Friday, August 21, 2015

Baby Obed - ONE YEAR LATER...and Many Other Updates!!

"Now unto God and our Father be glory forever and ever. Amen."
Philippians 4:20

Spoiler Alert!!!
There is lots of cuteness in this post!!!
Get ready to SMILE, and give glory to our great and awesome GOD!!!

Just look at this little guy!

And, here is a special message from Obed's Daddy, Travis!

"Obed continues to flourish. 
He has grown so much! ,
He's sitting up on his own, starting to pull himself up, 
say "Mama", and shake his head "no". :)
His pediatrician said he may skip crawling and go straight to walking. 
Right now he scoots around while sitting up.
Obed turned one last month. 
We celebrated his 1st birthday with our local church. 
Honestly, this was a day my wife, and I, at times, thought we would never see. 
God has been so good to us and we are just so blessed to be his mommy and daddy 
and to watch him grow each and everyday.

Thank you all so much for the fervent prayers and concern. 
Most of you we have never met, but we want each and everyone of you to know that we are eternally grateful for you caring about Obed and the rest of our family."

-The Walters family

Oh, that face!
Is precious even a strong enough word?
I can't wait to see the little guy and get to hold him again!
What a living, breathing miracle and testimony to the power of our awesome God!!

I am so thankful the worst is behind this dear family,
and all that is left now is a scar.

God bless them.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed for this baby.
I hope I live to see him grow up and live out the amazing plan that I know God has for his life.

For those of you who are new to Homespun Devotions,
you are welcome to read Baby Obed's story by clicking on the links below.

Baby Daxton

Daxton before being released from the hospital

Little Daxton's story is truly another miracle!
It is amazing to see how God is bringing this dear baby through his circumstances.
Just read his Mama's words...
Post shunt surgery day 3
"Mr. Daxton is still having kind of a tough time with recovery. He's been sort of moody and wants to be held constantly. He's also developed a fever today, but we're hoping it's just a reaction from his 2 month shots. But with any kid that has a shunt, the doctor said their first concern is with infection from the shunt, and you know fever is the first sign of infection. But they're monitoring Daxton very closely and have done a chest x-Ray and are going to do some blood cultures. I just wanted to update everyone and ask for prayer that Dax isn't getting an infection. 

Thank you for your prayers! 

We love you, we appreciate you, & we pray that God will bless you!"
Update August 4, 2015
"Daxton is doing great today. Neuro came and took his dressings off his shunt incision, and they said it looked great. He also finished up his vaccinations today and surgery is supposed to come tomorrow and change out Dax's g tube from the malecot to the button. Then his nurse said all that's really left to do is his car seat test, & we should be good for going home! We're so excited! Hopefully we'll be updating you from the comfort of our home by the weekend! Praise God!"
Update August 5, 2015
"We're being released tomorrow!!! Daxton has passed his car seat test & his hearing exam. Now we're waiting for someone from surgery to come put in his mic button. Tomorrow morning we'll do pictures and finish with follow ups from heart & neuro, then we should be good to head HOME!!! We can't wait. Praise God for getting us here. It felt like this would never come. We feel so blessed and are so thankful for everyone's prayers & donations. Thank you all so much! 

We love you, & we pray that God blesses you immensely!"
Update from home!
"Daxton is doing wonderful. I think he enjoys being home as much as we do. He is doing great with his feedings and is producing dirty diapers like a champ, lol. We have a follow up appointment with our pediatrician on Monday, and then we have to go back to Louisville on the 14th for a follow up with neuro to check Dax's shunt incision. 

We are so blessed! 

We love you, we appreciate you, and we're prayin' God blesses you!"

So, as you can see, Baby Daxton is now home!!!
All glory to God for keeping His eye and hand upon this little one.

Precious Daxton at home...finally, all glory to God!

This update from 8/15 came in later...
"Daxton's appointment with neuro went great today. 
They said his stitches looked great, and he's now clear to ride in his swing and take baths!!! 
We love you all! God bless!"

Please do continue to lift Daxton and his family in prayer,
as they adjust to life at home caring for him.

To read previous posts about Baby Daxton, click the links below.

If you would like to donate to this dear family's needs,
please click here.
Baby Raygen

Baby Raygen's aunt reports that he is doing wonderful!
He is growing, and he is not having any difficulties, praise God!
They are very thankful for every prayer prayed for them.
Just look at the little, healthy-looking guy!!

What a cutie-pie!
Praise God for another answered prayer!!!!!

If you would like to read Baby Raygen's whole story, click the links below.

Jakob Cooper

And, remember the 18 year old who was involved in the four-wheeler accident?

Here he is with his family!

His girlfriend, Ciara has this to report about him.

"He is doing a lot better.
He still has to have another surgery to replace his skull.

He has speech and occupational therapy twice a week.

Doctors say they think he will make a full recovery.

He is up and walking and everything is pretty much back to normal.

