Saturday, September 20, 2008

Saturday, September 20


I began a post last night after a long day and just couldn't form the words to express my feelings and thoughts. Yesterday was a long, hard day. CJ was in pain or sick most of the day so it was difficult to focus on the things that needed to be done. He did the PET scan in the morning but that was extremely difficult with his pain from the port surgery and spinal tap surgery. The spinal tap is causing him back pain and headaches. The PET scan was in a different building so we had to go outside to get to it and when the sunlight hit our faces it was like a warm hug from heaven for a brief moment. I remember walking behind his wheelchair praying God would use the rays of the sun He created to bring nourishment and healing to CJ.

The most difficult aspect of the day was sitting down with the doctor as they confirmed his diagnosis. Due to the fact they found no tumor cells in his bone marrow it is diagnosed as Precursor B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Stage 3 They went over his chemotherapy with us. She told us he would be on a two year chemotherapy plan. I immediately felt the air deflate out of me. Two years, two years, two years kept going through my head. Based on the day he had, I kept thinking, how will we make it two years like this. Chris reminded me I need to focus on one goal at a time. So we are trying to focus on the goal of getting him through his first week of chemo and getting him home.

We would like to ask that you all pray for his strength and even his pain tolerance to be increased due to all he is dealing with. Chris and I would like to ask for wisdom in dealing with all the decisions and difficulties that seem to arise and wisdom in dealing with CJ as we tell him different aspects of his treatment. We are struggling between the balance of compassion and sternness with CJ when it comes to things he needs to do to get better like eating, walking, etc.

I want to share something CJ said yesterday in between his moments of pain and crying. He said, "Mommy, do you remember the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the book of Daniel?." And I said yes. He said, "Well, you know how they wouldn't worship the false god and they got thrown into the fire?" And I said, yes. He said, "I think God is asking me to be brave". I reminded him that they were not alone in that fire because a fourth man was seen in the fire with him and that he is not alone as he goes through this fire. What was amazing was that I had just read the comments and I knew my sister posted about that very bible passage but CJ did not know it yet. When I told him that his Aunt Heather had thought of that too it surprised him and hopefully confirmed for him what God is asking of him. I wish I could say that the rest of the day he was brave but I can't. He was scared, sad, and defeated much of the rest of the day. But those moments remind us he is still battling and seeking God in this. I tell you this to let you know that when you let us know what God is bringing to your mind when you pray for CJ or think of CJ we cling to it and are strengthened by it. We are then able to get the focus off ourselves and see from a slightly bigger perspective. When we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed and not understand God's purpose in this and begin to question why this is happening we read the comments and see how God is using this in so many lives and it helps us through. Thank you for the openness and humility that many of you are having in your comments about what God is showing you, reminding you or convicting you of . Please persist in prayer for CJ's healing. We are asking God to allow him to be a miracle case of healing from the chemo. The chemo will melt away the tumors but in doing so it will also affect so many other areas and organs and we are asking God to protect his organs and his blood throughout this process. I know Jesus Christ used his very own blood to save my son from eternal death and I am asking Jesus to now use his very own blood again to sustain my sons blood during this time.


When God permits His children to go through the furnace,
He keeps His eye on the clock and His hand on the thermostat.
His loving heart knows how much and how long.

-Warren Wiersbe (1Peter 1:6-7)

39 comments:

shawn said...

hey CJ,

I am praying that you feel better today. I love you and miss you.

Uncle Shawn

Heather said...

CJ
You are VERY brave!! Always remember that.

I love you bunches & bunches!
Aunt Heather

Break the Mold said...

A Bend in the Road

Sometimes we come to life's crossroads,
And we view what we think is the end.
But God has a much wider vision,
And He knows that it's only a bend-

The road will go on and get smoother,
And after we've stopped for a rest,
The path that lies hidden beyond us,
Is often the path that is best.
So rest and relax and grow stronger,
Let go and let God share your load
And have faith in a brighter tomorrow
You've just come to a bend in the road.

