In which I tell you about God healing Aidan

As I begin to pack for our Fall Student Retreat, I am checking the weather to see if I need to pack long sleeves, washing the last load of laundry to make sure that the boys have enough clean jeans, and wondering whether or not we should take their scooters.

What I am not doing is running to the grocery store to purchase special snacks for Aidan. I am not spending the day in the kitchen preparing special meals to take in a cooler.

Why?

Because this summer, God healed Aidan.

You hold my every moment

You calm my raging seas

You walk with me through fire

And heal all my disease…

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You may remember the post I wrote back in January, where I shared about Aidan’s food issues and the desperation I was feeling. Around the time I started Aidan on solid foods, he began struggling with digestion and bowel issues that only worsened in his later 2’s and early 3’s. This past April, he was so ill for 4 days that I almost took him to the ER. I was convinced it was a gluten allergy, but the tests were negative. Then I began to worry that it might be something more severe, and had researched and found several conditions that seemed to fit his symptoms, and would probably require surgery. I had spent much of the last two years worried about Aidan, crying over his pain, and praying that God would heal my baby. Early this year, I wept in church over Aidan, feeling hopeless and desperate, and a sweet friend of mine prayed with me, believing with me that God would heal his little body.

I trust in You

I trust in You…

This past spring and early summer, I had him on the strictest diet he had ever been on, and I remember being so worried as I was packing for four weeks of summer camp, wondering how in the world we would make it without a kitchen. I packed a lot of special snacks and made many trips into town to stock our mini-fridge with grilled chicken, cheese sticks, and yogurts.

One of Jack’s favorite things about summer camp is the canteen. It is the one time of year, that I allow him to indulge in candy and slushies. But the canteen had always posed a problem for Aidan. I tried to buy safe treat alternatives for him, but it’s hard to convince a 3 year old that natural fruit leather is equal to a Reese’s Cup. He enjoyed Sprite for a treat, and against my better judgement, I allowed him to have some plain Lay’s potato chips, even though they had bothered him in the past. But he ate them and had no problems afterwards.

One evening at dinner in the camp cafeteria, he got a hold of some chicken with breading and ate several bites before anyone noticed, but once again, he had no problems afterwards.

Hmmm?

I didn’t want to do too much experimentation at camp, but when we arrived back home, I began to slowly introduce “regular” foods into his diet.

And I am happy to say that he now enjoys the same foods as the rest of the family.

No more special meals and snacks.

No more avoiding certain dinners or restaurants.

No more packing grilled chicken breast in a cooler.

God healed Aidan.

I believe You’re my healer

I believe You are all I need

I believe

Six months ago, certain foods would cause him to spend days in the bathroom, crying out in pain. Now, when he need to go to the bathroom, he is finished in less than five minutes, and has no pain or problems whatsoever.

And when he comes out of the bathroom, we say, “Praise the Lord! God healed you Aidan!”

And we continue to say it. We continue to thank God for healing Aidan. And Aidan knows that God healed him. Aidan recognizes God as His healer. Every time one of his scrapes or scratches heal up, he boldly declares that God has healed it.

His child-like faith is strong.

So if you walk into my kitchen, you will see a chalkboard where we keep a list of the things we are thanking God for and the things we are continuing to pray for, and always on the top of that list is written “We thank God for healing Aidan’s booty.” And while some may find that statement strange, our little family knows that those few words mean so very much.

Nothing is impossible for You

Nothing is impossible

You hold my world in Your hands

A few Wednesday nights ago at church, I was teaching the kids about Jesus healing the blind man. In the story, the Pharisees are interrogating him about his healing. First, not believing that he was the same person, but maybe just a look-alike and then desperately wanted a logical explanation of how he could now see. They were so caught up in their debating on whether or not Jesus was a sinner who broke the law by healing on the Sabbath, or the Son of God with the power to heal. But the healed man’s answer was simple…

“Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” John 9:25

So while some may try to find a more logical explanation for what happened to Aidan, all I can say is that once, majority of foods caused him great pain and suffering, and now he can eat chicken tenders and french fries with a big smile on his face.

