Saturday, May 3, 2008

Saturday afternoon Update

"May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope." Romans 15:13 (Amplified Bible)

This verse has been coming at us from many different geographic locations. The bubbling over hope that God gives is not understandable by the world. To them it is denial or repressed fear. But for those of us who know the GOD OF HOPE -- know that it is unexplainable, but ever so REAL!

Dr. Mayer shared with the kids today that Lindsay is not out of the woods, but he is not HOPE-less!!!

1. The lung is slight better than yesterday and they are continuing to take steps to suction off the mucous.

2. The infection is improving.

3. She is eliminating fluids better (that was for you, Laurel!) but they are tweaking her meds so that she will eliminate not only what she takes in, but fluid in the body.

4. We are still waiting for a more definitive answer about the mitral valve, but there is some talk that the leak is more severe because of being on ECMO.

5. They are adjusting the paralytic meds because she is becoming a little more restless. She still has plenty of fight in her and wants to see her Mommy and Daddy and Tanner!

6. Please continue to pray about the housing situation. They have the room and Devon and Nicole House until next Thursday.

I want to thank you for writing on the blog today. Don't just visist! Write! It is a HUGE encouragement.

If you cannot write on the blog, you can send me an email at and I will post your entry.


Anonymous said...

"Lord You are Jehovah Rapha, You are THE ONE WHO HEALS.
We ask You to reveal Yourself as Healer in the life of Lindsay Alice. We thank You for revealing Your wonderous atributes to us in Your Word. As we read it, continuously open our eyes to who You really are so that our prayers will rest on the solid foundation of Your character.
May our prayers have power because they are based on the truth about You." Amen


p.s. I read this prayer in one of my devos and it seemed right to sahre it with you for encouragement.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord for Dr. Mayer's hope, for improvements, for Jon and Laura's faith and for YOUR people that are praying for precious Lindsay. Amen!

Praying for peace, rest, patience and healing beyond our imaginations.

Love, Scott and Jill

Anonymous said...

May God fill you all with His grace and comfort you. We will continue to pray. Love, Rich + Dinean Batchelder

Anonymous said...

Praise God for Dr. Mayer--the facts but not hopeless. God bless him.

Just hanging on for latest news .
The comments continue to be a blessing as God word continues to show us that HE is at work in Lindsay's life.

Love you all.

Love, hugs & prayers,

Anonymous said...

In the midst of what may seem to be hopeless, Hope! Remember Him, who is our SOURCE OF HOPE!!
Our hope is in His character!Though things appear to be pressing in on all sides, know that God hears you when you cry out to Him and He hears your hearts cry when your mouth is too tired to form the words.

Laura, Jon, be confident that God hears you. He is your Shield and Protector from all the things, and all the thoughts that can seem to press in on you threatening to crush you.
Trust Him watch over and care for your hearts as well as Lindsay' matter what you see or hear. No matter what happens...
"THE LORD IS YOUR SHIELD AND ETERNAL PROTECTOR. When you are in distress or danger, He will help you. Trust His character. He will be your glory and the lifter of your head in this day. Lift your gaze and your heart from everything on this earth to HIM WHO REIGNS OVER ALL. Thank Him for answering from heaven and acting on your behalf when you cry out for Lindsay.
May He be glorified in it." Amen

Stephanie P.
p.s. this time I spelled my anme right. :-)

Anonymous said...

One more prayer for your encouragement:

"Lord thank You for Your promise that those who ask receive and that when we seek, we will find. Grant us the grace to persevere, TO KEEP ASKING,SEEKING KNOCKING UNTIL THE ANSWER COMES! Thank You for the power and grace of Your Spirit, who gives us the strength to persevere in prayer even when we are at our weakest moment and ready to give up."


Praying in hope,
Stephanie P. :-)

Stephanie P.

Anonymous said...

