Here in the power of Christ…

Our family is re-united, and it’s actually back here in Toronto.   I didn’t end up going anywhere yesterday,  as I ended up staying for Ava because she wasn’t doing that well.

And then the doctor sat me down last night and told me something very hard…

Ava is dying.

Our sweet little Birdy’s body is breaking down and at this point she can’t recover without a new heart.

So please pray for our family today as we try to prepare to let her go to be with Jesus.    I can hardly believe that I’m writing these words, it seems so surreal…. but there is a perfect peace that is covering us right now praise God.

We have always loved the hymn ‘In Christ Alone’ and I wrote the last verse on Ava’s board in her room this morning…

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

His power is amazing, His peace is beyond comprehension.

Amen.

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61 thoughts on “Here in the power of Christ…

  1. Hi Lisa, I want you to know that Paul and I are praying for you all as during this incredibly difficult and painful time. Much love to you and your beautiful family. Peace be with you.

  2. Lisa Jason and family….you are loved….please lean on your Harvest Family as you have leaned on the Lord during this trial. Your love of Christ is evident and Ava will forever be with Him until you meet her again.
    Prayers surround you.

    Renee

  3. Praying for Lisa, Jason, and of course your wonderful children through this. You are loved. I KNOW God will carry you through this storm and my heart is so sad for you all right now. God has a plan for every life, no matter how long or short it is. We are so thankful for the time Ava has been here on Earth and I can’t wait to meet her with Jesus one day.

  4. Oh Lisa… your faith is incredible. We will continue to pray for you, Jason and the kids as you trust that the Lord knows what’s best for this little one. Ava, your little life has had an astounding impact on the people surrounding you. You are nothing short of a blessing and you are so loved by your parents, your four siblings, and most of all, by your Father. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of this little life. You know what’s best for each of us and we thank you, Oh Lord, for Your graciousness and Your provision. We long for the day when we will see Your face, beholding Your beauty with no distraction or curse of sin. May that day come quickly for each of us. And if you’re soon going to call this little Colley home to be with you, help us to remember exactly where she will be, and in Whose arms she’ll be held. Praise you God, for You alone are good. Be glorified in all things, Jesus.

  5. Lifting you in much prayer.. broken for you but also stand shoulder to shoulder in knowing that Gods hand is on you. He delights in you as a family. May the strength needed come straight from the Father. ((((HUGS)))) Power in Prayer.. Praying for Ava’s heart

  6. I am so sorry to hear this. Please let me know if there is anyhing I can do. My skills include looking after kids, making meals and doing laundry.

  7. My heart aches for you and your family. In the midst of everything, I pray that both you and Jay, will know the all-sufficiency of Jesus. That this will be a “Peace-full” time, as you walk in the valley. You came to mind as I read Psalm 91 this morning,

    “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow
    of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”…”He will cover you with his feathers, and under his
    wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
    (vv. 1,2, and 4)

    There are no words, just prayers on your behalf. You are not alone and you are so loved!

  8. I saw your parents a few weeks ago and your mom was describing how sweet and beautiful Ava is. How heartbreaking to have to say goodbye to her. I weep for you and your family. I am thankful that you have been such a witness to all of us through your blog. Love you, cousin!

  9. We have been praying all day and as I lay here now, awake with you all on my heart, I am praying and crying out to the Lord. He has been carrying you through this and continues to pour out his perfect love even in the midst of suffering.

    22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
    23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
    24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
    25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
    Lam 3:22-25
    Praying the Lord is your portion, your hope and your strength. xo

  10. Dear Lisa and Jason,
    I wish we could give you a big hug! Our hearts hurt for you and can’t imagine all the emotions you must have. God has given you such strength and He won’t let you down now. Our prayers and love are with all of you during this decision making time.
    Love – Chad and Monica

  11. Jay and Lisa,
    Totally praying for you guys as you walk this valley. I can’t even begin to imagine. Yesterday I was reading a book and thought of you. It was about a family that was going through major loss and trial and it said, “I don’t think God trusts just anybody with this much heart-ache. The world has not yet seen what God can do with a man (or woman) who gives both halves of a broken heart to him. And I doubt don’t doubt that a man like that can change the world…”
    You guys are world changers. Stay strong.

  12. Dear Lisa, My heart hurts for you … Mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you (Jude v2). You are all so much in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs.

  13. When I heard this news this morning I shed many tears for you…that’s just my momma’s heart and my heart grieves for you with this news. So very thankful for His peace that passes all our understanding!
    He will never leave you or forsake you…what an awesome promise…any time but especially in times like this!
    Will not give up praying!
    You are loved.

  14. Lisa & Jason,

    It hurts.

    Here’s a couple verses of songs that comfort us when I hear them, when Brayden passed and now.

    Laura Story – Blessings
    ‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
    What if Your healing comes through tears
    What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
    What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

    What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
    Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
    What if trials of this life
    The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
    Are your mercies in disguise ‘

    and the Matt Redman song.. 10,000 reasons

    ‘You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
    Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
    For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
    Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

    [Chorus]
    Bless the Lord, O my soul
    O my soul
    Worship His holy name
    Sing like never before
    O my soul
    I’ll worship Your holy name

    And on that day when my strength is failing
    The end draws near and my time has come
    Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
    Ten thousand years and then forevermore.’

    and a couple verses…
    Acts 8:26
    ‘Likewise the spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose.’
    Mark 10:14
    ‘He said “Let the little children come unto me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”

    We are holding the Colley family up in prayer,

    Love you. Dwight & Leanne

  15. Psalm 130:1-6
    “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice!
    Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

    If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
    But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

    I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,more than watchmen for the morning.”

