Whitney Cerak

We, the Cerak family, are elated beyond description at Whitney’s return home. It is so much more than we ever imagined three months ago.We would like to restate our plans of not speaking to the media. There is still much on the road to Whitney’s full recovery. We want to thank the media for the respect they have shown of our privacy in this time. And ask that the same courtesy given us would be extended to our family and friends.

Friday, July 21, 2006

July 21, 2006 "My son, pay attention to what I say..."

“My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life…Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not sway to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:20-27 NIV

These words have been a source of comfort to us. The thing that God sees as wise is not only knowing his word but applying it to our lives. It is not enough to know God’s word; we have to put it into practice daily. He has been teaching us this very lesson in these last couple months. We have found comfort in reading His word each day, but we have found that there is abundant comfort to be found in obeying what we have learned from the scripture. God is using this event to strengthen our faith and deepen our trust in his promises. Oh that we can keep our gaze fixed on him who is directly before us. Our prayer is for each of us to sway neither to the right or left.

Whitney looked great again today! That smile, those dimples from before are definitely back. She continues with her daily routine. Today she cleaned the kitchen as well as straightened up her room. I timed her as she scooted down the hallway in the wheel chair; she really moves along now. The strength in her arms is on the increase…yesterday when getting up into the Suburban she lifted herself up onto the seat.

Her spontaneity is becoming more obvious. By that we are talking about how quickly she responds in conversation. Her facial expression is more and more natural. God continues to strengthen her body and mind. We praise Him for all He is doing.

Tomorrow (Friday), is a big day! Whitney has a couple of doctor’s appointments. One that is most important to her is with her orthopedic surgeon. She finds out if she can weight bear on that left leg.

We appreciate your prayers as Whitney continues on this recovery road.

In Christ alone, Whitney’s dad


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let Whitney know we are praying for her leg and for a good report from her doctors. She has come so far and we know the Lord has a wonderful plan all mapped out for her.


a mom in mt zion

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the Lord "blesses us" with trials, we can't see them as blessings, usually till the trial has passed and we look behind us. Your statement of knowing there are others that are not as fortunate as you are, is one of the strongest statements of faith that someone in your predicament can confess. We thank you for your continued trust in God, but we thank God above all that He has allowed all this to happen, to honor and glorify His name! We look forward to reading your testimony each day, and we hope and pray that nothing but good comes out of this. We have never met, and most likely won't here on earth, but still feel very close as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Praying for you and Whit, in BC, Canada. Romans 8: 28

11:01 AM  
Blogger Tasha said...

Praise God! Everytime you mention her dimples, I think of Psalms 139. Whitney is "fearfully & wonderfully made" by God, dimples & all! God knit her frame in Mrs. Cerak's womb & He is slowly but surely using the doctors & therapists to knit her back to her beautiful self again! What a wonderous story Whitney has to tell the world about how God has watched her sit & rise & lay down through all these months. He has watched as she's been to the depths of darkness & back again because she cannot hide from His Spirit. Amazing! When I read that whole chapter, Whitney seems to be written right into every words! Praise God for the lessons He lays on my heart today, through your family!

Tasha from Upland
Taylor Student '07

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We Love you Whitney!!!! You are soooo very specialI Have a great weekend.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Renee Pray said...

So glad Corrie got to visit with Whit (and you too, Colleen), it did her heart and mind Good. I'm so happy to read of Whitney's determination and perseverance, as well as Independence. I laugh and cry when I read the blogs and the pictures just run through my mind of Whit shopping,HA and her racing down the hall being timed. Glad to hear her dimples are back...I can't wait to see them. Love to all and take care of yourselves all of you. God bless. Renee

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ceraks,

We are praying for the blessings
and complete restoration of Whitney to continue in every way!
The spiritual challenge that you share in not only reading God's word but applying and obeying His word is so important in all our lives. Thank you for your enthusiasm about the things that last forever and the ongoing testimony of your family.
Your lives are touching the world!
Keep looking up!
Jim & Edna

