Sunday, August 30, 2015

Urgent Prayers Needed for Jonathan Stevens, Update on Ryker, & A Precious Video Message from Max Brown to Ryker!

"Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, 
and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
Jeremiah 33:3

Have you ever spoken to someone and been completely ignored?
Have you poured out your heart, only to have your words be cast aside or shrugged off as insignificant?
Have you ever felt that your feelings were completely invalidated and unimportant to others?

I am sure we all have been there.
I don't think there are too many things in this life that are more frustrating 
than to desperately need to be heard, and to not be able to find anyone who is interested
in what we have to say.

We came home today, weary from travel, and I opened my laptop to read email.
And there it was.
Jeremiah 33:3.
Sitting in my inbox....compliments of The KJV Bible Verse of the Day.
(If you would like to sign up to receive a verse from the Word of God in your inbox each day, click here.
It is my absolute favorite email of every, single day!)

As I read the verse, "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee,
and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not",
my soul was blessed and inspired.

We can't always find someone with a sympathetic ear who is willing to listen to us.
Sometimes, our friends and loved ones tire of hearing about our woes.
Oftentimes, they are so caught up in their own troubles,
they have no energy left to empathize with our own.

But, in this verse,   
the very God Who created heaven and earth and all that is in them is speaking to you...and to me,
inviting us to call unto Him!
He will hear us out, and He will keep listening as long as you and I need to talk.
He never tires of hearing us pray.
In fact, He loves it when we draw near to Him.
He invites us to come to Him repeatedly, throughout the Bible.

"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith..."
Hebrews 10:22

"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you."
James 4:8

"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

"And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me."
Psalm 50:15

"He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: 
I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him."
Psalm 91:15

God is never too busy, nor does He ever grow weary of our complaints.
Not only does He extend the invitation for us to call upon Him, 
but He promises that if we do, He will answer us!
He assures a two-way conversation, 
in which He will truly, wholeheartedly, carefully, 
and undistractedly listen to everything we have to say.
Then He, in return, will answer us,
 and He will show us great and mighty things that we have never seen before!

Can you imagine?
Can you even wrap your mind around the fact that God Himself permits longs for
a personal, intimately close relationship....with you?

And to think that He cares about the details of our lives,
and He promises to answer us when we pray!

So, why do we hold back?
Why are we hesitant to talk to the very One Who longs to hear our voice?
Why don't we run to Him at the first sign of trouble?

Jesus said, 
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, 
He will give it you.
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: 
ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."
John 16:23-24

Jesus' earthly brother, James, who knew first-hand what Jesus could do, said this,
" have not, because ye ask not."
James 4:2

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

I come to you today with yet another urgent plea for prayer, my praying, faithful friends.
I present to you another person who stands in need of us picking up our weapon of prayer
and bombarding Heaven on their behalf.

This time it is for my dear friend, Chris Thompson's nephew, Jonathan Stevens.
Chris sent me an email last night, asking me if I would please publish a prayer request,
in hopes that you will pick up this burden and carry it to our Father with her.  

Chris explains about Jonathan's illness here.

"For several months now, my 22 year old nephew, 
Jonathan, has been having trouble throwing up after he eats. 
 He has had some tests in the past, but his condition is still a mystery. 
 He had trouble several months back, which led to him having his appendix removed. 
 Later, he ended up having his gallbladder removed. 
 Unfortunately, the issue of throwing up was not fixed with these surgeries. 
 He recently went to a specialist out of town. 
 His blood work shows some abnormalities, one of which was elevated liver enzymes. 
 The doctor has scheduled him for several tests on September 9th and 10th. 
Jonathan, his mother, and father, (my brother), will be staying overnight since the hospital is a couple hours away from home. 
 We are praying for answers, and we are praying that it isn't anything serious. 
Needless to say, it is worrisome."

This sickness is a mystery to us and to the doctors, 
but it is not unknown to God.
He created Jonathan, in the first place, and He absolutely knows everything about him.
God doesn't need a CT Scan, an MRI, an Xray, or an ultrasound to see inside a human body.

God is omniscient.
This means He is all-knowing.
Nothing, no matter how perplexing to us, is ever mystifying to Him.

Praise His name, He is not only omniscient, but He is also omnipotent.
This means He has unlimited power and is able to do anything.

God said to the Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah,
"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?"
Jeremiah 32:27

Over 600 years later, 
God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ answered His question in Matthew 19:26.
"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, 
With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."
Matthew 19:26

God already knows what is wrong in Jonathan's body,
and the best part is, He is perfectly capable of fixing it.

Please add Jonathan to your prayers, believing God with us that all will be well with him.
We appreciate it so much!
And now, I bring you good news about little Ryker Telecky!!

Shyla emailed me with these updates.

Update #1
"His CT scan came back good.
They drew fluid off his spine to test it, but won't get results for a couple of days. 
They have him on a vent and also have a tube in his nose. Continued prayers."

