Friday, February 6, 2009

The Voice of Truth



The results of CJ's EKG of the heart came back and everything looks good. We give praise, thanks and glory to God for protecting CJ's heart throughout the last four months of chemotherapy. He was able to begin phase 4 today and receive his chemotherapy. He has the weekend to rest and allow the chemo to do its job and then he goes back on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week for more chemo. CJ also began a steroid regimen again with this phase. Although this is a different steroid than he had in the beginning, we can anticipate all the side effects we experienced before with the steroids. He is also receiving the same meds that cause hair loss and low blood counts. So we are back to the beginning folks and we need to storm the throne with prayers on his behalf. Remember, when he began these meds four months ago, he began with high counts and a strong body. This time we begin four months into chemo, his counts are low, and his body is weak. Pray for strength. Pray for sustainment. It's time to remember what the C-B-C on the bracelets stand for. It is a two-fold message. It stands for Child Battling Cancer. And he is battling folks. He is fully engaged, wearing the full armor of God. And it also stands for the acronym of Complete Blood Counts. When CJ gets his blood drawn they say they are checking his "CBC". So let's put the bracelets on and pray, pray, pray. If you need a bracelet or yours broke, I will be more than glad to replace it. Contact me via email or the blog comments and I will send you one.

I want to thank all of you for your prayers. Thank you for praying for his spirit to be strengthened. He seemed to have a breakthrough today. The last few visits he has been struggling more and more with going to his appointments. Although this is not out of the ordinary for a child of CJ's age battling cancer, this is out of the ordinary compared to how he handled the last four months. I shared with you in the previous post that I sensed a weariness in him. We have prayed with him, read him Scripture and given him battle imagery to encourage him. He was upset last night anticipating the appointment today and I expected the same struggle to reoccur. But he did amazing at his appointment. He never complained and was only a little nervous when they accessed his port. We had a good time together and I whipped his but at cards. On the way home I told him I was really proud of him and noticed a big difference in him today. I asked him what it was that caused the change. He said his dad prayed with him last night before they went to bed and then he said that he started thinking about a scene in the movie Facing the Giants. He said it was the scene where the boy is doing the death crawl, blindfolded and his coach is there the whole time encouraging him not to give up, not to quit, to give it his all. The boy was really struggling, but when he focused on his coaches voice above the pain and weariness he was able to press on. CJ said he realized he needed to be like that. And the more he thought about that scene in the movie, the more he was encouraged.

I never fully grasped the depths of that scene until I listened to CJ today tell me how it encouraged him and gave him strength. I never realized the similarities in CJ's trial and the blindfolded boy who could not see the end zone. CJ is like that boy. He is facing his giants. He is on a death crawl. He feels like he is blindfolded and there is no end in sight. He feels the weariness and the fatigue. His strength is waning. But when he focuses on his Coaches voice, the voice of Truth, he finds strength he did not know he had and he is able to press on further than he would ever think possible. My prayer is that like the boy in the movie, when the blindfold is finally removed, CJ will look around and be completely amazed at how far he has come.
CJ,
Keep listening to the Voice of Truth.
Block out all other voices that compete for your attention. Tune your heart to the Fathers Voice and he will take you from strength to strength.
We love you, Mommy and Daddy

Here are some pictures of the EKG CJ had done on his heart. Before CJ went to have his first EKG we were explaining to him that it is when they take pictures of your heart. He said it would be neat if we could see God living in there. Then a half hour into the procedure his technician suddenly said, "Look at this, this is the four chambers of your heart." And when we looked up at the screen, there was a cross. It was really cool. But we did not have a camera that first time. So when I heard we were getting another EKG I brought my camera this time. I wondered if it would still be there. Maybe we imagined it. And sure enough... there it was! It is so cool to see in person, so I hope the picture come out good.
I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.
Psalm 40:8

This is CJ's heart! Notice the cross dead center!



The tech taking the pictures.




A close up of CJ's heart!


28 comments:

Heather said...

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He's holding out His hand

But the waves are calling out my name
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy, you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"

Chorus:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
The voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand

But the giant's calling out my name
And he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"

But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don't seem so high
From on top of them lookin' down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me

I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.

I love you CJ so much! These are the words to the song Voice of Truth. This is my song for you CJ! You ARE gonna WIN...and it will be all for the Glory of GOD! You may just be 9yrs old, but you are a giant in sooo many ways CJ. Do not be afraid, and listen & believe the voice of truth!!