He just struggles with word processing, and the pronunciation of certain words. 

He goes for a CT scan on August 24th to see if the bleed resolved itself,

to see if the swelling has gone down, and also to measure him for his skull replacement."

It is amazing to see what God has done for Jakob and how far He has brought him since the accident!
It sounds like he still has a little ways to go and is facing another operation.
Please keep Jakob in your continued prayers,
and praise God for all He has already done!

If you would like to read Jakob's full story, click on the links below.

Connie Flanders

As you can plainly see, God has done amazing things for this dear lady!
She has been able to resume a normal life, after the many months she spent in the hospital.

I spoke to my dear friend, Chris Thompson, and she says
Connie seems to be in good health, and she is excited about being active and living. 
 She says that all the glory goes to God.

It did my heart good to see her looking so healthy in these pictures!
Just a few short months ago, looking through human eyes, 
this would not have been even a remote possibility.

But, God, in His infinite mercy and love, not only spared Connie's life,
but has allowed her to resume normal living.

What an awesome God we serve!
If you have not read Connie's entire story, you may do so by clicking on the links below.

And, if you would like to read about the special day I got to meet
Chris Thompson and Connie Flanders, you can do so by clicking here!!

Taylor McGinnis

Little Taylor is doing well, praise God!
 The leukemia is in remission. 
She is still continuing her chemo treatments until the treatment protocol is complete.

Just to express how precious this little girl is, I am including part of a recent email in which 
Chris was talking about her.

"This past Easter she was so excited about going to church. 
 At first, she was a few pews away from the front. 
Someone sat in front of her, so she told her grandma that they had to move to the front,
 so she could see better. 
 She also asked the preacher if she could come up and say a few things. 
 She talked about God's love and how she loved everyone. 
 She is such a special little girl. 
 My aunt and uncle went to visit her on July 4th. 
 She was so excited about their visit that she told them that she'd be sitting outside waiting for them. She is overflowing with love!"

What a little sweetheart!

Please continue to pray for Taylor, asking God to make her completely well.
He has already done amazing things for her!!

To read more about Taylor's story and progress, please click on the links below.

James Furrow

James is now cancer-free, praise God!!!!!

And, God has blessed him to lose 30 pounds of fluid since his operation!
He does still need continued prayers, as he became very sick the other day 
and had to be taken to the ER.
He is suffering from pancreatitis, which is extremely painful.
The doctors say it will resolve on its own.
So thankful we know the Great Physician Who is able to make it happen!!

Please do keep James, his wife, Lisa, and their family in your continued prayers.

If you would like to read previous posts on James, click the links below.

And, in case you missed it in the last post, click here for an update on the Brown Family.

I am thoroughly convinced that there is great power in prayer.
And I am eternally grateful for your faithfulness and support in praying alongside me.

Together, we have shared in the carrying of many burdens over the course of this blog.

You have repeatedly fulfilled the law of Christ spoken about by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 6:2.
"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."

We have proven, together, that James 5:16 is absolutely true.
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

All glory be to God for all He has done in the lives of the ones for whom we have prayed!!!!
He is an awesome and a mighty God, Who
"is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think..."
Ephesians 3:20

"Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of his power.
Praise Him for his mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD."
Psalm 150:1-6

Please give God the praise with me, 
and please keep praying!


  1. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude to read all these praise reports! Thanks for being a prayer warrior, Cheryl. Our God is so amazing!
    Love you!

    1. YES!!! All glory be to God for the great things He has done!!!! Thank you for warring in prayer right along beside me, sweet friend. Love you so much!

  2. my heart smiles due to these praise reports ,praying with you. you are such a faithful prayer warrior, bless you.

    1. God bless you, too, sweet friend. So very thankful to you for your support and encouragement and prayers. I am praying for you and Eddie, too. Much love to you. :)

  3. Love the praise reports! Such cute babies! xoxo I LOVE your heart for contending for others!

    1. Thank you, Caroline! I know one day soon, God is going to send you your own cute baby. I felt bad posting all the pictures, because I thought of all of the infertile ones who may read, including you, and it just breaks my heart for all of you. I KNOW and remember how it felt to see baby pictures. I continue to pray for you often and stand in faith with you for your miracle from God. Keep believing, sweet friend! Love and appreciate you so much!

  4. Hi Cheryl! God is good, and prayer matters. Thank you so much for these wonderful updates. You must be so happy to report them, and give Him the glory. I think it's important to see how God works for our good. We hear way too much bad news. This is needed!

