Thursday, January 5, 2017

Third Update on Kristen - Please Keep Praying!!

"And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint..."
Luke 18:1

How we praise God that my dear niece is home from the hospital!
We just cannot praise Him enough for all He has done, is doing, and still going to do for her.
They did another ultrasound, and they said the little guy is VERY active and that he seemed as happy as a clam!!
Oh, it was SO good to hear that!
Praise our dear, awesome, loving GOD!!

There are still major concerns, obviously, and a couple of things I would like to ask you to continue
to pray about.

Her doctor told her today that she is not out of the woods, 
and, in spite of her already being told the blood clot is "enmeshed" and not likely to travel anywhere else, there is, in fact, a chance that it could move from the lung to the brain.
This news was so unsettling, disappointing, and, needless to say, terrifying.
It is hard to imagine her having to walk through fear each day of the remainder of her pregnancy.

She also found out that the blood thinner takes from six to seven months to work, 
so she will need to stay on it via self-injections twice daily.
There is an underlying concern, obviously, of what this could do to the baby, 
and all of this is laying heavy upon her heart.

We would so appreciate your continued prayers, dear friends.

We are SO grateful to God for you and for every prayer you are praying on her behalf.
We know GOD can do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think, 
and we are expecting Him to continue to heal and dissolve this blood clot
(even quicker than the doctors are telling her),
and that He will spare Kristen and the precious baby boy's lives.

I can't wait for the day that we can just praise Him together as we announce 
the smooth delivery of a perfectly healthy baby boy!!
What joy will fill all of our hearts when the trial is past and the welcome sounds of a newborn 
baby's cries ring out in Kristen and Mike's home!

God is in control.
Of this, we are certain.
In times like these, my mind often goes to the words of this dear, old hymn written by Edward Mote.

My Hope Is Built

My hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O, may I then in Him be found,
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

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God is surely our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble!
How we praise Him for all He has already done!
May He bless each one of you and meet any needs you have.
He is a faithful God!


  1. Thank you for the update, Cheryl. Bless her heart, that must be hard on her. Will continue to pray. I love that has always been an encouragement to me.
    Love you, my friend.♥ ~Melanie

    1. Oh, I love it, too...SO very thankful for you, my precious friend! Thank you for your support, prayers, encouragement, and friendship. Kristen appreciates it all so much, too! Love and appreciate you so much, and so happy to see you had visited today!

  2. Amen! I'm praising God for the miracle He will do in Kristin and Mike's lives and in the life of their little boy. I'm asking Him daily to remove the clot. Thank you for the updates so I know how to pray.

    1. Praise God for you, dear Betsy! You are a precious blessing to my family and me, and I cannot begin to thank you enough for praying about this daily. Oh, that is such a dear comfort to me! God bless you over and over and send the healing YOU need, too. Sending you love and hugs!

  3. Praying. Continue to trust in God.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you so much, Victor. I so appreciate your comforting words. God bless you, my friend.

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend. You will never know how much we appreciate your prayers!

  5. My favorite verse. Psalms 46:1.. [that you quoted].. I love that "very present'.. which means to me, right now He is with me, not in a little while..Oh what a Lord we have.
    Praying for Kristen and baby boy.. Will continue to pray.

    1. Yes, amen, and amen! I love that verse, too. Knowing you are praying for Kristen and baby boy just brings so much comfort and peace! Thank you ever so much for your support and friendship! God bless you. :)

  6. May you all find rest on His unchanging grace. He is our Solid Rock and on Him alone we stand believing His promises to be true. God is faithful!
    We continue to hold Kristen and her baby up in prayer looking for great things from our Great God.

    Love and Hugs~~

    1. Amen! Thank you SO much for holding Kristen and the baby up in prayer! Oh, it truly means the world to us. I can't thank you enough for all you do and the amazing blessing you are to us. Sending you love and gratitude, sweet friend. ;)

  7. Praise God for the good news! He is able to carry you all through. And His Spirit will lead you all around in this wilderness(Luke 4:1 NASB), and His angels will minister to you. (Psalm 91:11,12) Bless His Precious Name! :)

    Maybe you would like to read my latest post?

    Praying with your for a healthy baby and mommy and that everyone's faith will grow and God will be glorified!

    1. Yes, He is able! It reminds me of that old song, "He's able, He's able, I know He is able, I know my Lord is able to carry me through". I hadn't thought of that song in years. Thank you, dear Ruth, and I went over and read your post. It was SO encouraging...yes, we surely learn to grow and learn who God really is, in the wilderness. Your prayers mean SO much to us! God bless you abundantly for being so kind!

  8. Oh. I was afraid of this. Praying for Kristen and her baby.

    1. I know what you mean, brother. I am so thankful GOD is the One who is in control...these tells you one thing, then another comes right behind that one and tells you something opposite. But, praise God, our trust is not in them, but in our dear Father. Bless you for being so kind and standing by us the way you do, Floyd. You are such a blessing to us.

  9. Oh my. When you used the word "terrifying" it certainly articulates the situation exactly. I can't even imagine, but God...

    Oh I am fervently praying and trusting that God will dissolve the clot very soon and leave the doctor's scratching their heads. Oh what a God glorifying moment that WILL be! I am also praying that the God of peace blesses Kristen and all that care deeply for her with the peace that surpasses all understanding.

    Blessings sweet friend.

    1. Oh, dear friend! PLEASE pray if you get this tonight. Kristen is having pain in the back of her lung and having trouble breathing. We know God has this, and we are trusting in Him. You do not know how much we appreciate your fervent prayers...oh it just means SO much to us. Sending you so much love and gratitude!

  10. Dear Cheryl,
    This situation is so near and dear to my heart...having experienced the birth of our first grandchild (grandson) just two short months ago. Precious little fragile and delicate...knowing that He is in control...

    So I will join in with all the tenderhearted folks holding mama and "little man" up to Him in prayer and thanksgiving for what He has already done.

    Sweet blessings to you, dear one,

    1. Oh, thank you so much, dear friend! It was so good to see that you had stopped by. I think of you and hope you are doing well. You will never know how much we appreciate you praying for dear Kristen and her baby! Oh, that just truly means so much to us! God bless you over and over...sending you love and hugs!

  11. That's the perfect song for this situation! Christ be praised for healthy mama and baby!

    1. Oh, that song! It has sustained me so many times! It echoes my heart. Thank you for your prayers, sweet friend. We appreciate them more than we can say! God bless you. :)

  12. That hymn continues to inspire! Thanks, Cheryl, for your walk of faith.

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Roseann! You will never know how much we appreciate it. God bless you. :)

  14. That clot needs to go away, and our Great Healer Jesus is the One to do it. I will ask him every day. Thanks for the update

    1. Amen, and amen! Thank you ever so much for your prayers!

  15. Praying for the protection of the baby and for the blood clot to dissolve on its own. Thank you for sharing this update with us here at Tell me a Story.

    1. Amen, Hazel. We are praying for the same. Thank you so much!

  16. I'm going on praying for her and her baby and trusting in God, darling Cheryl !

    Sending blessings to you both

    Xx Dany

    1. Thank you SO much, sweet friend! I so appreciate your love, support, encouragement, friendship, and most of all, your prayers! God bless you abundantly!