Thursday, April 30, 2009

Noah's Road

I received this prayer request today in an email, and it's heartbreaking. Noah was recently (April 20th 2009) shaken by his daycare provider. He has been having seizures, and the Doctors are unsure of the amount of brain damage; there also may be damage to his eyesight. Noah is now in a medically induced coma in the PICU. Please add this little guy to your prayer list! He is just precious.

Thank you, Sara, for forwarding this request!

Thursday

This is a lengthy post, sorry for so much info at once, but I didn't get to post yesterday:

Visit the Pifer family blog for a great post on infertility, for National Infertility Week.

PRAY:

Go to Emerson's blog for an update on Baby Aiden, the little one they requested prayer for; he is with Jesus now. Please pray for his momma and daddy.

Gaines is having a heart ECHO today, pray for good test results!

Prayer was requested for Beckham a few days ago, and I forgot to add him to the sidebar; don't forget to pray for him!

And keep praying for Kayleigh and her family; pray for a healing miracle!

How YOU can help:

I learned something new today; we all know that pink is the color for breast cancer awareness, Lance Armstrong wears yellow, well did you know that gold is the color for childhood cancer? Me neither! Go here to Cody's corner, for an awesome way to donate!

The R Baby Run/Walk is coming up on May 10th; I know you can't participate unless you live in NYC (hint hint to those New Yorkers who are reading this!!!) but you CAN go online and join the "virtual walk". Go check it out!



Don't forget, the Tuesday Blog Party, coming up May 5th-May 12th.



Go to this Etsy link for lots of FUN ways to help Stellan and his family! (Who by the way is home, and doing wonderful).

Go here to learn about the Brayden Jones fund to help his family.

National Infertility Week

Infertility is hard.
Miscarrying is hard.
Having a sick baby is hard.
Losing a baby is hard.

Wanting something with all of your heart and not having it is devestating. Loss of any kind is painful to endure. While every circumstance is different, every loss is the same in that it is a loss of dreams. Dreams of health, wholeness, life... Some of us experience multiple losses. Others seem to have everything physically present and wonderful, yet many of those have still suffered major loss in their hearts. Loss is hard, but there is hope. Hope!

My favorite passage: Psalm 37: 3-5

"3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass."

This is so beautiful, and speaks to all of us:

Wherever you are in the great line-up of life, be there. Remember God's goodness. Call to mind and dwell on the things He has been faithful in. Your breath this morning, green grass outside, food, whatever MAJOR things He has done for you in the past... Purpose in your heart to delight in the Lord. Enjoy Him. He will put desires in your heart. Commit your days to Him. Trust Him, and He WILL bring those desires to pass. God never backs down on a promise. In our finite minds, we struggle to understand His infinite ways, but He is good and His mercies are new every morning.

Two great articles on infertility:

One at Kelly's Korner - and one at - Home: Hands Full, Hearts Full, Quiver Full



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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Give4Kayleigh

Go here to help the Freeman's!

PRAY:

Baby Orner's diagnosis does not look good, please visit their blog and pray for a miracle, and for Orner's momma!

PRAISE!

Stellan is going HOME today!! Praise the Lord!!!

NEW REQUEST:

I received this prayer request in an email yesterday, and wanted to post about it, and another way that YOU can help.




"B" is a young, single, pregnant first time mom. Her daughter, April, has been diagnosed with 2 fatal diseases and B is 36 (?) weeks along. Please go check out her blog, and pray for her and her unborn daughter.

Also, here is a way to help B with her expenses, as well as raise money for Pass Pregnancy Care Center. Go here and here for more details!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Words of Encouragement

By Sharee Moore

The old well-worn words of encouragement from your Christian brothers and sisters might not provide the comfort intended. I hesitate to label them “clich├ęs” simply because scripture is truth and food for the mind, body and soul - no matter how well-rehearsed or ill-timed the delivery may be. Sometimes when grief is fresh you don’t want to hear that “your child is better off,” “she’s with Jesus now,” “you’ll see him again one day,” “you’ll always hold her in your heart,” “God never places more on you than you can bear,” and so on and on and on.

Sometimes you want to hear, “I’ve been there and it won’t always hurt this bad,” “It’s okay to get mad, have questions, and have doubts ... it’s okay to scream,” doubts are normal and it doesn’t cancel out your faith,” “with me, you don’t have to be strong. You can cry, and snot, or thrash on the floor … it’s okay.” “I’ll help you get through today.”

