Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday, September 15

We have the biopsy behind us now. We are praying they got enough samples of tissue to not have to go back in. Please join us in that prayer. Thank you to everyone who is interceding for us. We need it. He was tempted to fear and anxiety before the procedure and we had to turn to our faith and trust in a Sovereign God to sustain us. We read Philippians 4:4-8 to him as he was waiting.. "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything but in all things through prayer and petition and with thanksgiving submit your requests to God and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard you hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." and also Psalm 62:1-2 "My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." That helped soothe him (and us).
The biopsy went well. He had a CT guided needle biopsy. They went in through his back and into his kidney and took out a sample tissue from the tumors there. The recovery was actually a little worse than the procedure as he dealt with nausea and pain. Thank you to everyone who held back on visiting today so we could walk through this procedure with him. He had to lay completely flat for 7 hours after the surgery and not move at all so he would not have been able to have company. We originally thought we may go home today and have a few days before we find out what type of cancer this is but they may find out as soon as tomorrow and that may change things. Please pray with us that this will be a easily treatable form of cancer as some are more receptable to Chemotherapy than others. We are also still asking for complete healing and miraculous removal of the tumors but we have accepted that God may heal him through many different ways. We are willing to walk through that healing trusting Him to do whichever would bring the most glory to our God.

The doctors have also requested a Brain Scan to check for anything there. This was a shock to us but we see the wisdom in it as he has been checked pretty much everywhere else. I ask you to boldly intercede in this area for a completely clear scan of his brain. We are asking God to contain the tumors where they are and stop any further spread of them. Please agree with us in prayer for this.

Chris and I want to thank all of you sincerely for your prayers. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for our little guy and our family. We can not believe how many people are praying, sincerely praying, for him and us. This has spread to several states and even several countries. People are telling us they are waking up in the middle of the night and praying for CJ. That is the God using His Spirit to move you to intercede. Please continue to boldly ask anyone you know who would be willing to join us in prayer or add us to their prayer chain. James 5:16 says to "...pray for eachother that you may be healed.
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As I typed this we had a sudden interruption of CJ experiencing intense pain and vomiting. This is the worst it has been. He was crying out to God to take his pain away. He raised his hands in the air and through tears asked God to heal him. He said "I know you hear me, I know you never forsake me, please help me, please take this pain away" His dad and I were so moved and overwhelmed just watching him beg his heavenly Father for help. We were begging God to answer him, to answer us. He kept crying out loud to God in front of the nurse. The nurse administered some pain medication and anti nausea medication and he continued to cry out to God in tears and pain as he waited for relief. When that relief finally came which seemed like forever he collapsed back on the bed. His daddy said the pain medicine is working and CJ said "no daddy, it was God" and I heard him whisper "thank you God for taking the pain away". He is now asleep. I am sitting here stunned by what I just witnessed and participated in. I don't have the words. My heart is aching. Please pray for my CJ.
A broken mother clinging to her God who is near to the brokenhearted.

40 comments:

shawn said...

Love you guys

Melinda said...

Ps 34:17 - 20

17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.

Dawn our prayers are with YOU and Christ and CJ! Again CJ amazes me and convicts me of his faith amidst trials and pain. Please tell him he is my hero! I love you guys and it is an HONOR to be able to serve you during this time...

~Melinda p

Alibrandi said...

Cj, Mommy, Daddy,
Cj was right, it was God who made the aching go away. we are all praying for you here at home. And we can't wait for you to come home Cj. I love you and God loves you more than we can. He loves us with a love that never stops loving and loves so much more than we can.
I love you
Sis

shawn said...

His faith and courage is an inspiration to me...to everyone.

What a witness for Christ.

It is amazing.

Dale said...

CJ,

Tonight we (the Mahfoods) were having out family devotional in James chapter 1. We learned that the Lord has promised us that He will give us wisdom regading our trial if we will ask Him. I am convinced that He will (and probably already has) given you enough wisdom to take you through this trial. Whenever you need more, just ask Him. He gives wisdom generously to all without finding fault.

After our Bible study time, we knelt down to pray. Because of what Jesus did for us, we boldly entered the throne room of God and each of us took turns pleading with Him for your healing based on the promises of His Word. When the prayer time was over, we had an incredible peace and sensed that our God (yours and ours) had heard our prayers.

CJ, the Mahfood's love you and will continue to enter the throne room of God on your behalf.

Steph said...

