Just a quick, mid-stay update – Caleb is doing great this week! We were talking about what God has been doing for us lately and how obvious it is for anyone that watches our situation to know that He exists and that He loves us so much.
He shared with me that he was concerned about the area where they operated on his leg earlier this year to remove what was left of the little sliver of tumor. The surgeon told us that because of the trauma to the nerve during the surgery (but he didn’t sever it like he had said was inevitable!), he would experience some numbness for months and maybe even years.
I told Caleb that God promised us in His word that if He began the good work in our lives, He would carry it completion. Philippians 1:6 says, “And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” (AMP)
Lingering numbness is not completeness. So I reached over and grabbed his leg, and before I could say “Father,” I felt it. The presence of God moved into the hospital room and the power of God moved through my hands. As I started to pray, Caleb told me the feeling had returned! I didn’t even get to quote the promise scripture we were standing on or say “In Jesus’ name.” He immediately felt it and so did I!
Today, my spiritual father and pastor, Rich Bowen, came to visit us at the hospital. Caleb could not wait to tell him what had happened. He rejoiced with us and thanked God for meeting every need – spiritual, financial, and physical! Right when Pastor got here, Caleb got hungry. During the weekly stays in the hospital, he does not have much appetite. So when he said that, I told Pastor I would run down and get him something while he felt like eating. He offered to go get us something (yes, he’s awesome), but I told him I could run and do it and he could visit with Caleb while I ran downstairs. Caleb said they had a great time of talking about dirt bikes and Camp Rainbow. Of course, that meant that Caleb did all the talking, I’m sure! We are so blessed with a wonderful pastor. In this day and age, it is great to have a spiritual father that loves his people and gives so selflessly. New Hope is so very blessed.
The boys are enrolled in the Georgia Cyber Academy – the online public school offered by the state. Last week, we had a computer die on us. Our other computers are really old. Caleb wanted and needed a new laptop for him and Joshua to do school online with. The computers they were working on were 5 and 8 years old respectively. I didn’t say anything about it on this blog because you people have history of finding out we need something and running out and getting it! I did not want to misuse or abuse your generosity, and especially do not want to manipulate anyone by mentioning it knowing someone would provide it, so we just prayed about it and believed God would provide.
Today, I got a call from the social worker for the kids in the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology department. She somehow found out about our need for a computer for school. There is a computer company of some sort that helps out in these situations that she knew of. She contacted them, told them about our situation, and they are sending Caleb a new laptop to use on a two-year lease at no charge to us!
These last couple of weeks have been so awesome. We have seen God do some awesome things in our lives! Are we special? Absolutely not! Are we favored? Yes! As God’s children, we ALL are favored and blessed! The Bible says that God is no respecter of persons. In other words, He doesn’t play favorites among His children. You have just as much right to receive healing or to have your needs provided as we do. We have done nothing special other than to stand unwavering on His promises. Even when doubters and scoffers come along, we hold on to the truths of God’s Word. What God has done for us, He will do for others, too.
I don’t share these things to draw attention to us. I share them to encourage you – that in YOUR situation, God can make a way when there seems to be NO way. He has saved my son from death. He healed him completely and miraculously, so that even the doctors would be amazed! He provided for us in our time of need. You (and me! -we still have a lot of medical bills although the journey is almost over!) can trust Him, depend on Him, believe His Word, and KNOW that He is for us and not against us. He’s not mad at us for the mistakes we’ve made in life – He’s mad ABOUT us!
We are still standing in faith for where there is still need. We are still standing in faith for healing and restoration. I haven’t shared this with many people, but I’ll share it here. Our faith was really stretched during this journey, as most of you know. But God did not disappoint. Now I feel led to stretch my faith further. I am believing for the God that heals us (He is Jehovah-Rapha!) and the God of restoration to completely restore the bone that was removed from Caleb’s leg. Does that sound ludicrous? Maybe. But I’m believing for it. I’ve got the pictures from the hospital to prove that the bone is not there. One day I will have the pictures to prove it IS there.
Thanks again for your love, support, and especially your prayers. We love you guys and could not have made it this far without you. Our God is greater…
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” -Ephesians 3:20