Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Introducing....Baby Eli!!!!!! All Glory To God!!!!!!!

"Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! 
You are clothed with splendor and majesty..."
Psalm 104:1
(ESV)

For months I have longed to write this post.
And, now, dear friends, here it is!!!!!
I wish I had a larger font capability to say,
PRAISE GOD!!!!
Only HE could do what has been done!

Remember this little guy?


So many prayers have been prayed for him over the course of the past several months.
This morning, our dear Lord answered those many prayers, and He allowed him to make his grand entrance into this world...perfect and beautiful and more precious than words!

It is with great praise and honor and glory to God that Kristen and Mike introduce to you....
Baby Eli!!!!!!!!!!!

Just look at that sweet, beautiful face!!!
I tell you, my heart is so full of praise and gratitude to the dear Lord, I hardly know what to say!!!
Sometimes, all you can do is cry!!!!!!
There are just no words.

Zachary says that God has very BIG plans for Eli.
The name Eli means - "High, ascended, my God!"
And, how we glorify our great God this morning!!!!!

Seeing the look on my dear niece's face and the sweet, little bundle of joy in her arms fills my heart with a gratitude that can not be expressed in mere words!
The picture above surely speaks for itself.
To see how God has moved into the scene of this situation and allowed Kristen to go full term without premature labor and to watch how He spared both of their lives and permitted little Eli to be born healthy is what a modern-day miracle looks like.

My heart is deeply humbled by the overwhelming outpouring of prayers, love, encouragement, comfort, and kindness each one of you have extended to and upon behalf of my dear niece, Kristen, Mike, and their precious, precious baby boy, Eli.
I wish I could somehow convey to you all that is in my heart, but words fail me.
Every, single prayer you have prayed has been so deeply appreciated by all of us, and it has been heard and answered by our loving Father in Heaven.
I know some of you have even given up food to add fasting to your prayers, and I cannot begin to express how much this has moved and touched our hearts.

You are the body of Christ, His hands and His feet,
and you are very dear to me.
"Thank you" seems to sound so inadequate.

You have faithfully and tirelessly shared in the carrying of this burden, 
and now, today, I invite you to rejoice with dear Kristen and Mike and their brand-new, miracle baby boy, Eli!!!

And, dear friends, I ask you to please bear with me in asking for your continued prayers for Kristen in the days to come, as she will remain at risk for another blood clot for the next three months.
BUT, God!
He is still on the throne, as He has so vividly demonstrated this morning, and we know that if He can do what He just did, He can do ANYthing and everything that we ask.
Truly, He has, once again, fulfilled His promise in Ephesians 3:20.
He has done "exceeding, abundantly ABOVE all we could ask or think"!
Praise His holy name!!

I could NOT wait to share this news, and it feels like a thousand pounds has been lifted!
This trial has seemed never-ending, but, oh, the end result!!!!

"THANK YOU, DEAR LORD, from the bottom of my grateful heart for what You have done!"

"For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods."
Psalm 135:5


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88 comments:

  1. Praise the Lord.

    Praying for Eli and his parents as well as for you and your family. Congratulations to all of you and to the doctors and nurses and their skills.

    But most of all, we thank God for His love and caring for this young family.

    God bless.

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    1. YES!! Amen, and amen!! We are SO happy and thankful!! We serve a mighty God!

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  2. Praise the Lord!! Glory to God in the highest!! Praise Him for His miraculous care and provision!

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    1. Amen, sweet sister! Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

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  3. Oh my!! He is such a cutie!!!! My face hurts from smiling so much!!!! And the joy and love on Kristen's face is palpable through the picture.

    Oh what an awesome God we serve, One who delights to give us the desires of our hearts! All praise and honor to Jesus! Glory be to God!!!

    Rejoicing with you!!!

    Sending much love!

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    1. Isn't he a little doll baby? Oh, my word, he is just so precious! You are right...dear Kristen's joy is just beyond telling. I know the dear Lord is smiling down upon them today. I cannot ever thank Him enough for His faithfulness to our family. It makes me love Him even more. And, I can never thank you enough, either, sweet friend...you have been such a comfort and encouragement to us through this. God bless you!