Wow. I will be praying for your family! I was given this blog address by my friend Angie.
May the Holy Spirit fill your family with complete trust in the Almighty God for your son.
I'm praying that you will tangibly feel your Heavenly Father's arms around you during this season.

Carmen said...

Hi CJ, Dawn and Chris,
Just wanted to let you know that we contacted everyone we know who has prayer chains and prayer circles. God is so good to connect His people for special purposes as your healing! We are agreeing in prayer for all your requests. We love you and look forward to seeing you soon.
God's grace and mercy for today,
The Behar Family <3

Janet said...

Dawn, After reading your post, I wished I had been there to put my arms around you to comfort you. CJ's faith is amazing and with that kind of faith, it probably was the Lord and not the medicine that comforted him. After our family devotional tonight we ended it crying out to the Lord on CJ's behalf. We are confident that He heard us because both Dale and I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. We continue to pray without ceasing for CJ as well as you and Chris. I leave you with this..God is our refuge and strength. A VERY PRESENT help in our trouble. Therefore, WE WILL NOT fear. Psalm 46:1-2 I love you guys. Scruf up CJ's hair for me. Janet

Alexa said...

CJ, Dawn and Chris,

Your family never ceases to amaze me. It is no wonder that God has provided bountifully for you in every way as you face this trial. Your love for God is evident.

CJ you are such a strong young man, so sure of your God, and so unashamed to call upon him at all times, you are truly an encouragement to many. May God richly bless you!

Dawn and Chris, as we lay flat on the floor several times praying today. Something that troubles us in no way :-), we cried out for all of you, for mercy and for complete healing. We boldly pleaded for you in Jesus name. May you feel Gods presence at all times and may He carry ALL your burdens.

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

Hebrews 13:5 For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.

James 4:9 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

((((((((CJ, Dawn, Chris))))))))))

We love so much, but more importantly your God loves you so much!

Alexa and Family

Amy Derrickson said...

CJ,
We are still fervently praying for you and calling on others to do the same. I am so sorry you had a rough day today.
Your faith overwhelms me!
We love you,
Amy

shawn said...

you are all being lifted in prayer right now

Anonymous said...

Hi CJ,
Wanted you to know that we love you so much and miss you so much! Can't wait to see you and give you a big hug!! We are praying for you and your mom, dad, sister & brothers. Can not wait to be with you and pray with you together! Love you CJ!!
Uncle Terry, aunt Karen, Eric, Jen, Scott & Lindsay

Heather said...

You are my hero!! Your such a Mighty Giant...
I love you so very much
Aunt Heather

Maleena, Marissa, & Carlos love you very much too!

faith2pray said...

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

shawn said...

I love you buddy

The Ingram family said...

CJ:
Our family will be committed to praying for you and your family's prayer requests consistently. We have never met you but we work with your dad, who has spoken lovingly of you. Isn't it amazing how our God has connected us by His son's blood on the cross, even when we don't know each other? You are quite a young soldier for the army of the Lord, the Joshua generation. Thank you for your confidence in God's strength, and for setting such an example for us. It is so clear how much you love the Lord!! Keep trusting in Jesus and keep claiming your healing from Him!

Chris & Dawn: Please know that our heart's are breaking with you. Our God is so faithful and we thank God that He has not forgotten you! We are so strengthened by by your walk in this trial and your demonstration of His power and presence in your lives! Trust in the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:28
The Ingram Family, Laurick, Kim , Joshua, and Jawanza

Christine said...

I was at BSF last night and had asked for prayer for CJ in my small discussion group. One of my fellow classmates came up to me later and said that she had already started praying for CJ even though she doesn't know him. God hears our cry! "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16
Crying out with you!!!!
Love Cris

@ndrea- said...

CJ!
you are so right! it was all God, you are so brave,
and imagine what the nurses thought when they heard you crying out to God. they must have thought "wow there is something he has, so great trust and faith!"
we have to cry out to God to let HIM know all our worries and cares, HE will take care of everything.

cj, keep praising HIm you have an AWESOME GOD!
who is king forever!
Psalm 145:3
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can comprehend.

thanks jason, :]
Andrea-

Heather said...

CJ
You have soooo many people praying for you ! I think that there is someone, somewhere praying for you every min. of the day!!
I love you CHAMP (hehehe)
Aunt Heather

Becky said...

CJ, I hope you feel better soon.

Love Gabe

CJ, and the whole George family...we are praying for you all! We love you and are in faith for what the Lord can and will do through this!!!!

