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Aug 25, 2009

Update ~ Please Pray With Us

Edited 9/7/09 ~ Go here for the latest updates on the Goodness of God.
Andrew skates

We could not get an appointment with a neurologist at All Chidren's Hospital (St. Pete) until Monday at 1:00. They will do another MRI and a nerve conduction test.
Andrew's doctor said "medically" a few more days doesn't matter. Of course, for us the waiting is hard. However, I feel that the wait allows even more time for more prayer.
Please pray for Andrew's complete recovery and return of strength and function to his left arm, hand and shoulder.

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed~always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may manifested in our body" 2nd Corinthians 4:7-10.


You have no idea how much your words of comfort, scripture and prayer means to me. I tremble at the thought of what all we will hear today after further tests. Truly the Body of Christ ministers light in the darkness.

We had the kind of news you hope you'll never hear today. Our 12 yr. old son had an MRI today that shows a mass on his brain. We take him tomorrow to a children's hospital for more tests.
Please pray for our son, Andrew. His picture is in my sidebar at the bottom. (Skate-Boy)
Thank you so much.


  1. Mel you and your sweet family are in my prayers. We serve a great big God. We have to trust Him. Stand on your faith!! God is willing and able to do great and mighty things!!
    Blessings and Healing to your family sister!

  2. I am crying out to God on your behalf Mel.
    Love Lilly

  3. Oh, goodness, how torn you must be to fear and to trust......I will pray for your strength, for your steadfast mind stayed on God......
    and for health and healing.
    Take care and keep us posted on how to pray. Isa. 41:10


  4. Dear Precious Savior, Lord,

    I humbly bow at the feet of You, the one I am unworthy to call my own. I beg and plead for Skater Boy. Please heal the mass instantly if it be according to your will. Send only the best doctors his way and give Mom and family peace during this time. Please heal and restore and cause the mass to disappear. We will give you all the glory, honor and praise. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

    Keep us posted (((hugs))). I can't begin to imagine how you're feeling. I still believe in miracles. Sending you my love in Christ.

  5. Melanie, I've been lurking for a couple of weeks now. I just have to say that I will be thinking and praying for you and your family. Do keep us posted.


  6. Oh Melanie. I am praying! We both know that there is power in prayer. I'm praying!!

  7. Melanie,

    I've not been on blogs in 7 days during my Consecration time with the LORD but I received a message from Barbara at B His Girl to come over to your blog to pray.

    I am praying for Andrew, your family and the doctors/tests tomorrow. I'm TRUSTING in the LORD with you.

    Psalm 27:13-14

    13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

    14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

    Believe to see GOD's goodness in this situation.

    Blessings and prayer...

  8. Melanie - as a mom, I am quaking with you, but as a Christian I am clinging with you to our God who is in control of all things. {{hug}}

  9. Praying, praying and believing with you for a good report....

  10. Praying, praying and believing with you for a good report....

  11. I am praying too. Barbara sent me an e-mail too.

    I posted your blog link prayer request on Twitter and it feeds into my Facebook account. So I'm believing for an army of prayer for Andrew's healing.

    Please keep us posted.



  12. Dearest Melanie~ I am praying right now! In the name of Jesus I ask for healing for Andrew and for strength for your precious family!!!


    With love and continual prayers... Jennifer

  13. Dear Melanie,

    Just saw the post Tiffany put up about your son.

    I've walked in your shoes, and I would love to be there for you.

    My son was dx with a brain tumor at 16.

    I know you'll have lots of questions.

    If you email me, I can send you some great links and try and answer your questions.

    Meanwhile I will commit this to prayer.

    God is truly in CONTROL.

    PS By the way my son is in remission now and doing GREAT!!!


  14. Your bloggy friends are all lifting up Andrew and your family. I asked Holly and Lysa T at P31 to pray also. B

  15. I am lifting up your family in prayer.

  16. Melanie,
    I am praying for you and for your dear family. Our God is mighty to save.
    Love, Kelli

  17. I just saw this on Tiffany Stuart's FB. Please know I am praying!

  18. Oh precious sister, yes I will be praying..When I read your son's name my spirit rised up within me and I felt,,'fishers of men'...."They intended to harm you but God intended it for good, for the saving of many lives". Genesis 50:20....