A poem that is bringing me encouragement from the book, "When Your World Falls Apart" by David Jeremiah who also battled cancer

Amy Derrickson said...

CJ,
Jacob and Ashleigh and I have been checking your mom's blog constantly over the last couple of dates, anxious to read about how you are doing. We are praying constantly for you, and so many of our friends and family are praying for you as well. I know this is a tough thing for you to go through, and I am so impressed with the things your mom has said about you. You are such a brave and honorable boy, even if you don't always feel that way. THere are a couple of Bible verses that I read in my devotionals yesterday that I wanted to share with you and your mom and dad.

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Matthew 18:10
See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
(How cool is it that your own angel is in heaven right now with God on your behalf!)

We love you CJ,
Amy

Anonymous said...

Hi CJ,

We hope that you are feeling better today. Here is a little something I would like to share with you, a brain teaser that might take your mind off things for a while but also prove something. It is absolutely amazing!

Beauty of Mathematics !!!!!!!

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn't it?

And look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

Now, take a look at this...

101%

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What Equals 100%?
What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been in situations where someone wants you to GIVE OVER 100%.

How about ACHIEVING 101%?

What equals 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help answer these questions:

If:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

If:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K

8+1+18+4+23+ 15+18+11 = 98%

And:

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E

11+14+15+23+ 12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%

But:

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E

1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100%

THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:

L-O-V-E-O-F- G-O-D

12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that, while hard work and knowledge will get you close, and attitude will get you there, it is the Love of God that will put you over the top!

See, now it is proven!

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,

Nicole, Alberto and Ana

Anonymous said...

Hey Guys,

I am so glad to get your update. I must of checked my computer ten times today. And you know me, computer challenged to say the least. I am still thinking and praying for you constantly CJ. I was thinking about you so much today that I finally had to go to Sports Authority and look around for an hour or so for stuff that I thought you might like. I'm gonna send it with Grandma Paula. I miss you and wish I could vist. But, I'm still watching Kevin develop a cold. It is in his chest today. So, not only are we staying away from you, but, anyone that may come in to contact with you. I pray that everyone is conciencious of this. I am glad to see pictures of you on the website though. It helps me feel like I am with you even more. Believe me, I am with you, and the Lord is with us. I love you!

Aunt Jackie

Anonymous said...

“The will of God will never take you to where the grace of God will not protect you”

the herreros said...

Dear Dawn,

My thoughts are with you. I pray that you find refreshment from God in the dry and weary land in which you find yourself.

Psalm 63:1-3
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

When you are tempted to despair, Dawn, remember his love, power, and glory. You'll be amazed to wake each day and find that He has given you the grace to face what seems like an impossibly long stretch of time ahead of you.

Dear CJ -
We know that this is very hard for you and that you have to be braver and stronger than you might have ever imagined possible. Please remember that you aren't going through this alone; it is God who is giving you the strength you need.

Psalm 18:30-32
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

Holding you up in prayer again and again,
the Herrero family

Tammi said...

Dear CJ,
I Love You so much CJ. I absolutely adore you CJ. I see your pictures on your Mommy's BLOG and I am so grateful that she is putting this on here so that I can communicate with you and tell you how much I love you. I am praying for you every day, every day. I know that GOD is watching over you and taking care of you and watching over your Mommy and Daddy. I have a couple of very close friends who are also praying for you, too and they are constantly being encouraging and reminding me that you and in the right place to get the treatment and the medicine that you need right now. CJ, your Aunt Tammi loves you with all her heart, and all her Soul, I surely truly do. Travis and Jerri-lyn send their ever lasting love to you. We miss you with all our hearts. We want to be with you right now and we wish we could serve you and your Mommy and Daddy, too. I love you CJ, so much.
Sweet Dreams Sweetheart,
Aunt Tammi

Tammi said...

