Feb 26, 2008


ian walked again in therapy today. he probably went about 10 feet. it was a good boost that friday wasn't just a fluke and this is something that he is definitely learning to do again.

thank you for your prayers.



Jack and Gina Plain said...

Wonderful news. I know you would like to have him back, completely, immediately, but it is amazing to see you praising God for this step. You are having to learn what really having faith means. What a hard lesson, yet God is working such wonderful things in you, Ian and all those around him. We continue to pray for you, for Ian, for the Murphys. Gina Plain

Anonymous said...

I was awakened by the Lord this morning to spend time with Him. I eventually found myself in the quiet, dark peaceful setting sensing God's presence and feeling as if I was summoned before the Lord. Amidst my prayer time I began to imagine Ian's surroundings and circumstances and asking God to intervene, to bless him and you Larissa, Steve and Linda. You don't know me but I feel that I know you and I want to say that your vulnerability, honesty and articulate assessment of progress, spiritually for all of you and physically for Ian truly remind we how we are all part of the family of God if we are True Believers.

One of my favorite verses in Phil. is...
Not that I've already attained or am already perfected, I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

I will pray this night that Ian may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of him.

May your Spirit soar in the days to come as you continue to trust in the Sovereignty of our Saviour.

Anonymous said...

This is so encouraging!! We're praying for a very successful benefit concert on Friday. Our thoughts will be there with you!!
Lucy & Rod

Anonymous said...

Thought of this when I read this post:
Silver and gold, have I none, but such as I have, give I thee, in the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk. I'm walking and leaping and praising God! AND all the people saw him and were filled with wonder and amazement! Acts 3:6-10.
See you soon!

Marge said...

That's great! We continue to pray for Ian at the dinner table every day. Thanks for keeping us updated.

Elisabeth Renee said...

Larissa, I teach Sunday School in Southern California and our little 4-12 year olds have been praying for Ian for a long time now. It was so sweet to see how excited they were on Sunday when they found out Ian was learning how to walk again. They were so happy that God was answering their prayers. And then to hear one of our 5 year olds thank God for helping Ian to walk and then pray that he would talk. I thought I would share that blessing with you.

Elisabeth in CA

Anonymous said...

Keep it up Ian - we are with you every "step" of the way - as is our Father, God.
With love and continued prayers for ALL of you - especially Ian,
Rene from Latrobe

Anonymous said...

w00t w00t....

go Ian!!!

cousin bek

Anonymous said...

cool beans! gigi

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for all of you !
Can't even imagine the joy you must feel...Phyllis

Anonymous said...

Go Ian!
Thank You, Lord!

Still praying!

Mary Ann K.

Nora said...

Praise God!!!

Anonymous said...

I have a neice about to enter the Children's istitute. Amazing kids, yes....but more importantly - - we have an amazing God! Go Ian. :)

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine the joy of seeing him take those steps, Larissa - how wonderful. We continue to pray for Ian, you and the Murphy's. I so respect you. Thanks for making much of God and for your amazing perseverance through it all...Praying grace upon grace for you all...
Beth Mellinger from Living Hope Church

Anonymous said...


I don't know you or Ian, but I feel led to tell you that I've been affected by your godly response to this situation.

Honestly, I cannot comprehend how much this situation must hurt. But then again, I cannot comprehend the amount of grace God's lavished upon you.

Your story really just put some things in perspective for me. I have several friends around Ian's age, with similar humor too(I watched Ian's videos) and it really struck me how easily our plans can (and generally do) just fly out the window.

Isn't it wonderful that God's plan has never and will never change?

Anyway, Ian just strikes me as a guy I'd know and be friends with. It hit really close to home.

Larissa, you are a faithful woman. You are exemplary in your faithfulness.

God is using you, dear sister!

I'll be praying for you, for Ian, and for his whole family.

~Kellie O'Brien
Sovereign Grace Fellowship

Anonymous said...

God is good! so exciting

-Mike Hartnett