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What Joey Feek Just Found Out About Her Father Makes Her Smile as Cancer Calls Her Home

Joey Feek’s bio would inspire anyone! As Joey Feek gave what could be her last interview ever, she opened up to the Tennessean about the blessings she’s found in her brutal battle with cervical cancer—the biggest one being that she now knows she’ll be seeing her whole family in heaven.

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Just about a month ago, Joey’s father went up to the altar to give his life to God.

“I just cried,” Joey told the Tennessean. “Now all of my family believes. And all of my family, when we die, we’re going to see each other again.”

“I told my dad, ‘I would go through all of this again, if that meant one person came to Christ because of it,” said Joey.

“The fact that my daddy did, Dad, I would do it all over. I’m so proud of you. When I die, I’m going to be looking for you. And I want you to know, that after you hug my brother [Justin, who died in a car accident in 1994], I’m going to be next in line.’”

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The Christian country star thought she could win this cancer fight, but she’s at complete peace knowing that her Heavenly Father loves her dearly, so much so that He assured her just before her death that she will see her earthly father again.

Joey’s now in hospice care at her childhood home in Indiana where she’s surrounded by nothing but love, hugs, and hope for a beautiful reunion in heaven with her family one day.

“I said, Rory, if it’s OK with you, this is where I was born, it’s where I was raised, and this is where I die,” she told the Tennessean. “He said, ‘Whatever you want.’ I said, ‘That’s what I want.’”

Rory caught this captivating moment of his wife cuddling with their daughters Heidi, Hopie and Indiana as they soak up the last treasured moments with their mommy.

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Joey has received prayers from fans around the world, like this precious little note that came in from a young fan last week:

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But Joey really is ready to let go and let God:

“I wasn’t mad at [God], I wasn’t upset,” she said. “I was just greatly disappointed. I really thought we had it. I thought, ‘I’m going to be that exception. I’m going to be that statistic that stands out and says, ‘She fought it.’ We did the most extreme surgery we can do in the gynecologic world, and she did well.’ But for whatever reason, it wasn’t enough, and God had different plans.”

She says she knows God needs her singing up there.

The day following the interview, Joey and Rory’s tour bus pulled up to the Indiana farm loaded up with Tennessee friends and a special handmade delivery from their farmhand, Thomas.

“A rough-cut wooden box with a cross on it was placed beneath the bay of the bus and brought up here because that’s what Joey wants,” wrote Rory in his blog.

Joey told Rory to tell Thoms “To make my box… simple, from wood at the farm.” She added, “And find a good spot in the family cemetery in the field behind our house, where we put your mama’s ashes last year… with room enough beside my headstone for you to join me someday… in God’s time.”

Prayers for Feek family as they face this trying time of loss…and praises to the King as he awaits his daughter (and now, her father) to come home.

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Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

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