Being Strong and Courageous

I did my morning bible study on the way to Cincinnati this morning and was blessed to find that today’s scripture was Deuteronomy 31:6.


“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”


Kevin and I remain so amazed at how strong and courageous our sweet Sloane is and at how God is walking with us on this journey.


Saturday we were invited to go to the Wellspring Prayer Center and allow them to pray over Sloane, our situation, and specific needs. It was a pretty amazing experience in a lot of ways and I am thankful to Diana Smith for setting it up for us. One of the things that was most moving to me was that they felt led to share that they believed God was telling us this would be the turning point for Sloane. They encouraged us to hold on to this belief and visualize all the ways God was healing Sloane.


I really did believe in that moment and tried to find comfort and hope that we would hear great news at all of our check-ups today.

God didn’t disappoint.
Sloane’s hydrops continues to look better and better. The fluid in her abdomen and skin is gone, the fluid around her skull is continuing to improve AND even the fluid around her heart showed improvement. The doctor had a couple of thoughts on why we are continuing to see improvement even without the shunt in place but we know the real reason is God answering our prayers.


The tumor does continue to grow but for now, is not affecting her heart function and therefore is manageable for the time being.

We were able to meet with most of her doctors today and all felt that we had a lot of reason to be hopeful right now. We know that Sloane responded well to the interventions last week and we can redo them if the fluid begins to build again. Every day that she’s able to stay in the womb and healthy is huge right now and we all have our eyes set on December 26th when she will be 28 weeks as that will give us even more options.


Sloane looked good enough today that we don’t go back until next Monday to see how things are looking. We are so thankful for a “normal” week at home and hope she takes this quiet week to keep healing and growing.


As thankful as we are for good news today we know we still have a long road. We see your prayers working in Sloane.

Please keep praying this week for:

  • No fluid to build-up and that the fluid that remains to continue to resolve
  • No tumor growth
  • Continued good cardiac functionHer lungs to keep finding space to grow and expand
  • Sloane to continue to grow and build strength for the journey ahead

We have felt God so much in the last week and for that, we are truly thankful. Keep being strong and courageous.

Published by Brooke Powers

I am a 7th grade teacher with 9 years experience and 3 years experience implementing the Common Core. I want to help teachers new to the profession and new to the Common Core be as successful as possible while growing professionally myself!

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