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Feb 6, 2009

Abby Daily Update: Very Concerning

Abby is not well. Things are getting pretty concerning. We are trying not to over react, or be melodramatic, but the situation is getting serious.

Since yesterday Abby has had a fever, her abdomen is swollen and is painful. The area around her gastric port (feeding tube in her stomach) is swollen, red and blistered so badly it looks like a serious burn. For those of you who have experience with g-tubes, Abby has never leaked stomach contents and always looked very healthy. The red area is getting bigger and the blisters are spreading. Her medical team said that it is "very concerning."

Abby is producing almost zero white blood cells, so is unable to fight any infection (and her IGG is 671 and ANC is 29).

Pic: this is a difficult picture for us to post. Abby is blanked out on morphine, can't sit still because her stomach hurts so bad, doesn't want to sit at all because of the sores between her legs, and is bloated and swollen. This was one of the GOOD pictures... we just didn't have the heart to post the ones where she is really in pain and suffering. Even this one doesn't look anything like her normally.

Today, Abby will receive three transfusions (packed red cells, platelets, and albumin). They can't transfuse white blood cells, because they only live 4 hours after they are transfused. Her doctors started 2 different kinds of two IV antibiotics and we are using 2 different antibiotic creams on her stomach, one of them is used for serious burn victims. She is getting I.V. Lasix to draw water into her blood. She is bloated from the steroids and continues to have diarrhea.

Her upper airway is still "junky" but she is getting antibiotics to treat it and it has not worsened since last night.

We are very thankful that her pain is much better controlled and she is not nauseated. She is on continuous morphine for pain, and since they took her off the medicine that controlled her spinal fluid pressure, she had not been nauseated, although her pressure is going up.

Obviously we would appreciate your prayers at this time. Would you let others know, and ask them to pray?

Some of our friends have offered to pray and fast for Abby, and of course we would be deeply grateful. For those of you who do not understand fasting, it can be, but does not have to be abstaining from food.

Fasting is the act of abstaining from something that is important to our FLESH, so that it may free up opportunity to concentrate on the spiritual. Food is an obvious choice, but not appropriate for everyone. It might be TV, news, games, phone time... something that satisfies our fleshly desires that can be given up to make time to pray and consider spiritual concerns. When our flesh feels "denied", it causes us to lean towards God to fulfill what is missing.

Sorry, didn't mean to put on my Bible teacher hat... but many people have no clue about fasting.

We've included some medical details for our doctor, nurse and cancer-experienced friends. If you have any advice or suggestions, please leave a comment. We are VERY grateful. We’ll keep you updated on the blog, Facebook and Twitter (our sign up links to those are up there in the right column).

A Final Thought

Before going, I wanted to leave you with this thought: don't mistake our current concern for a lack of faith, joy or hope.

We are not questioning God. Our faith in Him has not waivered the breadth of an atom. If anything, it is strengthened because we see God's hand daily, over and over and over.

Our joy is a choice. We are commanded to "count it all joy brethren when you fall into various trials..." That is not dependent on feeling. It is a choice. The feelings follow your God-given, Spirit-empowered ability to CHOOSE to obey God. Don't understand the command to be joyful? Doesn't matter. Don't feel like it? Doesn't matter. When you bypass your feelings, the reason becomes clear: we count it all joy because we know God is in complete control, that His perfect Will is done and that His Son will be glorified through any and all circumstances. How can you not be joyful about that?

Our hope is in God. Our hope is that Abby is healed. Our hope is that we spend a long life here with her. But our GREATER HOPE is that God's will is done, and that no matter what, Abby is in His care. Should God call her to Him, then our hope is fulfilled knowing that she is in heaven, waiting for us to join her. That is true hope.

Faith, joy, hope. Life can only take those from you IF you give them away by your own choice.

Blessings,
Brent (from home with the other kids)
(and Michelle, in the hospital with Abby)

I wanted to leave you with some happier pics. Despite all her
discomfort and pain, Abby still manages a smile for me
today in the hospital room. She has a remarkable spirit.

One of Abby's favorite times now is getting to "shave off
Daddy's porcupines". That's what she calls my whiskers or short hair.
I promised Abby she could shave off my hair as long as
she doesn't have any hair. Small sacrifice of love...

Finally, I wanted you to leave tonight with a funny, joy-filled
picture of Abby. After shaving my head, she wanted to shave her face.
So I cut her and Sami loose with a can of shaving cream.
They had a quite a party with it!

