Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thursday, September 18 Post Surgery


The surgery is finally behind us. CJ sleeps. I sit and stare at him as I type this is utter amazement at all that has happened to us in less than a week. We have been told the surgery went well. His port is in. They took the bone marrow out of his hip for testing and the fluid from the spine. He also had his first chemo injection directly into his spine. We are thanking God for a successful surgery and praying for a restful night with no discomfort or complications. Please join us in prayer for those very things. Please also join us in thanking God for our answer to prayer for a safe surgery. As He hears and answers our prayers, He also delights in our thanksgiving to Him. I immediately am reminded of the time Jesus healed 10 lepers (Luke chapter 17:11-19) and after seeing they were healed only one man came back praising God in a loud voice and threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked Him. Jesus said, .."Where are the other men? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? Then He said to him, rise and go, your faith has made you well." Please join us as we throw ourselves at the feet of Jesus and thank Him for His answers to our prayers.

I know many of you fasted today and went to the prayer meeting and I thank you from the depths of our hearts for your sacrifice on CJ's behalf. For those of you attending the prayer meeting in the morning at the church as well as for everyone else that is praying with us we are asking for a specific prayer. Tomorrow at 10am CJ has a PET scan. They inject him with dye and scan his body to light up all the areas the cancer is and the different tumors. We are asking for a miracle of healing to take place that reveals itself on the PET scan. We are asking and thanking God in advance that they will see less tumors than they did originally. We are asking the He melt away much of the tumors even before tomorrow. We are asking for the doctors to be surprised at the decrease they see.

The other prayer requests we have are that the spinal fluids and bone marrow taken today will reveal no evidence of the disease there and therefore leaving this a lymphoma. He begins chemo tomorrow through his port and we ask for no side effects or complications that would delay his release. Particularly no fevers! We know we are asking for a lot but many of you have asked us to be as specific as possible so you will know how to intercede. Our thank you is beyond words.

We would also like to let all of you know that we read your comments to him each day. Today, prior to his surgery we read him the newest comments along with 25 hand made cards from Ms. P's 2nd grade class at Somerset Academy. This truly lifted his spirits. He immediately went from being nervous and sad to uplifted and smiling. We encourage you to keep placing comments on the blog if your heart leads you to do so. CJ enjoys each and every one of them. These comments also encourage us as his parents. To see the outpouring of prayer and love for our CJ just completely overwhelms us with joy and confirms for us that this is a God thing not a cancer thing.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please know that as you pray for CJ, we are praying for all of you. We are thanking God continually for all of you and your prayers. We are asking God to bless the fruit of your sacrifice.

67 comments:

Lori said...

Hi CJ & family,

This is Derek Murrell's sister Lori. I just wanted you to know that you have been in my prayers as well as those of my two daughters (ages 8 & 11) all the way in Wadsworth, Ohio. Also, I work at a Christian School here and you have been added to the prayer journals of all of my 7th and 8th grade students.

Your faith is amazing and I know you have touched many lives. Thanks for the updates. I will continue to uplift you in prayer and share this with others.

CJ - you are an amazing boy...stay strong and know that God is with you all the way!!!

In Christ,

Lori Fultz

Gabriela said...

hi papi,

I hope you sleep well thru out the nite. We've been praying togetther....
I'm glad the procedure went as well as could be expected. Justin was glad he was to spend time with you yesterday.. We are hoping for you to get well soon and strong quickly so we can get you home.. we love you, miss you and know god is with you!

Justin, joe, erika and gaby

Heather said...

Our Bible study Daniel by Beth Moore came to mind today. Particulary Daniel 3:24-30 when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were were bound & casted into the midst of the fire. And how four men loose were seen in the fire.
You all are going thru your own fire, and you are not alone! For you are flanked by the power and presence of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Beth Moore).
What also comes to mind is how Nebuchadnezzar praises God, and converted to worship one true God when they witnessed this miracle!
With all that is going on right now your faith, courage, strength, & trust in God is evident. I know I am not just speaking for myself when I say my own relationship with God is being refined & growing thru this. This is reaching so many people that I have no doubt that many are feeling the same way. There may be some who didn't have a relationship with God until now.
Words can not express the overwhelming emotions I get from reading this blog & comments. God is Mighty! And He will deliver you thru the fire!
I love you guys so much!!!

Heather said...

While writing my comment (or should I say book), I forgot to include a verse.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of you faith being much more precious then gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:6-7

Heather said...
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Chad, Demi, Mary Jordan & Sean Gibson said...

