Saturday, July 14, 2018

Happy 1st Birthday, Baby Eli!

"And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them: and His disciples rebuked those that brought them.  But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, 'Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.'  And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them."
Mark 10:13-16
(KJV)

Jesus truly has a special place in His heart for little children.
They are beyond precious to Him.
His eyes are upon them from the moment of their conception, and they are on His mind long before they are even conceived.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5
(ESV)

"For it was You who formed my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb."
Psalm 139:13
(Berean Study Bible)

Can you believe one whole year has gone by since my niece, Kristen, gave birth to her precious baby boy, Eli?
I don't know when a year has passed so quickly!
To all of the new subscribers here, I say a hearty "Welcome!" and I would like to explain about Kristen and Eli.

Shortly after finding out she was expecting a baby, Kristen collapsed in the Emergency Room and was found to have a blood clot in her lung.
It was a long, hard road for her, and many of you dear readers helped to pray her through so many times.
We are SO grateful for all of your faithful prayers, and this is the amazing result of God answering them!
Remember this day?

Kristen and Baby Eli, shortly after he was born

What a sweet, precious, little bundle of joy!
A perfectly healthy angel, sent straight from Heaven to bless the lives of everyone around him.
God is so good.

Recently, the little fellow celebrated one full year of life.
Isn't he just adorable?
I know I may be just a bit biased, but even though, he is just a living dollbaby!

Eli on his first birthday!

What a smilestone!
It is just so hard to imagine that he could already be a year old!
He is such a happy, healthy little guy, and is surely a miracle, in so many ways.
Every day I pray that God will bless him and keep him healthy and safe.
He is surely one prayed-for little boy, and I hope one day I can explain to him about all of the precious people who prayed for him even before he was born.

God truly does answer prayer, dear friends.
Eli is living proof!
Whatever you are going through ~ nothing is too hard for Him.
Things could have turned out far different for Kristen and Eli, and I have no doubt in my mind that it was because of the earnest prayers that went up on their behalf that all is well with them today.

Every time I think of little Eli and God's faithfulness to him and our family,
I am reminded once again that no matter how dark things look, God never loses control, and nothing is impossible for Him.

I leave you with five of my favorite Scriptures to cling to in such times of distress and also a special song dedicated to sweet, little Eli.
I hope they will encourage you.
Stay tuned for an upcoming Inner Views interview with none other than Eli's mommy herself sometime in the near future!
I can't wait to share her thoughts with you here!

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?"
Jeremiah 32:27
(KJV)

"And Jesus looking upon them said, 'With men, it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."
Mark 10:27
(King James 2000 Bible)

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
Isaiah 41:10
(KJV)

"Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or terrified of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6
(Berean Study Bible)

"The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble."
Psalm 9:9
(ESV)


Thank God for Kids ~ The Oak Ridge Boys

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    1. Oh, he surely is, isn't he? Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth! God bless you.

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  2. Where did the time go? I can't believe he is a whole year old now and just as cute as ever! Happy birthday sweetie pie!

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    1. I know! I don't know where the time went, either. They grow up when we blink our eyes, it seems...makes me sad. :( But, at the same time, I am so thankful God is blessing the little guy to grow and be so healthy and happy. Oh, he is a doll! Thank you so much for your prayers and support, Regina!

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  3. Hi, How precious to see the end results of many prayers..Prayers will always change things.He is a doll baby..I had often wondered about how he was doing..Hope God will richly bless all of you..Love,Elaine Dunn Otvos

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    1. Oh, so nice to hear from you, Elaine! I am so thankful for your prayers and support. Yes, he surely is a doll baby and such a dear blessing! I heard about your dear Mom. So sorry for your deep loss ~ I know how it is to lose a mother. Life is never the same. Sending love and hugs to you!

