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Oct 27, 2009


Edited to add: Andrew is gaining weight. He told me last night that he got one of his toes on the left foot to wiggle. A wiggling toe is cause for rejoicing around here! Now to get that left arm, hand and fingers moving again!
"Therefore I have set my face like a flint..."
This scripture has been echoing through my spirit for weeks. The scripture is found in Isaiah 50. It is a picture of Christ's flintlike stedfastness of his devotion.
Here is the context:
"For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed."
For many weeks, the Lord has strengthened me during the most horrific moments with these words, "Daughter, set your face like flint."
Up until now I have not shared this with anyone but all week it has been on my mind to share it with you here. Maybe you are going through something in which you feel like giving up or giving in. Let's face it, there are some things we go through in life that are VERY DIFFICULT and it is tempting to give in to the despair that threatens to overwhelm you. It is tempting because you think that you might find relief in the giving up. But then the Lord speaks to you down deep inside and He tells you to hang on and set your face like flint. There will be no disgrace to the one who trusts in her God, whose heart rests in Him.
So many times lately, as I have gone about the normalcy of life back at home, I have cried out to God in my private moments. The cry always begins this way, "Father, Abba, Daddy...Daddy, Daddy..."
This daughter of the Most High God has the privilege of calling Him, "Daddy." And in that relationship, I can set my face like a flint and lean into him as He wraps His loving arms around me and does not shrink away at my falling tears. In Him I will never be ashamed.
Update: Andrew is doing well. We are consulting some of the finest minds concerning his nutritional needs. I am learning how to shop and prepare foods differently. It is a challenge but one I can embrace. We are determined to do all we can to support Andrew in all ways. And God remains Andrew's healer. Today was a good day! We have laughed and we have loved one another. We are together in our home. We have beautiful neighbors who are generous to offer support in a variety of ways. We have friends who will stop by and pray with us when I call on them. We have family who remain in stedfast prayer and support of us. We have long distance friends who are a continual source of support and prayer. AND WE HAVE SISTER BLOGGERS WHO HAVE BEEN SO ENCOURAGING TO CONTINUE TO PRAY, LEAVE ENCOURAGING COMMENTS, EMAIL AND SEND CARDS AND GIFTS.
We are blessed.
I promise to post recent pictures soon!


  1. So glad you had a good day. Praying daily for Andrew. God is Good.

  2. I am so happy to hear that you have had a GOOD day. PRAISE GOD!! I am also happy to hear that you have so many willing hands to help with whatever is necessary and so many who are willing to pray. God is soo good! I continue to pray everyday. Blessings to you, Debbie

  3. times of peace bolster you when fear threatens to inch in....I am so pleased that you are having peaceful days, and are bolstered by support. God is good to provide for y'all what you need. I pray that HE will continue to do so.
    Isa 26:3


  4. Praying for you from Columbus, Ohio!

  5. Praying from Texas! Pray without ceasing! (HUGS)

  6. Praying, praying from Michigan. You sounded so upbeat today. I am so glad that today was a good day. I am going to read that scripture right now and will join with you in setting my face like flint....Praise God!

  7. Praising God for the good day He blessed you with. My love and prayers remain with you sis.

  8. Beautiful words...praying for you all....

  9. God is pleased as you set your face like a flint and cling to Him! I'm so glad that you enjoyed some laughter and family love today...

    Continuing to stand with you for Andrew's complete healing on this earth...

  10. Dear Sweet Melanie, I so needed this tonight. Thank you for this post and the reminder to set my face like flint ~~ dig in!! I needed this reminder.

    I have Andrew's name on my white board in my prayer room so his name stays in front of my eyes as a reminder to pray for him and you dear one and your family.

    Love and many hugs to you,
    Dawn in MO

  11. I am thankful you are pursuing holistic treatments with foods, etc, to build Andrew's body back up.
    I continue to storm the heavens on his behalf, andrea

  12. I'm praising the LORD for the good times you are enjoying together as Andrew's body heals. As for the cooking -- you are learning things that would benefit all of us, I'm sure. Still praying --

    Gwyn Rosser
    The Pink Tractor

  13. What a blessing that you are able to experience the simple joy of being home together. I'm still praying.

  14. Thank you for the update, Dear. I'm glad you all had a good day. I know you are doing all you can for Andrew. And I am so happy you are blessed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Standing on the promises of God my King... standing on the promises! Praying for sweet Andrew's full recovery! And for you as you continue to praise Him!

  16. I check your blog often to see if you have updated about Andrew.
    It is so nice that you have such good support in your corner...and that Andrew is doing better. I hope every day is a better one for all of you.

  17. Thank you, Jesus! It's so good to hear that Andrew is doing better and that you're having "good days".

    Still praying for him and believing for a full recovery.


  18. Melanie,

    It is so good to hear all the support around you. God is good. Keeping our faces set like flint is powerful. We march onward determined to trust in God alone, knowing if we walk by faith we are pleasing to God. Praying for healing and all Andrew's needs.
    Love you,

  19. Melanie, in the midst of all you have going on, I thank you for keeping us updated. I'm so glad to know that you had a good day and that you can appreciate and give thanks for that good day. I pray that the good days continue and that Andrew continues to feel better each day. laurie

  20. With every post I read from you, this verse comes to mind,

    Isaiah 40:29-31:

    He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD wll renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagls; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

  21. (((hugs))) Paula and I praised God this morning during our prayer time for Matthew 18:20 and allowing us to bring Andrew and his family to His throne,,and that He IS with us as we pray...sigh..what an awesome Daddy we have!!!!!