I love you my lil giant,
Aunt Heather

Anonymous said...

C.J.
I know these next few weeks will challenge your endurance, but as I was reading the blog, the image of the "Verizon" commercials came to my mind. Strange? Yes, but have you seen them? A person with his cell phone, never afraid of loosing signal because of the "network" that follows him everywhere. I think the Lord wants you to remember that His presence is everywhere you go (not just as a thought). His Son is alive and interceding for you, and His Holy Spirit dwells in you. Then He uses all your family members, and your friends, and church members, and people that read this blog, to create a "network" that goes with you everywhere you go. This burden is not yours alone.

Everyday He will give you what you need for that day, do not despair because you don't see it the day before. It will be there. Believe.

Love,
D.Wirley

Anonymous said...

CJ,
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. It's no surprise that we could see the 'cross' in your heart! We can see that Jesus lives inside of you. Did you know that besides your heart, there are even more 'crosses' inside of you. God holds your body cells and organs together with a special type of protein that is shaped like a cross - you have millions of them in your body! They are called LAMININ, and your mom/dad can find you a pictures of them easily on google. They are awesome.

Collosians 1:17
All things have been created through him(Jesus) and for him.
He himself existed before anything else did, AND HE HOLDS ALL THINGS TOGETHER.

CJ, we are so proud of you, and we love you so much! Love,
Uncle Terry, Aunt Karen

Bill & Mardy Freeman said...

I have never missed reading one of your newsletters since Alexa sent the very first one. Your thoughts, because they are so turned to the Savior, are a source of inspiration and hope to many. If you can go through this as a mom and find that God is closer and sweeter than ever before - well, we think - Perhaps He wants to be closer to *me* and sweeter to *me* in my trial. Thank you for being so transparent. Sometimes it is almost like reading a psalm - which were just David's raw thoughts penned into a journal during a trial. May every blessing be yours through Christ. Bill and Mardy

Anonymous said...

I agree with D. Wirley about your network behind you. I keep running into people and remind them to pray for you and they were telling someone about you and lo and behold they already knew. Your prayer chain is really strong. I like how you think of the scene in the movie during the tough times. CJ, I already can see the end of the movie. You will be victorious. You will do great things for the Lord. You will recover 100% I will keep praying for the miracles that will come and that your little body can get through this phase and show everyone what a real giant slayer is. Last week on tv, they showed Michael Phelps the gold medal swimmer that made about 10 medals in the olympics and he was doing drugs. They also said two years ago he was convicted of drunk driving. It is sad that someone with so many God given talents and a role model for kids could mess up that much. Remember I always told you that you might not get the most home runs or the most baskets but you sure are showing everyone how to run a clean race, how to have courage, how to trust, how to fight and I know that you will be an excellent role model and live and help others for many years.

Love Grandma

Anonymous said...

what an awesome blog, thank you. this scripture brought the family to mind. Jeremiah 17: 7-8 But Blessed is the man who trust in the LORD, who's confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by waters that sends it's roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes, it's leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought, and it never fails to bear fruit. GODS grace and love be with you this week. will be praying for GODS ever faithful presence to lift you high and way above the trials you face. He will never leave you or forsake you.

Ily(Hearts) said...

I thank the Lord for answered prayers. We have been praying for CJ to be healed and for the Lord to protect his organs. With the results from the scan of his heart, I am so happy that the Lord is answering our prayers. God is good all the time. Cj keep up your faith and your strength. Keep tapped into the Lord, He is with you every step of the way. We love you .
The FIgueroa's

Noel said...

Dear Dawn, Chris, CJ and family,
Greetings from the Great White North. Thank you so much for diligently keeping us informed of everything and for giving us prayer requests. I admit I have not posted in awhile - perhaps like your post said - fear - for me fear of repetition, of having the 'right' thing to say. What I do want you all to know is we are praying for you each and every day. I heard an old Ginny Owens song the other day and I kept thinking about these words: "it may not be the way I would have chosen, when you lead me through this world that's not my home, but You never said it would be easy, You only said I'd never go alone"
Know that you are never alone and that you are being lifted up by many other believers and that Christ is always there with you.
We will be in Miami on Sat Feb 21 and are playing at H Cross Sunday 22. IF you're up for a quick hello and a hug we'd be happy to stop by, but it's completely up to you. May God's Peace and strength lift you up as you begin this new phase of treatment!
With Love, Noel

Martha said...

