Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Walking on Sunshine!

Today was a big day... Elizabeth took 15 steps with a walker!  We are so excited for this day. I feel like it is only a matter of time before E is asking for her Jessica Simpson pumps to do her therapy in. :)

Elizabeth is still being given medication to wake her up in the morning. She is very awake and alert during the day and I'm told VERY chatty!  We need constant prayer for her memory and orientation. Those things are still off.

Tomorrow Elizabeth will have her swallow study in the afternoon.  We also need to be in prayer for COMPLETE healing, strength, neck control, motivation and courage.

A sweet lady named Kim is one of Rachel's former co-workers.  Today she brought a huge prayer blanket that she made for Elizabeth.  Many of Elizabeth's favorite verses, including some others that talk about God's plan, encouragement and healing are on the blanket.  E's favorite verse in II Timothy is in the very center.  On each side of the blanket, there are 24 ribbons... one for each year of life Elizabeth has had so far. The ribbons are different colors and one side of ribbons matches the other side of ribbons. This was done to represent that we are made in God's image.  What love and detail was put into this blanket!

PRAISE. "Praise be to God who continues to heal Elizabeth! Thank you Father for hearing and answering our prayers. Thank you for giving Elizabeth the strength to walk today. We give you Glory!"

PRAISE. "Thank you Father for Elizabeth's ability to wake, open her eyes, turn her head, have good motor skills, recognize her family, smile, laugh, and talk!"

PRAY. "Lord we lift Elizabeth up to you and pray for total and complete healing. We pray that it would be your will for her to recover 100% from this accident. We pray that her healing would only be explained as a blessing from You."

PRAY. "Father we pray for Elizabeth's mind. We pray that you would allow structures, chemicals, and mechanisms to all work together so that she can remember and comprehend properly. We pray for her orientation that she would know where she is and understand what has happened. We pray that she would not be confused and that her mind would be clear."

PRAY. "Lord we pray for the swallow test that Elizabeth will have tomorrow. We pray for the structures of her digestive system that they would be able to handle this test and pass it."

PRAY. "We pray for Elizabeth's encouragement. We pray that your love would cover her and your grace would be sufficient. We pray that when Elizabeth grows tired and weary that You would pick her up."

Amen.
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Can you commit to pray specifically for Elizabeth's swallow test at 1:00 pm tomorrow? Can you do this above the other time(s) day that you have already committed?  If so please leave a comment with your commitment. Think of how amazing it will be for multiple people of God to come before His throne on behalf of E.

Also, some have asked about praying over Elizabeth and her family. Since Elizabeth still can not have visitors, I would like to encourage you to still go to the hospital and pray in the chapel or at the foot of the crosses outside. Her family mentioned that this would mean a lot and even said that they would be interested in meeting you to pray together if the time is right.  If this is something that a group of you is interested in doing... maybe consistently once a week, then please email me at heather.richardson@live.com with the day of the week, time, and contact information for the person leading. 

There is power in prayer!

"Have faith in God,' Jesus answered. 'I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, "Go, throw yourself into the sea," and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins"
Mark 11:22-25

26 comments:

  1. I commit to praying for Elizabeth at 1:00 pm tomorrow that God will hear our prayer for her swallow test and that she will be able to pass this test. I also will pray for her encouragement and hope.

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  2. I commit to pray for Elizabeth at 1:00 tomorrow specifically for her swallow test. I will pray she will pass this test and be so encouraged by it! I will pray also that God will allow her to feel His comfort and presence precisely at 1:00. ~Kristi

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  3. I will be praying for the swallow study tomorrow at 1pm!
    Micaela

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  4. I will pray for Elizabeth to pass the swallow test tomorrow at 1:00. All glory to God for these daily miracles!! He is so good!!
    Suzanne

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  5. I will be praying for Elizabeth at 1:00 tomorrow as she is given her swallow test. I pray she passes this test and continues to progress in healing through the encouragement and love of her friends and family!

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  6. I am committed to pray at 1pm for Elizabeth to pass the swallow test. And to pray for 100% healing every day. And thank you for writing this blog and being so specific and direct in prayers needs. Where two or more are gathered.
    Letitia Washburn

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  7. I am committed to pray for Liz at 1:00pm tomorrow when she is given the swallow test. I pray that she will feel comfort and hope.

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  8. I will be praying for Elizabeth tomorrow for her test. I am grateful to the Lord for the progress that Eliabeth is making. I pray for her every single day thoughout my day...

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  9. I will pray for Elizabeth at 1:00 tomorrow.

    "...Anything is possible if a person believes"~Jesus (Mark 9:23b)

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  10. I will commit to praying for Elizabeth at 1:00 tomorrow, most definitely.

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  11. I will pray for Liz at 1:00 tomorrow along with every hour before and after that! God is good all the time! All the time God is good! You've got your sisters in the sorority & sisters in Christ praying for you! Love you Liz!

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  12. I will be praying for Elizabeth at 1pm tomorrow as she does the swallow test. I pray that she will not get discouraged and have patience to heal. I pray for her family and Jacob.

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  13. I will be praying tomorrow at 1 for great results from Elizabeth's swallow study!!! Kim Owens

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  14. i know you asked us to pray at 1 but im gonna start at 12 and pray till 2 off and on isiah 53 4-5 rhonda jefferson oh and will also pray at 720 am

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  15. I will pray at 1:00 that God be with Elizabeth during her swallow test tomorrow and that he gives her the strength she needs for this test to be successful. I pray for this sweet girl several times a day every day and I am so greatful to see God answering our prayers.God is our ROCK !

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  16. What a great day! God is good!!!

    Will be praying for her test tomorrow.
    Jamie Garner

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  17. I will pray at 1:00 p.m. for Liz!!

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  18. I will pray during my lunch period from 12:40-1:09. Our God is an AWESOME GOD! Perfect healing is Elizabeth's in the POWERFUL name of Jesus Christ! AMEN, and AMEN.

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  19. I have been following Elizabeth through a mutual friend and have faithfully been praying for her recovery. I am so thankful to be able to pray for a recovery because today I pray for a friend who lost her daughter in a car accident 4 years ago. My kids have lost 5 friends to car accidents and the hope of recovery is such a gift from God!!!! I will continue to follow her recovery, continue to pray, and hopefully, someday meet this person that God has chosen to give a special testimony to. We serve a GREAT God!

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  20. Will be praying for Elizabeth today at 1:00. May the swallow test be successful! Her progress thus far is truly a gift from God! May he continue to heal her everyday until she is whole again! While I have just come to know Elizabeth in the past few months, she has touched my heart and has reminded me to put all of my faith in Him always. What an inspiration she is...

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  21. I will be praying for Elizabeth today at 1:00!

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  22. My alarm is set for 12:30. I am not to good at memory myself these days.
    When I had cancer and awoke from surgery I had to be told for many days where I was at and that I had cancer. Sometimes God protects us in ways we don't understand. My mind was in denial while my body gained strength to take in my prognosis.
    I pray Elizabeth is able to swallow and take in tastier nutrition.
    Aunt Trudi

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  23. Bill and Michelle, Donna and I are praying daily for Elizabeth and for you. So excited to see her progress. We love you guys - Clark & Donna Wooten

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  24. I have set my alarm to pray for Elizabeth at 1:00 today for her swallow test. I pray that it goes well and that she can have the feeding tube removed and eat some REAL food. I hope this will give her more strength for her to do therapy.
    Gail in El Dorado

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  25. Will definitely be praying for Elizabeth at 1 today! Thanks for keeping us updated Heather!

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  26. I will most definitely be praying for Elizabeth today at 1:00!

    Debbie in Greenwood

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