Thursday, November 13, 2008

Good Report!

I talked to Luke about 10 minutes ago and he said the surgery went exceptionally well. Praise God! He said Emily is probably "out" for the night. They heavily sedated her for the surgery. He said she really looks good. He met with all of her doctors and they all gave her a good report. They plan on giving her dialysis Saturday and maybe two more after that---we hope! Her output has been really good and the numbers on the blood test were good which means her liver is improving. Her lungs still have some fluid on them and if the next 2 dialysis' don't take care of that, the doctor plans on going in and removing it himself. Her jaundice level has dropped from a 20 to a 16 and her fever is down a little. So all in all, she's had a really good day. Let's just pray that with Emily not having a tube in her mouth, she starts feeling better and it gives her even more motivation to fight.
We're praising God for this good report!!


Kim said...

Thank you, Jesus! You are so good!

The Burk's said...

We are so thankful that the surgery went well for Emily. :) The doctor's reports sound really encouraging. God has really big plans for Emily...
Luke 8:50 But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed."
The Burk's

shilryg said...

Praise the Lord!!

laresa white watson said...

Praises! Praises! For HE is faithful!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Lord!
Karen and Ron

amy wright said...

I'm so thankful and I hope that everyone gets some good rest tonight...even Sarah. :)

AmandaBoucher said...

Praise the Lord! Thank you Jesus for watching over Emily! We are still trusting You for her FULL healing and we are rejoicing now for that outcome! You are still our Miracle Worker! - Amanda Boucher, Nacogdoches CBS

Ronnie said...

Amen, Amen Praise your holy name, Jesus. Way to go Emily. Luke you did good also. Get a good night of rest, for we know who is watchig over you guys.

amy wright said...

I know that this is really long for a comment, but I thought of you, Luke, when I read this today. This was written by a friend of ours who has a son with leukemia. As I watch people go through trials and come out of it on the other side, I always see such a strength and a more intimate relationship with the Lord. This thought makes me happy for you. I'm grieved by the trial, but excited about the outcome. I love you and Emily so much and will continue to constantly pray for you all.

November 13, 2008 by Michael K.

The Bible talks alot about trials and suffering. In particular the Book of James says many things. In that Joshua is once again in the hospital, I was looking for a little wisdom this morning, so I was looking at the first few verses in James. Here’s what I found:

- James 1:2 - We should consider them joy.

- James 1:2 - They should be expected. The text says “when” not “if” they come.

- James 1:4 - They are necessary in order for us to become mature.

- James 1:5 - God will give wisdom about dealing with these trials to all those who ask.

But there’s something else. Could it be that these trials we find in all our lives also serve the purpose of bringing us into the true freedom of God? That’s from the Desiring God blog this morning:

“We are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. (2 Chronicles 20:12)

Isn’t that a beautiful confession? It is so child-like in its humility and faith. It is, in fact, another Old Testament picture of the gospel. We are powerless to save ourselves. But when we look to God and call on him for deliverance from the impending judgment, he brings about a salvation beyond our wildest imagination.

The reason God orchestrated Jehoshaphat’s predicament is the same as his design in the tribulations and crises in our lives: he want us to increasingly find freedom from fear.

You see, real freedom is not the liberty to do what we want, or even the absence of distress. Real freedom is the deep-seated confidence that God really will provide everything we need. The person who believes this is the freest of all persons on earth, because no matter what situation they find themselves in, they have nothing to fear.

But the only way for sinners like us with a bent toward unbelief in God to find this kind of freedom is by experiencing repeatedly God’s delivering power and his faithfulness. That’s why we are to count it all joy when we meet trials of various kinds (James 1:2). They are making us free.

Pretty amazing to consider that God will put us in situations intentionally to wean us off of our own power, to deliver us from the sin of self-preservation and self-reliance. He does so to bring us into the freedom of what it means to truly trust. And rest.

Anonymous said...

You do not know me and I do not know Emily, but I am praying for her healing every single day.

Kay Vernor said...

Philippians 4:19 My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

To God be the glory for all that he has done, is doing, and will continue to do.

Kristi said...

Praise the Sweet name of Jesus! Our family is praying and continues to pray. We do not know each other but ARE family in Christ.

Anonymous said...

Dear Luke,

We are praying for you and Emily. We love you and your family so much. We are so happy to hear Emily is doing better. She is such a sweet person and a wonderful mother. Please let us know what we can do.

Jason and Carmen Collett

Anonymous said...

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
The voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

The Avants Family said...

The Lord is faithfull to all His promises and loving toward all He has made. Psalm 145:13b
We are so thankful for the good reports.
Chad, Sheila and Coleman

Rachel said...

Let the Lord be Magnified. The victory is the Lord's and God's grace and mercy be with you today as you heal. Luke, I know when you are going through a trial the days kind of blur together. Also, some are harder the bare than others. Speaking from experience I have wanted to tell you to rest in the prayers that are being lifted up on your behalf and know that God is with you every step you take with Emily. He loves your family very much and what ever you need he will provide. I have lived it and have touched the miracle that the Lord is. I pray he will hold out his hand to you today and lift you up above what ever satan may be speaking to your flesh. Keep you mind on the things of above and when James speaks of Joy I believe he is speaking of the grace we are given through Jesus Christ, love and understanding we are given through the Holy Spirit. We our selves cannot define Joy. How is it that even when the world is falling apart around you, there is Joy that fills your heart when you look at your precious daughter Sarah and hear the laughter of you children around you? It is the Lord. We are thinking of you and will gladly bear this burden with you until the day we can wrap our arms around you and your family rejoicing in the Lord.

Anonymous said...

Praise God. He is the Great Physian.