Friday, August 8, 2014

UPDATES - Baby Obed and Brown Family 8-8-2014

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,
by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
2 Corinthians 1:3,4

I have some WONDERFUL news to share concerning Baby Obed,
and a VERY ENCOURAGING update on the Brown Family!!

UPDATE on Baby Obed

God is hearing your faithful prayers for this precious baby!
The miracle continues to unfold.

Concerning Baby Obed, Sharon, from "Sharon Sharing God", said,
"Let's go for it and pray big!"

And, why shouldn't we?

He invites us to,
"Come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Hebrews 4:16

We serve a BIG God, 
Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above anything we could ever ask or even think!
Ephesians 3:20

Here is the latest update from Baby Obed's Daddy, Travis:

"We just got back from the cardiologist appointment and I wanted to pass along some more good news…

Obed has yet to start showing symptoms, though she expects him to start by his next follow-up appointment in two weeks. She is very impressed with his weight gain. He now weighs 6lbs 2oz (14% growth) and is 19” long.

She told us that once he starts showing symptoms, he’ll be given two medications (a water pill and another to help retain potassium).  She told us that the surgery may not happen for 3-5 months depending on how he does with the medications!"

As I read his words, the only response I could think of was, "PRAISE GOD!"
Can I get one...or a hundred....or a million....amens?
May the praises go up and resound to our Almighty God from all over the world!!

To God be the glory...forever and ever amen!!!!

Remember how we have been praying for NO surgery??
I know it sounded absurd, but around here, we believe in praying BIG, as Sharon said.
We are still believing God that...
Baby Obed is healed and THAT is why he is showing no symptoms!
That there are no symptoms to show.
That he will never show any symptoms, because there is nothing wrong with this little guy.
That he will not have to have surgery....not only 3-5 months down the line...
but NEVER.

We limit God by our limited faith.

Jesus' brother James, who was there and witnessed and saw what faith in God can do,
said this, " have not, because ye ask not."  (James 4:2)
Our "having" depends largely upon our "asking".
Our lack of asking stems from our inability to perceive and grasp the unlimited power of our awesome God and who He really is.

Remember Matthew 13:58?
"And He (Jesus) did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief."

It wasn't that Jesus didn't WANT to heal the folks in His hometown.
It wasn't that there weren't sick bodies and tormented souls who lived there.
He didn't do many miracles there because they did not believe.

All they could see was His physical form.
All they could open their minds to was the fact that He was Joseph and Mary's son,
that He was a carpenter, and that He was just an ordinary man.
But, as one of my favorite songs by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound says,
"Jesus Wasn't Any Other Man."

Sometimes, all we see is the problem in front of us.
We can see no farther than the pain and the suffering and the medical diagnoses.

But, Jesus was no ordinary man.
He was...and still IS...GOD.
He suffered untold agony from the blow of the stripes on His body,
just so you and I could be physically and emotionally healed.

"But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon Him;
and with His stripes we are healed."
Isaiah 53:5

We are believing Him and expecting more great news from Baby Obed's direction!!
It is so exciting to see our God in action...confounding the wise and doing the impossible!!


Update on the Brown Family (Accident Victims)

More great news!!
Things seem to be stabilizing and improving for little Makeya and Max Brown!!!

The latest update from their direction indicates the following...

2 year old Max's CT Scan showed blood in the back of his head,
but the surgeon is more concerned, at this point, about the need to try to repair his spinal cord.
He is on antibiotics to treat an infection.
They are hoping it will clear up, so they can perform the operation
of putting a bolt in his spinal cord next week.
He is now on a feeding tube, and he is showing signs of improvement!

Makeya's surgery on Monday involved putting 4 screws in the front of her neck and one bolt in the back.
Last night, they removed her ventilator!!!
Praise God!!
She is responding to questions and was able to give her grandparents a kiss!
What a gift!

The Brown family is pleading for everyone to keep praying,
and they are VERY grateful to everyone who has reached out and shown the love of Jesus to them
during this agonizing ordeal.

Our God is an awesome God, Who is worthy of all of our praise and adoration.
We could never praise Him enough for all He has done.

