When I was pregnant with Lucy I prayed for her all the time. It felt like every breath I took ended with a “Please God.” A married couple who were friends of ours had been struggling with infertility for years and didn’t have any children yet. Their empty arms weighed heavy on me. I decided that every single time I prayed for Lucy I would pray and ask God to give my friends a baby (soon!) So my “Please let Lucy live” prayer became “Please let Lucy live and please give Ashley and Travis a baby.” It became a habit and from then on it was easy to remember to pray for them. They now have a beautiful daughter Lucy’s age, almost two years old.
I have another baby girl who weighs heavy on my heart now, and her name is Emily. She’s about to turn three years old and she is here at the Ronald McDonald House in Houston with her parents. Emily was just diagnosed last month with an inoperable brain tumor and has been given a 0% chance of survival. The doctors are not very hopeful and are treating her here in Houston to improve her quality of life.
Even though the doctors are not hopeful, I am and her parents are desperate for hope too. This little girl is like sunshine. She brightens every room she walks into. I smile every time I see her. She just sparkles (LITERALLY she is usually wearing a “Frozen” dress or princess crown😊) Even Nora loves Emily! The first week we were here Nora wasn’t moving much and I had gone almost an entire day without feeling her move. I was so anxious as I sat in the playroom watching Asher play and only feeling stillness from Nora. Well, in prances Emily and probably about two minutes later I hear an ear piercing screech (I THINK it was a happy screech) from Emily and Nora IMMEDIATELY started kicking and punching like crazy. She squirmed around for the rest of the night. A couple days later the same thing happened. Emily entered the scene and Nora responded wildly to her voice, the best feeling in the world. Emily does have a bubbly, infectious laugh so I don’t blame Nora one bit.
Here’s Emily doing her trademark laugh that Nora loves so much (and I do too.) Just TRY to look at this picture without smiling:
Another sweet image of Emily in my mind is from the very first night we were here. Asher was feeling shy and anxious (I think he was missing his brother) in the playroom around the other kids. Emily walked right up to him and started talking to him and playing with him like they were already friends. It put his heart at ease and he relaxed enough to play and have fun. This little girl melts my heart.
Will you all commit to pray for Emily every time you pray for my Nora? That would mean so much to me. Pray for God to do a mighty miracle in Emily’s little body. Pray for Him to COMPLETELY heal her. He can do it. I’m praying one of my favorite verses over Emily:
Psalm 136:4 Give thanks to Him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever.
Let’s pray that God not only does a mighty miracle in Emily, but that He will show her His faithful love every step of the way until then. Perfect love drives out fear. Please, God, cover Emily with your love. Protect her from fear and suffering and heal her completely.
Let’s also pray for Emily’s parents, Kyle and Stephanie, who are facing the unimaginable. Pray that they would have peace and that they would not give up hope. Pray that they would know how to parent Emily and her baby brother Blake during this hard time. I’m praying this verse over them specifically:
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
With God’s power, Kyle and Stephanie can abound in hope. I’m also praying this verse over them:
Psalm 90:16,17 Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us.
Let’s pray that God would show Stephanie and Kyle his amazing work and that He would show His glorious power to their children, specifically Emily. Lord, let your favor and love be poured out on this family, please.
They need hope and strength and they need you to pray for Emily. Let’s change our “Please, Lord, let Nora live” prayers to “Please, Lord, let Nora and Emily live.” Thank you all for wrapping us in prayer and for strengthening us with your encouragement.