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    2. Oh Cheryl,I begged God to hear from you..Thanks for a reply..My life is so hard now without Mom.I have PTSD and so sick most of the time.PLEASE you and all your praying friends pray for Me too..I always look at your sight each day just like Mom did.You and the Birthday Boy have a great day..Love Loads,Elaine

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    3. I'm so sorry, Elaine. I will be praying for you. That is so sweet of you to come here each day. Keep encouraged, my friend. Sending much love to you!

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  4. Dear Cheryl,
    Oh I cannot believe it's been a year already! What a sweet miracle from the Lord. I look forward to reading Kirsten's thoughts in your Inner Views with her. I am sure that she must have some deep and heart-felt words to share, with all that she went through! And what a precious song, that brought tears to my eyes tonight. Thank you so much for this encouraging post tonight. God truly does take us by the hand and give us His courage and strength. Blessings to you dear friend!

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    1. Dear Bettie! I know ~ it is almost unbelievable to think he could be a year old. He surely is a miracle. I can't wait to share Kristen's Inner Views with everyone, too. They are both so dear to my heart. I cry when I hear that song, too. Oh, my, it is just so touching. I think of you often, dear friend, and I am praying for you. Many blessings to you, too!

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  5. A year?! I just cannot believe that it’s been a year. Happy, Happy Birthday sweet Eli! I am just SO happy to read this post. Praise the Lord!!!!
    And dear, sweet, Cheryl. Thank you for your prayers for our family. We are blessed beyond measure to have such sweet friends praying for our loved ones.
    Many Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Oh, thank you SO much for your precious comment and birthday wishes to dear Eli! Dear friend, you can surely rejoice with us, as you were SO faithful to pray so many, many times. I will NEVER forget how you told me you prayed for Kristen and her unborn baby so many times throughout the day. That touched my heart so deeply, and I am so grateful for every prayer you prayed for them. It is an honor to hold you and your dear family up in prayer during this terribly difficult time, dear friend. I am trusting Jesus to hold all of you very close to His heart as you walk through so much grief and heartache. Sending much love and many hugs and blessings your way!

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  6. Dearest Cheryl, First of all Happy First Birthday to Eli; may our Lord pour out His blessings on this little one and his mommy and daddy! Secondly, I love your new header. It is such a blessing to visit, just wish we could do it in person!
    Your posts always bless me and I'm so grateful to you! You've had a tough year, but so glad the Lord has continued to bless through the hard days. Thank you also for your prayers for us, you are such a joy to know and love; such a privilege to lift up your needs before the Throne. I'm ever so grateful to our Lord for leading me to you!
    Much love,
    Noreen

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    1. Oh, thank you SO much, Noreen! I so appreciated your sweet visit today! Thank you for your kind words to little Eli and his family, about the blog header, and all of your encouragement. It surely would be so sweet to meet you and visit you in person, sweet friend. Yes, it surely has been a tough, tough year...whew, a few tough years, to be honest. You will never know how much my family and I appreciate your faithful prayers for us. I am so very grateful to God for bringing us together, too. You are a precious blessing to me! Sending much love to you!

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  7. Oh, how precious! I can't believe sweet baby Eli is already a year old! It feels like just the other day he was born... Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and grace! Thank you for sharing this update, Cheryl - so wonderful to hear that the little guy is doing well!
    Sending much love your way!

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    1. I can't believe he is one year already, either, Kelly-Anne! Thank you for your sweet visit and kind words! I am so thankful you are home safe and all is well with you. Sending much love back to you, dear friend!

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  8. I'm with you, this is the fastest one yet!

    Happy Birthday to that handsome boy! May God guide and bless him all the days of his life.

    I'm praying for Eli and his family. What a gift...

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    1. He surely is a precious gift! Thank you so much for your kind words, Floyd. I know you were so faithful to help pray them through, and we are forever grateful. God bless you, brother!

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  9. What a sweet little guy. Such a blessing to all of you.

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    1. Yes, he surely is! God bless you, my friend!

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  10. Eli is adorable. Hard to believe a year old already. God is able; I loved every Scripture verse! Hugs and prayers your way.

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Mary! I can't believe he is a year old already, either. They grow up so fast! God bless you, my friend!