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  4. Praise God from who ALL blessings flow! I have chills and am blinking back tears as I read this! Baby Eli is so adorable! I have a feeling that Kristen is going to be just fine...will be remembering her as I pray!

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    1. Oh, thank you, sweet friend! I have cried so much today...I can hardly look at the little guy without crying. I believe Kristen will be just fine, too, in Jesus' name. Thank you for every prayer you have prayed and for how you have stood by us through this battle. You have been such a dear blessing! God bless you abundantly, in return!!

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  5. Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing the great news! Praying for all of them.

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    1. Thank you so much, Floyd. We so appreciate your prayers and support! God bless you!

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  6. Oh I'm so happy! And to think a few days ago I was whining about my prayers not being answered! Oh thank you Lord! Now you will neec to smother him with kisses from me and everyone who have been praying. And that's going to be a lot of kisses!😘😘😘😘😘😘

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    1. Oh, he is a little doll!! I'll tell you, I cannot stop praising God! It seems like sometimes our prayers are not being heard, but then God shows up in a BIG way and proves us wrong!! I can't thank Him enough, and I can't thank you enough, sweet friend, for your continual encouragement and prayers and support. May the dear Lord bless you!

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  7. Isn't Eli a living doll? Oh, my heart is full as I stare at his gorgeous, angelic face and thank our wonderful Father for His hand of grace. Yes, a modern day miracle for sure!!!!!! I am so happy and can't wait to tell Tom how beautifully God answered our prayers. I agree with Zach that God has something wonderful in store for this wee one. He was birthed with intercession all around! I will be interested to see his life unfold. Hugs to you all.

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    1. Oh, my, he surely is! Oh, dear friend! My heart is so full...I just hardly know what to do or say, other than keep praising our dear Lord. I can't wait for you to tell Tom, too, and please tell him how VERY much we appreciate you both and all of the prayers you have prayed for them. You are right...there was SO much intercession going on for this baby. I told Kevin and Zach today that I hope God spares our lives to see him grow up and see what he becomes. God is SO good. Sending many thanks and hugs back to you!!!

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  8. Ahh so glad to see this good news, Cheryl. Will continue to be praying for Kristen and family.

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    1. Thank you ever so much, sweet friend! We SO appreciate your prayers and support. :)

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  9. I forgot to say, Baby Eli is possitively adorable!😊

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    1. Oh, thank you!!! I couldn't agree with you more. :)

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  10. I was so happy to click on your post and read this news, Cheryl! Eli is beautiful and I'm rejoicing with you and your family over this miracle!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Lesley! We are so grateful to you for your support and prayers!! God bless you, my friend. :)

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  11. Praise the Lord! What wonderful news, a real answer to prayer.

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    1. Yes, praise Him over and over, my friend!! Thank you for all of the times you prayed and were so concerned over this situation. God bless you and your husband!

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  12. Oh my goodness, I am so thankful to know baby Eli has arrived!!!!!! Praise God for this wonderful news. What a little doll, little Eli is and he will be such a joy and blessing for Kristen, Zach, and all of you. Loving hugs are sent to all.

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    1. Yes, praise our wonderful Lord! Thank you so much, sweet friend. Sending many hugs back to you and much gratitude for every prayer you have prayed! I am praying for you, too. :)

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  13. Praise God! What a beautiful miracle he is. Continued prayers for Kristen.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! We so appreciate your kind words, support, and prayers! God bless you and your sweet family. :)

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  14. Dear Cheryl,
    What an awesome, glorious God we serve! Congratulations on your new little MIRACLE Addition to your family! Eli is beautiful, and Kristen is just glowing. May the Lord continue to keep them all, and may He especially watch closely over Kristen's life for the next few months. God Bless you and your family!

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    1. Yes, dear friend, He truly IS awesome! Thank you ever so much for your precious comments and compliments. I totally agree with you. We SO appreciate your every prayer, kind word, and the continual support you have given through this trial. How I thank the Lord for you! May He bless you abundantly and send the healing you need, too. :)

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  15. Oh my............ I am shouting hear in Ms.. Can you hear me? Happy dancing for sure. smile.
    God is so good.. I have been waiting so long to hear those words from you and see precious Eli.. He is adorable..
    But God....... for sure.. God is in control and my prayers are that He will keep His loving hands on Kristen and make her completely well, to be home with her lovely new baby and husband.. What a wonderful blessing..
    Thank you for letting us know.. Happy,happy and feel the blessings of God.

