Sunday, July 16, 2017

What A Miracle Looks Like

"He does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles."
Job 5:9
(KJV)

I just want to praise God and report that Kristen and baby Eli are doing very well!!!!!
Oh, this little guy is so precious, and he just grows cuter and sweeter day by day!!
What a blessing from God!
(To read first post about Baby Eli's entrance into this world, click HERE!!)
We cannot stop praising Him for this amazing miracle.


Isn't he just adorable?????

And the look on the faces of his dear, sweet parents just melt my heart!!!


Have you ever seen anything so precious in your entire life?
This is one loved and cherished little baby boy!!!!!

I tell you, I look back over the last several months and all of the worry and fear and trauma my dear niece has endured, and I just feel like I could never, in a million years, praise God enough!
The outcome is exactly what we prayed for and believed God to provide.

"Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
And their eyes were opened..."
Matthew 9:29-30

We would still appreciate your continued prayers that God will keep them both safe and well 
and not allow any more blood clots or complications.
Our family is so appreciative of every prayer you have prayed and ways you have reached out to us during this awful trial.
We love each one of you so much and praise God to have such an amazing support system.
May He bless each one of you abundantly!!!

Dear friends, I do not know what you may be going through today or what type of heartache
you may be called upon to bear, but I just want to encourage you.
God is still on the throne.
He still loves you.
Your life may not be void of problems, trials, sorrow, hurt, and disappointment,
but He is WITH you, through it all.
We live in a fallen world.
We suffer.
We are betrayed.
We cry.
We question God and ask Him why.
We struggle, because even in our most doubt-filled moments, we still know and believe that He has the power to prevent hard things from coming into our lives, and that is one of the main causes of our confusion and disillusionment.
We believe that God is in control, and He has the ability to stop bad things from touching our lives,
so why in the world doesn't He do that?
Why does He permit such?

I do not, nor do I claim to, have the answers.
I ask the same questions more often than I care to admit.
I don't know the mind of God.
His thoughts are so far above mine, that the two cannot, nor will they ever, be reconciled.
But, this I do know.
God never promised we would not go through difficult things, but He did promise to go through them with us.
And, He does.
Even when it doesn't feel like it.
Even when we cannot sense His presence.
Even when things seem to only get worse when we pray.
He is there.
"...lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Matthew 28:20

I do not know why my dear niece had to go through the anguish she has endured,
but I do know this.
When I look at this picture, I see the end result of her suffering.


A perfectly-formed, completely healthy, happy, contented, precious baby boy
who makes this face when his Mommy kisses his nose!

"...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
Psalm 30:5

Oh, PRAISE GOD!!!!!

There is a beginning and an end to every trial, my friend.
Your morning will come.
The end result will be beautiful.
God is now working on your behalf.
Even though this season my be beyond difficult, this too shall pass.
Please keep encouraged, always, and let me know how I can pray for you.

I want you to know that as I compose this post, I am praying for every, single person who will ever read these words.
You are loved.
Don't ever forget it.

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And, in case you haven't noticed in the upper right sidebar,
I also wanted to let you know that the goal has been met for the Cooper family to pay off the remainder of Megan's funeral expenses!!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to each one who made this happen!

The family would like to share this message with you.

"We, the family of Josh and Megan Cooper. would like to thank EVERYONE who helped in any way with Megan's funeral expenses. There are no words in our hearts that can express how thankful and blessed we are for everything that everyone has done for us through this time of sorrow. We truly appreciate the many prayers for the family, especially for Josh and little Sierra, the acts of kindness and sympathy, food, flowers, donations, cards, visits, phone calls, and kind words spoken to our family.  We truly appreciate it very much!!  May God bless each and every one of you."
    The Family of Josh and Megan Cooper

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And, speaking of prayer, I now leave you with a very special picture and story, followed by a beautiful song sung by my all-time favorite singer, Ricky Skaggs.
I first heard him sing on Moon Mullins' bluegrass program when I was 14.
You just remember moments like that.
Mom and I were parked in front of Dad's work, listening to the radio while waiting to pick Dad up,
when this voice came on the radio.
It was the kind of voice that just makes you stop and pay attention.
From that moment until this, he has been, and will always remain, my favorite.

Several years later, Kevin and I fulfilled a lifelong dream when we went to Nashville for our honeymoon.
While there, Ricky Skaggs was filming a "Hee Haw" episode, and we were so blessed to be able to attend as members of the live audience.
After the show, he was kind enough to stop and talk to us and give Kevin time to take this picture.


