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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Watching Faith Grow

We got a phone call the other day.

The dreaded kind.

The family member asked us to pray for our nephew who was facing a frightening diagnosis after some very disturbing tests.

I hesitated telling my kids about their cousin. I knew they would have questions I couldn't answer.

But I also wanted to give them the opportunity to pray.

Because my fourteen year old nephew needed it.

We joined together as a family the night before the important doctor's visit and we prayed. My hubby led us, with my son tucked under his arm and my daughter leaning on my shoulder.

I stopped to listen because I heard the most beautiful sound:

The fervent prayers of my children, asking God to heal their cousin and friend.

Their prayers were simple. Thorough. Heart-felt and faith-filled.

It moved me deeply.

I kept thinking about Matthew 7:7-8

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."

Two days passed. Then we got the call.

The neurologist altered the diagnosis, prescribed some helpful medicine and came up with a treatment plan.

I thought maybe it was a simple misdiagnosis or a mistake.

But I couldn't wait to tell me kids! I knew this would strengthen their young faith in God.

They jumped up and down and immediately said, "God did this! He healed him just like we prayed."

They never doubted God for a minute.

I thought I was teaching them.

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Blogger marie said...

Thanks for sharing ~ you blessed me and you made me smile!

February 8, 2009 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Dorothy Champagne said...

I have learned so many lessons through my children. Making my statements of simply being an example before others hold true. Thank you for your story of answered prayer.

February 8, 2009 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Susan Storm Smith said...

Yup, the effective fervent prayers of the righteous, the simple language of God's love from the heart. It doesn't get any better than that. Great post and encouragement.

February 8, 2009 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

I am always amazed at the faith my kids have and the way if i listen they teach me. and yeah for your nephew.

February 8, 2009 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

This blessed my heart, thank you.

February 8, 2009 at 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was a touching story. Thank you.

God Bless,
Lauren Ann

February 8, 2009 at 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you!

February 8, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Momof4 said...

Many times the strength and depth of my children's simple faith has brought me to tears and put me to shame. Kids understand more than we give them credit for. Thank you for a beautiful story!

February 8, 2009 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Super B's Mom said...

Such a BEAUTIFUL moment for you. This brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing!

God bless!

February 8, 2009 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger mommy4life said...

If we only had child-like faith ourselves on a daily basis...

February 8, 2009 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger RefreshMom said...

What a precious thing! So great that your children really 'get it' and sooo great that your nephew gets to be the recipient of God's grace.

February 8, 2009 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Omah's Helping Hands said...

How heartwarming. That is great news! Yes! God is Good! Just goes to show that the enemy may be striking in some areas, but is doing so Many Positive things in life. Prayers are being answered left and right. Praise the Lord for the healng of your nephew. Thank You Lord!

February 8, 2009 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger BizzieLizzie said...

God is so good! What I have learned through Lizzie's eyes - deepens my Faith daily! Yayyy for your nephew!! =0)

February 9, 2009 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Cathy Davis said...

Kristen, as you might recall, I posted a link about my nephew on your blog (where you had other links of precious children needing prayer). So much of what you wrote in this blog relates to what we're dealing with as well. What's so amazing and is such a God thing is that a friend of mine forwarded this devotional to me because it reminded her of my nephew! (I hadn't gotten over here in a couple of days so I hadn't see it yet.) God is SO GOOD! AMEN? AMEN!

February 9, 2009 at 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing how God uses our children to teach us? The faith of children is unwaivering. Unquestionable.
There was a time when my daughter (6) was sick with a belly ache. Like most people, she does not like, well, you know...throwing up. So, when she came to a point when she was about to, then didn't, she gave credit to God for stopping it from coming. For a second, in my own mind, I thought, "no, she was just mistaken about throwing up." Then I caught myself and thought, "No. God probably did stop it. What am I thinking?!" We are too quick sometimes to give credit else where or even write it off as just a mistake, when really, God is doing His thing! Praise God for children! They really are a blessing!

February 9, 2009 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

Wowzer, this pulled at my heart strings. Loved it, Kristen.

February 10, 2009 at 5:06 PM  

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