Rolling To The Right

Recently I posted a video showing Judah intentionally rolling from his back to tummy and ENJOYING tummy time. At that time he used his right leg to push off the floor and roll himself over. This morning, however, he rolled over 6 or 7 times using his left side to roll to his tummy!

Initially, after his brain injury, his left side was considered paralyzed, yet today he used it like a pro. Praise God for all He has done, all He is doing, and all that is to come!

Here’s a video clip from this evening.  He’s enjoying his new ability to roll in any direction he pleases.  I love it!

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Comparison

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

I’ve heard this quote many times and it’s often caused me to pause for a moment of self-reflection.  But this quote has taken on new meaning in the past 20 months.  Comparing my child who’s had a brain injury to a child the same age who has not had a brain injury will most definitely steal my joy.

I think we’ve all had moments we’ve compared our children to others, especially when trying to determine if they’re hitting their developmental milestones on time.  However, I’ve found in this season, more than any other, that I cannot allow myself to do this.  Nehemiah 8:10 tells me that the joy of the Lord is my strength.  It’s no coincidence the enemy would target my joy, is it?  He wants to strip me of my strength.  I cannot look at development charts that tell me the many things Judah should be able to do by now.  I cannot compare him to other children his age who are walking, feeding themselves, and talking.  I have to keep my eyes focused on the victories and not the defeats.  I need to keep my eyes fixed on God’s Word, His promises, and what He declares about my son.  He sees my son healed and whole.  He sees my son perfect, complete, lacking nothing. And as I keep my eyes on Him, His love for me, and His love for Judah I find my joy, my peace, and the endurance I need to continue this good fight of faith.

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“for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b

FAQ “Our New Season”

I want to thank all of you for your positive and encouraging response to our most recent announcement of the changes coming for our family. (If you missed that post you can read about our new journey here: https://judahsjourney.com/2013/04/07/somethings-moving-somethings-changing/  Many of you have asked some great questions. For those of you who may also have questions, here are the answers to the ones that were most frequently asked:

What about Chad’s job? Chad’s business, http://www.ideavibe.com/ is mobile. As long as he has a computer and phone, he’s in business.

What about the children’s school? Our children home school. For the first two months of our trip they’ll be on summer break. After that we’ll home school wherever we’re located.

What about Judah’s doctors and therapists? We will be all caught up with our regular doctor visits for Judah before we leave. Also, Lord willing, while in California we will be seeing one of the top therapists in the country who’s had tremendous success working with children like Judah.

What about Judah’s hyperbaric chamber? It’ll come along with us.

Where will you keep your belongings? In storage here in Lakeland until we know our final destination.

How long are you going to be gone? As of right now we are unsure. We could be gone for 2 months, 4-6 months, or permanently.

Why are you traveling to Minnesota? Chad’s family lives there. Our original plan was to vacation there this summer for a time of refreshing for our family. It’s been years since we’ve vacationed in MN during the summer months. We’re excited to show the kids what MN is like without snow 🙂 and what it’s like to swim in lakes that don’t have alligators. It’ll also be a tremendous blessing to have help and support from relatives.

Why are you traveling to California? I grew up in California. We’re excited to travel out that way to see family and show the children the places I loved visiting when I was a child. We’re also excited to stop in Denver, CO on our way to CA to visit precious friends who recently launched a church. We will also be pursuing some additional therapy near San Francisco. Our length of stay in CA will depend on how well Judah responds to the therapy and how the Spirit leads.

How does this fit into your budget? We are moving out of our home and getting out of our lease – this will eliminate quite a bit of our bills. Fundraising efforts like our puzzle fundraiser will help with the cost of therapy in CA.

How have your children reacted to the news? Overall, they’re very excited to visit family and friends. They have their moments of tears and will miss their friends here tremendously; but they know we’ll return to Lakeland – whether for a visit or to call Lakeland home.

Do you know where your final destination will be? No. We are seeking the Lord and will continue to follow one step at a time. Chad recently summed it up best: “We don’t yet know where we’re going, but we do know the One we are following.”

Thank you for your continued prayers as we prepare for this new journey. We love you!

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

Sensory Time!

Yesterday, our wonderful vision therapist brought over a bright yellow bucket and bags full of dry beans for Judah to play in. Judah wasn’t too interested yesterday, but this morning he did great. He sat well by himself and enjoyed putting his hands in the beans.

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A Mover and a Shaker!

Judah is making great progress!  He’s showing more and more desire to move.  Check out this picture!  Yesterday I laid him next to his toys so I could do the dishes.  When I finished I found him in a whole new spot!  And still moving!  In fact, after I took this picture he moved another 5 feet!  This blesses my heart SO MUCH!  Thank you, Lord, for working in Judah!

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Tummy Time!