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    1. Is that what I was hearing?? LOL! Oh, I am right there with you, sweet friend. Shouting praises to Almighty God for hearing and answering our many, many prayers. You were surely among the faithful, praying and sending such sweet encouragement to me time after time. You will never know how much my family and I appreciate you and all of your support. May God richly bless you!

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  16. You already know how thrilled I am for Kristen and her sweet new baby. Thank YOU for giving us all the opportunity to pray for Kristen. We that prayed for her all feel we have a little part in that healthy baby and healthy mom. I am so happy for all of you- xo Diana

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    1. Yes, sweet friend, you have surely been so faithful to express your love and concern. I cannot thank you enough for the blog posts, precious emails, and comments here. You have helped us get through this awful time, and we could never thank you enough. YES, you surely did have a part...a big part. God bless you over and over again! Much love to you!

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  17. Hooray and Hallelujah!
    Thanks for sharing the great news!

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    1. Amen, and amen, sweet sister! Thank you for sharing in the carrying of this burden!

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  18. Oh praise the precious Lord!!! He is so good! I was so very excited to see this post in my blog reader...thank you for sharing this incredible news! Baby Eli is simpluy adorable and a couldn't agree more with Zach...God had incredible plans for this little boy! I will keep praying, dear Cheryl! Oh, such good news... I am truly thrilled... And thank you Father that Kristen is well! I pray for peace and rest for her... My heart is filled with joy and thanksgiving! Blessings and love in Christ...
    We are in the midst of moving, but I promise to write soon...your emails have been such a blessing and comfort to me dear Cheryl... Much love! Kelly-Anne

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet Kelly-Anne! Oh, it was SO nice to see a blog post and comment from you! We have been so worried about you and your family. Thank you SO much for your precious concern and love for dear Kristen and little Eli. I know you and your dear Mom have prayed many a prayer for this situation, and we could never express how much we appreciate it. May the Lord work out every detail of your move and all you are going through. Sending much love to you, dear friend.

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  19. What joyful news to share! Stopping by from the #ChasingCommunity linkup and was captivated by the photo and you and baby Eli. A wonderful praise and offering: To God be the Glory!

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    1. So thankful for your visit and kind words, Debby! We so appreciate you rejoicing along with us and sending praises to the dear Lord. God bless you!

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  20. WOOOO HOOOOO!!! Praise God indeed! Just another example that 'nothing is impossible with God'! Eli is so beautiful -- I'm sure you are all overjoyed and relieved!

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    1. Amen, and amen!!!! We could never praise our dear Lord enough! Thank you so much...we happen to believe he is so beautiful, too. :) Thank you so much for your prayers, support, and encouragement, my friend!

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  21. Oh, Cheryl, what a gracious answer to prayer...so many prayers lifted up for Kristen and the dear Eli! I circulated the news this morning before I even commented here, and we are praising God together. May God continue to bless this dear family, and we will continue to pray that Kristen doesn't have any more blood clots. God is so gracious in all ways. Hugs! xoxo

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    1. Oh, praise the Lord! I am so thankful you passed along the miracle to all of your prayer warrior friends. PLEASE tell them all how very much we appreciate every prayer they prayed! Dear friend, you have been SO faithful to us, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! May God bless and reward you abundantly. Much love and gratitude to you!

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  22. Praise God! Eli is adorable and I'm so thankful that he and his mama are doing well.
    A friend just sent me a FB message and asked for an update. What joy to be able to share this fantastic news with her and all those who have been praying for Kristen and Eli. "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21 Hugs!!

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    1. Isn't he a cutie? Oh, my, we are just SO grateful to the dear Lord. YES, praise God, you are able to share this wonderful news with your friend and all who have been praying! God is still on the throne. He still hears and answers prayer, and He is still on the throne praise His wonderful name! Thank you SO much for all of your concern, prayers, and support, my friend. You are such a blessing to us!