    My son Randan experienced something similar last November...

    ((Hugs))) Remember precious one,,Who Andrew's Great Physician is. (I know you do, but I also know Satan likes to come in and start bring foreboding thoughts, at times louder than the sweet whispers of our Precious Father).

    I'm covering Andrew with God's Word, and will stand in the gap..will be sharing on my Fearless Friday Meme also for others to gather together to surround Andrew and his family in prayer...

    God's WORD shall not return to Him void!!!!!!

  19. Angela and I covered Andrew in prayer over the phone this morning. You are not alone...(((hugs)))

  20. He is who He says He is melanie...believe that, i know i sure am lately. i will be storming the throne for you today sweet friend.

  21. Praying!!! Thanks to B who is rounding up your sisters. Much love, peace and comfort to you as Our Mighty God has you in the palm of His healing hand. Love you! Lisa

  22. Praying, believing and am thankful that you and your precious Andrew are in God's hands!! I'm going to ask some friends for prayer as well. Please keep us updated.

  23. Still praying. Posted a "sign" on my blog for you asking for prayer for Andrew.

    Looks like we will not be able to connect next Monday at the Pier, huh?

    I'd love to meet you and prayer with you Tuesday morning, if you can. NO PRESSURE.


  24. My friend Tiffany shared the opportunity to come pray with you!

    Dear Jesus thank you for Melanie! I can sense in this moment from one momma heart to another this is so overwhelming. The waiting, the unknowns, the confusion, the frustration, the pain! Lord hold her really close, bring peace and calmness. You have walked before her...and she NEEDS you to hold her hand right now. I pray that You God are in all the details. Thank You Jesus for loving on this family in great and awesome ways. Amen

  25. I'm so impressed by all the love in your comment box. The Christian community is strong and rallying around you & your skater boy! May God put his healing touch on your son, and may YOU know have the peace that passes human understanding as your wait for the appointment next week.

    Love you!

  26. I am storming the heavens on Andrew's behalf.
    Blessings, andrea

  27. I am lifting dear Andrew up in my prayers, asking God for total healing.

  28. Melanie,

    I can only imagine as a mother the amount of worry and concern you have for Andrew. I know it will remain until you have the answers you seek and can plan your very next move.

    I sense God loves to be involved in situations like these because of the amount of prayer that comes to Him during crisis like these.

    As you know, there are consequences to waiting. When you ask God about something important and He doesn't answer right away, you'll not only struggle with your own doubts, but you may have to address others. They will want to know what your course of action will be, and why you're allowing opportunities to pass by. You may not have any answers.

    In those times, it'll be difficult to keep waiting - but do it anyway. Allowing God to answer will strengthen your faith. Be patient, Melanie. God will undoubtedly answer you in a way that will bring that sparkle back to your eyes. Count on it!!

    Lord, I know that waiting can be extremely difficult but we will trust in YOU. We know that you will never let us down and that your promises are sure.

    "Please listen, Lord God, and answer my prayers. Make my eyes sparkle again." Psalm 13:3

    In Jesus mighty name, AMEN!!!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  29. I came over from "Tea with Tiffany". I am praying for you and your family!

    God is Jehovah Rophe the God who HEALS!!!

    God Bless-


  30. Continuing to pray with you and everyone else for your precious son.

  31. Hi Mella, Tiffany posted your link asking her visitors to stop by and pray for Andrew. I have two 1/2 kids so my heart goes out to you! (the 1/2 is Max, my shepherd-Smile)'But even if I weren't a mother, we are all connected by the Father.

    Adding Andrew to my prayer list. The Lord hasn't let me down yet, and I trust that HE never will!

