Monday, November 3, 2008

The Results Are In....


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 Family
Chris and Dawn
Alibrandi, CJ, Brett and Corey

29 comments:

Maureen said...

Chris, Dawn and CJ,
Praise God! Thank you Father for this wonderful news!

"Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation" Psalm 68:19

Dawn, what a wonderful opportunity you had speaking with a Muslim mother and a Jewish mother. I hope you will be able to spend more time with them and will be able to share what God is doing in your families lives. All of you are always in my thoughts.
I Love you guys,
Aunt Mo

Anonymous said...

Mrs.George,
Thank the Lord that God has given you an opportunity to sit and talk with a Muslim and Jewish woman. May God give you the strength to spread the word to them.

CJ, I hope eating all those new foods will help your red blood cell count. Even though they may not seem so appealing, they help you. A good trick to rid yourself of a weird veggetable is to imagine the taste of your favorite food and think that you are eating your favorite food instead of the veggetable. I will keep you in my prayers and I hope that God will give you the strength to be strong during your kemo.

-Caelan

(Ily Hearts) said...

Praise the Lord!!!!
God is AWESOME.
We are so happy to hear the great news. Dawn, thank you for spending time with us on Saturday. Cj and Chris we missed you guys. God willing next time you guys will join us. Cj all I can think of is that song "God is in control". Once again Praise be to GOd!!!!!!
Blessings and lots of hugs,
Ily and the gang

Anonymous said...

Praise God Almighty!

Our prayers are not in vain!
You are ALL in our daily prayers; may God continue to renew your strengths and fill you with fresh faith daily.
Thanks for your boldness and open heart, its such a blessing to see what God is doing in all of you.

We love you!

Tito is writing CJ a note today. He's been praying for him every night and he misses seeing him at church.

Viguie Family

mechellevc said...

Hi CJ,

Very pleased to hear the great news....God is showing His awesome power thru you. Praise God!!

Still praying,
Roemello & Mechelle

shawn said...

Praise God!

Anonymous said...

Praise be to our Father! Dawn, in sharing those small details that lead to final outcome, you are helping me so much realize just how BIG our God is. I can reflect my own life in your journey. We do tend to take credit for things that are of God, robbing Him of His Glory. Isn't it awesome when you know there truly is NOTHING we can do to produce the best possible outcome. That has to come from God! We need to seek Him and walk in obedience and let Him do the rest! And He will show you victory! In regards to your last post about the nurse with the accent, I had many questions I wanted to seek your wisdom on that I was actually a little too embarassed to ask before you posted that blog. I had God in this English, American even, bubble. I have been so egocentric. You have actually answered so many of my questions already through the blog. I know we used to sit and chat in person more, but, this has been such an even bigger blessing! And I appreciate and respect our face to face visits much more. I too fall into the category of people that have taken so much for granted and put many things in the way of the way God would want my relationships with family, friends, and any one I encounter to be. Thank you for helping me continue my walk. You have taught me so much and during your trial you continue to teach me.

Love,

Jacks

Wendy Whitlow said...

Hey George family...

Just stopping by to catch up on CJ's progress. I see with out a doubt that our Heavenly Father is STILL in control. He is faithful and merceriful and I love hearing how He continues to make Himself known in all this.

Stay strong CJ...
Dawn I am learning so much from you and your strength.

Love,
Wendy

Anonymous said...

Hallelujah!!! We have being waiting for those news... in faith we asked and with praises we receive :).I wish I could see the smile in all your faces...we really miss you guys, but we'll keep praying for all of you every day.
CJ, remember keep being strong in the truth, we love you buddy boy.
Claudia for the Abeggs

~Amber~ said...

Whoo Hooo! Thats is so great! I am so happy for you C.J.! Praise God. We miss you and hope to see you again soon! Love You!

Mrs. Gearge,
That is such an awseome testimony of how the Lord gave you those 2 women to show His glory through you. May God provide an oportunity like that again for you.

Love you all!!!!!!!!!

Amber

Janet S. said...

We are singing God's praises!!! Praise God for answered prayer again.
We ditto Amber...and we love you all!!
Sedano family

Anonymous said...

Praise The Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is beautiful. Psalm 147:1 The Mahfoods are so glad to hear the good news. God is good and greatly to be praised. The girls and I were going over Sunday's message at church this morning and we were comparing your faith to the faith of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. Your faith and blog has been a great example to us. It helped the girls see the reality of trusting in God through what you are going through and how much your faith and trust helps you through it.

Anonymous said...

HI CJ,

I HOPE I SEE YOU SOON. I HOPE YOU GET BETTER SOON! I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU. YOU ARE A GREAT BLESSING TO GOD. I MISS YOU.

FROM:TITO

The Medinas said...

Psalm 103:2-3
"Praise the LORD, O my soul,and forget not all his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases..."

