God's Report

 Note from Candace: I am including below the diary of scriptures, Facebook posts and words of encouragement that we have received over the past few months, many of which are very personal to our faith in Christ and to our family. I hope that they will offer you a glimpse of why we have the hope that we do for our son Edmond and that you will be encouraged in your faith for our family and for your own family as you read. God bless. 

God’s word over Edmond Daniel Segrove and our Family

All this is for your benefit,
so that the grace that is reaching more and more people
may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 4:15

In Him we live and move and have our being… we are His offspring. Acts 17:28

Friday September 30, 2011
Friends please pray for Edmond, he was just admitted to CPMC ICU for seizures and overnight observation. Pray for Adonis and I to have peace. We trust the God of all comfort and Jesus our Great Physician and healer.

September 30th
Hey loved ones, the update is not an easy one to write. The doctors have nothing good to say. Per the MRI, He's got a brain underdevelopment that occurred during my 2nd or 3rd trimester and goes undetected sometimes for a while. He's 12 weeks old now. It's a condition called lissencephaly, or smooth brain, which causes seizures and puts him at a probability for epilepsy and severe developmental delays. There's more but I don't have the heart to write it. We need a miracle. This is alot for us to even begin comprehending right now. I'm here at the ICU with him for observation tonight.

Adonis “God’s got my attention. He’s got all of me now.”

Candace. “Catapult, God’s going to catapult us into the next level. Into a spiritual level”
“What is God up to with this.”  “This is not about you”

Nawel – Jeremiah 29:11

Psalm 27

Adonis was saying, “God’s got my attention now, He has all of me.”

Saturday October 1, 2011
Sylvia, stop talking stank and agreeing with the enemy about people. God wants us on our knees and seeking him everyday. Stop being so full of the world, so that you are so full that you cannot be hungry for God.

Sally S – Drove from Russian River conference back to the city to pray for Edmond and our family. Sally had been praying for 3 weeks since she got the text message for the baby and baby’s family.

Sally S  text message from prophetess in Hawaii, September 9th, 3 weeks before we found out about Edmond’s condition.

In this assignment you are to pray a true intimate eternal relational encounter over baby’s family!! God is calling them!! Attention!  Baby is already covered!! Keep praying for baby’s family!!

Sally ministered to us and Holy Spirit moved me to confess my sins and to repent of my attitude and talking bad about others and singing “Oh be careful little eyes what you see” to my daughter but not doing this in what I watch on television. Decided I cant go to comedy show and cant go on watching filth on TV.

Sally admonished us to have a deeper walk with the Lord and God has more for us and wants to take us to the next level.

Adonis “We’re going to take and inventory of what we watch and agree about what we can and cant watch”  “We need to run from the world”

Evette came that night.
Evette, This diagnosis is bogus, baby is fine, this is just a distraction. God is dealing with your marriage. This is something between the two of you. There have been words of “worthlessness, stupid” there have been focuses on other things besides God. Every morning you both need to roll out of bed and pray and give God your day. Include Eden in praying and teach her how to pray with you. Candace repented of speaking words of worthlessness over Adonis and words of death over my mother and disrespectful words over his family and my mother.  Disrespect is the spirit of rebellion. Evette reminds us that God says to honor your mother and father that it may go well with you. Rebellion is the spirit of witchcraft.
Adonis repented of not being the husband and father and Christian that he ought to be for us.

Sunday October 2, 2011
Sonya Prophesied to Edmond and taught me to speak to Edmonds spirit to intercede for his body and to go before Father God for his miracle. Pray and direct Edmond’s spirit.

Pastor Cynthia got Psalm 139 You knit me together in my mother’s womb… Don’t feel guilty about any of this, don’t receive the spirit of guilt.
Pastor Brian, prayed Lord let this be the moment where they will never be the same. Sees Adonis as standing on the wall for his family, keeping watch in the night as a warrior.

