October Notes from Our Friends

Originally Posted on | October 1, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008 4:43 PM, CDT
Sweet Baby John, and dear Kelly, Bill and William –We are in constant prayer for you all and know that God is so clearly at work in the life of this precious baby. We rejoice with you at the progress John has made so far, and can’t wait to meet him!

With our love and prayers,
the Connells
Ruth Connell

Sunday, October 5, 2008 12:57 PM, CDT
Dear Bill, Kelly, William and Baby John,
Thank you for the updates and the testimony of your lives to the glory of God! We pray for you all continually. We wish we could give you a great big hug and see baby John with our own eyes. We are with you in spirit.
I came across this illustration from Donald Grey Barnhouse:
(He) tells a story about a little girl that he led to Christ while he was a student in France. She would often come to his family’s house, and there she observed them pulling promises from their “promise box” for family devotions. The promise box has some 200 passages written on little scrolls of paper. Whever anyone in the family was feeling discouraged, he or she would pull out one of the promises. The little French girl was so impressed that she made her own promise box and used it through the years with her own children. She told Dr. Barnhouse about how the Lord used that box during World War II. Her family had no food except potato peelings from a restaurant. Her emaciated children were begging her for something to eat. Their clothes were rags and their shoes were worn through. In desperation, she took out her promise box and prayed, “Lord, O Lord, I have such a great need. Is there a promise here that is really for me? Show me, O Lord, what promise I can have in this time of famine, nakedness, peril and sword.” She was so blinded by her tears that when she reached for the box, she knocked it over and ll the promises cascaded around her. In a moment, she knew that the Lord had answered her prayer, saying, “All my promises are for you in your hour of greatest need.”
May you know that ALL of God’s promises are for you and your covenant children in this hour of great need!
We love you,
John, Kim, Will, Luke and Cole
p.s. How very special it was to receive a birthday card this week from you (-:
Kim Dodds
PA

Monday, October 6, 2008 8:41 PM, CDT
Bill, Kelly, William, and John,
We are praying for John and your whole family. We miss you all and wish we could get to Austin to meet John and help in any way we could. Praise God for the progress that John has made to this point and we will pray for more. Give your sweet boys hugs and kisses from us!
God Grant You His Peace
Bryan, Rebecca, and Martha
Bryan Milling

Monday, October 6, 2008 9:34 PM, CDT
Bill, Kelly, William and John,
We have learned about your precious John from our daughter, Rebecca Milling. Please know that you have prayer warriors here in Greenwood, S.C. covering your family with prayer. It is so encouraging to read your last journal entry. Yours is a strong witness and a great faith as you “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so you may receive mercy and find grace to help you in your time of need.” You are a beautiful family. We will always remember and be grateful to you for your kindnesses to our loved ones. Our prayers will continue for all of you.
God Bless You,
Jim and Karla Cox
Karla Cox
Greenwood, SC

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 9:09 PM, CDT
Dear Wiiliam,
I like your baby brother. I hope you can come over to play.
Your friend, Tres

Dear Bill and Kelly,
We have been praying for baby John from the time word reached us about his health difficulties. We rejoice with you as we read of his improving strength. We will continue to pray and await the time when he comes home. Thank you for the photos.
The Lowenberg Family
nicole lowenberg
austin, TX

Thursday, October 9, 2008 11:18 AM, CDT
Dear Bill, Kelly & William,
The Mac Clan is praying for each of you and especially for your baby John. We love him already and we haven’t met him yet. We pray for God to give you strength and patience as you endure your NICU stint and that John will soon be home with you. We are praying with you every inch of the way. Thank you so much for regularly updating us. It’s very helpful in knowing specifically how to pray.

Again, please let us know what we can do to make it easier for you all to be there with John as much as is possible.

We love you.