123 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am praying tonight for Abby, and your entire family. This is a hard time for all of you. May God continue to sustain you in His loving arms.

Laura W. (N. GA)

Anonymous said...

Praying, praying, praying for God's healing. With God, all things are possible!

Love and prayers,
Holly in OKC

Malia'sMama said...

Poor little sweetie. I hope with all my heart she makes it through this to one day start her own blog and post not so flattering pics of DADDY!

Cindy said...

Praying for Abby and your family. God IS always in control. Although we may not always understand His plan, there is always a plan. God is good, all the time.

Tanya said...

Our prayers are with Abby and your family.

God Bless

mjenningsdesigns said...

I am praying for Abby!

Anonymous said...

Praying continuously for beautiful Abby and her amazing family. Lord, give please give Abby the strength she needs to get through this tough time.

Susan

Lena's mama said...

Warm, healing, soothing hugs, little one. And also to Mom and Dad. Hang in there, guys.

Donnetta said...

Brent & Michelle & Abby,
The second I finish this quick post, I will be on my knees praying for Abby. Lord, please wrap your arms around her, make her comfortable, and give her the physical strength to get through this.

Katie said...

praying for Abby and the rest of you r sweet family

Anonymous said...

Praying ferventlyfor God's will to be done.

JenniferNe said...

I am praying for your family. Thank you for teh wonderful picutre at the end of the post. It is great to see her smile.

God Bless!

Jenny in Delta

angi_b72 said...

praying for Abby and your family...what a precious little girl!!

Marlene said...

We continue to pray for Abby!
Marlene

Connie Mae said...

We know that God works all things to HIS glory! My prayers are with you and that the Lord's will be done! She is a beautiful girl. Know that there are many out there praying right now for her and they are continueing to pray for her and your family!! May GOD ever so present arms surround you guys during this trial. May HE comfort like noone else can! May He give you the strength to make it through each second, minute, hour, and days!

Liz said...

Have you considered St. Jude's Childrens Hospital? They specialize in these cases! Please consider and share why this isn't an option. PLEASE consider!

On another note, your daughter's life story and difficulties are not for vain. Though it is difficult for me to type this - Abby allows God's name to be praised. Abby should know that there is another little girl in MI, who is reminded of God and sees God everyday when I read to her Abby's blog.

Please, if you are still trying to fight the leukemia then please consider St. Jude's. I hope this has been suggested to you before...

- A new prayer partner that keeps you in prayer continuously throughout the day.

Jenna said...

Praying for you sweet girl and your whole family!

Pam said...

Praying for your sweet baby!

Mini Cakes for Many Occasions* said...

We will be praying for y'all tonight. Praying for Abbyis comfort and for you to feel the loving arms of our Savior. In Christ, Lauryn

Angie said...

I am praying so hard for Abby right now. I am praying for you all.

CindyO. said...

Abby--you sweet, sweet girl. We love you so much and are praying for you.

CindyO and family from NC.

Vanessa said...

Praying for complete healing of Abby! May the Lord keep His hands of mercy over her in this difficult time!! Praying for mom. dad and family too!!

Kelly said...

Im in tears for you and your precious girl...15 months ago we had to say goodbye to our 5 month old daughter. 15 months later we are still praising HIS name. Our God is so good - through everything our God is there for us. I certainly wish no mother/father had to witness their child suffering..but like you and your beautiful family, we still choose to PRAY to God and give PRAISES to God! Your family is such an insperation - always giving the glory back to God, continuing to fight and holding onto faith! Praying, praying, praying for God to protect your sweet girl and to give you all the strength to keep trusting and believing in Him. God bless you all...
Kelly and family in KC,MO

Hauswife said...

Oh, such hard news to hear, Brent! We remain in prayer for Abby and for all the Riggses through this trial by fire. God's miraculous grace is so obviously sufficient though, as it always is, and we praise the Lord for that beautiful fact! I hope that you feel the Body of Christ soaking you in prayer and supporting you as much as we can. Even though we've never met in person, we've never met Abby face to face, we are family in Christ Jesus and our hearts and prayers are with you. Blessings.

Juls said...

" May your roots go down deep into the marvelous soil of God's love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God's children should, how long, how high, how deep & how wide his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will be filled up with God Himself." Ephesians 3:18-19

Our favorite verse that has brought us comfort....

WE ARE PRAYING!
The CrazeeScotts

~Laura~ said...

praying!!!!

Our Girls said...