Sylvia Psalm 127

Perplexed but not in despair

OCT 2nd 2011
Another night in ICU with my son Edmond. The medication has been minimizing his seizures and he didn't have any for almost 24 hours while on it, which was a good response. Doctors will look over his brain wave patterns on Monday and compare with MRI. Prognosis according to doctors is still pretty grim with no real certainty about what is going to happen with him during the next few days... and the future. It appears to be a very rare condition and we will have to see how he develops as each day passes by. Edmond appears healthy, happy, strong as an ox and super adorable, which makes it hard to believe all the neurologist is saying. Adonis and I wish we could hug and kiss each one of you who have been showing love and praying and rooting for our family. We know God has the final say about this situation and please know our wonderful and loving God and Savior has been confirming and sending us words and promises for Edmond. We are convinced that God has a specific plan for our son's life and although this is painful, we know we will see "the goodness of the Lord" through this. Please put on "the garment of praise" with us instead of the spirit of heaviness, which simply means don't be depressed for Edmond and our family. but rather celebrate his life and future with us, he is our little joy and simply believe with us that he is our little miracle baby.

OCT 2nd 2011
Update for tonight. First of all, this brain condition Lissencephaly, is so rare that the doctor says on average he has treated one baby a year with it. AS the doctor talked to us we both felt heaviness in our body, but not in our spirit. It's difficult to hear such things about your child, so we always remind each other, BUT what is God saying to us. Tonight, Edmond was taken off the EEG monitor (head wrap thing), I posted some pics of his joyful smiles, so he'll have a break from it tonight but Edmond had five seizures the 2nd night on the low dose of Keppra, anti seizure med, so the doc wants to put the EEG wrap back on tomorrow and give him a higher dose of Keppra, and see how he does on it for 24 hours. We should be able to go home on Tuesday... We are wiped out physically, but spiritually and emotionally we are encouraged. I told the doctor we were encouraged and had peace and he was pretty baffled by it, you should have seen his face! He asked if it was because the Keppra was working to minimize the seizures? I told him it's because God is speaking to us and confirmed through others that Edmond is already a miracle baby. Adonis and I thanked him for his expertise and let him know we will be cooperating with his recommended treatment for our son but we also politely let him know that we believe that our Lord Jesus Christ will be doing a miracle in Edmond. If you have a bible open it up and, please read Psalm 139, Psalm 127, Psalm 22:9, Psalm 51:6, Psalm 71:6. Romans 5:1-8. WE pray these verses over Edmond and over our lives! Amen. Love to you all.

Monday October 3, 2011
 October 3, 2011
The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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. Phillipians 4:5-6

OCT 3rd
Edmond just let out the loudest yell, it sounded like an older child, it startled me cause I was standing by his bedside and he's just sitting there awake and content and kicking his legs around and then this loud mature yell came out of him. The nurse ran in the room and was like "what was that", I couldn't believe she heard it through the sound proof ICU room doors. I've never heard him make a sound like that or any baby make a sound like that. Can anybody say battlecry, our little warrior, he is praying in his spirit man and agreeing with mommy and daddy and all of you.

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. " 2 Corinthians 4:7-9.

October 3, 2011
Talked to Lisa T. for the first time on the phone today. Ata and her got my text message on Sunday and were at church and then went to the pastors house. Ata said to Lisa, let’s go home so we can pray for Candace’s baby. I had test messaged her to pray for my baby without much detail. Lisa heard God saying “I have called him by name for my will for my purpose” Lisa believes this is for both baby and dad. This is happening as an avenue for Adonis to ‘kick him in the butt’ and get him serious about his relationship with God. Lisa and Ata had tons of peace about baby and that he is safe in God’s hands. Lisa said they were actually excited when they prayed and anticipating the outcome. Matt 8:16 Jesus takes our sickness. Lisa prophesied, “This is going to be fast! It’s not going to drawn out!”

October 3, 2011
We want to see Jesus lifted HIGH a banner that flies across this land, that all men might see the truth and know, HE is the way to heaven.
Keep hearing the Spirit saying, “this is not about you, don’t receive the spirit of self pity, this is not about you”
MAGNIFY… God is magnifying Himself through us. Come on and Magnify HIS name.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Psalm 42. WHOAH!!!, Read this! What a word for our family. We are INUNDATED with Holy Spirit, His LOVE and His people. I got the word "inundated" and had to look it up to make sure I was using it correctly... 

INUNDATED : 1. to flood; cover or overspread with water; deluge.
2.to overwhelm.

We are humbled by the call of God upon Edmond's life and our family. We know God is moving MIGHTILY in our midst. God has chosen Edmond to reflect HIS Glory and to show HIMSELF a real God in this dark world. HE is calling all of us to repentance and love and to a relationship with Him, with Jesus our mighty warrior. 

God loved us too much to leave us as we were, calling ourselves Christians and living our lives far from God. Jesus is calling us to come near to him. As my last post says, The Lord is near.

