’ve read tonight!

  93. Deb from Dixie says:

    I just came inside from looking at the most amazing moon. And I have to share what I saw. The moon here in Florida…is surrounded by feathery pink clouds.

    It just has to be because of those prayers lifted up from the girlfriends…..!
    The moon itself is shining with an intense bright light, soft whiffs of clouds all around it, and the beautiful feathery edges of every cloud, surrounding the moon are glowing pink, pink, pink. It is an amazing sight……..!

    I hope some of you saw it too! ♥ ♥ ♥

    • Rhonda D. says:

      God is so amazing. Would have loved to have seen that moon Deb. I bet it was so beautiful. Maybe my Blue Moon turning pink with feathers wasn’t such a stretch afterall.

    • Kathy Phenix says:

      I saw it here in Melbourne, FL. It was a very beautiful sight! Kathy

  94. CindyK (from Minnesota!) says:

    Such wonderful posts! My heart is breaking for my dear friend Judy. She had breast cancer twice. This last time around has been really hard on her, and she is in a lot of pain. She went into the hospital Monday for a pump to manage the pain. She isn’t able to walk or sit because of it. All this since spring. Please everyone, pray for my dear friend of over 30 years. And I will be praying for her and everyone else! Go Pink Moon! Thank You Susan!

  95. Dawn (Elmhurst, IL) says:

    Adding my prayers for Sandy, Deb, Kris, Laurie, Laurel and her husband, and so many friends and families who are facing difficult times. Together we are turning the Blue Moon pink. Thank you so much, Susan, for bringing us all together!
    Dawn ♡♡

  96. Lori from Maine says:

    ~Hi Girlfriends~ Please, please…do monthly self-exams and have a yearly mammogram. My first breast cancer was in 1983 and I found it through self-exam. My second breast cancer was in 1996 and was detected with a mammogram. If I hadn’t had that mammogram, by the time the tumors would have been large enough to feel through an exam…it would have been too late.
    I was so lucky to have wonderful family and friends around me both times. Someone mentioned ‘circling the wagons’ – how true!
    Love, light, comfort and warm hugs to all of the girlfriends – no matter what is going on in their lives. We all need support now and then and it’s wonderful to have this blog to share our thoughts on. Thank you Susan.
    xoxoxxo from SW Hbr., Maine
    p.s. I just looked at a crystal hanging in my window and it’s all lit up and sparkly from the ‘pink’ moon! * * * * * * * * *

  97. Joann says:

    What a wonderful message and reminder in the power of prayer. When people come together to pray, the power of that prayer is exponentially increased. What a beautiful thought to be all looking at this moon and sending out healing energy to all those in need.

    What a beautiful thing to do…

  98. erica says:

    I love this Susan!

    I’ve just said THE LORD’S PRAYER for Sandy and Deb, (and all other girlfriends) with my eyes lifted to the moon, and my heart to God. His will, be done. May we all have the willingness to accept His will and believe that all is well…..no matter what.

    Much love to all.
    Erica xo

  99. Dorothy Ann says:

    * Dear Susan and Dear Girlfriends *

    I have just finished reading Your August 31 Post. It is so touching and heartfelt and I, too, as you and so many of our girlfriends have written…”Turn our fears to God”. I truly believe He hears our prayers.

    I am a “believer” in the power of prayer. So, I send postive thoughts and prayers to all who are facing difficult challenges right now…who may be going down a rocky road, but will, through courage, strength, faith and prayers, find themselves on a path to a successful recovery.

    Susan and Girlfriends…it doesn’t matter how far apart we all are in distance…what really matters is how close we are in our hearts. And, thanks to you, Susan and your extraordinary and wondrous blog, that brings us all together in this circle of friendship, we are very close!

    Dear God Bless us all…everyone!
    Luv from, Dorothy Ann on Cougar Mountain, Washington, where the Blue Moon Is Pink Tonight!

  100. Debbie P Weedsport, NY (near Syracuse) says:

    Good morning, Susan and girlfriends~
    I awoke very early, about 5 am, and remembered the Blue Moon. Out to the backyard in my nightgown I went to see if it was still there. It was! …and it was beautiful! I’m so grateful that I got to see it and to whisper a prayer of gratitude for my many blessings. When I came in, poured a cup of tea and read this post from yesterday and all the deeply heart-felt prayers of all of you, I was moved to tears. I can feel the connection and the positive energy flowing among us!
    Thank you, Susan…what a blessing you are in our lives!
    Sending prayers for healing, comfort and peacefulness to all who are in need today.

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