SustainedSometimes life throws a curve ball. A small crisis this past week had this mom stressed and exhausted. My son had started having headaches. He was taking ibuprofen regularly just to get through the school day. We thought is was a virus. By the weekend he was so tired and in so much pain that he couldn’t get off the couch. I called the nurse line for advise and made a doctor’s appointment for Monday morning. It wasn’t time for a trip to the emergency room, yet.

On Monday his pediatrician ran lots of test which meant they took lots of blood. All of the initial tests came back negative. This was good news, however we still couldn’t get his pain under control. Tuesday night he spiked a fever, so we were off to the emergency room. What had we missed? Why can’t we get the pain under control? In the emergency room, they took even more blood from the poor kid, gave him fluids and scheduled an MRI for the next day. We still weren’t getting any answers. At least in the ER, they have a special “cocktail” that finally brought down his pain. Unfortunately, it didn’t last the night.

Throughout all of this, I was a bit of a wreck. I just wanted my son to feel better. I think most parents can relate to this. I began to email family and friends and asked for prayer. I firmly believe that is what sustained me. At various times, I would start to get anxious and teary about the situation when a sense of calm would come over me. I knew in that moment prayers were being lifted up on our behalf.

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22 NIV.)
16Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. (James 5:16 MSG.)
A couple more days, a clean MRI and still no pain relief, left me begging God to make the pain stop. For a week my son had been miserable with pain and only had enough energy to lay on the couch and sleep. A few friends suggested we try a chiropractor. My husband and I talked about it. What did we have to lose? On Friday, desperate, we went. He went in miserable and came out with his pain reduced and ready to enjoy the beautiful day. Within 24 hours he was pain-free.
Prayer sustained us. Prayer pointed us in the right direction for healing. The prayers of friends and family were something powerful to be reckoned with. We don’t always get to quick answers to our prayers, but this reminds me of their sustaining power and ability to bring healing.
This experience reminds me of the power of prayer and encourages me to pray for others continually. Will you join me in this? Share your answered prayers below and we can encourage each other.

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