Please Pray for Bella

Please pray for my sweet, rambunctious, full of life granddaughter, Bella. She is in the hospital in Thailand, and is very sick. The whole family came down with a flu-like virus but Bella didn’t seem to shake it. They had gone to the doctor and four days later when she was still running a fever of 102, she was admitted to the hospital for testing. We are on day five of 104 degree temperatures now. She has a UTI that has entered her blood stream. The doctors are running more test and searching for more effective antibiotics.

This is hard being so far away and wanting to nurture and encourage them. I wanted to sink down into my chair and wallow, but decided against it. I decided to do something normal, so I shaved my legs and took the kids to the park- to breathe in the fresh air and sunshine, to pray and to be grateful for Bella and every moment we all have to cherish life.

Please pray for Bella! Pray for her healing and that she will be our climbing little “monkey” soon. Please pray for wisdom for the doctors. Also please pray for Philip, Ashleigh and baby Emma.

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A Call for Prayer

I have a favor to ask each and every one of you. My daughter-in-law Ashleigh will be having surgery, a c-section to deliver our second grandchild, Emma. Philip and Ashleigh are already wonderful parents to our fun-loving, climb anything and everything, red-headed granddaughter, Bella.

They are living overseas and the surgery will take place in Hong Kong. In the last few weeks they have experienced many different and scary challenges, including a temporary move due to Ashleigh collapsing at almost 35 weeks due to a racing heart of 220 bpm. Ashleigh has a heart condition called SVT (Supra Ventricular Tachycardia) which typically is relatively benign during pregnancy. After a several-days hospital stay along with regularly increased dosages of a beta blocker, her heart rate has stayed elevated around 115-120 at rest. Her OB and cardiologist are both hoping it will decrease and level off to below 100 before surgery.

On Thursday, June 20th, 3:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern time, she will deliver Emma via c-section.

So a few specific requests:

* The beta blocker will work and bring her heart rate down and stabilize it.
* Emma will continue to tolerate the medicine in utero well and it will have no adverse effects on her health.
* Ashleigh will not go into labor before the scheduled c-section. The doctors feel this could be too strenuous on her.
* Prayers for Ashleigh’s mother, Susan, who is in transit right now heading to help out the sweet family in Hong Kong. She arrives late their Wednesday night, our Wednesday morning.
* Strength, health, energy and peace for our son Philip, Ashleigh’s husband and Bella and Emma’s father.
* All the Irwin family’s friends and family (yes, I do include MYSELF in that group), who love them so dearly, that we will have peace and comfort through this time, and we will have the words and actions to know how to support and encourage them from such a far distance.
* Prayers for all involved in the surgery and the care and health of Ashleigh and Emma before, during and after.
* If the delivery of Emma does not eradicate and relieve Ashleigh’s heart issue, the medical professionals in Hong Kong will be able to swiftly and accurately diagnose and effectively treat her problem.

I know that I have laid many requests before you to take to the throne of our Great God, but I do so because I believe His Word.

Philippians 4:6-8
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Ephesians 6:18
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Thank you in advance for your faithful prayers. And I pray now for all of you shift workers, restless sleepers and Mommas and Daddies up in the night that you will be burdened to pray specifically during her surgery time.

I would love to pray for you and welcome your private requests through my contact email or please feel free to post directly on this blog post so others can pray for you as well.

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Ashleigh carrying sweet Emma at 37 1/2 weeks

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Emma crying in utero when they were stimulating her with the ultrasound machine

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Emma’s big sister Bella hitching a ride from a new friend

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The Irwin family

With Hurt Comes Hope

Even if you never turn on the news, which I hardly ever do, one need only go on Facebook and see the multitude of posts about the latest tragedy in our country, the bombings during the Boston Marathon. I think it’s the vicious attacks targeted at groups of people in public places that unhinge us all – the atrocities and crimes that are not random; they are calculated-directed.

Typically, someone else shares a local, national or world event with me and from there I cautiously and selectively choose what online news source I will view to gain information. Go ahead and think me a coward; it is what works for my mind. I really don’t need an onslaught of images and sensationalism to wrap my brain around a horrific event. I don’t feel I care any less; if anything it helps me to pray more. Rather than get enmeshed in the graphic details and my own despair over the situation and the perversion in this world, I choose to concentrate on how I can help- the Hope in the situation.

Personal tragedies happen every moment around this world of ours and they
might likely happen to you and me. As a person of faith, I know there will be times of suffering and trials. My days, my life would be so empty, so meaningless and always random if I didn’t cling to not only the knowledge of hope, but that there is help!

I saw a post on FB that had a story by Mr. Rogers, the beloved children’s television show actor. He was sharing how as a young boy when he would see or hear of tragic events, his mother comforted him by pointing out the helpers. She helped him change his focus by looking at the positive, looking for help and hope.

People are hurting, grieving and processing tragedy all around us, not just the bombings of yesterday, but the daily calamities of illness, violence, abuses and death. We have a choice. We can do something. Maybe it is a kind word, a card to a stranger, faithful prayers, a random act of kindness or a deliberate, calculated gesture to aid and attempt to bring a soothing balm to a hurting heart. No matter how desperate the situation, as we breathe each breath, hope is alive.

“You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

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