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Journal entry by Kara Overton

Hi everyone! Since I last posted Paul has been successful with breathing off the vent. Praise God! This is has been one of the biggest prayers since the beginning. We are so thankful for God and his faithfulness to His promises! Even though Paul has some bumps in the road he continues to overcome every obstacle! This just goes to show his strength and will power continues with him.  Paul has been improving with his alertness and movement as well. His nerves are starting to connect throughout his body allowing him to start doing more purposeful movements! We are currently researching Pauls next facility for more intense rehab. This transition should happen in the next week or two.

 

Throughout this journey our family has learned that it is important to take each day as it comes. Only God knows what each day will bring. Of course we want every day to be a perfect day for Paul, but in order to receive victory, we have to be prepared to go through some battles. Each obstacle we face we are face with two choices. The world expects us to react a certain way, but God wants us to react His way. 

We choose to not put our emotions and our circumstances in place of God. Instead we surrender to Him and let our Lord guide us through each present day. God never allows a problem to permit if it would affect His destiny for us. No problem here on earth is too hard for God. He is above all natural laws and nothing is impossible with Him! Instead of looking at the problem, we continue to praise God and thank Him for His promises and love for us. Positivity can change your life! The tongue can speak words that bring life or death. Those who love to talk must be ready to accept what it brings.” {Proverbs 18:21}

If we were to listen to the Doctors facts about Pauls diagnosis He would not be where he is today! 

My faith does not rest in the wisdom of men – but in the power of God.” {1 Corinthians 2:5}

 

Gods timing is absolutely perfect, and not a day goes by wasted with Him! God is never too early or too late. It requires a lot  of faith and patience, but We are continuing to trust His plan and timeline for Pauls complete healing! We know Gods plan for our family is well worth the wait!

 

Having Paul at Washington Hospital has led us to some amazing individuals. Many who work at Washington are incredibly inspired by Paul and his progression. They all say they feel the Holy Spirit in his room, and have amazing faith in his recovery! This is has been a reoccurrence since the beginning at Shock Trauma. Paul truly has an incredible spirit in him. 

All good things take time” We must keep reminding ourselves that the deed is done! Jesus has already provided healing for us physically. It is just a matter of time for Gods Will to manifest through Paul! All of our prayers have been answered, so we must continue to have the confidence and assurance of the things that have not happened yet. God is good and every promise He has is Yes in Jesus Christ with saying Amen. We are standing firm in our victory. One coincidence” we truly believe is from God, is Pauls favorite number throughout his life has always been the number 17. Number 17 stands for Victory in the Bible, and Paul Robert Overton is 17 letters. Therefore Paul has Victory in his name and we are declaring victory for Pauls complete healing in Jesus name! 

 

 

We serve an Almighty, merciful God, who loves us beyond our imagination. It is never Gods Will for us to be sick. He wants nothing but the absolute best for us! 

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 hope and a future.” {Jeremiah 29:11}

 

 Please continue to pray and thank God for what he has done for Pauls healing and what he continues to do in his recovery. Please also pray for the perfect rehab to take Paul, and have him be successful wherever he goes. 


Thank you and God Bless! 

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Journal entry by Kara Overton

Hi Everyone! It has been a little while since my last update, but Paul continues to progress greatly in his recovery. 

Paul is still at Washington Hospital and has been incredibly successful on the trach collar. It is amazing the progression he has made with his breathing! We praise God for continuing to strengthen and heal Paul. In addition to doing great with his breathing, Paul works with an outstanding physical therapy team.

As we come into our 9th month since Paul's accident, it is easy to get worn down, and become impatient, but God wants us to know that He is always with us and to remind Him of His promises instead of the problem. "God Promises to give us back our health and heal our wounds." (Jeremiah 30:17) God's plan will be good and of hope. (Jeremiah 29:11). "God is not a man, he can not lie or change His mind"(Numbers 23:19). What we think is a long time, is just a second for God. This is for God's glory, and throughout this entire journey, we have met countless people and shared our story praising God for his goodness and healing for Paul. We know He will completely and totally heal him! When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He also gave us complete physical healing! Which means the deed is already done, and it IS God's Will for Paul to live a long life with complete healing and prosperity. We declare that we will see God's will and Promise for Paul manifest in his body. Nothing is too hard for God. "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible!"(Matthew 19:26). God's Word created the heavens and earth, therefore His Word is True, It's Alive, and He is forever faithful to it!

As you pray for Paul's complete and total healing, here are some specific prayers. 

1. That Paul avoids fevers and future infections in his body.

2. Continues to show alertness & clarity in his mind. Paul has shown tremendous increased movement in his body, so we pray that he continues to gain strength and endurance to move forward. 

3. That Paul gets the strength to cough on his own, and to get off trach collar.

 

Thank you Everybody and God Bless! 

