Joey Feek counts her time left on earth in days now, but even as the terminally ill country singer sees her health steadily wane and spends final milestones with her family, she has remained strong in her faith and even gained recognition for it.
Feek has been in hospice care since October after being diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. During the past few months her husband and music partner, Rory Feek, has been sharing the couple’s trials through his blog. One of the most common themes is faith, how both he and Joey have remained strong in their belief that God has a plan for them.
The couple’s strong faith is on display in their final album, Hymns That Are Important To Us. The album was released last week, and Rory announced this week that sales have been so strong that stores are having difficulty keeping it in stock.
Rory and Joey Feek also received an honor this week that made note of their strong faith. Joey’s father, Jack Martin, accepted on their behalf the highest honor given by the state of Indiana, the Sagamore of the Wabash.
In presenting the award, State Rep. Bruce Borders noted how Joey Feek has remained strong in her faith.
“Important Hoosier values, such as loving others, serving one’s country, following one’s dreams, and showcasing grace and joy during difficult times — have all been exhibited by Joey and Rory. I would like everyone to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers,” he said.
“Throughout her battle with cervical cancer, Joey and Rory have maintained their faith in God, while also providing hope and encouragement to family, friends, and thousands of fans that have been impacted by their blog and social media posts,” Borders added.
Joey Feek and her husband, Rory, have spoken often about the importance of their faith. In a blog post from earlier this year, Rory explained how their connection to God played a role in the name they chose to perform under, Joey + Rory.
Rory noted how much God added to their lives.
“There’s nothing magical about Joey and I together. We bring our skills and talents into this union, but God brings the magic. He takes those gifts and adds in His timing and mixes it with all the years of joy and hardship and smiles and pain we’ve had … and He makes something bigger.
We’ve seen it happen in our lives in dozens of other ways too. Each time Joey and I have made a conscious choice to ‘add’ someone else into our lives, God uses His mathematics to turn us+others into something more beautiful than we could’ve ever experienced on our own. It’s easy to see that with Marcy, Aaron, Russdriver, Sandy, Gabe, Julie, Thomas, Keith … the list goes on and on.”
This week was a memorable one for Joey and Rory. Aside from winning the top honor in the state of Indiana, the couple was also nominated for a Grammy Award for their rendition of the Townes Van Zandy song, “If I Needed You.” They didn’t end up winning, but Rory said in an Instagram post that the nomination was “more than enough.”
The award also showcased the strong connection that Joey and Rory have with each other. Rory wrote that Joey surprised him with a ticket to Los Angeles to attend the award show, but he refused to leave her side.
“I can’t leave her,” Rory wrote on his blog. “I won’t. I have done many foolish things and made lots of mistakes in my life, but this isn’t going to be one of them.”
There was another reason to celebrate this week. Joey Feek got to celebrate the second birthday for her daughter, Indiana, with Rory sharing plenty of pictures from the party they held.
[Image via Rory Feek/This Life I Live]