Let every single victory bring praise to our Lord!

Janet S. said...

Good morning, George family.
Just wanted to pop in here and say hello. I'm praying you have a Holy Spirit filled day!! God bless you all.
Janet S.

Ily (hearts) said...

Good Morning to all,
May the Lord fill your day with nothing but blessings,
Cj we are praying for you. We miss you, but we know that soon you will be able to be with all of us. We thank the Lord for boosting your immune system and we pray that he continue to protect your body.
Love and Hugs,
The Figueroa's

faith2pray said...

Every morning I wait with anticipation for what GOD is going to do next! I can only rejoice with you and thank God for the mighty strength, faith and love he gives to your family, but most of all for our Savior! He is unstoppable!!!

Anonymous said...

We are so happy to hear the good news. Continue being strong! As always you are all in our thoughts and prayers
Love

Nicole Alberto and Ana

Pastor Fred said...

Praise the Lord!!!
God is still on the throne!
He is using you all to glorify Him!
Looking for complete healing,

Pastor Fred in California

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! I am glad that your counts stayed up! This is great news! We'll keep praying, and you can keep eating steaks. ;)

Joel

Anonymous said...

God is using all of you in such awesome ways. Our prayers are with you in every way as you witness but also for your precious, brave, young man. He is doing so well. I was priviledged to know and be able to pray with and for another young man from the time he was born until he went "home" to see Jesus at 23. He was born without an immune system like the boy in a bubble from long ago. God used him mightily. I remember going to see him at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, thinking I would cheer him up. First I had to find him. He loved to go around to the other children and encourage them. When I left I was the one who was blest. He loved Jesus so much and he wanted everyone he came in contact with to know Him also. I am seeing that same Jesus in your young CJ. I am a 67-year old grammy and great-grammy and have taught children's church (Cowkids Church) for years. It is a ministry not a job or a baby-sitting responsibility. And I love seeing how Jesus works in the lives of the young ones, some of them from the time they are three. We are so blessed. Please know that our prayers and love are with you through the hard times and also through the good times. And praying that the bad ones are behind us. Love,
Because of Christ,

Mary B. and family

Anonymous said...

How fantastic that a blood transfusion was not necessary, which shows that his body is working hard to heal. I loved your story about not wanting to take credit from God with Chris' research and CJ's dinner. God helps those who help themselves, so your efforts are valuable and loving, and I'm sure God is pleased with you for doing everything you can to improve CJ's situation. Hang in there, beautiful boy, CJ. Love you, Pam Standley

Elena, Jessica and Emily Rodriguez said...

Thank you Father in heaven that you watch over all the details of our lives..Praise Him and Thank you... What great news CJ! We are celebrating this victory...

Love,
Elena, Jessica and Emily Rodriguez
:-)

Dawn, thank you for reminding us to take every opportunity to share the Gospel.

Mitch said...

So glad CJ was able to be home again with family. Are those Packers fans in Florida???? Thank you Dawn for being such a loving Christian to see those women of faith and accept them for who they are without passing judgement about the differences of their beliefs. May God continue to be with you, guide you, and lead you in his ways. I hope he continues to bless your family for I see daily evidence of how you pass on God's love in your life every day.

Elena, Jessica and Emily Rodriguez said...

Dear CJ,

WE MISS YOU, CJ!!! I am so glad that you don't need the blood transfusion. PRAISE GOD!!! YAAAAY!!!! WOOOHOOO!!! I hope that you and your family will get through this tough time as quickly as possible. We will always be praying for you! I hope that you have a good night's rest.

Love ya,
Emily

______________@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@
_______@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
_______@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
_______@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@
______________@@@@@@

P.S. Also enjoy this little picture I made!

Amy said...

Dawn,

Just wanted to send a note and let you all know that I am praying and thinking about you on a daily basis. I am not so well versed in the bible, but reading your blog and seeing your steadfastness is definitely pushing me to learn. I admire and am encouraged by your faith. Your blog is one of the most inspiring things I have EVER read. To see that there really are families so engaged with Christ. Much love to all.

Amy

Anonymous said...

We rejoice with you through this good news and continue to pray. Thank you for sharing your lives with us at this difficult time. God is exceedingly good!!!!!
We love you, The Fab's.

Tammi said...

"Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns!!! (Rev 19.6)
Thank You to our LORD in heaven for blessing CJ with so much Grace. I love you and I miss you all so, so much.

Thank you for taking such good care of my nephew!

CJ - Travis says he will call you back when he gets home from his Daddy's house tomorrow because you were taking a bath when he called you the other day. O.K.!

I Love You
Aunt Tammi

Anonymous said...

Wow, how awesome! We rejoice with you guys and are so thankful for your testimony - what an encouragement!!!

Becky for the Gonzalez Gang