Saturday, September 22, 2012

update from september 20

hi friends.  my heart is full with thanksgiving as i think of how many people are praying for ken.  i am confident that jesus is using each one of your prayers to accomplish something amazing in kenny's heart and body.  (and our hearts, too.)  we beg you to continue. 

this is an unbelievably devastating time for us, but God has been more than gracious to us.  it's still too difficult to pour out all that my heart has felt during the past 48 hours, but i'll look forward to sharing it all with you in bits and pieces in the coming days, weeks, and months.  one thing is for certain, regardless of the outcome of this:  i am not without hope.  far from it.  and it's only because of jesus. 

for now i'll let pastor james macdonald articulate for me where my heart is....

"Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God . . . Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."   -Psalm 50:7, 14-15

Something wonderful happens in the heart of God when His children get themselves out on a limb and gather up their hearts and say, "God, if it's not You, it's nothing now. We don't have another plan. We don't have another hope. All our eggs are in Your basket. Let's do this, God, in Your time, in Your way."
When you lay that down before the Lord it becomes an awesome moment of trust...Crying to God is the kind of asking He listens for. There is a fervency that builds faith in your hearts. What an invitation! It echoes through Scripture:
Isaiah 40:9 says, “Lift up your voice with strength . . . lift it up, fear not.
Psalm 116:1 reports, “I love the LORD because He has heard my voice and pleas for mercy.” 
Romans 8:15 teaches, “ . . . you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba, Father’" 
Psalm 50:15 renews the invitation, “Call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” "

there are so many prayers to pray, so i tried to prioritize them for you.  please keep praying. 


lindsay (and kenny, cayla, & savvie)

to be praying: medically....

1.  we are asking for God to make ken's lungs strong enough so he can breathe on his own as quickly as possible.  ken will have a tracheostomy within the next day or two, we are asking God for a miracle that a trech would not even be required and ken could start to breathe on his own.  this would be miraculous.

2.  that no secondary infection would compromise his health.

3.  the doctor's wisdom for timing of surgery to repair his broken pelvis and the surgery to repair his broken ribs.  and that it would go perfectly.

4.  they are planning on introducing a feeding tube for him to receive necessary nutrients.  we are asking god for that process to proceed without any complications.

to be praying: heart & family....

1.  cayla asks many questions, as a huge void is left in our home without kenny.  we are asking god to protect her heart and she'd grow in her trust in jesus, as her ultimate father, through this.   and that savvie would settle well at night as kenny put her to bed most nights, and they had a routine that i know little about.

2.  that my heart would rest in peace at night, and the questions and worries would be given over to the Lord.

3.  that God would sustain my mom physically and protect her health as she is the necessary person to be with the girls most of the time. 

4.  that i would be able to start eating again.

some incredible praises...

1.  that god saw it fit to spare kenny's life up until this point.

2.  ken's been able to respond to some simple commands

3.  god answered our prayer, incredibly within 48 hours, that his blood pressure is stable, and his heart is functioning on its own without medication.

3.  i was concerned about his long term memory and recall, and i want to give God praise for the doctor's words that i am "in his hard drive."  begging God that the neurosurgeon is right.

4.  the staff are actual angels and the care he's received has been incredible.

5.  the opportunity to pray with and read scripture with others while we are here.

thank you thank you.

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