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He STILL Does Miracles SO Great!

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The miracle baby turns 7!!!!  Happy Birthday Aaron!  Everyday you remind me that God is still in the business of miracles that only He can do!

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You are Great God! You do miracles so Great! There is no one else like You … There is no one else like You!

I am so thankful for a great God Who still does miracles so great! And today we celebrate first of all our great God! Today, we also celebrate one of His miracles so great … Aaron Joseph Bunts. He is seven years old today and we are reminded of all God has done and we stand amazed.

The Birthday Boy!

On June 12th of 2011 we received a call from Crystal (our oldest daughter) that she was on her way to the emergency room because she had not felt the baby move in the past couple of days. She was 31 weeks pregnant with a baby boy … in other words, the baby was not due for 9 more weeks. At the ER they immediately found a strong heartbeat but kept her there to monitor the baby as he was laying in the bottom of the womb not moving at all. After monitoring her and the baby for several hours and, after doing biophysical profiles on the baby, the decision was made to deliver him early by C-section.

A neonatologist and her team from Toledo Children’s Hospital were called in for the delivery in order to take care of the baby. They really had no idea what they would be facing.

He was delivered early the morning of June 13th … he was born dead: no heartbeat … no breathing. The medical team worked diligently to resuscitate him and were successful, but he was a very sick little baby. His first two Apgar scores were 0 and 2 … they never got around to doing the 3rd one because they were busy just trying to stabilize him.

It took about 4 hours to stabilize him enough to transfer him 20 minutes across town to Toledo Children’s Hospital. As they were preparing to leave, the neonatologist made sure that the transporter was brought over so that Crystal could see and touch her little baby boy … and then told her that Aaron was a very sick baby and that he might die; this might be the only time that she could touch her baby alive. What news to receive about your newborn baby as they whisk him away to another hospital.

I remember so many things about the next weeks and months …

I remember wanting so desperately to be there but we live in Chicago and we had our son’s 3 children … so, it took a little while to get ready and get on the road. I also remember that we had some fantastic people there in Toledo who went up to see Crystal, David, & Isaac and to pray for them and our little Aaron in our absence. We are so grateful for Todd & Donna Hostettler and Ed & Becky Marroquin!

I remember that David (our son-in-law) named him Aaron which means “mountain of strength.” And then Isaac (Aaron’s then 5 year old brother) named him Joseph which means “the Lord provides.” Aaron Joseph: this certainly proved to be a very prophetic name for the fight Aaron was facing.

I remember the first time I walked into the NICU room where Aaron was … it was like walking into a tomb of death. I watched and listened as the doctors and nurses didn’t give our little Aaron any hope to survive, much less thrive … and I watched and listened as they prepared Crystal and David for the worst.

Aaron – 1 Day Old

I remember all the machines … how swollen he was … how bruised he was … that he didn’t move at all because he was medically paralyzed.

I remember how much I loved him from the very beginning.

A Mimi’s Love…and Granny’s too

I remember having to get God’s perspective and to trust Him … even not knowing the outcome; it was a journey of trust.

I remember Amber (our younger daughter who is a NICU nurse) breaking down in tears after talking with Aaron’s nurse. Amber’s tear-filled words to us were, “He is really, really sick and I don’t know if he will make it”. We were so thankful to have Amber by our side during those critical days.

Aunt Amber & Aaron Cuddling

I remember holding Crystal as she cried and cried wondering if she would ever get to hold her little Aaron while he was still alive.

Then I remember God leading us to start speaking His Word of life over Aaron. We spoke His Word to Aaron. We sang His Word to Aaron. We put His Word in Aaron’s room.

“Aaron, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God did a great job creating you. And God already has a book written about you … he has a purpose and a plan for you.” (Psalm 139:14, 16)

“Aaron, God has a plan for you, a plan to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.”(Jeremiah 29:11)

“Aaron, God spoke the Word that healed you, that pulled you back from the brink of death.” (Psalm 107:20)

“Aaron, God heals you of everyone of all your diseases! ’Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits— Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases.’” (Psalm 103:1-3)

“Aaron, Jesus took the stripes on His back for your healing … by His stripes you are healed.”

“Aaron, I believe that He’s your Healer. I believe that He is all You need. I believe that He’s your portion, I believe He’s MORE than enough for you! Nothing is impossible with Him!”

“Aaron, you are a mountain of strength and the Lord is providing all you need to be healed. You will live and not die.”

I remember how strong and brave and caring and loving Crystal was.

Mommy’s Love

I remember how David stayed with Aaron to watch over him at night. He was the watchman on the wall.