Your amazing son and family were brought to our attention AND PRAYERS by Trish McPherson (my cousin). Please know that we, too, believe in a healing God. That we, too, are calling on all of the angels and saints to pray on CJ's behalf. That we, too, are storming the Throne with prayer this VERY MINUTE! That we will not forget or put it off. That our friends, family and congregation are amongst your prayer warriors.

As I read your blog, and esp. CJ's stories and poems, there is no doubt in my mind and heart that this family is filled with the Holy Spirit and that the Lord our God is working through this special boy! We look forward to rejoicing with you (all the way from Northern Indiana) with news that CJ is healed.

Peace to you all!

Chad, Demi, Mary Jordan and Sean Gibson

shawn said...

Hey buddy,

Last night you had quite a few of the dorms(75+ students each)at Liberty praying for you. In fact, there are many staff and faculty at liberty praying for you, and I have heard of many local churches in Lynchburg praying for as well.
It is mind boggling to think of how many people have lifted you up to the Lord in prayer. CJ your love for the Lord, your faithful witness and testimony of Christ, has encouraged all of those who have heard of you and are praying for you. God has used you to touch many lives for Him. PRAISE GOD!!! I love you so much buddy and I am so proud of you. I thank God for you constantly. I cant wait to see you and give you a big hug.

Uncle Shawn

Maureen said...

Hi CJ, Chris and Dawn,
Am continuing to pray for all of you and will pray for your specific requests. CJ, I asked Grandma Colleen to give you a hug and kiss from me so if she didn't yet, next time you see her make sure she does it, I wish I was there to do it myself.
GG Mary sends her love and she is praying for all of you too.
I love you CJ,
Aunt Mo

Anonymous said...

Psalm 109:21 says, "But you, O God my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name's sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!"
vs. 26-27..."Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to your steadfast love! Let them know that this is your hand; you O Lord, have done it!"

Lord, my prayer this morning, that you continue to work on CJ's behalf for your name's sake. And because your steadfast love is good, please deliver him! Help him, O Lord my God! Save him according to your steadfast love! And Lord, let 'them' know that it was your hand. O Lord, that You have done it! May all eyes turn to you in the midst of this, not to the wonders of modern medicine and the wisdom of medical staff...although you are using those things for Your glory!!! In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

CJ, thank you for your powerful witness. May the Lord continue to provide the strength you need, for each moment of every day. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers often, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to come alongside you and glory at God's amazing work thus far...

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

Eric Russell said...

Hi CJ, This is Eric. Jenn and I love you and are praying for you. I still drink out of the coffee mug that you made me a couple of years ago and I get to tell everyone that my little cousin CJ made it! When you get better you need to come to Virginia so I can take you deer hunting (if that's ok with your mom and dad). Jenn and I might be able to fly down and see you when you get out of the hospital and then I can teach you some new Jiu-Jitsu moves. I hope you feel better and Jenn and I will be praying for you. We love you buddy!

Tricia McPherson said...

Dawn,

I am Chuck's sister-in-law, Trish, Bryan's wife. I know we've met but only once or twice, but wanted to assure you that CJ is in our thoughts and prayers. I sent your website to everyone I know, requesting prayers from all. Keep your faith and know that God has his hands over your son, and HE is in control.

Love,
Bryan, Trish, Eric, & Angel McPherson

faith2pray said...

Ephesians 1:15-23 For this reason,because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Thank you for being faithful to our everlasting faithful GOD! I am greatly encouraged and praise Him for the grace to endure.

For His Glory,

Marilena & family

grandma colleen said...

good morning my precious c.j. i missed seeing you last night but i was praying for you. i hope you slept well and that you are feeling well today.c.j. i have a scripture for you that has your name on it psalm 91:14 BECAUSE HE LOVES ME SAYS THE LORD, I WILL RESCUE HIM, I WILL PROTECT HIM, FOR HE ACKNOWLEDGES MY NAME. HE(C.J.)WILL CALL UPON ME AND I WILL ANSWER HIM (c.j.)I WILL BE WITH HIM (c.j.) IN TROUBLE I WILL DELIEVER HIM AND HONOR HIM. WITH LONG LIFE I WILL SATISFY HIM(c.j.) AND SHOW HIM MY SALVATION. c.j. GOD knows how much you love him and honor him so we will claim this promise of GOD for you. im praying you have a comfortable day and that you, mommy and daddy will feel our GODS presense with you all day and night and always. you are very loved my precious one especially by our loving Savior. hope to see you soon my little love bug all my love grandma colleen

the Grays said...

1 Kings 18:37 - Answer me O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.

This is Elijah calling out to God to show himself to the unbelievers by sending fire from heaven to consume the offering he has just soaked with water. God not only consumes the offering with fire, but the wood, stones and water surrounding the altar. We are praying that God does the same thing with your tumors! May God take them away so that the unbelievers and the ones who have turned from Him will know He is the living God who hears our prayers.