Update #2
"They now have him off the vent, but the tube is still down his throat,
just in case they had to put it back.
I think they are getting ready to remove it. 
They are running different tests on him, trying to find what caused them. 
This was the first time he has ever had seizures."

Update #3
"He is doing a lot better. 
"He is off all oxygen now and has had a bath and is in his jammies. 
He is still very sleepy from the meds, but his mommy says he can't seem to get comfortable."

Update #4
"He is awake, but groggy. 
Said he is sitting up by himself and can stand with help.
He is weak from the meds they gave him, but he should be back to his old self shortly. 
They are moving him out of ICU today into a regular room, so he should be more comfortable."

Update #5
"His mom said he is chugging down water, and he ate a bite of pudding and half of a Funyun. 
That boy has always loved his Funyuns."

Update #6
"Ryker is now out of ICU, but he is still very tired."

And Update #7 is from Ryker's Mother

"Okay, so a lot of you have been asking for a diagnosis as to why Ryker had a seizure and is here in the hospital. Apparently anyone can have a seizure at anytime, however children under the age of five are a lot more likely. They can be caused by a fever, infection, or epilepsy (all factors for Ryker). 
He has had a CT scan, which makes sure there are no obvious brain traumas.
His came back negative.
 He's had a 25 minute EEG, which monitors his brain activity to ensure that he is not having seizures, as his medication would mask physical signs and actions. 
That also came back free of seizure activity! 
He is scheduled to have an MRI at some point tomorrow to look deeper into his brain and its activity, as there could of been small things that were undetected in the previous scans and procedures. 
At this point, a brain infection or meningitis do not seem likely. 
It is believed to be a febrile seizure, which means it was caused by his brain misfiring, due to a fast spiking fever, even though it was only 101.2 upon ER arrival. 
Since the seizure itself lasted nearly 40 minutes and required an immense amount of medication to control, the doctors are concerned that Ryker may have epilepsy, which would cause seizures to more frequently occur.  
However, this is something he can outgrow, and they can control with medications. 
Tomorrow's MRI will give us the indefinite answers we seek. 
So, in short there has been no actual determination of a diagnosis.
It's still a waiting game. 
Being out of ICU is a sure sign of improvement and a small glimpse of the route GOD has planned for our Ryker Maddox. 
Please keep the prayers coming in, we greatly appreciate each and every one."

Bless his little heart, there is obviously some reason he had the seizures,
and there must be an underlying cause.
Again, GOD created little Ryker, He is not surprised by this situation,
 and He has already diagnosed the problem.

This is a special message from Ryker's Daddy (shown with him in the picture above).

"As many of you know I have been through a lot in my life with doctors, hospitals, and surgeries. 
I never thought nor wanted my son to ever have to go through what I did. 
Friday was the worst day of my life. 
God has been with me, as He is with my son. 
Thank you for all your support and prayers."

These dear parents!
May God just wrap His loving arms around them and hold them close through this trial.

I am SO grateful Ryker is improving and just believing God to completely heal this little fellow.
Please keep praying, dear friends!  

If you would like to read the original post about Ryker, click Original Post - Ryker Telecky.

And now, go grab a few tissues, before you watch this special message to Ryker from...
none other than....
Max Brown!!!

I apologize, but after working on this for literally hours, the picture link is not working.
You will have to click hereto be re-directed to hear his sweet voice.

Can you believe what our awesome GOD has done for this dear boy?
We talked in the last post about how he has improved to the point that he hardly needs his vent anymore.
Doctors said Max would need to be on the ventilator for the rest of his life.
He is now able to sit up all by himself...without the vent, PRAISE GOD!!
And just listen to him talk!

See what God can do?
So, why do we ever doubt Him?

I want to leave you with the words to one of my favorite, old hymns,
called "Ask and Ye Shall Receive",
written by B. E. Warren and J. H. Olinger.

"See the great promises, brother,
Are they so hard to believe?
How can you doubt the dear Savior?
Why don't you ask and receive?

Jesus has suffered so meekly
Sorrowing hearts to relieve;
Trust Him with all of your burdens,
Comfort and strength receive.

If there's a want in your bosom,
Father will fill it, believe;
Do you need knowledge and wisdom?
Ask, and you shall receive.

Open the Kingdom of Heaven,
Jesus all bounty will give;
Here is the pledge of His promise,
Ask, and you shall receive.

Ask, my brother and sister,
For all you need, believe;
Ask the bountiful Giver,
Ask, and you shall receive."

To hear an acapella quartet version of this song, click here.
(I apologize that I can not give proper attribution to the singers,
but I could not find their names anywhere on the site, and I have no idea who they are.
This is the only version of this song I could find on the web,
and I really wanted you to have a chance to hear this.
This song has meant SO much to me through the years,
and I hope it encourages you, as well.)

