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Sep 5, 2009

My Witnesses

God Is Great

Yesterday we had the meeting with the doctors who oversee radiation. The first doctor came in and spoke to my husband, myself and Andrew. He examined him - the same neurological tests as Andrew's had several times lately. By now we can all do this exam!
Then Dr. F. asked what Andrew knows. I told him what we have told Andrew. Then I said, "But we are Christians. And there are 1000's of people praying for Andrew and we believe God heals and that is what we are believing and expecting. So that's what Andrew knows."
I was met with a blank expression and silence. By the doctor's last name I could surmise his "religious heritage and culture." I was delighted to be able to share that the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Dorsey family is still healing today and that is what we are fully expecting.
Enter Dr. L. He and Dr. F. most certainly share the same cultural heritage. (Now I could be mistaken but I don't think so, especially when the word "kibbitz" was used. It was used in the context of "chatting" until Dr. L. could join us.)

So what is God up to? "...and through us spreading everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him."

On the first day, 8/26, when our family doctor sent Andrew for the first MRI and then called later to tell us the results, I told God, "You WILL be GLORIFIED."

So back to Dr. F. and Dr. L.
Dr. L. began telling us all of the side effects of radiation. You are probably familiar with the short term effects but maybe not so much with the long term effects. They are VERY BAD. This was the first time Andrew had heard any of it and I would have protected him but the doctor gave us no warning whatsoever.
As some of the worst things were named, I felt myself sinking.
But then, it as as though the Holy Spirit strengthened my spiritual backbone. I actually sat up taller. And all of those words, like arrows, just bounced right off of me.
I looked at my husband whose eyes were teary. I looked at our son whose head was hanging.
Later as we were leaving the parking lot of the cancer center, I said to Andrew, "I just want to say this: The doctor has to say those things can happen. But we are believing God will heal you and you will not face any of that. So let it go in one ear and out the other."

Now, even though we have been told this type of cancer is very aggressive and treatment should not be delayed, Andrew is not set to start treatment for a few more days. They are closed Monday! So Tuesday we go in for him to be fitted with the radiation mask, have a cat scan and another MRI.
Dr. L. said "things" can change and he needs a more precise MRI in order to know exactly where and how much radiation to deliver to the tumors.

I am praying and asking God that when the MRI results are in, it will show that God has already started doing the work and the tumors are shrinking. My heart longs for our son not to have to go through radiation and chemo.
I told Andrew that is what we are asking God and believing for. I also told him this: "I don't know that it will happen that way but I do believe that you will be healed and be 100% recovered."

I am very thankful for smart, kind and caring doctors, nurses and others in the field of medicine. They have blessed us through all of this with their gentleness and desire to help Andrew. They are not our enemy when they give us facts based on experience, science and research.

It's simply that facts change but truth is eternal. So we stand on faith not facts.

Last night I prayed for Dr. F. and Dr. L, especially for Dr. F. because he is the one in which I shared our belief in Christ and healing. I fell asleep praying for him.

Our enemy is THE ENEMY OF CHRIST and all that he attempts to do in order to thwart God's authority. He did it in heaven when he fought for control and took a third of the angels down with him. He did it in the garden when he tempted Eve. He has no new tricks. He is not creative. He is a liar and a deceiver.

Yesterday I found this in The Message and have been reading it aloud. Maybe you, too, will be encouraged by it.

"Let them (tumors) present their expert witnesses and make their case (for cancer); let them try to convince us what they say is true (no hope). But you are my witnesses. 'God's Decree.'
"You're my handpicked servant so that you'll come to know and trust me, understand both that I am and who I am. Previous to me there was no such thing as a god, nor will there be after me. I, yes, I am GOD. I'm the only Savior there is. I spoke, I saved, I told you what existed long before the upstart gods appeared on the scene. And you know it, you're my witnesses, you're the evidence." 'God's Decree.'
"Yes, I am God. I've always been God and I always will be God. No one can take anything from me. I make; who can unmake it?" Isaiah 43:9 - 13.

