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Celebrating 13 years of freedom for Noah and Alexis!

Our family is rejoicing as we celebrated Noah and Alexis’s 13 years of freedom yesterday!!  On April 4th of 2002, God led me, after years of research, to three days of a very specific prayer asking for guidance, then to the article that changed Noah and Alexis’s life forever.  A life of wheelchairs, feeding tubes, and being trapped inside non-functioning bodies to a life of freedom.  On April 10th of 2002, Alexis took her first dose of L-Dopa and she was set free by God and His leading.  Noah’s onset started shortly after and the progression of the disorder started to take away his ability to function.  None of the doctors would start Noah on L-Dopa, due to his daily throwing up, but God gave us insight and guided us to go against the doctors’ logic and fight for God’s plan for Noah. 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!”   Noah and Alexis are free to live the lives God intended for them to live, for God’s Kingdom purposes. Jeremiah 29:11  "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  

I am rejoicing in knowing that God is in control and His plans for our lives are so much better than ours.  If Noah and Alexis were still trapped inside their non-functioning bodies, I know that God would still have a plan and a purpose for their lives. I know that to be true because that’s what His word tells me.  It wouldn’t be easy, and it wouldn’t be the celebration we have every year on April 10th, rejoicing in Noah and Alexis’s freedom.  Or, for that matter, the celebration we have every day, rejoicing in Noah, Alexis, and Zach’s freedom.  I would be seeking God every second, of every minute, of every day, for strength, for comfort, for guidance, and for healing.  But shouldn’t I still be seeking God every second, of every minute, of every day for myself, my children, my family, my friends, my country, my world?  Matthew 6:33-34, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Our world is in desperate times.  I know some of you are walking through desperate times, right now, trying to hold on to hope that is only found in God.  I know some of you are rejoicing in all that God has done in your lives.  Whatever your circumstance is, I hope that God’s story in our lives gives you Hope to continue seeking Him, leaning in on Him, thanking Him for everything, even the times of despair, knowing that He has you in the palm of His Hand and He loves you more than you can even begin to imagine.  Psalm 105:1-5 "Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Look to the Lord and his strength;  seek his face always.  Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles.”   1 Thessalonians 5:16-19  "Rejoice always,  pray continually, give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  Do not quench the Spirit.”

I thank God for His many miracles in our lives and I thank God for each one of you and ALL of your prayers for our family and so many others.  We are truly blessed beyond measure and I am thankful beyond anything words can fully express.

In His Love, with thanksgiving, joy, and hope,

Retta Beery posted on April 13, 2015