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“I will bring praise!”

Well, Luke has been home for almost one week now and has been enjoying every minute of it!  He is still recovering but is continuing to get stronger everyday.  He is not using his walker or wheelchair at all, and doesn’t care for me following him around the house either.  It’s been hard to let him get too far away from me just yet, but he is independent and is doing a good job of being cautious and admitting if he needs a break.  I think I’ve said this before, but his attitude is amazing.  He doesn’t complain about wearing the heavy halo or having to get his blood drawn or taking it easy…he is happy and just glad to be with the people he loves.  We see bits and pieces of Luke coming back each day.  He likes to joke around with us, but has been really careful not to offend or hurt anyone’s feelings.  He has been way more concerned for others than he is for himself.  The other day when he heard that one of  his good friends was sick, he prayed for him numerous times that day and then the next day at speech therapy he said “Mom, I didn’t pray for Chris yet today!”.  He’s wanted to pray for people who have been touched by his story, and today in the car he told me not to talk to him for a minute or two because he wanted to thank God that people are closer to Him now.  He’s got such a loving and compassionate heart. 

More great news, as of yesterday (Wednesday), after only 2 days of outpatient therapy Luke no longer needs to go to Kluge for rehab!  The therapists said that he has met all of his goals and other than coming to visit they don’t need to see him.  Looking back on the past 6 weeks and even 3 weeks ago when he first went to Kluge, it’s hard for me to put into words how much has changed.  I really don’t think anyone expected him to progress the way he did.  The first few days at rehab were extremely tough for me.  I could hardly take him to the therapy sessions and sit and watch him without crying.  I just kept thinking, “He doesn’t belong here.  This is not Luke.”  He would just sit in his wheelchair with a blank, tired stare and would not communicate.  It was hard to watch other kids that came up to visit, and even to be around Andrew and Maleah was tough.  Everything I took for granted was then such a big deal; Maleah skipping or swinging on the swings, Andrew laughing and running around, and even just the connection I felt when I looked into their eyes…it was painful.  That might sound strange because of course I was so glad to hug and be with them again, but it just wasn’t fair that Luke had to be hurt so badly…Ben and I would have given anything to take his place.    Before the accident, our life was rolling along and I was just feeling so blessed.  We were having a wonderful time being together this summer, it all seemed to be really evident to me how awesome my kids and family life were.  I just kept thinking that, and then another thought popped into my mind so I wrote it down on a notepad…”How much do I depend on God?”  I thought about it for awhile then put it in my Bible.  I found it a few days later, while sitting by Luke’s bed in the PICU.  Looking back on things, I realize that God had been working for months before the accident.  Everything from special family times  to  new friends and church and some worship songs I could not get out of my head.  Some of those songs ended up on a CD given to us by a friend…the one is a new favorite of Luke’s it’s called Desert Song.  I still don’t know why it had to be Luke and why in this way, but God has been faithful to us and all I can do is praise Him for the miraculous work he is doing! 

Luke and I went to BRCS today to see Mrs. Barlow (his teacher) and visit with everyone, it was a blessing! He really enjoyed being there again, and was smiling big as they told him how special he is and how he is a miracle.  Luke will be starting school at home with me until he feels ready to join his class.  We will let him be our guide as to how long that will take, and we will update the blog as things progress.  He got to sit at his desk and talk with both Mr. and Mrs. Barlow and I know it was a special time.  Luke left the school tired but very happy as well. 

Keep praying for his eyes to continue to heal and for his neck to also heal so the halo can come off on the 28th, pray for a great MRI report.

Thank you again everyone for the prayers, support, and love….we say it all the time, but we are overwhelmed!  God has certainly used Luke to minister to you, but He has also used you to minister to our family.  We love you all!

~Lindsey

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August 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

21 Comments »

  1. I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to see Luke today. Even more than that, it was sweet to listen to him talk and tell stories. Time with him was precious and I thank you for bringing him in! Tonight at Open House, the students were so excited to see Luke’s desk. They pointed out Luke’s coat hook and his name on things. Their love for their classmate was so evident and I don’t think anything will contain their joy when he joins the class! We’ll wait patiently for that day. Until then, prayers will be lifted up from the second grade classroom for continued healing and we’ll praise our Heavenly Father for the mighty work He’s done.

