2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (New International Version)8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I pray this over myself and our family now, and for Matthew for his entire life. That through every hardship he can turn to God, knowing that God's strength is everything he needs. Some of the time I've been so sad that God hasn't just healed Matthew. It would be so easy! Our creator, the one who works miracles could simply touch him and make Matthew all well. But I have been so touched in feeling the Word of God speak to me with encouragement, that His strength is all that we need. I know that when some moments have seemed overwhelming, I would cry out to the Lord and I could literally feel His strength and peace come over me. I pray that Matthew will always find his strength in the Lord's power.
So how is Matthew doing? He's wonderful. He is such a sweet baby and is full a hugs and smiles and giggles. He's also full of silliness and enjoys being a rascal to his siblings by taking their toys or hitting them. :) It's actually really funny and if I wasn't his mommy and trying to teach him good habits I would just laugh. His latest thing is to climb. He climbs up on the couch, on the chairs, into the sink (!) He is so fast it's ridiculous, and I feel like we are constantly chasing him :)
From the health perspective... he's still healing from surgery. He still complains sometimes when he's "going" and has an awful, awful rash. It's hard because it's not a "normal" rash that babies get, it's actually just raw skin and it will bleed sometimes. It gets better and then worse at times. We saw the surgeon today and our amazing "wound, ostomy and continence" nurse. They gave me some suggestions of things to try, and a prescription for some extra strength powder and cream to help. He is also going to take a small amount of Immodium AD 3 times a day, in hopes that it will make him "go" less. I am really watching his diet too, limiting fiber and other things that make you "go" in favor of foods that slow it down and bulk up.. My poor baby. I'm just praying that we can help him out and find the balance that works for Matthew.
Thank you for your continued prayers. It means so much to us.