Journal entry by Kara Overton

I can not believe how the weeks are flying by! It  has been one month since my last post but just to update Paul is breathing on his own  with minimum resting time on the vent. Today they are going to try the trach collar for him! This is a HUGE step, and if Paul can tolerate it he will soon be able to eat and talk on it! 
If everyone could please pray that Paul has the ability to breath with the trach collar on comfortably, we would be so appreciative. 
 
Although this process with Paul seems long, Paul has made tremendous progress, and continues to beat the odds everyday. 
Paul’s energy has spread throughout Bridgepoint and we now have most of the medical staff rocking our paulstrong shirts and wristbands. They talk to Paul as if they have known him forever. It’s truly amazing to see the impact Paul has on everyone! 
With it being Lent season, It brings us even closer to Jesus. It’s a season of growth and repentance. It is also a season of healing and miracles!  He invites us to humble ourselves before him, to acknowledge our sins, and remind us that Our Father’s mercy for us is everlasting. We are loved even when we make a huge mistake. We are forgiven even if we think our sins are too big. Even in the darkest valley God is on our side with His love and mercy. 
God sacrificing His only son to die on the cross for our sins proves to us His love and desire for all of us to be healthy and whole! We trust God’s timing with Paul's recovery. He continuously shows us signs and blessings reminding that He is here with us, He hears us, and has the final word with everything! 
Again, if everyone could please pray for Paul to breath successfully today on the trach collar. 
Thank you and God Bless!

Journal entry by Kara Overton

Hi Everyone!
I just wanted to give you an update on Paul.

Over this past month, Paul has now increased his time off the ventilator to 16 hours per day. Paul’s physical therapy team has been very aggressive with his treatments, however they are cutting back on some of his sessions, to allow him the extra energy needed for his breathing. With Paul doing both aggressive PT and weaning, his physical therapist compared both activities to “running a marathon with a bad cold” . Since this recent change, Paul has been able to sleep and breath longer!  Yesterday we had a meeting with Paul’s team of providers. Overall they are very encouraged and pleased with Paul’s progression. Although we would love to have Paul recover quickly, his doctor reassured us that he has progressed with zero setbacks, and will continue to progress. 

 

As you pray for Paul’s complete and total healing, here are some specific prayers;

1. For any nerve damage to be restored and for him to breath successfully on his own for a complete 24 hours.

2. For Paul to continue his progression with alertness and a clear mind. 

3. For Paul to continue with purposeful upper body movement.

 

As we continue to walk in faith throughout this journey, God often reminds us that a delay is not a denial. Every moment of every day He is working for the absolute best in us and for His purpose. It is easy to let your emotions control you when you are going through suffering, but praying and letting God take control can absolutely change everything! God did not promise this life to be easy. The struggle he puts in our lives we must embrace and not fear, because often times the conflicts we want to skip creates the ending we all love to see. 

 

When we are weak, He is strong. 

 

Thank you everyone and God Bless! 

Journal entry by Kara Overton

Happy 2019 everyone! 

Since the last journal update, Paul continues to be successful with breathing for an extended periods of time during the day and at night. Praise be to God! Paul’s physical therapy team is also working with him 3-4 times a week. He is responsive to their commands and is purposely moving his body while they are standing him up, and sitting him at the edge of the bed while pedaling his feet. His therapists have commented how motivated they are because of their sense of Paul’s strong will power. It is such an inspiration and blessing to watch Paul recover each day. Without a doubt we are witnessing the works of God’s healing right before our eyes. When you look at Paul, you can see his incredible determination shining through him. 

We recently met a woman named Kim, who is the best friend to a patient that is only a couple rooms down from Paul. As we shared our stories we learned that their accident and recovery were very similar. Kim is a truly beautiful person inside and out, and she has full confidence that The Lord is present and is fully healing both of them. God leads people to places, and situations that impact us for an eternity. I believe God brought our family and Kim together to share our faith and story, and to help remind us to never give up or throw away our confidence.

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will rewarded.” (2 Chronicles 15:7). God is bigger than any trial we have on this Earth, and He is able AND willing to heal you through His loving mercy and grace. God is a Way-Maker!

It has almost been 5 months since Paul’s accident, and we are still in awe of the tremendous outpour of support and love from our friends and the community. God continues to sustain us throughout this journey. I have learned that you can not put your circumstances and God next to each other. One must be in front of the other, and we are choosing to put God in front of our circumstances. The Lord is so faithful and nothing is a surprise to Him! We are putting our complete trust in God and His plan for Paul. We are declaring victory in healing this year for Paul in Jesus’ name! “We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him”.(Romans 8:28) “ 

As you pray for Paul’s complete and full healing please pray specifically for;
1. Paul’s ability to breath on his own for a complete 24 hours.
2. For Paul to continue his progression with alertness and a clear mind. 
3. For Paul to continue with purposeful upper body movement.