Joshua 1:9 says "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

CJ, God is with you and hears your prayers as well as the prayers of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of people praying for you right now. We love you and look forward to seeing you soon.

The Grays

Jessica said...

CJ & Family

Your strength is amazing - May GOD's blessing continue to flow upon you. Your inspiration is remarkable.

Chris & Dawn, the two of you are awesome may GOD continue to bless you and give you the strenght during these times.

Love - Jessica

Anonymous said...

Hi CJ, Chris & Dawn,
We just wanted you to know that we are praying for you all throughout our day. CJ, your faith in the Lord is so encouraging to us! You are such a courageous boy! Keep trusting in the Lord, you know He hears your prayers and keeps you as the apple of His eye.

Dawn & Chris,
We are praying for you both and for CJ as if he were our own.
God bless you & keep you,
The Machins (from PVCC)

Anonymous said...

Hi CJ,

We are very glad to hear that your surgery went well. Ana had her eye surgery yesterday and she is doing well and sends you her love. We are thinking of you and send you lots of love
Nicole, Alberto and Ana

Carmen Bell said...

Good morning, George family! I am greatly encouraged by the updates I receive! There are two things I would like to share with you and CJ this morning as encouragement: Dawn, when I read about your prayer to God regarding CJ that the Lord would use him mightly, that brought confirmation to my spirit the day I joined your blog. Prior to me reading that, I had a strong sense in my spirit that God has a special calling on his life and so my prayers (in addition to praying the specific requests you've mentioned in the blog) have been for the lost around you that you don't even know are lost and/or angry with God and have turned their backs on him, or are searching for "THE TRUTH", etc. The second encouragement I want to share is when I read your blog this morning about your prayers in asking for "a miracle of healing to take place that reveals itself on the PET scan. We are asking and thanking God in advance that they will see less tumors than they did originally. We are asking the He melt away much of the tumors even before tomorrow. We are asking for the doctors to be surprised at the decrease they see", I was immediately reminded of something I went through. I had been diagnosed w/ HPV and my doctor's concern was that it may have already spread and I may have ovarian cancer. At the time, I was not walking w/ the Lord and I was single. I remember praying alot then and asking for healing and a miracle. During the biopsy, I prayed out loud that if the Lord healed me, I promised I would tell every teenager, every young woman, and whoever else the truths about the world's (and Satan's) lies of promiscuity. I would tell about the importance of purity. During the biopsy, the doctor told me that he did see what looked like as possible HPV, but that it didn't look as bad as the original pap smear /culture done. (Sorry, I don't remember exactly was test was done as this was back in `95/`96) Well, after the biopsy, the doctor told me it would be several weeks before I would receive the results. A week later, the doctor called me and said, "I don't know how to tell you this. I can't explain it. But your results came back negative." Immediately, I thanked God for healing me and sparing me once again. When I read this specific prayer request of yours this a.m., I went into prayer instantly and said to God that HE did this for me, He did this for me and therefore, not only do this for CJ but even more. I just want to share the power of God this morning and HIS faith to pray for the things asked, believing that as we pray these things, he has heard us and has granted our prayer requests according to His will! Many blessings of God's love, peace, strength, comfort, and joy to you and your family this morning!

Love & Blessings,
Carmen Bell

Anonymous said...

Hey CJ....I see those doggies in bed with you. Now that's FUN! I'm glad you're surgeries are behind you now. Sometimes the scariest part is just not knowing what they will do...keep in mind your Mommy & Daddy are always right there and they won't let anyone hurt you. We all love very much and I like the fact that you actually got to see God inside you.....I'm right down the street if you need some FUN food. I love you big Guy. Aunt Penny xoxoxoxoxoxo

Marcia Rotella said...

Dawn,

I just wanted to let you know that CJ, you, and your entire family are in our prayers and thoughts. I have circulated your blog to several groups, churches and friends. We are praying and standing together in agreement for God to be glorified mightily through all of this and for His peace and His grace to be made very evident to all of you. May His arms wrap around all of you like a warm blanket.

Love and blessings,

The Rotella Family (Gus, Marcia, Eric and Andrea...from TEACH & HEARTS)

Tammy said...

Hi CJ and Family,
My name is Tammy and I live in Kansas City, MO. Just wanted to let you know that prayers are being sent your way all the way from here. I do believe God has something amazing in mind for you. I am amazed at your faith and strength at such a young age. You sound like a GREAT kiddo. I have an almost 9 yr old little boy as well as an almost 6 yr old daughter who will be praying for you too. Keep trusting in God and know that we are all putting our arms of prayer around you.

