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 07, 2006

July 6, 2006 "And whatever you do..."

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 NIV

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

As we watch Whitney work hard each day in her therapies we are seeing this in action. Whitney is committed to Jesus Christ, for which we will be eternally thankful. And as we listen to her pray for those involved in the accident as well as those who don’t know her Christ as Savior and Lord, we remember that this is not for her praise or glory. It is for God’s glory alone! Her desire is to serve him with her life. Glory be to God for what He has done and is doing through all of this! I know we have said this before but it is so important to say it again and again…to GOD be the glory!

Thursday was another early morning …no sleeping in today. Back to the hospital for a follow up cat scan. The same nurse did the scan before and commented to Whitney that she looked so much different than the last time. The nurse said it was nice to see her out of her neck brace and moving about by herself. Whitney smiled till the nurse then said she had to put an IV in her arm so they could give her some solution to take the CAT scan. This has not been a favorite of hers but true to form her reaction was simply, “ouch”.

After the appointment we had a little time before Whitney’s therapy started. We drove to Subway for some lunch. Whit’s appetite is good and she was plenty hungry so she ate it all up in almost one gulp!

Back at Hope we had some time to talk. Whitney is becoming more spontaneous as time goes on. She talked about home and college and wanting to be there soon. The nurse came in and delivered some news about the belly shot – 2 more weeks…ugh! Later I was explaining why the doctor’s had decided that, and Whitney stopped me and asked, “But what do you say, dad?” To which I said I didn’t know. She then replied, “But didn’t you stay at a Holiday Inn last night?” We both laughed at her quick wit.

She spent the afternoon in her therapies and returned to her room tired. Needing the rest she went to bed early with dreams of Saturday in her head. She is doing so well and we are continually thanking God for His grace and mercy.

In Christ alone, Whitney’s dad


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newell, Colleen, Carly and Whitney, We continue to follow your progress and are praying continuously for you all. Doing all for His Glory is what it's all about, but how wonderful that we get to enjoy it too!! Love, John and Doris Spier

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of the Holiday Inn ---- I wouldn't want you to tell us where you are staying (to protect your privacy and needed rest). However, is there someplace that those of us who have been following your story could send financial assistance for the family's expenses. Judging from your postings in which you speak of Whitney's days and sparingly of your own, I would guess you would not 'volunteer' this information. So if anyone out there is aware of a place set up (EFree?)to send a 'love offering', please post. That would be a therapy for those of us who cannot help in the medical sense. Thank you.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good one whitney...touche...that's funny!

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just read your story on FOXNEWS.COM and I am moved, sad and feel joy all at the same time. God Bless you and all those involved in this accident.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all of Whit's family I am rejoicing as she continues to improve....such joy for all of you.

I once again thank you for sharing your child with the world...

I am the mom from mt zion...a mom who knew and loved Betsy ...Betsy was always a joy to be around..she was so special...as mt zion struggles with her loss we are thankful for your family to have your child here on earth with you. As I keep up with Whit's progress it reminds me of our loss...but the Lord is so good and He shields our way as we travel this earth.

much love from a mom in mt zion.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous jessica said...

Thanks for the beautiful update. Just what this weary mom needed heading in the weekend.
God Blessings and Christ's Praises!!!

3:01 PM  
Anonymous lost.lamb.in.Florida said...

Thank you so much for blogging. I've followed from the beginning and each day feel closer to the Lord myself thanks to your family and Laura's. For the first time in over twenty years I am going to church this Sunday.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whit- It is so awesome to read about your progress. It is seriously my favorite part of the day. The Scriptures and your healing help me stay focused on God even in my grief that is sometimes overwhelming. Cerak family- thank you for faithfully updating the blog daily. You have no idea how much it means to me and I pray for your family constantly.

Clinging to Him,
Brittany Long

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell Whitney we all say "keep up the good work!"
What a testament to our faith that you as a family are continually looking to the One and only God and His Son Christ Jesus for your strength to press on. Our prayers are with you,

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whitney and family, we are cheering you on from Shreveport, Louisiana!

Take care, dear family, and you are in our prayers!

