The Macs

Sunday, February 8, 2009

anxiously waiting

We are SO THANKFUL for an uneventful day. No surgeries, no set backs, but no real progress either. Joel and I are struggling with the waiting and the unknown today. This is not in our timing and that is hard for us. PICU cleared out tonight except for one other little girl and Cora. We want it to be our turn to go home. We want to see visible signs of our little girl getting better. But for some reason we just have to wait for now.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Just a quick update tonight and some prayer requests. The big prayer right now is that Cora's lungs would improve so that she can get off the oscillator. We are so thankful for your prayers!

-An uneventful day
-Cora remained stable today
-Family and friends

Prayer Requests:
-Cora's lungs would improve
-The chemo would be working
-Visible signs of improvement
-Patience for us as we "wait"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still interceding for you and your family. Praying that The Mighty Healer would move in your little Cora!

ZEP 3:17 THE LORD THY GOD IN THE MIDST OF THEE IS MIGHTY; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

My 3 little boys also pray for "baby Cora" often through out the day. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers

Love from the McClains in AK

February 8, 2009 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger Nicole Wilkinson said...

All the problems in life have just become so small compared to what you and your family are going through. The strength that you have shown is amazing to me. As I sit her reading my heart is aching wondering if I could look to Him for such strength. Please know that we will life you up in prayer daily for continued strength and a peace that surpasses all understanding. We serve a Mighty God! Please keep updating the blog as your family and baby girl are touching so many lifes, more than you will ever probably know.

February 8, 2009 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Bailey said...

I came upon your blog and have been reading updates daily. Cora, her parents, family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.

Thinking of you often in ID

February 8, 2009 at 1:21 AM  
Blogger said...

Phillipians 4:6-7. What an awesome verse to set your thoughts on. Praying...

February 8, 2009 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

That's interesting...the first time I came across your blog last week, that's exactly what I prayed for. That you would have comfort and peace during the long process.
Take care.

February 8, 2009 at 2:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel and Jess-
This scripture has always brought me so much comfort. Tonight as I taught Colton, our 3 year old, the song "What a Mighty God We Serve" I couldn't help but think of Cora. He is mighty and He is the most powerful healer, even if it is slower than we would like sometimes.
"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope." Psalm 130:5

"Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near."
"As you know, we consider blessed those who have perservered. You have heard of Job's perserverence and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy."
James 5: 7-8, 11

We will pray for Cora's lungs to improve and for patience as you continue to wait-
The Raile's

February 8, 2009 at 3:56 AM  
Blogger tami said...

Cora and your family are ministering to my heart, my little girl's heart, and several of my friends and family. Thank you for sharing her with us! Please know that we continue to lift up Cora and your family in prayer throughout the day. We do serve a MIghty God!

February 8, 2009 at 4:21 AM  
Blogger laney said...

...from experience...the nights in a hospital are so very hard...everything seems so if one will never go back to the real world...yet we know that God is with us in all places and all times...and He promises us "that joy cometh in the morning"... our God is great...greatly to be praised...He is a promise keeper...praying with you for peaceful hearts...and for precious cora to be healed completely...she will be prayed for in georgia this morning by mighty prayer warriors...and her sweet parents will be held up too...

February 8, 2009 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Praying for you and your beautiful Cora, everyday...Last night as I prayed, I had it on my heart to share the verse you wrote in your post today (about His peace, which surpasses all human understanding). What a neat blessing to see that God was already whispering it into your heart. He is with you...He will carry you...He already is...

In His Grace,
Kelly Gerken
Sufficient Grace Ministries

February 8, 2009 at 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard from Carrianna this morning. Our hearts are knit with yours and we and our entire family and church are praying for you. I will tell you from experience that God's Word will be The Thing that carries you through these first days. Although we don't know you, we love you. The same thread of the Holy Spirit that runs through you, runs through us. We are holding your arms high in your weariness. We will keep in touch. (CM's mom)

February 8, 2009 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Courtney and the Boys said...

