Thursday, August 17, 2017

Baby Eli: A Precious One-Month Smilestone!!

"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is His reward."
Psalm 127:3
(KJV)

In my last post, I shared two of the many times God has laid a heaviness upon my heart to pray,
even though I wasn't sure for whom or what I was praying.
One of the times I mentioned was the night before I found out my niece, Kristen,
who was expecting a baby boy, collapsed in the ER from a blood clot in her lung.
Many of you have followed Kristen's journey, and you have fervently prayed for her and her precious baby, and you are already aware that last month, God answered our many prayers!

Little Eli was born, perfectly healthy and beautiful and just amazing,
and his sweet Mommy came through the C-section delivery just fine.
Oh, how we have praised our dear Lord for this amazing answer to prayer!!!
He is SO worthy of all praise, and He has proven, once again, that there is nothing too hard for Him.

Recently, little Eli and his grateful family celebrated his ONE-MONTH BIRTHDAY!!!!


Isn't he just a living doll????
What a little sweetheart!!

Also, MORE GREAT NEWS!!!!
Kristen had a CT Scan yesterday, and guess what, dear friends??
The blood clot in her lung is GONE, praise God,
and she was able to go off the blood-thinning shots!!!!
We cannot praise God enough for the amazing miracles He has performed!!!

Precious Eli and his Mommy, Kristen

Every time I think of all God has brought these two through,
my heart just fills to overflowing with praise to the God Who can do anything!!!!
Praise His wonderful name!!!

Kristen, so graciously gave permission for me to share some photos of the little birthday guy
and their sweet dog, Harley!

Be still, my heart!!
This is SO adorable!


Such a happy, little guy!


Have you ever seen anything so cute??


So many times, I have to break down and cry as I praise the dear Lord for the mercy He has extended to my dear family and me.
How we praise Him for the precious, dear, sweet gift of baby Eli, now one month old!!!

I just wanted to share an update on him for all of you prayer warriors who have helped to 
pray us through!!

So many times, I have come here, so heavy-hearted and desperate for God's help,
and I have asked you, dear friends, to pray.
So many times, in answer to my plea, you have taken our burdens as your own,
and you have bombarded Heaven for my family and loved ones and me,
and you have reached the throne of God and touched His heart on our behalf.

It gives me so much joy to share the results of the prayers YOU have prayed!!!

I want to encourage you today.
Whatever you need can be found in the Source of all of our strength.
God is still alive and well, and He is still listening for the prayers and cries of His children.

"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers..."
I Peter 3:12

I am now working on a post that will be entitled "According to your faith",
where I, once again, delve into the subject of prayer.
I hope to share it with you soon....we have had a lot going on in our family and lives,
and there hasn't been a lot of time for blogging lately.
God knows when the time is right for a particular post,
so, stay tuned!!

May He bless each one of you, meet all of your current needs,
and keep each one of your hearts turned towards Him.

I love and appreciate each one of you,
I cherish each comment you leave here,
and I am praying for every, single person who will ever read these words.

53 comments:

  1. Dear Cheryl,
    Oh what a precious testimony of God's Great Faithfulness!! Truly our God does meet us every time, and in every way with just what we need. It may not always be in our timing, but He knows the best time for our lives to testify to HIS Glory! Oh, I pray that I will keep my heart surrendered to His Authority. Hugs and Love to you and your family!

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    1. Dear Bettie! I surely want to keep my heart surrendered to His authority, too...what a wonderful way to pray! Thank you for your sweet visit and encouragement, and I am sending many hugs and much love back to you, my friend!

