Thursday, April 12, 2007

We are excited to announce that Luke has not been in the Hospital for a whole year!

I hope and pray that you all had a blessed Easter Sunday. We had a blessed day, as our family was once again all together at church, celebrating Christ's resurrection Day. It was at this time last year that Luke spent his last week in the Hospital. Praise God he has not been back since then. I look back on that week spent in the Hospital and remember what a difficult time it was, the hopelessness of the Dr.'s and time spent in the PICU was excruciatingly hard. But God was so faithful in bringing so much joy to our lives as it was after that stay that Luke began to smile again, we had waited a long time for that first smile and now we see it daily, what a difference a smile can make.

Daniel, Amy and Natalie all arrived home on April 1st. What a huge blessing it is to have them home again, they were ready to come home for the most part, though Daniel thought it would've been wonderful to spend some more time exploring Denmark and The Netherlands. Our schedules have pretty much gotten back to our old routine, with Daniel back to work full time, Amy back working at the church a few days a week and Natalie finishing up her senior year of high school. It's hard to believe that we have 3 children who will have graduated from High School soon.

Luke has been doing pretty good, though he has struggled a few days with a bit of a mystery sickness. He seems to be doing ok during the day, but at night he will run a fever and be on some oxygen. Good Friday was a hard night, I really had to battle with fear as it was that day last year that we ended up in the Hospital. I kept saying that God has not given me a spirit of fear, but He has given unto me a spirit of power, a spirit of love and a sound mind, which was a song that we used to sing in church. Luke had a high fever that night and was really struggling to breath, but I knew it was a battle against evil spiritual forces, the Bible says: in Ephesians 6:10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. There have been times during these past few years that I've known that we are battling for Luke's life and this past week we have had to go to battle a few nights.

On Monday night Gordy, Isaiah, Daniel, Natalie, Josh, Skye and myself went to a Sonics game and when we came home Luke was struggling again with a high heart rate and low oxygen numbers. When he is like that he breathes very hard, I began praying and while I had my hand on his chest God heard my prayers and I could actually feel the healing power of Jesus flow through my hands and Luke's breathing immediately slowed down and his heart rate started coming down to where it was normal within a short amount of time. I can not even begin to explain how wonderful it was to see God at work before my very eyes. I know that God is able to do abundantly above what we can ever imagine. We just need to believe, in faith knowing that He will answer our prayers. Once again tonight it was the same scenario with the high heart rate and fever, I began to pray and God heard my prayers and Luke is now sleeping comfortably, Praise God. Please be praying with us that this will be our last night that we will have to deal with this mystery sickness.

We have lots of exciting things coming up in the future, but this blog has already gotten entirely too long. Next time I will write about the upcoming Missions trip I'm leading in May, about the Homeschool convention we are attending this weekend and Gordy's trip to Eastern Washington to have some much needed fun time golfing. Please pray that all will go well this weekend as we are going to be leaving the little ones behind, we will be home at night time, but will be gone all day Friday and Saturday. I'm extremely grateful that Tessa learned how to care for Luke while the girls were gone, she is babysitting and Auntie Cindy will be coming over to help in the mornings with getting all the kids ready for the day.

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue


Anonymous said...

Dear Sue,
I love feeling the joy that come out of every one of your posts.You both find the light in the darkness.Thank you for expressing Gods love. Love Kelley

lockwoods said...

Thanks for posting! It's so good to get an update. We will be praying about Luke's mystery illness. We remember you in prayer daily. you think you could post a picture or two of Luke? I bet he's changed a lot since the last one. I know you are busy, though - just an idea!
In Love,
The AK Lockwoods

Dana said...

Dear Sue,
You have a beautiful family. I was so happy to finally meet you after all this time. I think of you often and you are in my prayers. May God continue to strenghten you.
Love Dana (Gabbys mom)

Carmichael Family said...

Praising God with you for Luke's year without hospitalizations!!! Thank you for posting the pictures, they are beautiful, and I am going to print out one of the pictures of Luke for my refrigerator to remind me to pray for him. I will be praying for all your upcoming events, and of course for Luke's continued health and healing!
God bless!

annb said...

The pictures are great! You have a beautiful family! thanks for sharing.

Teena said...

I love the pictures! It is great to see all of you~ I love watching your children grow! Excited to hear how the conference went and your up coming mission trip.

We are out of town at my Uncle's funeral. Will be home later today.

blessings ~
your GA friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

annie said...

It was great to see Luke and your family, they are beautiful. Luke looks really great.
Praise God! No hospital for a year is so awesome.
We went down to thurman scrivner's healing school last weekend, it was amazing!
I hope to talk to you soon.


dr_bristow said...

Dear Sue,
Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of Luke and your family, they are so nice! I think my favorite is the one of Luke on his horse!
I am rejoicing and praising God with you over Luke's full year without hospitalizations, what an awesome testimony to the power of prayer and God's tender care for his children!!!
I almost called you all when I was in Portland/Vancouver last month, I definitely will next time as I would love to see you all again! Honestly, getting to meet Luke and your family last June and being able to love on Luke for the afternoon still remains the biggest blessing of my past year. I have two more years of med school and then I move on to residency!
I am praying for Luke's healing daily, as well as his continued good health!
Lots of love and prayers,
Alane Bristow

Anonymous said...

Sue, I loved your pictures of all the family! Everyone looks so good. Thanks you for posting all the updates. Thanks for always being willing to pray for others. I love that about you! You and your family are such a blessing. Still praying for Luke to be healed by the hand of Christ. May it be soon!! Love and Blessings, Shane,Julie and Children

Carmichael Family said...

Sue and family, This morning I came across a prayer request on another blog for a little 18-month-old boy named Knox, who had a near drowning in the bathtub last week. His updates/prayer requests are being posted on the web site for his church, here: Prayer Request for Knox Anderson
I was just wondering if you all could keep him in prayer, and wanted to pass the info along to you in case you might want to contact the family since you've gone through a similar situation.
Keeping Luke in our prayers daily, as well as your whole family!
Blessings and prayers,

Anonymous said...

Hello, my name is Diana Johnson-Searles. Tonight, I decided to Google the names of my children, just for fun. In January, I gave birth to my 4th child, Luke. (I have always loved that name), anyway, I googled his name, Luke Searles and found your blogs. I was very blessed to read them and especially blessed to read about your families' unwavering faith in our beloved Lord and Saviour, Jesus. I will continue to read your blogs in the future as I was so blessed by them.

May the Lord continue to bless you and I will keep your precious Luke in my prayers.

Diana Johnson-Searles

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