    Love, peace and prayer

  32. I found your blog through "Tea with Tiffany". I pray, Lord Jesus, our Healer that you will touch Skate-boy and that the mass will be found to be benign and that you would cause it to be removed and that he will suffer "no ill effects" from this. Be glorified in their lives Lord and strengthen and bless them abundantly. You know the beginning to the end of every situation that comes our way and you don't let us experience anything that we cannot handle by your great strength and wisdom. Thank you Lord that you hear and answer prayer. Blessings, BarbaraJean

  33. Melanie, I am so sorry!! Your hurt must be hurting so badly right now. I promise to pray for you and your family during this time of uncertainty. Doesn't it bless your heart seeing how many people love you and are genuinely concerned about you? Judy

  34. I am praying for your sweet Andrew, you and your family. We ask that Jesus wraps his loving arms around all of you. Amen Nancy from OHIO

  35. I posted about Andrew on my blog and FB. Praying...

  36. I came here for the 1st time last week and love your blog. Then tonight I saw a request to pray for your son on Lisa Shaw's blog. After reading your post the 1st person I thought of that you need to be in touch with is Susan from Forever His and I saw that she has already contacted you. You will love her and find much comfort in the friendship you will develop with her.
    I will be praying for you and that God will give you a peace you have never felt before.
    In His love,

  37. Count me among those standing in prayer for your precious son.

  38. Praying for you, Andrew, and your whole family!
    Love, hugs, and prayers,
    Carol (I Throw Like a Girl)

  39. Hey Melanie,

    Oh how beautiful is the body of Christ!!

    Your sweet boy is being covered in prayer!

    God is already being glorified in this situation.

    I loved the scipture you used today.

    Standing in the gap, watching on the walls.

    Praying for your miracle!!

    Keep holding on to Jesus!

    PS I sent you an email this evening. I know you're busy, just write when you can, I'm here for you♥

  40. Oh Melanie I am praying even as I type this message and will continue lifting you all up to the LORD.

    Gwyn Rosser
    @The Pink Tractor

  41. Coming over from Life with Lisa...praying for your dear boy...and his mother....

  42. Linked here from Lisa Shaw's site where she posted about this prayer request. I'll be joining everyone here in the prayer for your son. God bless. wb

  43. Still praying and will continue to do so...

  44. Melanie~
    Your sweet, sweet, precious family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Praying that God's peace, wraps you like a blanket and that when you feel as though you cannot trust God's hand as he guides you, you can trust his heart as he leads you.

    Nothing, catches God by surprise...God is not sitting in heaven ringing his hands wondering what to do...rather, he is RIGHT there, by your side, walking with you on this journey.

    Cling to the hem of his garment...he will feel your touch!

    Clinging the hem of his garment a little tighter tonight on behalf of your precious family!


  45. Melanie, I am very, very sad to hear about Andrew. Many prayers are being lifted up to our Lord, who is our Healer...I know He hears our voices as we ask Him to touch Andrew's body and heal him. I'm praying that the next MRI will show that the tumor is gone or shrinking. We will be standing with you in prayer and in faith in the Lord God. This can't be easy...I can't really imagine the pain of hearing those words, but I know God has a plan for you and Andrew, and He will walk through this with you and your family. I will watch for updates on his condition, and waiting for a praise report. Bless you, Melanie, and God bless Andrew.


  46. Praying for your son and you all ~ I came from Lisa's.

  47. May our Lord give you strength and peace as you are awaiting the appointment. May our Lord put His healing touch on your precious son...

  48. Prayers for you and your sweet son!

  49. Having to wait is just aweful. We will continue to think of you.

  50. Linked to you through my friend Denise, I am praying for your precious son and your dear family.

  51. Wow, Melanie...I am touched by all the praying sisters! When the body comes together POWERFUL things happen. God is orchestrating prayer for Andrew.
    Isa 41:9-10
    'You are my servant';
    I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
    10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    He is with you.
    Love ya,

  52. We are praying too! God holds us in the palm of His hands...
    Love and prayers, Lori

  53. Mella, I come to you by way of Angela's blog. I will be praying mightily for God's healing power to rain down on Andrew. I will also share this with my own readers on two blogs.

    May the peace and blessed assurance of our Lord be with you all.

  54. Praying for you and your family Melanie. I just sent you an email with a prayer button for your sidebar so that we can all get the word out for you.

    "Fear not for I am with you. Be not afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

    This is the most comforting scripture I know. He is with you, He is your God, He will help you.

    Much love to you.

  55. I forgot to add that Andrea emailed me about the prayer button for you.

  56. I came here from Smelling Coffee, where I read the news of your son. Just wanted to let you know that your son and family will be in my prayers. As a mother I can only imagine how much anxiety you must have right now, may the Lord bring you comfort.