October 4, 2011
From Joyce B.
Prophetic Word from our Missionary friends in Italy... 

Hi Candace, before we prayed last night Guido looked up Edmonds name which comes from the old english and it means rich protector. Then he looked up what they said he had and I remember you writing that it means he has a smooth brain, which I have no clue what that means, but while I was praying I actually saw bumps forming on his brain, like a brain looks with bumps and ridges and I saw someone blowing into his brain and the bumps popping up and then in his ears and his little nose and his mouth like they were inflating his brain like a balloon. I have no clue if it is significant or my imagination running wild but we prayed and we will continue to pray that the Lord has His total will in His life and your life. He sits on the throne and He loves your family very much.

YES LORD! Thank you, this is exactly what we need you to do. Thank you for the healing.

October 6, 2011
On the phone with Joanna G., she hung up the phone on me before I could tell her everything going on. Joanna hung up to go before the Lord.
Later Joanna told me.. “Every time I would go to bow my head and close my eyes “the Baby is fine”   When we finally talked, Holy Spirit gave us the song… He’s got the whole world in His hands… He’s got the little bitty baby in His hands and we sang it to each other.

October 10, 2011
God was speaking to Candace during her prayer time. Have I not always answered you when you call to me? Have I not been faithful to answer? I prepare a table for you, before your enemies…

Chris Vinculado shared, Moses’ mother had to let baby moses go down that river stream on the way to his destiny, She had to trust God to be with him.

OCT 10th
Edmond had his first breakthrough seizure this morning since being home so the nurse had us to up his dose a little bit. I've never been one to panic, but seeing him go through this is very difficult day to day. I have to constantly remind myself that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love and power and a sound mind... Please keep me in your prayers, family:) Adonis said to me last night, out of this mess is going to be a message and out of our test a testimony... we just need to continue to believe God at His word. I am constantly praying for healing and deliverance of seizures. Thank you for hanging in there with us.

Joyce Bassi on October 10th.
Hi Candace, I can't even imagine how the fear must be gripping you but remember he did not give you a spirit of fear, so you need to resist and every time you feel the fear confess it to the Lord and ask Him to cover you in peace and to enlarge your faith. I know this is going to be the hardest stand to take but your warrior so you will be just fine. Perfect love casts out fear and He is our perfect love, don't feel condemn or ashamed, just confess it, admit it and ask Him for more grace. We will keep you in our prayer and if we get anything we will let you know. Believing that the Lord is the God that heals amen. Big hugs Candace, take a deep breath of Jesus in, breath out and just worship him, fill your home with praise and worship music, dance and make melody for your King loves to inhabit the praises of His people, wrap your children in those praises. That just came to me. Big hugs, love you guys.

October 11, 2011
OCT 11th  - Edmond began having infantile spasm's yesterday morning and continued to have them every 4-5 hours through today. We are on our way to ICU again for overnight observation. He will need a different kind of medication to stop the spasms along with the anti-seizure meds. Last night while praying the Lord reminded me, "Have I not answered you when you called to me?" I can go on and on about Gods faithfulness over my life and the many times since my early childhood that God has answered me and been with me. Will he not continue to be faithful to me now? In the time I have need of Him most? I know He will.

Jeremiah 33:3 
Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you do not know.

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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. Phillipians 4:5-6

October 12, 2011
Upper Room Devotional  (hand in hand with the word I had the night before to remember all that God has done for me and his faithfulness to me the many times I have called on Him)

TURNING BACK THE PAGES   Read Isaiah 55:6-13
The LORD said, “My word…shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 (NRSV)
I have reverted to an older copy of the Bible for my morning reading because the one I was using had become even more dilapidated than its predecessor. I come across notes I wrote in the margin several years ago and recall the circumstances that prompted them.
Most striking is to see how prayers for a loved one have been answered, how verses with a special relevance for a specific situation are meaningful now in a different context, and how God has led and provided for me in ways I couldn’t have imagined at the time I prayed about some need.
This is the wonder of God’s inspired message; it is relevant to human life in every generation. God knows the details of our lives long before events happen, but the path becomes clear to us only with time. Keeping a prayer kiary or making notes enables us to look back and to see what has happened.
Now I add fresh notes and dates in the margin of my Bible. I anticipate reading them in years to come and seeing God’s hand at work.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Reflecting on God’s work in the past can help us to see God’s hand in today.  Hazel V. Thompson (Somerset, England)

October 3, 2011
Liz believes that as rare as his condition is, that’s how rare the miracle is going to be.

