Tuesday, January 3, 2017

More Praises To God, 2nd Update on Kristen, and The Unveiling of a Dream

"I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude."
Psalm 109:30

This morning, our phone rang, and guess who it was?
My dear niece, Kristen!

All glory to GOD, she is breathing better today,
and she called with the most amazing news!

These were her exact words that made me cry like a baby and caused me to begin praising God right there on the phone....
"My doctor called with the results from my genetic testing, 
and I am going to a have a perfectly healthy baby BOY!"

Oh, glory, glory to His Name!!!!!

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Up to this point, we did not know the gender of the precious little one she is expecting, 
and, of course, we would have all been ecstatic, regardless which gender it turned out to be,
but it was so exciting to find out, and to hear the words, "perfectly healthy" in front of it
just made us greatly rejoice together!

GOD is hearing and answering your many prayers, dear friends!!
That is ALL there is to it.
Kristen is feeling better, the baby continues to thrive, in spite of all, 
and GOD deserves all of our praise, as always!

There are still major concerns, of course, and I wanted to share them with you and beg you to keep praying.
Kristen remains hospitalized, and the medicine that the doctors now have her on takes 6-7 months to work.
This means that she will have to continue to stay on it, via two daily self-injections, 
for the entire remainder of her pregnancy, and possibly, even a bit after that.
Needless to say, she is very concerned about the impact and effect this could potentially have on the dear baby she is carrying.
While they are telling her that it is low risk, any parent will understand the level of anxiety even "low risk" would cause an expectant parent to feel.

We know and realize that God does not need medication to heal.
We are pleading with Him to just dissolve this blood clot, in spite of what she is being told, and that He will continue to spare Kristen's life and not allow the blood clot to travel, 
and that He will just shield and protect the little guy and keep him safe all the way through a full-term pregnancy and perfectly smooth delivery.

Can we ask too much of our God?

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?"
Jeremiah 32:27

I know God has His all-seeing eye on Kristen and this baby.

"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."
Jeremiah 1:5

This morning, Kristen and I talked about the amazing testimony this little guy will have one day
and how she will have so many stories to tell him of the things GOD has brought him through!

I keep thinking of the time the blind man was brought to Jesus, and His disciples asked Him,
"Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him."
John 9:2-3

Sometimes, God allows hard things to happen in our lives, 
for the sole purpose of providing an opportunity to demonstrate His awesome power to fix our problems.

Even though it is hard to see right now, I truly believe, with all my heart, 
that this is the exact reason this is happening.
Literally hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people are hearing about Kristen's trial,
and that same number will hear about her victory and how GOD brought her and the baby through.

The One Who will receive ALL glory will be GOD.
To Him it is due.

In spite of man's mistakes and them being the cause of this trial in the first place,
God is going to turn this test into a major testimony of His goodness, power, and ability to heal.
In Jesus' name, I speak this and claim it!

Dear Suzanne McClendon left this comment today,
"I can't wait to read the birth announcement telling of a happy, healthy baby and mama when the time comes for her to be delivered. :)"

I could not agree more, Suzanne, and I can't wait to write that birth announcement, either!

So many of you have shared in the carrying of this burden, and I will be so happy and grateful when we can all share in the victory and rejoicing together when God answers all of our prayers!

I tell you, I have just wept as I continue to watch the overwhelming influx of emails that keep rolling in to our inbox and the precious comments you are consistently leaving here on the blog.
I want you to know that every, single prayer you pray and every, single act of kindness you extend to us is GREATLY appreciated by Kristen, Mike, Sandi, Kevin, Zach, the rest of our family, and me.
I have forwarded your emails on to Sandi, so she can feel your love and also share your dear words of comfort with Kristen and Mike.
To say that we are most grateful is a huge understatement.
I am completely humbled and blessed beyond words to know that there are so many who care,
who will pick up our burdens and help bear them to the throne of grace,
and who will reach out to us in love during this difficult time.

Kevin, Zach, and I were talking about this blogging journey and how many things have happened  in our lives during the time I have been writing Homespun Devotions.
It has touched us deeply, time after time, as so many of you have prayed for us and lifted us to the Father and stood by our sides through the good and bad.
Though we still haven't met many of you in person, you have become very dear to our hearts,
and we consider you precious friends.

