Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Sweet Introduction, & Other Exciting News!

"I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: 
marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
Psalm 139:14
(KJV)

I have the sweetest of introductions to make, dear friends!

I'll give you ONE, and only one, guess whose picture this is!!!!


Please allow me to introduce you to....
Kristen's baby boy!!
I'll tell you, each time I look at this picture, I can't keep from crying.
This sweet little guy...a pure miracle in the process being formed and created by the hands of an Almighty God...so content and oblivious to the constant struggles of his dear Mama.
I just couldn't wait to share, (with my dear niece's permission, of course), his ultrasound picture
with all of you prayer warriors!!
This is living proof that God is hearing and answering our many prayers!

(For those who may be reading for the first time, my dear niece, Kristen, is expecting a baby boy.
She has a blood clot in her lung and is suffering from tachycardia and other complications.)

Kristen is now 22 weeks along in her pregnancy!
So, dear friends, she is over halfway there!!
All glory be to God.
He is SO faithful.

"Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are He who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of You."
Psalm 71:6
(ESV)

"Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath He made mention of my name."
Isaiah 49:1

"Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
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;4,5

"For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb."
Psalm 139:13

"Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews."
Job 10:11

Praise our dear Lord, Baby Boy is extremely active and appears to be very healthy.
Kristen is to see a fetal specialist soon to find out more details and information regarding
the game plan for her labor and delivery.
And, this is where we surely need your continued prayers, as timing is one of the greatest concerns.
Kristen's blood thinning medication has to be changed at a precise time in order to not hurt the baby and, at the same time, to allow her to give birth while on the proper medication so her own life will not be in jeopardy.
PLEASE do continue to pray that God will see her and the baby through this,
that both Kristen and the baby will live and be in good health,
and God will send relief to the terrible symptoms she continues to struggle with.
My heart goes out to her so much.
It is never easy to know someone you love so dearly is suffering.
My family and I are most grateful to each one of you who are praying!
Your faithfulness to pray, share this request, and offer such kindness and support means more to us than we could ever hope to put into words.
Thank you!!!
We are believing God for a complete Divine-intervention miracle in this situation,
and I will continue to keep you posted, as I can.
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I also wanted to share some other exciting news!
My sweet friend who blogs at Just A Country Girl and her family are now giving away
FREE BIBLES!!!
Yes, you read that correctly!
She asked that I make an announcement here to let you know, and I was absolutely thrilled to do so!
Do you or anyone you know need a Bible?
Would you like to bless someone in your life who doesn't have a Bible of their own?
The Bibles are completely free, you do not pay anything, not even shipping!
If you would like a FREE BIBLE, click HERE to be re-directed to her site.
Then just fill out the contact form in the top right sidebar, and let her know you would like a Bible
(they even have several styles to choose from), and that's it!
I am so happy for the way God is leading my friend and her sweet family,
and I applaud them for their obedience to God's plan of sharing the Gospel with every, living creature.
Never before has there been more of a need for the precious Word of God to be read and lived out in everyday life.
I hope you or someone you know will visit her and take advantage of this amazing offer!!
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Most things have been taken, but we still have a few things left on our FREE STUFF page,
if you would like to check it out!
Our minimizing journey continues in full swing, and, by God's grace, we are making slow, but good progress.
Thank you to all who have given some of our things new homes.
You have blessed us greatly!
There may be more things added soon, so feel free to check back anytime you'd like!
God bless you all.

60 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the baby's picture. Praise the Lord.

    Still praying for Kristen and you and yours.

    God bless you all.

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    1. Amen! Thank you for your continued prayers, my friend. God bless you!

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  2. Thank you for sharing the ultrasound of the baby and Kristen's story. I will be praying for her and the little one. Kristen is a brave woman and you are a loving aunt. I think your free stuff page is a wonderful, generous gesture on your minimizing journey. Hugs and blessings to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers and kind words! Oh, they truly meant so much to me tonight. May the dear Lord bless you abundantly, sweet friend. :)

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  3. I'm so overjoyed and touched after having seen the image of the baby, I cannot believe my eyes, he's so peaceful and for sure in good health !