My only explanation…

Jehovah-Rapha: The LORD Who Heals

So now that I have publicly testified of Aidan’s healing, I’m off to finish packing for the retreat.

Clothes, PJ’s, Scooters – Check

Special Food & Snacks for Aidan – No longer necessary

Always,

Amanda

Song Lyrics – Healer 



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  1. Amanda, I totally understand. Had a similar experience with one of mine. He vomited every time I fed him. I used a bath towel instead of a burp cloth. Doc didn’t take it seriously because he gained weight like gangbusters. He nursed overtime let me tell you. He also had a blocked tear duct from the time he was two weeks old, had surgery at 4 months and it cleared for two weeks and blocked up again. He was miserable, never napped, slept only in short spurts at night. I had nursed him one sunday morning and waited to dress for after the throw up. And of course, once I dressed and we were getting in the car- yep, he threw up again. By that time, I had nothing left in me to cope with it. I told the Lord, take it away, i couldn’t do it any more. We continued on to church with the mascara running and I finally got myself together. He was a year old by that time. We went to pick him up in the nursery after church and he was asleep! he had slept an hour and everyone was in awe- it never happened! We got home he ate- no throw up, and he went back to sleep for another hour. When he woke we noticed that his eye was clear, and he never threw up again. That’s my healing story. I was at the end of the rope with bloody fingernails and the Lord heard me. So I know where you’ve been and I rejoice with you!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Wow! What an amazing testimony of God’s healing power. He certainly hears us mothers when we call out to him on behalf of our little ones. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Amen! I think there’s great victory in us proclaiming the little miracles that others overlook. Thanks for sharing! Thank you, God.

  3. Kelli McClain says:

    I’ve thought about you a lot lately in regards to this. We are about to do a major overhaul of Rene’s diet because of her hyperactivity and having issues at school with focus, attention, and impulsiveness. I was wondering if you could send me some of the gluten-free, all natural recipes you used. I believe God can heal her of this but I also believe God has given me an energetic, imaginative, creative, sweet child because exactly who she is was exactly was I needed. Praise the Lord for healing your sweet baby boy!! I’m so glad to hear this report!!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Kelli, I hear your heart. Loving your sweet Rene exactly the way she is, but also wanting her to be healthy and functioning at her best. When I had Aidan on a more restricted diet, I cut out all wheat and corn. He mostly ate grilled chicken or Hebrew’s National hotdogs, nitrate-free deli meat, mixed nuts, natural yogurt (no artificial colors or flavors), cheese, natural fruit snacks. My friend Trina Holden (http://www.trinaholden.com) has great information on eating “Real” Food, including an e-book with a lot of easy recipes. She isn’t gluten-free, but many times it isn’t gluten that is the culprit as much as it is all of the preservatives and artificial colors and flavors found in majority of our foods. In fact, I am still keeping artificial colors and flavors out of Aidan’s diet because they seem to have a greater effect on him than they do on Jack. If you truly want to go grain-free/gluten-free, you can use a lot of the recipes found on the Paleo diet, which is very popular right now. There are tons of websites and recipes on Pinterest for doing Paleo with kids. I’ll keep you and Rene in my prayers!

      • Thank you so much Amanda!! I’ve been heavily looking into diet and artificial colors and flavors. We’ve been following the Paleo style of eating for a while but I feel I need to be a little more strict with these other things. I’ve also been looking into the Feingold style of nutrition and eating. Thank you for the suggestions and thank you even more for your prayers!!

  4. Wow this is so amazing! I’m so happy for you guys! I’m sure it makes life a lot simpler. Some days are rough for me having all three of us on three different eating plans and it’s exhausting. But there’s strength and grace for that too! I’m just so so happy for you and for your son!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Thank you Aprille! You are so right, God definitely gives us the strength and grace to walk through whatever circumstances come our way.

  5. What an amazing blessing! I am so happy for your family!!

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