The day Kevin and I met my musical hero, Ricky Skaggs

Let Ricky's song remind you that somebody's prayin' for YOU!!


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66 comments:

  1. Congratulations and praise the Lord!

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    1. Yes, amen, and amen!!! Thank you so much, Helene!

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  2. Oh, those pictures are precious! I'm so thankful to God that everything went well for them. ♥ Love you, my sweet friend.

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    1. Sweet Melanie! I have intended to write to you for so long. I am so sorry. I think of you often and trust all is well in your world. Lord willing, I will write soon. Thank you SO much for every prayer you have prayed for Kristen and little Eli. You have been such a loving support and encouragement through this. I love and appreciate you so very much!

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  3. Oh what a beautiful family!
    Celebrating!
    Laura

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    1. Thank you, dear Laura! We rejoice and celebrate with you!! All glory to God for all He has done!!!

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  4. This will be featured on Happy Homemaker Monday tomorrow!

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    1. Wonderful! Thank you so very much for helping us spread the news of what our God has done!

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  5. Oh what priceless pictures! That is one of the most kissable babies I've ever seen (well next to mine😊)Thank you for sharing. He's so happy too.

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    1. Priceless treasures, indeed!! I will agree with you...that little face is just so adorable! I think he looks just like a cherub!! You have been such a dear support and blessing to us through this, Regina. Thank you ever so much, my friend. God bless you in a big way!!

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing these sweet photos. He is the cutest baby and I can only imagine the happiness and thankful hearts of your entire family.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Betsy! Isn't he a doll? Oh, the relief we all feel is beyond putting into words. I will never forget how you stood by us through this. I know God heard the many, many prayers you prayed for dear Kristen and this baby. May He reward you abundantly and bless you with the healing you need. Praying for you, sweet friend.

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  7. Oh, Cheryl, what a miracle. I'm so thankful things turned out as we prayed they would. What a blessed little baby and family.

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    1. Yes, praise the dear Lord, sweet friend! Thank you for praying so many times and for the love and concern you have shown us through this. God bless you!!!

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  8. So lovely to see such a happy picture.

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    1. Oh, thank you...it truly warms my heart!! I hope all is well with you and your husband today. :) God bless you!

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  9. This wee fellow is surely a blessing. Praise God :)

    Diana

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    1. Oh, he surely is, Diana! And, you are surely a blessing, too! Praying for you and your little mother and so thankful for your support to us along this path. God bless you!

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  10. A miracle, indeed. So happy for this little family. Continued prayers for good health for mom and baby. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend! You have been so faithful to lift our burdens, and we are most grateful to you! May God bless you abundantly!

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  11. You couldn't share more cheerful and joy-filled images, PRAISE GOD !

    Sending blessings to you cherished, precious friend of mine, your lovely niece and your so wonderful baby, a true Gift from Heaven !

    XOXO Dany

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    1. OH, thank you, dear Dany! Your prayers and constant concern and encouragement are precious gifts to us all! May God bless you so abundantly, sweet friend. Sending love and hugs to you!

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  12. Isn't it just the most amazing thing when we get to see a miracle face to face! Oh the joy, the absolute marvel at such a miracle, it blesses my heart today to see the shine of love and delight on the parent's faces as they cradle their precious little boy in their arms! I pray that they are thankful and appreciative to the Lord for His mighty and miraculous ways and follow after the Lord with thankful hearts for the mighty miracle in their lives! What a glorious beautiful testimony they will always have to share about the hand of the Lord! I enjoyed seeing the picture of you and Kevin and getting to meet Ricky Skaggs, he has a beautiful voice! Enjoyed hearing the video this morning, indeed so thankful for all the prayers that have been prayed for me, our God is so gracious to give us such a marvelous avenue of intercession in the midst of the difficult world we live in. Appreciate you dear friend, praying for you and your precious family!

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    1. Thank you for all of your prayers and support and encouragement, sweet friend! They truly mean so much and are so appreciated! I know what you mean...it blesses my heart each time I see or think of all God has done for my dear niece and her sweet, little family! God bless you for the love and kindness you have shown us.

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  13. Praise God.. God is so good.. seeing that perfectly adorable baby and parents is such a blessing.. I am so very happy to see this post..
    thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so very much, Judy! We can't thank you enough for your kind words and for every prayer you have prayed. All of you prayer warriors are such a big part of this miracle, too! God bless you always, sweet friend. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Arnica! God bless you.