Dear Dawnie,
I Love You Sister, I miss you and I am so, so sorry. Be strong for your little man. You can do this. GOD will take you through this-one second at a time. HE has been preparing you for this your entire life because HE knew CJ's life even before CJ was born and HE knew that CJ would be yours to take care of. I am here for you Dawn, I know that you are so tired and I think of you every moment. I am praying for you and for Christopher every second in the back of my mind, I promise, and when I pray I am praying hard. Remember that even though the load is heavy, you have to pray now for a Stronger Back, because GOD will give you that. I Love You Always, Always,
Tammi Jo

Alexa said...

Dear Cj,

Your a blessing in my life, you are so brave and strong.

Remember Psalm 23 when it says "yea though I walk in shadow of death, i shall fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me."

Remember that God is always with you, keep being strong hold on to that rod. I hope I see you soon.

I am praying for you.

Natalie

Alexa said...

Dear CJ,

I hope that you get better soon. I love you so much. I pray for you every day in my life. I want to bring you flowers and cards.

Love,
Melanie

Amber E said...

Praying for you and thinking about you all the way up here in north carolina. Our homegroup prayed from you last wednesday. May you feel the presence of the Lord today.

amber elswick

Shanda Layne said...

Dear Chris, Dawn, CJ and Family-

I am shocked and saddened by this news and as a mother of three, I pray for CJ and that love and the Lord are on your side during this trying time. I am sure you have a wonderful family, support team and beautiful circle of friends to assist you in this time of need, but just like most, if there is anything that we can do, please let us know. Even though I have never met CJ, he is in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Shanda ,Michael, Taylor, Vincent and Mia Layne

Elena, Jessica and Emily Rodriguez said...

CJ,

We are so faithful that God will give you and your family His strength and His power to overcome this trial. We love you and are praying for your miraculous and swift healing. When you are better, we can bring our Yorkie "Pixie Dust Rodriguez" to see you. We can see from the pictures posted that you like the pet therapy.

Hugs and kisses--> :-)
Jessica, Emily and Elena Rodriguez

James 5:15 "And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the lord will raise him up."
Be raised CJ...

CeCe said...

CJ,
Can you bring a pet to the hospital? If anyone can, I will bring Theo to see you. I bet you would like that, since you have never seen him before (I think). So, how have you been? Do you like your hospital (I know you are not sopost to like a hospital, but it is a really good hospital)? Ok, trick question: Do you like chocolate milk? Ok, I totaly agree. That was not a trick question. lol. How is your favorite nurse? Did she like the flowers? Sorry for asking so many questions. You don't have to answer them. So, I am praying for you ALL the time! At the prayer meeting, we all prayed like SO much! If you need any pray requests just call me, or email me. Alibrandi knows my email address. The church is missing you so much! I have checked Break The Mold like 10 times today to see if there was any updates! Don't worry about anything, you aren't missing out on any fun. I know, that every time I post a small message (or a large one) I put a prayer, but I really think I should, so here I go:

Dear Father God almighty,

CJ is asking you, and believing in you, that you can heal him! We all are God! You heard everyone at the prayer meeting, and everyone was asking you with all there hearts God! HEAL THIS BOY! Father God, I believe that you are in control, and you can do what you want with him, but please heal him before a month pass, amaze the doctors God! Then the George family will be able to share with them! God, only you can take the pain away! Only YOU oh Lord! We are all asking and pleading God!

Amen

And George family, not all of you will be in the same place when you read this (or maybe you will be), but, I want to say a pray for you too.

Dear Father,

The Georges need help, to be STRONG in YOU God. Please help them with that. Only YOU can help them when they are sad, and only YOU can help them when they need strength, and only YOU can help them Father God! I am praying, that YOU help them God! I pray in the name of Jesus.

Amen

George family, I am praying for you every day.

CJ, I am praying for you every day.

Love you ALL!

CeCe

CeCe said...

I forgot...
I have a blog for Theo. If you want to see a picture of him, you can go to:
theodoreslifeblog.blogspot.com
The picture might be old, but I am planning to post a few new funny pictures of him.

CeCe

P.S. Theo says hi, and that he wants to see you! lol!

Ily, Angel, Ashley and Austin Figueroa said...