    Anyway, I'm going on praying for Kirsten and her lovely creature,
    trusting in God I'm sending blessings on them both

    XOXO Dany

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    1. I know what you mean...I cannot believe my eyes, either! It really makes it all so real, doesn't it? Oh, God is good! Thank you so much for your sweet prayers, my dear friend. God bless you abundantly!

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  4. That ultrasound shot is awesome!!! So glad to get the news. Continuing to pray for Kristen and her son. All things have purpose, we just have to wait, maybe for longer than we want, to find out our Father's purpose.

    I can't think of a better gift to give… God's word.

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    1. Thank you so much, brother. Your prayers and support just mean so much to my family and me. God bless you richly!

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  5. Oh Cheryl, if that isn't the most wonderful news ever!!
    Looking at that precious little miracle baby gives hope that our Great God has His hand on both Kristen and her baby son. God's miraculous creation is perfectly presented in the image of this dear child as he lay peacefully in his mamas womb just as safe as can be.
    God will be glorified!
    Tell Kristen she has one handsome son.
    We continue to up hold Kristen, her baby and all family members during this critical time in prayer. Everyone is effected in some way as you each press on in your daily lives. Some days may not be as easy as others and prayer matters.
    Much love to you all.

    To God be the glory!

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    1. Oh, Debbie! We are SO thankful! Thank you so much for faithfully carrying this burden with us. Your support, love, friendship, and prayers mean so much to us! Sending you much love and gratitude and blessings, sweet friend. :)

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  6. That ultra sound is a delight for sure, Cheryl. The Scripture verses are ideal to pray over that precious little boy today! May God bless that precious woman giving away Bibles. Beautiful ministry! Continuing to pray for Kristen. Love you.

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    1. Yes, amen, and amen, sweet friend! We are so thankful for all God has done and are believing He will continue to heal and bless and bring them through this! I love and appreciate you dearly!

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  7. Oh how precious! He's such a cutie already! Thank you for sharing with us. Still praying for Kristen and the baby.

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    1. Oh, thank yo so much, my friend. God bless you abundantly for your support and prayers!

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  8. Dear Cheryl,
    What a precious miracle baby photo! He has already brought so much glory to God, before He is even born, as so many have joined hearts to pray for him, and for his Mommy. I will continue to keep them in my prayers. And, I will pray for your dear friends and their Bible Ministry! What an awesome way to share God's Word. May the Lord continue to bless you as well, as you share in the lives of so many others!

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    1. Oh, my friend! You are SO right! Your continued prayers just mean the world to us. We are all very concerned about the labor, delivery, and overall health and lives of my dear niece and her precious baby boy. God is in control. Your words were so comforting and encouraging to me today, as they always are. Much love and gratitude to you, dear Bettie. :)

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  9. Such a precious and anticipated little boy this baby is! Oh how exciting to see him on ultrasound! We will continue in prayer for Kristen and her family, all of you... this little baby has brought so many people together in prayer, and I pray that the miracle of his birth will be a powerful testimony to the Lord! Thank you for sharing this update, so exciting and will continue to believe that the rest of the weeks will pass quickly and that the Lord will give the doctors wisdom in how to proceed with the delivery. Many hugs to you today dear friend!

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    1. Oh, he surely is! I love the little fellow already...it just makes me cry to think of how God is protecting him through this awful ordeal his mama is going through. Thank you SO much for your prayers...they truly mean so much to us! Sending you much love and gratitude, sweet friend. :)

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  10. What a blessing to see this sweet picture of Kristen's little boy. Continued prayers for her and this precious little one.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you, dear Betsy! You have been so faithful to care and share in this burden. We appreciate you more than words can say. God bless you, my friend!

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  11. Oh how wonderful for the precious baby boy! Prayers for continued health for him and healing for his sweet mama!

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Kadie! I so appreciate your sweet visit, kind words, and most of all, your prayers. God bless you abundantly!

