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Oct 6, 2009

Andrew ~ Today

Edited to add: There will not be surgery today. No shunt today. No port today. Lab reports show bacteria so that will have to be dealt with first. No flu either. But I knew that.

WAITING ~ Andrew was scheduled for an 8:00 surgery this morning for a shunt and a port. The shunt goes in the head to drain excess fluid and the port was to be put in for the chemo drugs.
But last night he ran a high fever so fluid was collected and now we are waiting on the lab report on his blood sample. The nurse also had an order to swab for flu. So we wait and Andrew is thirsty and he is hungry. But we wait. Mostly we wait on what God will do.

ANOTHER DELAY ~ Last night and this morning I began to pray Proverbs 19:21: "Many are the plans of a man's heart but it is the purpose of the Lord that prevails."
We have to believe that when we pray in faith asking God for His will to be accomplished according to His Word, then we receive His will. So even though we want to avoid the shunt for lots of reasons, we have placed this day in God's hands. The doctor who was planning to put the port in came in early this morning to tell us it was too risky with the threat of infection. So we know the port is out for now. This will further delay chemo and radiation. For those of you who have been with us since the begining of the diagnosis, you know we have had many delays in cancer treatment.

PLANS ~ We don't know if each delay has been of God but we have to believe He IS ordering our steps. Again, "Many are the plans of a man's heart but it is the purpose of God that prevails."
FAITH ~ Anything you receive of God you receive by faith. Salvation, healing, wisdom, all things that pertain to life and godliness ~ all are received by faith. Then you keep walking by faith and not by sight. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. Faith is substance. Substance is matter. Matter exists. We speak those things that are not as though they are ~ evidence of things unseen.

Go forth today receiving by faith what you pray according to His will. We have His Word so we have His Will available. All you have to do is read His Word to know His will. His will is for us to have abundant LIFE. His will is to save. His will is to heal.
No doubts. No wavering. Stable dependance on Him...on His Word. Confident in our Creator.


  1. Your family is in my prayers daily. Hope all goes well.

  2. Praying along with you. May the Creator of Life continue to hold and uplift you today and always as the delays, frustrations, and even the joys of this journey are revealed. God's peace to you and your family...

  3. Your faith is an inspiration. I am praying for your son, you and your family.

  4. Melanie, your words today are very encouraging, in that God IS ordering the delays, for His purposes...God is going to show us a miracle in Andrew, there's no doubt in my mind or heart. Praying for his physical comfort as he waits, and for God's peace to be yours while you wait on Him for healing.

    May the Lord shine His beautiful face upon you today,

  5. Thank you for the update on what is happening with Andrew. I pray daily and I will continue to do so. I'm sure the delays are frustrating, and yet you are ever so right. Everything, from the tinest little thing to the largest of the large are in His very capable hands. And so we wait. I pray in the meantime that Andrew's comfort level and spirit are touched in a special way by Him right now. In Jesus name, Amen

  6. I believe that these delays are in God's will as He has had Andrew and all of you in His hands from day one. You are all His beloved children and He may reveal to you the reason for these delays, while some may remain with Him alone.

    Continue to pray with you in the full knowledge that Andrew will be healed and all will be to God's glory!

  7. I am continuing my prayers as we all wait with you, Melanie. We are there in spirit if not in person, sweety.
    I can do all thing thru Christ...
    Thank you Father!
    Sending hugs all the way from Texas.

  8. Melanie,
    You always build my faith and strengthen me. I am so sorry that things are not going well with Andrew.

    You are so strong dear one.

    Love, hugs and prayers,

  9. Had Mothers Monday Morning Prayer Group at our sons' school yesterday and all the ladies there are joining with me ~ praying and believing for Andrew.


  10. God continues to be glorified by your every post, your every utterance. God bless you, your family and especially Andrew.

  11. You are such an encouragement. You speak the Truth about faith, believing, hope and I love that.

    I wrote that Psalm on my heart years ago and it fades but whenever I read it, it comes straight back.

    Sweet blessings,

  12. Sister, my prayers remain for Andrew. I carry him with me in the bosom of prayer throughout the day and into the night along with your family.

    Standing believing GOD!

    Love and prayers.

  13. Continued prayer for all of you! I pray that you receive the peace that surpasses all understanding, Melanie.

    Much love!