Do you know what?
I am going to share a secret dream of ours with you.
It is a dream that has been brewing and simmering in the back of my mind for the past couple of years...a dream that Kevin and Zach share with me.
Our dream is for the three of us to do a blogging tour together.
To come and visit so many of you dear friends and meet you face to face in person.
To spend an hour or two with you and pray together over shared needs and burdens.
To help you in some way, if possible.
To maybe even share a cup of coffee or tea or possibly treat you to a meal at one of your favorite local restaurants.

Who knows?
Maybe this is one of the reasons God is freeing us up and continuing to deliver and free us from so much bondage and so many encumbrances.

Psalm 37:4 says,
"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

I believe that when we live our lives in perfect alignment with His heart and His Divine will,
He actually PLACES the desires in our hearts that He wants us to have, in the first place.

One day, I sat down and wrote out a list of the states where many of you live,
and I realized that it would be an amazing and extensive tour to come around and visit all of you.
It would be a big undertaking, but, hey, a girl can dream can't she?
Especially, when she is in personal relationship and on first-name-basis with the Dream Maker...
the Dream Giver...the Dream Originator Who placed the dream in her heart in the first place!

For now, we will continue to follow God's lead, as He steadily urges us to downsize, minimize, and let go of the excess in our lives.
We want to be ready for whatever He has for us to do next.
We've had the feeling that all of this preparation has been leading up to something great, 
and we want to redeem the time in between now and then and use it wisely,
so we are 100% ready when He reveals our next assignment.

So, may we all "occupy" until He comes.  Luke 19:13
May we all be found faithful!

Please keep Kristen and the baby and our family in your continued prayers.
You will never know how much we appreciate each and every one of you!
God bless you all and meet any needs you have at this time,
and if we can pray for you, specifically, please let us know.


  1. I'm so glad you came over and linked at The Fabulous January Party.
    There is a party every month. The theme changes monthly. There is a complete list on the blog.
    Each month the linky changes weekly so you can link every day for the theme of the month.

  2. Oh hallelujah praise the Lord!!
    Cheryl,this is such wonderful news, thank you for updating us.

    What a wonderful dream of yours♡

    1. Yes, sweet sister! We just praise the dear Lord for all He has done! Believing for even bigger and better things from His hand! Sending you love and hugs!

  3. This is so exciting to see the hand of God working in this precious babies life. Praise Him,Praise Him! Thank you so much for the update. I will be praying.

    1. Thank you so much, dear Betsy! We are so thankful. She is definitely not out of the woods, so we are most grateful for your continued prayers. Sending you love and hugs!

  4. "Sometimes, God allows hard things to happen in our lives, for the sole purpose of providing an opportunity to demonstrate His awesome power to fix our problems." Well said Cheryl.

    Still praying. And Praising God.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you ever so much, my friend! We so appreciate your prayers and support. God bless you abundantly!

  5. I hadn't seen your earlier posts, Cheryl, but have caught up with them now. I'm sorry you've had such a difficult start to the new year but I'm so glad to hear the news that things are improving and that the baby is healthy. I will be praying for Kristen and the baby as well as for you and the rest of the family.
    I also love your blog tour idea. I would love to meet some of my online friends in person someday too.

    1. Yes, praise the dear Lord! Thank you so much for your prayers for us. You just don't know how much they mean! Yes, wouldn't it be so neat to do a tour? I just think it would be so wonderful. We will see what God has in store!

  6. Praise the Lord for His goodness!
    Go further, Cheryl, and add the UK to your travel list!

    1. Oh, wouldn't that be wonderful! I would love to sit down and meet you and visit with you and your husband! Who knows what the Lord has in store? We want to follow Jesus where He leads. :) Thank you for your love and support, my friend.

  7. Hi Cheryl,
    What wonderful news you've received about your niece's baby! I have to agree that although we don't understand the reasons, God does sometimes choose to work a miracle through difficult circumstances.

    I think your idea of a blog tour across the country is intriguing -- sounds like a fun adventure -- and you could share your visits here on your blog! Happy new year!

    1. YES, praise the dear Lord for our wonderful news! OH, He is so worthy of our praise! Please keep Kristen in your prayers, we appreciate it so much! It would be such a fun thing to do a blogging tour...YES, I was thinking how neat it would be to share the adventure here with all of you. Just a dream, but, who knows, it may just happen one day! Happy New Year to you, too, my friend. I see a post in my inbox from you, and I can't wait to read it! I always love visiting your lovely blog!!