Hi CJ!!!!! You look great. I am so happy to see you up and about. "Our God is an AWSOME God." This song was played today and you came to my mind. Looking at your pictures confirmed to me that YES our God is an AWESOME GOD. I thank God for being with you every step of the way. Have a wonderful day.....
ILY

Maureen said...

Hi CJ,
I saw the pictures of the dogs, the big one that was lying on your bed looked so sweet. I have a dog named Abagail that looks a little like that, she's sweet too but not always a good girl.
I pray you have a good day tomorrow and feel well. I Love you CJ and miss you lots!!!!!!
Chris and Dawn,
I pray for God to lift you both up and give you strength each day. I Love you both.
THE LORD IS MY ROCK AND MY FORTRESS
AND MY DELIVERER; MY GOD, MY STRENGTH, IN WHOM I WILL TRUST; MY SHIELD AND THE HORN OF MY SALVATION, MY STRONGHOLD. PSALM 18:2

Cassandra said...

Hey CJ,

As I was praying for you, God brought this verse to mind. I hope it will encourage you.

James 5:13-16
"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Isanyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 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. 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. 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."

CJ, I am praying that the Lord will heal your body. Rest well tonight.

Cassie said...

ps. this is Cassie from Palm Vista

@ndrea- said...

keep being strong in the Lord CJ, He will give you the strength you need in this trial.

keep thinking of daniel, and his friends; how they were strong and God held them, just like He will hold you.

i hope everybody that is writing to you from ALL over the place, and coming to see you, and calling, is being [to you] like one of daniels friends and building you up.

we continue to lift you up in prayer over and over.

i can say on behalf of the fireblades and i9 league that WE MISS YOU MISTER!!
talk to you later!

Andrea-

P.s. Tomorrow the dolphins play the pats!!! Go dolphins! its the new beginning!!

Anonymous said...

CJ. I read a Psalm yesterday that I wanted to share with you. It's Psalm 86:1-10 "Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for mercy In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me. Among the gods there is no one like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Like David, may these words lift your heart as you cry out to God. He is truly marvelous and powerful. Mrs. Pino

Heather said...

I just wanted to share these verses with you

But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 4:31

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My
righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, "Fear not, I will help you".

Anonymous said...

Praying that God would fill each of you with his strength.

Miguel Medina (PVCC)

Aunt Karen said...

Dawn & Chris,
I am praising the Lord and so relieved that the lymphoma was not found in CJ's bone marrow or spinal fluid! I am praising Him that CJ's recent surgery was a success. I am praising Him that the lymphoma wasn't spread further, and that it is the kind responsive to chemo. I praise the Lord that you have doctors who are not leaving one stone unturned and have moved with amazing speed to diagnose and treat. I am thankful that the hospital is not too far from your house. I am grateful that you have parents, siblings, relatives and friends who are standing in the gap for you physically and spiritually. I am so appreciative that God has provided you a church body who is interceding for you constantly. And the way that the Holy Spirit has used your blog and CJ's story to reach literally hundreds, if not thousands, of believers and non-believers is astounding. Your willingess to be used in such a mighty way by the Lord will bring people to Him. There will be people in heaven because of yours and CJ's current suffering! You will meet them one day, for sure. I pray, though, that this time of suffering is as short as it can be, and that it doesn't take the chemo 2 years to do its work of healing, but much shorter.

I understand your fear about how CJ will handle the treatments, and having worked peds oncology for a while, I can tell you that he will learn to accept them and endure, and it will get easier with time because he will know what to expect. I have always admired how the kids with cancer are so resilient and so brave - much more than adults. As the cancer shrinks, I imagine CJ will feel better between treatments, too. We will bathe the treatments in prayer.