October 13, 2011
Jeremiah 29:11 Been praying this scripture over Edmond's life... actually I know a couple of you have been praying this for Edmond. It's 4:47am, Edmond just had a breakthrough seizure at 2:15am, first time I've seen him go into full body convulsions, I was holding him when it happened. I cant tell you the helplessness and fear I had in that moment of time as I scrambled to find the call button for the nurse and pushed every button trying to find the right one. Honestly for the moments after that, every scripture I could think of seemed ridiculous to me... do not be anxious... do not fear... be strong and courageous.... I had no idea how to do any of that. I had no idea how to write an update to you that had an ounce of hopefulness in it. I actually got on biblegateway.com to look up a scripture and stumbled upon the verse of today... which just so happens to be.... Jeremiah 29:11. For God knows the plan he has for Edmond. Plans to prosper Edmond and not to harm Edmond, plans to give Edmond a hope and a future. This brought me some encouragement for a few minutes and then at 3:43am Edmond began having "infantile spasms" again, for about 7 minutes... poor little guy.

I was originally trying to look up Romans 4:17 [Abraham believed in] "God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did." And in this case we don't even need the dead raised, we just need some brain matter to appear... just as I was writing this he had another seizure at 4:30am, they are lasting 2 minutes, if they get to 5 minutes they will give him valium. They will probably increase his meds in the morning, these are the first seizures he's had since October 1st when he began the medication.

Here's how The Message bible puts Romans 4:17:
"We call Abraham "father" not because he got God's attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn't that what we've always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, "I set you up as father of many peoples"? Abraham was first named "father" and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn't do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, "You're going to have a big family, Abraham!"

My family and I will continue to trust God to speak a word and "make something out of nothing", we don't want to be called great, we dont want recognition or lethargies to be written about us, we just want our son to be healthy and okay and not in pain. Please Lord.

October 23, 2011
We had a beautiful dedication service for Eden and Edmond today. Thank you to all who came out and supported our family. Good news is that Edmond has not had a seizure since last Wednesday the 19th. That's five days seizure free and counting. Thank You Lord! Glory to God! His spasm's have been decreasing consistently and are almost completely gone as well. His mood continues to be irritable due to the hormone medication, but he will be able to come off of that in a week or so. We continue to seek God for complete and supernatural healing for our son. Thank you for believing with us, that our God will do and has done miracles in our lives. We have been blessed with SO MUCH LOVE! We know that it is not by chance that each one of you are in our lives. One of my girlfriends gave me a card today and let me know that it is time for others to be strong for me. I'm so used to being strong for others, but I do feel the strength and love of all of you as well as the love of our Lord carrying us through each day. Thank God for you as you thank God for us and with us ... may our thanksgiving overflow... Two scriptures are on my heart to share... 

1 Thessalonians 3:9
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 4:15

Message from Joyce Bassi
Just asking because when I was praying that word [seratonin] popped into my mind so I had no clue why but I prayed it would wash over his little brain.

November 1, 2011
It started with Eden's runny nose and now all of us have some sort of head cold thing... hopefully we are almost through it. Edmond finally has been sleeping better as of last night, but Eden must have been on a sugar high from her halloween candy (one lollypop that she was allowed to have) and was up from 3am-5am last night. We continue to need rest to have the strength to be prayed up and not sleep deprived, especially since Adonis is back at work this week. Edmond has been seizure free for 12 days now and his spasms disappeared a week ago. Our next feat will be to see him meet 4 month old developmental milestones. Some infant specialists are coming to evaluate him in a few weeks. We believe that he is healed and that we are going to see the manifestation of his healing as he grows older. We can't wait to look back on these days and exclaim, "Can you believe we got through that time?!!" We have to be prayed up to face doctors and specialist because their "report" is so depressing, but we know the hope that we hold onto in our hearts and the promises of God to us for Edmond. 

Also pray for my father in-law Jaime Espiritu and his family as his sister Agnes was just this past week diagnosed with 4th stage lung cancer. We are also seeking a miracle for her. As the waves arise, let our FAITH arise even more! I continually envision myself speaking with authority to the storm that is raging around us. Jesus said we would do greater things than he did, certainly that includes speaking to the storms in our lives. Thank you to all who continue to remember us in your prayers.

