Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Judah is by far the happiest baby I have ever seen! I mean, this child is just unreasonably & abnormally happy! He smiles more often than not, and laughs at almost nothing. This morning Eli "shot" Jared with a Bionicle. When Jared made his "Oh, I'm shot" noise, Judah just started crackin' up! So, of course, Eli just kept things rolling:)
Friday, May 21, 2010
Developmentally Judah has made more progress. He's able to hold his head up for longer periods of time and look around. When he's on his tummy he can push his head and shoulders up off the floor and look around, too! And he's an expert at rolling from his tummy to his back...since the little stinker doesn't really like to be on his tummy. He's transferring toys from one hand to another, he's putting his pacifier in his mouth by himself, and he's becoming more vocal. No new sounds yet, but he's definitely trying to communicate more...with his body language, too:) He doesn't like taking any food from a spoon, but he loves biter biscuits. Dip it in baby food and he likes that, too! He has a hard time sitting up straight. I'm not sure if he has difficulty breathing in that position because of the lower muscle tone, but it's obviously uncomfortable for him and he lets me know. So, he's getting a special adjustable chair from his therapists that will allow him to sit in a somewhat reclined position, gradually moving him into a completely upright position. The goal is to get him off his back on the floor and into an upright position on a more regular basis. I've been working with his feet a lot, thanks to the help and recommendations from his PT. He hasn't been able to put any weight on his legs or feet, but after 2 weeks of focusing on that he actually pushed against the floor and put weight on his legs and feet when his PT stood him up on Wednesday - yay, Judah!!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
The message was based on Romans 12:12, focusing on suffering.
1. Suffering strengthens character
- Rom. 8:28-29, 5:1-5; James 1:2-4
- It develops spiritual maturity (something that a "pleasant" life does not accomplish)
- If we respond in the right way, suffering will soften our hearts
2. Suffering deepens our compassion
- 2 Cor. 1:3-4
- God knows us intimately in our suffering and comforts us. Because of the comfort we
receive from Him, and because of Christ in us, we are able to comfort others
3. Suffering, handled with grace, strengthens others
- Phil. 1:21-24
- Our lives become proof that God really does care
- Our lives encourage others to persevere
- Eph. 3:10
- Our lives glorify God before an invisible spiritual world
This verse and principle was new to me. I don't think I had ever heard this before, but it's really cool! To think that the way I handle suffering is being observed from the spiritual world is...humbling...overwhelming...a little daunting. Even when I'm all alone, and I think no one is watching, no one remembers, these beings are "glued to the set". Who am I to warrant any attention like this? I am His bride, made in His image, a picture of His grace and glory. Wow.
- He then shared a quote from Joni Erickson Tada that was amazing. She wrote about a man
who suffered alone in his home, and yet he wasn't really alone. He silently gave glory to
God before the spiritual realm. It was a pretty powerful example.
4. Suffering raises our confidence in Christ
- What was once just words and promises we read in Scripture about God's faithfulness and
goodness, etc. become conviction
- It raises our confidence in God's faithfulness (trial after trial produces a deep & abiding
confidence; one that only suffering can produce)
Now that I see this "on paper", I see that I really didn't do this justice. How do I share this message that was so powerful to me, and spoke so poignantly to my heart?! These are some of the thoughts that I had as Pastor Steve was teaching:
*Jared & I have gone through several significant trials, and have experienced pain and suffering we never thought would be ours. As we look back it's obvious to see that God only allowed what we could bear (which He actually bore for us) at the time. Each trial was progressively harder, but because of what God taught us and faithfully brought us through, we were prepared for the next. Well, as prepared as we needed to be.
* I DO NOT want these last 18 months to be wasted! I want my heart to be soft. I want to be marked by my compassion for others who are suffering. I want to be known for a gracious spirit. I want to reach out to others and be used by God to bring about change for someone else. This experience with Judah has been a phenomenal one in so many ways, and I want God to use it to the fullest!
*I think the statement that could best be used to describe the purpose of suffering is this: Suffering deepens our intimacy with Christ and our passion for Him. It gives us an acute awareness of our desperate need for Him!
After the service Rob led us in this song. Definitely a new favorite!
In Judah, God has given me a clear picture of the preciousness and beauty of life. Regardless of the circumstances, every child is a blessing, a gift. Every child is inestimably valuable because he is created in the image of God and loved by Him. This is why we're collecting items for the AAA Crisis Pregnancy Center here in Omaha for Judah's birthday. We want to share this message of Love with others.
Judah's life is so precious to us; priceless, a gift in every sense of the word. We are going to CELEBRATE!! Won't you join us?
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Another thankfully: the blood they needed only required a finger poke! A piece of cake, considering:)
The prayer in this area of Judah's health continues to be that the antibiotics will keep him infection-free so that he can avoid a surgical repair until age 5. And I'm praying that there won't be any need for another catheter until his next VCUG a year from now.
Thanks, Lord, for coming with us today. For lovingly holding Judah in Your hands...and me, too. Thanks for caring about the details...every one that's so complicated for this little lion. Thanks for placing faithful women in my life that love You and me and Judah. I love You, and I'm so relieved and comforted to know You!