Dawn, Chris,CJ and family,

Just to let you know that you are in my heart and prayers, I will continue to pray more and more for CJ CBC to be high, I encourage you to be strong and calm like you Dawn wrote in your post, attentive to voice of our father, because he is control of everything.

With love,

Martha

Anonymous said...

Hey bro, those pictures of your heart are pretty cool! I had an EKG when I was a few years younger than you, and I never noticed the cross in my heart. It's really cool that you and your mom saw that.

Also, I love that movie facing the giants, especially that scene with the death crawl. It was very moving and very encouraging, I am glad that it helped strengthen you.

One last thing, the verizon plan may "never stop working for you", but we will never stop praying for you! Keep fighting the good fight!

Joel

Anonymous said...

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you: Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the LORD God will be with you wherever you go.<< God spoke this to Joshua when he was to bring the Israelites into the promise land, Joshua was also going to go into battle. I am sure he was scared and discouraged at times, but GOD let him know he would be right beside him at all times. I pray this will give C.J. and you encouragement, and I lift all of you up in prayer to our Jesus who is at the throne of our Father interceding on your behalf.

Anonymous said...

Dawn,

I will be in prayer for CJ's blood counts to go up and remain high, his organs to be protected, lack of side effects, and full remission. Thank you for the update. The picture of CJ's heart is absolutely breath taking! He has a "cross" in his heart. That is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! Even though I wouldn't of expected to see any thing else in that boy's heart! Bless you and your family! I am here if you need anything! I will pray often. I love you guys.

Jacks

Anonymous said...

When asked what your Grandma Paula and your Aunt Tammi wanted for their birthdays this week they both said the same thing, "All we want, all we need, is for CJ to continue to get better and stronger and to be healed as he fights this cancer!" So I thought that it might be a good idea for everyone of us who is having birthday that reads this blog, when asked what they want for their birthday, should say... "Prayers for CJ, and please make a donation to the Lymphoma- Lukemia Cancer Society (http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org) - or to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital (http://wwwjdch.com) attention of the child cancer division. You should make the donation in honor of CJ (Christopher Thomas George)".
By the way this isn't my idea, it came to me as I prayed for CJ this morning. Thank you Lord.

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

I went to Yoga this morning and during the relaxation you lie with your eyes closed, concentrate on breathing and listen to the instructor. This morning she made me think so much of you CJ. She told us to clear our minds, really clear them and feel the energy, reach for the energy of God, feel the peace surround you. I immediately thought of you and your moms post. I bet CJ if you close your eyes and concentrate you can feel the energy from all your friends, family and even strangers praying just for you. What a feeling CJ! That energy is always around you, youa re never alone!

Lots of love
Nicole Alberto and Ana

Anonymous said...

Philippians 1:3-6 I thank GOD everytime I remember you.In my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day till now, 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. You are all lifted up in prayer

ILY (Hearts) said...

Hi Cj,
Just thinking of you and praying for you.
XOXO
The Figueroa's

Anonymous said...

Matthew 14:27 Jesus told them(diciples) TAKE COURAGE IT IS I DON'T BE AFRAID. This scripture is from jesus walking on the water toward the boat the diciples were in. Peter acutally walked on the water till he became afraid and took his eyes off Jesus. When I take my eyes off Jesus I am afraid as well. Keep your eyes upon Jesus !!!!!!!! and we can get through anything C.J. your all very loved and lifted up in prayer.

Ines said...

Dawn, Chris and family, I just came upon your blog by visiting the Palm Springs Baptist church website and what a blessing it has been. I am excited to know people of your faith actually live close to me and I praise the LORD for it...because we are the same. We have 3 children, too, 12, 12 and 6 and can feel your pain and your joy in going through this. I am praying for you, and will bring your son to rou family's attention tonight upon being together again. I noticed you mentioned Palm Vista church. Is that your home church or is it Palm Springs North? I am confused. I could not email you because we do not have Outlook so I figured maybe by posting here you could notice it and maybe let me know your email so that I could communicate with you directly.

All the best, In Christ,
Ines ;)

Break the Mold said...