  22. Dear Melanie, you continue to be such a wonderful source of encouragment for all of us. These are beautiful words and I am ashamed to say I was not familiar with this passage of Scripture. What an amazing God we have!

    You all continue to be in my prayers. So glad that things are going well at home. Laughter is truly the best medicine!

    May God bless you all.

  23. Oh Mella...

    What a powerful word and what an encouraging one from someone who lives it daily.

    You are truly the gospel written for all of us to see!

    I thought of you when I wrote my devotion yesterday.

    Speak grace, grace to your mountains, God is ABLE!!!!!!

    Love you and faithfully praying for our Andrew♥

  24. It's so wonderful to get an update. I've been checking back every single day. You sound strong. I continue to bring you and your family to the Throne in prayer.

  25. Sweet Sister, my heart remains with you and in prayer for Andrew. God is so amazing. He is doing a great work!

    Love you.

  26. Continuing to lift Andrew and you up in prayer. Praising God for the help and ministering He has sent your way. Let me know if I can do anything other than pray. (((hugs)))

  27. I have to tell you every morning, your site is the first one I check. How is Andrew today? When I see a new post, I know things are better, just because you had the strength to post. Thank you for keeping us up to date. You are right, there is a army of Saints who lift you and your family to the Throne, every day. Isn't God good? He is so faithful, I see it in you! Blessings, Martha

  28. That was very beautiful. And Know I am praying for you with all my heart.

  29. Powerful words from a Mighty God who is ABLE to more than we can ever dare to ask, think, or imagine.

    So glad you are home and laughing together! It's good medicine!

  30. So glad to hear good news. You are a blessing. Thanks for updating us and I am fervently praying for strength for you and your family through this trying time.
    Continual hope and healing!

  31. So thankful for your testimony. Firm in faith. Face like flint. You bless me.

    Praying still.

    Wish I could've met you while I was in Florida. I pray God will give me another opportunity.

  32. Praise the Lord for a wonderful day, for laughter and for supporting friends who care. You are such a blessing...standing firm with a face like flint. Your family remains in our prayers each and every day. So thankful you take the time to post so we know how to pray for anything specific. God is so good and His blessings are surrounding you.

  33. I too check in every day & pray before & after reading any new posts as well as the other posts (they often remind me of another thing to pray for you.) Keep that face set like flint as we all continue to pray for all of you! Praying in NC....

  34. Always thinking of you and Andrew!
    I am glad you are home and your spirits sound better!

    Get some rest when you can...and remember Jesus...is the greatest physcian.

    K. Frangeskos at
    Jesus Knows You Best

  35. I am praising God for Andrew's weight gain, and movement in his toes sis. I love you.

  36. So thankful to hear Andrew is gaining weight and movement. Praising God for the healing he is doing in Andrew's body. Think about you all everyday and continue to be a source of prayer.

    I'm just gonna tell you something, You Dear Lady, are an Inspiration.

    with love, Brandi

  37. YAY for wiggling toes. Please tell Andrew that there are prayers going up for him in MO.

    Have a Blessed evening,

  38. Hi Melanie. I just came to check and see whether there was an update by you. I continue to pray for precious Andrew. (HUGS)

  39. Wiggling toes and weight gain...that is Awesome! Tell Andrew to keep up the good work, we are praying for him every step of the way :)
    You are an inspiration Melanie! I pray for you continued strength!

  40. Yes, a sign of movement. Keep 'em coming, LORD! We are waiting to see.

  41. praying for your son from the prarie provances of Canada.

  42. Melanie said...
    Just read your comment and you have me curious as to "the other thing you are praying for me."
    Thanks for your intercession for Andrew and our family!

    October 28, 2009 9:05 PM

    Sandy said...
    I just meant the way someone else words something encourages me to agree with them in prayer. It's such a privilege to be praying for you daily, & as I read what others are praying it stimulates me to pray more fervently. Sorry if it was confusing.
    Love to you & all your family!

  43. You are such an encouragement! I am glad to hear that Andrew is gaining weight and can move his toe! Praise the Lord for each blessing!

  44. This is cause for much rejoicing:

    "Edited to add: Andrew is gaining weight. He told me last night that he got one of his toes on the left foot to wiggle. A wiggling toe is cause for rejoicing around here! Now to get that left arm, hand and fingers moving again!"

  45. Melanie, I continue to pray for you, Andrew and the rest of your family and will continue to do so. However, I have to tell you that I recently started going through something that I never dreamed in a million years would be happening. I have been feeling so helpless this week past week, but your words and the verses in Isaiah 50 have greatly encouraged me. Thank you so much!


  46. So glad Andrew is gaining weight and now movement in the toe! That is great news Melanie. Keeping you in prayer. God is moving and it's so good to see.

    Much love!