In the midst of a sick baby (again!), we are having a serious family medical crisis. My sister in law Julie went into cardiac arrest Wednesday. After reviving her erratic heart, the hospital put her on ice and into a coma to reduce the damage to her brain. This more recent practice has had amazing results with patients who had no heartbeat for even 20 minutes or more! My own heart is hurting because not only am I stuck here in Washington with a sick baby but I feel like there is no way to help. Prayer is what I can give.
As they bring her body back up to temperature and let the strong medications wear off, we are praying that she wakes up to little to no damage to her brain and organs.
It is a time like this that I reevaluate my own life, my priorities, and my faith. In the life of a stay at home mom it is easy to devalue what my purpose is. It is easy to feel insignificant, unimportant and irrelevant. In a society where everything I need is available, I consistently turn away from God instead of towards him. I am comfortable in my own weaknesses.
But in a family medical crisis you get the chance to wake up, to shrug off the lethargic, luke-warm faith that invades the soul.
I am choosing to truly live again. To refocus my priorities and look to Jesus – my ever present help in all things. My closest friend. My Lord and Savior.
I don’t want my heart to fail spiritually.
Please pray for my sister in law Julie. I want God to work a miracle and for His name to be praised.
I will be praying. I hope that she recovers.
Thank you Catherine, I hope she does too. That is what are family is praying for!
Kari Rise says
Prayer is what I can give too! Hoping that all of our HEARTS will be healed soon! Please tell Bobby that we are thinking of him and the boys. XOXO
Thank you Kari! I really appreciate that.
Paula Kiger says
Will certainly keep her (and you) in my prayers!
Thank you Paula. I am thankful for all the prayers our family is getting. And thank you for thinking of me by leaving this comment!
Catherine L. says
I will be praying for her. I hope for a smooth and speedy recovery.
Thank you Catherine! I really appreciate you coming by to say that. We need prayers!
maria @ close to home says
life is so precious. hoping for the best for your family.
Thank you Maria. Times like this really make you value life and the time we have together here. I appreciate you stopping by!
Sending healing thoughts and prayers her way!
Thank you Michele. We need them! Keep ’em coming.
Oh no. My prayers are with Julie, and you.
Thank you Myndee, we all appreciate the outpouring of love and support from our online community of family and friends!
Kelly R says
I will be praying for her…
I am praying for your sister in law – believing that God will heal her body and restore her back to health.
Danielle @ We Have It All says
This brought tears to my eyes, not only your heartache but also reading of our lukewarmness… I’ve been lukewarm for a while. Thank you for those words, we need to get on fire for Jesus again. I will be praying for your sister-in-law and your little sick for sure. ((hugs))
Thanks Danielle. This life is the time to be serious about God, and I wander from Him far too often. Not in major things but in even in the daily little things. This has been a wake up call for our whole family. Trusting in Him is never easy during hard times but we are putting this in His hands. His will be done. I appreciate your prayers!
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! We’ll continually ask Him to watch over your sister.
Thank you Danielle. We are praying constantly. Hoping for the best for her.
Christy Maurer says
I am definitely praying for her! It is so easy to forget what is important. Life is so fleeting. Cherish every moment!
Jenifer Balatico says
Praying to God for her fast recovery. Be strong Lavonne.
I am so sorry to here! I have been following along her journey on her blog as well. My heart goes out to you all and her family. It is not something in any form that is easy to deal with. I lost my Mother only a few days after she turned 50 so it tears my heart to hear that she is not doing well.
It does make you reconsider life, and making each and everyday count because we never know what tomorrow holds. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you Amanda. I appreciate your comment. This is not the same sister-in-law that has brain cancer though. This is the oldest. A complete shock. My sister in law with brain cancer is living with her cancer and after the summer will be starting chemo for the next year. Our family is really being attacked by the enemy!
Sadly, it often takes a tragedy like this to get us focused on what is important. My prayers continue to be with your family.
Thanks, Angela. My husband and his siblings have gotten much closer this last week due to this crisis. He is thankful for that.
Oh, my goodness, I am so sorry for what your family is going through. Julie is in my thoughts and I am sending best wishes for her recovery. Please keep us posted.
I appreciate this Beeb. I will write an update post soon.
Lanaya | Raising Reagan says
Wow … what a wake up call. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. 🙂
(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
I appreciate you coming by to comment Lanaya. Thank you. I hope I can remember to link up to your meme in the future. I had a great time visiting new blogs. Blessings!
I was thinking about Julie (and praying for her) earlier today, and wondering how she is. Isn’t it great to know that we can trust the Lord when our loved ones lives are in the balance? He will never leave us to face it alone. Thanks for linking up to the “Making Your Home Sing Monday” linky party today! 🙂
No matter what we are going through He doesn’t forsake us. We are clinging to that at this unfathomable time. It is hard for everyone though.
Thinking of you and your family!
Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
Janis Cox says
Oh I am so thankful that you linked to Sunday Stillness. Happy to know you.
I will tweet this and maybe we can get more prayer warriors.
And yes I will pray. I also run a blog called Under the Cover of Prayer.
We certainly can get complacent in our prayer life and connection with God. Holding onto Him in good timea and bad – He is our everything.
Janis http://www.janiscox.com Author of Tadeo Turtle
Kaye Swain says
Hi, I am praying! And hang on to the fact that you are currently working hard at leaving a sweet spiritual legacy of God’s love in the hearts and minds of your family and friends – one of the most important jobs there are! 🙂 Blessings!
Thank you Kaye, for your kind words. I appreciate them tonight! Come by again anytime!