Praying in hope and expectation,
Lisal
Lisal McDonald

Thursday, October 9, 2008 8:42 PM, CDT
Dearest Peacocks,
We are praying for John to grow in strength and stature as Jesus did. Continue in your faith when all of your being wants to give up and lean on your brothers and sisters in Christ. We love you 4!
Nicolle and MQ
nicolle sullivan

Thursday, October 9, 2008 11:06 PM, CDT
Bill and Kelly,
Our kids are memorizing a portion of Psalm 105, and I thought of your family with verses 1-5:
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.”
Our love and prayers are with you.
Cheryl Imken

Friday, October 10, 2008 10:24 PM, CDT
We are so thrilled to see the wonderful pictures of your beautiful baby. He is such a marvel! We are praying for John’s little body: his brain, lungs, heart, liver, bowels. We also pray that God sustains you with his strength as you live through tremendous ups and downs throughout each and every day. He is a beautiful baby and we pray for his chance to come home with you.
With our love,
The Yaklins
Sandra Yaklin
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 10:43 AM, CDT
Just wanted to check in and see how baby John was doing. I am thinking of him and praying for him every day. I know that the Lord is with him and has a Guardian Angel posted at his bedside! All my best to John and the entire Peakcock family.
Kristie Ince
Dallas, TX

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 4:25 PM, CDT
Bill, Kelly, William, and Baby John,
Thank you for your updates. We are praying for you and are encouraged by your faith!! Keep the updates coming and we will keep praying!
In Christ,
Jamie
for all the Krufts
Jamie Kruft
Austin, TX

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 5:40 PM, CDT
Still praying daily for you guys and that precious little boy of yours! I can’t wait to meet him. Trusting the Lord for you and missing you, too! He is such a beautiful baby!

Love,
Erika
Erika Castillo

Thursday, October 16, 2008 12:45 PM, CDT
Dearest Peacock Family.

We join you in prayer and in your suffering at this time.

Our current struggles prevent us from being much physical help but please know we think about you and pray for you throughout the day.

Love – Healing – Peace

Steve Malachowski & Family
Steve Malachowski
Austin, TX

Sunday, October 19, 2008 10:09 AM, CDT
Peacock family, We are friends of Amy & Matt. Please know that we will continue to pray for little John and all of your family. Your faith is amazing. You know that God is the Great I AM! He is sufficient to handle all of your needs. You are sharing Christ to all in the NICU. It is what you were called to do.
With love,
Cassandra Lewellyn & Family
Cassandra Lewellyn
Cypress, TX

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 7:45 AM, CDT
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” — Romans 8:16-18
Dear Peacocks, in the midst of your suffering we wish you peace, comfort, and joy today as we all set our minds on the great glory that is to come.
Matt Ridings

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 10:05 AM, CDT
Dearest William, Kelly, Bill,
You are in our thoughts and prayers every day. I wish we could be more physically present–I have longed to be up with you Kelly, but sickness and, well, kids! have kept me here. My heart is with you, we grieve and struggle with you, all the while still rejoicing that God made John and loves him and has for him an infinitely perfect purpose. We strive with you to cling to the LORD in faith, in hope, in love. Kelly–I’m sending you a hug through cyberspace. Hopefully soon I can give a real one.
Sarah

Jordan Dwelle
Austin

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 3:36 PM, CDT
Dear Kelly and Bill,

First I want to congratulate you on such a beautiful
new addition to your family. He is a beautiful baby and I know William loves being a big brother and can not wait until John can come home. I am so sorry for you and your family that you are going through such a tough time when it should be a time for only celebration. I know God is with you and along with the great knowledge of the medical field I know he will be just fine. You are in our thoughts and prayers and know if at any time you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask. Our home is always open to you and know that our family will have you in their prayers.
Tawna & Jon Kingsley
Tawna Hiteshew – Kingsley
The Woodlands, TX

Thursday, October 23, 2008 10:49 PM, CDT
Peacock Family,
We truly wish we could be in Austin with you during these hard weeks. Know that we are here in Houston praying for you everyday and night.
Love,
Bianca and Family
Bianca and Jordan Vimont
Houston, TX

Friday, October 24, 2008 7:58 PM, CDT
Kelli and Bill,
We miss talking with you. We are continuing to pray for John and your family as well as all the other babies in NICU that we no longer get to see and visit. I hope everything is going well at Dell. Will can’t wait to have play dates with John!
Keep up the hard work – you guys are doing great!
Stacie, Kevin and Will (from Seton NICU Bay 4)
Stacie Barnes
Austin, TX

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 10:42 AM, CDT
Bill, Kelly, William and John,
We know that your days are full and your nights are weary. We pray each day from Bailey’s prayer book for little John and for each of you. We love you and wish that we could wrap our arms around you and impart God’s grace to you in a physical way. Know you are in our fervency!
Love, Suzy (for all)

PS – Bailey has been wanting to send you a homeade book to comfort you. She is eager to finish it, so hopefully it will be in the mail soon.
Suzy Florence
Augusta, GA

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