    1. Oh, yes! I am SO happy to share good news!!!! To GOD be the glory!! May He bless you, sweet friend. :)

  5. HI Cheryl. I remember being in a weekly ladies group that always prayed for their husbands, families and those in need. The most amazing thing was the praise reports, the evidence of God's faithfulness to those who pray, His love for us in that He responds to prayer. I don't think we realize the amazing power there is in prayer. I absolutely love this post, full of good reports. God is a God of miracles.
    God bless

    1. I love praise reports! I think often of the blind man who Jesus healed and the question was asked, who sinned..this man or his parents to cause the blindness. Jesus told them it was to bring glory to God. We wonder why things happen, and there are things we will never understand, but when we can look back and see that God was glorified, it brings about a blessing to all who hear and witness the power of God. He is an awesome God Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think! Praise His name! It was SO nice to see that you had visited and commented, Tracy! So thankful you are blogging again. I missed your presence! Much love to you!

  6. Thank you darling Cheryl for remember them all, your heart is so very great, we have to think about this people, about their pain and about their victories, thanks God !

    Be blessed

    1. Thank you, sweet Dany! You are ALWAYS such a dear blessing when you stop by. :) God bless you abundantly, in return, my friend. :)

  7. Hi Cheryl,
    Thanks for stopping at my blog. I've really enjoyed my visit here and especially enjoyed reading you testimony regarding infertility. I have a sister - also named Cheryl and spelled just like yours. She and her husband also struggled with this, the circumstances were a little different, but the way God sustained them was not. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Oh, it was a real pleasure to visit your is so nice to "meet" you! Was your sister blessed with a baby of her own? I hope so. So thankful for your precious words of encouragement. God bless you, my new friend. :)

  8. Thanks for the update! I'm with you; God's hand is Supremely evident in the lives of these folks. I'm praying for all of them and for your ministry. I'm pondering the supernatural power of prayer. Thanks, sister.

    1. Oh, Floyd! I could never express how much your prayers mean to us! Thank you for your faithful life and your consistent sharing of our burdens and the ones mentioned here and our ministry. You are such a blessing...may God richly bless you, in return, brother.

  9. Such wonderful news Cheryl, thank you for lifting these dear people in prayer and also sharing their stories with us and giving us the opportunity to pray for them. GOD IS SO GOOD, ALL THE TIME. Praise his wonderful name. Blessings dear friends. Xxxx

    1. And thank YOU, sweet Terri, for helping to carry these burdens and pray for these dear ones! YES, big praises to our wonderful, awesome, amazing God! Much love to you, dear friend!

  10. Cheryl, what amazing examples of God's goodness. Thank you for bolstering my faith today!

    1. And thank you for stopping by to encourage me, Debbie. God bless you!

  11. I was getting chills as I read each update. WOW what an amazing amazing fabulous wonderful God we serve! I loved this post. I praise God with you & all of them! Glory be to the most high God!

    1. YES, dear Suzie!! He IS an awesome God! So very thankful for your prayers, encouragement, and support. Your visit was a blessing to me, as always. :)

  12. Hi Cheryl,
    Thank you for visiting my blog, so nice to meet you. Wow! What testimonies shared on this post...prayer is such a powerful thing! How nice of you to share.
    - Lori

    1. Yes, my friend, prayer IS the most powerful force and weapon we have. Praise God for it and to be able to come boldly to His throne any and every time we need to!! He is an awesome God. So thankful to meet you, too, Lori! God bless you, and come back anytime. :)

  13. My dear Cheryl, thank you for gracing my blog with your lovely's truly a delight to "meet" you :) I am very happy to follow your beautiful and oh-so-encouraging blog. I look forward to visiting again.

    I was greatly blessed by this post and the many answers to prayer....our God is so good and faithful and the lives of these dear individuals show His love and grace.

    May you have a blessed weekend, my "new" friend. Hugs!

    1. Oh, YOU, too, Stephanie! So very thankful you returned my visit! I LOVE your blog and enjoyed looking around there SO much!! it is just lovely and so full of the grace and sweetness of the Lord. I am so grateful for your following here, and may God richly bless you, my new friend!!! Many hugs to you, too. :)

  14. What absolutely incredible and powerful testimonies dear Cheryl! I was so encouraged to read through this post today, and praised the Lord along with you for all the miraculous events that have taken place because of prayer! Will definitely continue in prayer for these families, and for you and your precious family too! Much love and hugs dear friend!

    1. My dear friend, thank you ever so much for your precious comments, your sweet friendship, and your faithful prayers for all who are hurting. You bless my life in so many wonderful ways, and I could never thank the Lord enough for allowing our paths to cross in this blogging world. I hope you are getting settled in, and I am praying often for you. Love and appreciate you!

  15. Praise reports!! OH YAY! Thank you for following up on these dear people. It is amazing to see God work in situations that seem to be hopeless. He is indeed the Great Physician, and it's a wonder to watch what He does. It did my heart good to see all the smiles - maybe especially Baby Obed's! I can't help but wonder what miracles God is going to do in and through these precious children of His!


    1. I know what you mean...that face! I am SO thankful God has brought him and all of the others through and that He isn't finished with any of their amazing stories. I am looking for Him to continue to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or even think!!!! So happy to hear from you today, dear friend. :)