We have known from the beginning that something was different about CJ. God speaks to CJ, and CJ listens. In fact, when we first heard last Friday of the tumor, I was perplexed as to why this was happening to CJ. I cried to the Lord that we have always known that CJ had a calling, and I could not believe that His plan would be for it to 'end' at age 9! Then I was reminded of what the disciples said when they endured trials for God's glory:

"WE ARE HARD PRESSED ON EVERY SIDE, BUT NOT CRUSHED; PERPLEXED, BUT NOT IN DESPAIR; PERSECUTED, BUT NOT ABANDONED; STRUCK DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED.”(2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

Dawn and Chris, after seeing what the Lord has accomplished in one week because of your willingness to be obedient and open to Him, I cannot even imagine what He will do for His glory through you in the weeks and months to come! Please know that your family and friends love you with all our hearts, and there is probably not a minute of the day or night going by that someone is not lifting up precious CJ in prayer!! May the Lord give you His peace...I love you! Aunt Karen
(and Tammi - wow!!!! I loved what you said about God preparing your sister to take care of CJ!)

mia family said...

hi cj!! Ur friends, n ours, the sorianos sent this to us so that we may begin praying for u. Please know that our family will be lifting u n ur family up in prayer every oppourtunity we get!
My husband ben was also diagnosed w lymphoma. At the time he was in the police academy n we were going to get married. At time this all seemed devastating to us, as I'm sure it may to u as well, BUT we remained spiritually faithful, as u are, n experienced spiritual miracles, healing an inbodiment of Jesus Christ that allowed to get through those times. Ben is now remission n I know by the pure grace of god that u will also!!! My heart is spilling over with love n compassion for u n ur family! I have been so moved n touched by blogs n I want u to know how proud wecare of u! May our wonderful god continue to provide u w spiritual n physical strenghth to get u through each second of every day! W all our sincere n genuine love, the MIA family

Anonymous said...

Hey Georges,

I just wanted to share a few things with you, to, hopefully, encourage you through trial. Today I was really struggling with trusting in God that He would heal C.j. Right as I was thinking that, a song popped into my head, and I just happened to have it on Cd. Here's how it goes, oh, it's called "God Moves." I'm just going to skip to verse 2:

O fearful saints new courage take
The clouds that you now dread
Are big with mercy and will break
In blessings on your head
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
But trust Him for His grace
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face
Verse 3
God's purposes will ripen fast
Unfolding every hour
The bud may have a bitter taste
But sweet will be the flower
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain
God is His own interpreter
And He will make it plain
Chorus
So God we trust in You
O God we trust in You
When tears are great
And comforts few
We hope in mercies ever new
We trust in You

Also, sorry this is turning into a book, I was reading in Psalms, and I turned to Psalm 77. It's a little bit long, but it is filled with many great truths. Here it goes. I will read from verses 1-9 and then skip to verse 13-15:

"I cried out to God for help
I cried out to God to hear me
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord
at night I stretched out unntiring hands
and my soul refused to be comforted
I remembered you, O God, and I groaned
I mused and mu spirit grew faint.

You kept my eyes from closing
I was too troubled to speak
I thought about the former days,
the years of long ago,
I remembered my songs in the night
My heart mused and my spirit inquired:
Will the Lord reject me forever?
Will He never show His favor again?
Has His unfailing love vanished forever?
Has His promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has He in anger withheld his compassion?"

verse 13.

" Your ways, O God are holy.
What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles,
you display your power among the peoples.
With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph."

Well I hope that helps you guys. We love you so much, and we have been crying and praying, for you so so so much. May God give you the strength to persevere through this tough trial.

Joseph

P.s. Sorry if a lot of the words are misspelled.

mary.merryj said...

Hi CJ,
You are such a brave boy! I'm so glad that I know you. You are such an example to me and I know for tons of other people. I pray for you every day and I will pray for you as long as it takes for you to get all better! There is a scripture that I read, and almost every time I think of it, I think of you.

Mark 11:23,24
For asuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but beliieves that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.(!) (exclamation point mine)

I love you CJ!

Mary

Anonymous said...

