Thank you all you prayer warriors who went to your knees (and faces) for CJ this weekend. CJ's results came in and he did not need the blood transfusion! We were able to come home. Praise God! Thank you Lord! We are so grateful for this affirmative answer to prayer. May God receive all the glory. Now join us in praising and thanking our great God.
This weekend, Chris wanted to do everything possible to be sure CJ's red cells came up so he looked some things up and found out that feeding CJ lots of Iron may help. Things like red meat, green leafy vegetables, apricots etc... So he went so far as to run out to Home Depot and buy a grill so he could buy some steaks and grill them up for CJ. I made some fresh steamed broccoli, we bought dried apricots and tortured poor CJ all day to eat all this even though his stomach was upset from all the chemo. And we prayed! Then, God proceeded to remove all our efforts and let the prayer stand alone! At the end of the night after all our efforts, poor CJ threw it all up! Twice for good measure! Chris and I both felt terrible as this was the first time CJ got sick enough from the chemo to throw up. But we both also got a sense that the Lord was saying it was in His hands and He would bring up CJ's counts without our help. I don't think He wanted us to be able to take any credit by all our efforts or what we fed him. And we surely don't! All glory and honor and praise to You Lord now and forevermore!
I am thankful for this unanticipated appointment to have CJ's blood counts done. I found myself in the waiting room this morning silently reading my Bible when a Muslim mother came in with her daughter and then a Jewish mother immediately also came in with her son. It was very clear what each of us were to all of us. Yet we engaged freely in conversation about our children's cancer treatments. I sensed God sovereignty and thought, 'Lord, when would a Christian woman, a Muslim woman, and a Jewish woman sit and speak so intimately and freely'. I was able to share answered prayer with them as we talked and they were right beside me when I received the news about not needing the transfusion. They couldn't help but hear me when I thank the Lord first and foremost! I pray I will continue to encounter these woman throughout CJ's treatments and build a relationship that allows me to share Christ further with them. Please join me in praying that the soil of their hearts will be cultivated by our Lord and that Chris and I will be faithful to plant the seeds of life in that fertile soil. I never thought I would be asking for prayer for us in the very words of the apostle Paul but he said it better than I ever could:
"And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which we are in chains. Pray that we may proclaim it clearly, as we should. (Pray that we would) be wise in the way we act toward outsiders; making the most of every opportunity. (Pray that our) conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that we may know how to answer everyone." Colossians 4:3-7
Thank you again for your prayers, support and love.
The George FamilyChris and Dawn
Alibrandi, CJ, Brett and Corey