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  23. I've tears in my eyes my friend. I knew God would come through, but LOOK HOW PERFECT ELI IS! He is so adorable!

    Thank you Jesus! Thank you God! Thank you Holy Spirit!
    Amen and Amen!

    With affection,
    Laura

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    1. I know exactly what you mean...I can hardly look at the dear, little fellow without crying! All those months of praying so hard and being so concerned and worried, and to see the perfect answer to all of our prayers! Oh, God is SO good! You will never know how much we appreciate the many times you asked for prayer for Kristen on your blog and the wonderful, precious support you have provided to my family and me even as you face such severe physical affliction in your own body. You are a precious gift to us, and we are so grateful for you, my dear friend. Sending much love and gratitude to you!

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    2. God definitely had his eye and his hand on Kristen. I hope she remembers this all her life and it becomes a great testimony for her and for Eli.

      I'm featuring this post tomorrow in Happy Homemaker Monday! July 10th edition.
      Be blessed,
      Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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    3. Yes, her testimony is amazing, that's for sure!! To God be all glory!! Thank you for sharing this post on your blog tomorrow, sweet friend. I appreciate it very much!

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  24. What a cute baby boy! I'm so happy to see his little face and so grateful to God that he and Kristen are doing well! This is such a huge miracle! Thank you for sharing. :)

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    1. Thank you SO much, dear friend, for every prayer you have prayed, every time you have emailed to check on Kristen, every word of encouragement and support. You have been there...through it all. I am SO grateful for your friendship and concern. May God richly bless you and your dear family. Much love to you.

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  25. I have been praying for them! Praise God, and He passed by and said, "Live"
    I have been praying for our own gr. baby boy to be born the end of this month,
    blood platelet issues, blood problems for his mommy, etc.etc.
    The same prayers I asked for yours, I have been asking for my own.
    So very thankful to see this post!

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    1. Thank you SO much, Annie! YES, praise God, He said, "LIVE"! Oh, when Jesus passes by, things change, don't they? Oh, I do hope the dear Lord will lay His healing hand on your dear grandson. In Jesus' name, I speak that he will be healed of his blood platelet issues, that his Mommy will be healed of all blood problems, and both of them will live in good health! It is so touching to me to know that you have prayed for dear Kristen and Eli as you have been praying for your own dear grandson. PLEASE, if you think of it, let me know when the victory comes! We will rejoice together! God bless you abundantly for helping to carry our burden!

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  26. That's wonderful news! There's no god like our GOD!

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    1. Amen, and amen! Thank you ever so much for praying so faithfully for Kristen and Eli. We appreciate it so very, very much!!! God bless you, my friend. :)

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  27. Cheryl, what marvellous news. Praise God for this miracle. I will continue to pray for Kristen and her wee family.

    Diana

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    1. Yes, praise the dear Lord! Thank you so much for your support and kind words, Diana! Praying for your sweet, little mother.

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  28. Congratulations and Praise God for your miracle. May Eli live to fulfill the purposes of God for his generation.

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    1. Yes, amen, and amen! What a wonderful way to pray for him! Thank you, Miriam. God bless you!

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  29. Cheryl, I haven't been online because I've been with family in Nebraska and no internet so I just read this news. Praise the LORD for the safe arrival of baby Eli. Such a wonderful answer to prayer. We will now continue to pray for Kristen. Congratulations to the entire family.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend! I know you have prayed many a prayer for them, and we cannot thank you enough. So happy you are enjoying time with your family! Trusting God to protect and guide you safely home and hope you are feeling well. God bless you!

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  30. This is the day, that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad In it!! Ps 118:24

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    1. There is much rejoicing in our hearts! Praise the dear Lord for ALL He has done!! :)

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  31. I have followed this thru Laura Lane's blog, Harvest Lane Cottage. My prayers were sent to your precious girl & her baby.
    I am praising God with you all today when I saw that Eli was delivered safe & healthy, and that Momma was doing great.
    My best wishes & continued prayers are with your precious family!
    But as 1 Granny to another, please love & spoil the child, a miracle from God himself deserves spoiling!
    Pass my congratulations & prayers on to them. They will remain there for as long as needed!!!

