Five More Pounds!

Not too long ago we received a package of typed out scripture verses…24 of them on separate sheets of paper. The front cover was a letter and the family shared how they had fought cancer back in 2008 and someone had sent the same verses to them. And now they were passing them on to us for our battle.

And what I love the most, is that each verse is personalized for little Bennett. Here’s one of them…

Because Bennett cleaves to Me in love, I will deliver him. I will protect him because he knows my name. Whenever Bennett calls to me, I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will rescue him and honor him with long life. I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. (Psalm 91:14-16)

YES! Doesn’t that just make God’s Word even sweeter to know it is personalized for each of us?

So we are taking them and hanging them around our house…over Bennett’s bed to read them aloud as we rock him to sleep, over the kitchen sink to sing as we wash dishes, on the mirror in the bathroom to speak in power as we get ready for the day.

We are claiming these truths in Bennett’s life!

And don’t you know that God had a purpose in these specific verses being sent to us?! Just today I was reading them again and this one stood out…

Bennett, your whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. (Psalm 63:5)

Our sweet boy needs his body to be fattened and satisfied. At his appointment yesterday, the doctor said that we would have to get the feeding tube again if his weight doesn’t increase soon. Yuck!

So we need you to boldly pray with us, claiming this verse for Bennett…for his body to be fattened and satisfied. He weighed 9.2 kilograms yesterday, which is about 20 pounds. We are praying for 5 more pounds.

Five More Pounds!

When the Israelites were wandering in the desert, God satisfied their bodies with manna alone.

When Daniel was being trained in Babylon, he ate vegetables and water only and was better nourished than the men who ate royal food.

Lord, take the food that Bennett eats and multiply it in his stomach. Give him a hunger for food that fattens and satisfies.

Five More Pounds!

And to update you on the rest of Bennett, his bilirubin went down! It was 1.7 and we are praying it continues to decrease even more. He also had chemo yesterday. We are still waiting for the trial drug to open soon, so until then, he usually gets chemo on Mondays and check-ups throughout the rest of the week. We are taking it a day at a time!

But for Bennett who reveres my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in it’s wings; and you will go out and leap like a calf released from the stall. (Malachi 4:2)

Get fat and leap, my boy!


  1. Coincidentally, (except I don’t believe in coincidences ;)) I was just reading Daniel 1 not even five minutes ago. I love in verse 14-15 how he says, “….he tested them for 10 days and at the end of 10 days their appearance seemed better and they were FATTER than all the youths who had been eating the king’s choice food.” (emphasis mine)

    Let it be, Jesus.

    Our family has lifted Bennett up daily since my SIL Beth Northup shared your story. We know He is a God who heals. We’ve seen it first hand with our youngest daughter, Kendall. This healing belongs to Bennett because of what Jesus did on the Cross. We are believing with you, we will see him healed.

    1. My now 3 year old baby fought his battle starting in October 2012, when he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Wilms tumor of the right kidney. He only lost 3 to 4 pounds during the course of his treatment. The doctors were impressed at my ability to keep weight on him. He had always had oatmeal for breakfast as an infant. I started using vanilla pediasure in the place of milk, adding butter as well (not too much). I would mix chocolate pediasure with ice cream for a snack. I basically became creative giving him any food I could mix pediasure into. Cereal and milk for lunch? Sure, add pediasure! It worked for him, so maybe give it a try. And when he felt good and wanted to eat, I made sure food was available all day long. I called it “filling the hump”. He is now healthy and thriving. I don’t you or your family, but I pray for your baby every night.

  2. Our God is an awesome God. He reigns from Heaven above. With wisdom power and love. Our God is an awesome God!
    Thank you Lord for your miracles for baby Bennett! Thank YOU!

  3. Dear Colemans, our family continues to pray for Bennett and your family DAILY. We know God knows his name and is working on healing your precious son.
    With love, hope and blessings,
    Carol and Drew, Sr.

    1. I am also inquiring to the verses you received. My cousin has recently diagnosed with CLOVES. I wonder if those would help my cousins in their journey.

  4. I am AMAZED and humbled by your faithfullness to continually honor and praise God! You are such an inspiration to me and a powerful witness for our Lord!!

    5 more pounds for Bennett Father, in your name, Amen.

  5. Looking at that smile and the joy in his face you would never know this little hero was even sick! My prayers tonight are for Bennett to enjoy eating again and be able to gain that five pounds.
    We love you all and keep you in our prayers constantly!

  6. Dear Lord, we know Bennett is yours dear Lord in all his innocence. Father God we continuously pray for Bennett’s healing of all the afflictions in his little body. Dear God as each morsel of food passes his lips, let his body receive and retain each bite for the nourishment of his body. You know more than we do, Lord, everyone of Bennett’s needs at this time. Let every mosel of food fatten little Bennett so he can continue to be treated effectively. Despite his struggle dear Lord, his smile is too precious. I also pray for rest and strength for Ben and Megan when they most need it.

    In Jesus’s awesome name I pray. AMEN!

  7. Always praying for baby Bennett. This picture is so precious. I just can’t stop smiling and looking at it! God, please give Bennett the weight he needs to fight this battle and keep that yucky feeding tube away! Please, Father, bless this sweet child of yours and give him healing and comfort. Amen.

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