    Comment by Karen Barlow | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. Lindsey, we are so glad things are getting back to normal. tThe Faith that your family has is amazing. We believe GOD is using Luke and his family to help spread his word and love.
    We will continue to pray for complete healing and we will PRAISE GOD for everything to this point and beyond.
    DO YOU GUYS NEED ANYTHING AT ALL?
    SENDING PRAYERS AND LOVE,
    COACH GENE, GAIL, ZACHARY AND BRANDON.

    Comment by Gail Smith | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. What a blessing it was to see you and Luke yesterday! I could hardly take my eyes off of Luke as he walked around the classroom. I couldn’t help but be reminded of God’s awesome power and what a blessing my own children are. I think I shared with you in a Bible study about how we lost our first 2 daughters—Kristen and Hope and for a while we wondered if we would ever have children. Then the Lord blessed us with Hannah and later Sarah Grace after 3 more miscarriages. You and Ben have been a testimony of God’s steadfast strength and power as well. Thank you for living a life of praising and trusting Him, come what may. We are continuing to pray for Luke as well as the whole family as you as you continue this journey of physical and emotional healing. You are all loved!

    Comment by Carol Hilliard and family | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. Praise God for knowing a hard time was coming and preparing your heart! What love!

    Comment by Amy Wenger | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. Praise God For Luke’s progress! We’ll continue to pray for the 28th and that he can join his school class quickly!!

    Comment by Richard and Kris Whetzel and family | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  6. We are so thankful to the Lord for how he has worked on Luke’s behalf. I keep coming back to that song, “God likes to work when nothing else will”. I think Luke’s story woke a lot of us up, about taking such precious “small” things for granted. Again, we are thrilled for your family and you continue in our prayers!!

    Comment by Grottoes International Pentecostal Church of Christ | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  7. Reading this brought tears to my eyes as I think about how faithful God is and has been on behalf of Luke and your family. To think that less than two months ago, this wasn’t even a thought, and to see where God has brought not only the Yoder family, but those who have been praying for them, is truly thrilling. Luke, your trial has been a growth period for my life as well. God has used you to teach me lots of things about prayer and how we are to be praying for each other, even if we don’t know each other. The body of Christ spans greater bounds than we tend to think about. Thank you for sharing all of the joys, tests and trials over the last few weeks and KNOW that you are continually in my thoughts and prayers as you continue to heal.

    Because of Christ,
    Barb Wing

    Comment by Barbara Wing | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  8. My children faithfully remember Luke in their prayers and continually ask how he is doing. It is such a joy to update them on the latest miracle! I’m sure they will keep asking me when he can come over and play so that they can meet. I look forward to the day that he feels strong enough to do just that – PLAY – and at the rate God is seeing fit to heal him, it seems that that might be much sooner than later! I just love that because of Luke, when adults get into some “academic” discussion about whether or not miracles occur today, even my children have an answer to give them. We will continue to pray for your family.

    Comment by Beth and Bob Richardson | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  9. JOY JOY JOY !!! the King loves His son and all his children!! We are so thankful for Luke’s physical healing and rejoice exceedingly that His Savior has put His Spirit in him to care and love others so deeply!
    Truly our God hears the prayers of His children.

    Comment by David & Heather Shank | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  10. What a praise report! Luke is definitely a walking miracle. I have prayed for Luke alot and have tried to read his blog most every day that I could.(We were away for 2 weeks and did not always have internet access!)I talked with Debbie Mullet today. It was great to hear more about Luke especially since they got to see him. We are great friends. She thought you would know about Moms In Touch.(I used to be the Moms In Touch area coordinator for Sarasota County for most of 10 years.) I’m thrilled that Luke is doing so well. I hope that I get to meet you all sometime when you are in Sarasota.
    Love, Beth Ricci

    Comment by Beth Ricci | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  11. WOW, WOW, WOW!! I am so amazed! God is good. ALL the time…”All of my life, in every season, You are still God I have a reason to sing. I have a reason to worship.” It’s on our list for September 19!!

    Love you all!!