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  2. I absolutely love, love, love this post Cheryl! Praise God's Holy Name! I love all of the pictures, as they are all precious, but I think my favorite is the first one of Eli and Harley. They both look like they're laying in basically the same position. Ha ha! Thank you for sharing this post with us and thank you to dear Kristen for being willing to share the photos with us. It does my heart good to see the face of the precious little one that I prayed for so fervently. May God bless you and your family abundantly. Blessings, Betsy

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    1. Oh, Betsy! Isn't that the cutest picture? I am so grateful to Kristen for allowing me to share them, too! I couldn't wait to let you all see what GOD has done for my dear niece and great-nephew!!! I don't suppose it shows how proud I am!!! LOL!! To God be all the glory, and YOU, my dear friend, have been SO faithful and instrumental in praying through on their behalf. I will never forget how you prayed so often throughout the day for them, and we cannot thank you enough. God bless you abundantly, and I want you to know that I am praying for you, too, and sending much love and gratitude to you!

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  3. What a precious baby boy..and I love the one of mom kissing her sweet baby boy. God certainly heard those prayers and answered them in the best way possible. Love the pictures of him and the pup...tooo cute! Have a wonderful, blessed night, Cheryl. xo Diana

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    1. I love that picture, too!! Oh, He DID answer! We are SO thankful to Him. Thank you for all of your prayers and for sharing the requests on your blog, also, sweet friend. Sending love and hugs to you!!!

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  4. Oh, those pictures are so precious!! Praise the LORD that the blood clot is gone!! Hugs to you, my sweet friend. Continuing to pray for you all! Much love, ~Melanie♥

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    1. YES, praise the dear Lord!!!! I am so thankful to you for your prayers, love, support, and friendship...you are such a blessing to me! I have wanted to email you so many times...I feel so bad that it has been so long. Will write to you very soon, Lord willing. I have so much to tell you and catch up on! I hope you are well. It was SO nice to see that you had stopped by!! Love and appreciate you so much!!

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  5. I can't praise God enough when I look at precious Eli. Good news about Kristen's health too. So happy for that little family. I look forward to your next message about prayer and faith. You have bulldog faith and it will be good to learn what God is saying through you for us. I am blessed to read that you're praying for me. Happy dance! Love you.

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    1. I know what you mean...I can't stop praising Him, either!! Oh, dear friend!! I feel like my faith is more the size of a poodle or chihuahua!! LOL!! Your words are so encouraging to me, and yes, I am surely praying for you and thinking of you so often. Love you so much!

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  6. Oh he's so cute I had to fight the urge to kiss my tablet screen! The Lord is so good and I'm totally praising God for the good news for Kristen!

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    1. Oh, that is so funny, Regina!! LOL! I know what you mean...he is just the cutest, sweetest thing, isn't he? Oh, we do praise God so much, too. You, my friend, have helped to pray us through, and we could not be more grateful to you. Sending love and hugs to you!

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  7. Wow - so much great news!! That little Eli is something else! And that pic of him and the puppy both on their backs -- that's adorable!

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    1. Isn't he a dollbaby? Oh, my, I know what you mean...that just makes me smile each time I look at it! Thank you for your sweet words, my friend. God bless you!

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  8. The face of a miracle ... so sweet and inspiring at the same time.

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    1. Yes, amen, and amen!! Thank you, sweet friend.

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  9. Oh, praise God! What a joy to read this post and to learn that Kristen's blood clot is GONE! And what a sweetheart Eli is! May God continue to bless this dear family and remind us that God is so gracious and merciful and that we can always lay our requests before Him! To God be glory alone! Hugs and love, sweet friend! xoxo

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    1. Amen, and amen!!!! We can't stop praising God for the amazing answers to prayer in this situation! Oh, you are so right, my friend...we can always lay our requests before Him. What a comfort and solace that is to our hearts. YES, to God be ALL glory...without Him, this outcome could have been the total opposite. Thank you for every prayer you have prayed and every time you have stopped to leave encouragement here. You are a dear blessing. God bless you abundantly, in return!!!!!

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    1. Yes, praise our wonderful Lord!!!!!

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  11. Hi, it's Su Ann! I've been wondering how Kristen and Eli are doing....praise the Lord!! God is so good. Thank you for letting us know and keeping us updated!
    You are in my prayers....