I have been praying for Abbie and your family... You are a WONDERFUL family and Abbie is the Sweetest, cutest thing and what a tough girl!
Prayers and HUGS and I will spread the word on Abbie...Pray is a wonderful thing!

Rose said...

Praying for sweet Abby.

Kristi said...

My heart is aching for you and my prayers are being lifted up!! We keep you in our thoughts as well!

Much love -
Bamagirl & Family

Faithfully Yours said...

Praying for you and your precious family!
--Faith

Erica said...

Absolutely praying. Our whole family is. May the Lord sustain you and carry you through this trial. His grace is sufficient.

JessicaW said...

Words fail me at this moment. But your family will have the most sincere prayers I think I've ever prayed. Our little girl is ill (though doing well) and is the same age as your Abby. Each time I hear my little girls' voice Abby comes to mind and I think of her suffering--how she should be able to be a sweet little girl, busy pestering her siblings by making messes and accidentally breaking toys. Her greatest fears should be "monsters under the bed" that mom and dad can chase away with flashlights.

God holds you in his hands at this difficult time.
Jessica in WA

Kelli said...

I am praying day and night for Abby, and asking others to pray also. I know the Lord will bless her and keep her in his care. I greatly admire your faith, hope, and joy, and know that there are many out here who love Abby even though we've never officially met her.

God bless you always,
Kelli

Sunday said...

Prayers going up for precious Abby here in California. How can she look so cute even when she is suffering so much. She is truly a beautiful little girl! xxoo

Sunday

Jillian and Crew said...

Just seeing her my 'momma heart' wants to scoop her up and make it all better, and I don't even know you guys...I can't imagine the range of emotions you are feeling as this is your precious little one.

You are all lifted up. It is the only thing we know we can do on your behalf...so we are doing it.

Charisa said...

I have no other words to say other than I am praying for you and your family...My heart aches for you all. Thank you for giving God glory and praise even in the hard times.

Even though we have never met, I feel a connection through this journey.

Michelle, Praying for you as you love on your baby girl. Rock her some for me and tell her that a gal in Virginia is praying for her and loving her.

Cathy said...

The tears are flowing...I am so praying for that precious Abby!

Amy said...

Praying here too....

Danita said...

Continual thoughts and prayers for you all from Queen Creek, AZ

Jill said...

I wil be honest..99% of the time I do not post becuase I do not know what to say. Please do not think this is not becuase I do not think of your family or pray for you.
Your family has strength that is immeasurable. I am in awe.....
Hugs, Jill

Carol said...

Still praying! I love the shaving cream pic ;) How amazing that Abby can have fun and we can see that twinkle in her eye even when she is in such obvious pain. She is truly a GEM!

Jodi said...

Praying for your sweet baby girl Abby....god love her. And also praying for you and your family....hang in there....
Jodi from Ohio

..::Mrs. Staff Sergeant::.. said...

She's so beautiful :)

We're praying...

Sandra said...

we are prating for her

Ana's Mama said...

Still praying.

Kathy said...

Praying for Abby...We love you Abby!!
xxoo

Tina said...

Im lifting Abby up in prayer and to our Lord.. Asking for healing and for comfort as you walk through this terrible time in all of your lives. God Bless

Jenn said...

Praying for Abby and all of you!!

Nevaeh said...

One of my friends posted a link to you blog via facebook. We will pray for Abby as a family and pray that God gives you the strength you need as parents to be there for her.

Hugs

Lori
Nevaeh's Mommy (our sweet heart baby)

Tasha said...

You are a strong, strong family and my husband are praying for Abby and all of you during this difficult time. Our thoughts are prayers always.

Tasha and Miguel

Jac Tubre said...

Still praying for sweet Abby. I asked my blog readers to pray to...for what it's worth.

Jac

Kristina said...

Still praying every time you guys come to mind - which is several times a day. I know God has all of you in His sight and care, and I pray He continue to let your family see the grace He has poured out in the midst of all of this... That last photo is adorable.

Courtney Kay said...

Will be remembering Abby and the family in prayer tonight and every night until the cancer monster takes a hike!

Jennifer said...

I was waiting for an update and hoping that it would be better news....I will be praying, praying!



Jennifer

Lana said...

Praying, praying...and tonight my children pray with me, for Abby.
Lana

Colbert Family said...

Our family is praying for you guys tonight. Thank you for keeping us posted. We check back often to see how she's doing and you guys are always on our minds.