Daddy – The Watchman on the Wall

I remember that Jim and I were scheduled to leave for Colombia, South America a few days after Aaron was born. And I remember knowing that my mission had changed to Toledo, Ohio and to Aaron, Crystal, David, & Isaac. Jim felt he was to go ahead and lead the trip and he and I stayed in daily contact regarding Aaron’s progress … and I remember the cell phone bill. Everyone Jim and the team came in contact with in South America saw pictures of Aaron and were praying for him .

I remember Amber posting on FaceBook that this is every NICU nurse’s nightmare … to have their family experience such a traumatic birth and sickness for their newborn baby. I also remember her saying what a true miracle Aaron really is … and knowing because of what she sees on a regular basis in NICU … that is really saying a lot.

I remember all the people from all around the world praying and believing and speaking words of healing and life. I remember them encouraging and taking care of all of us. I especially remember the Yockey family and how they prayed and believed and encouraged us (as well as how they helped with Isaac and how they brought us snacks!). What amazing people God placed in our lives! Thank you for choosing to take this journey of trust with us!

I remember the day Aaron started making a turn-around toward life and healing. What an awesome day that was! After that first day, the healing came so fast … it was amazing. Some days, something new happened every time we turned around. God’s Words of life were breathing life and health into Aaron. We watched in awe of all God was doing and of how our little Aaron was fighting for life!

No More Machines!

I remember watching the excitement and amazement of Aaron’s neonatologists and nurses as he got better each day. They referred to him as “a strong little fighter” and “the miracle baby.” And he is a miracle baby thanks to our God Who does miracles SO great!

I remember the first time Crystal got to hold him … the look on her face … the tears in her eyes … the joy!

Finally…my Mommy gets to hold me!

And I remember the first time I got to hold him … the love … the joy … the tears … and how tiny he was!

A Happy Mimi!

I remember when Jim got home from South America and saw Aaron and how far he had come … and when he held him for the first time.

Aaron and Papa

I remember how excited Isaac was to see his baby brother. It was so precious to watch him and to see how much he loved Aaron. He was so happy when he finally got to hold him. And every time he went to see him he wanted to know if they could take him home “today”. And over the past year it has been amazing seeing how Isaac watches over and loves and challenges Aaron. God knew what He was doing putting those two together! And Aaron adores his big brother!

Big Brother Isaac holding Baby Aaron

I remember after Aaron proved he was going to live and Crystal & David were told that Aaron would be in NICU for months … and I remember the day he went home … just a few days before he was 1 month old! God is so awesome!

The Bunts Family a few days after Aaron went home

I remember the nurse that did home visits to evaluate Aaron’s progress crying because of how great he was doing. She told Crystal that they rarely see babies that were as sick as Aaron was … doing so great! God is so great!

I remember Isaac in Cubbies at church when one of the other kids was sharing about getting a new baby brother or sister and Isaac popped up and said, “I have an Aaron. He’s a miracle”.

I remember month after month, appointment after appointment as we got good reports of his progress and development. He is right on target or above in every area … And he just finished first grade! He is a miracle in his body and his developmental progress and he continues to amaze us and the medical profession.

I remember Amber’s kids talking about Aaron being born dead and Eddie (who is 7 months older than Aaron and they are best buddies) popping up saying “that means Aaron saw Jesus for a little while”.  Out of the mouth of babes.

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So today we celebrate our miracle, Aaron Joseph Bunts, as he turns 7 years old! He is perfect and whole in every way!

Sweet Miracle Boy

And we are all forever grateful … And we will never be the same again after being a part of God’s miracle and this journey.

Thank you God for being Who You are and for Your miracles so great!

Happy Birthday Aaron … Our Miracle So Great!

Happy Birthday Aaron!

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Do I Have Purpose?

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Honestly.  I have struggled with this very thing in my life.  Do I have purpose?You are beautiful

I grew up with a VERY poor self-image and self-esteem.  It came through a lot of things.  I was overweight.  (I still am!)  I was shy.  I was embarrassed about some things that plagued my family.  There was alcoholism and maniac depression.  I was sexually molested by a family member.  I HATE using that word … molested.  Because it could have been MUCH worse and many have experienced so much more pain.  But it was enough to scar me.

All of these things contributed to my personal lack of worth and purpose.  The great thing was that Jesus rescued me at a young age and He began healing my heart.  I’ve come a long way buy I don’t think I’m totally healed even today.  But that is okay.  Jesus is still working on me.