God bless each one who faithfully carries these burdens to the throne of grace,
and who has the bold audacity to ASK!


  1. Praying for Ryker and Jonathan...our God is more than able! He is still a healer, deliverer and a Way-Maker. ♥ Good to visit with you today friend!

    1. So nice to see you had stopped by, Nanette! I hope all is well with you and your family, and I can't thank you enough for your faithful prayers and support. Please do keep praying. God bless you sweet friend. :)

  2. I want to thank you for your love and concern for others. You are truly there for all of us who have prayer requests, and you share our requests with a great deal of thought, concern, and love. With each prayer request, you minister to the hearts of all who read them by sharing God's word. God has truly gifted your hands and heart for this cause. Yes, God is all-knowing and all powerful, but it is an added pleasure and a gift from Him to be able to reach out to someone like you. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all you do for others. I love you dearly!

    1. Oh, Chris!!! You will NEVER know what your dear words meant to me today. I am just speechless in knowing how to tell you how much you blessed me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I can only praise God for you and your kindness and friendship to me. God bless you abundantly, and I surely love you dearly, too!

  3. Cheryl, my friend...Thank you for bringing these prayer needs to light. God is the best physician and to Him be the glory as He answers our prayers for each of these people and their needs. Grateful you share at Monday's Musings. Blessings.

    1. YES, dear friend, He is the best...the great Physician. So very thankful to know Him, personally. I trust God will richly bless you for the weekly link-up and for being the blessing you are to all of us! :)

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    1. No wonder Jesus said, "Men ought always to pray, and not to faint." Where would we be without Him? He is a faithful Friend Who sticks closer than a brother. God bless you, Denise. :)

  5. So wonderful to hear about how God is working in the lives of others. Glad to be joining you and the families in prayer. Praise God that He does indeed know the cause of Jonathan's illness and may He reveal it to the doctors.

    1. Yes, my friend! Praise His wonderful name for ALL He has done, is doing, and is going to do!!! Thank you for joining in this prayer community and making these needs known to our Father. You are a blessing to me each and every time you stop by, MB. May the dear Lord bless you abundantly, in return!! :)

  6. Thank you, Cheryl, for your sweet ways - for always alerting us to pray for the needs of others. God knows all about each one of these dear people that you have mentioned. And He will do His work. I pray for answers where needed, for healing, and for a new outpouring of His comfort and peace on each of these people and their families. And dear Max...oh, what a miracle!


    1. Oh, dear friend! You never cease to bless and comfort and encourage me! I am so grateful for your visit and for your dear thoughts and kindness. May the God of all mercies continue to bless you and meet your every need. Consider yourself hugged! :)

  7. Father, I pray for Jonathan that you heal his body and his emotions. May he understand that you created his body, mind and spirit. May he realize that all memories of rejection, hurts of his past must be forgiven. May Jesus the forgiver - - forgive through Jonathan. May he be able to sing the song, It is well with my soul - and also with my body. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story and for the updates of praise.

    1. A bit YEAH and AMEN to your dear prayer, Hazel. God knows all about it, and He is in control. Thank you for praying and for stopping by and leaving such encouragement behind. Sending you much love, dear friend. :)

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    1. YES, my friend! There is great power in unified prayer!! God bless you for helping to bear these burdens. :)

  9. (Gulp) I'm praying for Jonathan and Ryker. May He lift them up and may they glorify Him. Thanks for doing your part. And I don't see you pouring your issues on others, I see you lifting up others. I'm praying for you and yours in this season of your lives. God bless, sister.

    1. Your prayers mean SO much, Floyd. We appreciate them more than words. Thank you for your kindness and support and encouragement, too. God bless you abundantly.

  10. Actually, my darling Cheryl, I do admire you so much, you have thoughts filled with love for everyone needing prayers, you're unique, sweet friend !
    Have a blessed continuation of the week
    with dear love

    1. Oh, dear Dany! You always bless me SO much when you come by here. You will never know how much I appreciate your sweet words and love and encouragement. I trust God will pour out a huge blessing upon you, in return. Sending you much love and many hugs across the many miles. :)

  11. Hi Cheryl. Jonathan had tests and a biopsy yesterday. I haven't been able to talk to him or his parents yet so I don't know what or where the biopsy was. He isn't having tests today, but he will go back for more tests next Tuesday. Please keep praying. I will let you know as I find out myself.
    On another note, the wedding was beautiful and my brother was able to walk his daughter down the aisle. I email you. God has been so good!
    Love you

    1. Bless Jonathan's heart...I do trust all is well. I will continue to pray for him. YES, I loved the wedding pictures you shared!! It is so great to put faces with the names I hear you speak of and that I pray for. The wedding was just beautiful, and you did a GREAT job. I was so impressed with the archway that you created for them! You are SO talented and such a precious blessing to every, single person in your life...especially me! Love you, dear friend. :) Let me know about Jonathan.