    With love and prayers for the continued peace that surpasses all understanding.

    Dawn
    xo

  16. Oh Lisa and Jason, I still here in tears, my heart is breaking for you. I am so sorry. You both are so amazing and such an inspiration. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God has you in his loving hands.

  17. You are in our prayers. Thankful that you are experiencing God’s peace, we do serve an awesome God eventhough we don’t always understand His ways.

  18. Oh Lisa, my heart is breaking for you and your family but my heart is uplifted by your sweet confident faith in your Lord. Love and many prayers, Deb

  19. Dear Lisa and Jason,

    Lisa, you may not remember me but we’ve talked at a few People’s Church baseball games. We had kids at almost always the same time. I’ve been following your blog regularly and praying for sweet baby Ava. I cried for you when your daughter was diagnosed with diabetes (I too, have a diabetic daughter) and rejoiced with you when those precious moments of praise would come. You may not know this, I was due to have a baby the same time you were with Ava. The Lord took him home before I had the chance to hear his cry, or see his smile. He was born stillborn. You have been on my heart so deeply and I’ve often thought of what I would say to you (knowing how people can unknowingly say stupid and insensitive things to families dealing with trauma and devestating news) now with this news, I can only tell you how sorry I am and that despite how the next months and maybe even years will feel, know that with it comes deep an unfathomable intimacy with the Father. Your world is falling out from under your feet but I promise that HE has you in His hands and you will NOT slip out of them. You WILL BE HELD AND SUSTAINED! Ava will be with our Saviour and our son Elijah. Praying for you, and if you ever want to talk or not talk and just cry with someone who understands, my email address is thearseneaults@gmail.com or you can get my number from your mom. In HIS GLORIOUS GRIP I REMAIN, Alicia

  20. Lisa, your faith overwhelmes me. Know that we are praying for your family and will continue to lift you guys in prayer. May His peace continue to cover you. Much love, Fil

  21. Don and I are praying for you all! You have and are showing such amazing strength only because you are leaning on God, Who will take you through this trial.

  22. My heart aches for you, Jason and the kids. Many prayers are lifted up for you today…may God’s peace surround you and his love comfort you…

    Psalm 31:5b,11-12

    “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning…You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”

    God will sustain you through the difficult time ahead. You WILL have peace and joy through the pain. Remember that you are blessed and have been such a blessing to so many!

    Love you guys so much!

    Jenn

  23. Heartbreaking words to read – I can only imagine the pain in having to hear them.
    Love you…and continuing to pray for Ava, you and Jason and your family.

  24. Heart is aching for you all. Continuing to believe that God’s Will be done and that He will carry you through every step, as He has up to this point. Many prayers going up for you. May the peace that passes all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

  25. ..so wonderful to know the peace that Jesus provides during this tearful and sad time..in His strength alone we live and breathe….

  26. Oh Lisa, my heart aches for you…May God surround you, Jason and your beautiful children with His love, peace, and comfort and may He sustain you with His strength. Continuing to pray…

  27. Lisa & Jay …… There are no words that man can give that can heal your breaking hearts at this time ….. Only God the Prince of Peace & Almighty can touch the pain that you are feeling at this time. But do know that we your earthly “family” is lifting you all up to Him who can do the immeasurable and asking for His comfort for you all. Please know we love you & will be here for you xoxo Love you guys!!!!!!

  28. Dear Lisa and Jason,

    My heart breaks as I read this update. For the last couple of days as I’ve prayed for you and for precious Ava, the words of one of my favorite parts of the Messiah keeps coming to mind…

    “And He shall feed His flock, like a Shepherd
    And He shall gather the lambs with His arms
    And carry them in His bosom,
    And gently lead those that are with young” Is 40:11

    When words can’t express the sorrows of our hearts, our Heavenly Father knows it all. May His Everlasting arms hold you all tightly and may you continue to feel His peace and presence surrounding you during these difficult days.

    With much love,
    Anita

  29. What a wonderful testimony you are showing in your heartache and sorrow. In Christ alone indeed are strength and power and victory over death and a glorious reunion in heaven. May Christ continue to be glorified in your lives.

  30. Psalm 73:26. “My flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”.
    We have all prayed for a different outcome for Ava but God in his providence has a different plan. I do pray that through your toughest days ahead, God will be your strength and portion. Love you all.

  31. I have been following your family for quite awhile Lisa and Jason and praying from afar. I know you believe in God’s perfect plan, and should He decide to bring wee Ava home, I know He will be grieving with you. We will all grieve with you and continue to uplift your family in prayer. Peace be with you all, Donna

  32. Oh Lisa, this was by far the hardest post to read. No matter how prepared you think you are, when you are point blank told, you realize you weren’t prepared at all. I am praying that God would come in with a hail Mary & bring Ava that new heart. I am also praying if He chooses to bring Ava to Him that He would completely engulf your family in His peace, stillness, & strength. May He meet you wherever you are today & fill you with what you need.

  33. Dear Lisa and family… your strength is amazing and your witness for Christ is evident in all your actions. We love you and are praying for you right now and will be all day. May you feel God’s perfect peace around you. Much love and prayers to you all right now.

  34. You amaze me. What an example you are to me. Your strength in God so evident.
    You all are in my prayers. This road you are walking down is something many of us couldn’t imagine. May God’s peace continue to cover you.
    Love you!

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