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Thursday, October 30, 2008

soli deo gloria


For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.  For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God-His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.  For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock except our God?- the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.  He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.
Psalm 18:28-33

We didn't hear what we hoped to hear yesterday at the neurologist.  We have a MRI scheduled for next Wednesday.  We are somewhat numb today, trying to simply rest in the Word and not allow our minds to wander to places that they don't need to go. 

Though we feel devastated by the news we received from this Dr, we remain steadfast in our hope that the Lord can and will fully restore this precious gift!  Will you join us in that prayer?

Soli Deo Gloria

78 comments:

Whitney said...

God bless and keep you.

Heidi K. said...

So sorry, to hear it was not a good report. Yes, I will join you in that prayer!

Mathew 19:26
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

What a Beautiful family picture.

Shanna said...

We love you all so much. God's grace is sufficient. He will guide you and direct you and hold you close. Thank the Lord that baby Abe is in Texas with a family that adores him. Prayed for you all night long and will continue!

Tymm said...

I am praying for Abe and for you guys as an entire family.

God placed you all here in these circumstances. I am trusting Him - expecting Him - to show His will to you...

God bless.

Julie said...

All of our thoughts are with you and your precious Abe.

Jen said...

What a beautiful picture! God's love is amazing. I am so happy that Abe is with you and your family, in Texas. He is getting the best care and the best love. My heart hurts for you as his mom, do not fret. (Nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37)

Lori said...

Your family photo is just precious! You've been a constant in my thoughts and prayers and I certainly will pray with you every day forward.

Anonymous said...

Alexanders,

We are praying for each one of you as you wait to know what you are dealing with.

We are especially praying that the Lord would cover you with His peace that passes all understanding and that He would remind you that He is "able to make ALL grace abound to you, so that in ALL things at ALL times, having ALL that you need, you will abound in every good work."

We love you so much,

The Hornbergers

Kelly, Mom to the Putty's said...

Been praying and will continue to. The Brentwood Prayer Team is backing you all the way.

L & J Gutwein said...

Praying for you & your family picture is precious. Love, J

Erica said...

"I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he DELIVERED me from all my fears... Taste and see that the Lord is GOOD; blessed are those who take refuge in him." Psalm 34:4,8

We are praying for your sweet son and believe that the Lord has the power to heal in his hands, and that we serve a Good Father. Praying that he will keep your hearts in peace as you wait on Him.

The Jenkins Family in Norman, OK

fivehawks2 said...

May the peace of God cover your family completely. My heart and my prayers are with you.

Cheryl said...

Mama's heart,

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the Peace of God, which transcends understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6-7

Trusting our faithful Father and believing in complete healing for Abe. For Jesus said, "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayers." Matthew 21:22

Standing on the promise!
Love you

Heather said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, today and always. By the look of that beautiful family photo, it is very clear that Abe is surrounded by so much love and has the best family to provide him whatever he needs right now.

Erica said...

Oh sweet family. Praying with you.

Psalm 18:32
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

Henley on the Horn said...

You have our prayers. We are thankful that the Lord ordained Abe's adoption, and through you, he will receive the care he needs. In all of this sadness, THAT is a praise!! We are also thankful that you are holding steadfast to the Lord, for He alone brings true comfort. Love to all of you! The picture is BEAUTIFUL!! Is it from a wedding?

Sitesx6 said...

I found you through your sister, Melissa's blog. I've been following your story since the adoption. (Cried as I watched your awesome adoption video-the best part was your CUTE daughter's face when she got to hold Abe.)

Just wanted you to know I'm praying, here in Lansing, Michigan.

auntie katie said...

covering you in prayer, sweet sister.
Abe will be exactly who the Lord intended Him to be. Rest in His promises.

auntie katie said...

covering you in prayer, sweet sister.
Abe will be exactly who the Lord intended Him to be. Rest in His promises.

Jana said...

Sweet A. family: He is sovereign over all things. He is close to the brokenhearted. He knows exactly what is going on. He loves all of you so dearly.

We pray for you, sweet family!

JourneytoFamily said...

I am sorry you didn't hear what you were hoping to hear. Remember, God is so much bigger than a diagnosis. I will pray for your family.

That is such a beautiful family picture!

lisa kindred said...

Oh sweet family...God is in control. You have been given this gift and God is holding him so close. He will show you his ways in places you can't imagine.. Keep seeking His face and putting all your trust in Him. He can move mountains!We will keep praying for you all!

Beautiful Family you all are!

ashley said...

Dear Alexander family,
We have been praying and will continue to lift little Abe and your family up to Jesus! We are begging God for healing but ultimately for His will to be done in your lives.
much love and many prayers

Holli said...

