I keep meaning to post that when I went to get Joel out of his crib on Thursday morning he was standing up in his crib. When I changed his diaper I stretched out his leg, fully extending it, and he did not wince or show any other sign that he was having any pain at all! Praise God! One more false alarm. Ryan and I get a lot of bad new about Joel in various forms. The pain we saw seemed like very bad news, but once again, it did not amount to anything. One day I will have to learn to hear the bad news and smile to myself and think “We’ll just see about that, because God gets the final word.”
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We marvel at all the ups and downs we have had. How many times can we see pretty amazing miracles and then be given terrible news only to be rescued from it again? We wonder what it seems like to people who are following Joel’s story. We have been hoping that our roller coaster ride of faith and disappointment and new faith may be turning some hearts toward God.
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This scripture was a key verse at church this morning, and it fits our lives so well right now that we just have to share it even though I’m sure it is familiar to most of you.
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2 Corinthians 4: 7-12
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

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  1. MICHAEL RENNEER on December 12, 2011 6:52 pm

    IT IS SO REAL WHAT WE FACE EACH OR EXPERIENCE EACH DAY, BUT THE TRUTH IS, WE DO NOT SEE WITH OUR PHYSICAL EYES, BUT OUR SPIRIT MAN’S EYES. SO WE SAY WHAT WE SEE WITH OUR SPIRIT MAN’S EYES BECAUSE WE BELIEVE. WE DO NOT NEED TO SAY , EXPRESS, OR EXPLAIN WHAT THE DEVIL CONFRONT US WITH- FOR IN DOING THAT , WE CONFESS HIS WORD, FEAR -KNOWINGLY OR UNKNOWINGLY . WE GET CONFRONTED, EITHER BY WHAT IS GOING ON, OR PEOPLES QUESTIONS, OUT FROM A SINCERE HEART, WE SAY WHAT GOD SAYS. I THINK WHAT WE ALL NEED TO START DOING IN UNISON FOR BABY JOEL IS CONFESSING OVER HIS LIFE WHAT GOD SAYS , “BY HIS WOUNDS WE ARE HEALED, SO BABY JOEL, YOU HAVE NO SICKNESS IN YOUR BODY, NO CANCER , NO AFFLICTION . WE DECLARE YOU FREE FROM ILL HEALTH, AND PRONOUNCE YOU PERFECTLY HEALTHY , IN JESUS NAME. LET US JOIN OUR FAITH TOGETHER , AND KEEP DOING THIS OVER AND OVER, OVER HIM , AND SEE GOD AT WORK. ALSO, WITH YOU HAVING PERFECT HEALTH, YOU SHALL LIVE AND NOT DIE , TO DECLARE THE GOODNESS OF GOD IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING. IF YOU DOUBT, JUST KEEP SAYING IT- IT WILL BUILD YOUR FAITH. SPREAD THE WORD, AND LET THIS BE THE NEW PATTERN OF PRAYER FOR HIM. ANYONE THAT GETS THIS SHOULD ALSO SPREAD IT. WHEN EVER ANYONE COMES ASKING ABOUT HIS HEALTH, TELL THE PERSON WHAT GOD SAYS. DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOD DID TO ABRAHAM? HE MADE HIM CONFESS WHAT HE PROMISED HIM, BY GIVING HIM A NAME THAT IT’S MEANING IS THE PROMISE GOD PROMISED HIM. BABY JOEL IS IN PERFECT HEALTH BECAUSE HE IS HEALED. SEE IT WITH THE SPIRIT MAN’S EYES.

  2. Jess Baller on December 12, 2011 10:40 pm

    PRAISE GOD!

  3. Roberta holohan on December 14, 2011 12:44 pm

    Praise God, Great news, thanks for sharing and oh Yes great Scripture…..Keep declaring the Lords WORD over Joel, God Bless x

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