Marcia Rotella said...

For you,

"The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?...For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock... Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!" Psalm 27:1,5 & 14

Anonymous said...

we are asking God our father right now for a miracle, that the Pet scan will be clear and we are proclaiming WE BELIVE... we ask this for His glory
the abeggs

Kristina C. said...

Hey CJ,
I wanted to let you know that I will praying for you. And to remember that no matter how hard things might get, that you have people around the country praying for you, and most importantly God loves you and he work out every thing to the good to those who love Him. I know that you love Him and believe in his promises.

James 5:14, 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. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.

May your faith, and the faith of all who love you, heal you from your cancer. That you may use this as a testimony of God's love for you.

I will continually be praying for a miracle.


By His Power,
Kristina Cassidy

Anonymous said...

C.J., Chris & Dawn

What an example you are and what an example you are being to those around you. The Glory of the Lord is being revealed in you as you continue to reach out to the Lord for his mercy and grace. You have encouraged and brought me so much comfort as I see you endure and trust in the Lord. We are grateful to God that most of the test are behind you and that soon, you will all come home. We continue to pray for you without ceasing.

2nd Cor. 1:3-7
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

2nd Cor. 1:10b-11
.....On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

We love you, Jose, Ody, Carice & Chelsey.

Anonymous said...

CJ, Dawn and Chris and Family,
CJ we want you to know that here at Holy Cross we are all praying for you. This Sunday a special prayer will be said just for you.
We will be holding our Service for Ministration to the sick on Sunday and CJ will be prayer for again during this service.
God bless you and your family
The Holy Cross Family

gumZ said...

Dear CJ,
I am Micah Anderson's Grama Z.(his baby sister Joanna calls me Gum!) in Hamburg, NY, and am sending a GREAT big grama sized hug filled with our prayer for you and our family, I hope you feel this hug in your heart.

I am reminded that once God used a little boy name Davie, to use his simple sling shot to slay a giant that seemed to frighten all the adults, and David, a shepherd boy stepped out with his sling shot and took aim.

I see how God is helping a little boy in Miami show so many adults how to pick up our sling shots with you.

Your need of prayer came all the way up here to Hamburg, NY, and I have sent it on to my praying friends at Buffalo State College.

You can KNOW CJ that God has called many prayer warriors for you and your family, and we are all loading up our sling shots with prayers to our Father, and with love sent to you and your family.

And so my prayer is, Father God, in Jesus name I give my AMEN to all the specific healing requests that the George family, your servants, make on behalf of CJ. I ask that you fill CJs heart, mind and body with your love and warmth, and your SPIRIT, and that you continue to use this little servant boy's heart to show many how mighty our God is.
Again I ask in Jesus name!
I say with you,
AMEN

Anonymous said...

Hi Jorge family.last night we had an incredible time of worship full of thanksgiving and prayer for CJ. We have been humbled at the way you are showing courage CJ. We know our Lord has great plans for you! God is mighty and able to do amazing things. Dawn I have been on my knees as a mother for her child. May God guide you and comfort and give you peace. Loida

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris, Dawn, and CJ!

Wow, I am just overwhelmed at the amazing testimony that you guys are demonstrating to everyone around you! What a family of faith and trust in the Almighty, All Sovereign God who controls everything that happens. As I was in the prayer meeting last night I felt the Lord remind me of the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years and how she pressed through the crowds to just come up behind Jesus and touch the fringe of His garment. Her faith made her well and I just got a picture of CJ reaching forward, pressing through the crowd to touch the fringe of Jesus' garment. His faith will make Him well. We have been praying without ceasing for you guys! We love you all!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello,
This is Mia Nash daugther of Jesus & Jenny Aviles. My husband and I who attend Metro life in Orlando have been praying for C.J. & your Family :o) Making sure we ask everyone we know to lift you guys up in prayer!

Last night I shared w/ some of the ladies in my Homegroup your specific prayer request & we began to pray and intercede for C.J & your family right then & there :O)

As I was riding home listening to my radio "Praise you in this storm" by casting crown came on... I felt the impression that I should share with you the lyrics to this song... so here it is:

I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

Chorus:
And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can't find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

Chorus

I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Chorus


** We will continue praying for your amazing son & Family<3

~ Mia, Ben & Bryan Nash

the herreros said...

Dear CJ -

Right now, as you have your PET scan, we are all praying for the doctors to be astonished at God's awesome work on your behalf.

Psalm 66:3-5
Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name." Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man's behalf!

How can the doctors not bow down to the Lord when they witness a miracle with their own eyes?