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    1. Dear Su Ann! I have had you on my mind and been wondering how you are doing. Praying much for you and trusting God to bless you, my friend. Thank you so much for every prayer you have prayed for me and my family. You are such a blessing and support and encouragement to me. God bless you much!

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  12. Thank God.. He is so awesome.
    Baby Eli is adorable.. So happy Kristen is doing well.. Praise the Lord for His love and Grace.

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    1. Oh, He truly IS an awesome God!!!! Yes, praise Him over and over for all He has done! God bless you, sweet friend.

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  13. Such a blessed, happy and joyful post, my heart is full of thanks and gratitude to the Lord for this sweet little miracle of love! He is just the most precious little darling, and the picture of him with the puppy is just absolutely adorable! Giving praise and honor to the Lord for His healing touch, and keeping power through such a terribly difficult time! Thank you for sharing the pictures, what a beautiful post today to read and to give the Lord praise for! We are continuing in prayer for your dear family, and that the Lord will continue to give grace and strength for all the needs. He is able! With love and hugs :)

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    1. Dear friend, you have been so faithful and such a part of this miracle! We will never be able to thank you enough for the many prayers you have prayed on Kristen's and Eli's behalf! I love the pictures, too...I have to break out into a huge smile every time I look at them! Thank you for your continued prayers and for your love and support and friendship. It truly means so much to me!

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  14. That's awesome!!! So glad you shared the news of Eli and Kristen. Their lives brought our Father's children together in prayer for His children in need. He is honored.

    Those pictures are great! What a blessing... Praying for them.

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    1. Yes, amen, and amen, brother! I never thought of it that way, but you are right...their lives did bring so many of our Father's children together. We all feel like we had a small part in the miracle that has unfolded before our eyes. You are such a blessing to my family and me, and we all appreciate you so very much. May God bless you and your dear family.

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  15. Praise God!!!! What wonderful answers to prayer!!! Thank you for sharing this, Cheryl. It is always wonderful to hear such faith-lifting answers to prayer.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing in this burden of prayer, Bronda. We so appreciate your support and encouragement throughout. I think of you and am continuing to pray for you, too! Sending love, hugs, and gratitude your way!

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  16. So happy to read this post and know that God has healed Kristen of the blood clot! I will be so glad to share this in service tomorrow. We have been remembering Kristen and little Eli in our congregation. Beverly (Williams) Brown remembers your mother and your older sisters, so she had personal interest in this prayer request. Thank the Lord for all He has done! Love, Angela Gellenbeck

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    1. Thank you so much!! We truly appreciate every, single prayer that has been prayed for my dear niece and her sweet baby boy. Now, we can all rejoice and praise our dear Lord for hearing and answering!! He is a faithful God who is SO worthy of our praise!! Please pass along our deep gratitude to those who prayed. :)

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  17. So cute -- and SO miraculous! Thanks for this update, Cheryl.

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    1. And, thank you for your faithful prayers, Michele! God bless you, my friend. :)

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  18. Cheryl, my heat is overflowing with joy over this post. Thank you so much for the update and for including photos. Oh, Eli is so beautiful. A beautiful miracle. And then to read that Kristen's blood clot is gone and she's off the blood thinner. That is so fantastic! I'm so overwhelmed by God's love, compassion and power! Thanks, again, for the photos. I'm printing that first one and taking it to church this morning to share with my brothers and sisters in Christ who have been praying for these two precious souls. God bless you, faithful follower of Christ. Well done! Hugs and love, Nancy

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    1. Oh, praise the Lord!! I am SO thrilled you took it to church to show your praying friends the results of their faithful prayers. Please tell them how very much we appreciate their prayers and concern! Thank you ever so much for your dear, kind words and the support, encouragement, and love you have consistently shown to my family and me. Sending many hugs and much love back to you today!