Hi CJ
I hope you are feeling better today!!!! I know that God will
continue to strengthen you.
Remember that each day that goes by is one less day of treatment
and one day closer to feeling
better and being cured. I read
the comments that are being sent to
you. You are one VERY SPECIAL BOY to have so many people from so many
different places Praying for you.
I am getting my throwing arm in shape so we can throw some baseball and football. (NO DIVING
CATCHES!!!!!!).
By the way, I have not received a tiger hug in quite a while. I have some new Spanish to teach you when you get home.
Your snoke misses you and is not eating. I think he is fasting until
you get home.
Please remember how many people are
praying for you and helping you and the family during this time.
I am so proud of your courage and
thankful for the support and prayers of everyone.
I love you.
Poppa John

Anonymous said...

Good Morning George Family!

We were praying yesterday for all of you and last night God gave me some verses...

For Chris and Dawn:
James 1:12 "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him."

And for CJ and all:
Psalm 121:
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all eveil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

So we'll keep praying for strength for all the George family and for healing!

We love you!

Viguie Family

Mario S. said...

Hey CJ,

We missed you at church today. The whole church prayed for you and your family. We look fowarding to seeing you when you're feeling up for a visit. Enjoyed seeing the pictures of you up out of bed and smiling. Continue on being strong and seeking the Lord.

Mario

Heather said...

CJ
God gave me the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when I was fasting & praying for you. God is using you just as he did them, to do Mighty Things. And just like he delivered them through the fire, I KNOW He will do the same for you. You are just as brave as they were CJ. I see it, everyone sees it. But you know what YOU have to see it too! You are so brave & strong CJ. Lean on GOD!

"I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness,
I will take hold of your hand,
I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness."
Isaiah 42:6

I love you so much!
Aunt Heather

Anonymous said...

Hey there CJ!

We prayed for you at church today! The kids drew a couple of pictures for you, we'll be mailing those out to you soon! We love you, and continue to pray for strength and perseverance for you and your whole family...I know Gabe would love to visit you, so let us know whenever you feel up to having him over!

Love,
Mrs. Gonzalez

Tammi said...

Dear CJ
Hi Sweetheart! Happy Sunday to you. I miss you very much today too. I am so grateful that you are doing better today. (I just talked to Poppa Jerry and he said that he heard that you were having a Good Day) That's Awesome. I am grateful for any news about you, especially that you are having a good day. I love you very, very much. I had the picture of you and Jerri-lyn hugging with your cheeks pressed together smiling so happily blown up so that I could hang it up and I got you a copy, too. I will send it to you. You know what? Jerri-lyn always seems to smile the biggest and the happiest in pictures with you! I think you must be her favorite cousin! :) I am sending you love and kisses and hugs through my fingers to the computer to your BLOG. I will keep on praying and being grateful.
Love Always,
Aunt Tammi

Anonymous said...

Dear CJ,
I pray for you every day. Hope to see you home soon.
Love you,
Ms. Lourdes

Anonymous said...

Dear CJ,
We have been keeping up with you through the BLOG that your parents very wisely set up. (You have pretty smart parents, you know? :) ) We have also been talking with Grandma Colleen. We pray for you every day. Joshua misses having you around church. Everyone at the church has been praying for you, too.
Hey, did you know that you have your own page on our church website? So many people were asking us about you that we made a page so people could link to your blog. By the way, I never knew you wrote such beautiful poetry. I am looking forward to reading your next one.
Love you,
Elena, Luis, Luisito, and Joshua (Sung)

denisek said...

Hi CJ, Mom, Dad and adorable sister and brothers, I'm Denise. I just began visiting Palm Vista regularly in August.

I am in awe of the great faith you evidence in sharing this earthshattering journey with us all. As I heard Pastor Pino telling us about the path the Lord is taking CJ (and you)through, I had this sense of the great and mighty works He would do in and through CJ as he walks in this fiery trial. I have a story of Gd's amazing provision in unbearable circumstances, but that's for another time.

Like Peter, keep your eyes on Jesus and see what awesome things He will do for you and through you. He will hold you above the waves. He will give you a testimony that will yeild an unshakable faith. Just keep watching, you'll speak of amazing things...D

Anonymous said...

C.J. and Dawn,
We are praying for you, C.J, and for your family that our Lord will send you all Peace and Healing.
Heather and Jo-Dene Whitesell :)