"What A Mighty God We Serve!!"
"God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Tim. 1:7
We continue to call out your names to the Lord for peace and hope. Ephesians 1: 15-19
Remember, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God..." 2 Cor. 10:5
"Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom all things came, and for whom we live, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live." I Cor. 8:6
Hope, joy and peace, trust, hope;
Romans 15:13 NIV
Love & Prayers, S.& D.

Anonymous said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers! A verse of comfort to us is Psalm 62:5-6 "Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken."

Jesse and Alyssa

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping us updated on Linsay's condition. Praying for strenght to get through the days ahead. May you feel Gods's arms around you in comfort and love.

Laurie Landry (DBC)

Anonymous said...

We are still praying in Lancaster Pa and we will continue to do so. We love you all.

Doug, Ellen and Gabie

Anonymous said...

Bill Jan and Jon and Laura We Continue to pray for you. I know this is a difficult time. As a Nurse I know all the different lines drips and equipment that is attached to Lindsay right now. I'm sure this MD who presented the gloomy picture was trying to do you a service but remember those who don't know Christ don't know of the hope that is found in Him or of the peace we can have in the midst of a difficult situation because they have no hope. I pray your lives will be a testimony to this man and that he will remember that Lindsay is a precious little life not just another heart patient passing through the pediatric ICU. My favorite verse comes to mind for you today. I'm sure you know it well. Prov.3:5&6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowlegde Him and He will direct your path. God will give you wisdom to know what to do for Lindsay. He gave her to you for a reason to love and care for her and to protect her. He wiil continue to show you and the medical staff which way to go in reguards to your childs treatment and care. Don't let anyone deter you from the direction God is showing you in the care of Lindsay. You have been a great testimony to those around you. I'm sure God's using you in ways you can't even imagine or know. We pray God will continue to strengthen and encourage you. Know you are in our prayers daily through out the day. God bless Bill and Jan Covelens

Nana2Six said...

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee" - Is. 26:2-4

This has been my 'through the night' verse for many years.

Continuing to pray for that perfect peace -even when reports seem less than wonderful.

The Fords

Anonymous said...

I trust in God, I know He cares for YOU,
On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
Tho' billows roll, He keeps YOUR soul,
My heavn'ly Father watches over YOU.
Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.
I Peter 5:7 LAB
Lindsay - go little one GO GO GO
We love you SO SO SO very much.

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you... Keep hoping and trusting in our Lord.

...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 a hope and a future...

Love, Ryan and Erin Groen

Anonymous said...

Continuing to pray and hold up your arms during this wearisome battle. The great Sustainer is right there in the room with you all. He is the Victor.

karin and bob gaspartich

Cecily Templeton said...

"Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving."
~Colossians 4:2

Lord we pray to you and you alone because you are the God who hears us and cares for us. You will never leave us in a time of trial and your will for our lives is always right. Please be with the Groen family and help them feel the warmth of your loving presence. Please guide the doctors and give everyone clear and straight paths to walk. And thank you for all the blessings you have given us and for all the blessings that are to come. Amen.


jre said...

Bill, Thank you so much for your devotion to this site. It is so awesome for all of us to be able to get updates. God is using you and this blog to reach people for him, I am sure of it!

Anonymous said...

I just got done reading about Lindsay last update.

I pray that the Lord will give ALL of you His Peace that passes all understanding, even though the doctors who don't know our God and can paint everything as dooms day. Our hope is in the Lord. There is nothing to fear but fear alone.
Our God can do miracles in any circumstance and we will "trust in Him".
Lindsay belongs to Him and He wants the best for her.
I love you all and my heart aches for all of you as you watch so helpless. We have to thank Him for all the signs that He has shown us like the bleeding stopping suddenly when prayer was lifted up.
God bless little Lindsay and the whole family,

Love ya, Faye Geiser

Anonymous said...