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay whit, your doing so awsome it's great to hear. So this means that you'll be out of the hospital in time for the new Will Ferrel's new movie, it comes out August 4:) and it looks like a good one. Well keep up the good work whit, I know you will.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whitney's brain is working better than mine because no matter how many times I read over it... I still don't get the Holiday Inn joke. Anyone? Lol.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your family is truly amazing. i continue to pray for you daily and thank you for keeping us updated on whitney's condition. love and God Bless. :)

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be a wonderful blessing if some of us could send some $$$ to aid in your expenses...I imagine this is a senitive area so I will understand if there isn't any way to send money...

consider yourself hugged and prayed for ..good night..

a mom in mt zion

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whitney, You make your family so Proud. I have talked with your mom and your grandparents, and they are so elated with all the progress you have made. Keep up the good work. We love you.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mt Zion Mom......You are wonderful.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Priscilla said...

Mrs Cerak- I heard this song today and instantly fell in love with it. I think it explains perfectly how I feel and where I'm at right now and wanted to share it with you. It's called "My God My Savior" by Aaron Shust:

I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned
I only know at His right hand
Stands one who is my Savior
I take Him at His word and deed
Christ died to save me, this I read
And in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my Savior

That He would leave His place on high
And come for sinful men to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my Savior

My Savior loves, my Savior lives
My Savior's always there for me
My God He was, my God He is
My God He's always gonna be

Yes living, dying, let me bring
My strength, my solace from this spring
That He who lives to be my King
Once died to be my Savior

That He would leave His place on high
And come for sinful men to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my Savior

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

How wonderful it is you and your family have given us the blessing of being a part of Whitney's progress. I am unrelated to the entire situation, just a "friend" in Indianapolis who has followed this amazing and sad event. I wish all involved nothing but love and hope. I wish I could do something to help the situation, but I hope my prayers will help a little. Whitney keep up the wonderful recovery! You have a exciting and beautiful life ahead of you!

12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for your daughter and your family..we praise the Lord for you faithfulness...

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not personally know the Carek's, but I suspect they would never toot their own horn about accepting financial assistance. However, I assume checks could be sent to their home church earmarked in their behalf.

Gaylord Evangelical Free Church
P.O. Box 493
Gaylord, MI 49734-0493
Tele: 989.732.2647
Fax: 989.732.6120

Just a thought . . . a sister in Christ from Indiana.

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work at The Gaylord E-Free church and at this time there is no finacial needs for the Cerak's. The only need that they have at this time is prayer and I know that they are feeling the prayers of all you folks. God is Good!

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Holiday Inn repartee refers to TV commercials for Holiday Inn Express. They show folks who can problem solve almost anything from NASA space issues to intricate surgical procedures. Their sole qualification: they WISELY spent the night at Holiday Inn Express.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This mom from mt zion is happy to hear Whit's family is doing well money wise...perhaps those who know them will let it be known if and when they could use some help...then we will be prepared to send them aid....thank you to the one who mentioned that they are doing okay.

To all of Whit's family , I see a lot of people learning how to trust the Lord ...some perhaps for the first time and others who have maybe put Him second in their life....your witness has brought about such an awakening that God has to be pleased with the outcome.

Know that prayers are coming from mt zion for all of you...as well as the families of the other who went to be with the Lord April 26th.

love from a mom in mt zion

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This mom from mt zion is happy to hear Whit's family is doing well money wise...perhaps those who know them will let it be known if and when they could use some help...then we will be prepared to send them aid....thank y

8:04 AM  
Blogger Our Family said...

Newell and Colleen, from what I have read it seems that you are now having to read all of the comments before allowing them to be posted. I've been wanting to do something to help you all (besides praying), so I would be happy to preview comments for you. If this would be a help please email me at amyd31474@yahoo.com.
Amy Davis

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To poster Brittany Long;
You mentioned something about your own grief that is sometimes overwhelming. Is there something that we can be praying for you about?

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been following all these posts..not a believer in God and amazed that you thank him daily for what he has done for you instead of what he has done to you? Yet I ask myself what brings me here each day? Perhaps I am to learn something...perhaps not.

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am once again praising how God is taking care of Whitney. She is such a strong young lady of Christ and with this strength I know that has helped in her recovery. It is a great inspiration to read how well Whitney is coming along and just how very strong she is in Christ. You all have a wonderful relationship with Christ. It comes out through your postings. I am sure (by my reading your postings) you are very proud of her. To God be the glory! And Whitney, it is such a blessing to read about your daily improvements. You go girl and God Bless!

My prayers are also with the other families.

11:10 PM  

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