He began by speaking healing to my heart in these words…

Cheri, you are mine.  I made you.  All the delicate, inner parts of your body.  I put you together in your mother’s womb.  I created you amazing and wonderful.  My workmanship on you is marvelous.  You can know that I did a wonderful job when I created you.  You were never hidden from me even in the darkness of your mother’s womb.  I was there putting you together.  I saw you and I knew you  before you were ever born.  And I had a plan for you and a purpose for you. I even recorded your life in my book … every moment, before your were even born.  I have been with you every day of your life … in the times of light and joy … and in the times of darkness and pain.  I have been there.  My love for you is GREAT.  My thoughts toward you are precious.  So many they cannot be numbered.  And I will never give up on you … to see you become the woman of purpose I designed you to be.  The woman in my book.

Even today that brings me healing and reminds me that He NEVER gives up on me … on seeing me become the woman He designed me to be.  YES, I have purpose.  Purpose in Him.

No matter who you are right at this moment … or what you have done … or what has happened to you.  He loves you.  And He created you as an amazing woman of purpose.  His workmanship on you is marvelous!  You are NOT a mistake.  He wrote a book about you before you were ever born.  You have PURPOSE!  He created you that way!

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imagePassion.  What is passion?  What am I passionate about?  And at my “seasoned” time in life why do I find myself at this crossroads of passion?  Why can’t I just relax…coast…enjoy life in the slow lane?  This is where my heart is right now, wondering and searching.

I love really digging to understand what a word means…so I did some digging on passion.  This is what I found.  Passion is a powerful, strong, barely controllable emotion of love, joy, hatred or anger; a fiery love, boundless enthusiasm, the sufferings of Jesus; a powerful, deep, overwhelming, intense emotion.  Synonyms of passion are:

  • Fervor… great warmth and intensity of feeling;image
  • Fire… a burning passion;
  • Zeal… a strong enthusiastic devotion to a cause and a tireless diligence to its furtherance; and
  • Ardor… a fiery intensity of feeling

In discovering our passion, we are looking for that which we have a fiery, powerful love.  What are we willing to suffer for.  What gives us uncontrollable joy.  What burns inside of us.  What are we willing to sacrifice time, energy, finances, and comfort to pursue!  That is our passion.  That is what we were created to do…the thing we HAVE to do.

And here I am, at the age I find myself, searching and reevaluating that passion.  To do that, I begin with the things I have that fiery, powerful love for…

I love Jesus with that fiery, powerful love.  I am passionate about knowing Him more.  I am passionate about loving Him more.  I am passionate about obeying Him.  I am passionate about walking out this journey in a way that pleases Him and impacts those I “bump into” along the way.  I am passionate about fulfilling His calling and purpose for me and helping others do the same.  He is love and He burns inside of me.

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I love my family with that fiery, passionate love.  Caring for them gives me more joy than I can express in words.  There is nothing that I wouldn’t do or give for them.  They are one of my reasons for living.  I am passionate about loving my husband, my children, my children by marriage and my grandchildren.  I am passionate about growing my marriage and keeping the love and romance alive.  I am passionate about our marriage life purpose.  I am passionate about growing as a family and having fun together.  I’m passionate about keeping our relationships strong and vibrant.  I’m passionate about impacting their lives and leaving them a brightly lit path of hungering and thirsting after God and His ways.

I love families with that fiery, passionate love and I am passionate about the legacy that each family is passing on to the generations to come.  Legacy WILL just happen but it may not be the legacy we want to leave.  So legacy that makes a difference is intentional.  It takes focus and vision and work.  I am passionate about equipping and enpowering families to build a legacy that will impact their families today and their generations to come.

imageI love the next generation with that fiery, passionate love  and I am passionate about preparing them to live a life of total abandon to God and His ways.  I want to be a part of preparing a generation to truly be one to seek His face and His heart above all else and make an imprint on this world.

I love the older generation with that fiery, passionate love.   I’m passionate about making them a priority and honoring them.  They have value and purpose and I’m sickened at how they are pushed aside and devalued even by the Christian community.  I want to be a part of empowering them to walk out their God-given destiny and see them impact the generations that will follow them..being useful and valued all the days of their lives.

I love community with that fiery, passionate love.   I am passionate about nurturing community among followers of Jesus and helping us find ways to stop being the church on the corner…to stop spending all our time and money to get people to come to our corner.  We need to integrate ourselves into they very fabric of our community.  We need to be His fragrance, His flavor, His light in the world.  It is time to stop going to church and start BEING the church.  Yeah…I’m passionate about that!

I love women with that fiery, passionate love.  I am passionate about equipping and empowering them to be everything God created them to be so they can walk out their purpose impacting their families and their world.  I’m passionate about seeing women walk in freedom.  I’m passionate about helping women impact generations of girls and women through the way they live their lives today.