  57. Found you tonight from "Smelling Coffee" and want you to know that I promise to be praying for you and your son...I have lived through those waits and meetings with the doctors - I pray that God will give you wisdom, strength and peace!

  58. May God bring your family good health, peace and happiness.

  59. Please visit the Prayer Chain Across the Blogosphere and add your prayer intentions.


  60. Im lifting you up in prayer today. May God continue to give you the peace and strength you need during this difficult time.

  61. I am also praying for you and Andrew and your family.. I also have a son, 12 years old... who loves to skate. I will tell him about Andrew tonight and have he and his friends pray also.

    May Your unfailing love be my comfort, acoording to Your promise. Psalm 119:76

  62. Hi Melanie,
    Came by way of Kim of Seasons of my Heart and Jennifer of Smelling Coffee. Can't begin to imagine what you're going through. Please know I am joining others in prayer for your precious son. I'll also see that he is added to my Bible study prayer list.

    You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
    ~Isaiah 26:3-4

  63. Melanie ~ Prayers are being lifted at this moment for your son. May His healing hands touch your son. I know the pain & stress a parent has when their child is affected ...
    blessings ...
    TTFN ~Marydon

  64. Oh dear sister in Jesus, I am praying for Andrew, for you and all of you now.

  65. Hello sweety, I have come across your blog, and would like to join you in prayer for Andrew. I have added your button to my site, and you are on my prayer list. Have a blessed weekend.


  66. I found your blog via Angela's Free Spirit Haven. Andrew is in my thoughts and prayers. I've added his button to my blog sidebar and will continue to pray for you all.


  67. I came here from Lisa Shaw's site. I'm lifting a word of prayer for you, your son and your extended family.

    Praise the Lord for your ever expanding prayer warrior network! I know the power of prayer and know that you will have a wonderful testimony when you witness that God has answered your prayer and even exceeds your expectation. One practical thing you might try when feeling frustrated is to tell yourself the testimony that you will tell others. It will help you focus on what God will provide for you and help increase your faith.

    I had a biopsy a couple of years ago and the time between the test and the results is fertile ground for a busy devil and an active imagination. Directing my mind to praising and serving the Lord was helpful and we know that when the praises go up, the blessings come down.

    Psalm 91 - (1-3 below, link to entire Psalm at bottom)
    1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

    2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

    3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.


    Peace & blessings,


  68. Melanie,
    Don't know how I got here....but as I kept reading your post....I knew right away that God led me here...I immediately said the prayer for Andrew...I will continue to pray for him and family. I am a prayer warriors....and I know it was meant for me to come here...Thanks you Lord...Believing in Miracles! I will post the banner on my sidebar...and add you on my follow lists...My prayers and support is with ya'll..Stay strong "I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthen me" Phil 4:13

  69. Oh yes, just can't have too many prayer warriors. As we pray for you and yours we are also praying for others. I love your name Andrew. Thanks for being who you are and for helping me get into the act of praying.

  70. I am overwhelmed at all the comments here of bloggers praying for you and your son. I just wanted you to know that I am adding my prayers too.

  71. I join all these saints praying for you and your precious boy.

  72. Hello Mella-Bella
    Love your name...my grandaughter's nick name is Bella, I didnt know the scriptural aspect to it...very cool.
    I just found you, on Heidi's site...I and my husband will be faithful to pray for your dear son Andrew.May you have joy and peace on this beautiful Sunday mroning.

  73. Just a note to let you know that your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We stand with you believing for a miracle in Andrew's life. Be encouraged today that God is his healer completly!

  74. Hi Melanie,
    I will pray for your Andrew! I have three boys of my own. I will also post Andrew's picture on my blog for prayer. The Lord be with all of you and may you find strength and encouragement as you lean on Him.


  75. I will pray for Andrew~

    Georgiann (momma of 6)

  76. God healed my son from a traumatic brain injury...I will pray for Andrew.

  77. May God grant you the peace and comfort to get you through whatever His will may be. May God show His great mercy and power and offer full healing for your son. I will pray for you and your family. I can't imagine the fear and questions you must have but God has all the answers.

    Praying for you,