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  12. Congrats to her on the new bundle of joy!!!! How do you get the free stuff? I would like all the bird books!! My daughter is in that unit and we could use these!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I mailed the books to you and hope you have received them safely by now? God bless you, and I hope your daughter enjoys them. :)

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  13. Thank you so much and thanks to Kristen too for allowing you to post this wonderful photo of Baby Boy.. God is so awesome. I am so thankful to see him doing well.. Prayers continuing for Kristen and this wonderful baby..

    Hope you have a blessed and wonderful week.

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    1. Oh, I do thank her so much, too, for allowing me to post it! Yes, God surely is so awesome! I just praise Him so much for all He has done, in spite of all satan has tried to do. Thank you so much for your continued prayers for both of them. Sending you love and hugs, sweet friend. :)

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  14. Oh Hallelujah! Thanks for sharing this picture and also encouraging our faith. Our God is soooooo faithful! He will perfect the good work that he started. His name be glorified!
    Going over to see if I can get some bibles to share in my neighbourhood and church.
    Have a super blessed week Cheryl!
    Love

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    1. Oh, thank you ever so much, my friend! I am so thankful you are going over to visit and get some Bibles! All glory be to God. Sending you love and hugs. :)

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  15. What an awesome picture to click over here to see. What a sweet miracle baby! I will say another prayer today for her and baby. God is holding them both in his hand amen! Also that is awesome your friend is giving away Bibles! WOW.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend! Your prayers and support mean so much to us! Yes, praise God, He is holding them both in His mighty hand. I can't wait to see that little guy and to know that all is well. :)

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  16. Dear Cheryl, Oh I am rejoicing with you and your family to see that precious, precious baby boy thriving in the care of His Heavenly Father. I continue to lift Kristen and the whole situation up to the Great Physician and the God of all Comfort. Thank you for faithfully updating us on her and the baby's progress. I KNOW that God has a great story that is going to come out of this whole experience and that we all will be praising His name for what He will do!

    And bless your generous, dear heart for the lovely things you are giving away.

    You are such a treasure!

    I've been thinking of you a lot lately as the last week I have found myself unable to sit in a chair at a desk for any length of time. I am having serious sciatic issues and my hip and leg are all messed up now too. I know you have shared that you suffer from physical ailments as well. It actually gave me encouragement to know that you have walked this path with so much evidence of God's grace, and reminded me that I can too.

    Blessings sweet friend.

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    1. Dear friend! Your words so often cheer me and encourage my heart greatly! I am so blessed to know that you are praying and believing God for the miracle Kristen and her baby so desperately need. Thank you ever so much for all you do and for being such a supporter to us. Sending you love and hugs and much gratitude!

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  17. Tears of joy! Praise the Lord that He is continuing to work in Kristin and the baby's life. Praying for healthy mom and baby all the way through delivery and beyond.
    Thanks for continuing to keep us updated.
    God is giving Kristin and your family a testimony of His love and power and of His answers to our prayers that they can share with those who need to hear it in order to believe.
    hugs

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    1. Amen, and amen, sweet sister! Oh, I so appreciated your words of faith! They resonate deep within my heart. I am most grateful to you for your support and kindness and encouragement through this trial. God bless you again and again, sweet friend!

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  18. How very, very precious! Yes! God is good! Praying for your niece - for healing, comfort and all that God knows she needs!

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    1. Thank you ever so much, my friend. Your visits are precious to me. Sending you much love and gratitude!

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  19. That's an awesome Picture! you just KNOW God is a at work here! Praying for the mother and child! Be blessed!

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    1. Amen, Eddy! So grateful to you for your prayers, encouraging words, and kind visit! God bless you, my friend.

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  20. Wow, 22 weeks! That's so great!
    And, Cheryl, there's a tiny picture like yours circulating in our family right now as our oldest son and his wife are expecting grandchild #2. We're so thankful!

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    1. Oh, my word! CONGRATULATIONS to you and your sweet family, my friend! You must be SO excited! I know how much joy your little grandson brings you, and now your joy will be doubled! Praise God, and may all go perfectly well for mother and baby and all of you. God bless you abundantly!

