Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

Trusting and Believing God

Ah, what a day this has been! It is the Lord's day, but to be honest, my heart just wasn't at church today. Rachel woke up with the same severe headache that she went to bed with. Even with her double dosage she was suffering. I knew that I needed to get the media ready for the worship services and that a couple of children would be expecting me to be at church for Elevate, but my heart was home with Rachel.

My dear husband stayed home with her and Hannah and I set out for church. I told the Lord that I was going with a divided heart and I think He just smiled. What I didn't know and what God already knew, was that one of my precious little students had asked Jesus to come into his little heart and be his Savior and He couldn't wait to tell all of us.

"Mrs. Kristi," he said, "I won't be in Elevate today because I need to tell Brother M. that I need him to baptize me!" Praise You, Father! Oh, You are so good. Could this have happened on a better Sunday? Little Ethan was the one that asked so many questions when we did this Salvation Experiment.

I got home from church only to jump out of my skin every time the phone rang. We were so desperate for answers. The pediatrician finally called us around 5:30 this afternoon. I couldn't bring myself to answer the telephone, so my husband did.

Thankfully, we didn't hear words like "tumor" or other unimaginables but he did tell us about a rare genetic disorder that has probably been with Rachel since birth. I can't even pronounce the name but I know that God can and He knows and only He can provide the answers that we are seeking.

My mind is reeling but my heart is thankful. I know that sounds strange. Normally it takes weeks to schedule an MRI, it only took one day. From what we have read online, this diagnosis takes months or years to find. This only took a few days. Clearly, God is in control and I take great comfort in His amazing love and care for Rachel and for us.

I'm crying as I type this...my devotion today was simply written for me...although it was penned in 1925 by L. B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert

Here is what she writes:

Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed (John 4:50).

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe. (Mark 11:24)

When you are confronted with a matter that requires immediate prayer, pray until you believe God--until with whole-hearted sincerity you can thank Him for the answer. Never pray in a way that diminishes your faith. You may tell Him you are waiting, still believing and therefore praising Him for the answer. There is nothing that so fully solidifies faith as being so sure of the answer that you can thank God for it.

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. George Mueller.

Faith is not a sense, nor sight, nor reason, but simply taking God at His word. Christmas Evans.

This is the time to look up through the storm, and among the trembling, frightened sailors declare, "I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me." (Acts 27:25).

I love this! I'm clinging to this with every fiber of my being! I believe God is who He says He is and He can do what He says He will do. (Beth Moore, Moore) I'm choosing to believe God!

If you would, please remember us tomorrow as we visit with the pediatrician at 11:30. We are praying that he recommends the right neurologist and neurosurgeon and that we would listen to the Lord's leading every step of the way.

From this momma's heart, I thank you so much for your prayers. (Crying again) You'll never know how much your generosity in prayer means to us!

Believing and Trusting God,



Melanie said...

Oh, Kristi.. thank you so for the update! I know it is so hard to do so sometimes when you are in the midst of test results, dr appts, etc. I certainly will continue to pray and will be doing so in the morning particularly.

I actually just sat down to log off the computer for the night, but decided to check my reader for any updates very quicky. Oh, I am so glad that I did so that I can pray, pray, pray!

Tracy said...

Like Melanie, I'm so glad to hear that update. Definitely praying and especially so tomorrow morning.

Love the perfect timeliness of that devotional message...only God.

Debra said...


Thank you for posting about your precious daughter. I am praying for her and for your family. I will pray tomorrow too.

May His peace that transcends all understanding cover you, my sweet friend, from one momma to another.

Hugs to you.

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

I'm praying for you and your baby. I know she's a "big girl" but when they don't feel well, they become our babies again--so tender to us. Praying that tomorrow morning goes well, and you get some comfort through God & the doctors' knowledge.

Michele Williams said...

Thank you so much for the update. I am praying for Rachel.. the family ... and wisdom for the doctors.

Bless you...

Marsha said...

I'm so thankful for this update! I'm sorry she's still suffering from the headaches, but praise God for a quick diagnosis.

And I loved the devotional! It spoke to some needs in my heart right now. I loved the quote by George Mueller - "The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety." I'm writing this one down to share with my Mom.

Homesteader in Training said...

My friend. My dear dear friend. I loved the verses you posted today in regards to all of this. How fitting and true. I will be praying today for your precious baby. I know your heart is aching for her but I know you know that God is so in control of it and none of this has taken Him by surprise.
I love you my friend.

Debra said...


I just wanted to stop by and say I'm praying for you guys. I hope Rachel's appt went well today. Eah time I thought about you guys today, I lifted your name up to our sweet Jesus.

Hugs to you all.

Jill said...

Kristi - praying with you!

Praising God for the fast appointment and quick answer to prayer on a diagnosis. Praying the diagnosis is correct and that you will be lead to the best doctor for Rachel's care the first time.

Praying for divine wisdom of all involved in her case.

Ultimately praying for complete healing in His perfect timing!

Loved all that you shared today and praising God for little Ethan!

Hugs and blessings,

Nikki said...

Hey Kristi, I'm still praying for you and your daughter.