Scott, Barb & Noah Berndt said...

We are praying for Abby and your entire family! God Bless all of you!

Princess Gabby and Prince Hunter said...

Praying for sweet Abby!!! I think about your family so much and want to send cyber hugs to you all.

Amanda said...

Brent, Michelle, and family,

I have never commented before, but have followed your family for awhile. I have a friend who also also adoped a little girl from Guat. and I know all that is involved in doing that.

I am so sorry to hear about the latest news about Abby. I will be praying for Abby and your family, and have been through this. I pray that God see's Abby though this, she had a greater good to serve here.
My baby was in Children's (the same one Abby is in, as we live in the same general area) when he was 6 weeks old for a surgery that would save his life. He wasn't there for cancer treatment's but at that time they were getting ready to move over to where childrens is today, and was on the the same floor, and was in just as critical condition as some of the children there were. I was amazed at the response from other children on the floor, as well as their parents.
I know Abby is loved there and is being taken care of.
I know you have a lot of people in your corner, and I hope you count me as one. If you ever need anything no matter how insignifigant please don't hesitate to contact me.
I will be fasting for Abby.
I am sorry for making this a long post, but I wanted to let you know we (my whole family) care, and are thinking of Abby and your family. To be completely honest we have fallen in love with Abby!

Lisa said...

I will be praying for precious Abby, Jesus loves the little children.

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

You are all in my thoughts and prayers even more during this time. I have been following your blog for a little while now.

I've also spread the word on my Facebook & Twitter. (((hugs)))

Brian and Jenifer said...

Our prayers are with Abby and your entire family as you journey through this trial...
Thank you for so faithfully keeping us posted and for the inspirational thoughts you share.

Our hearts are with you,
The VanZanten Family (another AGCI family)

Recovering Noah said...

We're praying!!!

Leslie

Kristen said...

Prayers are definitely being sent your way for your family and Abby especially. She is a precious little angel. God Bless.

Verna said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May God richly bless you as you go through this portion of your journey in life.

Blessings.

L & J Gutwein said...

Abby's g-tube site may be beyond this point, but in our Peds unit we use Maalox around the feeding tube sites to help protect the skin... it seems to help.

Praying for you guys. Love, J

Robbin said...

May Abby and your family feel God's love tonight and in the coming days. May He send many earthly angels across your path to comfort you and hold you, to hold Abby. Knowing that friends were praying for me and Gabriel when he had his open heart surgery is what helped me get through it. When I was too tired to pray I knew that someone somewhere was praying, may you find comfort in knowing that there are a lot of people praying for you and Abby. Big Hugs to Abby and your whole family.
Robbin Czerny

Tina:0) said...

Praying that continue to feel peace & strength in this difficult time. When our Nevaeh was going through some of her rougher times, the only thought that allowed me to press on was that "if Satan is attacking so hard, we must be doing something right." I love to hear of your fervence in faith even in this dark hour.

Praying for healing & for God's will to prevail!

Matt said...

Y'all will remain in my prayers...I can't pretend to know what you feel like, but I know how I would feel if my little one was suffering. I will pray for your entire family continuously.

Pitchoune said...

What a beautiful testimony of strength and courage your little Abby is!
Praying, praying, praying for her complete healing!!!

Amy said...

Praying like never before. We love you guys!! Amy and family

Holly said...

Oh, how we are praying. What a precious sweetheart, and how blessed you must feel to have her.

The Burk Family said...

"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding: That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfullness; Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have the redemption through His blood...FOR IT PLEASED THE FATHER THAT IN HIM SHOULD ALL FULLNESS DWELL." Colossians 1:9-14,19


Love in Christ,
Dana Burk

Jennifer said...

Sweet girl, we are praying for you.

Jennifer said...

Hey you guys! Yet another saint, joining the ranks on their knees tonight. The tears in my eyes right now will not be alone tonight in this battle, undoubtedly! You are remembered, all the way in Nova Scotia. Bless that dear heart...

Now, to Him who is able... we plead.
I'm off now: holy, divine work to attend to you know. Mustn't dilly dally :) He is waiting to move at the sound of our voice!

He And Me + 3 said...

Praying for sweet Abby here in Michigan.

Mendy said...

Praying for you Abby and all the doctors and nurses that are taking care of you in the hospital. Praying for your mommy and daddy for continued strength while they watch over you. Hugs and Prayers from Florida.

Jamie said...

Praying for Abby, and also your family!

Guatemalan Team said...

