Sunday, May 6, 2012

Preparation...(5/6)

From now until 10:30 am tomorrow when thatcher is supposed to be out of surgery we are asking you, our friends and brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus out Lord and Savior, to join us in a time of prayer and fasting. We are wanting to storm the gates of Heaven beseeching God for His presence and His healing hand during surgery. You see, this procedure (g tube with fundofication) is very common, but Thatcher is not. Due to his severe brain atrophy, he really struggles with the ability to calm his body down.  It took him 7 hours for his vital signs to calm down after getting a blood draw, and today was the first day his heart rate was down after his X-ray on Monday... 6 days later! It terrifies me to think of how he is going to respond to an actual surgery. Also, he is already on an amount of phenibarbital that suppresses his respiratory drive, but is needed to semi-control his seizures. Due to surgery being such a stressful event he will have an elevated amount of seizures to pull through as well as plenty of anesthesia and pain meds that knock out any remainder of a respiratory drive he might have and will have to breathe off a ventilator again. But we couldn't say no to something simply out of fear of how he might respond when it has the potential of vastly improving his quality of life. Please join us over the next 24 hours as we humbly fall on our faces before the Great I Am and ask for His protection for Thatcher's physical body but also for his fragile mind. For Him to allow his magnificent strength to pulse through Thatcher during the surgery and the recovery period. Pray He rains down His peace that surpasses understanding over and into Thatcher so he can simply rest and feel his Heavenly Father's arms wrapped around him. Protection, strength, and peace; that is what we are humbly coming to our Abba asking for through prayer and fasting. Would you, the body of Christ, consider joining us?

22 comments:

  1. Whitney & Eric,
    I have been praying for the three of you since you started posting about this journey. The three you are a constant part of my prayers throughout the day. The faith you two have is awe inspiring. Following your journey through this blog and Facebook has been a great catalyst in my own journey to God. You have said that you know the Lord has great plans for Thatcher and will use him to his own glory, and you are so very right, he has. I have shared your story with some of the people I work with and have seen them, as well as myself, grow in faith and turn to the Lord for more and more, trusting him with everything. Our Heavenly Father is truly at work through your beautiful baby boy, and it is an amazing sight. I know you don't know any of the people I'm writing about, but believe me when I say, it is the most wonderful sight to be a room with of faithful followers of Christ, all praising and worshiping God, and praying for your beautiful family; brought together by your son and his amazing journey. I wanted to share this with you, hoping it will bring some joy during this challenging time. I will be joining in prayer and fasting throughout the day and into tomorrow, asking our Lord to protect and strengthen Thatcher during and after his surgery.

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  2. Praying for baby Thatcher and those who love him so much through this journey!

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  3. Praying for Thatcher and his wonderful family.

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  4. Praying for tomorrow's procedure and know that God will be watching over and protecting Thatcher.

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  5. I am praying for your beautiful baby boy right now. Even though we've never met, I understand a little bit of what you are going through. My son has special needs and at 4 months had a Nissen fundoplication, and at 5 months had a G-tube placed. God has gotten our child through so much, and I believe He is with Thatcher also! Blessings to you!!!

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  6. Our prayers our with baby Thatcher and your family tomorrow! God is Great!!! and he has Thatcher wrapped tightly in His arms!!!!

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  7. We do not know you, but with know the God you serve! The Healer! We lift you sweet baby to Him and pray with you now and will continue to! He is with you!

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  8. We are praying!

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  9. Joining all in prayer..Asking in the name of our Almighty Holy Lord Jesus Messiah..Lifting Baby Thatcher Up High In Prayer ^^ Asking for The Almighty Merciful Presence of Our Almighty Lord Jesus Messiah to be with His child baby Thatcher..Asking for His Miracle Blessings of Healing for Baby Thatcher..Asking for The Glory Be To Our Almighty Lord Jesus Messiah For Baby Thatcher's Complete Perfect Healing...Standing on The Almighty Promises of Our Almighty Lord Jesus Messiah..By His Stripes..Baby Thatcher is HEALED.. Praising Our Almighty Lord Jesus Messiah For Abundant Blessings of Healing For Baby Thatcher..Amen

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  10. The Shooks are standing with you in prayer for protections, strength and peace!

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  11. Baby Thatcher is truly an angel who has touched so many people's lives, including mine. I pray that his little body, mind, and spirit will be comforted and calmed by the many prayers and people that love him.

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  12. I have never met you but I have been reading your posts and there aren't enough words to describe how inspiring it has been to read your words of faith. The courage and strength that you have shown in your journey can only come from our Lord. Reading what you have been through and how you continue to put your trust in God is such a testament to what He asks of us all. Your story has helped me to continue to strengthen my own faith and see that there is a purpose for good even in the biggest trials and moments of pain and sadness we all face. Although those struggles are all different, we all have one wonderful thing in common and that is that we are all children of God and our purpose, in each of our unique ways, is to serve Him and give Him the glory, to put our faith completely in Him and trust that in doing that, we will find the peace, love, and mercy we each need. I thank you for sharing your story. Know that God has already worked through Baby Thatcher and through you, his parents, to renew the faith of so many. What a miracle Baby Thatcher has already been! God Bless You. I pray for the comfort, strength, and peace for the body, mind, and spirit of not only Baby Thatcher, but for yours and those that love him.

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    1. Beautiful and my words exactly!

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    2. PERFECTLY SAID

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  13. You ask for prayers and you will receive prayers!

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  14. Praying for God's strength being made perfect in Thatcher's weakness. Hold Thatcher in Your righteous right hand Lord, protect him, heal him, breath new life into him. In Jesus' name!

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  15. Smiths are interceding on Thatchers behalf. Asking God to show off his Master's hand as he continues to mold and orchestrate a little warrior fighting for his life. Praying that the seizures would have no place during surgery & recovery & remain dormant and that every fiber that allows for air will be restored and the load will lighten for this precious baby boy during recovery. Asking for the God of our salvation to be his windpipe. Asking our God who brings forth life out of dirt to bring strength to his esophagus, stomach & even to the tiniest neurons & receptors of his brain, may they be obedient and in submission to God's healing power to quiet the reflux in Jesus name. And where there are gaps, in faith we speak wholeness & newness. Praying for the surgeon and nurses available to be quick in mind, alert & wise and very sensitive to the needs of a boy we are calling together as a baby being healed & restored in mind, body & breath. Asking our Creator to be the surgeons hands & mind as his hands begin to work & touch. May God's glory break open the hospital doors. For the parents & the family, be their peace their great comforter & rest as they put their son in the trust of your mighty right hand. Bring confirmation to their decisions! The enemy has no place in any doubt or concern. The enemy has no authority even in sleep deprivation. We want to see You Lord and your All and your Glory radiating through Thatcher's cells. Out of the mouth of this precious babe cries Abba Father you are God. I see a mother & father exhausted clinging to their son with great relief & great hope thanking you God! Lord hear our prayers!!!

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  16. I am praying for Thatcher & your family. Although we don't know each other, I am sending love your way, like many others.

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  17. Storming the Heavens with prayer. Take comfort that our prayers will help with your heavy heart......... And Jesus will hold Thatcher close to him during this time.

    Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

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  18. The sweet souls at a downtown worship service in my city are no strangers to dark days. Many of them are homeless and few have healthcare, and they went before the Lord on behalf of Thatcher last night. I see in them what I see in you...a deep faith in God that has been tested by fire. I pray healing for Thatcher and peace for you guys.

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  19. We have all been thinking of the three of you all day. Many prayers for precious baby Thatcher and Mommy and Daddy.

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