The Gonzalez Gang - Marcos, Becky, Gabriel, Amanda, and Sophia

Anonymous said...

C.J

We are so encouraged by your faith and love for the Lord. We continue with joy to pray for you.

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself,"The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Lam. 3:22-24

We love you,
The Fabregas'

philandes said...

CJ and the Family-

Your uncle Terry and I work together in Roanoke, VA. My wife works at Blacksburg Baptist Church across the street from Va Tech, and the staff at the church is praying for you today before their staff meeting time. We are all praying for your healing and quiet rest through this time.

Reading the blog, I can't help think of the words of Jesus in Matthew 19.

13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.

14 But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” 15 And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.

Then reading further in verse 26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

One day, when this is all over, we'll tell you our story, but for now, know that God holds you in His arms in terms that we cannot humanly comprehend.

Phil and Karen Andes
Christiansburg, VA

Cee C. said...

CJ, Mr. George, and Mrs. George, Alibrandi, and Brett,

The nurses couldn't help CJ, and much as God can, he is the most powerful thing in the universe! He lives forever! All of us are praying. We all want CJ to be healed. Me and Mary were crying in church when they were talking about him. We were crying when we were praying, we are all praying, and our heart is breaking too. You guys are not alone. You are with a whole family in this church, we all love you, and love CJ, and want him to be healed! I am going to pray a pray for you guys:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are all mighty, and all powerful! God please help Mr. George, Mrs. George, Alibrandi, and Brett. They are all in greif. please God let them not be in grief, let them be in joy, knowing that CJ will be healed in Your time, not our time.
Amen

This pray is for CJ:

Dear Holy God Almighty,

CJ knows that YOU healed him from that pain, nothing else could have helped him through that. You know that he is such a Godly boy! He loves you! Please heal him, everyone is asking You!!!
Amen

CJ, Mary knows how you feel when you were crying out to God. She was in anifalactic shock. She was crying out to God, she couldn't breath good, she said afterwords "I kept not breathing because it felt so much better not to breath." It was hard very hard for her too.
Please know that you guys are not alone.

CeCe

C Medina said...

Dear George family: We are crying out and praying with you, firmly believing that none of the things we are asking for is impossible for our mighty God! May He make His glory more visible to us through this. Love, The Medina family

Angie said...

Hey C.J. and Fam.,
I want you to know that your extended church family here @ Riverside in Fort Lauderdale is praying for you all!


"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working."
James 5:13-16

Anonymous said...

Dear CJ,

We are praying for you!!! And you are right, it was not the nurse, but God Himself taking your pain away... We are praying, may the one thas has forgiven you, now in His mercy, HEAL YOU as it says in Psalm 103:2-4. "Praise the LORD, O my soul,and forget not all his benefits 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion."

With Love,

The Sanchezes

Melissa *E said...

Chris, Dawn and family,

My name is Melissa Elswick and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law (Tony & Amber) used to attend Palm Vista. They recently moved to North Carolina. My husband is one of the Pastors at our church (West Pines Community Church in Pembroke Pines, FL) I got wind of this blog and prayer requests for CJ through Amber and also a former congregant/homeschooling Mom, Jodi Slautterback.

Just wanted to send a note of encouragement that my husband and I are committed to praying for CJ and your family. I will also be including a prayer request for CJ on our prayer network here at our church.

Keep trusting in our Sovereign Lord and if we can serve you in any way here at WPCC, please don't hesitate to contact us!
(melswick@westpines.org or jelswick@westpines.org)

Trusting in His goodness,
Melissa *Elswick

Anonymous said...

My name is Tammy Stoy. You don't know me - my husband and I went to Palm Vista 8 years ago. I just want you to know that we are praying for your family. Praying for healing. Praying for His continued presence and grace in your life.

In His Grip,
Tammy

Richard said...

CJ,

You do not know me but I know your father very well. You are a seed of your father which means you are very compassionate and think of others first. God will reward you for this and your faith in the LORD will heal you. My Family and I will pray you.

Richard Amion - BLE 159

Amy Derrickson said...

CJ,
I hope you are feeling better today. I have been getting emails from people all day today who have never met you but are praying for you and loving you (even as far away as Papua New Guinea!). You are such an amazing boy, and your faith in God is so wonderful.

Mark 10:15
Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all.

(Your example is a great testimony even to us adults.)

Ephesians 3:20-21
20 Now to Him who is able to do EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY BEYOND ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, according to the power that works within us,
21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.
Amen
We love you,
the Derricksons

Maureen said...