I am praying for you all tonight.. I am on my way to bed to do that now.. My heart is aching for you and Abby.. I wish all of this could just be over with and she could live her life like a child is suppose too.. God Bless You All..

by: Allison said...

Praying for you and your family. Stay strong Abby, we are all thinking about you.
We are followers of your blog but first time leaving a comment.
www.jansens-journey.blogspot.com

Allison

Vicky said...

I will pray for that precious girl. Her eyes let her spirit shine through! I will pray for strength and courage for you and comfort for Abby. May God bless you!

Davis Family said...

We love you Abby & are praying for you.

Elaine said...

Lifting you in prayer. My heart is very heavy for you tonight.

Joyce Williamson said...

We are continuing to Pray for little Abby.
We Pray for comfort, for peace, for healing.
GOD bless you all!
Love and Prayers,
Joyce and Nick
P.S.
Thank you for the pictures. What a precious child!!!!

Jocelyn said...

Praying for you Abby...and your family.

The Dyess Family said...

PRAYING!

Sandy at God Speaks Today said...

I am praying for abby every day. Thank you for the update.

Blessings,
Sandy

Donna said...

Praying for Abby. Her spirit, her stamina, her wonderfully sweet everything is just so amazing to me.

The Browns said...

praying, praying, praying

Carrie said...

I love the shaving cream photo.

So sorry to hear about Abby. I hope she can find some comfort and the medicine works so she can rest.
I can't imagine how difficult it is to see your child like that.

Praying for all of you.

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

Praying for this precious one and your family....

Halftime Lessons said...

Hi Brent and Michelle.

Words will painfully not do your struggle justice, so I will simply say that you, Abby and the rest of your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

I never considered Cancer much, until it hit my own family repeatedly, and then I realized how oblivious I had been.

Last year I shaved my head for St. Baldrick's for the first time, and the reality of the struggle of children hit me. This year I head back on March 21st to do it again, and I hope to raise even more money for children's cancer research than I did last year.

We are thinking of you, hoping, and acting.

Jay @ HalftimeLessons.com

Nancy said...

Your faith is humbling and inspiring. As much as it hurts to see Abby going through all of this (and publicly), I realize there is strength and support to be gained in sharing her story with us. She and your family are surrounded by so much love. Please Abby pull through.

The Heinrichs said...

Praying for you.

The Heinrichs

KAL071203 said...

my prayers are with Abyy, I posted on my blog with a link to yours, so others can pray for dear Abby!

Chris and Kristen said...

Abby's story has touched so many hearts. Following your story has renewed my own faith. Thank you for the amazing example you are of true faith.

Your family continues to be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

PRAYING FOR YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ryan said...

I am praying for your sweet girl.

stitchah0lic4life said...

praying for abby's peace and comfort

The Q family said...

I am still praying fervently for your sweetheart, and have asked everyone I know to pray as well. Sweet Abby continues to amaze me with her strength and joy even in the midst of harder battles than I've ever come against. You may not be able to feel my hugs tonight, but I hope you can sense my true love for you guys and feel the arms of our Heavenly Father.
Angel

The Gobble's (Lanetta) said...

We are praying and are going to fast as well.... Please know that we care and are lifting your entire family up in prayers!!! What an awesome walk of Faith and a true testimony to those who read your blog who wonder about serving God... Truly "chirst" like..
We are holding your family up in prayers to God.. and thanking God for healing Abby (whether that be here on earth or forever in heaven!)...
many blessings and prayers to you...

Anonymous said...

I watch from afar and have been in love with this little girl since I found your blog a little over a month ago. I am so sorry she is suffering. I will continue to pray for her and for your family. God bless and give her a kiss and a hug from me :)
Gina in Ohio

Al's World said...

Praying and praying and praying. My mom died of cancer two months ago and each and every day I have to choose joy. Joy is not something you feel that is based on what is going on around you, it is based in the faith that the Lord Jesus has us in the palm of His hand and his decision, no matter what it is, I have a peace and a JOY that He loves me and knows what is best. Please look at my blog when you can, love you and your family.

Farrah said...

Praying, Praying, Praying....

Amanda said...

I am thanking God for your strength, your faith, and your love for that little girl! You have an amazing spirit and I thank second to prayer only, that is the most important thing for Abby!! I'm praying for healing too!! I'm praying for a pain free night tonight for her. In Jesus' name!

mommaof4wife2r said...

praying now...

Princess D said...