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  21. As soon as I saw that picture, I just couldn't help smiling! Praise God, what a wonderful blessing! Thank you so much for sharing, and of course, I will continue to pray for the baby and Kristen. God is so good. I'm so grateful for everyone who prays for them, daily. :)

    And thank you for sharing our ministry, dear friend. :)

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    1. Aww...I know what you mean...I cry when I see it, but then I have to smile, too! I can't stop looking at it..it just makes me so happy to know that God's eye is on that little guy, even in the womb. I know you are praying, sweet friend, and it just means SO much and brings such comfort to my heart. Sending you much love and gratitude, and you are SO welcome for sharing your ministry! I think it is nothing short of amazing, and I wish the whole world could know! God bless you and magnify your efforts!

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  22. I love the picture and so glad to hear that the baby is healthy and doimg wel. Praying for wisdom for the doctors and for Kristen as she continues to battle these symptoms.

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, my friend! Your faithful support and prayers are just SO appreciated. God bless you for being so kind to us!

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  23. Cheryl,
    Thank you so much for the photo and the update. Praying God continues to watch over and heal Kristen and bring her baby into the world: safe and sound. Blessings :-) May the doctors know the best timing for all of her medications and treatment.

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    1. Yes, amen, sweet sister. We are trusting God, the Great Physician, to give the earthly physicians the wisdom they need. Such a tricky situation, but we serve a BIG God!! May He bless you for being so kind!

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  24. Hi Cheryl! This post is just brimming with Good News! I love this ultrasound update of Kristen's baby (of course, I knew who it was right away!), it's a miracle and thats for sure. I'm so glad that Kristen gave you permission to print this, it's such a witness to the love of God, and to answered prayer. I will keep praying too.
    It's wonderful that your friend is giving away bibles. What a generous and faithful person she must be!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Oh, how we do praise God for all He has done. Seeing what He has done gives us renewed faith for what He will do! His track record is impeccable! I am so glad Kristen gave me permission to share it, too...oh, it has blessed me so many times just to look at the little guy, and I knew it would bless all of you precious friends, too. Your steady support, friendship, and encouragement just means the world to me...and most of all your faithful prayers. Thank you so much, sweet friend. Sending love and hugs your way.

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  25. Such a beautiful baby! Seeing God's beautiful handiwork and miracle in that boy baby. Continued prayers for both Kristen and her baby. Thank you for sharing this on my linkup - there is power in prayer and I'm sure some of my readers are also praying for her.

    Many blessings, dear friend!

    Julie

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    1. Oh, isn't it a marvelous thing to see God's handiwork? Yes, dear friend, there is so much power in prayer, and knowing all of those prayers are going up is just a great comfort to us all. You are so dear to host the link-up and give us all a chance to share our hearts. Sending you love and hugs and blessings!

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  26. Thanks for keeping us updated on Kristen and her baby! Sending continued prayers her way.

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Bethany! You are such a faithful blessing to me. Sending you much love and gratitude!

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  27. What a joy to know the sweet baby boy is progressing well. May God continue to be with your niece and grant strength and healing and wisdom to the doctors. Blessings! I'm your neighbor at #ThoughtProvokingThursday.

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    1. Yes, praise the dear Lord! He is so faithful! Thank you ever so much for your prayers and support, my friend. :)

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  28. Thank you for your very wise comment about poverty on my Blog.

    God bless.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Victor. I appreciate that so much. God bless you, my friend!

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  29. Praising God for this sweet miracle and praying that baby and momma are covered and protected by His mercy and love.
    Thanks for linking up at the #GraceMoments Link Up.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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    1. Yes, amen!! We are so very thankful and believing God to bring both of them through this! Thank you so much for your encouraging words and sweet visit. God bless you!

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  30. Hi Cheryl, I am so thrilled to hear that your niece and the baby are doing well. God has the two of them in his hands and he can carry them through. Take care, Kelly.

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    1. Yes, thank the dear Lord, Kelly! It is such a comfort to know that He does hold them in His great, capable hands. He is so faithful! Thank you for your sweet visit. :)

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