Health Update: Let me start by saying that Dillon is feeling better. He seems to be fully recovered. The ER called me a few days later and told me he had the flu. Who knew?! JayDonn has the flu now. He has had very little to eat for 4 days, he has been vomiting and all too. He has been drinking a lot though. Last night his fever was 102. He is not active at all, all he wants to do is sit with us on our laps. My little man is sick and it is so hard to see him this way.
Answer to Prayer: We have been fighting the insurance company for over a year for a medical bed for Dillon so he won't get stuck in the crib slats when he has seizures. They kept telling me no - to just put bumper pads around the crib. Finally last week we got a phone call "You have been approved for the sleep safe bed!" AMEN!!! Click HERE to see what this bed is like. This is a huge huge blessing.
We had an awesome time in the House of God last week for a 3-day revival meetings with Evangelist Morris Gleiser. His messages were excellent. The weekend before I was heart broken and discouraged. (again....) Dillon has been doing some things that I am not sure what it is, but don't like the looks of it. He has been trying to turn himself into a backwards "C" (the back of his head and his heels are trying touch). His legs are also getting tighter and tighter and sometimes crossing at the ankles. I was discouraged. Hours and hours of therapy and this is still happening. Then we went into the mini revival - just what I needed. Bro. Gleiser's message on PRAYER was straight from God for me. Please click on the link on the word prayer and listen to it. It is very good. It will convict you, challenge you, and encourage you.
I can think BIG - I can dream BIG, but do I expect God to answer my prayers? Hummm. Do YOU expect God to answer your prayers or do you fall into the trap I do of praying but having doubt that God will answer you? Bro Gleiser used the story of when Peter was in jail and they were holding a prayer meeting (Tiffany version)...
"God please get Peter get out of jail! We need him Lord! Please make it possible for him to get out of jail!"
knock, knock, knock.
"Hey everyone, it's Peter!"
"Shhh be quiet girl, it can't be Peter, he is in jail. God, please will you get Peter out of there?"
"But he is out! He's here!"
They weren't expecting God to answer their prayer. God wants us to have faith that He hears us and will answer us. I have seen this in my life. I have been praying for over a month now that God would provide a way for us to do umbilical cord stem cells therapy with Dillon. (I'll explain all about it in another post) This therapy is very very expensive and not covered by insurance. I have been praying, "God, please if this is something you want us to do, You will have to provide the money! I don't have it!" I kept thinking of the song that says My Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills. My Father owns everything on this Earth - if He wants us to have the $25,000 to do this therapy He CAN and WILL provide it. I did not tell people about my prayers. I think I told Josiah and I told my nurse. I was telling her, well If I am praying this way I need to start working on getting passports because I know He is going to answer and I better be ready for it. And I actually DID believe He was going to provide it!
Well, I am humbled to tell you, that a family who did not know anything of my prayers came to us a little over a week ago and told us they are making a major donation towards this umbilical cord stem cell therapy we wanted to try with Dillon. AMEN! What an answer to prayer! I was so excited, not just because of the money - although that donation made me speechless - not just because of the generosity of this sweet young couple - because I am so humbled that people would be so giving and selfless to try to help my family - but because this was a specific prayer request that I had brought before God and He answered! I want to continue live this way. I want to take a need before God and wait - expectantly - for His answer. There are sometimes my request will not be in His will, but sometimes it will be and I want to see Him work in my life and make it so clear that it is of Him!
Last Tuesday I took some cans to some local stores to see if I could place it there asking the community for help to provide the money to go. Today Friendly's in Pottstown called me to tell me to come get my can - it was getting full! They told me I can keep it there for as long as I want. I am praying that God will provide the money if He wants us to go to China for stem cells. I can't make it happen. I can't make people give. I can't go out and work to make it as that would not be good for my family. I can't earn it from home - I have tried to do my own business time and time again and God has proven to me that those truly were my own business - He wasn't in them or blessing them. However, in a little more than a weeks time He has provided just over 25% of the money we need!
God has been teaching me lesson after lesson ever since my precious little boy came into this world. I think He might be teaching me how to pray and expect Him to answer me. To have faith, to have a REAL prayer life. Not a prayer life of "God thank you for this food, bless it to our bodies. Be with us today. Amen." No, not that, but a real prayer life where I can talk with Him and know He is listening to me. To have real faith - the kind of faith that the Bible says can move mountains. And believe me - raising over $25,000 for Dillon and I to go to China for about a month, and for me to be brave enough to go, would be moving mountains - at least in my books it is!
I promise I will gather info together for you all soon on the cord blood stem cells and put it in another post. I don't know how to end this post other than to say will you pray with me? Not only for the money to come in, and not just that we would see some real improvement in Dillon after the therapy, but also that my faith would grow in all this. That my life would be forever changed after seeing God work in such a might way.
Think BIG - Pray BIG - Rejoice BIG!