Sometimes complete and total acceptance of your grief experience is all you need to get through some of the tough days and weeks ahead. Other times a simple hug will do. Don’t worry about being strong or acting spiritual. Don’t let the burden of others’ expectations stifle you. If there isn’t a safe outlet to express the hurt or tough questions then journal, join a support group or an online community.

I’ve been there and it won’t always hurt this bad. It is a harrowing journey chocked full of briar patches and pits of despair, but one day you’ll catch yourself smiling. It may just be the same day you found comfort knowing your precious baby is safely tucked in Jesus’ arms.

For more of Sharee's articles, go to the "Labels" menu at the bottom of the right hand column and click on "Sharee's Writings".

Monday



National Infertility Awareness Week is this week. Join the movement!

PRAY:

Please continue to pray for Emerson, and also check her blog for another prayer request for little Aiden and his family.

Jonathan is having a hard time, please remember him today.

Jonah is sick again, and momma is having a rough time. If you could send her some encouragement today, that would be a blessing.

Check Philip's CaringBridge site today, and please pray for him.

Please keep praying for Kayleigh and her family. They are going through so much right now and need all the prayers we can give them. I can't imagine what they are feeling.

NEW REQUEST:

Brayden is a 9 year old boy; they just found out that he has level 2 T-ALL leukemia. Please go to his blog for updates and add him to your prayer list. Thanks!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday

Sorry for the delay in updates. It's been a rather intense weekend for me, and I haven't had time or the heart to sit down and do one yet. It's a lot to take in, all these babies and families who are going through so much, and it's hard sometimes. So I'm sitting outside getting refreshed by the beautiful weather, and working on a weekend update:

PRAISE!!!!

Check out the Bevin's family blog and read about their new little blessing!! Thank you Jesus for miracles.

PRAY:

Baby Gaines was born yesterday! I wish I had known this sooner, but please pray for him; pray that his lungs will be healthy, he is having lots of issues from them being underdeveloped. He has had lots of serious ups and downs, keep covering him!

Brinley is sick, please pray for quick healing for her; she is having issues with her liver.

Ella is also not doing so well, please pray for her.

Go check Emerson's blog and pray for her, she is having some problems, maybe with the new transplant.

Baby Grant had a scary night last night, check his blog for an update and pray for him, and his mommy and daddy!

Please pray for Ava, they suspect she might be having seizures...pray for peace for her momma, too!

Keep praying for Stellan, that he would react to this new medicine well and get to go HOME!

Keep praying for Kayleigh, still no good news for her.

NEW REQUEST:

Owen's mommy, Andrea, left this prayer request for a friend. Read Beckham's blog for more details, and pray for this little one!

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Go here to see how YOU can help baby Jonah!

Here's another good opportunity to help: Remembering Noah

Thursday, April 23, 2009

It's Ok To Grieve

A good friend of mine wrote this booklet, and shared it with me. I thought it was so good I wanted to pass it along, and she has been gracious enough to offer it for sale to anyone who it might help.

It's Okay to Grieve is a children's book that was written to help the author's cousins deal with the death of their dad.

While some comments relate to that specific situation, the book contains universal truths that are relevant to anyone who is grieving any loss.

An adult could easily read it in one sitting, but it is recommended that a parent (or concerned adult) read just one chapter at a time with a child who is grieving and discuss it and their feelings together.

As I was reading it, the Lord impressed on me that it would be a very good resource for children who have lost siblings (but would be wonderful for any situation as well.)

If you are interested in the booklet, it is $7.00 for the cost of the booklet and for shipping. Just send me an email at: christy.fast@sbcglobal.net
and I will send you her mailing information.

I highly recommend this book for any child who is going through the grieving process!

Thursday

PRAY:

Brittany is having contractions; please pray that they can be stopped, or that Gaines has a safe delivery.

Please continue to remember Kayleigh; there is an update on her prognosis on her blog.

Stellan is having some tests done on his heart today.

NEW REQUEST:

Please pray for Pablo; he has cancer and they just found 3 new spots on his lungs. If there is nothing they can do, he only has 3 or 4 months to live. Please pray for this little boy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wednesday

PRAY:

Jack is back in the PICU with fluid in his lungs....pray that it can be resolved quickly so he can return home!