Dawn and Chris - We give thanks to God for your faith and courage; we're holding you two up to God alongside CJ.

Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.

We love you all!

Tammi said...

Dear CJ, Dawn & Chris,
I am so grateful to the LORD for the way that He is blessing you all and watching over you and I am so grateful that He is bringing all of His children together all around the world to pray for our CJ and I know that He is listening to all of our prayers! CJ I love you so much and I never ever stop thinking of you and your Mommy and Daddy and sister and brothers. You are our strong boy and you are amazing! We adore you and we will never stop praying and taking care of you. Dawn, I love you so much. You are such a wonderful Mother. Thank GOD for your love and strength.
I love you all
Aunt Tammi

Anonymous said...

CJ,

I feel compelled to tell you and your parents that I have been angry, depressed, and just uterly blind most of my life. I know, crazy right, your silly fun Aunt Jackie. Recently, very recently, at Alexa's house during our weekly bible study, I believe I was truly saved. I thought I was in the past, but I now know that I was not. I truly believe I would of been rejected by Jesus if I went any sooner then a few weeks ago to His Throne. For quite some time now (years) I have been praying for healing of my temperment, headaches, and answers to some pretty heavy prayers, especially for purification and restoration (more recently). I want you to know that God is AMAZING. I have doubted Him in the past, but HE has continuously proven that He is in everything and can answer all. I want you to know that during your trials, that feel like my own, I have been purified and redeemed. I can not explain it fully but that to tell you I have peace, no anger. I have hope and a new heart. Today, I heard on a sermon that Hope Brings PURIFICATION and the hope for me began with you. So I thank God, once again for healing me. I pray for you and think about you all day. I do not watch TV anymore unless it is a sermon, PRAISE GOD! I am reading and praying instead. Having you on my mind and heart all the time has helped me develop minute by minute dialouge with the LORD. Thank you C.J. Thank you.

Love,
Your Aunt Jackie

Anonymous said...

George family:

Praise God for the successful surgery! We've been praying for all of you since we found out on Sunday. We even have my parent's church praying and fasting for all of you! Its so amazing to see God's people unite in prayer, encourage each other and keep the truch fresh in our minds through the fire. Praying for strength and specifically for a miracle!

We love you!

Gilbert/Valeriex2 Viguie

Mrs Joiner said...

Hi CJ,

I tried posting a comment a couple of days ago, but it didn't work...I'm a bit computer-challenged, unlike the rest of my family:) Anyway, the Joiner family wants you to know that you and your family have been in our hearts and daily prayers ever since we found out that you were in the hospital. Thank you for trusting the Lord and leaning on Him. May you sense the nearness and sweetness of His presence CONTINUALLY!

Love, Mrs. Joiner

Sonia said...

Dear CJ and Family. Here from Caracas we still thinking on you every day and willing for your helth. Alejandra put in her nick name in messenger "CJ you are goin to cure God is with us" that´s the way for her tor keep remembering him each day.Retain yourself with hope in God. Love, Sonia, Antonio, Alejandra y Andrea

Anonymous said...

Hi CJ & family =),

Just wanted to let you know that my famlily & I were heartfully involved w you all through 2 different people who dont know each other (1 a good friend that goes to your church & 2 a family member that works w/ your granpa & both told me about your situation. From the moment I 1st heard we have been in agreement w/ all the prayer requests rising to the presence of Our Faithful Jesus... Also, wanted u to know Nathaniel (my son) who is also 9 years old is praying wholeheartedly for you as well.Our family is praying for u & your family w/out ceasing as the Bible teaches us to do as well.We truly cant wait to hear the good report the Lord will allow us see in your Life for His Glory ! May the LORD supernaturally continue to allow you & your family to feel the Comfort & Stregnth from our Prayers... In His Love, Gretty, Edwin,Nathaniel(9),& Chasetti(13)

Ashleigh Derrickson said...

Hi CJ, This is Ashleigh Derrickson. I just want to know how you are doing. I hope that God will help you heal. We've been praying for you, and I hope that you feel better and will be good as new. When you are healed and you are good as new, I hope that you will have a good time with your family. Bye.

Jacob Derrickson said...

Hi CJ, this is Jacob Derrickson. What we have been praying for is that your tumors will just disappear. It would be very cool if they do. We would like to see you some time when you feel up to it. I am glad to hear that the surgery went well. I hope you feel better soon.
P.S. We will write you again soon.

Anonymous said...

banHi CJ,

You don't know me, but do know that you are in my prayers. You ARE a strong young man with strong faith. God as you know will always be with you. Keep your faith and it will get you thru the toughest times. My prayers are with you and your family, and God willing the next time I read your family blog, you will be better.
Blessings to you and your family

Lisa

bthompson@holycrossministries.com said...

