Tuesday, November 25, 2008

CJ Needs Prayer

Friends,
I published a new post below but am following it up with this prayer request for CJ tonight. Although we still ask for the prayers we have requested for his physical healing and well being we are asking for prayer for his spiritual well being as well. He is struggling tonight with accepting his illness. This began when he came into my room tonight as I was putting the baby to sleep and asked to talk to me. He said, "Mom, I think I have never accepted that I have cancer but have just been going through it." I asked him what he meant and why he felt this way and he expressed that he just seemed to be doing it and it was like he was watching himself go through it. I talked to him a bit about how difficult it is to accept these sort of things even for mommy and daddy and that we accept it by trusting God with it and leaving it to Him. He seemed okay at first but I pushed further and asked him if he thought it would help to say out loud, "I have cancer". I thought it may get him over the hump but instead this lead him to start a whimpering cry and hyper-sensitivity to touch which then progressed to a defiant reaction to taking his medicine tonight. He has never complained or refused to take it until now and it was challenging emotionally for Chris and I. We had to really enforce it to get him to take it. While refusing to take it he said, "I don't want to be sick", which lead me to respond, "You are sick." This statement released the tears he seemed so desperately in need of shedding. He reluctantly took his pill and we are hoping he is just tired physically and a good night sleep will help. As I put out this request for prayer for his little heart to accept this and to trust in the Lord for strength, I can hear him whimpering and groaning and battling grief in the next room. I pray the Lord will draw near to him tonight even as he sleeps. I pray the Lord will strengthen and encourage him with the right words that I fail to have for him. Tomorrow morning I will take him to the hospital for his spinal tap. Please pray his counts to be up as well as his spirits.
Thank you for your prayers.

18 comments:

shawn said...

I am praying right now Dawn.

Shannon said...

Dawn,
My family and I are continually praying for you and your family. My husband was reading to our 5 year old daughter tonight and she stopped him in the middle of her story to ask him to pray with her for CJ. I believe it was the prompting of the Holy Spirit for her to pray at that moment. We've never met you guys, but you mean so much to our family and we are thankful for you all and we are thankful that God is in control and that He is faithful. Be encouraged CJ, God is your covering.

Prayerfully yours,
The Heltons

Pastor Fred said...

I am praying for you. I will pray each time I wake tonight.
God bless,
Fred Kerr, California

Alexa said...

Dawn,

Its 3am and for some strange reason I couldn't sleep so I came downstairs to read and pray.

Is 40:31 "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."

Praying for CJ, and for all of you. We love you guys!

love,
Alexa

RachelG said...

CJ,
while I was reading this, I thought of this scripture.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
This is your time to be sick C.J. I know this is really hard for you to accept. But God has a reason for this! Be hopeful C.J. You can do this with God!
-Rachel

Janet S. said...

Dawn, my heart is breaking for you and CJ and I am crying out to the Lord on his behalf. He has a special relationship with our God, unusual for a 9yo boy, but he is still a little boy and it is a heavy load. As you said, we must trust our Father and bend our knees in a heavy lifting situation. Psalm 55:22.."Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall." He is the only one that can give CJ the peace he needs right now.
I am bending my knee right now!
Love you all!!

Alibrandi said...

Cj,
I love you buddy! Whether your happy or sad, hyper or tired, healthy or sick, your my brother, and I love you. I am so grateful that God put you in my life out of all the little boys he could have given me as brothers, he gave me you, Brett, and Corey. I hope you know that I would gladly take the cancer away and have it for you. All the pills and pokes that I hate seeing you take I would rather take have them than watch you endure them.


Mom,
You really are and amazing writer! I know why people are saying it and I now know why God gave you this gift so far ahead of time. I am praying constantly while you are at the hospital with Cj today.
Love,
Alibrandi

Martha Rivero said...

Dear Dawn and CJ,

Dawn,

My heart aches while I was reading the postings, I pray, and I will continue pray every day for CJ’s heal, for CJ’s and your family’s needs, I can imagine how difficult is to accept all this, but what is insane and understandable to us human beings, it is clear and perfect in God’s ways, thanks God! Thanks that our God is faithful, and merciful, and he is attentive always listening to our prayers and our needs.

CJ

You don’t know me, but I know your story, and that is enough to love you and pray for you everyday, keep strong, you are child’s God, he is not leaving you, trust in faith, because I know in my heart you are already healed.





being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:2

With Love

Martha Rivero, Miami

Anonymous said...

Hey CJ, It's been a while, sorry, but I have been and will continue praying for you, especially for you to be comforted by His sovereign hand. Remember that God works all things for His glory and the good of those who love Him. Your good! The God that created the universe is looking out for the good of CJ George! I hope this comforts you and helps you through these fiery trials.

Joel

Anonymous said...

Chris, Dawn, CJ, Allie, Brett, Corey,
We love you and are thinking of you and praying for you constantly. We love and miss you!!
Aunt Karen, Uncle Terry, Eric, Jenn, Scott and Lindsay (and mitsy, comet, surprise)
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Yvonne said...

Dear CJ and family, My heart goes out to each one of you. CJ, In your darkest moments, when God is the most difficult to see, maybe it's because he is standing underneath you, holding you up. Here is a little prayer for you to say if you want to.

Dear God, Don't abandon me. My life is so hard right now. I pray,but I don't feel like you're hearing me. I try to think about you, but I don't feel like you're really there.
I'm depressed, God. Things seem dark and uncertain. Why do I sometimes feel like this? I can't explain it .Nothing has really changed. It's just that right now,it seems like it's all more than I can handle.
God, I feel so lost and afraid. I need you so much. I'm sorry for doubting that you're here for me. I'm just so scared. Please help me to know that I can always rely on you and your love.Amen. God bless you sweet boy, and stay strong!