Hi Jon & Laura,

Just a note to let you know that Beryl & I are Praying for you. We have also Passed the word along.....Our Son Scott and Wife Rebekah, along with their Praying Partners in Ireland are Praying. Our Church folks at New Beginnings Grace Brethren Church of Myerstown, Pennsylvania and various Prayer Chains are also bringing Lindsay, the Doctors and you ALL before the Throne of Grace in Prayer.

Your Friends,
Because of Calvary,
Lovingly & Prayerfully,

Jim & Beryl Becker

Anonymous said...

Dear Bill-- Just wanted you to know we are praying for Lindsay and her family. Thank you for being such a pillar of strength for them at this time. We check the blog several times a day for updates.
Peace to you,
Todd and Kelly A'Harrah (from Davisville)

Anonymous said...

There are many people praying for
your precious little Lindsay. I'm
one of them. I am praying for you
her parents and her grandparents
as you continue to look to the Lord
for the peace that only He can give.
One of the many who care,
Jeanette Oppy

Anonymous said...

Thank you for doing all the posting and keeping the prayer team up to speed on the baby's condition. There are a host of people praying here in Lancaster County, PA. We too wake in the middle of the night with Lindsay on our minds and hearts and so we pray until sleep returns.

Being a parent, and soon to be a grandparent, I can only hope I would have the faith these two young parents are showing; how can we be hopeless about anything when they are so strong in this season of
darkness. Our love, prayers, and hopes are with them, and you, now.
Please let them know that prayers are being offered in Pennsylvania and Texas too for a return of health to, as she has become, OUR baby Lindsay.

Stay strong!

Ginny Tacey (Lancaster, PA

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the afternoon update. You have been on my mind and in my prayers throughout the day.

Roger Willmore

Anonymous said...

dear Welte family,
hello everyone. wow, words really can't describe everything you all have been through, thankfully God has given us HIS word to replace the ones we can't express. my heart has just been so heavy for you all these past few weeks and i have the fellowship of Christian students (FCS) at my school praying for you all too...we all pray as a family every night for you guys also. i just wanted to let you all know that even through these hard circumstances, you all have blessed me in such a positive way. the past few months i have been struggling with many doubts and feeling very distant from God, satan's attacks have been very powerful lately. and just to hear and read about you all has really encouraged me. like you total trust and faith in God's power has just really set an amazing example for me. thank you so much for your example!
also, during this time of doubt this amazing verse showed up and i just wanted to share with you all, "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is set on You: because he TRUSTS in YOU. trust in the Lord forever, for He is an EVERLASTING ROCK" Isaiah 26:3,4
this is so true! circumstances and obstacles in life come and go, and many things change in life but the ONLY thing that stays the same is the God above, our ROCK.
"in Christ the solid ROCK i stand ALL other ground is sinking sand...."

keep holding on to HIM!!! i love you all so much and am praying for you.
love with all my heart,
melinda zigrang

Anonymous said...

We continue to lift you in prayers, for healing, for answers, for peace. Lindsay's life is a blessing, and continues to be an opportunity for ministry to the medical team. Thank you for being that example to all of us.

The old hymn 'It is well with my soul' comes to mind, and it is my prayer for you.

Richel Stocker

Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for your beautiful little girl and for all of you. Thank you for being such an inspiration of strength, grace, and faith.

Christine, Brynach, and Collin

Anonymous said...

hi jon,laura, thanks for keeping us updates on lindsays condition,we are praying for strength to get you through the days ahead may you feel God's arms around you in comfort and in love ruth and elizabeth ( DBC)

Anonymous said...

Dear assured of our prayers on dear Lindsay and all the Family. We will be praying corporately during our morning worship service tomorrow.Praise God as He is the Great Physician. May you feel His presence during this time.
Pastor Paul Williams of Bible Baptist Church, Southampton,PA

Anonymous said...

You are not forgotten. Prayers and love continue. Your example of courage and peace is blessing many who perhaps cannot understand now, but neither can they deny. Thanks for being that to all of us. (Bob Alderman)