Thursday, November 18, 2010

Strength for the Weary

Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

After arriving in Dallas past 10:00pm Amy and Jon stopped at the Ronald McDonald house to drop off their things. Ella wasn’t a happy camper. All three of them have had a long past few days. They gave Ella a bath, packed a few things for the hospital and headed there at about midnight. Originally the doctors planned on putting Ella on the 8th floor but instead choose to put her in ICU. With her condition they just don’t want to take any chances. She has done SO well thus far and the doctors do not want any setbacks. ICU meant many more interruptions and beeping machines equaling very little sleep.
In August, when Ella was born, Amy and Jon had met a couple at the Ronald McDonald house who had a little boy with HLHS. He had already had his first procedure and has now had his second as well. They didn’t do his second until he was around 6 months old. This little boy didn’t go home in between surgeries. So this family has been living in Dallas at the Ronald McDonald house for a VERY long time. Last night he wasn’t doing well at all. On the full ventilator, blood infection, etc. . Doctors had done all they could do, they seemed to be losing him. The mom was there alone. Amy sat with her through the night.
So here we are with a new day. The little boy made it through the night. But this morning doesn’t hold a refreshed rested Mommy for Ella. Amy is tired. So very tired. She is weary. Jon is tired too. Amy said she feels like she is about to break. Have you ever felt that way? The weight of your circumstances is just too much to bear? The God we serve is big enough to carry you through today’s circumstances. Because when we are at our emptiest He is at His best. He will fill you back up if you ask. Do I expect today to an easy one? No, today will hold many challenges. But I intend to do my part in holding up the arms of someone who needs help holding up their arms. Amy needs the Lord to fill her today. Please, please pray for strength for them today.

Ella’s surgery is scheduled for 1:00 this afternoon. However, we all know too well how hospital time works. I will keep you updated as I receive updates.

Thank you for praying whenever you are prompted!

2 Corinthians 4:8, 9&16-18
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Aunt Rachael


  1. People wonder why a loving God would allow people to go through things like this. I can say from experience that I don't think God allows it but He sure is there for us when it happens and I can't imagine walking through difficult times without Him.

    Praying often! Love you all!

  2. On my knees praying HARD for Jon,Amy and BABY ELLA!!!!

  3. Praying, praying vigorously here for Ella and her Mommy & Daddy.

  4. Praying God's perfect peace, joy, and strength over this precious family and all of the medical staff.
    Much love,
    The Crawleys

  5. This verse has always brought me comfort during scary times, I pray it does the same for you.
    "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" Joshua 1:9
    I pray for the surgery to be successful, for peace and strength.

  6. I am a prayer volunteer at the OKC campus of and just received the prayer request. I just want to let you know baby Ella is weighing very heavy upon my heart and I am praying for God's gracious and complete healing touch on her. He has a very special plan for Ella and such love for her. Amy and Jon, my prayers for you are for physical, spiritual, and mental strength and support during this difficult storm. I know that God will work this out for your good (Rom. 8:28). I would love it if you could please keep me updated with Ella's progress, and e-mail me at or on Facebook: Naomi Whitaker, Edmond, OK.
    As your sister in Christ, I love you and pray for God's most abundant blessings for you and your family.

    Blessings in Him,

  7. Greg and I will be praying. Understanding weary today. It helps to have you to pray for. Studying hope our hope comes from Christ in us. We know we can't do it alone! So glad we don't have to. We love you.
    Greg and Kim

  8. What an amazing person you are Amy. No one would have blamed you for being only focused on your situation but even in your own time of need you found time to reach out and bless another person. You will be greatly blessed for your kind heart and sacrifical love. You are in our prayers -The Daggett Family

  9. God never moves without purpose or plan
    When trying His servant and molding a man.
    Give thanks to the LORD though your testing seems long;
    In darkness He giveth a song.

    I could not see through the shadows ahead;
    So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
    I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
    Then peace came and tears fled away.

    Now I can see testing comes from above;
    God strengthens His children and purges in love.
    My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
    Through purging more fruit I will bear.

    O Rejoice in the LORD
    He makes no mistake,
    He knoweth the end of each path that I take,
    For when I am tried
    And purified,
    I shall come forth as gold.

    This song made me think of you. You have been such a testimony of the Lord's grace and strength through all of this. Love and prayers, Nanette


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