We believe 2019 will be a very faithful and healing year for our family! 
Thank you for your continued prayers and thanksgiving for a complete and full healing of Paul Robert Overton.

Thank you and God Bless!

Journal entry by Kara Overton

Merry Christmas everyone!



We hope everyone is having a great Christmas and A Happy Holiday! We wanted to express our gratitude with everyone who has supported us through this difficult time this season. Although Paul is not up with us celebrating this Holiday season. God has brought us together as a family in the beautiful city of Washington, DC, and we could not be anymore thankful for that! We know Jesus is here with us guarding our hearts and mind with his joyful presence. We would not be here without our Lord Savior, and we are so incredibly blessed for this day and His healing of Paul. We are witnessing God’s miraculous works through Paul, and we Glorify Him for that! Paul will too be celebrating all of the Holidays with us again soon! 

We love you guys and God Bless!

Journal entry by Kara Overton

Hi Everyone! It has been a while since I last updated, so here is a little update on Paul!

Paul is continuing his recovery at BridgePoint Rehab Hospital in Washington, DC. We have grown to love the entire staff, especially Paul's caring team. Their positivity and love for Paul shines through them, and we could not have picked a better facility for Paul's recovery.

Paul is waking up more and more everyday, and he is still progressing in his weaning. A few posts back I asked for specific prayers for his CO2 levels to lower while he breaths, and God has faithfully answered! Paul's CO2 levels could not be any more perfect, Thanks be to God! Right now they are trying to have Paul wean for 24 hours at level 0. The doctor has confirmed to us that his lungs are one of the strongest on his floor. We know Paul is absolutely capable of doing it, and we are confident God will inject him with the endurance and alertness that he needs! 

As you pray for Paul's complete and total healing, here are some specific prayers;
1. That Paul's respiratory rate while weaning is permanently between 15-20.
2. Has complete full alertness to understand commands everyday, and to breath completely on his own. 

We love you guys and keep praying!

Journal entry by Kara Overton

Hi Everyone!

We wanted to express our gratitude to everybody who made the Turkey Trot, and Tailgate such a success! We have brought our community together for Paul, and we are so blessed to have such an enthusiastic, caring group of people to support #PaulStrong! The Turkey Trot was a great success, with 125 PaulStrong runners. We definitely made an impact there! Drew and I also want to thank everyone for the huge support and liking of our PRO Apparel. We love that you guys love it! We had such an overwhelming response to all of the apparel. We still have White T-shirts available, a few snapbacks, and black sweatshirts left. If you want anything please txt us or email us at paulprostrong@gmail.com
Again, we can not express how blessed we are and how blessed Paul is to have such amazing friends to want to come together, and help our family. We're so excited for Paul to see all of the love very soon.

Thank you so much again, and God Bless!

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Journal entry by Kara Overton

Hi everyone!

Thank you for everyone making Paul's 30th birthday yesterday so special! The nursing staff also surprised him with balloons, cupcakes and card! We love the entire staff here at Bridge-point. Even though it has only been two weeks, Paul has already made such a positive impact on the medical staff caring for him. As always, we love seeing Paul's friends come visit, and we know he loves hearing your voices!  From early morning to late afternoon, Paul is extremely active with therapy, and is taken off the ventilator twice a day. He is right on track, and doing incredibly well. However, by the evening he is wiped out and sleeps through the night. 
Please continue your prayers for a full and complete healing of Paul!

Thank you and God Bless! 

Journal entry by Kara Overton

We wanted to give everyone an update of Paul's progress! 
This past week the Respiratory Therapists have been aggressively working on weaning Paul off the ventilator. We are so proud of him for his improvement! For a while, Paul's ventilator was set to give him 16 breaths a minute. His oxygen levels are always great, but has had some trouble with retaining too much Co2. Throughout the week the RT's would decrease the support of the ventilator, and test Paul's ability to breath steady levels of oxygen and Co2 for a short period of time. In one week the nurses were able to reduce his level down to 5! Getting weaned off is a slow process, and not everyday is perfect. But we are so thankful to God for blessing him with such great progress in a short time. The nurses are all very positive and happy with his progress. Paul continues to gain more energy and strength everyday! God is faithful and listening to everyone's prayers!  

As you pray for Paul's complete and full recovery, here are some specific prayers:-
For Paul's Co2 and oxygen levels to remain perfect.
-That this week God will allow him to breath fully on his own permanently.
-That this week God will bring him to full consciousness, and full movement in his body. 
-That Paul will no longer need to take any antibiotics anymore.  