Joyce Bassi – Nov 1st
Praying praying praying for the strength to speak to the storms amen. You can face those doctors with hope and assurance that your God is more real then any bad or depressing news. Their reports will pass away but the Word of the Lord remains true. You can face them knowing He holds you in the palm of His hand and that His love sustains a weary soul. You can face them in His strength & His joy and His life which in you. You can in the face of death as Peter in prison slept and Paul & Silas sang because you know to whom you belong and to whom has the last say in all our days of life. You can stand because you are precious in His site and you are warriors. We love you guys and we will continue to hold you up in our prayers.

November 6, 2011
Tonight I was looking through Eden’s books and her “Big Sister” book, and suddenly I was reminded of a book that Auntie Rebekah bought for Eden from the Phillipines when she came back right after Edmond was born. “Ate Ama” Originally I had not liked the book because half way through it, the newborn baby had been sick in the hospital, but then came home healed. I told Rebekah, “Hey! Why did you get us this book” Rebekah said she hadn’t read it and didn’t know it was about that, only saw the “Ate” part and wanted it for Eden for her to be a big sister. As I remembered the book now that Edmond we discovered Edmond’s condition and had been in the hospital with him sick, I looked for the book and found it in her toy chest. The back of the book shares that baby GEE BEE is the daughter of the author, who is a pastors wife and was born with incomplete vital organs but was miraculously healed and so the pastors wife wrote this book. I was so blessed I cried, knowing that this was exactly the right book God wanted to share with our family.

November 7, 2011
Edmond is 4 months old today. He has been seizure free since October 19th and spasm free since October 26th, thank God, no matter what the MRI or the doctors say it is in God and only in Him that Edmond, “lives and moves and has his being.” As I bowed my head in prayer tonight I kept hearing the scripture, "ALL things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Sound bytes from a sermon I had once heard flooded my mind… “How many things?” the preacher asked, “ALL THINGS!.... Most things?....Five, Ten, Twenty Things? ALL THINGS!” A song also came to my mind… the melody in my head… “All things work together for the good of them who love the Lord,… though you cry tonight, tomorrow you’ll see the light…” I continued to pray this scripture over my family, extended family, and friends. As I finished this prayer time I opened my devotional book for November 7th, and what do you think the focus scripture was???? HA! It was Romans 8:28… All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose!! Of the hundreds to thousands of scriptures that could have been tonight’s reading, God had prepared my heart for this very one, showing me once again, He knows my name, He knows my son’s name, and He is working everything for my good. I wish I could extend the confidence of knowing Jesus Christ to all of the people I love, He is so near to us, when we draw near to Him. Will you allow Him to draw near to you tonight? Today?
Prayer Requests…
Please pray for me as I face the pediatrician tomorrow, a great guy, but he has to spit out a lot of educated guesses to me regarding my son’s condition and future… and I’m only human too, so I always leave each appointment and run back into my Father God’s arms and have Him remind me again of His great love and plan for my family and our lives. Edmond also has a developmental assessment coming up on November 17th to which I will also need to be prayed up for.
And lastly, but very importantly, Edmond’s has an immediate need for a bowel movement, poor guy’s been stopped up for 2-3 days now. So let’s pray for relief and that he’ll poop by tomorrow. Hugs and love to you all.

NOVEMBER 9, 2011
MORE GOOD NEWS... isn't that the best kind? After examining Edmond yesterday, and commenting on how well he is responding and functioning, the pediatrician asked me when will they (the neurologist) do another MRI on Edmond. I explained they said they won't because they believe his condition is final and not progressive ...
(side note... we believe the opposite of this and are praying they will be forced to do another MRI because his progressive development won't make sense to the doctors and they will have to...)
Our pediatrician commented that he's read all the reports on Edmond per the neurologist and their expectations of him, and then said that Edmond, >>>>"looks better than what they are saying." <<<<<
(side note again... we already know this, but it was so good to hear our pediatrician speak it out in agreement. ha!)
       Some of you don't know, but we switched pediatricians to this new one right when Edmond was born for both of our kids, and that was a divine appointment in itself...(a whole other story which includes this doctor waiving the fee for our first office visit because insurance wouldn't cover the first one, needless to say we were so thankful for this doctor and that was our very first meeting with him) and which we are now seeing why God put us with this doctor... he's not a believer (yet) but he is the right doctor for us during this time. SO positive and involved with us and rooting for Edmond.
        Also during my appointment with this Edmond's doctor today, it slipped out that our specialists involved in the case told our pediatrician that immunizations aren't really necessary for Edmond, and optional if he wanted to give them to him, to which our pediatrician disagreed and had all of Edmond's immunizations ready for him today, before I even needed to advocate for them. I truly believe this is an act of faith by our pediatrician on Edmond's behalf. He  told me that he believes in science, but he is also "with you guys." Implying that both faith and science play important roles. We continue to let our pediatrician know that we are seeking God for a miracle for our son, to which i'm sure he thinks we are a little off our rocker, but it seems he has a soft spot for us and Edmond. :) Which is a total blessing.
AND to top the day off just right, Edmond pooped yesterday evening. Yay.

