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Christina Custodio | When God Changed His Mind

Christina Custodio | When God Changed His Mind

Christina Custodio  is a wife of 22 years, a mother to three children ages twenty, nineteen, and sixteen. She is a teacher, writer, photographer, and whatever the Lord asks her to be from day to day. 

On September 8, 2015, her son Isaiah’s near-death experience changed the trajectory of her
life, becoming a launchpad for her ministry, leading others to find joy, faith, and hope, regardless of their circumstances.

Christina holds a degree in Psychology and uses it in many different ways throughout her life. 

She is an inspirational speaker and writer who shares her own story as well as inspires her audience to share their stories, connecting and becoming a part of the community of Christ. Christina has just finished her first book called “When God Changed His Mind” in which she shares the heart- wrenching, faith-filled, trials and victories she experienced as she lived in a hospital with her son for 44 days.  

Christina Custodio joins Amber to discuss her son Isaiah’s near death experience and why she named her book When God Changed His Mind. They also discuss how Isaiah is doing today, how she encourages others to remain hopeful when facing similar circumstances, and prayer.

When God Changed His Mind Questions Discussed:

  1. (2:42) Share a little of your faith journey with us.  When did you begin walking with Jesus?
  2. (3:57) September 8, 2015 changed the life of your family forever.  Take us back and share what happened.
  3. (11:32) How was your faith impacted during the 44 days you spent in the hospital with Isaiah?
  4. (19:58) How is Isaiah today?
  5. (24:46) Being a constant caregiver can be physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting.  How would you encourage someone in that position as you look back on your time caring for your son who relied on you so much?
  6. (28:44) What is your greatest hope for “When God Changed His Mind”?
  7. (32:29) What would you say to the mom who prayed for the miracle, but didn’t receive it?

Quotes to Remember from When God Changed His Mind:

(3:57) September 8, 2015 changed the life of your family forever.  Take us back and share what happened.

“So long story short, in the emergency room, we find out after a CT scan that he had severe bleeding in his brain. And the scary thing about that was that when he was a baby, from the time he was a baby, I always felt like he was going to die young.”

“His brain was filling up his blood….He ended up having emergency brain surgery and the doctor told me several different ways that he could die, because he didn’t believe he was going to live….I think he felt like he either wouldn’t live or he could be in a vegetative state.”

“One of the things that bothered me was that he couldn’t smile.”

“…the prayers sustained us.”

“There was a point when I left the waiting room, and I went into the bathroom….and I prayed….All I could think of to say, all I could pull out of me was, ‘God, change your mind. God, change your mind, change your mind.’ I said it over and over and over again.”

(11:32) How was your faith impacted during the 44 days you spent in the hospital with Isaiah?

“I said I had faith, I thought I had faith. But it wasn’t until that moment that I knew I did, because I trusted him. I trusted that whatever he chose to do it was going to be okay.”

(19:58) How is Isaiah today?

“You notice his smile and his warmth. I think that overpowers any of his weaknesses.”

“He [Isaiah] increases our faith, just his attitude and his belief that he can do anything.”

“But we’ve got to trust God. That he knows the best story for our lives, that will be for our good and his glory, but mostly His glory.”

(24:46) Being a constant caregiver can be physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting.  How would you encourage someone in that position as you look back on your time caring for your son who relied on you so much?

“I think the main thing is to see beyond what’s in front of us, and know that God is still there.”

(28:44) What is your greatest hope for “When God Changed His Mind”?

“There’s more to the story, because it’s God’s story. It’s not us. He is so amazing, how he weaves beautiful lessons through anything. He does not waste our pain.”

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His brain was filling up his blood.... He ended up having emergency brain surgery and the doctor told me several different ways that he could die.... I think he felt like he either wouldn't live or he could be in a vegetative state."
There was a point when I left the waiting room, and I went into the bathroom.... and I prayed....All I could think of to say, all I could pull out of me was, "God, change your mind. God, change your mind, change your mind." I said it over and over and over again.
But we've got to trust God. That he knows the best story for our lives, that will be for our good and his glory, but mostly His glory.

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