Praying For Bennett

Last Sunday, I asked for prayers for Bennett. My heart has been so heavy for Bennett and her family. Bennett has a very rare brain tumor.

I knew I could share her story with you all and you would help me “storm heaven” for Bennett! I specifically asked for prayers on Tuesday. In case you missed it, you can read why here.

Praying For Bennett

Can I just say, GOD IS FAITHFUL!! If you’ve ever doubted if God hears our prayers, I don’t think you will after reading Katie Anne’s last journal entry about Bennett. 

Praying For Bennett

Here is what Katie Anne wrote about Tuesday:

“Tuesday arrived and I felt all of your prayers! I had been dreading this day and it was actually one of the best days I’ve had since our arrival. Bennett was supposed to be put under anesthesia Tuesday morning for a hearing test. I was also dreading that because as I’ve said before, she does not recover well from anesthesia. They arrived to take her to the OR at 7 AM. As a result, she fell into a deep sleep in the holding room and miraculously, the doctor was able to administer the test while she was held asleep! Upon our return to her room, a ninja nurse was assigned to change the dressing and it was not nearly as bad as the other two times. Unbelievably this all happened before noon so we were able to be discharged early in the afternoon.

Please keep praying because I was blown away about how well my Tuesday turned out. It went from being the most dreaded day to a positive one. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me and I was truly thankful. I will close out with some immediate requests that I feel will benefit Bennett.

1. She can continue to eat and drink as her taste is so drastically affected by chemo. During treatments she especially struggles to get adequate nutrition that is critical for her overall healing and stamina.

2. The chemotherapy causes minimal side effects. Because of the number of drugs she is given, the list of possibilities is long and frightening.

3. Her hospital stay for this chemo series is as short as possible. It is so good for Bennett’s mental and physical well-being to be out of the hospital. We are still striving to maintain some degree of normalcy in this freakishly abnormal world we find ourselves in.

Finally, we continue to be overwhelmed at the generosity expressed by so many in support of our sweet girl and family. We are aware of each and every prayer, note and deed and only wish it was possible to immediately reply. Please don’t think that anything has gone unnoticed or unappreciated.”

We now have an address where we can be reached:

Bennett Lester
350 Erkenbrecher Ave Room #40,
Cincinnati, OH 45229

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Friends, I can’t thank you enough for praying for Bennett!! Let’s give all the glory to God!

Many of you know I lost my Mom to gastric cancer in 2009. One of the things she taught me was to “look for blessings.” Mom always called the hundreds of cards she received in the mail each week, “blessings.”

I included Bennett’s address because I thought some of you might want to send a “blessing” to Bennett and her family. You can tell them you’re a friend of mine if you want.

After I read Katie Anne’s journal entry this song immediately came to my mind. I Know My Redeemer Lives!!! My husband and I love the part at the end where she says, He lives, I spoke with Him this morning!

 

Have a blessed day!

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Sunday Encouragement-Praying for Bennett

I shared with you last week that Colt was starting preschool. I talked about how our daughter, Courtney is having to let go. As mothers we all know that letting go is a part of the process.

Sunday Encouragement-Praying For Bennett

Colt goes to preschool 3 days a week, and he was having a great week until Friday when he had three “accidents” in his pants. Unfortunately, if you have three “accidents” you have to sit out for 2 weeks to work on potty training.

Courtney called me Friday afternoon in tears. I reminded her that it was not the end of the world. Colt would be fine and we (her family) would all help with Colt over the next 2 weeks. This is such a small bump in the road.

I was reminded of this when I read an update on Caring Bridge from a family that I’ve been fiercely praying for.

I mentioned Bennett to you all about a month ago. Bennett is a 2 1/2 year old baby girl that is fighting for her life. She has been diagnosed with a high grade and very aggressive infant brain tumor called a PNET.

Bennett had surgery and 95% of the tumor was removed but the 5% that is left is actually a BIG problem . I can’t begin to tell you all that this family is going through!

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I want to share an excerpt from Bennett’s Mom that she wrote on Friday:

“I’ve learned that chemo is similar to eggs and everybody takes it a different way. There are lots of different cocktails of medicines for every diagnosis so it is really hard to compare notes. For us, oddly enough, the worst part of the treatment, by far, is the dressing changes. This seems rather odd to anyone outside of the pediatric oncology world because everyone inside it KNOWS that the ‘tape’ is downright terrible. When we first got here several nurses would tell me that the tape is what patients complain about the most and I found that hard to understand. Well believe me…it is! Bennett refers to her tape as stickers. Since she has a double lumen line she has 5 VERY ‘sticky’ stickers that cover her entire abdomen. Every Tuesday all of them are removed and replaced with new ones. Chemo attacks those cells that rapidly reproduce and that includes skin cells so her skin is raw beneath the stickers. It really hurts to have stickers ripped off of already sensitive skin. No parent should have to restrain their child for nearly 30 minutes while they scream continuously and look at you pleading “let me go” and “it hurts Mommy.” I really can’t describe it accurately but it is horrendous. Bennett’s skin is already raw and blistered after just 2 dressing changes. I dread Tuesdays and I’ll take extra prayers on those days.”