Remember Maddie; she is still having a tough time, and next Monday she will undergo surgery to replace her port.

Pray for Jonah's mommy and daddy today; it's his big brother Gabe's birthday today.

As mentioned in the previous post, PLEASE pray for Kayleigh. As of now there are no new updates on her yet.

NEW REQUEST:

Baby Orner and his momma Erica. Please go read their blog, and pray for healing for this precious baby, still in his momms's tummy.

PRAISE:

Stellan came through his surgery just fine!! Check his blog for more details.

I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who visit this blog, and pray for these little ones and their families. I have such a burden for these babies and their momma's and daddy's, and it does my heart good to know there are so many intercessors out there joining me in interceding for these precious ones! Thank you.

Kayleigh

A more thorough update will follow in a bit, but PLEASE get on your knees for Kayleigh!!!! It appears that she might have had some kind of stroke and is brain dead. Please pray for this little girl today! Pray for a miraculous healing on her little body.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Foundation of Faith

By Sharee Moore

When going through a hard time, I instinctively know how to cling to God as though my life depends on it. It was while my first son fought for his next breath that I learned how to pray without ceasing. But I don’t think I really knew how to build a foundation of faith until after my second baby died.

Now, it wasn’t until after our third baby died, that I realized the importance of building that foundation before tragedy strikes. I’ve outlined some steps I took to set my anchor – my life – in the rock that is Jesus Christ and hope to share a bit of my journey.

1. Read the Word of God. Pull up your sleeves, tune out those pesky distractions and immerse yourself in the Bible. In it are the literal keys to your life, so prayerfully ask God to unlock the truths you’ll need to embrace, so that you can know Him and He can transform you.
2. Remember what you read and look for opportunities to apply it to the situations you encounter throughout your daily life. If you read about patience than YES the lesson still applies whether you are in rush-hour traffic or if you struggle with infertility or insensitive doctors in the NICU.
3. Take your focus off of self. Don’t interpret this to mean neglect yourself. It just means take breaks from intense mental focus on your personal woes. Yes, grief is incredibly painful and draining and the process does require your careful attention. BUT, allow yourself to care about others and what they are experiencing, as well. If a quick prayer on their behalf is all you have the energy for – do what you can. When you can do more – do more. Read about situations in which Jesus grieved and follow His example. Three examples that stand out for me are when Jesus learned of the deaths of John the Baptist, Lazarus, and when He was on the cross. There are other examples in scripture, as well.
4. Pray, pray, pray. Spend time in meaningful prayer. Sometimes just thank God for being God and don’t ask him for a thing. Ask Him to teach you and guide you. Ask for help; for strength. Open your soul to Him. I think the book of Psalms is such a powerful example of how we can talk to God.
5. Decide to trust God and stick by Him no matter what happens next. Read Romans 8:28.

So I encourage you to build your faith on The Rock. If you put your faith in experts, family, modern medicine, or things – those foundations are destined to eventually fail. If you put your faith in prayer – without an actual faith in God - you will be crushed if you don’t receive the answers you expect.

For with God, nothing is impossible!

Sharee Moore, author of the book
Stolen Angels: 25 Stories of Hope After Pregnancy or Infant Loss, is a new guest writer for Safe Haven...I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope the ones to follow will be a blessing and encouragement to you. I pray that you will find comfort in her words of wisdom, and experience.

Stellan

Quick update to start the day: as of an hour ago, Stellan was about to head in to surgery. Please pray as he goes through this that the Lord will protect him, and pray for his momma too!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday

PRAY:

Baby Grant may have an infection, they are running test to find out what is making him sick. Please pray for him!

Keep remembering Joshua and his entire family...things are still not going well with him.

Pierce is having surgery today, please pray that it goes well!

Please check Ava's blog and pray for her.

Stellan is having his heart surgery tomorrow. Check his momma's blog, and wear orange as you pray for him!

How you can help:

Cody's Crew

Continue to pray for Matt's family, as he went to be with Jesus yesterday. Please go check his blog for a way to help with something special!

UPDATE:

Go here for an update on baby Laith.

PRAISE:

Baby Logan is HOME!!!

Gavin is also HOME!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Angel Matt

Precious Baby Matt went home to Jesus today.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Saturday

PRAY:

For Ashley; she has taken a turn for the worse again, and is not feeling well. Please pray for her momma too.