 I also wanted to post a few things that I have learned from God throughout this journey;

"Faith doesn't make sense, it makes miracles."
Faith is not easy, and it is not a feeling. Faith is a choice to trust God that he will "turn a Mess into a Message, a Test into a Testimony, a Trial into a Triumph, and a Victim into Victory!" He ALWAYS rewards the people who stay in faith and that who love Him! It is important to trust and rely on God's timing, rather than our own timeline. "Don't mistake God's patience for His absence. His timing is perfect, and His presence is constant. He is always with you! - Deuteronomy 31:6 

 God is the most powerful force in the Universe! Therefore His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and His ways are higher than our ways! (Isaiah 55:9) He starts at the impossible, and performs miracles and blessings that are way beyond our imagination! Nothing is too hard or too big for God. No matter what the circumstance looks like, Pray BOLD! Expect the best and believe that your prayers have been answered even when you can not see it yet. God is faithful to those who remain faithful to him. "Where there is hope, there is faith. Where there is faith miracles happen." He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”- Matthew 17:20

  With the help of The Holy Spirit and Acting out the Word of God in our every day life we have the power to create our Will and have any prayer answered!What we think and say is what comes to life! Positive thoughts create positive results. The Power of Prayer is a VERY powerful thing, but prayers are just words if we lack faith. We can say as many prayers as we want, but we need to have it mixed with faith for results to produce. When we truly have faith and pray with Jesus' name, then praise God for doing it before it is yet seen, The Holy Spirit will intercede and ANYTHING you ask you shall receive it!
By sacrificing His only Son to die on the cross, God has healed and saved us all gifting us with the same power Jesus had when he came down in physical form, performing countless miracles. 
John 14:12-14:Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing,and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
The SAME healing miracles that Jesus performed on Earth 2000 years ago still happen today!! Healing of the blind, paralyzed, non-curable diseases, and even resurrecting people from the dead! Jesus is the same yesterday, today and will be forever.(Hebrews 13:8)

 A quote to look upon when struggling with faith:
“One of the things that help your faith to grow is experiencing victories as you act on the Word of God. When David faced the giant in battle, he reflected back on his past victories with God. These ignited his faith to take this new challenge. The results we know from reading the bible was a greater victory. There is a principle involved here! Here is the principle. Faith in God will always produce favorable results when you act on His Word. Your faith grows stronger as you exercise it. Stronger faith enables you to win greater victories.” - Ulysses Spann 

As we said in the beginning, this is the marathon Paul has been training for. In order to finish a marathon, one must have endurance. Faith produces endurance! James 1:2- Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters  when you face trials of different kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces endurance.  Pray for Paul to have God's faithfulness. Anyone who visits with Paul, act out your Faith of God to him and God will bless Paul with great endurance and strength, as he has throughout the past 3 months!

 Know that God’s plan for us and Paul is of hope and not disaster. He never shows us it all at once, but by one step at a time. He’s teaching us to walk by faith and not by sight. Wait patiently for Him, and remember that when God is silent, he is preparing something big for us!  

"God has a 
purpose for your pain,
a reason for your struggle
and a reward for your faithfulness.
Trust him and don't give up"    

Thank you everyone, and keep praying!

Journal entry by Kara Overton

Paul has been continuously showing improvements everyday. Right now Paul is slowly showing more movement in his face and toes. We are currently praying and waiting for Paul to become stable enough to get an operation on his neck. Paul's amputation on his right arm went beautifully and we are praying that that will be the worst of Paul's injuries.

Please keep praying for Paul's recovery and strength. We will give you another update later in the week. Visiting hours are from 12:00-6:30, then 8:00-10:00. 

Thank you, and God Bless!


 

Paul’s Story

Site created on August 28, 2018


Dear Family and Friends,


On August 16th, our beloved, Paul Overton was in a horrific motorcycle accident learning how to ride. With traumatic injuries to the arm, neck, and brain, we were told by doctors that Paul had little chance of making it. Without giving up hope Paul was sent to University of Maryland Shock Trauma where he is currently fighting for his life.


Paul is the most selfless, caring, most courageous person we know. Paul  truly has impacted every single person he has ever met. We sincerely believe Paul would not be here without the hope and prayers from everyone.  As we have been repeatedly saying this is the marathon Paul has truly been preparing for. If anybody could beat this, it's Paul. Everyday Paul has shown us signs that he is here listening, and in no way giving up. We believe in the Power of Prayer, and we know God is healing him right now. 



We are starting this page for Paul for updates regarding his conditions, visiting hours, fundraisers, and anything relating to him. Paul is strong and will continue to fight and finish this marathon for life.  We are continuing to thank God everyday for healing our amazing Paul. He is truly already a miracle. We are all #paulstrong and #prostrong for life. Thank you to everyone that has shown love and support, and please continue to pray for Paul's full healing. We know he'll be out of there soon! 



Much Love,
The Overton's 

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