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  15. Thank you for posting these precious photos of Kristen's little guy and letting us see the miracle first hand!!!! I love the Lord and His kindness to reach down and save, heal and show us His amazing compassion. God bless this little family and the others we pray for. We give God all the glory! Big hugs to you, Cheryl.

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    1. Yes, amen, and amen, sweet friend! As I was reading through the comments earlier, I had to cry and say, "Lord, You are getting a LOT of glory today!!" Oh, that is what I want to see! Is Jesus Christ glorified and praised. May He bless you greatly, dear Mary!

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  16. I couldn't stop the tears Cheryl! I didn't even bother to read after seeing the photos. I would have to come back to read. Right now, I just want to give God all the praise due Him! �������������������������� Happy tears!

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    1. Oh, sweet friend! That just touches me so deeply! I am surely praising God with you and SO greatly appreciate Him and all He has done! Thank you so much for caring so much and praying so many prayers and being such a dear friend and support to me. Sending much love to you across the many miles!

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  17. Oh Cheryl, this is such a wonderful post filled with such praises to the Lord! What a miracle, what a testimony! Little Eli is just a s precious as he can be and it is quite apparent that his mommy and daddy are just beyond thrilled! We will never know the answers to questions as to why these trails must come to any of us...until we get to heaven and then, maybe not even then. Some things are only for God, Himself to know! Oh and I have loved Ricky Skaggs forever and that song, in particular is one of my favorites. How cool is that that you were able to meet AND even get your photo taken together...so cool! Thank you for sharing this precious update with us! Hugs and prayers to you, sweet friend

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    1. Isn't little Eli just so precious? Oh, I so appreciated your sweet words today, dear friend, and thank you so much for being such a blessing and support and encouragement so many, many times! Yes, that was quite a neat experience when we got to meet Ricky Skaggs...that is SO neat that he is one of your favorites, too!! Sending hugs and prayers to you, too, and much gratitude for your faithfulness. :)

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  18. Amazing! Praise God for that sweet face <3

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    1. Oh, YES!! We can't stop praising Him!! I am believing God to send you your own precious, sweet miracle...and soon! Love and appreciate you and praying much for you!

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  19. Praising God with you for His miracle and for His mighty, wonderful presence with you all in the past few months. These songs are so apropos and beautiful. Thanks for posting the video.
    And yes, that baby is so precious! xo

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    1. Thank you ever so much, dear Ruth! You are such a blessing to me, and I surely appreciate every prayer you prayed. Now, we can rejoice together! God bless you, my friend. :)

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  20. I'm so happy for your niece, her hubby and sweet, miracle baby Eli!!! Ricky Skaggs' song is just beautiful, and I'm enjoying it while typing away...thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend. :) I love this song so much, too...it makes me cry when I hear Ricky breaking down in that one part. So many of us have had prayer warriors in our past who have prayed many a prayer over us. Where would we be without those prayers? I don't want to know. Thank you for ALL of your love, support, and prayers for us! I want you to know that I continue to pray for you and your burdens, too. :)

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  21. What a joy to see precious Eli with mom and with dad! Praise God for His mercy and grace to grant this precious boy to come into the world and to keep his mommy safe. Praying for no more issues for Kristen! May God be glorified in all! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, sweet friend. How faithful you have been to us in and throughout this trial. Sending much love and gratitude to you, with hopes that you are feeling better and able to enjoy this summer. :)

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  22. Dear Mrs. Smith,

    I am so overjoyed that everything went so smoothly during the birth of Eli. He's such a cutie! I have been praying for him and his mother, and was thrilled at reading your last post. Sorry I didn't get to comment on that one. What a great God we serve! He is so good all the time.

    I hope you're doing well, and your family.

    Much love,
    Ashley

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, sweet Ashley!! We SO appreciate your prayers for Kristen and Eli! It was so nice to see you had visited today...you are such a dear blessing. God bless you, my friend! Give your Mom a hug for me!

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    1. That is a wonderful way of wording it, Roseann! Blessed beyond measure, indeed. Thank you ever so much for your sweet visit. It brightened my day! God bless you!

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  24. Thank you for sharing these photos. I'm SO grateful that Kristen and her little baby are healthy! I am continuing to pray for them. :)

    That is so neat that you met Ricky Skaggs. My mom listened to him...I know a lot of his songs, but don't actually own any. What an amazing moment for you, and how wonderful to have the picture to cherish!