November 20th Jesus is fighting our battles, the battle for our hearts

December 6th, Tuesday  
Update on Edmond. On Thursday, December 1st Edmond started having about two spasms per day and has continued to. I waited to see if they would go away before calling the doctor. The injections were supposed to get rid of them, and they did stop for about 35 days. The doctors office called back today and is considering a different steroid treatment again or a medicine called Sebril that may cause vision problems. Please pray for us. We will have to make decisions, fore mostly we are praying the spasms will stop though. The doctors say that research shows increased spasms are correlated with developmental delays, which is why they want to stop them.

December 7th, Wednesday 
Emotionally, yesterday was hard for me, then I realized it's only been 2 months since Edmond was diagnosed with this condition. It already seems like an eternity, but then I hear Adonis saying, "This is just a hard time for us right now"... As if to remind me that this struggle is not forever, we will see good times again. In the midst of everything, we have good news, yesterday my doctor put me on disability for the next 6 more months to take care of myself and Edmond. It is a huge blessing to us! Thank you Lord.

December 7th
I get a phone call from Lisa T. and call her back on my way to see Dr. Z for Edmond’s follow up check up. Lisa says that last night (Tuesday night) it was on her heart to tell us that baby’s life is in God’s hands and whatever decisions we may have to make it is in God’s hands. God reminded her of when her brother Lai was in the hospital and the family had to make hard decisions for him, that Lisa spoke up and chose what to do and everyone was looking at her like, “okay, it’s on you now”, but the LORD showed Lisa that Lai’s life was in His hands and it didn’t matter what they decided, God was going to have the final say. Lisa had no clue what I had posted on facebook the day before and had just called out of the blue after a number of weeks of not hearing from me.

December 7th, when I arrive to the doctors office I run into Nancy B. who is with her son Nathan and shares with me that Nathan was a miracle baby and that at 3 months old the doctors said he was going to die with RSV, but God has healed him and even when they diagnosed him with life long asthma, he doesn’t suffer any symptoms of asthma and they don’t give him any medicine for anything. Totally a divine appointment, Nathan is like 7-8 years old now and strong and healthy coming from the dentist.


Candace Segrove said...

Nawel Nijem Voelker posted on FAcebook to us on March 9th.

Candace, your honesty is so genuine and vulnerable. I felt hesitant to try and encourage you at all because I haven't been through what you and Adonis are going through, but I have been through some rough roads (as you know) and know this: the Lord allows these things in our lives BECAUSE we're special to Him - there's a reason... nothing is by circumstance or coincidence - He holds the world in the palm of His hand, and He is mindful of every hair on our head. He knows every single emotion, every tear we cry, every moment we feel like screaming and beating our hands against a wall. I was reminded of Psalm 139 - How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, You are still with me!" He is paying attention, my friend! ♥ His way sometimes is to stretch and grow us through challenges. James 1:3 - "For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing." It's not what we want at the moment, but He promises us that He works it all together for good. He HAND PICKED you and Adonis to be Edmond's parents, and there's a plan going on behind the scenes that we can't see sometimes.

I love the verses you included in the post, and I'm praying right along with you - that the Lord would make them alive and breathing, right along with your heartbeat, every day as you parent Edmond and Eden. You are not parents of "a child with special needs" - it's not about boxing yourself in and then identifying with whatever connotation that brings about in your mind. You are parents of EDMOND and EDEN, and you've been given a prized, heart-wrenching (at times), rewarding, joyful, hard, not-for-the-faint-at-heart mission of parenting these two, and our God will supply ALL of your needs as you need them (Phil 4:19) - He's got an arsenal of tools for you and Adonis, girl, and He will continually and generously supply them according to your needs and those sweet babies' needs. :) WE LOVE YOU, Segroves! :) xoxo

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