“Mom, I don’t feel good,” my son said on Friday afternoon.

Not the run of the mill, I don’t feel good so I can avoid taking out the garbage or drying the dishes. No, this wasn’t the boy crying wolf.

It really wasn’t even the comment that concerned me but the look. All mother’s know that look.

It told me what my son didn’t even need to.

I saw that look and heard those words dozens of times each day throughout the weekend, only they intensified. After an urgent care visit, a trip to his physician’s office, and a second phone consultation with his doctor we found ourselves rushing to the emergency room. The same children’s hospital where his brothers had spent the beginning of their lives. Where Joshua spent more than 2 months and Isaiah 7 months.

The temptation for anxiety was high. Fighting rush hour traffic to get there, the sounds of, I don’t feel good were replaced with a pale faced grunt every time I squeezed his hand.

I knew I couldn’t make that look go away. No silly jokes or goofy mommy dances could change it. No high pitched attempt at singing his favorite song in opera fashion would do or I would have tried them all.

Simultaneously if necessary.

Grabbing my son’s hand, I prayed, petitioning God for 2 things:

  • His wisdom and favor with the medical team, and

  • Grace for Elijah to deal with this painful situation

We were ushered right back to a room where he was treated like the king of the children’s castle. On the way to the room I heard a shriek and was quickly caught up in an embrace. Working in the E. R. that morning happened to be the very same member of Isaiah’s medial team from the NICU more than 8 years ago!

What a precious answer to prayer before we even made it to the room! Turns out the doctor working that day was a believer as well. Just a coincidence, huh?

Favor with the medical team: Check! Thank you Father!


They were thorough, gentle, found the problem and treated it. Although it resulted in terrible pain for Elijah, it turned out to the be the best possible diagnosis!

Wisdom with the medical team: Check! Thank you Father!


When the pressure is on us, what’s inside will come out. I’m always proud of my children but I was blown away by his composure given the amount of pain he was in. On the happy to sad face scale he was a nine! A big ole wincing frown face with tears. After two doses of morphine he was still the wincing frown face. You know, this one:

When the nurse put in his IV, he said thank you! Who says thank you after an IV? My son did. She had what appeared to be a busted blood vessel in her eye. After he began to feel some relief, he looked at her and said,

“I hope you eye feels better.” She told him her eye had been that way for several days and not one person had asked her about it. “Thank you, Elijah, that was very sweet,” she told him.

He was being squeezed, literally and figuratively, and what came out made this Mama’s heart beam.

Grace for Elijah to deal with this painful situation: Check! Thank you Father!


I’m reminded in times like these that,

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

And what a very present help he is.

Whatever pain you may find yourself in today please reach out to Christ. Reach out to me if I can help you, encourage you or pray for you.

8 Replies to “PROVISION & PRAISE”

  1. Praise God for His grace! And three cheers for Lijah! It looks like this “squeezing” knit a certain mama and her son much closer! God bless you and Frank and those three super kids. <3

  2. Awww, Callie! So sorry your guy had to go through that painful experience. Hopefully he is feeling better. It is so hard to watch our kids and now my grandson, when they are hurting, but God is good! As you proved in your post, He is also faithful. Thanks for sharing the answered prayers. We need to hear about those too. So excited to have found your blog and I am looking forward to seeing more and continuing our discussions on the Guild! – Amy

    1. That’s true Amy, we so often hear the bad. I wanted to brag on Christ for a moment. He truly is incredible! I’m so glad He connected us too!

  3. Thank you for sharing and Praise the Lord for His Healing Hand upon Elijah. What a blessing he is to the Body of Christ! Love you, Callie.
    Phil. 1:3

    1. Thank you Janice! And so are you. I’ll forever remember our unforgettable bus ride to Mexico. “He begun a good work in you Callie, and he will perform it.” You have always been such a beautiful extension of God’s encouragement to me. I love you!

  4. What a timely reminder that God hears our prayers, is with us in our trouble, and sends just what/who we need. Taking notes here, Callie…your presence of mind and calm. Your son’s reaching out to others in the midst of his pain. Thank you.

    1. Sweet Glenda, I suppose returning to the scene of the crime, so to speak, is hard. For years, when there, I was anything but calm. God can change the hardest of hearts. I know! He is changing mine and I’m so thankful. Thank you Glenda. May He bless you with peace in God sized loads!