Elijah The prophet 1 Kings 17 1-24

I would like to start by telling the story of Elijah the prophet raising the dead. I read this all morning and prayed the same prayer. This is my shorted version.

God sent Elijah to flee out of Israel and to hide by a brook. Elijah goes but then the brook dries up, so God sends a widow living in the town to Elijah, to feed him. When Elijah finds her and asks to be fed, she says that she does not have sufficient food to keep her and her own son alive. Elijah tells her that God will not allow her supply of flour or oil to run out, saying, “Don’t be afraid..this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land. So the woman trusts and she feeds him the last of their food, and Elijah’s promise miraculously comes true. By this act of faith the woman received the promised blessing. God gave her manna from heaven. Some time later, the widow’s son dies, and the widow cried to Elijah, “Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” Moved by a faith, Elijah prays that God might restore her son so that the veracity and trustworthiness of God’s word might be demonstrated. Elijah took the boy from his mother and carried the dead boy upstairs where he cried out to the lord and said  “O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again” Elijah cried this prayer three times laying over the boy and the Lord heard the voice of Elijah and the soul of the boy came into him again and he was revived. Elijah brought the widow her son and she cried out, “…the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.”

So our baby boy is done with surgery! The surgeon came and took Ronnie and I in a private room where he told us Elijah was done with surgery and has a new shunt put in, just as planned. However from Elijah being a preemie and all the trauma E has been through in 8 short days that he is having a few issues with bleeding. Because of his fragile body tissue and the amount of blood Elijah was losing they ended up having to put Eli on the bypass machine. We were hoping they wouldn’t have to use this, but knew it might have to be an option, unfortunately it was. The good part of this is they did not have to stop Eli’s heart and they were able to keep his body warm for the the bypass machine. The scary part of this is Eli still had to have his blood thinned and for Eli this could effect his prior brain bleed, this is something we will not find out about until the doctors perform another head ultrasound, in the coming days. Dr Bove also stated that Eli’s Pulmonary Artery looked relatively normal in size to him and decided it would be Ok until Eli’s 2nd surgery (between 3-6 months of age). Also while looking at the sinusoid he could not tie this off because he just couldn’t tell how the sinusoid was feeding the coronary arteries, so again we are leaving these until the 2nd surgery too. Eli’s heart did great coming on and off of bypass and it never even skipped a beat.

Elijah also had 2 small drains but in his body to help protect his Kidneys. They can use the drains for dialysis if needed or just as an option for drainage. The doctor said Eli was still filled with a lot of bloody liquid when they opened his chest and as soon as the fluid came off he saw an immediate improvement in Eli’s stats. So we are happy they took this step to help protect Eli!

Eli is still in the operating room and they were waiting to close him until they had his bleeding under control. We are waiting to hear when he is moved to the Bull Pin again. Ronnie and I will be the only ones allowed to see Elijah today but we will keep everyone informed on his progress, to pass along updates. If everyone right now who reads this can say a prayer that Eli will stop bleeding so they can close his body, this would mean a great deal to us.

Also for the next 48 hours Eli will be very unstable so please don’t stop praying for our little miracle, God is hearing us cry out and he is listening!

I don’t have the energy to proof read this because of the emotion it brings so understand.Image

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25 responses to “Elijah The prophet 1 Kings 17 1-24

  1. Holly Corr

    Just prayed, Tera and will continue to do so.

  2. Ginger Every

    I have been following all your posts dear, you are so amazing Tera. I just said a prayer to help stop the bleeding and for God to be at you, Ron, and Elijah’s side. It brought tears to my eyes reading that you were finally able to hold Elijah, before I even saw the pictures. God bless

  3. Ann

    Thank you for the time and courage to keep us all informed. Your words are beautiful. Praying, sending love.

