From the lips of children you have ordained praise!

I was reminded of this verse last night right after praying for Susana.  She is amazing!  She was in a lot of pain because of her mouth sores, which are now causing some blood.  She is in so much constant pain now that she has to be hooked up to a morphine pump.  Anyway, she was not feeling well at all, and so I asked to pray for her, to which she absolutely never refuses.  That girl loves God so much and believes in His power.

So, As I am praying fervently over her and asking the Lord to take away her pain and just bring comfort and healing to her, she interrupts me and whispers, “and remember to pray for Daisy Love too.”  Daisy Love is a five year old girl who lives in California, whom we never even met, but learned of her own battle with cancer through the internet.  Susana and Isabela both pray for this girl all the time.  Maybe some day, we will all have the privilege of meeting.

But here’s what amazes me about Susana.  Here she is spitting up blood and in constant pain and suffering, yet when I go to pray for her, she is not thinking just about herself, but about others who are also in pain.  And perhaps Susana, out of all of us, can be truly empathetic for Daisy Love because she knows what she is going through.

I was greatly affected by her gesture.  It humbled me and convicted me.  I mean, here I am sometimes being so caught up in my own pain throughout this ordeal that I don’t have time or energy to think about praying for other people’s needs.  And yet, here is my daughter who is experiencing more pain than I ever have, yet is thinking and praying for another little girl whom we never even met.  Wow!

And so, I was reminded of that verse in Psalm 8 that says, “From the lips of children you have ordained praise.”

Susana is still right on track according to the doctors.  Hopefully, she will start producing some white blood cells within the next few days, and this will cause her to turn a corner rather quickly.  Once she produces white blood cells, the mouth sores will go away.  But then she will probably experience some pain as her bone marrow starts to grow back.  This will cause just basic pain in her bones which she will be given basic ibuprofen for rather than morphine.  So, she will still experience some pain, but it should not be nearly as bad as what she has endured this past week.  And I’m sure that through it all, she will still be lifting up our friend Daisy Love to the throne of God.

I have been doing better.  This morning, I just got on my knees and wept before the Lord.  I was in the hospital room and I just didn’t care who walked in.  My heart has been so overwhelmed lately and I just needed to unload my burden.  It was good to be before the Lord and experience His presence.  There is a strength that I need that can come from no other place, but before His throne.  I shall go there more often.

7 thoughts on “From the lips of children you have ordained praise!

  1. This is so typical of the Susana we all know and love. Thank you for sharing this and I too shall be more humbled by it as well.
    We are sending lots of prayers, well wishes, and hugs to Susana and your family from Asheville NC. Bri says Hi to both Susana and Isabella. God bless you all, Maria and husband.

  2. Praise God for what He is doing and what He is going to do!! Thank you for sharing your heart, and the updates. It is definitely humbling to hear what Susana said. She is definitely one brave, strong, special girl!! Praying for you all!! Praying for those white blood cells to rapidly develop, no more sores, pain, and a smooth, successful recovery….. Psalm 9:10 “Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have NEVER forsaken those who seek you.”



  3. Your posts always leave me in kind of a daze…I can feel your intensity while reading and admire your dependence on God and your transparency. All of you Whittakers are an inspiration and you are on my heart and in my prayers. Keep on holding on to Him! Do you know if little Daisy Love’s famiy have Him to hold on to…how does anyone get through times such as these w/out Him?

    May there be showers of blessings, Lord. You constantly bless them with spiritual blessings and thank you for those! Lord, please pour physical healing and comfort on this sweet little child of yours, Lord, we asked you for continued showers of blessings on this sweet family!!!!!!!

  4. “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. YET this I call to mind and therefore I have Hope: Because of the Lord’s GREAT love we are NOT consumed, for His compassions NEVER fail. They are new every morning; GREAT is Your Faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.” The Lord is GOOD to those whose Hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:19-26

    “The Lord WILL Perfect that which concerneth me…Your love, O Lord, ENDURES FOREVER.” Psalm 138:8a

    Praying for you all…………………..

  5. Praying for all of you! Hang tough, morning comes after the darkest night. Please let her know that we are praying!

    Isaiah 40:30 Even youths grow tired and wear and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

    Hebrews 6:19 The hope that we have as anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast one which enters withinn the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according the order fo Melchizedek.

    Praying that all of you will rest well tonight.

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