Your family picture is beautiful. Not only the literal picture but the one this blog paints- Soli Deo Gloria!
Praying for Abe and his forever family.

Tracy said...

Praying the MRI come back with a perfectly healthy diagnosis for precious Abe!....and peace and anticipation of what God will do for your beautiful family!

Kristi J said...

Oh, I'll call Gwen and get the news...I'm praying hard for you guys and sweet Abe...God can heal him!!! Miracles happen every day!! Thinking of you, Kristi

Keva said...

My heart echoes so many of the thoughts and prayer being lifted up to our Heavenly Father.

I praise God that He saw fit to gift you with Abe and Abe with you. He is in control of all your circumstances. Trust and believe in His promises. He will never forsake you.

Much love from the Atwoods

The Hebert Family said...

I am praying for Abe and your entire family. God can heal and I know first hand how powerful the power of prayer is. God bless.

Tracy Howard said...

Dear Alexander Family:

My heart breaks for you and we will continue to pray for healing, encouragement, peace and strength. Abe is in the right place to receive exactly what he needs and he is so loved.
Tracy

S. said...

Praying for you here. It is hard but just try to take it one day at a time. God loves your sweet precious boy even more than we can possibly imagine.

Cara said...

I happened upon your blog around the time you were in Ethiopia picking up your sweet Abe. I've shared your story with some students in our ministry. We are and will continue to pray for your family as you walk through this hard leg of the journey...knowing that our mighty-to-save God is seeing this with eternal-perspective eyes and will bring glory to Himself through your family and already has done so!
Cara Puryear
Altus, OK
(de-lurking!)

The Albertsons said...

Praying... constantly praying... please let me know if/how I can help... God adores you sweet family! Rest in His sovereignty... rest...

Blog Shmog said...

You guys are loved. Lots of people praying for you...

Hollie said...

Praying for sweet Abe...and the rest of you as well!

Ellen said...

This is ALL God's will for you. Everything, from his referral to this sad news, is in His perfect plan. Abe was meant to be with ya'll and he couldn't have a better family to take care of him AND his needs.

And the picture is Christmas card material!

Oatsvall Team said...

Walking w/ you sister and standing in the GAP w/ prayer for each one of you ... love ya so much !!!

Cling to the promises in the WORD !!

Erin and Keith Sager said...

Praying for you and your family...much blessings Erin

~s said...

Praying for Abe and your family daily
susanne

msl said...

I'm keeping Abe and your family in my thoughts and prayers. It's obvious from your blog that Abe is surrounded with love. I'll be thinking of you all on Wednesday and hoping you get some good news.

Amber said...

Praying for peace that passes all understanding, comfort, healing and strength. May you find comfort that none of this is a surprise to our incredible maker. Holding you and your family.....

whittakerwoman said...

My heart is full of thoughts of you and your family. Thank you for the example of focusing on God through the drama. H

Diane said...

As a Mama to five children, my three youngest daughters all adopted Treasures, I am so humbled by God's love of all His orphans and His amazing Grace for all of us through adoption, on earth and into Heaven. He is so very good!!

I stand in complete awe as one who has witnessed time and again God place His sweet orphans into loving families...my mind and heart reel as to how He just knows the perfect, perfect family for each of His precious children. He chose your family for His precious Son, Abe...I just know that by seeing your sweet journey while you waited for baby Abe and then while in Ethiopia, the videos you shared were some of the most Blessed I have ever been privileged to witness. Since you have been home and walking through this valley, again, so sure that God sure did choose the perfect family for your son and His. God just knew you were to be Abe's sweet family....He knew. Rest in Him.

Praying.

60 toes said...

So sorry to hear the appt did not go the way your were hoping. We will continue to pray and rest on the hope we have in Jesus.

You have a beautiful family. I love that picture, too cute.

Charlotte (Cerutti) Scott

Melinda said...

Beautiful picture! I will be praying for your family.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Anonymous said...

I will keep your beautiful family in my prayers, but I also pray and hope that whatever diagnosis you receive for Abe... you will also see God's perfection in that. That he is just as he was made to be, I know he will bring your family great joy.

Jocelyn said...

What a beautiful, beatiful picture. I am praying for you all.

Natalie Fournet said...

We are praying for your sweet family and precious baby!

A Team said...

I love you Em

Dawn said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family.

MelissaBrwn said...

It has been so touching to see the long road to little Abe. The very little I have been around your family I could see a love most families never have. Abe is so blessed to have the Alexander family as his family. His sweet little smile is there to lift you up when you feel so down. Only God knows where this all leads to, let Him take you there hand and hand.

