Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pomp and Circumstance... (5/26)

First, we would like to acknowledge the fact that it has been way to long since we have updated, and we are very sorry for that, and we thank all of you who have continued to pray for Thatcher and his healing and have prayed for us and our family, we really appreciate it.  The encouragement that we have continued to receive from all of you has come at the perfect time more than once.  On days where we felt defeated and beaten up we would receive a picture of a daughter's prayer request for healing and just remind us of the faith we are to have in our God.  Or we would receive a text message or a facebook message that was exactly the scripture we needed to hear, or exactly the encouragement we needed that day, and always reminding us that we are not alone in this.  So thank you all for allowing God to use you to encourage us on our journey.

Today we find ourselves in circumstances that we never thought we would be in, we never thought we'd be here years ago, and we never thought we would be here a week ago.  Our circumstances seem to change daily, today we are looking at Thatcher and he is resting peacefully on his bed, struggling to breathe here and there, but responding well when we shift his position or stimulate him to breathe again.  Last night we found ourselves terrified every time he seized, because there was a good chance that his entire body would go rigid, every muscle flexed and tensed and his airway would clamp down.  He would turn blue and not respond to any amount of stimulation and he would need to be bagged to be brought out of the episode.  That happened 7 times in a 24 hour period.  A couple days prior we were watching helplessly as Thatcher had over 70 seizures in a 12 hour period that would cause him to stop breathing, and we couldn't do anything until the seizures were over and then we could help him breathe.  Prior to that we were praying to have a tube removed.  Prior to that we were praying for reflux to stop, prior to that we were praying for a safe delivery.  Our prayers have changed with each circumstance we find ourselves in, and that seems fitting, but we have to acknowledge that our God never changes.  Thank you, God that you never change.  Unfortunately, with the ever shifting circumstances we find ourselves thinking about the future, wondering what it's going to look like for Thatcher, for our family, when will we be going home, how will we be going home, and with these questions came fear and uncertainty.  The future is not ours to hold, it is in God's hands.  We are here, now, we live in this moment, the furthest our interaction with the future goes is deciding to let God handle it, to follow where He leads.  Fear and uncertainty are not from God, the peace that transcends understanding does not include fear and uncertainty, these feelings are a lie that have shaken our confidence in God's will, and in what the future holds.  Our confidence is not in the idea that Thatcher will be completely healed because God is able to do so, our confidence is not in our desire or our wish, or even our prayers.  Our confidence is that God is in control, and that God never changes.  This is the same God that causes all things to work for the good of those who love Him.  This is the same God who is victorious over death and temptation.  This is the same God who created the heavens and the earth.  This is the same God that every good and perfect gift is from.  God is good and that will never change.

God help us to be thankful for each moment, for the mercies of each new day, help us to rejoice and be glad for today and not worry about tomorrow because tomorrow is in your hands, help us to be thankful for each breath, help us to rely on You for each breath.  Lord, thank you for where we find ourselves today because You have brought us exactly here, and You will not leave or forsake us, You will lead us to Your glory and to our good.  Help us to trust you, and help our unbelief.  When Thatcher seizes, or he stops breathing, let us rely on you, do not let us become fearful for You are in control.  God, we humbly ask for Thatcher's healing.  That you would cause the seizures to cease, and that you would allow him to breathe with ease, that You would simply hold him and raise him up.  We proclaim Your praise, Your goodness, Your faithfulness, and Your love for us, God thank You for who You are.  We love You, Lord, we thank you, and we praise you.  Would you be lifted high, and Your name praised throughout the earth.  Father, above all, would Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

14 comments:

  1. Mr. Hucky and I are praying for Thatcher, you, and Eric daily! Your post today reminds me of an old Hymn..."All to Jesus I Surrender, all to Him I Freely Give"!!! It is so difficult to relinquish control, but He is and Always will Be there for you!

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  2. You are sure to hear well done my good and faithful servant when you meet Him face to face! God bless you and your little missionary. It is so hard to see beyond this world but when we get to heaven none on this will matter. I pray that God fill your heart with peace and joy until then.

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  3. I am so glad to hear an update! I think we all were missing you but realizing you need a break to rest and restore. My thoughts and prayers are with your family daily. Thank you for being evidence of our God to those who may not see. Thatcher is a little missionary for sure!

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  4. You don't know me, but I didn't think that matters when it comes to prayers. I came across this blog through my COF friends on Facebook and it really touched me deeply. I am a mom as well and I realized that I take my children's health for granted. I just didn't get how blessed I truly was. That little boy of yours truly looks like a fiighter and he will give you so much joy. I will add Thatcher to my prayer list from now on and I hope he will thrive and grow into a man of God, because I have the feeling that He has big plans for your baby boy. Consider yourselves hugged. Best wishes, Ilka

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  5. We continue praying for you and your precious little one. Although we have never even met Thatcher, he is such a blessing to us. Please always remember how very much you are loved. Connie and Smokey

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  6. Praying for yall every day, Whitney & Eric!!
    Chris and I work just 10 minutes from the med center...if yall every need anything please let us know! Love you guys!

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  7. What an amazing reminder to live in the moment and trust that moment to God. Thank you for your steadfast love for God, the absolute trust and love you have for Him. You have been encouraging me and countless others along your journey. I will be praying for your continued trust in Him through all situations and that He will be glorified through every situation and through your little fighter, Thatcher.
    Laura

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  8. You have been growing in the Lord so much over the past few months, and the best part is that you are doing so together. God is showing you in truth things that most people your age only know in words. It is ALL about Him, and He gives us opportunities to join Him in His work and to share in what is important to Him. (I learned that at Crossroads about a decade ago, so I'm sure you've heard it, too.) Our God gives us hearts to love and trust Him even when things don't go our way. This is His gift to us, and it redeems all circumstances. I do pray for Thatcher daily and for both of you, his parents--that God would heal him and that you would keep becoming more like Jesus.

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  9. Wow you are amazing and inspirational. I can't believe that you and your family are standing so strong in your circumstances. Praise God for your witness to others through this blog. My nephew is not yet one and is going through seizures as well. Not quite as many but still it is scary. Thank you for the testimony and be encouraged that you have a whole army standing behind you in prayer. May God bless you and keep you in his peace.

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  10. We don't know each other. A friend posted your blog on FB and I've been praying for little Thatcher, your family and the doctors ever since. You are very special people!

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    1. PS: I'm putting in a prayer request at my church. I hope this gives you some peace that now even more people are praying for you.

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  11. The Almond FamilyJune 3, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    We continue to pray for you! Out kiddos ask daily about sweet Thatcher. We appreciate your openness and authenticity with God as you traverse the journey ahead of you each day. Our kiddos have seen what it means to be fully devoted followers of Christ through the two of you. Praying!

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  12. We are praying for you both and your families right now, trusting that God is carrying you now.

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  13. Praying for the peace of Christ which passes all understanding to rule your hearts and minds today and forever.
    From Brenda and Dave Trifon
    Tyler Roger's grandparents

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