I love leaders with that fiery, passionate love.  And even though I feel unqualified I still imageam passionate about equipping, encouraging and restoring leaders.  Something in me is ignited and comes alive when I can stand in a group of leaders and share life-giving principles, correction and freedom that empowers them to BE and not just to DO.

I love hurting people with that fiery, passionate love, especially people hurt by church, by Christians and by pastors/leaders.  I’m passionate about helping them heal and forgive and reconnect to God and His great love and purpose for them.  To see them walk in freedom.  To see them become a part of a heathy, caring community of Believers.

I love to travel with that fiery, passionate love.  I am passionate about this world our God created and the people groups He has created and positioned to know Him.  I am passionate about seeing His World and His people.  I want to share Him with all His creation.

So… this is where I find myself…wondering, searching.  What do I with all of this?  I go to Him, into His Presence and let Him direct my life.  “Because IN Christ I find out WHO I am and WHAT I’m living for.  A very long time before I even heard of Jesus, He had His eyes on me.  He already had designs for my life, about me being a part of His purposes.” (Ephesians 1:11-12)

I’m passionate.  I’m fearful.  I’m hopeful.  I’m excited.  I’m pursuing.

Living WITHOUT passion is not really living.  Living WITH passion is living a life that leaves an imprint on this world.  Passion propels your dreams.

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Pursuing His fiery, passionate love…

Cheri

A Wondering Heart

He STILL Does Miracles SO Great!

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You are Great! You do miracles so Great! There is no one else like You … There is no one else like You!

I am so thankful for a great God Who still does miracles so great! And today we celebrate first of all our great God! Today, we also celebrate one of His miracles so great … Aaron Joseph Bunts. He is one year old today and this past year has been a year of miracles.

The Birthday Boy!

On June 12th of 2011 we received a call from Crystal (our oldest daughter) that she was on her way to the emergency room because she had not felt the baby move in the past couple of days. She was 31 weeks pregnant with a baby boy … in other words, the baby was not due for 9 more weeks. At the ER they immediately found a strong heartbeat but kept her there to monitor the baby as he was laying in the bottom of the womb not moving at all. After monitoring her and the baby for several hours and, after doing biophysical profiles on the baby, the decision was made to deliver him early by C-section.

A neonatologist and her team from Toledo Children’s Hospital were called in for the delivery in order to take care of the baby. They really had no idea what they would be facing.

He was delivered early the morning of June 13th … he was born dead: no heartbeat … no breathing. The medical team worked diligently to resuscitate him and were successful, but he was a very sick little baby. His first two Apgar scores were 0 and 2 … they never got around to doing the 3rd one because they were busy just trying to stabilize him.

It took about 4 hours to stabilize him enough to transfer him 20 minutes across town to Toledo Children’s Hospital. As they were preparing to leave, the neonatologist made sure that the transporter was brought over so that Crystal could see and touch her little baby boy … and then told her that Aaron was a very sick baby and that he might die; this might be the only time that she could touch her baby alive. What news to receive about your newborn baby as they whisk him away to another hospital.

I remember so many things about the next weeks and months …

I remember wanting so desperately to be there but we live in Chicago and we had our son’s 3 children … so, it took a little while to get ready and get on the road. I also remember that we had some fantastic people there in Toledo who went up to see Crystal, David, & Isaac and to pray for them and our little Aaron in our absence. We are so grateful for Todd & Donna Hostettler and Ed & Becky Marroquin!

I remember that David (our son-in-law) named him Aaron which means “mountain of strength.” And then Isaac (Aaron’s 5 year old brother) named him Joseph which means “the Lord provides.” Aaron Joseph: this certainly proved to be a very prophetic name for the fight Aaron was facing.

I remember the first time I walked into the NICU room where Aaron was … it was like walking into a tomb of death. I watched and listened as the doctors and nurses didn’t give our little Aaron any hope to survive, much less thrive … and I watched and listened as they prepared Crystal and David for the worst.

Aaron – 1 Day Old

I remember all the machines … how swollen he was … how bruised he was … that he didn’t move at all because he was medically paralyzed.

I remember how much I loved him from the very beginning.

A Mimi’s Love…and Granny’s too

I remember having to get God’s perspective and to trust Him … even not knowing the outcome; it was a journey of trust.

I remember Amber (our younger daughter who is a NICU nurse in the Chicago area) breaking down in tears after talking with Aaron’s nurse. Amber’s tear-filled words to us were, “He is really, really sick and I don’t know if he will make it”. We were so thankful to have Amber by our side during those critical days.

Aunt Amber & Aaron Cuddling

I remember holding Crystal as she cried and cried wondering if she would ever get to hold her little Aaron while he was still alive.