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  19. Oh Cheryl!!! I can't stop smiling!!! Rejoicing with you that Kristen's blood clot is gone!! Oh Praise Him! Praise Him!

    And what a cutie little Eli is!!! The one month picture with the football attire is absolutely adorable!!

    This post encourages me so much to stay faithful even when things seem confusing and "out of control", yet God is always in control.

    Thanks so much for sharing! May God continue to bless you all abundantly!!

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    1. Amen, and amen!!!!! I know what you mean! Every time I see those pictures, I just have to break out into two things...a huge smile and much praise to our dear, loving Lord for His abundant mercy!!! You are such a constant source of encouragement and support to me, dear friend. Love and appreciate you so much and thank you for every prayer. :)

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  20. Cheryl, I love hearing your praises to our Lord . Sometimes I find myself asking for prayer and yet I fail to praise Him openly with others for His answer . Sich a precious baby boy and I'm thrilled to hear the wonderful news about his precious mama . Praise God . My relationship with my Lord has deepen so because of prayer . I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week sweet lady and sister in Christ . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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    1. Thank you ever so much for your sweet words and support to us, my friend! It is wonderful to hear you tell of your own prayer warrior life and experience. You are such a blessing to me. God bless you with a wonderful rest of the week, too!! Much love and many hugs to you!

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  21. Little Eli...you are so so adorable and happy. You are bringing such love to your family. May the good Lord bless and keep you...Amen.

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    1. Oh, sweet BJ! Thank you for your kind words. I think of you so often and pray so many times for you. Trusting God to keep you close to His heart during these difficult days. Love you, my friend!

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  22. What a blessing it is to hear (and see) this amazing miracle! There are just not the proper words to describe how amazing and powerful our God is! Thank you for sharing this great answer to prayer and beautiful pictures with us, dear Cheryl! Hugs to you, my sweet friend!

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    1. Oh, how true, how true, dear Debby! His power and might is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think! Praise His name. Much love and many hugs back to you, sweet friend!! :)

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  23. Oh Cheryl, what a beautiful baby Eli is! I'm so glad that he is healthy and bringing so much joy to your family. So glad your niece is doing well, too. Always praying for you, friend! xo

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    1. Oh, thank you ever so much!!! To know you are praying brings such deep comfort! You are such a blessing to me. We so appreciate your kind words and faithful support and love. I am praying for you, too, and I am SO excited to see what God is getting ready to do in your life! I know it is coming!!! :)

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  24. It is sooooo sweeeet to trust in Jesus!!! All praises to our God most high! Thanks very much for sharing this story and sweet photos with us. I love to be reminded of God's grace, mercy and unfailing love...
    Our God is a great finisher of what it begins!
    God bless your family sis, have a super blessed day!

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    1. Oh, it surely is sweet to trust in Him! I love what you said about God being a great Finisher! He doesn't do anything halfway, praise His name. Sending much love to you across the many miles, sweet sister!!

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  25. Oh my goodness Cheryl! Such PRECIOUS pictures of baby Eli! Oh I know your heart is bursting with joy and thankfulness to the Lord for the gift of life and love he has brought to Kristen and her husband! I am just so thankful with you that the hand of the Lord was with him throughout all of the difficulties of the pregnancy, and that he is continuing to be there with them. Such a sweet picture of their dog with Eli too, oh just precious! Thank you for this update, and we will most certainly be continuing to pray with you for whatever health struggles Kristen may still have, our God is able! With love and hugs :)

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    1. Thank you ever so much, sweet friend! How faithful you have been to pray and to reach out to us during this time, and now, it is time that you share in the victory from those labored prayers! I am hoping we can talk soon! Oh, my, it seems like so much hinders us from being able to do that, but surely the Lord will make a way soon. Sending much love and many hugs back to you today!

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  26. Praising God with you, Cheryl, for new life, restored life, strength and faithfulness. Little Eli looks a bit like our grandson born earlier this year. Such a blessing!

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