Dearest Chris & Dawn,

When I saw the flyer in the Holy Cross narthex with your picture, I immediately took a copy and ran to my classroom to find out why little CJ was in need of desparate prayer. The obvious fatigue on the two your faces gave me a strong clue that it was not good. I was not prepared for the news I received when I visited your website. I immediately shared CJ's story with my class and they wanted to start praying for him right away so we stopped our literature class and prayed for him. He will be a part of our daily closing devotion until the Lord restores him to a full and pristine health. The Thompson family will also be lifting up CJ in prayer on a daily basis. he is such a precious little boy and I can't imagine how much strength it must require to go through something like this. But I do believe in Miracles, and i am praying for one for CJ. You strong faith will sustain you and even thought God's will must prevail in all things, He has said that we should pray boldly for all request; so that is what The Thompson family will continue to do. Remember that we love you all and If there is anything we can in addition, please let us know.

Love,

The Thompson Family
Jim, Beverly, Jimmy Jr. & Tiffany

Ily Figueroa (Hearts) said...

Hi CJ.......I'm so happy that the surgery is behind now. You are AMAZING!!!!!! Dawn and Chris you guys are doing a great job with him. Keep it up. Children are a gift from GOD. You guys are doing a wonderful job with this gift from the Lord. Keep up the faith and thanks for letting us know how we can pray and help you guys.
ILY

Kast5 said...

Hello CJ,
It's Aunt Karen in Virginia. Do you remember our black dog, Mitzy?Well, I remember that Mitzy loved to play with you, Ali and Brett whenever you came to visit. I know Mitzi remembers you!! So, I called Mitzi over to my computer and I showed her the pictures of you in your hospital bed with the two dogs. Unfortunately, now Mitzi is upset at me because she also wants to come and jump in bed with you!! She said that she can make you feel better because she's really good at giving her special doggie hugs. Don't tell Mitzi I said this, but you would have to plug your nose if she hugs you because her breath is so bad - you know, doggie breath! But her hugs are good, and she will give you one when you come to Virginia again. (I'll give her a doggie breath mint first)

I saw the comment Eric left you about teaching you some Jiu-Jitsu moves when he sees you again. Eric, Uncle Shawn, Scott and Derek all know how to do jiu-jitsu. Have they ever shown you what Jiu-jitsu is? Well, it's a bunch of big guys wrestling on the floor, sometimes throwing each other around and sometimes doing somersaults.I know you would find it fun, and it looks funny too. And you know what else would be fun? You could see how many nurses and doctors can actually spell jiu-jitsu! I bet not many can - hee hee. We love you soooo much, CJ, and we are thinking about you and praying for you ALL the time, night and day. We will hopefully see you soon!! Love, Aunt Karen

Heather said...

Hi CJ
I just wanted to say HI!!! I love you big boy!
I am sending you lots & lots of hugs & kisses to you!
Love
Aunt Heather

@ndrea- said...
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@ndrea- said...

we will keep on praying, and praising God!! He is Greatly to be praised and we will!

i have you in my prayers Cj[jason], i will continue praying night and day.

we love you!and hope to give you a hunny bunny soon! :D

Andrea-

aunt char said...

hi cj, dawn, chris and family.
i just want you to know i am so
grateful for this blog-especially
since we are so far away, it really
keeps us informed on what is going
on--because i know this is much
easier than talking on the phone.
i am praying for all of you, and just to let you know i have corbin
and lila here, and i just heard them in the other room, saying
please god watch over cj and make
him better, and lila just told me
she is sending cj a card.
we will all contine to pray and
praise god for all his good.

we love all of you
aunt char and uncle john

Heather said...

Hi CJ
I hope your feeling well. I just wanted to say HI again. And I can't wait to see you again. It was fun during the summer when we got to play with you in the pool. I hope that you will be able to feel better to play again & go home. We are praying for you. We all love & miss you alot.
marisa misses u alot.
so does carlos.
WE MISS & LOVE YOU

love your cousin,
M@LEEN@
<3 ,<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 ,<3

Heather said...

Hi CJ, I love you CJ. And I hope you feel good. And I miss you. I had lots of fun with you in the summer. I love you very much CJ. That's all.
I love you CJ very much in the whole world CJ.

Your Cousin
Marissa
<3

(Aunt Heather typed this exactly how she said it!)

Morla Family said...

Hi guys:

We are here,we are praying, and most of all we are thanking God for the amazing miracles he is already doing in your lives....
Dawn and Chris, continue to hang in there...
The Morla Family

Anonymous said...

