Sam will be four years old in 9 days on he 30th of September. This means it has been almost five years since Sam was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and five years since God gave us His promise for Sam.
"He will live and have life in abundance. He will testify to the nations of his healing."
It is an honour to say that we live and walk in that place of promise. That Sam does indeed live a life of abundance and he had and does continue to share about God's healing and sustaining power.
We were told by some that Sam's life was not worth much and it would be best to 'terminate' him.
Today Sam walks, runs, bounces and swings. He converses at a level well above his age and laughs with an infectious giggle that melts even the most serious of hearts. He is strong in will and resolved in his decisions. When he sets his mind to something he will not be swayed. He faces his fears head on and although he is scared, courage wins. He is more than just a part of our family, Sam has touched many other lives, many we will not know about this side of Heaven.
Sam last review was in May where he was cleared of the increased regurgitation in one of his heart valves. His next appointment in on November 7th in Brisbane. This means that we will need to fly to Brisbane to see Dr Gooi (Sam's cardiologist) and he will have the regular check ups (echo, ECG etc). We have been told that the plan is to have a heart catheter early in the new year and that Fontan surgery will follow this in the few months after.
I won't pretend to tell you that I am not afraid. I am terrified, but I will not allow those thought to plague me. Through Jesus I have the ability to take those thoughts captive and beat them back. I choose to believe God's promise for Sam, no matter what it looks like on the outside, or in Sam's case the inside.
I wonder if I can ask you to do something special for us. Can you pray and ask God for some words for Sam from the Bible? Can you send them to us? I want to create a book of encouragment for Sam as a part of our 5 year celebration of God's promise to us. Five years is a long time to hang onto such a promise and your encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
Before I sign off, Sam would like to say, "I'm going to have my birthday cake at my birthday. Gonna be a shocolate(Chocolate) one. We moved to our new house in Yongreach (Longreach). I'm gonna be a big boy now."
Yes, you are Sam, and there is much to look forward to in the years ahead.