Saturday, September 19, 2009

September 19 2:00 PM

Dear friends,
     Thank you once again for all the encouragement.  The emotions were running high and low yesterday and I couldn't bring myself to sit down and write to you.  We were moved out of the PICU yesterday and into a regular room.  The reason for the move was not because Micah is doing so much better, but rather because the docs can do nothing else for him.  Monday they will get the tooth from the esophagus and there are a couple of other things we will have to decide, but that is all they can do.  The doctors have told us "we don't know how to fix this, we don't have the knowledge".  We already knew this, no surprise, but it is good to be put into the place where you can do absolutely nothing else but trust God.  That is where we are.  This was not the reason for my emotions, I knew from the beginning that the docs could only do so much I'm just an impatient mom that wants to see her little guy smile again.  Having faith in God is not so difficult, keeping it during the hard times is.  Yesterday was a struggle because I want God to act faster.  So this morning while I was praying for Micah I reminded God of His promises to us and the things that have been spoken over Micah's life.  I then had to admit that I didn't see how, in his present state any of that any of those things could happen.  God's thoughts are not the same as mine, so if His will is best accomplished in Micah this way then I have to accept that.  I'm still praying the selfish prayers of a mother, and will continue to do so.  So for now, each day we try to put on the garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness that can so easily consume our hearts & minds causing us to miss the blessings that God has for us each day.
"We are a moment, You are forever
Lord of he ages God before time
We are a vapor You are eternal
Love everlasting reigning on high.

We are the broken  You are the healer
Jesus Redeemer mighty to save
You are the love song we'll sing forever
Bowing beforeYou Blessings Your name.

Holy, holy Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Highest praises honor and glory
Be unto Your name
Be unto Your name"                       -Robin Mark

Some friends brought us some non-cafeteria food today (thanks) we met them in the lobby and had a good visit.  The mother from Milan (mentioned in an earlier post) came down and we got to spend some time with her.  She was having her emotional day today so we all prayed for  her & encouraged her, it was good to be able to give some of what God has been giving to us.  Keep them (Lee, Deb & their son Zachary) in your prayers.  
After our friends left we went to the hospital chapel and Thomas played the piano a while and we sang, I was just thinking, "God, it sure would be nice to have some friends here to worship with tomorrow."  We left the chapel, went down one flight of stairs and Thomas phone rang.  Someone from our small group at church called to see if we would want to have our small group meeting at the hospital!  What a blessing!  God is faithful and He cares about us even when it seems He's forgotten us.  God is growing us each day closer to Him and that is a good place to be.  I love you all dearly and pray God's blessings on you.


  1. Robin (schulz) JohnsonSeptember 19, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Dear Thomas & Tina,

    I just want you to know that we are all praying so hard for your micah. Your faith is a testimony to us all. Im praying snd believing god will give you strength to get through this. We ove you in christ and are her for anyting you might need.Gos Bless all of you

  2. Tina,

    We were in a position very similar to yours with Nick 3 years ago. It wasn't long after they moved us to a regular room that they began talking about sending us to a rehab hospial. I would urge you if this happens to look at the unit in the Children's Hospital in Atlanta, GA. I know it is even further from home than you are now, but it is a first rate facility. If you have any questions about it please feel free to contact me.

    Praying God's mercy will be poured out on your family,

    Betty Parrish

  3. Still praying. God can do what doctors can't. Everything happens in His timing. Praying that you all have a phenominal service tomorrow. There's nothing in the world like good Christian friends.


  4. Yesterday a group of JEA friends gathered to pray the prayers you asked for Micah and to pray for strength and peace for you, Thomas and Tina, and your family. Prayers of thanksgiving were lifted for the inspiration of your testimony and awesome faith. Chrissy ended the time by reading lyrics from Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns. As I read your post today, the words come back to me:

    I was sure by now
    God You would have reached down
    And wiped our tears away
    Stepped in and saved the day
    But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

    As the thunder rolls
    I barely hear You whisper through the rain
    "I'm with you"
    And as Your mercy falls
    I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
    And takes away

    I'll praise You in this storm
    And I will lift my hands
    For You are who You are
    No matter where I am
    Every tear I've cried
    You hold in Your hand
    You never left my side
    And though my heart is torn
    I will praise You in this storm

    I remember when
    I stumbled in the wind
    You heard my cry
    You raised me up again
    My strength is almost gone
    How can I carry on
    If I can't find You

    As the thunder rolls
    I barely hear You whisper through the rain
    "I'm with you"
    And as Your mercy falls
    I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
    And takes away

    I lift my eyes unto the hills
    Where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord
    The maker of Heaven and Earth

    We continue in constant prayer for Micah and your family.

  5. You probably never met me, but I went to the home-school tutorial with Abigail while we lived in Jackson. I just wanted to let you know that my family and I are praying for you all --- that God's will is accomplished in Micah's life, and that He gives your family the strength to accept whatever His will may be. I also wanted to share a few of my favorite verses reminding us of God's constant and perfect love.

    "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35, 37-39

    "More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit whe has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
    Katie Russell