Thursday, July 16, 2009


Dr.Gleghorn called yesterday and said that Lillie's scope showed less eosinophils in her biopsy and that she is not completely clear of the eosinophils and said that the plan of action we are taking is working for Lillie and its helping her to feel better in the sense of if we keep her off the foods she is allergic to and if we keep her on the same meds and the night feeds then it will keep her weight on!Lillies blood work showed inflammation in her blood.Lillie has another scope in about 2-3 months to get re scoped!There will never be a time any time soon where we can say she is all better!So we will just continue to share our daughters journey with you and how God continues to give us peace, joy , and the strength to keep moving along this long road!I honestly was thinking about all that we have gone through and all that our family goes through with each ones medical conditions and Iam so thankful to be saved by Gods grace and that he has held us through it all and continues to!Without him I thought to myself "I couldn't make it through ".
I wanted to share something I read its by James Dobson and he talks about trials and tribulations that we face.

One of the most difficult parts of the Christian life is the fact that becoming a disciple of Christ does not make us immune to life’s trials and tribulations. Why would a good and loving God allow us to go through such things as the death of a child, disease and injury to ourselves and our loved ones, financial hardships, worry and fear? Surely, if He loved us, He would take all these things away from us. After all, doesn’t loving us mean He wants our lives to be easy and comfortable? Well, no, it doesn’t. The Bible clearly teaches that God loves those who are His children and He “works all things together for good” for us (Romans 8:28). So that must mean that the trials and tribulations He allows in our lives are part of the working together of all things for good. Therefore, for the believer, all trials and tribulations must have a divine purpose.

As in all things, God’s ultimate purpose for us is to grow more and more into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). This is the goal of the Christian, and everything in life, including the trials and tribulations, is designed to enable us to reach that goal. It is part of the process of sanctification; that is, being set apart for God’s purposes and fitted to live for His glory. The way the trials accomplish this is explained in 1 Peter 1:6-7: "In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." The true believer’s faith will be made sure by the trials we experience so that we can rest in the knowledge that it is real and will last forever.

Trials develop godly character, and that enables us to "rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:3-5). Jesus Christ set the perfect example. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). These verses point out aspects of His divine purpose for both Jesus Christ's trials and tribulations and ours. Persevering proves our faith. "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).

At the same time, we must be careful never to make excuses for our "trials and tribulations" if they are a result of our own wrongdoing. "By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler" (1 Peter 4:15). God will forgive our sins because the eternal punishment for them has been paid by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. However, we still have to suffer the natural consequences in this life for our sins and bad choices. But God uses even those sufferings to mold and shape us for His purposes and our ultimate good.

Trials and tribulations come with both a purpose and a reward. "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him" (James 1:2-4,12).

Through all of life’s trials and tribulations, we have the victory. "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ." These verses encourage us to see that although we are in a spiritual battle, Satan has no authority over the believer in Christ. God has given us His Word to guide us, His Holy Spirit to enable us, and the privilege of coming to Him anywhere, at any time, to pray about anything. He has also assured us that no trial will test us beyond our ability to bear it, and “he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).


I have been looking for a book on Eosinophilic Esophagitis so I can understand more about it and so that I have something to go to if I have a question!I have checked book stores for months and couldn't find anything on EE until 4 days ago when I looked up books on Amazon and I actually found 1 book and I ordered it in hopes that it was what I wanted!I am so happy to say that this book is complete in explaining everything that is known about EE.I love it!! It is edited by 2 doctors and is a doctor book I believe but is easy for me to understand. I believe that one of the doctors is one that is doing research on EE and is looking for a cure for EE.


The Pichura Family said...

Boy, between you and guys had a busy hospital week! :)
Thanks for sharing the report and we will keep praying that God continues to heal Lillies body from this and, if not, I am excited to see how He continues to use it for good! Thanks for helping me keep my eyes fixed on Christ through what you shared!
Love you girl!!!

For His Glory said...

WOW! that post was really great Crystal, thank you for sharing what you have to keep preaching to yourself :) I know it's a battle to fight to see Jesus in all of life's trials, but O, the peace that comes from Him...I needed that beautiful reminder!

Mooing Joyfully said...

Your becoming a writer!!!! I find so much joy in reading what is happening and how God is faithfully working everything out for His good in your lives.