    ~~Heather

    Comment by Baker Family | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  12. hey guys, what a terrific report!! we are in montana at butch’s place and are finally able to read the blog… God is so good.. so thrilled about no more kluge visits except for pleasure YEA … my heart was full again reading your hearts.. sooo many have been touched by Luke and his testimony … and God’s not done with everything He wants to do in Luke and all the rest of us!! He’s an incredible little boy and he’s coming back to us better than ever, praying for his physical eyes daily but it sounds like his spiritual eyes are stronger than ever ..can’t stop praising HIM enough. love to you all Bill and Debbie

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  13. I have not left any comments up until now–mainly because I have been at a complete loss for words. In the beginning that was due to the pure tragedy of the situation, and then because of the awesomeness of God’s hand and work, and now I am still not sure what to say or how to put into words the feelings that have been stirring as I follow Luke’s story–but I did want to say thank you for sharing so freely this journey!! What a mighty God we serve. Love and prayers, Deb

    Comment by Deb Horst | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  14. Just fantastic news! Give him a hug form me. What a great little guy he is! But, he needs a Duke basketball, don’t you think?! 😉

    Comment by weezie | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  15. Dear Lindsey (and family),
    As I returned to my job as a first grade teacher, I thought of Luke and of course, you. I have always prayed for my students that God would bring people and places into their lives that would help them to know of His love and commit to Him. It is an overwhelming blessing to see your faith evidenced during this time! It encourages me to not grow weary in praying for my students.
    My highest priority, daily prayer has been that my children, and now my grandchildren, know God and serve Him wholeheartedly. So, I can sure relate to your comments in this entry. Know we continue to pray for your family! Love, Judy

    Comment by Judy Ponchot | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  16. WOW!!! what a real blessing it is to hear the wonderful news. Luke’s progress and healing truly is a miracle from God. We all should be thankful for what we have and not complain about one thing. You guys have been through one of the most trying experiences parents could ever go through. You and your family are amazing at how strong you have remained through it all. Things can only get better from here on out and we will continue to pray for you all and for Luke’s complete healing.

    Mt. Crawford Baseball League

    Comment by Mt. Crawford Baseball League | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  17. Everytime I read your blog I get teary eyed. First it was for the pain you must feel and now its for the awesome strength that you have as a mother. xoxo

    Comment by Kelley | August 23, 2009 | Reply

  18. Luke we are so happy to hear that everything is doing so well with you!! You are a very BLESSED little man! I pray God continues to help you and your family healing all of you in every way. My family and I continue to watch your blog for more good news everyday and are very thankful to all of those that have kept up your updates so we can watch your progress. God Bless you and your family! Please keep us updated on your progress!
    Thinking and praying for you all!
    The Battons
    Jeff, Jeanette & Nathan

    Comment by Jeanette Batton | August 23, 2009 | Reply

  19. It was so amazing to see Luke at church today. God is so Awesome!! God has big plans for him. We will continue to keep Luke in our prayers.

    Comment by Eric & Jackie Sheets | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  20. We were out of town for the weekend and then started school today–I’ve been so anxious to catch up w/ Luke–Cooper has continued to pray for him, every night. I still find myself “lost in prayer” on his/your behalf throughout the day. As I sat on the beach in Daytona this weekend, starring down at my bracelet-I was reminded once again, of the GREATNESS of God! The waves were HUGE this weekend (thanks to Hurricane Bill passing out in the Atlantic) and I couldn’t help but think about how TINY they were, in comparison, to the Hand of God and how He has worked again and again, in ya’lls life.

    I’ll be praising Him, for the “Kluge Termination” (oh, to be “FIRED” from such a position brings great joy! LOL!) and pray that Lindsey can also find moments of peace, just sitting back and letting Luke do things on his own…I know that has to be hard-reminds me of when our boys first began to walk….I just wanted to shadow them 24/7, “just in case” they needed me–it was wearisome….and I’m sure doesn’t begin to compare to what you all deal w/ daily.

    “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently on Him” (Ps. 37:7).

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  21. Lindsey,
    I am so happy for you and your family that you all can be home again! What you wrote was just so touching…Luke and the progress that he has made is truly amazing, God is truly amazing!!! We will continue to pray for Luke’s MRI to come back perfect and that his eyesight will return to normal! You and you’re family has been so inspiring! And Luke’s seems to have a heart of Gold, what a sweetie! Thanks for the updates and we can’t wait to hear the good news about the MRI!
    Susan

    Comment by Susan Crilow | August 26, 2009 | Reply


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