Traci said...

Emily,
I am a friend of Corinne's- had not talked to her in years, hooked up with her on Facebook, and then she sent me randomly one day, the link to your blog. Oddly enough, we have just started to seriously talk about adoption from Africa. I have been following your blog and your story since you were in Ethiopia (the picture of your daughter holding little Abe that you posted the other day makes me literally weep with joy every time I see it).

I am so thankful for your faith and I know that you know God chose you all to be Abe's family because you are fully capable of tackling whatever comes his way. God loves you and so do so many others. Just know you have hundreds of strangers in Nashville on their knees for your precious family and baby Abe particularly.

I pray blessings and peace on you in the next few days.

Heather said...

Praying lots for Abe and your sweet family!

Jess said...

Praying.

The picture is beautiful.

Dad and Linda said...

Yes, we will pray

Sarah said...

i'll be praying for your family and abe.

Kim said...

Emily,

May you be filled with peace today knowing that Father God is watching over every aspect of Abe's journey.

The new family photo shows exactly how God has encamped angels around Abe. What a beautiful family!

We are on our knees in TN and are lifting you all up in prayer!

Love,
Kim

Keep these thoughts ever in mind; let them penetrate deep within your heart, for they will mean real life for you, and radiant health. Proverbs 4:21-22

Hauswife said...

I woke up praying for you guys over and over last night and I know that so many are being called by the Lord to soak you in prayer as well. God has GOOD things in store! I love you. Wish I were there to give you a hug and share a cup of coffee. Prayingprayingpraying...

Abby said...

God is so good...ALL the time. Cling to the promises you know to be true. You're constantly on my mind- praying hard for you guys!

Darcy said...

God is good all the time and all the time God is good! Rest in him and he will make your burden light. Your family is in our prayers.
Guille family from Cheyenne, WY.

Guard Wife said...

Absolutely. We will join you & all these other folks in prayer for your beautiful boy. Your family photo is gorgeous and a symbol of the support this little guy has and that you all have in each other. We will continue to pray for all of you.

~Laura~ said...

I love you guys and I'm PRAYING!!

Single PAP said...

abe is exactly where he's supposed to be. prayers your way.

Kathi said...

Praying here, too. Again, I'm Gwen Oatsvall's friend

Dianne said...

I will be praying for your family.
I love the family picture, it is amazing.

Hauswife said...

Praying for you tonight. Love you.

These Three Kings said...

I am praying friend...

Continue to trust the One who is HOLDING ALL THINGS TOGETHER

Nicole

Diane Larson said...

Praying with your family!
Diane

Anonymous said...

Abe is where he is suppose to be, you and your family are his guardian angels there for his help!
May you all surround him and keep guard over him and protect him, thanks to GOD he is with your family! You and your family were chosen to be his protecter and to help heal him! Hoping you find out by the MRI what path you are all to take and that you use that to put your faith, healing and contributions towards that specific need so it can help him and other children!! Praying for your family, with GOD all things are possible.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've followed your story for a bit, but have never posted. I'll be praying.

Sherri
www.caringbridge.org/oh/kara

Kristy -Mom To 6 Blessings said...

Know that fellow brothers and sisters in Christ EVERYWHERE is covering your family in prayer right now. Much love to your prciuos family!
Kristy

Lisa Burns said...

Alexander family,

You don't even know me but my daughters and I have cried over your blog. The gotcha day...the airport...the "Hallelujah" song by Third Day is one of our FAVS!!! What an incredible family who isn't afraid to be bold and obedient for the Lord.
I don't know what the prognosis was but my heart aches for you all. Some verses that the Lord gave me in a REALLY difficult trial were Romans 4:20-21. "Yet he (Abraham) didn't waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God; but was strenghtened in his faith, giving glory to God, being FULLY PERSUADED that God had the power to do what He promised." I am confident that the Lord has given you promises for Abe and your family. BE FULLY PERSUADED!!!

Rebecca said...

sweet, sweet family picture.

The winters are praying for the alexanders. Sweet abe.

Danni and Tommy said...

BEAUTIFUL picture! Know our thoughts are with your lovely family and precious and perfect Abe.

kristen said...

Praying for y'all with hope in Alabama...

coffeemom said...

Praying for strength courage comfort perseverance and peace. Praying for you all, every day. God bless you and your beautiful family. M

Sam said...

Beautiful picture!
Hoping all goes well

Amy from Texas said...

I just found your blog from Whittakerwoman. I will be praying for your baby. I live in the Dallas area and will be thinking of you. I have a friend who is in the ER with her baby today. My heart goes out to you all with sick ones.

Steffie B. said...

Stunning family picture.....

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