My heart aches for Abby and all of you. Please continue to stay strong and we are all here to support you. You are such an inspiration in your faith and strength to so many. Abby's smile still lights up all of our computer screens and we are all praying for her. I pray for her to not hurt, to not feel sick and to get to enjoy and celebrate life again SOON! Sending big hugs!

D

fmattso said...

I am praying for Abby ans also posted on my blog and linked to yours. You are all in my prayers tonight.

purejoy said...

praying for you and your family. thank you so much for your description of what Biblical Joy looks like. so blessed by you.
i'll be praying a breath-prayer for you all tonite and tomorrow, a prayer as i inhale His mercy and exhale His grace:
Father God
Sovereign King
Healer Redeemer
loving you all from tennessee
kimberly

Faith Hope Love Mama said...

I hope it's ok that I posted on my site about Abby. My heart breaks for all of you. I am praying still.

Terri said...

Praying for Abby, for all of you...

I wish I could give her a hug...precious baby!

Hugs
Terri

Anonymous said...

god bless you i hope and pray that abby gets well soon she is so brave
god bless you all x x x x

C.C. and Double T said...

Praying.

LisaShaw said...

We continue to stand in prayer with you for precious Abby. All of our love and prayers are with you Abby. Remember, JESUS LOVES YOU!!

Debbie said...

This is the first time I've been to your blog. I found you through a post on another. I'm glad I came though. I'm praying for your Abby. Through this difficult time, you are reaching people in ways you cannot know.

You wrote that joy is a choice. How true that is but a reminder I needed to hear today. Thank you for that.

My blog is about Heart Choices and how our day to day choices determine what our tomorrows will become. But sometimes I allow my emotions to get in the way. I appreciate that as you're going through this journey you are blessing others with your faith.

May God bless you.

cafe.eyes said...

Abby and her pain brings tears to my eyes. It is just so terrible that she and her family and friends are suffering so much with the pain of this. I see how your faith in God keeps you strong. I wanted to share some things that i was taught from the Bible. May it bring you comfort and hope as it has me. I was shown that God does not take our loved ones from us. He does not cause the sicknesses and death that befall us. We were all born from sin through Adam and because of that we inherit that sin and all its pain and problems. I was shown from the Bible that when we die we are kept in Gods memory and that those that have died are conscious of nothing at all. That they are asleep until God resurrects them to a beautiful paradise earth free from sickness, old age and death and wickedness.That was his original purpose for Adam and Eve and it has not changed. Adam and Eve did not have the hope of going to heaven as that was not where they were to live. The beautiful earth was their home. When they sinned they brought into question whether or not humans would obey God or Satan. Gods sovereinty was brought into question. He is allowing humans to see if they can rule themselves or if they need God.As history shows mankind needs God and they cannot rule themselves. Not to mention God is the only one to be able to take away sin which leads to sickness, old age and death. As Bible prophecy shows we are deep in the last days. Soon God will do away with the wicked and Satan. He will bring the earth back to a paradise and resurrect those that have died onto a beautiful earth. We will be able to welcome back our loved ones without all the horrible things we face today. Right now because of sin unforseen occurences befall us all. A God of love would not cause your Abbys sickness and take her to him to cause you and your family and put Abby through such terrible pain.
I just wanted to share with you what I was taught. if you want to know the scriptures that show this please let me know. you can look them up in your own copy of the Bible.
You are in my prayers.
Audra

Elaine A. said...

I'll be praying for sweet Abby and all of you...

April said...

Abby..we lift you up in prayer today for comfort and peace and for God to take the pain away, we love you Riggs family and praying for you all..

Betsy said...

Sweet Abby,
Please just know that we are praying for you this very minute, and that we know that your Hevenly Father is with you there, he will never leave you. Your family loves you so much, and so do many, many other families. You Abby Riggs, have truly touched our lives with your love. We see the hand of God in your sweet smile. We pray for rest and that you will feel the love of your family around you, We love you,
Miss Betsy and
your friend Emily Belle

noahandlylasmommi said...

I am praying for your sweet little girl.

Anonymous said...

I am Praying for Abby and for all of the Briggs family, from New Hampshire

I am blessed by this blog.

Thank You.

Laurel said...

Powerful Post ... Brent.

Keep preachin' ... with your words and with your life ... you are both shining BRIGHTLY!

Laurel :)

marissaperry said...

i know that Jesus will heal precious Abby. i am praying for your family and for your Abby.

your sister in Christ,
Marissa