I was in tears as I read Katie Ann’s post about Bennett.

So today, I’m going to ask a favor from you. Would you pray for Bennett this week?  I’m especially asking for prayers on Tuesday morning.

I know I have many prayer warriors who read my blog so I’m begging you to lift Bennett up in prayer. Pray this week they might somehow find “blessings” in the midst of all they’re going through.

If you’re willing to pray for Bennett, would you leave a comment just saying, Praying for Bennett.

I don’t normally ask this but would you share this post and ask others to pray for Bennett. I know this family would appreciate the prayers.

This song by Natalie Grant tugs at my heart. (You might want to grab a tissue.)

 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…Ephesians 3:20

Have a blessed Sunday friends!

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Sunday Encouragement-Letting Go

This past week has been all about “letting go” for my daughter, Courtney. Colt is going to start preschool on Monday. We visited his class this past Friday and met his teachers. (Typical little boy, he has a scuffed knee.)

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We’re so thankful he’s going to a christian preschool where they can pray and read from the Bible. But it’s still hard on Courtney to see him grow up and start school, even if it is preschool.

This past year, Courtney and Colt have dealt with a lot of changes. Change is never easy. But thankfully, they’re are doing great and that makes this Mama very happy.

One of the things Courtney has put off, was taking Colt’s paci’s away. He only uses them to sleep with at night but he loves his paci’s.

Courtney had planned to make it special. We were going to go to Build -a-Bear and let Colt pick out a stuffed animal. Then he’d put the paci’s in the animal and he could sleep with it and his paci’s.

So yesterday was the BIG DAY. We took Colt school shopping, we got a hair cut and we went to Build-a-Bear. Colt picked out a monkey and we stuffed all 5 of his paci’s in the monkey.

Last night around 9:30, I texted Courtney to see how bed time went. Here’s the text:
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Poor Colt, he’s learning at a young age, that letting go isn’t easy. Oh how I wish we could protect him from all the disappointments in life.

Letting go is never easy, but sometimes it’s necessary. 

never easy  We’ve all had to let go of things, haven’t we? Past sins, difficult relationships, and loved ones who’ve passed away.

But in letting go, we grow and we learn and if we will let Him, Christ will mold us to be more like him.

Jeremy and Maribeth Johnson are friends of ours who understand the difficulty of letting go. They had to let go of their daughter, Abbie Ann, just a few hours after she was born. Abbie Ann had Trisomy 13. Jeremy and Maribeth have shared their story and given God all the glory. Maribeth sings this song about Abbie Ann and letting go of her.


Have a blessed Sunday!

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I’m Overwhelmed By Grace

I’m overwhelmed by God’s grace. I don’t take it lightly. I know the sacrifices He made so that I could have it. And to be perfectly honest, I’m desperate for it.

I sometimes forget that past sins have been wiped clean. I still mourn them….but. there’s. grace

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When I heard the words to this song, I was in my car. I almost pulled over and cried because of God’s mercy on me.

Here are the words, “I run into Your arms, Unashamed because of mercy. I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed.”

We get to go before the Father UNASHAMED because of what Christ did for us! I truly am OVERWHELMED.

 

I pray today that you will feel overwhelmed by His grace and know that you are loved by an almighty God who is holding you in the palm of His hands.

Do you sometimes need to be reminded of His grace? Do you have past sins that you mourn?

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Have a blessed day!

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Do You Ever Feel Anxious?

Do You Ever Feel Anxious?

I know many of you have felt anxious before, I know I have. I’ve had nights where I wake up and feel an overwhelming sense of fear. It’s in those moments I cry out to God.

The good news is that Jesus is always waiting, always listening and He is the one who can calm our fears. He can carry us in those times. The truth is we all need Jesus to carry us.

St. Augustine said, “our souls are restless until they find their rest in You.”

Philippians 4:7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

Maybe you’re dealing with something, like divorce, financial troubles, illness, or doubt. Maybe everything is good but you still have fears or anxiety.

He can carry you!

I had heard this song many times, but hadn’t listened to the words. It’s a great reminder of His faithfulness.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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The Voice Of Truth

I was taking a walk this week in my subdivision listening to christian music on my iphone and I heard the song, The Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns.

I started thinking about all the lies that the enemy has told me, and I’m sure has told some of you.

The enemy tells us:

  • You don’t matter.
  • God could never forgive you.
  • God can’t use you.
  • You’ll never be good enough.

At times, I’ve chosen to listen to the lies over the voice of truth.

But God says:

  • You are fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalm 139:14
  • There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
  • So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. John 8:36
  • You are forgiven. Ephesians 1:7
  • You are the apple of his eye! Zechariah 2:8

The Voice Of Truth

My prayer today is we will listen to the Voice of Truth and stop listening to the enemies lies.

I’m sharing an older picture today, I hope you don’t mind! It’s day 27 of my 31 days of summer fashion.

I still have this dress and wear it. The dress is a Stitch Fix dress, my necklace is from Francesca’s and my wedge heels are from Payless Shoe Source.

Stitch Fix Dress

Have a blessed day!

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