Then I remember God leading us to start speaking His Word of life over Aaron. We spoke His Word to Aaron. We sang His Word to Aaron. We put His Word in Aaron’s room.

“Aaron, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God did a great job creating you. And God already has a book written about you … he has a purpose and a plan for you.” (Psalm 139:14, 16)

“Aaron, God has a plan for you, a plan to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.”(Jeremiah 29:11)

“Aaron, God spoke the Word that healed you, that pulled you back from the brink of death.” (Psalm 107:20)

“Aaron, God heals you of everyone of all your diseases! ’Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits— Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases.’” (Psalm 103:1-3)

“Aaron, Jesus took the stripes on His back for your healing … by His stripes you are healed.”

“Aaron, I believe that He’s your Healer. I believe that He is all You need. I believe that He’s your portion, I believe He’s MORE than enough for you! Nothing is impossible with Him!”

“Aaron, you are a mountain of strength and the Lord is providing all you need to be healed. You will live and not die.”

I remember how strong and brave and caring and loving Crystal was.

Mommy’s Love

I remember how David stayed with Aaron to watch over him at night. He was the watchman on the wall.

Daddy – The Watchman on the Wall

I remember that Jim and I were scheduled to leave for Colombia, South America a few days after Aaron was born. And I remember knowing that my mission had changed to Toledo, Ohio and to Aaron, Crystal, David, & Isaac. Jim felt he was to go ahead and lead the trip and he and I stayed in daily contact regarding Aaron’s progress … and I remember the cell phone bill. Everyone Jim and the team came in contact with in South America saw pictures of Aaron and were praying for him .

I remember Amber posting on FaceBook that this is every NICU nurse’s nightmare … to have their family experience such a traumatic birth and sickness for their newborn baby. I also remember her saying what a true miracle Aaron really is … and knowing because of what she sees on a regular basis in NICU … that is really saying a lot.

I remember all the people from all around the world praying and believing and speaking words of healing and life. I remember them encouraging and taking care of all of us. I especially remember the Yockey family and how they prayed and believed and encouraged us (as well as how they helped with Isaac and how they brought us snacks!). What amazing people God placed in our lives! Thank you for choosing to take this journey of trust with us!

I remember the day Aaron started making a turn-around toward life and healing. What an awesome day that was! After that first day, the healing came so fast … it was amazing. Some days, something new happened every time we turned around. God’s Words of life were breathing life and health into Aaron. We watched in awe of all God was doing and of how our little Aaron was fighting for life!

No More Machines!

I remember watching the excitement and amazement of Aaron’s neonatologists and nurses as he got better each day. They referred to him as “a strong little fighter” and “the miracle baby.” And he is a miracle baby thanks to our God Who does miracles SO great!

I remember the first time Crystal got to hold him … the look on her face … the tears in her eyes … the joy!

Finally…my Mommy gets to hold me!

And I remember the first time I got to hold him … the love … the joy … the tears … and how tiny he was!

A Happy Mimi!

I remember when Jim got home from South America and saw Aaron and how far he had come … and when he held him for the first time.

Aaron and Papa

I remember how excited Isaac was to see his baby brother. It was so precious to watch him and to see how much he loved Aaron. He was so happy when he finally got to hold him. And every time he went to see him he wanted to know if they could take him home “today”. And over the past year it has been amazing seeing how Isaac watches over and loves and challenges Aaron. God knew what He was doing putting those two together! And Aaron adores his big brother!

Big Brother Isaac holding Baby Aaron

I remember after Aaron proved he was going to live and Crystal & David were told that Aaron would be in NICU for months … and I remember the day he went home … just a few days before he was 1 month old! God is so awesome!

The Bunts Family a few days after Aaron went home

I remember the nurse that did home visits to evaluate Aaron’s progress crying because of how great he was doing. She told Crystal that they rarely see babies that were as sick as Aaron was … doing so great! God is so great!

I remember Isaac in Cubbies at church when one of the other kids was sharing about getting a new baby brother or sister and Isaac popped up and said, “I have an Aaron. He’s a miracle”.

I remember month after month, appointment after appointment as we got good reports of his progress and development. He is right on target or above in every area … And he is very close to walking! He is a miracle in his body and his developmental progress and he continues to amaze us and the medical profession.

So today we celebrate our miracle, Aaron Joseph Bunts, as he turns 1 year old! He is perfect and whole in every way!

Sweet Miracle Boy

And we are all forever grateful … And we will never be the same again after being a part of God’s miracle and this journey.

Thank you God for being Who You are and for Your miracles so great!

Happy Birthday Aaron … Our Miracle So Great!

Happy Birthday Aaron!