Hi. You probably don't know me. I'm Michelle, and my neighbor is CeCe and Mary and we're good friends. She told me about your tumor and I thought that's terrible! I'm glad that your surgery is over. I hope you get better.

-Michelle ♥

Iliana said...

CJ
God is good all the time. All the time God is good.

Thank you for your courage and we praise God for how He is using you. May the Lord annoint your words to share what He has done in you!

To Him be all the Glory!

The Magunas

Janet S. said...

Hi, CJ.
I am amazed by how many people are praying for you and love you soooo much. There must be somebody somewhere in the world praying for you just about every minute of the day!! We could probably fill a stadium with how many people are lifting you up in prayer. Think of how much love there is for you in all these people, and how much more than all that love put together is God's love for you, CJ!!!
I am in awe of what God is doing!!
Dawn, you are an amazing lady!! Several times as I've picked up my bible to pray for you, the pages fell open to Proverbs 31, and as I read it, I thought of you. "She is worth far more than rubies."
We are continuing to pray for all of you!!
with love, Janet

Anonymous said...

CJ,

I miss you so much buddy! I wanted to come see you today, but, I heard Kevin coughing last night. I think he might be getting a cold. I do not want to risk giving you germs. So please know that I am thinking and praying for you continuosly. Kevin too. He prayed up to Jesus looking up in the sky out of the car window on the way home from AWANAS. He prayed that people would be praying for you in every country. Please keep fighting and praying. I know it is hard right now, but this trial will help you serve a great purpose/service now and in the future. I love you.

Aunt Jackie

Alexa said...

Dear CJ, Chris, Dawn, Ali, Brett, Corey, grandparents and extended family

You are in our constant thoughts and prayers. We love you.

This morning I found this poem written by someone that has gone through this:

When your world is crashing down around you, trust Him.
When what is unfolding doesn't make sense, trust Him.
When you see no light at the end of the tunnel, trust Him.
When your silent tears spill down, trust Him.
When the pain refuses to subside, trust Him.
When your heart screams, "Why?" trust Him.
When you have more questions than answers, trust Him.
When the devil tells you otherwise, trust Him.
When it's the last thing you feel like doing, trust Him.
When there's simply nothing else to do, trust Him.

Be encouraged: God can be trusted in all things . . . even cancer.

With you in love in prayer,
Alexa

Ily Figueroa (Hearts) said...

Good Morning CJ!!!!!!! We are all praying for your recovery. We are standing by Gods word. Please know that we all love you and you are very, every, special.
Ily and her gang

Beverly Paul said...

CJ and family, You are such a wonderful young man and I wanted to share Matthew 21:22 If you believeyou will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. My family is praying everyday for you and your family not only for good results but also for strength and wisdom. Your family is so loving and close. that is a gift in itself. We will be thinking of you daily. Your faith in God has uplifted our family so I want to thank you for that. Will be thinking of you daily...
Beverly Paul

Anonymous said...

Good Saturday morning Georges, The Mahfood family sends our love, and hope this finds you all in good spirits. Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice. CJ, We continue to pray for you daily. Psalm 34:15,17,19 says, "The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry...The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles...Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him (CJ) out of them all." CJ, He says he delivers the righteous from their afflictions so let's stand on the promises of God and wait and watch for amazing things to happen. Chris and Dawn, Continued prayer for God's supernatural strength and wisdom for you as you continue on this journey. The Mahfoods love you, Janet

Anonymous said...

Hey Cj, I have been extremely impressed to know you and what a kind loving heart you have!

You were so awesome with all those people visiting you and praying with you, I know you must have been tired but you were a great little host making jokes and greeting everyone. I know your parents are so proud of you and so is God.

Me and all my friends are praying for you constantly! I can't imagine how hard it is, but I love you guys very much and am praying hard for you.


This is my first time seeing the blog, you guys are so awesome, thank you for being used by the Lord through this. Thank you Cj for the "light" poem.

(I got this from my study with Beth Moore)

The LORD God is my strength,

my personal bravery and my INVINCIBLE ARMY He makes my feet like hinds feet, he makes me to walk, not to stand in terror but to walk and to make spiritual progress upon my high places.
(Habakkuk 3:19)

Daniella

Iliana said...

CJ, God is good and He is always with you. May the Lord use your testimony to Glorify Himself.
We love you!
The Magunas

Wilma said...

Hello CJ, Dawn and family. Thank you so much for sharing this very special time with so many of us. I wish we could be there to physically hug you all but I know that at this time it is perphaps better to give you the space you need. I can imagine that being in such a foreign place, as the hospital can be, can be overwhelming. However, I know it is only temporary. May you continue in guarding your spirit and mind with eternal hope, peace,and joy. Wilma

Kast5 said...

