The Bell Family

Random ponderings on God, life, and the humor all around us

God’s Goodness with Liam


When our school year began in the fall, our physical education curriculum called for an initial test to be done to see how fit and flexible my children were.  As Liam was attempting to do a simple stretch, he was crying out in pain.  Since my curriculum said children don’t begin to lose flexibility until the age of 7 or so, I wondered if something was wrong.  At that time, Esther was in physical therapy through First Steps, so I asked her physical therapist about it.  After asking me several questions, she told me she was suspicious Liam had a tethered cord and suggested we see a pediatric orthoepedic.

The next few months were filled with doctor’s visits and PT (which didn’t help despite the fact that his physical therapist was amazing).  Yesterday, he finally had an MRI, and we got a call last night that he does in fact have a tethered cord and will have to have spinal surgery by a neurologist to correct the problem.  The surgery will be very simple, and we are grateful for that.

This morning I got an email from my mom that helped turn my heart to the many ways I can be thankful to God and see His work in taking care of our little man.  I asked for permission to share it with you all (sorry, I can’t figure out how to make the font bigger):


 I have been thinking today about some of the many ways God has provided care for Liam up through today’s MRI:

  • you discovered his tightness while planning his PE course for the year; would a public school teacher have noticed the subtle problems he was having?
  • Esther is still getting in-home PT with a trusted and caring therapist who willingly assessed him and gave you an honest opinion that proved to be accurate
  • Liam was born in a prosperous country where good health care is readily available
  • you live in an area with cutting-edge pediatric care
  • Bill has good insurance to help pay for the diagnosis and treatment and a job that offers him the flexibility to work from home when it would be helpful to do so
  • Liam is a cooperative, people-oriented child who hasn’t minded, in fact has enjoyed, the process so far
  • not only do you have Sojourn members praying for and encouraging you, in God’s perfect timing, you now have an entirely new church family who seem committed to doing the same

I just love the way our Father takes care of us.

 Love you,


6 thoughts on “God’s Goodness with Liam

  1. Courtney,
    Thank you for sharing this in such a praise filled way. We will be lifting Liam (and you all) in our prayers. Lots of love to you all.


    PS Mandy’s Noah had this surgery- she may be able to help you with tips on recovery. 🙂

  2. Courtney we are praying for him. So sorry he has to go through this, but like your mom I am thankful you found out now!


  3. Ditto everything your sweet mama said! Praise God that you were in that exact curriculum and had that exact PT. Love you Bells.

  4. I messaged you back! This answered some of my questions. Praying for sweet Liam!

  5. Praying. And praise God for an awesome Mama!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing that! When Lauren was first diagnosed I really needed to be reminded of the positive. Praying for him!

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