    Praying for you, my friend, even when I'm pulled too many directions and can't get online much. <3

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    1. Oh, Ang! So are we...we are very, very thankful to God and will never forget this miracle. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and faithfulness, support, and friendship. It truly means so much! Yes, it was one of the neatest things when we met Ricky. His little girl was outside the studio selling puppies, and he and his wife, Sharon White were so friendly and warm to us. Such good people they are! Thank you for your prayers for me...I am SO grateful to you. I know you are super-busy. I am praying for you, too, and your dear boys as they go away to camp. I know God is going to take good care of them for you. :)

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  25. My dear, sweet friend, I have missed so much while being away from my blog. I just finished reading about Eli's entrance into the world and oh, what a PRAISE TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER! I can't even describe the joy I am feeling right now knowing how God answered prayer. What a precious blessing.

    Thinking of you, dear one. Sending love and hugs your way!

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    1. Oh, my! It was just such a dear blessing to see your sweet face and comment here today! I have missed you so much and can't thank you enough for all of your prayers and kindness to us throughout dear Kristen's ordeal. YES, God surely has answered prayer in a big way, and we are so grateful. You can certainly rejoice with us...you really helped to carry this burden! Sending love and hugs back to you and so very sorry about all your family is going through. I am praying for your grandmother and hope you get good news soon.

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  26. Hi Cheryl,
    So glad to hear that your niece and her baby are doing so well! That's so amazing and how wonderful for your whole family to enjoy the newest little treasure! xo

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    1. YES, Valerie! We are so very grateful to God for His amazing miracles!!! He is still on the throne, and He absolutely still answers the prayers of His people. So happy to see you today...I was thinking of you the other day and wondering how you are doing. Sending love and hugs to you, sweet friend. :)

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  27. LOve the song Cheryl and the message on prayer in it. I too am glad to read the good report on your niece and baby. always an encouragement when things turn our good. Blessings sister.

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    1. Oh, my, I love that song, too...it makes me cry. Sending love and blessings back to you, sweet sister. :) So thankful for you and your support!

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  28. I want to hug that sweet baby. So thankful for God's blessings and how He chose to answer our prayers. I love me some Ricky Skaggs too Cheryl. Yes, somebody is praying! Praise the Lord for those that pray. Many, many years ago the Lord called me to be a prayer warrior. Oh the stories I could tell. Though all Christians are called to pray and it is a privilege to pray, there is just something different about being a prayer warrior. There has been times that I felt so burdened and weary with this great, awesome task at hand. God has time and time again blessed me beyond my wildest imagination. Hoping you have a sweet day sweet lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Oh, isn't he a doll? Oh, wow, it is so neat that you like Ricky Skaggs, too! He's the best, in our opinion! Oh, Cindy, that is so wonderful that you are such a faithful prayer warrior. You are right...there is definitely a difference when God calls you to war in prayer for others and stand in the gap and be an intercessor. God bless you for all you have done and prayed for. Thank you for being so faithful to us in our trials! Hugs and blessings and much love back to you, sweet friend. :)

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  29. Congratulations and prayers for your niece, her new baby, and husband! 1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Robin! I LOVE the verse you shared...it is one of my favorites, and I often quote it to the dear Lord in prayer. It is a blessed consolation when you are praying, and you really get to that point where you KNOW that He is hearing you. Praise His holy name! I so appreciate your sweet visit and kind words. May the Lord bless you!

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  30. Beautiful beautiful miracle, indeed!

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    1. Oh, yes, praise the dear Lord, my friend! So thankful for you and your faithful prayers and support! God bless you. :)

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  31. So awesome for Kristen and her family!!! That was a rough time for them... Still praying for them and you.

    Got to meet Ricky Skaggs? That's cool! He seems like such a genuine guy... not a bad banjo and guitar player either!

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    1. Thank you so much for your continued prayers for them, brother. Kristen is having some problems and needs a lot of prayer right now. YES, it was really, really neat to meet Ricky! We will never forget that. You are right...he is genuine to the core. His wife, Sharon, is just as sweet and genuine. I wish now we had gotten more pictures that day and included her and Kevin, but another neat story is that they were selling their little girl's puppies outside the Hee Haw studio! So, I remember that we were trying to hurry and not be too intrusive or bothersome to them! Such a neat memory. He can tear up a mandolin, too!

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  32. Amen! I love how amazing our Father is the true Healer!!!

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    1. YES, He surely is the true Healer...the Great Physician! What would we do without Jesus? Thank you for your sweet visit, Lindsey! God bless you. :)

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  33. Congratulations and praise God for His wondrous acts.

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  34. what a beautiful child, and many blessings to you and your family

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