Saturday, July 24, 2010

We're Back!

Kristin and I left last Saturday for a trip to the Gulf. We ended up staying in Orange Beach, AL and it felt as if we had the entire Gulf to our lonesome...well, maybe a few more families. However, it was nice to relax for a few days without a bunch of people around...even though, we were blessed to see some people from Campbellsville staying in the same set of condos. The water was clear and there were no signs of oil. We highly encourage anyone looking for a quick getaway to go to the Gulf as you can get some sweet deals right now because of the lack of tourists traveling to the area.

Even though it was nice to getaway, it was difficult to return home. We were greeted by all of Luke's stuff and it once again broke our heart's into pieces. I get so mad when I look at his pictures because I see a perfect little boy...I have to stop and remind myself how sick he was just to calm down. However, the Lord is near and we are certainly comforted by the Spirit.

Upon our return we were also greeted by a lot of mail...cards, letters and doctor's bills! One of Luke's nurses told us a HLHS patient is a million dollar baby...I realized that nurse knows what she is talking about! We are blessed to have very good insurance...so, when we get the crazy bills we try not to let it stress us out. We have also been blessed by the outpouring of love from our community, friends and family. We have experienced the true meaning of Christian love and it has inspired us to do even more in the future for families during difficult times.

Some people have asked in the comment section about the Sexton 3 t-shirts. My band, Steadfast, is selling those shirts. You can look up Steadfast on Facebook, or you can visit our website at http://www.steadfast1558.com/ to place orders. Also, the college where I work is selling Luke 1:37 bracelets; if you are interested, put your email address in the comment section and I will make sure it gets to the appropriate people.

Kristin and I will take next week off work to continue to try and get back to a somewhat normal life. We have a lot of things we need to accomplish, many of which involve insurance and legal stuff for Luke. However, we both miss our office families and look forward to our return the first week in August!

My intentions were to take the entire month of July off from traveling with the band, but those plans were quickly changed. I will join back with Steadfast tonight as we sing at a benefit for Austin Adams in Campbellsville. Austin attended our youth group several times over the past few years and we have grown to love him. Several weeks ago, Austin was diagnosed with cancer. I still do not understand sickness, and why babies, children, teenagers and adults have to face unfair diseases, but I do know that we can lean on the Lord for comfort. Austin is a fighter and his attitude is amazing! He loves the Lord with all his heart and he is glorifying God with all that he has within him. I can't wait to be a part of such a great event tonight!

Continue to pray for our friend Sarah, http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sarahgardner. She is in rehab now and still kicking her cancer in the butt! Read her blog and find out all the cool stuff that happened on her birthday! Phone calls from Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Jeremy Camp and the Kentucky Headhunters!

Keep praying for us and that God continues to use Luke's story for His glory! God is opening doors for us to share His word and we are excited to see where this ministry will go.

Be Blessed!

Luke 1:37

-- Benson

17 comments:

  1. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you all or pray for you all. Thank you for continuing to write post on here it really lifts my spirits many days to just read of your love, faith, and strength. Good luck singing tonight and if your ever singing in BG let us know we'd love to hear ya! Much love, Mindy Hayes and family!

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  2. I would love a Luke 1:37 bracelet! katiegurl24@yahoo.com

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  3. My family and I are continuing to pray for you guys. I think about Luke often and thank the Lord for those 12 precious days he was here with us on earth and Praise the Lord even more that Luke is in Heaven safe from all harm. Thank you again and again and again for letting me be blessed by your family.

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  4. I would be happy to wear a Luke 1:37 bracelet!!
    sanogirl06@hotmail.com

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  5. We would love a bracelet! renee.pyles@gmail.com
    bo.pyles@gmail.com
    You are in our prayers!

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  6. Wow!!! What an amazing story. I seen Luke's story begin on FB and was touched and moved by it. I just can not imagine what all 3 of the Sexton's have been through along with your families. Your little bundle of joy is in better arms now and is no longer in the pain that he was in. I pray for all 3 of you and that time will heal your pain and sadness. Keep the faith and you will one day be with your precious little boy again. What a fighter!!!!!! Be proud of the young man he became in those days that he was with you. He went through more than probley any of us have ever been through. God bless all 3 Sexton's..
    My heart is bleeding for both of you. Thank you for sharing your story with the world and the courage that you showed all of us and the faith that you have. You 2 are awesome. You gave me a lot to think about.

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  7. I am still praying for you and your family, as are the people i have shared Luke's story with. I don't know either of you personally-only from going to school with Kristin, yet your blog, your story, your faith, your love has touched me greatly. Thank you and God bless. <3

    i am interested in a Luke 1:37 bracelet as well.
    princess122@gmail.com

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  8. I would really like to have some bracelets. My email is...
    wall2252@lindsey.edu

    Cheryl Wall

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  9. Donna from Sevierville TNJuly 27, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    You are in my prayers.

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  10. I would love some bracelets. My e-mail address is debbiebray@spsfence.com.

    May God bless you and Kristin...

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  11. We would love a bracelet!
    girlz_1988@hotmail.com

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  12. I pray for you guys every night.
    I would also love a Luke 1:37 bracelet. My email is franklin4937@lindsey.edu

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  13. I would love to wear a Luke 1:37 bracelet. My email is jamie.rhoads@ky.gov

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  14. would love a bracelet, also
    kristenferrell@yahoo.com

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  15. You all are such an inspiration. I would love to have you all sing at our church in Russell Springs!! And I would proudly wear a Luke 1:37 bracelet!

    elliott4385@lindsey.edu

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  16. I just found your blog this morning and will be praying for your family. I would love a Luke 1:37 bracelet.

    rmontgomery4@gmail.com

    Rachel

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  17. Matt and I would love to get the bracelets.
    My e-mail address is:
    lauren.lewis@wku.edu

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