Monday, October 5, 2009

And the peace that passes all understanding….

Is guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). As we head into the shunt surgery tomm – that is where we are. We have prayed and asked God to heal Sara in such a way that she would not require a shunt. So far, He has said no. So, He will heal her and allow her by His grace to live a great life with a shunt. And we are totally at peace with that. Our faith is not shipwrecked because God said no to our request. It is not a lack of faith on our part or those who have prayed. God our Father in Heaven has decided that the best way we can show His glory and become like Christ is through living with a shunt. And we trust Him!

A well known pastor has said that the area of your greatest pain has the potential for your greatest ministry. Jennifer and I look forward to the day God can use us to minister to other families who live in the NICU for several months. And we have often said to each other – you know it would be harder to minister to them if our testimony was – “Well God healed Sara with a miracle and she doesn’t need a shunt, hope He does the same for you.” God hasn’t promised to heal everyone this side of heaven and now we have the opportunity to help those who face the same dilemmas we have faced.

Some good news today from the CAT Scan. There was a mass of fluid the doc was worried about that was accumulating in a spot on her brain that was causing some developmental problems he had noticed. Guess what? It's gone!! Praise God for that. He can even tell improvement as he checks her each day for that ability. Sara is so much fun to be with. She has these huge smiles and even squeals. Jennifer and I both got some huge ones today. Now if only we can get her home, roll her around and floor, let her sisters play with her, and smother her with kisses - it's gonna be great!!

Please continue to pray for Sara and us through the surgery and hopefully quick recovery before we head home. Pray that no infection will result from the new shunt or anything else that could happen down the road. Pray for a mom who struggles to deal with the heaviness of watching her baby go though her 5th surgery in the last 4 months. We know it is all going to be ok, but it is not the most enjoyable process. Pray for the docs and nurses, our second family. We will keep you all posted tomm, thanks again for checking in and lifting up.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,

but to your name give glory,

for the sake of your steadfast love

and your faithfulness!

Psalm 115:1


  1. We are praying! I know God's got some amazing things in store for Sara and you and Jennifer.

    Jessie Turner & family

  2. We will be praying a extra prayer for her. We love you all.


  3. Romans 9:14 (NIV)
    '14What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15For he says to Moses,
    "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
    and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."[f] 16It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."[g] 18Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.'

    Jennifer-you are doing a good thing with each touch of little Sara, each word whispered to her, and every prayer lifted up for her.
    Peace & Grace,

  4. You have inspired me so much to seek and understand God's word. I just wanted you to know that and that you are already ministering to all of us readers. I love reading your posts (especially about your faith) and find myself wishing you had a blog about God and the bible.
    God Bless,

  5. We are praying for an easy surgery and quick recovery. God said no on shunt and you are handling this answer with such grace and faith. I know that He is proud. We are so thankful that God said yes for taking away the fluid!!! What great news.
    I continue to be amazed by your faith and positive attitude. To take things that some people would consider to be God not answering prayer and turn it into a ministry is just amazing.
    You are both beautiful people inside and out!!!
    I'm honored to be on this journey :)
    With love and prayers,
    Jamie Corona
    North Carolina

  6. Thanks for sharing your Healing testimony with us. Yes I said healing because By His stripes we are Healed. Although you have not received the request you have petitioned for,don't give up. Know that nothing shall be impossibe with GOD. I am looking for the day when Skyler ,our son, can include in his testimony "I am now independandt of the shunt" Until then we are standing upon God's word and claiming that victory but definitely not overlooking all the blessings God has already given; trusting and thanking Him everyday. I care and have been praying for Sara since I met her mom in PICU in February. Our Skyler who is 15 was just next door to Sara. May we both thank God for all He has done for our own, the miracles,saving their lives, and the many more healings and blessings He has given to us.