  14. Continue to lift your family high up in my prayers, thanks for your beautiful faith sis. I love you.

  15. I am sure that is God ordering the delays. He has a plan and it is a GOOD one!!! Continued prayers.

  16. Hello Melanie,
    I have been prayerfully following your (blog) journey with Andrew since his diagnosis. (first time commenting). I have been amazed, strengthened and encouraged by your compassionate, tender heart and unwavering faith. Thank you Melanie for being such a powerful vessel of the Lord in the midst of this enormous trial. I just want you to know we are praying, asking and believing God for complete healing for Andrew! Praying for you today that the God of hope will fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may (continue) to overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Julie McKay (and family)
    Charlottesville, VA.

  17. I am sorry that Andrew and your family has to bear this burden. You are doing everything you can and standing on the promises of God. Noone could do it more faithfully than you are. Certainly, it is exhausting. I join the many bloggers, who uphold you in prayer and care for you through the love of Christ Jesus, which binds us together.

  18. I just got home from my CT scan and was hoping that surgery all went well. Praying that nasty infection will be gone soon. I liked your words...Stable dependance on Him....that should be my descriptive words...not that I am good at it, but that is the only thing I know to do!!

  19. Your family and Andrew continue to be in my daily thoughts and prayers...You have amazing faith and are such a wonderful witness to God....

  20. I am agreeing with you in prayer, dear Melanie.

  21. I am agreeing with you in prayer, dear Melanie.

  22. Still praying for Andrew.

  23. i just had a thought melanie...i know you have cried, but can you cry and wail anywhere there? in privacy? and cry, shout and scream and BEG God for Andrew? as noisy as you need to be and for however long? maybe in your car? just a thought.
    gosh this is heartbreaking. we are weak but He is strong.
    love robin

  24. Still praying and believing! Your family is continually in my thoughts.

  25. We are walking by faith with you knowing God is in control and directing traffic.

  26. Continuing to pray for GOD's divine hand and touch.

    Blessings, andrea

  27. Praying and believing with you....

  28. Our prayers are with you, still. I have faith & trust ... God is holding you all in His palms & heart.

    I wrote this after our angel son forever left us. I would like to share it with you.

    ~~I questioned 'WHY?!', He continued to listen. I turned a deaf ear, He spoke softly. I struggled & floundered, He continued to hold me up. I closed my eyes, He touched my heart. I looked for answers, He was patient. I begged for strength to endure, He gave me love.
    (Written by Marydon Ford) ~~

    May tomorrow be a brighter day.
    TTFN ~Marydon

  29. Hold on my child. Joy comes in the morning. The darkest hour means dawn is just in sight.

    So very happy that God is there to be stong for you. So very hard to see our children suffer,but you are doing a great job "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith" Your testmony is an encouragement.
    The Lord woke me early this morning & I believe it was to pray for Andrew. "The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." from Numbers 6

    I am praying.

  30. Thank you for the update.
    What an inspiration you are, Melanie.

    Andrew continues to be in my prayers as well as your entire family.


  31. Melanie:

    God has raised up many sisters to pray with you when you are weak at heart. I know the pain and heartache of watching someone you love - hurting and in pain.

    BUT GOD.........

    Continue to cling to His garment as He walks you THROUGH this journey.

    May our God show FAVOR upon Andrew and allow Him complete healing. And may Andrew know the PEACE of God - so that He will dedicate the rest of His life to Him in full surrender for loving and serving Him! May Andrew be a Mighty Warrior in the Kingdom of God!

    Choosing JOY,
    [JESUS - the One I sing to!]

  32. Holding you up in prayer today and always :) love you guys!!

  33. As I read this post I remembered when David said;

    “Unless Your law had been my delight, I should have perished in my affliction. I will
    never forget Your precepts; for with them You have given me light.” Psalm 119:92 – 93

    It has truly been God's unshakable, unfailing word that has carried you thus far.

    Thank you Melanie for sharing them with us each update.

    I continue to cry out with you. Andrew never leaves my mind.

    “You have fully known my doctrine, my manner of life, my purpose, my faith, my long
    suffering, my love and patience; you’ve seen my persecutions and afflictions which came
    to me at Antioch, and Iconium, and Lystra, and what persecutions I endured! But out of
    them all the Lord has delivered me!” (2 Timothy 3:10 – 11).

    He is Faithful!!!!