Monday, June 29, 2009

A Day of Trials, A Day of Victory

Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Last night showed some promise for Jonathan. After so many days of being in pain and not wanting to go anywhere, he wanted to go to Costco and get a soft frozen yogurt. Once we got there, he decided he would try a piece of pizza also. Cutting the pizza into very small bite size pieces, he was able to eat the whole thing except the crust. This was such a praise after several days of hardly eating anything because his mouth and throat hurt so bad. Things were looking up.

This morning though, began a day of trials beginning with Jonathan feeling horrible again and not being able to eat. Then, to top it off, Erin's bunny (Cheddar) died this morning in her hands. We believe Cheddar had been sick since we got him but he was showing progress and seemed to be getting better until this morning. So, I sat with her and tried to comfort her. Jim talked to her on the phone and told her we could see about getting a bird which was another animal she wanted. Well, if anyone knows Erin, they know that she wanted to go right away to get the bird. So, Jim came home and he took the Cheddar away and Erin and I went the a pet store with a friend to picked out a parakeet whose name is now Tweeter. He is a very calm bird and is already allowing her to hold him and take care of him. The thing about this story that is amazing is what happened this afternoon when our Spanish tutor, Juan, came over. Erin told him about Cheddar and made a comment that when something bad happens, sometimes something good can come out of it like the fact that she got a bird. He immediately grabbed on to what she was saying and repeated it saying he would have to remember that. So, we went through our lesson and at the end, Juan asked if I would pray for him. You see, his girlfriend, whom he wanted to marry, broke up with him and he was very hurt by this. He knows we are Christians and so I was able to pray for him. I then invited him to church and he said he would come. Please pray that nothing stands in the way of this. Later on this evening, I was able to share with Erin how God used Cheddar to open a door to minister to Juan. Then tonight when she was praying, she thanked God that he used Cheddar in that way. What a precious moment.

Well, Jonathan continued to get worse as the day went on. He only ate a small bowl of yogurt to day and an even smaller bowl of Sorbet. He said his mouth now has sores on his tongue and on the roof of his mouth. Throughout the day, James 5:14 kept coming to mind which says, "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up." I decided I needed to act on this and called around to some of our friends to see who could come and pray for Jonathan with us. We had two people come and pray over Jonathan with us and more (who couldn't come) praying from their homes. I had really felt that this was a spiritual attack and so had Jim. You know if Satan can't get to the parents, then why not get to the children of the parents. Jonathan hadn't even spoke more than a dozen words today because it hurt too much to talk. One of the things Kate mentioned after she had prayed for Jonathan was that she was seeing this as a spiritual attack. She prayed that God would remove any fear that Jonathan had over the situation. She was seeing the same thing as I was. God is so cool!

After Kate and Marty left, Jonathan began talking. In fact he talked to his friend on the phone for about five minutes. That was more than he had talked all day and he continued to talk after that point. He then sat down with Jim and ate some grapes and within two hours after we prayed for him, he was brave enough to try to remove the tooth that was coming out and causing all the problems. Now the tooth is out and the adult tooth underneath can come up as normal.

Praise the Lord! What a boost of faith for both kids today. What Satan meant for destruction, God turned around and use for building more faith in them. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We know God is using us here and Satan does not like it. Thank you for all the prayers that have been lifted so far. God is good, all the time!


Mom of thirteen said...

Awesome! Sorry to hear about the bunny, but what a great story of how God uses all things for His glory! And, so thankful that Jonathan is feeling better after being prayed over!

Miss you all,

Unknown said...


I think Jesus is just looking for ways to draw us all deeper into trusting him - even your kids. What a blessing to see how much life comes out of so much pain. He truly is an awesome God. Bless you all!


Alexis said...

Thank you for posting! I am so happy to hear he is feeling better and that event hough her precious bunny is gone, she was able to minister to someone else who had a loss too. Blessings to your family!