  4. Sherrie Nunheimer

    Just said a prayer and will continue praying. Elijah has been on my mind all day. It sounds like for all he has gone through he is doing well. I really appreciate your updates. He is an amazing boy and has certainly found favor with God! Love you, Sherrie Nunheimer

  5. PRAYING CONSTANTLY and Many, Many Many others are continuing to PRAY too!!! I also have a great story to share! While Eli was in surgery, my Mom was waiting to have her CT scan this a.m. @ U of M and she was talking to a lady who was waiting for her son who was having a test on his heart. The lady told my Mom her son had Hypo Plastic Right Heart Syndrome which was found before he was born, just like Elijah! Of course my Mom told her all about Elijah! The lady told her Dr. Bove has done all her sons surgeries and he is 16 now and doing Great!!! She said Dr. Bove is absolutely Wonderful!!! Her son was having a routine test on his heart today. I’m Certain God connected my Mom with this lady so she could share another Wonderful Dr. Bove success story with us all!! I believe it’s another GOD-incidence since I don’t believe in coincidence!!! TRUST IN THE LORD!!! PRAYERS Continue!!! I Love You All Very Much!!!
    Cherri

  6. Joseph Peter Celentino

    Thanks for keeping us all updated we’re pulling for you guys and praying for Elijah

    Love, The Celentino Boys’

  7. Kim

    Wow..such amazing news. Prayers are continuing every moment for you all. Not only for Eli, but strength for all of you.
    As mentioned in early comments, thank-you for keeping us all updated on the progress he is making. It helps us know how to pray.
    So before I head to work, as soon as I finish this message, I will stop and pray God’s comfort and healing.

    In Christ
    Kim

  8. Love, Kristyn

    Praying and thinking about you all!! Continue to keep us posted. Thank you!!! xoxoxo

  9. Alecia

    Praying right now for healing for Eli!

  10. Elis sister Lex

    I can’t believe it I have a story to today I brang my picture of Eli today and there was a ancient painting of Mary there that has done many miricals to people who need help so they told me that if I touched my picture of Eli up to the painting miricals may happen so now I am hoping it works! By the way Tera I was wondering if the kids got those pictures of Eli? I hope everything goes well till I see him so I do not cry!

  11. Torie Rose

    m Praying for your miracle baby Tera. He is such a beautiful little boy and in the most powerful of all hands. I’m so happy that you and Ron were able to hold him today. Every day is a new day and so far your little angel has been so strong. I hold faith in the Lord that Eli will continue to gain strength and endure a healthy recovery. He is so lucky to have parents like you.

  12. Friend of a friend–praying for him right now…God, you are the greatest physician, please help this little one stabilize right now. Guide the surgeon’s hands. Strengthen his parents’ hearts! We praise You in everything, God!

  13. cindy

    Tera and Ron,
    Our continued thoughts and prayers are with you and your little fighter, Elijah. Thank you for taking the time to keep us updated.
    Your friends at A New Beginning, Mike, Lisa, Glenna and Cindy

  14. Oh little son of God, valiant and brave Elijah – we speak strength to your body and thank Jesus for giving you life. Praise you Lord for all you are doing for Elijah and his family!

  15. Sarah

    I’m so glad everything went well. Still sending loads of prayers!!

  16. stacy king estes

    Stay strong Elijah! I’m am praying for you!

  17. I am sending lots of love, strength, prayers, and thoughts in your direction. Elijah is a fighter already and has more strength than you know. God is watching over you all and I know will bring great comfort and peace to you all very soon.

  18. stacy king estes

    Praying hard for Elijah! Stay strong little man!

  19. Terrie Benge

    Everyone I work with send their prayer’s. Dr.Coulton said his heart is with all of the kid’s. Know how much Ifeel for all of you. Your staying so strong is an inspiration for all of us. Love Terrie.

  20. We continue to pray for little Elijah, you and your family. Your strength is an inspiration. I know that God is with you. Our Bible Study ” God Squad” is on prayer for Elijah. Already he is loved so much by many….

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