We are so excited to share another victory!! Ok, first off, please ignore the messy home (the girls are building forts) and ignore the two kids bickering in the background. But! Look at this!! Judah has not liked being on his tummy! At all! For months and months, when we’d put him on his tummy he’d resist, cry, and roll right back to his back. But today when none of us were near him he decided to experiment – he rolled to his belly and stayed put for awhile. You can see him start to roll a few times, but decide to stay on his tummy awhile longer!! This is such a big deal! Happy tears here!!

Something’s moving, something’s changing

January, 2005: Chad and I had been married for 4 years and had two sweet little boys.  Josiah was almost 3.  Isaac was 10 months old.  We had purchased a new home not far from my in-laws.  I loved living near them and loved raising a family in MN.  We had a great church, great friends, and great family; yet our hearts cried out for more.  “God, we love You.  We want to go where you tell us to go!”

He answered that prayer with a supernatural leading to move to Lakeland, FL and plug into Family Worship Center to grow under the teaching of Pastor Reggie Scarborough.  Within 5 weeks everything came together and we were here!  Beaches, palm trees, orange groves, alligators, and sweet tea served at every meal.  What a culture shock!

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This was the sign I read my very first time taking the boys to the park here in Lakeland. What a shock!

Our 8 years here have been wild.  5 moves.  4 more children.  Lots of change: some good, some not so good.  But through it all, there is no other place in the world we’d have rather been.  Our church has surrounded us like family; and Pastor has poured such wisdom and balance into our lives.  I don’t think there is another church on the planet I could love as much as I love FWC Lakeland.

January, 2013:  We entered this year sensing “change” was on the horizon.  No indicator of what that change was going to be, just simply “change.”  We were also praying for a new home and began to more aggressively search for one.  4 years ago we moved into a small “temporary” rental home.  We thought we’d live here a year while looking for the right place for our family.  After looking at multiple homes, we didn’t have peace.

One night in January I was out driving alone and talking to the Lord.  “God, why is it that we haven’t found the right house…..is it possible our next home isn’t in Lakeland?”  I paused a moment a little taken back at my words.  Then I made a choice in that moment… “God, if that’s the case, I’ll follow you.  I’ll go wherever You tell us to go.”  My head was yelling at me saying I was crazy for even being willing to leave this city… But my heart knew it was right to be willing.

I called Chad later in the evening and before I could say a word he said, “Krista, I was praying tonight.  Here’s what I am sensing…what would you think of this?  Instead of going to Minnesota for a vacation this summer let’s pack up our home, get out of our lease, and go to Minnesota for an open-ended road trip to see where God takes us?”

I laughed a nervous laugh.  My spirit lept!  And there was peace!

Since that time Chad and I have been praying and seeking the counsel of others.  We spoke with Pastor Reggie, our parents, our mentors, and Chad’s business partner.  Every person gave us their blessing and support.  We are thankful!

After meeting with Pastor Reggie, we took the kids out and shared what God is doing.

After meeting with Pastor Reggie, we took the kids out and shared what God is doing.

We aren’t sure why and we aren’t sure where; but we are very confident that God is moving us in a new direction and asking us to “step out of the boat.”  We are beginning the process of sorting our things, packing up our home, selling our minivan, and preparing for our trip.  On June 29th we’ll begin our new journey.  We’ll spend the beginning of July in Minnesota with family.  Mid-July, Judah and I will fly out to California to see my family and spend 5 days near San Francisco pursuing further therapy for Judah.  If those appointments prove successful we are considering taking the family back to CA at the end of August to pursue further treatments there for a season.  We are still expecting a full, supernatural recovery in Judah.  In the meantime we’ll do all we can in the natural to aid in his healing.  As far as our final destination is concerned – that isn’t clear yet.  We’ll continue to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit one step at a time.

Our hearts are excited and full of anticipation; yet we are also sad.  We will miss all of you!!  We are not sure if our move is permanent or for a season.  Either way, we want to thank you for standing by our side these past 8 years.  Thank you for the many ways you’ve encouraged, inspired and blessed us.  Thank you for surrounding us and holding us up during these past 20 months as we’ve walked through Judah’s healing journey.  We are so thankful for each and every one of you!

Please keep us in your prayers as we step out into this new season.  We’ll continue to keep you updated as God reveals our next steps and our future home.

Lots of love to you all from the whole Dearey family!!

~ Chad, Krista, Josiah, Isaac, Ellianna, Rhema, Adonai, and Judah

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. – Matthew 14:29

“It’s Easy”

I love hearing Judah imitate words.  Blesses my heart to the core!

Today Chad was helping Judah practice sitting up and said, “It’s Easy!”  Judah copied him over and over!

We love you, Judah!  You bring such joy to our hearts!

P.S. Please excuse how messy he is! ha!

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:30