Encouragement & Hope

Janie’s Surgery

Hey Friends,

I hope your Sunday morning is one in which you can enter His gates with thanksgiving in your heart and His courts with praise (Ps 100:4).  I pray you know that this is the day that Lord has made and that you can rejoice in that truth no matter what your circumstances are (Ps 118:24).

One of the greatest things about loving God is knowing that He is in control.  Knowing that nothing happens outside of His knowledge brings comfort to me in times when my circumstances are less that extraordinary.  Knowing that I can praise Him in the storm because He is Lord over the storm allows peace to wash over my sometimes anxious heart.

Today is one of those days that I am rejoicing in Lord because He is God.  Tomorrow morning at this time Carl and I will be at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital with Janie.  She has a surgery scheduled for 9:45 tomorrow morning to remove her right kidney.  The day before I delivered her the doctors discovered that her right kidney is enlarged.  After numerous tests, we found out that her kidney is functioning at 1% and so tomorrow morning the surgeon will most likely remove the kidney.  Dr. Mark Adams will be doing the surgery.  When we met with him last month he said that unless they discover that her kidney is actually functioning at a much higher rate they will remove the kidney.  He also said that removing the kidney is much easier than repairing it and we won’t have to worry about it malfunctioning again.

Carl and I are very much at peace about this situation.  We are very thankful that we live in Nashville and have access to such a great facility for this operation.  We would appreciate any and all prayers that you would offer up on our behalf. 

Here are a few specific prayer requests we have.

1. Wisdom for Dr. Adams as he makes the final call on full removal versus fixing the kidney.,

2.  Steady hands and attention to every detail for all the staff involved in this operation,

3.  An opportunity for the staff to see God’s hand in this situation and that He would be glorified,

4.  Comfort for Janie before, during and after the surgery.  (She can’t have a bottle after midnight, so it could be a fun morning.)

5.  Peace and strength for Carl and I as we love on our baby and each other during the surgery and her recovery.

We are grateful to have friends who will be joining us at the hospital.  The doctors said that Janie will only be in the hospital overnight and that she should only be a little cranky for a day or two after the surgery.  We are hopeful that this will be true for Janie.

We are honored to have friends joining us in prayer during this time.  Thank you for being a part of our lives and for going to the Father on our behalf in this situation.

I will be using twitter to update you on her status.  If you don’t have a twitter account you can check back here throughout the day.  My tweets appear on the right-hand side of the home page of my blog.  Or if you do have a twitter account you can follow me by clicking here.

I hear my sweet girl talking in her crib, so I’ve gotta run for now, but I’ll update you tomorrow throughout the day.  Thanks again for your prayers.

Love to you all.


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9 comments on “Janie’s Surgery

  1. Lifting you all up right now. Will be whispering prayers throughout the weekend.

  2. speakinginfaith

    Thanks, Mela:)

  3. Barbara Chambers

    Faith and Carl,
    will be in prayer for the 3 of you tomorrow. mayGod Bless you and be with you during this time.
    Love, Barb.C.

  4. Kelli Liesener

    All of you are safe in the Lord’s hands. I will be praying for you all.

  5. I just had a talk with the Father about your situations. My prayers will be with you throughout the day. what a precious baby. I know that she is special.

  6. God bless you and Carl as you endure the waiting part. Janie couldn’t be in better hands. We will continue to pray daily that the joy comes bouncing right back to her precious little body instantly upon seeing mommy & daddy! His grace is sufficient! Much love fr your zsouth Florida friends. (Faith, than you for so willingly sharing this tool of God. He is amazing!)

  7. Linda Baker

    Was praying this morning…so glad to hear that the surgery was successful and that baby Janie♥ is doing well! Praise the Lord!

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