Please continue to pray for Baby Obed, and Makeya and Max Brown.
Please be in much prayer for Steven and Shyla and the grand-parents and other family members,
especially today,
as they walk the mournful path of laying little 5 year old Quinton to rest.

May God just lift them up and hold them extra-close as they grieve.
The pain in their hearts is truly incomprehensible.


Lastly, I just want to say that I am SO amazed and humbled by the overwhelming love,
kindness, support, comfort, and encouragement you have shown these two families
right here through your comments on this blog,
and through contacting me privately to see what you can do for them.

I am deeply moved by seeing the love of Jesus in action...through YOU.
You surely have demonstrated what it means to be a member of the body of Christ.
You, my sweet friends, are Jesus' hands and His feet.

God bless each and every one of you in a very special way.


  1. Oh Sweet Quinton - Gone too soon. I hope he is up in heaven playing with Kai!

    1. Oh, Caroline! What a sweet and precious thought! Still praying for you, sweet friend.

  2. Truly, Blessed be the Name of The LORD! He is Good and his mercy endures forever!!!! I am rejoicing with your prayers and your rejoicing heart.. May these requests continue to be heard and May God continue to heal the lives of everyone mentioned.. Thank you for posting! Blessings!

    1. Yes, Patty!! Praise His wonderful name! Thank you so much for your sweet visit. God bless you!

  3. Such good news. Thank you for keeping us updated.
    My heart goes out to all involved.

    1. My heart goes out to them, can feel so helpless at a time like this. May the dear, precious Lord have mercy! God bless you for your caring heart.

  4. In my prayers even though I do not know the family.

    In God's grace.

    1. Thank you so much, Jo. Your prayers and concern are greatly appreciated. God bless you.

  5. I am so far behind in blog reading a as I am away from home caring for my Granddaughter. I have just read your last few posts. Please know I have already prayed for these two families and will continue in prayer for them. May God grant them His peace and they find comfort in the days ahead.

    1. Bless your heart, Betsy...I trust God will give you the strength you need to be there for your Granddaughter and the many others you reach out to. Thank you ever so much for praying for these dear families and their needs. I am so grateful for your visit. May the dear Lord bless you and your family.

  6. Thanks for keeping us updated on the progress. Praying for continued good news and for comfort as the Brown family lays Quinton to rest.

    1. Thank you for your prayers, Lisa. I appreciate the way you reach out right in the midst of your own grief and pain of heart. God bless you, sweet friend.

  7. Shalom Cheryl. I don't know you ... we have never met ... I have never seen your blog. I don't know this family either. A friend sent this link to me so I sat down to read it ... and I cried. Since we were all resting at home this Sabbath, we gathered all the children together and prayed for the Brown family. As a man who has "officiated" a funeral for a 2-1/2 year old baby girl who was killed in a wreck, I don't have any other words except what our Messiah said ... "I am THE resurrection and the life ...". Shalom to your home, Tom

    1. Bless your heart, Tom! I appreciate your kindness and compassion. I am so sorry for the loss of the precious little girl, too, and I know that had to be one of the hardest things you could ever be called upon to do to preach that funeral. Only the God of all comfort can reach down and heal these places of deep brokenness. I can't thank you enough for your visit and your words of comfort. I am gathering all comments together and passing them on to the Brown family. God bless you!

  8. I am praying and will continue to pray for this family. I pray God will comfort and bless them all in an amazing way.

    1. Your prayers and support are so appreciated, Chris. God bless you!

  9. Still praying for this sweet and precious family! Hugs!

    1. Thank you, Elisha. It is very much appreciated. Hugs to you, too. :)

  10. What is their address? My email is You can send it there. Thanks!

    1. I emailed you privately. Thank you so much for reaching out to this dear family. God bless you.

  11. May God bless you and your family during this difficult and painful time. We pray that God gives you strength to conquer all your obstacles in your family. God bless you all

    1. Thank you so much, Lori. Your kind words, thoughtfulness, and prayers are so appreciated.

  12. God bless you and your family in this difficult time. May God give you strength

    1. Thank you, Lori. I will pass along your comments to the Brown family. God bless you.