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Aug 30, 2009

Update ~ Triumphal Procession

"Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him" 2nd Cor. 2:14

This is the Word God gave me the morning of the day we took Andrew to the ER. At first I only got the words "triumphal procession." I was in the shower and began saying "triumphal procession." I said it over a few times until more bits of the scripture came to my memory. As soon as I could, I looked up the rest of the verse and read the 2nd part "...and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him."

It is late Sunday night and I am home for a few hours to shower, be with my other children and sleep for a few hours. My husband is with Andrew tonight and I will rejoin them before morning breaks. Last night Andrew rested well and we expect the same for him tonight.
He had an EEG to check his brain function. I joked with him that I am expecting all to be well and if they tell me they detected he does not like to do his schoolwork, that will not surprise me. That got me a little smile!

One of his neurologist met with us today and is expecting to have the pathology report back tomorrow. Although we don't know what tomorrow holds, we know God is already in our tomorrow. He will lead us in "triumphal procession."

Tonight for a while I stretched out on Andrew's unmade bed and read Psalms 27. I interceded for my boy and I prayed for the doctors and nurses who have cared for him and shown us kindness. I prayed for Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. Cary, Devin, Heather, Roxie, Michelle, Jeff, B.B. and Dr. Keene and others whose faces I remember if not their names.

I heard yesterday that there is another Andrew, a couple of years younger than mine, who was in the room of the ICU next to us. He has a similar situation. And his mother's name is Melanie.
If any of you remember my post on DOUBLE, this will seem utterly providential. I am asking that when my Andrew's name is called in prayer, God will extend that prayer to this other Andrew. That will be a DOUBLE miracle! They were moved to another room before I had a chance to meet the other Melanie. I am praying that God will allow me to meet her and pray with her for her Andrew. So Amazing.

One morning these words were my worship song:

He is in the middle of the storm, in the middle, in the middle
He is in the middle of the storm, in the middle, in the middle
When I reached out my hand, Yours was already in mine.
When lifted up my cry, Your ear was already inclined.
You are in the middle of the storm, in the middle of the storm,
In the middle, in the middle, in the middle
Of the storm.

No matter what storm you may be facing, worship Him and offer Him a sacrifice of praise
for He is always worthy, always Holy.
He is I AM.

Thank you to those who are standing in the gap and on the wall.
Thank you to those who have chosen Scripture that has ministered to me.
Thank you to those who have had Sunday School classes and Bible study groups pray for Andrew and us.
Thank you to those whose children are praying, too!
Thank you to those who have awakened in the night and heeded the Spirit's call to pray for Andrew.
Thank you to those who have told me you, too, have walked a similar road.
Thank you to those who have simply said, "praying."
Thank you to those who have agreed with our petitions in prayer.
How can I express my heartfelt emotion? The Body of Christ is beautiful because it reflects the beauty of Jesus.
"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple."


  1. Triumphal Procession... I love that! I love the fact that not only has God already gone before us and paved the way for our journey, but in Christ, it is a Triumphal Procession.

    I'll be praying for Andrew, and you, and the rest of the family. May God bring peace and comfort and healing in the days ahead! In Jesus name.

  2. I am praying for Andrew, and for all of his precious family. May God carry you all through this time, love you.

  3. Melanie,

    Praise the LORD for what He is speaking to your heart as He strengthens you, your faith and your family in HIM during this time. I will add the other Andrew and his Mom to my prayers as well right now.

    From the start I have prayed Psalm 27:13-14 a Scripture taught to me by my Grandmother and has stood with me even during the three years of serious health situation with my husband (2001-2004). I prayed that Scripture, and healing Scriptures and MORE...over my husband the entire 3 years.


    We love you and Andrew.

    My husband is traveling for a week. He called me last night and the second thing he asked: "Did you go online? Is there any update on Andrew? I prayed for him on the plane". Everyone loves him! Everyone is standing in the gap and on the wall. Everyone is a prayer shawl around him as I like to say. The power of intercession in Christ is amazing!

    Love and blessings...

  4. I'm standing with you on this Monday morning. You and your doubles will be in my prayers throughout this day. Even though I never met you in person, I am hurting for you and your family in this difficult trial you are facing.

  5. What beautiful words the Lord gave you. Keep marching sister.
    Melanie yesterday I was examining your wordle, checking out your words. I am amazed to hear you talk about those words this morning. I believe God's words to you have been deeper than you could have known at the time. I pray you got some good rest in your bed and time with your other children. I have been waking up in the night to pray for Andrew. I am touched that God does that. I know you know He is with you. I pray for the doubles, both Andrews and Melanies today and for wisdom for the medical team.
    Love you, B

  6. Good morning, Melanie~ I'm so glad that you had a few hours at home to rest, pray, shower, and let us know how you are doing. The Lord is very faithfully keeping your family and Andrew, especially, on the hearts of His children. We are standing with you in asking for complete healing for Andrew, and praising God that already, the aroma of the knowledge of Him has affected those around you.

    May the Lord strengthen you and be your Rock and Andrew's Healer today! With love,

  7. I was thinking of your double word yesterday, and asking myself "how does this situation have to do with her word, how can it be interpreted?" You answered! Double indeed. God is walking ahead of you, as you said, leading the procession.

    Thank you for keeping us updated during this time. You are a woman of strength! Hold the faith.

  8. I am ashamed to admit I have never heard this passage of Scripture before. How beautiful is that? And how beautiful that you have the gift of hearing our Father's voice from Heaven. May He continue to comfort you and provide abundant blessings during this difficult time.

    You all remain in my prayers and I am rejoicing with you over that 'homework' smile!

    God's blessings,

  9. Oh Melanie, you are reflecting the face of Christ so incredibly.

    "All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

  10. Still praying with you!
    Much love!

  11. your faith, hope & love is infectious! i'm waiting, praying and expecting great things with you!

  12. My very being was touched by the Holy Spirit as I read this post and came to the word, "Double." Yes, indeed I am storming the heavens for a double miracle.

  13. I came over from "sharing life with Lisa". Know that your precious son and family will be in my prayers. God bless you friend.



  14. Lifting you way up dear sister in the Lord, asking God to totally heal Andrew, love you.

  15. God is amazing! Two Andrews and two Melanies...what an awesome God to bring your "doubles" to the hearts of all of us in blogland that are praying for you. We are praying for a double miraculous healings. God be with you, Melanie! Mary

  16. I love your faith, courage, and strength! I will continue to pray for Andrew and your entire family.

  17. Still...I have no words.

    He is the God of all Comfort.


  18. I love the double! I read earlier but was unable to post. Know I am praying for a double portion of God's healing annointing to fall on you...all four of you!

  19. Designer of Brains.

    AMEN AMEN AMEN..this is EXACTLY what Paula and I had prayed on the phone early this morning about our Father!!