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ceraks~
Its so amazing to hear how Whitney has been recovering well, I'm so happy for you :) I mostly enjoy the scripture you put at the beginning of the day - my roommate and I haven't missed one yet, thanks Newell!
Beth P.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all who read this blog and keep up dated on Whit's improvment I am asking that we all remember to pray for the families of the chosen five who were in the accident that April 26th evening. I am friends with one of the families and I know their struggle...the Mom seems to hang on and is holding herself together the Dad is still so emotionally empty that it is heart breaking...these are good, Christian people who have told me they know their child is with our Lord so I know their pain and loss is still hard. I can only imagine this same emptiness for the others..could we all pray for them...the Erb's, Larson's, Smith's, VanRyn's, and the Felver's...thank you...

1:35 PM  
Blogger Jacklynn said...

I am always thinking of your Daughter. Her boyfriend goes to the same college that I do, and though I have never met him (to my knowledge anyways) it makes me feel connected in some way. I pray that Whitney is able to be out of that wheelchair soon and off to college with no problems! I can't imagine the emotions everyone that knows her has been through the last few months! I praise God that you have her back.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Cerak Family,

Although we have never formally met I feel as though I've known you for a long time. I'm a "trunk slammer" from down state who attends E-Free Church whenever I'm up north. These past two weeks I've attended the service in Gaylord and at the first I brought my German pen pal who I finally met for the first time after writing to each other for 53 years. She knew of your family from the German news. This past weekend, when Whitney's dad returned (it was so great to hear from him again) another friend, whose daughter lives in Cyprus, came with me. She mentioned that her daughter also knows of your family's circumstances as it was reported in that part of the world, too. God is certainly using all of you in his master plan to touch lives and I know He smiles down on your family for the way you have been faithful to Him. You are an example to us all. God bless you and I pray for your continued healing, Whitney, as well as strength for all your family and those who have been a part of this unbelieveable sequence of events. As Whitney's father has been heard to say, "God does not make mistakes".

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you as you adjust to her current neurological ability. We live with TBI everyday and know that even though there is great progress, there are many difficulties that just pop up due to various stims. So please know that we are praying specifically for those details. God created her, He knows the details! Oh how we praise Him!!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Colleen, I feel so blessed that you and your family have shared all of this with us. It truly is an inspiration to many people. I believe that through these blogs, alot of people out there that are taking a second look at their lives. God is so amazing!!!! Only He can show us the true plans He has for each and every one of us. Whitney will need to share her testimony with others. There are still so many people in this world that need to know salvation through Christ Jesus.

Whitney, I want to share the words to this wonderful song with you and your family. It's based on Philippians 1:1-6

"He Who Began A Good Work"

He who began a good work in you
He who began a good work in you
Will be faithful to complete it
He'll be faithful to complete it
He who started the work
Will be faithful to complete it in you
If the struggle you're facing
Is slowly replacing
Your hope with despair
Or the process is long
And your losing your song
In the night you can be sure
That the Lord has His hand on you
Safe and secure
He will never abandon you
You are His treasure
And he finds pleasure in you.

Aren't those the most awesome words!!!! I have the CD that has Steve Green singing it and everytime I'm feeling a little low, I listen to the song and really get into the words. Sometimes, I feel like Jesus is sitting right there with me and telling me it's going to be ok, I AM here.

Ceraks, and VanRyks, too, you are all in my prayers. You are all very special people. Thank you for always being there and allowing us to share your lives with others.
Be Blessed!!!

Love from,
a "friend" in North Port, Florida

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always praying...... I'll be anticipating the word from the doctor! May God's healing be a testament to doctors and those working with Whitney.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Helga Heath said...

Hello Whitney and Coleen, Even though your comments might have decreased we have not forgotten you and are glad for your progress. When I go by your house to mail letters, I especially think of you and are thankful for your family and their testimoy for God's goodness and grace.
Blessings to you all, Helga Heath

11:52 AM  

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