Walking for LIFE!

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 28-04-2010

On Saturday, April 24th, Philip joined with many in Chattanooga for the annual Walk for Life to benefit Choices Pregnancy Resource Center. I talked to him beforehand about how some babies are “born” before their time and die because the mom and dad are scared or don’t know how to handle a new baby. Philip at the Walk for Life I reminded him that every life is valuable and the Bible teaches that children are a gift from God. So if he believes that he can participate in the walk. He agreed, even when I told him the walk was two miles. :)

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Last Saturday, he did apparently get fatigued about every half mile. He stopped for a rest break and a back massage. The young women who came from church to walk all encouraged him to keep on walking. (shout out to my scribblers!!). Philip encouraged himself saying “I’m not giving up, I’m going to walk!” And he continued until he completed the two mile walk!

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He was an inspiration for us. His simple understanding of the importance of life and how we all are children of God was invigorating. To have that kind of passion and pursuit for the sake of the children is something we adults MUST copy in our lives. We must rise and stand in the gap for our present and future generations.

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Because every child matters!

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Susan

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Anonymous

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 20-04-2010

Just when we feel all hope is gone, the unexpected happens. I think I’ve shared it before. “Expect the unexpected but not in the expected way.” God’s ways are higher than ours, and his thoughts are greater than ours.

Dear anonymous, God used you miraculously to affirm and confirm God’s work in LWR. God is in control, I am not. God is God, and I am not. So many things I do not understand, but in the “small” things, pray that we are faithful, and I know the Lord will open up greater doors.

Thank all of you for praying for Philip. His ENT physician seems to be in agreement that Philip is suffering from swelling of the glands on the back of the tongue (due to allergies in part). If he does not respond to the new treatment, then surgery may be required.

But I believe Philip will be just fine. I will expect the unexpected, but not in the expected way. God is in control, and this battle belongs to Him, not me!!

Because every child matters!
Susan

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Weeping may endure for the night

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 06-04-2010

Hello friends,

It has been some time since I’ve been able to blog. I have had issues with my computer, but also have been busy in keeping up with Philip. Like I told you before, he has had trouble with breathing at night. Over the past week, the problem has intensified. His speech is more difficult to understand. He is fatigued during the day, and immediately falls asleep once his head hits the pillow at night.

Psalms 30 has become my friend over the past few weeks. The song just ministered to me in its message of obvious suffering, but the ending joy and resolution in knowing God is in control. All we could do during the night is try to hold Philip upright or in different positions to attempt to help him breathe better. It was futile. Santhosh and I just wept before God. What do we do? Where can we go?

Weeping may endure for the night. I heard Israel Houghton once say that joy comes in the morning–or when we “wake up.” We may not necessarily have the answer we were looking for, but we are aware that God is here, and that is enough. We wake up to His salvation, and the hope we have in Him. God knows Philip. God knows what he is going through right now. God has a plan. We will trust God in His perfect work. I know that this “marred vessel” is being reshaped and remolded. It will not be discarded. Praise God for His peace that passes all understanding. Thank you for your prayers on our behalf. Don’t worry, God is in control in all your situations. Trust Him and listen for His still, small voice.

Praying for you!
Sue

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