It was a warm, sunny October afternoon when our guests arrived to pray for Elizabeth. We were enjoying the hint of color appearing in the trees in the front yard and the gentle breeze. By 5:20 PM, we had gathered around Elizabeth as she sat comfortably in the middle of our family room. We felt grateful for all the prayer that had already been offered on her behalf, and hopeful about how God might use the prayer and anointing to heal her. (Why? See “She needs your prayers“)
Our family is so thankful for the many people who have prayed, fasted, and invited others to pray for healing! We tangibly felt God’s love through the texts, emails, phone calls and cards telling us of even whole families fasting and praying on her behalf.
So, how did God work?
Elizabeth has experienced a marked improvement in her balance, vision and noise tolerance. Both her doctors have said she is doing better than they have ever seen her do. Elizabeth’s capacity to do more around the house and spend time with others also significantly improved through October and into November. Praise God for all of these developments!
The doctors in Columbus and Dayton both agreed that another round of intensive sensory integration therapy would be the best course of action. She started it on November 17. It will run at least through December 15th. Please continue to pray:
- for the therapy to help her brain to completely heal
- for her to feel God’s presence and love
- for her ability to read and think again without intense pain
- for her ability to resume some kind of schooling
We have felt overwhelmed by your love and support for Elizabeth and for us as you offered a sacrifice of prayer.
“May [their] prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of [their] hands as the evening offering. Psalm 141:2
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the improvement Elizabeth has experienced, and also for you, our dear friends and family who are supporting us in this journey.
It seemed like it took a half hour for Ellie to get through security at the airport on Saturday. She had a bunch of change in her book bag. You know how it is working with the TSA. As we walked out of the airport, I remember thinking, here we go! Part of me trusts the Lord for everything that will go on during the next twelve days of the St. Petersburg, Russia English Camp. At same time, the list of things that could happen grows every time I consider the possibilities. So even though it’s Ellie’s third project, I find myself at the same crossroads. Do I put on the shoes of readiness from Eph. 6:15 as a part of the Armor of God and experience the gospel of peace, or do I choose the path of anxiety?
The New Testament definition for anxiety means to be “double- minded.” I realize from this point until Ellie returns is out of my control. Parents often face this situation. I also realize worrying will not make a difference and will only ruin my day, so I need to decide to give this to God, flee the temptation (1 Cor. 10:13), and trust the Lord (Prov. 3:5-6). The only way I can do this is to pray and ask the Lord to fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit to believe in Him.
Lord, thank you for your Word, and the power to experience victory over worry. If you relate to being double-minded or dealing with anxiety, click on “Why Worry?”.
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Karen and I pray you are doing well. Take a few minutes to relax and remember why we are celebrating Christmas on Sunday. If your family is like ours, there is so much to do to prepare for Christmas. It can be very hectic and stressful because of all the preparations, family traditions, and travel expected to visit our families. Know that we are praying this will be a Christmas that is filled with revelation of how much Jesus loves us.
I ran across an interesting and entertaining portrayal of Jesus’ birth about a month ago that you will enjoy and also be able to share with your friends who do not know Christ. It could be a great conversation starter. The YouTube clip below only runs about 4 minutes. Enjoy!
Enjoy, relax and have a Merry Christmas. If you enjoyed this clip please leave a comment. We would love to hear from you.
Two weeks ago we shared about AIA’s 4th Annual International Coaching Academy and asked you to “pray for openness to the truth of Jesus, for those who do not know Him to personally surrender their lives to Him.” Thank you–your prayers have been answered! At the start of the academy everyone was challenged to love one another. Each day, through activities that included team times, devotionals, practices, and training, the Holy Spirit was at work. Coach Kelly, (AIA) was amazed how quickly this group bonded and learned to communicate, even when no translators were present. On Tuesday of week two, the real story of Christ was shared and through this story and a gospel message nine coaches accepted Christ as their Savior! Most of the attendees said they never heard the real story of Christ nor did they know it was possible to combine their faith and love of sports to honor the Lord and share His love with others around them.
Will you now join us in praying again over the coming weeks and months “for the impact they will have on universities around the world?” The enemy will be working diligently to take away what God has accomplished through this academy. These men literally will be in a position to impact generations to come in their homelands.