Saturday, January 30, 2016

Little T-Rex. He will be a warrior. - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

Little T-Rex.
He will be a warrior.

Now Think On This
Steve Martin

“My heart is stirred by a noble theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of an expert scribe. You are the most handsome of men; gracious speech flows from your lips. For God has blessed you forever. Warrior, strap your sword at your thigh; [gird on] your splendor and majesty. In your majesty, succeed, ride on in the cause of truth, meekness and righteousness. May your right hand teach you awesome things.” Psalms 45:2-5 Complete Jewish Bible

Hannah Elizabeth was expecting her first born. The excitement was shared by her whole family, including us, her Dad and Mom. Even as a young girl Hannah loved children. At one point I thought she would have her own daycare business, and I had suggested that to her in her early 20’s. She had a heart for kids.

In her third year of marriage Hannah was with child. It was confirmed on her visit to the doctor, and the countdown to birth began. Was this unborn a boy or a girl? Black hair, like father Jonathan, or blonde hair like mom. And would this little one have all ten fingers and ten toes? You know, the usual questions anticipated and quietly asked.

Into her first six weeks or thereabouts (Grandpas generally don’t keep track of those things, at least this one doesn’t), with today’s medical advancements, the sonograms started. Amazing what life we can see even at this developing stage of the unborn. Oh how our God is so good! 

Even from the moment of conception, He was forming another good creation in His image, our 7th grandchild.

“God, your Redeemer, who shaped your life in your mother's womb, says: "I am God. I made all that is. With no help from you I spread out the skies and laid out the earth." (Isaiah 44:24, THE MESSAGE)

At one point in the first trimester period, following another sonogram, the doctor came to Hannah, and with concern, told her there seemed to a problem in the formation. This one within her may have TAR Syndrome. Neither Hannah nor anyone else in the family knew what that was. In short, this little one appeared to be missing bones in the arms, specifically the forearms. The doctor told her she had an option – to abort or to continue the pregnancy.

Having been raised in a God-believing family, and being herself a strong Christian, Hannah firmly said no to the killing option. This child was going to continue life, for the Lord was his Creator. As the months moved on, it was confirmed that this baby, now known to be a boy, and prayefully named Levi Zachary, would come forth with a challenge before him and his family. 

You can believe that his praying family, from great-grandma down to his cousins, were interceding with all the prayers we knew, for full development of Levi. How was he going to thrive in this world missing parts of his body? The usual questions were already being asked, as we sought the Lord for what we thought would be the perfect response.

On January 13, 2016, Little Levi came out, just 16 days before his mother’s birthday. He did not have the forearms, as earlier detected, which were missing. Within the first 14 days of life he needed four transfusions, to build up the platelets in his blood. But from the start, he has known his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles love, along with his six cousins. His older brother Payton also received this new addition into their family, with the Lord Jesus' special love and our thanksgiving for the Levi's life.

This little guy is a gift from our Lord. He will be cared for and raised in the knowledge of His Maker. Whatever comes his way, he will have the grace to be an overcomer, and fulfill the plans and purposes of the Lord.

Here is another interesting but encouraging demonstration of the Lord’s love. Hannah calls Little Levi “T-Rex”, and has spoken over him that he will be a warrior for the Lord’s work. Even in despite of missing those forearms, and other situations, we agree, He will be!

And then there is yet another, but simple, sign of the Lord’s heart for this beautiful creation of His. At a recent prophetic class I attended at MorningStar, our home church, a small brown bag containing items was passed out to each of the tables, with the teacher's instructions for each person at the table to draw out an item, ask the Lord for a word to share with another at the table, and give that word in the form of encouragement. No one at the table knew what things were in the bag.

The young mother seated next to me, who was to give a word to me, reached in the bag and drew out a very small, gray toy. It was a dinosaur. It was a T-Rex. She had no idea what that meant, and said so. But I did. I knew immediately it was a sign from the Lord to me.

Our Almighty God whom we serve has Little Levi in His heart. He always has, from the beginning of time, even before He began forming him in his mother’s womb. Little Levi is a “T-Rex”. He will be a warrior, a fighter, for the Lord’s purposes in His kingdom.

You and I don’t know all that the Lord has in store for us. We don’t know what all Levi will face as he continues to grow in the Lord’s love. But we certainly can stand on His promises that whatever those plans are, they are most certainly for good! For He is a great God! He is a Mighty Savior! He is the King of kings and the Lord of All!

We all face obstacles in our life. But we have the Victorious King who makes us overcomers. In His wisdom, honor and strength we too, like Little Levi, will find our place in His army and be the men and women, warriors all, to see His Kingdom come.

To this we can say, “Amen!”

So think on this,

Steve Martin
Love For His People, Inc.

P.S. I have included a brief description on TAR Syndrome below.

Here is our Little Levi, at just 14 days old as of this writing. And below him is the T-Rex which I now carry in my pocket daily, as a reminder to intercede daily for our grandson. He will be a mighty warrior for His Lord!


Hannah and Little Levi

Dad Jonathan and big brother Payton.

The “T-Rex” from the MorningStar prophetic class.
I carry in my pocket as a reminder daily to pray for Little Levi.

                            Levi at birth Jan. 13, 2016                  Levi & Grandpa at 7 days old

 Levi Zachary (Martin) Avalos - 12 day old, Jan. 25, 2016

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TAR Syndrome

Thrombocytopenia Absent Radius Syndrome
What is TAR Syndrome?

Thrombocytopenia Absent Radius (TAR) Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder. It is characterized by low levels of platelets in the blood (thrombocytopenia), absence (aplasia) of the bone on the thumb side of the forearm (radius) on both arms, and underdevelopment (hypoplasia) or absence of the bone on the pinky-side of the forearm (ulna). Platelets are very important for normal blood clotting. Consequently, thrombocytopenia results in potentially severe bleeding episodes (hemorrhaging) primarily during infancy. Children with TAR Syndrome frequently have malformations of their hands, but their thumbs are always present. Other abnormalities may include malformations of the heart, legs, and hip sockets; kidney defects; and mental retardation resulting from bleeding in the skull.

Source: Birth Defects website - click here: TAR Syndrome

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Steve Martin
Love For His People
Charlotte, NC USA