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!
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