  8. Oh, Cheryl, praise God indeed for this wonderful answer to our prayers! And what a joy that the baby is a precious little boy! Will continue to pray that God would make this medication work for Kristen and not harm the baby in any way. Hugs, precious friend! xoxo

    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Ever so much! We appreciate your prayers more than we could ever say! Sending you love and hugs, sweet friend. :)

  9. Praise the Lord! Glory to God in the highest! Praise His holy Name! I look forward to reading more glorious updates. Cheryl, your dream.....Just make sure you put the north west panhandle of Florida on your list! I remember reading one of your posts, you were in a restaurant and you just wanted to strike up a conversation with someone in there. I was thinking how nice it would have been to be there, I would so enjoy chatting with you and I'm sure we would have enjoyed some sweet prayer time with our Savior!

    1. Amen, and amen!!!! YES, we are surely looking for the continuation of this miracle! Oh, Brenda! I was so touched by your words! We will definitely add the panhandle to our itinerary! It would be SUCH a joy to sit down with you and visit and, oh, the prayer we would pray together! I just know it would be a precious time! You just never know what the dear Lord may work out! Will definitely keep open to His will. Sending you love and hugs, dear friend. :)

  10. Wonderful news concerning Kristen and the baby BOY! :-)I will continue to pray.
    The blog tour idea sounds fun. If you come to MN you are most welcome to visit. :-)

    1. OH, we are so thankful for all God is doing! You will never know how much we appreciate your continued prayers!! Oh, Abbi! Thank you for the invitation, and I will definitely add MN to our list!! You just never know...you may get an email from me one day seeing if you have an hour or so to spend with us! God's will be done. :)

  11. Awesome news!!!!! So grateful for the answer to prayers. This reminds me of just how dependent we are on our Father for every daily breath.

    And a blogging tour? I love it! If you make it to the southwest you'll have to look me up! Hey… maybe you'll need a roadie?

    1. Yes, you are SO right, brother. We are completely dependent upon Him! So thankful for your prayers and faithful support to us...you are a huge blessing to our family. And, let me tell you, you are definitely on our list of people we want to meet! No doubt about that. And, YES, who knows, maybe we will need a roadie. You'll be the first one we think of, if we do! :) God bless you abundantly!

  12. Wonderful news! So happy to hear it. And I love your blogging tour idea. If you make it out to California, you know who to call :)

    1. Thank you so much, dear friend. Yes, ma'am, you are certainly on our list! Oh, I do hope it happens and we get to meet someday! God bless you and your sweet family. :)

  13. Oh cheryl! I love your heart for people! It encourages me deeply. I am so glad things are working out better with Kristen and her little baby boy. It is amazing how God blesses us when we completely depend on Him. Can't wait to read up on more in the future

    1. Sweet Kristina! You always encourage me and uplift my spirits. Thank you ever so much. I so appreciate you and your support. I hope you are feeling well and things are going good with your pregnancy. Sending you love and hugs!

  14. Such wonderful news, Cheryl. God can do above and beyond! I will continue praying for this situation.

    1. Yes, dear friend, He surely can! Thank you SO much for your continued prayers and support. Sending you love and hugs!

  15. I'm so glad to hear of this turn of events and that it is a boy! Yay! :) ...I, too, think it would be so neat to meet. I was actually just thinking that the other day, after reading your email. How fun that would be! :)

    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend. YES, you are definitely on that list, too. Would dearly love to meet you and your dear family and share a prayer together. Who knows? The Lord just may work it out one day! Sending you love and hugs and SO hoping you are getting some relief.

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    1. Amen, and amen, and thank you dear Jesus!! Thank you for your kind words, Caroline. :)

  17. Oh Cheryl this IS wonderful news!! Thank you Lord for your continued watch care over Kristen and the baby - A HEALTHY BABY BOY! How wonderful!!

    I will pray God's promise right back to Him that "He will do a new thing", that despite how long the doctor's believe it will take to dissolve the clot, God will do a new thing and dissolve it much sooner. I am believing Him for a miracle here!

    I was so excited to read about your dream!! It would be so wonderful to meet your precious family!! May the Lord give you and your family the desire of your hearts.

    Sending much love to you sweet friend. Rejoicing with all of you!

    1. YES, praise our dear, amazing Lord!!! You are definitely one we would love to meet on our "tour", if the Lord works it out. How sweet it would be do pray with you and just enjoy a few moments of fellowship. Can you imagine? What a glorious time that would be! God bless you, dear, sweet friend. :)