Brinley is having another chemo treatment, pray that the week goes by swiftly and smoothly.

Isaiah is back in the hospital, pray for quick healing.

Remember Joshua, he is also having a tought time right now.

The Mikels family needs extra prayers and encouragement.

Again, keep praying for Matt and especially his family. He is very very close to going home to Jesus. I just can't stop thinking about this family.

Keep praying for Jonah, and for his mommy and daddy; his big brother's birthday is on Wednesday.

Gavin is having an iron infusion tomorrow.

Keep praying for Kayleigh as she recovers from her surgery.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday

So many to pray for today.....Jesus, hold these little ones close today!

UPDATES:

Please pray for Grant today...he had to have emergency surgery last night on his stomach from a leak...pray that he will recover well and have no more complications.

Please check Charity's blog and pray for her, she is having some complications as well.

Continue to pray for Matt and his family.

Gavin is having an iron infusion today...there are lots of risks with his current condition, please pray for safety for him.

Pray that Kayleigh's pain from surgery will get under control quickly...take a look at her blog and watch the new video.

Reagan is having a tough time, please pray for this little girl.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thursday

NEW REQUEST:

Emerson had her second transplant surgery last night: liver, bowl, pancreas, and both kidneys.

UPDATES:

Matt is not doing well, please check his blog and pray for him and his family. Such a beautiful little boy!

Stellan is on a plane to Boston, please pray for strength and wisdom.

Kayleigh is having surgery this morning. Please pray for her and for the doctor's!

So many serious things going on today...but the Lord is gracious, and always good.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wednesday

UPDATES:

Stellan has been having episodes of SVT again...please pray. EDIT: They are now flying to Boston, with a possible ablation on Tuesday.

Kayleigh will be having surgery at 8:00 am (EST) Thursday morning. Pray for her, and for the doctor's.

NEW REQUEST:

Joshua is a little boy with Spina Bifida, and he is in the hospital with some complications. Pray for him and his mommy, Kate.

AWESOME RESOURCE:

Care Calendar

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesday

PRAISE:

Little Miss Peyton came through her surgery just fine yesterday, with no complications. PTL!!!

Thank you, Lyndsi, for keeping us updated on her status.

PRAY:

Jonah will be having his throat scoped today. Please visit his blog and read the details, and PLEASE pray that it is only a cold and nothing more serious! This little guy REALLY needs our prayers!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday

PRAY!!

Peyton is having surgery on her heart today at 12:00 pm. PLEASE PRAY!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Intimacy

Intimacy: "closeness to the heart of God."

Intimacy comes when we love WHO HE IS and when we are in agreement with how He does things. Intimacy comes from seeking Him fervently, with our whole heart, soul, and mind.

Matthew 22:37 "Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' "

Unwillingness to seek Him fervently and diligently will result in a dull spirit, and will cause us to misunderstand the leadership of the LORD in our life.

When you don't understand your circumstances, seek Him with your whole heart. Trust Him. He is ALWAYS good.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 "This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.

UPDATES:

Peyton is having congestive heart failure, and the surgery is possibly being moved to tomorrow.

Jonah is in the hospital with some issues, please pray that they can figure out what is going on.

Have a blessed Easter....Christ the Lord is risen today!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Saturday

NEW REQUEST:



Please pray for Peyton; she has a heart murmur and will be having heart surgery on Wednesday. Thank you, Lyndsi, for this prayer request!

1 Peter 2:24 "He himself bore our sins in HIS body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by HIS wounds you have been healed.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday

UPDATE:

Please go to Gavin's blog, read the update, and pray. They are facing some very difficult decisions right now for his health care.

NEW REQUESTS:

GRANT has HLHS; he had surgery yesterday and is having some complications. Please pray for him!

Jack also has HLHS, and also just had surgery. Pray for him as well!

HOW YOU CAN HELP:



Isaiah 53:5 "But HE was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon HIM, and by HIS wounds we are healed."

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thursday

UPDATES:

Please continue to pray for Jenny,the blood clot is still there and they are waiting for it to dissolve; please pray for safety for the baby, and for her body to keep him/her safe!!!

Baby Makenna is back in the hospital to have her Trach replaced; it was too long and causing irritation and bleeding.