Wow! 'Love that, don't you?
I love you, sisters!


  1. Praying for the MRI results and that God will use Andrew and the shrinking tumors as His evidence. Evidence of a mighty God who saves and restores and heals. Love you Sister.

  2. God CAN use this to do "surgery" on the hearts of those who hear/see the testimony of His might and power. I pray that the MRI will indeed show the tumors a significant size smaller. I pray that God will work mightily so that these professionals might be in awe! Praise be to God for the work He is using y'all to do!
    I pray for Andrew too, that he will have the peace that surpasses all understanding!

    Standing in the gap--


  3. Hurting,praying often and thinking about all of you many times throughout this weekend. Love that you shared with the doctors.

  4. I just wanted to tell you that I have had radiation and my tumors that were radiated are dead. Just to give you some peace...radiation is very tiring...but no pain. I would do it again if I have to, and would prefer it to chemo.
    God bless your family as you start this treatment.....

  5. Amen! Believing with you. What an amazing testimony you have "already" been in a few short days. GOD is already triumphant in this disease. Continue to cling to our Heavenly Father and receive HIS strength. He is the GREAT PHYSICIAN and will reign victorious in ALL things.

    Blessings and prayers, andrea

  6. Double wow, Melanie!

    God has already been glorified through this. Your faith strengthens mine. Lady, I am praying for that miracle!

    He lives in you.


  7. I love you my dear friend. Thanks for your encouraging heart even through the trials you are facing. Believing God is going to perform miracles through Andrew.

  8. Yes, God is shining His light through your family. Several times during the night, I was awakened to pray for Andrew. I am sure your faith is making them do a double take. (I did not realize the significance of my words...double take... until after I typed them.) Wow! God is giving you eyes to see More in this situation. Lord, protect Andrew from the bad effects of any treatment he may have to eliminate these tumors. We do ask you to shrink these tumors and lift Andrew's spirit. He will overcome. Thank you for the Dorsey's strong shield of faith. Dress them Lord for the battle ahead. You have gone ahead of them and will make your Presence known to all. Thank you Jesus. We love you. B

  9. Great verse! We are praying as well. Standing in the palm of Gods hands.
    Love and prayers,
    Lori and girls

  10. Melanie, My husband and I prayed for Andrew today at church. We are asking Blessed Fr. Francis Xavier Seelos to interceede for us to the Father on Andrew's behalf. Fr. Seelos, is a candidate for cannonization for sainthood in the Catholic Church. He has been instrumental in physical heaiing both during his life and after. We believe that the Saints in Heaven can and will pray with us and our intentions.
    You are an awesome witness for Christians, and a strong woman of faith and I so admire you. God bless your entire family with His peace.

  11. Melanie - are you guys staying at home or away from home? Do you need anything? Is Andrew home or in the hospital? Let me know if you have any tangible needs besides our prayers - which I am raising up for you.

    Last night my daughter woke up with the stomach flu...as I physically ministered to her I used the opportunity to pray for Andrew too.

    God is glorified through your strength & faith. You are a Bella-Mella!! Continuing to pray for you all.

  12. I found you through a different blog and fell upon you the same day you received Andrew's diagnoses...our family is lifting Andrew up in prayer, fervently! And, I believe, along with you, that our awesome God has a mighty plan in this for Andrew, the doctors, and your family. You will continued to be lifted up and I will share your story with other believers in order to have my fellow sisters and friends in Christ join hearts with you as well. May God bless and keep your family and may you feel his presence throughout the days and nights.

  13. You are an inspiration! I am praying for Andrew and all of you. God wants our obedience and wants to be glorified.

  14. Hi Melanie. I will continue to pray for your son. The Word tells us that healings do happen. Hold on to the Lord and don't let go.
    I'm sure that we will all pray without ceasing.