Anonymous said...

CJ,

I am sorry that you have cancer. I am sorry that you get sad and scared about it. But, it would not be normal if you didn't think about it a little or even think about it a lot. But, keep in mind, God has prepared you, your mom, your dad, and your siblings for this trial. No one expects you to be brave all the time. Even our faith alone is some times scary and based on "blind faith". Just know that your cancer is not in vein. You could of been diagnosed and going through treatment like many other boys and girls. But, God IS using you and your family for something much BIGGER. I have faith and have seen signs that allow me to know that you WILL be healed and restored. In the begining, I had to fight bad thoughts that santan would try to sneak in. But, you and your family have helped me turn my focus to the Lord, our Father, and His promises. You are having such an impact on the lost, you have no idea, yet. You will see one day what a saint you truly are. Such a load put on the shoulders of such a young boy, but such a blessing! There are still lessons to be learned in all of this and as long as we keep our hearts and minds open and focused on God ALONE and HIS promises, we will
end this in not only victory, but Glorious Victory! Please hang in there. Allow yourself to feel what you feel. Try to seek God and your parents with all of your fears and concerns. I love you and thank you and your mom for allowing us in. I love you.

Aunt Jackie

Enzo said...

CJ,

Like you, some days I know that you have cancer and I try to manage it in my mind and try to just go with whatever needs to be done that day. Then some days I can't accept it, I think about it alot, I cry and feel sad. On those days I usually stop by your house and it is you that makes me feel better. You always give me a smile, a story, show me your football play book. You, CJ, you make me smile.

Today at the hospital I looked around and there were so many sick kids, even sicker then you and I was thankful to God for you, for your nice nurse that was talking to us as you slept, for your doctor that was walking the hall, for the blood that was donated in your name, for your Mom -- I'm so proud of her CJ. She is my baby like you are her baby and I don't like to see her life hard either.

Martha Rivero's post was really good for me and I know that I should not fear and I won't. I know God is in control of this CJ and everything will unfold just the way it is supposed to -- it is probably bigger than any of us imagine but I believe lifes are being rededicated to Jesus, I believe people are being kinder to each other, I believe a couple marriages may be saved, friendships are being restored. I believe that God is blessing every member of your family. I loved your sister's post to you today. She loves you so much and I'm sure it was hard for her to hear your anguish last night.

Tonmorrow is Thanksgiving and we won't be together. It is fine because we are together in our hearts, in our prayers and in our thoughts. We have so much to be thankful for even in this time of trouble. I feel so sorry for the Mom and little boy at the hospital today that have no family here, no one with them. We all have each other. I'm sure that everyone that reads this blog around the world will be praying for the Georges at their table tomorrow and will be thankful that they have gotten to know you.

It's okay to cry sometimes, CJ. Many in the Bible have cried to God and we do the same. God will comfort you, CJ. He will take care of you and give you peace. We'll cry with you, laugh with you, be thankful with you, pray with you. Whatever you need we're with you.

Lots of love to you

Grandma Paula

Wendy Whitlow said...

I'm just having an opportunity to read this. I hope CJ's numbers were okay for treatment.

I won't pretend to understand his concerns but I have no doubt that is quite normal to have days of victory over his circumstances and days of doubt, fear, and confusion. He is very blessed to be surrounded by such loving people. I will continue to pray for you all...especially precious CJ to have that peace that passes all understanding.
Thanks for sharing Dawn. It often times helps to know specifically what to pray for...even though our Father already knows. :)

Love,
Wendy

Anonymous said...

CJ,
Aunt Heather told me awhile back that you like jokes, so I found some Thanksgiving jokes for you to share. I hope you like them!

Q: Why did the turkey cross the road?
A: It was the chicken's day off.

Q: Why do pilgrims pants keep falling down?
A: Because their belt buckles are on their hats!

Q: How do you keep a turkey in suspense?
A: I'll let you know next week.

Q: Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
A: The outside

Q: Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?
A: The turkey because he's already stuffed!

Q: Why did the turkey play the drums in his band?
A: Because he already had drum sticks!

Q: What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?
A: Plymouth Rock

Asked to write a composition entitled, "What I'm thankful for on Thanksgiving," a student wrote , "I am thankful that I'm not a turkey"

'I was going to serve sweet potatoes with Thanksgiving dinner, but I sat on them.'
'So what are you serving now?'
'Squash.'

Why did the turkey eat his meal so quickly?
Because he was a gobbler.

Q: What do you call a crazy turkey?
A: a 'cuckoo' bird

Q: What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving? A. The letter g

I hope other friends and family send you jokes and funny stories. I know you'll enjoy them, and you can read them to Allie, Brett and Corey! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I love you! Aunt Karen

Noah said...

Hi C.J.,
I'm sure everyone is thinking what I am about to say. We all care about you and will stay with you every step of the way. You are my best friend and I will never leave you. My whole family will continue praying for you no matter what. I can't wait until I see you again. I miss you.
Your friend, Noah

Mitch said...

Sometimes it just breaks my heart to hear when CJ is having a hard time and thinking of him trying to deal with all of this. Saying an extra prayer for him right now, thinking of him, wishing him well, and just praying for God's mercy.
Mitch

Anonymous said...

C.j!! My Buddy!!! My friend, my brother in Christ. How are you C.j, sorry for not writing for a while.

Well I'm here once again to try to encourage you with some of God's words. When I first read this passage I thought of you, and what you are going through. Well I won't ruin the surprise, here it is:

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Cor 4:16-18

I really hope that this helps you as you walk through this battle. I miss you so much C.J, and I am praying for you a lot!! I can't wait to see you again, we need to catch up on a lot of things! Love ya bro,

joey