Saturday, February 10, 2007

Let God be Magnified

It has been 18 days since our little Joel went to be 'in the arms of Jesus'. It has been a difficult time for our family, and yet, the Lord is faithful. Psalm 70 is an encouragement for us, it says:

Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me , O LORD. Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be urned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt. Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified. But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying.

In the midst of this trial, we say, 'Let God be magnified'. Last Sunday I shared with our little home church out of Psalm 100. Verse four of that chapter says, 'The LORD is good, his mercy is everlasting and his truth endures to all generations.' That is the rock on which we stand, that the LORD is good. We know that, even in the most difficult and darkest times. He is good.

We have another challenge before us. This week we received the death certificate for Joel. The certificate states that Joel died on January 5, which is wrong. Joel died on January 23 after enduring in the hospital for 20 days. I plan to appeal this, but I have not yet discerned exactly how to accomplish it. Please pray for wisdom in this process.

We received a note with an anonymous poem that was encouragement to us. Here is the poem:

Physical strength is measured by what we can carry, spiritual by what we can bear.
Now I kneel through the night again, hear my prayer, if my prayer be right!
Take for Thy token my proud heart broken. God guide my arm! I go back to the fight.

We know on our own we cannot bear this burden, and yet, the Lord does have that strength. When I am weak, says the apostle, then am I strong. We go back to the fight for Joel, and for life, to say to the world, he lived until January 23. Let God be magnified.

The Lord has granted us seven home births, Joel and Josiah included. Thought you would be blessed to see how they started out! The other pictures are their first and second birthdays.


Christian said...

Thank you for every update. We think of you and pray for you often. It could have been our family going through this burden so we want to hear from you and know what is going on. Our friends the Searls family have also shared the pain and joy along their journey with their son. We want to continue being a part of it, and the hard parts.

Just know that we will be praying for you as you seek to appeal this. It is not a doctor who decides, but the King of Heaven.

Christal said...

My thoughts and prayers with you always. Along with many others, through your blog, I fell *in love*
with your precious Joel. The picture of him playing with the bunny, and one with the Christmas cap and "cheeky" smile- to me- captures the essence of his dear personality and will remain engrained on my memory.
May God pour out His healing balm on your household today.
Love Christal

Audra said...

I am so sorry to hear of sweet Joel's pasing. I am also incredibly sorry I haven't been to my website to have known of this sooner. I have sent you an e-mail with my phone number. Jesus has said to comfort one another. I pray I can offer some comfort, at least in knowing you are not alone in this heartache.
Audra, Anabel's mom (from the clinic)

Teena said...

For some reason it did not let me post before so trying this time~

we are continuing to lift you up in prayer.

I appreciate the updates as I think of all of you so much and pray.

Praying as you make the appeal.
Thank you for sharing the pics....

please know we care~
Teena mom to 1/2 dozen

Carley said...

Those are beautiful pictures...

Praying for you all. :)

Beckaboo said...

What a wonderful start for your little Joel -- at home, surrounded with love.
Thank you for continuing to share with us here.
Blessings, the Ebling Family

Michelle Crook said...

Thank you for sharing the very beginning of Joel and Josiah's entry into this world! Love that cheeky grin Joel has!
If you need signatures in supporting your appeal ... letters? Please do post your needs. Continuing to pray for strength, as you fight another battle ... victory is the Lord's!
Also that your joy be restored ... thank you AGAIN, for sharing precious Joel with us. Bless you, Michelle

Christine said...

Thank you so much for sharing these precious pictures with us. We are praying for your family.

gina said...

God bless you all a million times! It breaks my heart to hear that there are those who continue to bring you pain.

I know, as you know also, there is a purpose for all of this. Most would have ended the fight by now. Not you! Even in your hours of unimaginable darkness, you continue to fight to glorify the Lord!

Joel lived and he fought until the Lord told him to end the fight and come home. He was faithful and he was strong. The day those doctors "deemed" your baby "brain dead" means NOTHING to those who believe in our Lord and Savior.

Keep up your fight and hold your head high ( I know you will). And, if you need a signature (as another post suggested you might) or ANYTHING, you just give a shout out and I'll be there for you.

Witnessing your faith and trust in the Lord continues to bring me closer to Him. Thank you for continuing to share your journey with us.