NEW REQUEST:


Baby Ava

GO HERE TO ORDER YOUR BRACELET TO HELP BENTLEY!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wednesday

NEW REQUESTS:

Pierce Ruck's CarePage
Pierce is 5 years old, and has Down Syndrome, and Leukemia. They just discovered that his Leukemia is back and will need to start new treatments.

House Full of Joy
Charity also has Down Syndrome and has been in the hospital with complications.

Thank you, Renee, for posting about these two!

UPDATES:

Ashley had several tests done yesterday and they discovered some issues that have been causing her to get sick so much; they just don't know how severe the problems are.

Stellan is on some new meds and if they don't work to slow down his heart, he will be having surgery in Boston next week. Please pray that the meds work and surgery will not be neccessary!

Abbey has a blood clot in her brain, and will be having to take shots every day for it to go away. Please pray that it will fix it quickly, and that she will do well with the shots.

PRAISE:

Baby B came through his surgery just fine! He is now recovering and doing well.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Bentley's Bracelets

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tuesday

PRAISE:

Ethan's checkup went well; everything looks GREAT!

PRAY:

Baby B is having surgery today, they started at 7:00 am.....please pray!

Kayleigh has taken a sudden turn for the worse, please check her blog for details, and pray.

April Issue

Serious.Life Magazine

The April issue of Serious.Life magazine is out! Go here to check it out, and get a FREE subscription. Safe Haven is listed in the blog directory this month, look for us on the next to last page.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday

PRAY:

Abby is back in the hospital and is very sick. They aren't sure what is wrong and are running multiple tests.

Ethan is having a checkup, pray that everything looks good!

Baby Jonah is having a really tough time right now, not eating very well and is in a lot of pain. Please pray for his mommy and daddy too. They need extra comfort!

NEW REQUEST:

Pray For Jonathan

Jonathan is a 15 year old boy who was diagnosed with cancer one year ago.

How you can help:



Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday

UPDATES:

Please continue to pray for Gavin. More uncertainty, and more tests.

Also, keep remembering Baby Stellan. He is still battling SVT and some major decisions are about to be made. Pray for wisdom!

PRAISES:

Kayleigh's test came back negative! She has two more surgeries coming up this week. Let's pray her through those!

Baby Veiyah's tests on her brain came back negative as well! And her eyes appear to be MUCH better!

NEW REQUESTS:

This morning in church our pastor made an announcement about a family that used to attend, and they lost their 1 1/2 year old daughter Wednesday night in a drowning accident; it happened in the home. I cannot remember their names, forgive me, but I will find out and post them later. I do remember the little girl's name was Star. Please pray for this family!

James Gregory Ryan: this little boy was diagnosed at 13 months old with leukemia.

Brinley also has leukemia.

This little girl, Maddie, is also battling leukemia, and is not doing well. She is not very responsive at this point and is having seizures. PRAY!

Ephesians 6:18 "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."

Friday, April 3, 2009

Friday

Sorry for the delay in this update, but baby Emily passed away on Monday. (I had the wrong link attached to her name and did not see the updated post until today.) Please keep her family in your prayers.

Gavin will be having his endoscopy today at 3:00 p.m. Remember him during this time!

Go here to see how you can help the Karg family and baby Veiyah.
Also, Veiyah was intubated this morning, and will be having an MRI. Pray!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST

Pray for Gavin

Please go to Gavin's blog, read the update, and PRAY. He has chronic internal bleeding and is having an emergency endoscopy. Get on your knees for this little boy!

R Baby Run/Walk

Race to save babies' LIVES

Please check out this link!!!

R Baby Run/Walk
TCBOTB

Read this post to learn about this precious baby, Matt. This is an amazing story, and these people are doing an incredible thing for this child. Truly a gift from God. Please pray for Matt and his new mommy and daddy!

Also, please remember Owen and again Ashley today. Owen is having some transplant issues, and Ashley needs healing from constantly getting sick.

Again, if you have a prayer request, please leave a comment with the information; we would LOVE to pray for you!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Old and New

Please check Reagan's blog and pray for her. This little girl is having a tough time.

NEW:

The Daniel family. Momma was admitted to the hospital at 24 weeks pregnant with complications. Now at 26 weeks, and still in the hospital. Please pray for mom and baby Gaines!

Twin girls, Addi and Cassi, were diagnosed at age 2 with a rare disease, basically no one has heard of, referred to as "Childhood Alzheimer's". Now age 5, please pray for them as the doctor's fight to find a cure!

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