Hi Ines,

Welcome to the blog and welcome to our prayer chain for CJ. Also known as his "network". Thank you for posting a comment. We are so grateful for the prayers. We live in PSN one block from Palm Springs Baptist. We did attend PSB for over a year during a transition time for our family. We thought we were moving away and the Lord had other plans. We have family that are members there and we consider them our dear friends and our hearts are knitted to many of them forever because of our time there. We love you Palm Springs Baptist Church! Thank you all for your prayers and support and the cards that come continually to CJ. Thank you for having the blog on your website. You have been so wonderful to our family and we love you all. Thank you for blessing us.
But yes, you are correct, we are members at Palm Vista Community Church just a few blocks further at Miami Lakes Middle School. They also have become our family and been a huge support to us. We are blessed beyond measure to have the support of our current home church Palm Vista and our past churches Palm Springs Baptist and Holy Cross Lutheran in N. Miami where we attended for 10 years. We wish we could roll them all up into one. But one day we will be one church united by a common Savior. There will be no denominations or doctrinal divisions in Heaven! Praise God! Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus, COME!
I am so glad you contacted me Ines. Do you live in PSN too?

My email is:
dawnison@bellsouth.net
or
dawnison@gmail.com

Gripped by Grace,
Dawn

Enzo said...

I was thinking the last couple of days and I was realizing that our most difficult times are not when things are going really rough and we are in the middle of trials and pain. Hard times create dependent people and keeps you humble. I see in Dawn and Chris' hard time that it has dropped them to their knees even more and drawn them even closer to Christ. Unexpected afflications actually clear up some of the mysteries in the word it seems and opens up a greater knowledge of Him in every place. Dawn shared in an earlier blog that she didn't expect a happily ever after Christian life. One who could become prideful and dependent on one's self. Yet through her afflitions and "gripped in God's grace" like she signed on this latest comment post. That grace allows her to stay faithful with joy and hope even through a heartache. Dawn, we all know that you took a tumble here and cried out to God and because of your faith you can sense and feel God's hand in the midst of this storm. You are encouraged because you know you are in the will of God at this moment. Then no matter what happens you can remain standing strong in your faith. Nothing can intimidate you now even though it seems like the deck is stacked against you. I know that simple verse, Do not fear, for I am with you in Isaiah gives you comfort. Keep strong, keep trusting God. Keep up the good work.

Mom

Enzo said...

P.S.

Who is Maranatha?

Chris said...

"Maranatha" is an ancient Hebrew-Aramaic word that means "the Lord is coming soon," or "Oh, Lord, Come Soon." or "Come Lord!" It was part of the Jewish congregational prayers in the first century.

"It occurs in the New Testament in 1 Cor. 16:22 (the Aramaic word is transliterated into Greek letters in the text). The word came into English as a transliteration as well, along with a few other Hebrew words ("Hallelujah" and "Hosanna" are other common examples)."

So when you hear "Maranatha" it means COME LORD,COME SOON!

Great Question!

It would be a pretty name for a girl too!

Love you,
Dawn

Ines said...

Dawn, thank you for such a wonderful welcome.

I emailed you at both email addy's...you need to go read your email! ;)

Thanks.

Ines :-D

Anonymous said...

1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approching GOD;that if we ask anything according to his will, he hear us.And if we know he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him. Love to you all and your lifted up in prayer in the sweet name of Jesus.

~Jamie~ said...

Dawn,
i promise you im still praying for CJ, everyday.
Cj is such a strong boy, please give him a big hug for me okay.

XX amber

Anonymous said...

Dawn,
i promise you im still praying for CJ, everyday.
Cj is such a strong boy, please give him a big hug for me okay.

XX amber

Tammi said...

AND WE SING HOLY, HOL,Y HOLY. YOU ARE HOLY, HOLY, HOLY.
HOLY IS THE LORD, GOD ALMIGHTY.

Sonia said...

My Dear CJ: This time I want to write tu you directly, because Andrea and me were really happy of seeing you and spending that wonderfull diner with you and your family. You are doing a great job, an incredible effort to get over any weakness and God and the suppurt of your familiy and friends are helping you a lot. You are surrounded of love and tenderness because in the inside is what you have and reflex. Thank you for wanting to be with us, I´m so glad and Andrea too. Say to your family thank you too, for allow it, give a kiss from us to every one specially for Ali. We are always praying for you to keep your strength and courage. The pictures are cool I´m praud they are in the blog. Hope to see you soon again and spend another bautiful evenig with you, all the George family and your loving Grandmma Paula.
Lots of love
Sonia and Andrea
PD. Alejandra and Antonio really wonted to be with us.