Yay for an uneventful day! Heading to church right now and will pray in the house of the Lord on Cora's behalf...

Love from the Nichols in Indiana

February 8, 2009 at 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will be praying for you in church today. We will pray that Cora's lungs start working on their own. God is MIGHTY to save.
Love- Sara

February 8, 2009 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Lane said...

Lifting you up often throughout the day! I pray that today you rest on the authority of God's promise that all things work together for the good of those who love Him! God has given your little girl purpose!

Interceding in NY

February 8, 2009 at 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing to pray for your precious Cora! Praying for comfort, strength and healing for her. Praying for comfort, strength, peace and wisdom for you. May you know without a doubt that the Lord is there with he continues to hold you close.

February 8, 2009 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Green said...

Thoughts and prayers.

February 8, 2009 at 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one should ever know pain such as yours this day. Cora is a beautiful, beautiful baby, and is now dancing in the arms of Jesus. I pray through your most difficult times, these words give you as much comfort as they possibly can. I lost someone very, very close to me two years ago, although I cannot fathom your pain, I can identify with the pure grief and agony you must be experiencing. Hold fast on to your faith... Because of my loss I have not been able to grasp that faith, but praying for you and hearing your story has opened the door for me...thank you for sharing. I am so, so sorry for what you are going through...

February 8, 2009 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Colorubia said...

Hi, My name is Denise Robison. I am Ryan Robison's mom, (Kendra's husband). I just wanted to let you know that 2 churches in Colorado Springs were and are praying for you. My thought and prayers are with you also. I am sooo sorry. Respectfully, Denise

February 8, 2009 at 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel and Jess,

Travis and Ethan and I just wanted you to know how much we love you and that you are in our prayers. There are no words that can be said to take away the pain and hurt, only the love of Jesus and his Spirit can heal your hearts. Your faith is strong and we serve a God of Great Power. We can not know God's purpose for taking Cora, but find comfort in knowing that she is in Jesus' arms. A world without pain of suffering just peace.

Travis, Andrea and Ethan

February 8, 2009 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

My heart is broken and my eyes are so filled with tears I can hardly see the keyboard. I know how much you love the Lord and rely on His strength. I'm sure the Lord is holding Cora right now and loving her as much as you do. I pray his strength will guide you through this unimaginable time. God Bless you and Keep you in His Hands. Hugs, Marty

February 8, 2009 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger ~CC Catherine said...

Dear Mcclenahans, Still praying for precious little Cora and am thanking Jesus for the miracle of her lungs improving, that the chemo will begin working,that there would be HUGE visible signs of her improvement,and that the Lord would give you patience as you wait. Tomorrow's thought for the day on my perpetual calendar is, "I love Thee O Lord, my Strength." Psalms 18:1 ~ May He provide Cora and you both as her parents the strength to pull through this victoriously~ Thank you Jesus for little Cora's healing and 100% recovery! Whisper into her little heart Father God just how much you love her...and share that whisper with her parents! Proverbs 3: 5&6. May you rest in HIM this day and going forward... ~CC Catherine

February 8, 2009 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Beth in NC said...

My daughter and I pray for Cora every night. God bless you!

February 8, 2009 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Hidden Springs Farm said...

Cora is in our thoughts and prayers daily. She is a beautiful little girl, and has so many people pulling for her. We pray for her recovery!

February 8, 2009 at 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so sorry to hear that Cora's earthly life has ended but we are assurned that she is now with Jesus in a beautiful place called heaven. May our prayers join with those of others, be for peace in your souls....The playground is such a fitting memorial for little Cora. I would like to think that she will have a playground in heaven with all the other little angels there. God bless you all.

February 9, 2009 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger summer said...

May the God who comforts carry you through. Came upon your blog through a friend and just wanted you to know we'll be praying for your family.

February 9, 2009 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Kenna Graber said...

We continue to pray for you every day. I pray that you will feel Gods love surrounding you and that he will give you strength and patience as you begin your healing process.
We love you!
Kenna & Kelson

February 20, 2009 at 11:30 AM  

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