Sunday, August 17, 2014

UPDATE - Max & Makeya - 8-17-2014

"For Thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress,
a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, 
when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall."
Isaiah 25:4

Left to Right:  Quinton, Neveya, Shyla, Steven, Max, and Makeya

How many of you readers believe our God is an awesome God??

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How many of you have SEEN His hand at your individual lives?

I have SO enjoyed the overwhelming influx of emails and comments you have been sending to me and posting here at Homespun Devotions.
All I can say is, WOW!
And Praise GOD!
Because you have been wonderful,
and because HE is awesome.

Please keep the conversation going and the testimonies coming.
I love hearing what God has done and is doing in your lives.
You have encouraged and blessed me more than you will ever know.

Last night and tonight, there was more great news from the Brown family.
Things are progressing for Max & Makeya
and God is SO worthy of all praise, honor, and glory!
I can't wait for you to read without further ado, here they are.

From Shyla last night...
"First off, I just want to thank everyone for the prayers.
Keya is out of ICU, and is now able to eat mechanical soft food.
She is happy.
Max, hopefully, will be getting the vent out tom.
Plz continue to pray for my babies.
They're working."

From Makeya and Max's grandmother today...

"We went to see them today.  Neveya got to see Makeya. 
It was really heart breaking to see Makeya reach up, take Neveya by the hand & tell her that she loves her.
When we walked in to Makeya's room she was eating. 
She had mac and cheese, pizza sticks, and I believe the only reason she was eating this is because she had a chocolate cupcake waiting to be ate, but she had to eat some of the other food first.
She also painted me a red rooster to bring home with me.
Max is now off the breathing tube...they put him on BiPAP. 
They will take him off this when get gets stronger.
He did open his eyes a couple of times, but they still want him to sleep until he gets stronger.
Please continue to pray for these babies.
 They have a long way to go."

Then later tonight, this update from Shyla...
"Max got his tube out today.
And as soon as a room is available, Makeya will go to rehab.
Plz continue to pray for my babies."

Who would have thought a week ago that they would have made this much progress?
While I know they still have such a long, overwhelming journey ahead of them,
it is SO encouraging to see how far God has already brought them on this journey.

I think often of Shyla...sitting there day after dreary day,
watching the rise and fall of the breaths of her babies...
thanking God they are still with her, yet wishing with all her might that they were all home again...
that life would somehow revert back to normal....
longing to hold Quinton just one more time....
fighting off the debilitating fatigue that accompanies this intensity of stress.

Having spent so much time sitting by ICU bedsides of loved ones,
I honestly cannot think of too many places that have a more oppressive atmosphere.
The gloom that enshrouds those dreaded rooms is downright smothering.

 One thing I have learned...God doesn't check out when times are hard.
He doesn't walk away when the heart is overwhelmed.
He is a Refuge that never wavers.

"The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble."
Psalm 9:9

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
Psalm 46:1

I pray He wraps this precious family in His strong, loving arms and holds them ever close.

How about you, my friend?
Are you facing difficult circumstances?
Is your heart broken?
Does it seem the night will never end?
Do you wonder how you will face one more day?
Are you oppressed?

Remember this.
There is a Refuge for the oppressed.
God is there.
Right by your side.
Even when it doesn't feel like it.
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
He will love you and care for you...always.
Call out to Him.
Don't turn away from Him.
He will never turn away from you.
He is there.
I promise.

If  anyone would like to send the Brown family a card of encouragement,
please contact me, and I will provide the mailing address to you, individually.

If anyone would like to make a monetary donation to this family,
there are two ways to donate.

1.  An account has been set up for this purpose at a local bank.
Please mail donations to:

Citizen's Deposit Bank & Trust
P. O. Box 9
Vanceburg, KY  41179
Please write "For Brown Family" on the memo line of check.
2.  You may donate online by clicking HERE.

Please keep praying for Max and Makeya,
and also say a special prayer for Shyla, Steven, and other family members.
Their load is heavier than anyone can imagine.


  1. I love reading all the updates..such good news

    1. YES, praise GOD!! So happy to hear from you today. God bless you.

    2. Im so happy that the family is making progress. Im soo sorry for the loss of their little angel, Quinton (my apologies if i spelled his name incorrectly). This family will remain in my prayers. God is good, with our prayers he can continue to heal this family.

    3. Thank you so much, Carol. I forwarded your sweet comments to them. May God bless you!

  2. Thank you so much for the updates. I stumbled upon this dear family on Facebook. What an incredible journey they are on. I can't imagine. Do you know this family personally? Praying for peace and strength that only He can give. It is amazing to see the body of Christ come together and pray over this family. What a testimony this family will have and I am anxious to see how He is going to use this for His glory. So encouraged to see the progress physically. Jesus, heal the wounds we cannot see. Michelle, from PA

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle. I so appreciate your kind comments and compassion for this dear family. They surely need your continued prayers for them, and please feel free to pass along the prayer request to other prayer warriors. I will be sure to pass along your sweet encouragement to them. God bless you!

  3. What a gift you are to keep this vigil of praise and grace on their behalf.

    1. Beth, your kind words are always precious and so encouraging to me. I can't thank you enough. God bless you!

  4. you are an awesome prayer warrior CHERYL! Thank you for the update on this precious family! we will continue to say a prayer for them! Lilian

    1. So thankful for your visit and kind words, Lilian! May God bless you!

  5. Praise God for his continued healing of these precious babies. Thank you for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story."

    1. Thank you, Hazel. Please continue to pray as Max took a turn for the worse today. God bless you.

  6. Thank you for the update... Will continue to pray...