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  11. I didn’t know of this wonderful story of God’s faithfulness and answered prayer. Eli is adorable...what an encouragement to read this with my morning coffee. God is a miracle working Father and all praise to Hom! This is so encouraging to my heart, thank you sweet friend for sharing!

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    1. Yes, praise His name, He surely is a miracle working Father! We owe Him so much praise! He is so faithful. Thank you so much for your sweet encouragement, my friend. You are such a blessing to me!

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  12. I cannot believe he is a year old! WHAT A MIRACLE! He is just adorable. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. I can't believe it, either, Cindy. Thank you so much for your prayers and support through it all! God bless you abundantly. Sending many hugs and blessings back to you, too, sweet friend. :)

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  13. Hi Cheryl,
    It's Su Ann. Yay for baby Eli and his whole family. He is so stinking cute! What a blessing and answered prayers.
    Take care!

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    1. Thank you, Su Ann! He is a little doll, isn't he? Yes, praise God for hearing and answering the many prayers!

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  14. Awww, happy birthday, little guy! What a cutie! I can't believe it's been a whole year already! How we were all praying so hard for him...he will have such a great testimony to share someday! :) Thank the Lord for this little boy!

    Sorry I've not been to your blog in forever, but the good news is, it's EASIER TO READ! Yay! I can read it again, lol. I'm not sure what happened before, but this is so much better. :) I hope you're doing well, my friend. :)

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    1. I can't believe it's been a while year, either! Yes, you surely were so faithful to pray for him, and I will never forget the sweet Bible you sent to him. We surely do praise God for him and for answering all of those prayers! I am SO happy you can view my blog again ~ I don't know what is wrong or why so many people keep having issues leaving comments, etc. I have tried to figure it out and fix it, but I've reached the end of knowing what do! I am so encouraged to know you are able to read it and comment again. I cherish your comments. Sending love and hugs to you and praying for you, sweet friend!

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  15. I just can't believe that little Eli is one!!!! I so remember praying for Kristen and Eli, and I thank you for sharing his sweet photo. Yes, he is a living angel and such a doll baby. What do love wonderful testimonies, Cheryl. Thank you! Love and blessings and prayers are sent to you.

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    1. Yes, dear friend, you surely prayed so much for Eli. I will never forget it and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your faithfulness. Sending love and blessings to you, too, and praying for you!

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  16. I remember praying for him, Happy birthday, Eli!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Rebecca! God bless you for praying!

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  17. I don't seem to have made it over here for a while but I'm glad I saw your post today! I remember praying for Kristen and Eli and I'm so glad they are doing well. I can hardly believe it's been a whole year! The picture is adorable! Happy Birthday to him and blessings to you all!

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    1. Oh, I'm so thankful you came by for a visit, Lesley! It is always such a blessing to see that you have stopped by. I so appreciate your kind words and encouragement and especially your faithful prayers. Many blessings back to you, my friend.

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  18. Isn't the faithfulness of the Lord SOO GOOD! So thrilled to see this darling picture of little Eli, and so very thankful that His little life was kept safe in the hands of the Lord throughout the scary pregnancy. So very thankful and rejoicing with you to see his picture at 1 year old! Such wonderful scriptures that you shared that we can hang onto, and cling to in times of need. Our Lord is so faithful and good to us! Praying for you and your sweet family, we must chat soon... it's been too long! Hugs and blessings to you sweet friend!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend! Your prayers and support have meant so much to us! Now, we can rejoice together! It surely has been a while since we got to talk. Time just slips away from us so quickly, and we are powerless to slow it down. Sending many hugs and blessings back to you today!!

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  19. Oh Cheryl, What a precious, precious little boy! And such a cutie! He looks like he has the sweetest spirit!

    You brought the biggest smile to my face with this post! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Rejoicing with you and your family on such a sweet testimony of God's love and faithfulness.

    Thanks for the encouraging Scripture verses as well!

    Sending you much love.

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