Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Time Draws Near - PLEASE Keep Praying!

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
2 Timothy 1:7

Happy 4tof July!
I am SO grateful to God for being born in this amazing land of the free.
It is with deep gratitude that I observe this Independence Day and reflect upon the many brave souls who have given their all to preserve that freedom and hand it down to you and me.
My own dear Dad was a brave soldier, and Kevin's Dad is one of the few still-living World War II veterans.
God bless each one who has served or is actively serving and selflessly putting their lives on the line each and every day to protect the liberty we hold so close to our hearts.


I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done and given in response to the Cooper Family's need.
It is SO deeply and genuinely appreciated.

There are no words to express gratitude for your prayers, kind words, and generous giving towards Megan's funeral expenses.
If anyone feels led to contribute to the remaining balance owed, you may do so, by clicking on this link.
To all of of you who have donated through the youcaring site or sent funds directly to the funeral home or to the family,
we cannot thank you enough.
My heart is deeply touched and moved by the love and compassion of God's people.
It is a beautiful, precious thing to see.
May the dear Lord bless each one of you in a very special way.
Please do continue to keep this precious family in your prayers.


I also want to thank you for every prayer you have prayed for my dear niece, Kristen,
through her long and very hard ordeal.
I can't believe it is down to just one more day of waiting!!!!!
Lord willing, she will give birth to her precious baby boy at around 9:00 am tomorrow,
Wednesday, 7/5/2017.

These past several months have felt like an eternity.
I can't even imagine how hard and long they have been for Kristen.
Fear has been a continual and ever foreboding opponent.
So many times, I have fallen to my knees and, from a heart filled with fear,
 begged the dear Lord for mercy upon Kristen and her dear baby.
And, each and every one of those times, God has so graciously extended that mercy.
He has brought her through so many ups and downs, and now we near the time of the grand entrance of this little guy for whom we have all so diligently prayed.

I am glad God doesn't turn away from us because of our fear.
I am ever grateful that His love for us is unconditional,
and He steadfastly keeps every promise He ever made, regardless how faithless and unbelieving we can be sometimes.

Seeing what God has already done, watching Him come on the scene time after time,
feeling the presence of His comforting Spirit, and being a witness to His answers to prayer 
gives me faith to believe that all will go well with both mother and baby tomorrow.

Since Kristen had to stop her blood thinning medication to prepare for the upcoming c-section, they are telling her that she is at high risk for another blood clot from now until 48 hours after birth.
Then, she will go back on blood thinners and will still remain at risk for the next three months.

I am so thankful to know that God is bigger than all of our risks.
He holds this universe in His mighty hands, and He is ever in control over everything that happens in our lives.
Our eyes are upon Him for continued healing, protection, and mercy.

"My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."
Psalm 121:2

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I am believing God that the next time I post here, it will be a post of praise to our dear and loving Lord for the way He brought Kristen and her baby through!!!
Tomorrow is the day!!!!!!
My family and I deeply appreciate your prayers at this time.


  1. Dear Cheryl,
    Oh what a testimony that you and your family are walking through now! These prayers from around the world have been such a beautiful picture of the Body of Christ! I will be praying for your niece and her baby tonight, and tomorrow. May the Lord bring them safely to new life! Thank you for faithfully sharing these prayer requests. Hugs and Blessings to you!

    1. Amen, sweet sister! The power of God will be made manifest tomorrow, I just know it! Yes, I am SO grateful for all of the precious prayers and support so many have shown to us, including you! Thank you ever so much, and may God just bless you abundantly! Much love and gratitude to you, my friend. :)

  2. Happy 4th of July! May the heart of God be in her people.

    Praying for Cooper's and Kristen and the baby. Praying for health and safety. What an ordeal...

    1. Thank you so much, brother. You will never know how much we appreciate you and your support and prayers. You are such a blessing to us! We trust God will bless you and your family.

  3. Good Morning Cheryl,
    Happy Fourth of July week and continued loving prayers for you, your family and Cooper's and Kristen's baby. Waiting news on the birth of this precious angel.
    Friendship and Hugs,

    1. Thank you so much, Jemma! All is well, praise God! Thank you for your prayers...they are so appreciated, my friend!

  4. I was just looking for the title of that Chris Tomlin song because it was on my mind this morning and now I see it here! :-)

    Rejoicing with you friend! Oh our God is so faithful!

    1. Oh, He surely is, sweet friend! Thank you so much for your love and support!! Sending much love to you today!