Hello CJ,
It's Aunt Karen again. When it's night-time here in the country, the only lights we have outside are the stars and the moon. Sometimes they are so bright that I can even see black Mitzy when she runs off to chase the bunnies. Don't worry, she never catches them. But often, it's so black outside that Mitzi disappears in the darkness (although I still hear her barking at those dangerous bunnies). One such night, Mitzi begged me to take her outside. "Ok", I said, and I turned on the outside light so I could see. As I walked behind the house, I heard a screech and something flew at my head!! I ducked quickly. What was that!!?? Sometimes little brown bats fly around chasing bugs to eat, but their sonor keeps them from hitting my head. This was no bat, though. This was a very scared, frightened little bird, frantically flying back and forth. I think it was a sparrow. Well, CJ, when I saw where the little sparrow was flying, I noticed she had made a nest 2 inches away from the bright outside light! "Oh no", I thought, "that light is going to burn her, and that's why she can't stay in the nest. Uh oh, if she's a mama bird, there are probably eggs in that nest." Sure enough, there were 4 itsy-bitsy eggs in the nest, and the light was going to cook them! Well, I like scrambled eggs, but not those kind! So I ran as quick as I could back in the house and turned off the light! The mama bird flew back to her nest and stayed there, safe and sound. I asked Jesus to protect her little babies and keep them alive. A few weeks later, I heard 'tweet-tweet' when I went out of my house, and there were 4 little baby bids, with their mouths open and their eyes closed. Their mama was out finding worms and they were hungry! I was sooo glad my light hadn't cooked them! "Thank you Jesus", I said. A little time later, they were gone, so I knew they had flown away. Then I got to thinking....Jesus said (Matt 10:29-31) that not one little sparrow falls out of the nest to the ground with out Him knowing about it. Jesus also told us not to be afraid, because He loves people more than sparrows, and He said that YOU, your mom & dad, Ali, Bret, and Corey are so important to Him that He even knows how many hairs you have on your head! If Jesus takes care of the little sparrows, like He took care of mine, how much more will He take care of YOU! I love you, CJ! Aunt Karen
ps- I told Uncle Terry that if he puts chocolate syrup on his bugs they'll taste better.

bthompson@holycrossministries.com said...

Dearest Chris & Dawn,

I have been doing a lot of reading on CJ's condition and I found this article that gave me a lot of hope so I am forwarding the web page to you. I pray that it will bring some much needed comfort to your hearts. We will be lifting CJ up in prayer at Holy Cross this sunday in our Service Of Healing. We know that God is bigger that all of this. We Love you all and will be checking your blog and praying continually for little CJ and your family.

Love
Beverly & Jim Thompson
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_1_1x_French_Study_Yields_High_Survival_Rate_for_Children_With_Lymphoma_Leukemia.asp

Anonymous said...

I just read the 9/18 report and am praising God with all the saints
this morning! We are grateful for God's faithfulness in CJ's surgery
and will pray for continued healing upon CJ. Thank you for allowing
us to be apart of God's great plan for CJ and his family.
Peace and hope as you and Claudia encourage them in this challenging
time.
Love,
Jen

Anonymous said...

I and the seminary are Praying for CJ!

From the academic dean of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco

Marie G said...

Good Afternoon CJ ~

You don't know me but I know your Aunt Tammy. She told me about your illness and your bravery and I just had to write you. I have two boys, Dylan (8) & Morgan (11) and you are an amazing young man.

Keep your eyes to the Father and know that He will protect you and will take you down a path He has planned for you. That path may not be easy, but it will be worth it. Just keep praying.

I pray:

God, please cover CJ with your grace and mercy and free him from this illness. Please, Father, strengthen CJ more and more everyday. I ask that You wrap Your heavenly arms around CJ, his family, his health professionals and caregivers and guide them and CJ through all the decisions and moments of indecision they will face on this journey. Amen.

Look up to Him for answers, CJ. He will not fail you.

I will keep you close in prayer and will check on your progress.
Your story touches many people, which is all part of God's plan for you.

CJ - Stay strong, keep looking up, keep smiling and get better.

Anonymous said...

Hi CJ,

When I look at the most recent picture of you that was posted on this amazing blogsite, I see a shining light on a beacon hill, boldly declaring that yes, God is alive and at work, and that He truly answers prayers and hears the cries of His people! You have encouraged my faith. I hold you and your family in my heart throughout the day, and I can hardly wait to see what the Lord has in store. Keep on shining, rather reflecting Jesus. Thank you for your witness.

Love, Mrs. Joiner