Hi CJ, I wish I was there and could give you a long hug and a kiss, I miss you soooooo much!! (I miss swimming with you :-)
You are so trusting and faithful and such an inspiration to so many people, more than you will know. Isn't it awesome how God uses us in all kinds of situations. I'm praying for you CJ (and all of your family) and I think about you all the time.
I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU,
Aunt Mo
Chris and Dawn,
I'm praying for all of you, my heart breaks for you guys. You both are also an inspiration to all of us. I wish I could be there with you guys, thank you for this blog, it helps those of us so far away stay connected.
I LOVE YOU BOTH!
Aunt Mo
Blessed be the GOD and FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the FATHER of mercies and GOD of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by GOD.
II Corinthians 1:3,4

Anonymous said...

You are all in our prayers! CJ's faith has always been evident and even more now that there is suffering. May the Holy Spirit fill you all and bring peace today.
Love, The Grays

Anonymous said...

Hey CJ, I just wanted to let you know that you are encouraging so many of us in our faith. Several of the singles had gathered together to pray for you, and we were all encouraged and convicted by your faith and trust in God. We know that he will use you to reach many people, and not only the people that you and your family reach out to. I believe that God is going to use you to bring comfort, hope, and salvation to many others who are sick at Joe DiMaggio. Your sickness and faith through the trials is also encouraging us to share our faith with those we come in contact with. A few weeks ago, the sermon was entitled, "Making the Most of Every Opportunity." It admonished us to share our faith because 'next time' doesn't always come, and your sickness really drove that home. We have no idea when we will die, we need to live every moment so that if we were to die suddenly, we wouldn't look back from heaven and be bummed about all the opportunities we missed. You my friend have definitely lived this philosophy out, and I hold you in the highest regard.

Your buddy,
Joel

Espinosa Family said...

CJ you are such a strong young man. I too agree with you and know that is was God who helped ease your pain and the Espinosa family will continue to pray for you.

Chris & Dawn You are both in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do please don't hesitate to call. (((HUGS)))

The Espinosa Family

Heather said...

Hey my lil Buddy...
I told Grandma Colleen to tell your Daddy to bring you back a couple of cheeseburgers and fries. If you think of anything you let me know & I will make sure Daddy does it (hehehehe) ;)
Love you BUNCHES & BUNCHES
Aunt Headie <3

Anonymous said...

Carolyn Harris asked me to write for her that she is praying for you. She remembers CJ as one of the most incredible students she has ever had in AWANAS. He inspired her because he always had his scriptures memorized and was so enthusiastic to say them.

Sonia said...

Hi CJ, Dawn and Chris, this is Sonia from Caracas, that´s amazing all are you going through in only few days. Andres told us on Sunday and Paula gave us this blog today. Our love a preyers are with you, we really hope that every thing will be fine with the help of God and with the good doctors that are helping CJ. We remember you with love, my girls have good memories of you all. CJ is a very mature boy and he will help himself with his strengh and his faith. We will keep in touch.
Love from me, Andrea, Alejandra and Antonio.

Anonymous said...

Hey CJ!
its Chelsey.

I pray your feeling better today... I saw your sister at the language class and i asked her when you were coming home, she said probably tonight! Thats so wonderful! im sure you are very happy to be able to go home!
I have been praying for you and your family... for your health and Gods help and strenth for you and your family. My mom put you, your mom, and your dad as her screensaver so ever time we get on her computer we can pray for you. Its incredible how far this has spread and how many people are praying for you! its amazing! and God hears each and everone of them.
I pray that now as you begin the process at home there will be much grace and that you will not be overwhelmed with whatever you may have to do.

You are such an example to even me. The way you love God is amazing. Im greateful to say you are my friend! Everytime i think of you i pray for you!

i love you and your family very much! Im also very grateful to have your sister as my friend!

Chelsey Fabregas

Anonymous said...

Hi CJ, Dawn and Chris,

Have been having a hard time getting into this blog, but finally made it! You are all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. CJ, you are surrounded near and far by people who love you and we know that everything will be fine. Ana said she would say a prayer for you tomorrow in church.
We will keep in touch,
Lots of love,
Nicole, Alberto, Ana

Carlos said...

CJ,

Aunt Heather has been keeping me updated with how you are doing. I want you to know that you are in my thoughts. You are such a Trooper! I'm proud of you and if anyone can get through this you can!! You have so many people praying for you that you have never even met. Stay strong lil' Soldier.

Love,
Carlos & Family