    Psalm 103:2-5

    Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits..who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

  15. I continue to pray for Andrew. God bless you Melanie and your witness.

  16. Just want you to know, I'm still praying for Andrew, his family, and his caretakers. laurie

  17. Still praying for Andrew and the whole family. Thanks for keeping us updated. wb

  18. Melanie,
    What a testimony of faith!! What comes to mind is out of Ephesians, "stand firm then". That is what you are doing. Standing firm in the face of the devil's schemes.

    I'm praying for Andrew and will continue to pray for complete healing. And I'll be in prayer over the results of the MRI on Tuesday.

    Have a Beautiful LORD's day,

  19. WOW...I am in awe of your strength and your great testimony. I am praying for Jehovah Raphi, our healer, to heal your son. I am in the gap, praying.
    Have a blessed one. Hugs from Texas.

  20. Thank you so much for that update, Dear. I was praying very loudly all through it. :)I'm sorry Andrew had to hear what would happen, but you handled it beautifully. We are trusting God, the great I AM , nothing is to difficult for Him. Praying for a miracle, in Jesus name
    In His Love with Hugs,

  21. Melanie,
    I have been silent lately. I just really didn't know what I could possibly say that would make what is happening any easier. Then I realized something. This is not about what I feel and think. Please know that although I have been silent in my comments I have not been silent in my heart. I have been praying, and praying and praying some more for Andrew. The Lord knows what He is doing and I am one of the thousands across the world praying for Andrew.

  22. What a great and powerful God we serve! Melanie, so glad that you were able to share the Good News with the doctor! What a perfect opportunity.

    We are continuing to lift you all up here! Let us know what else we can do.


  23. I'm still praying, Melanie.

    I believe God is going to honor your faith. He is able. He is mighty. He is faithful and utterly trustworthy.

  24. Happy Sunday Melanie and family!

    Oh, what an awesome testimony. I just love the scripture the Lord gave you.

    As always, I come TO encourage only TO BE encouraged, and challenged in my faith.

    Thanks for being such a witness to the faithfulness of our MIGHTY God!

    I thought of this scripture as I read about those doctors;

    Looking at them, Jesus said, "With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God." Mark 10:27

    Keep believing♥

  25. Thank you for your words of life. I am praying for you all. Andrew is always on my mind and in my prayers.

    Believing for God to be GLORIFIED!



  26. You are inspiring! I have recently found your blog and it is one I greatly forward to reading. I too, like so many am praying for your Andrew. .
    Thank you for your faith-filled words of hope. Others of us who are standing for children as well are so encouraged!

  27. "Savior, He can move a mountain. My God is Mighty to Save, He is Mighty to Save."

    We sang this in worship this morning and this is what came to mind just now. Still praying with you and for you. I also put Andrew on our prayer list in my SS class so there are about 15 more prayer warriors standing in the gap.

    Love you.

  28. Continuing to stand firm-footed on my faith in the LORD and His power and ability. His will shall be done for Andrew. GOD will be glorified!

    I pray also for the doctors, nurses and medical staff as I prayed for three years long ago when my husband was battling illness. I witnessed to them as you are. I prayed for them as you are and I stood on God's word as you are. That's what we must do.

    I could not breathe without GOD.

    I stand with you on the MRI tests this Tuesday.

    Please give Andrew a huge hug from us. We are praying for him and for you Melanie and your entire family.

    Loved the Scripture! GOD's word is enough!



    Love and blessings.

  29. Sending much love, and many hugs to precious Andrew. I love you sweet sister.

  30. Saying yes to a strengthened spritual backbone for members of the Dorsey family. Standing on faith, not facts, with you. Standing on the Word of God alone, the Living Word. the spoken word...and God spoke it into being. God speak Andrew's healing. We are believing you!!!

    I've rambled but know I am praying for you, fighting for you, loving you.

  31. Amen Melanie! I have been praying mightily for all of you over the long weekend. We have been without a computer so I've been out of touch. Praying also that the tumors have shrunk by God's healing power!!!

    God bless you all!