If there was a picture of precious in the dictionary, you might find little Haven Davis photograph there.
The morning I spent with the little 14 month was filled with contagious smiles. No indications that at any moment, Haven could lose her life.
Doctors noticed an irregular heartbeat when Haven was born. Just two days later she was rushed to the hospital with a heart rate well over 200. Hours later she was on her way to doctors in Dallas.
"When they first told us, when they came out and told us they did CPR on her that's when we really knew it was bad," remembered Haven's father Brandon Davis. "When the doctor came out and told us we just had to leave and go do CPR on your child that's when it really hit that this is major. That she almost died and they had to go give her breath. So that was crazy. But I remember for me personally I left because I felt like I didn't even know what to pray for her."
Brandon Davis is the pastor of a new church in Tyler called the "Living Acts" church. Prayer is something that is part of his every day life. But on that day he and his wife Lacy found that the faith they had talked about was all they had to cling to.
"I went out to the parking garage and I sat in my car. And I just sat there. I didn't pray anything. I just sat there in shock. Didn't know what else to do so I put on some praise and worship music and just said I don't know what to do," Brandon said.
"I was just crying out and praying, God she is your child," Haven's mother Lacy Davis said. "And so I am praying for her healing and I'm believing in her healing that you would completely heal her and save her life. What ever You do in Your sovereignty, she's Yours."
"I can't even describe it," Brandon said. "It was like God was in the back seat of the car. It was the most overwhelming feeling of His presence I have ever felt. Nothing was made certain from that. It wasn't like God said, oh yeah everything is going to be cool everything is going to be whatever ... It was just this overwhelming feeling of peace. And it sounds like a bad father to say this, but I didn't think about Haven once for like 30 or 40 minutes straight. It was just such an overwhelming feeling of God's presence that I was just filled with love that I started crying and I was so excited."
"And really amazingly enough," Lacy said, "Brandon being out in the car and having his experience with God and me being in there and just crying and praying ... literally that is exactly what I felt and I knew it would be the most incredibly hard thing I could imagine."
Haven survived that night and doctors began to treat her heart arrhythmia. But the condition would worsen and now Haven has what's called non-compaction. The muscle around her heart causing additional problems and, more frustrating, doctors aren't sure what to do. If the condition does not correct itself soon, it could ultimately mean a heart transplant.
But Brandon and Lacy said the peace they found in the power of prayer in early days of Haven's life has grown over the past year. A power they believe has prepared them now for whatever may happen next.
"And ever since then it has been that way. Its been praying really hard but then kind of walking in total peace right through the middle of a storm that hasn't stopped since the day she was born. 11:36 So I still don't know what's going to happen. I have no affirmation at all. I don't know. But I have to be honest, since that day I haven't worried about it," said Brandon.
"No matter what happens. No matter if Haven does stay with us or she does go, which I really believe God is totally going to heal her, but no matter what happens that God be glorified is the main thing. He is the only for sure thing that we have," Lacy said.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
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