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    1. Oh, how wonderful, Laurie! I was so blessed to see that you had stopped by and left such sweet encouragement here! I had no idea you all were praying for Kristen and Eli, and your kindness touches me so deeply! May the Lord bless you always, and we SO appreciate your continued prayers for them. You are a great blessing to me, sweet sister. :)

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    God bless.

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      God bless.

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    2. It worked great! I found much encouragement there. Thank you so much!

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  33. What a wonderful blessing... I am so happy for them..and you.... and praising God for His continued goodness. :) (I will write soon.)

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    1. YES, praise our wonderful Lord! Thank you for your many prayers, sweet friend. Praying for you, too. :)

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  34. Congratulations!!! What a blessing! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! YES, indeed! We cannot praise God enough!! May He bless you, too. :)

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  35. Oh my goodness Cheryl, when I saw that picture of Kristen with baby Eli, tears filled my eyes, the joy in her eyes, and the sweet expression on his face... what a miracle indeed! Oh yes, our Lord is gracious and merciful! So very thankful for this precious miracle that arrived, and will certainly continue in prayer for Kristen that she will get through the remainder of the treatment and go on to have more children and pregnancies that aren't so fraught with worry! Praising the Lord with all of you for His many blessings!

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    1. OH, I know! I still cry when I think of what God has done!! God is so faithful and true to His Word and promises. If only I would believe and not worry so much. We cannot thank you enough for every prayer you have prayed, and please thank your dear family for us, too. I know all of you carried this burden as if it were your own, and we are just so humbled and grateful to you, dear friend. Sending love and hugs your way!

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  36. Congratulations, he is a cutie! And all praise be to our Lord and Savior!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Roseann!! I am so grateful for your visit and kind words! God bless you. :)

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  37. Zachary is very perceptive, it seems. God has done this miracle that He might be glorified in building up His kingdom as the news of His greatness goes forth.
    And, oh! What a dear, sweet baby! Praise the Lord for His answers to our prayers.
    Also, for me, a simple thank you is enough, since all the glory goes to God Almighty who alone has done great things for you all.
    I pray that Kristen will continue to be healed. I pray that God will give her and Mike wisdom as they raise the special child that God has given them and that they will both be awed by the God who hears and who alone does wonders. I pray that they will follow Him all their days and raise this child to love Him also.

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    1. Thank you, dear Ruth. God definitely gives Zach discernment and perception, and we are most grateful to Him! Your support and prayers and kind words are such a dear blessing, and we cannot thank you enough. May God bless you for all you do!

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  38. Praising God with you all and for this precious miracle of God . This made my heart leap for joy and gave me the Holy bumps . He is beautiful . There is no doubt in my mind that God has Plans for this sweet boy . Oh I am sensing in my spirit that our Lord has found favor with Eli . This Little man of God will be used in a mighty way . He will go beyond his beyond and will touch lives in such a way that the angels in heaven will be marveled . So grateful .❤️ Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Cindy! YES, I do believe God has found favor with this little guy, too! What wonderful, prophetic words you have spoken over him!! Thank you ever so much, and may the Lord bless you richly today, sweet friend! Thank you so much for your consistent prayers and encouragement through this!!

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  39. Nothing more encouraging than to read or hear the prayers of the saints being answered. Precious post Cheryl..you are a prayer warrior

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    1. Thank you, dear Betty. Oh, I have wanted to write this post for so long...it felt like an eternity, but praise God, HE has done exactly what we asked Him to do. I couldn't love Him more and can't praise Him enough!!

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  40. My first time at your blog, and wow I get to congratulate you. What a handsome little guy! Congratulations and God bless!

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    1. Thank you so much, Manny! Welcome to my blog! It was wonderful to meet you and have you visit. May the Lord bless you.

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  41. Oh, Eli is a beautiful baby! God is amazing, and I'm praising and thanking him with all the rest of you for his and his mom's health and safe delivery!

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    1. Thank you so much, Chipmunk. He surely is precious and yes, God is truly amazing. We are so thankful for praying friends like you who have carried this burden to the throne of grace. God bless you today!

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  42. SOooo happy Baby Eli made it and mother and dad are also doing well. Thanks Cheryl for the good report.

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