Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Brown Family - Three Years Later

"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases..."
Psalm 103:1-3
(KJV)

Remember the Brown Family?
They first came into all of our lives in early August of 2014, when I received a prayer request from my dear friend, Priscilla, shortly after the Brown family suffered a horrible car wreck.
You can read the original post here.

If you click here, you can read The Inner Views of Shyla Brown,
and, in this same post, you will find links to all of the update posts that tell the story of their long and difficult journey since the accident.

It has now been over three years since that devastating day,
and I wanted to post a long-overdue update.

With Shyla's permission, I am going to share the update through her own words in an email she recently sent to me.
(Shyla's words are shown in brown italics.)

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, marked 3 years since our accident first happened.  



Each row from left to right is Makeya, Max, and Neveya. The top row pictures were taken just months before the accident.
The middle row pictures were taken a week or two after the accident.
The bottom row pictures were taken recently.

I am showing you these photos not to make you cry, but to show you how far my babies have come.  Farther then even doctors thought possible.  I want to show you the smiles that are still on their faces.  Know that no matter what you go through in life you can get through it with God on your side.  



Makeya, Max, and Neveya Brown

Makeya is starting to get very independent.  She can dress herself, except maybe needing a little help pulling up her pants all the way.  She is starting to learn how to transfer herself.  She is able to hold herself in a sitting position for longer periods of time without falling over.  She is getting stronger and stronger every day.  One thing she has never stopped doing is smiling.  She has never given up.  If she tries something and fails, she just tries again and again until she can. 



Steven, Shyla, Makeya, Neveya, and Max Brown
In case you can't read the words, the messages say, 
"Doctor said it would never happen."
"We prayed."
"Max fought."
"God answered."
"The trach is coming out!"

Max has definitely come a long way.  Back in 2014, we were told he would need the trach for life because he would need the vent to breath.  He has had a lot of setbacks in the last 3 years, but with every step back ,he went 2 steps forward.  On August 25,  2016, he went in for a sleep study that determined he no longer needed the vent.  On June 19,  2017, the doctors removed the trach.  We had a little scare the next night after the trach was removed, but the trach was able to remain out.  He still has a hole in his neck where the trach was, but it is closing.  They want it to close as much as possible by itself.  He goes back in October, and if it is not all the way closed, they will stitch the rest up.  

God has proven those doctors wrong so many times with these two,
 and I know He will continue to do just that.  


Neveya, Shyla, Makeya, Steven, and Max Brown

My Neveya is a big help.  She tries to help her brother and sister all the time. 

There is not much change in Stevens leg, except maybe the fact that he has learned to deal with the pain because he does not like wearing his brace.  He still has to wear it every now and again when he overdoes it. 

Through "Lane Bryant's Wish to Parent" program, little Makeya's wish to take her mom to Disney World came true!


Steven, Max, Neveya, Shyla, and Makeya Brown,
along with Disney Princess, "Belle", of course!

As you will remember, Steven and Shyla's dear, little 5 year old son, Quinton, lost his life in the accident.
This is a beautiful quilt Shyla's aunt is making for her, using Quinton's clothes.



The pictures below are so precious and speak a thousand words!




It has been an amazing blessing for me, personally, to get to know this precious family
and to watch as God has come on the scene for them, time after time, and brought them to where they are today.
To read about my personal visit with them, click here.

I will never forget standing there with Shyla beside little Max's bedside,
sensing her deep heartache,
and how, together, we prayed a desperate prayer, begging God to spare her little boy's life.
Here it is, over three years later, and I have no words to express the gratitude in my heart to God for hearing and answering that prayer and the many other prayers that have been prayed on their behalf.
He is a faithful God, who "is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us..."  (Ephesians 3:20)

I believe that a major component of "the power that worketh in us..." has to do with Holy Spirit inspired, anointed, and appointed intercessory prayer.
There is no way on earth we could ever put come close to comprehending the power of prayer.
God absolutely answers the cries of His children, and "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."  (James 5:16)

Many of you have followed the Brown family's story from the very beginning.
Thank you for every prayer you have prayed for them!
Please do continue to keep them on your prayer list, as the challenges they face on a daily basis are enormous.
I cannot imagine how difficult life is for Steven and Shyla, having not just one, but two young children who are paralyzed and wheelchair-bound, but I still believe God is not finished with their healing process!
I still believe He has the power to completely heal them and make both of them walk again!
We still serve the same God who walked this earth and who spoke to the lame man and said,
"Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house."  (Matthew 9:6)

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
Hebrews 13:8
(NASB)

God has performed miracle after miracle for this dear family, and I believe, with all my heart,
there are more miracles to come!!

In closing, I would like to re-quote Shyla's encouraging words from above,
"Know that no matter what you go through in life, you can get through it with God on your side."

Profound truth spoken from the heart of a wife and mother who is living proof.

34 comments:

  1. Oh dear Cheryl. Thank you so much for this update. I have prayed for this family for a long time now. It's wonderful to see the progress that has been made. Such examples they are to all of us. Thank you again my dear friend. I'm remaining in prayer for you and your family also.
    Blessings, Betsy

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    1. Thank you ever so much, sweet friend! Your words and friendship are so precious to me! I don't know how I missed your comment the first time around when I was responding to comments! I am so sorry! You will never know how much my family and I appreciate your precious prayers. I love and appreciate you so very much!

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  2. Oh my goodness Cheryl. WOW! My heart is so full reading this. Praising the Lord for how He has carried this family through. I have never read the their story but I plan to take the time to do so. Lord Jesus, Your mercy and your grace is more than I can even begin to fathom. Thank you for sharing this. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Yes, praise the dear Lord for all He has done for them! I know you will be encouraged by reading their story. Many hugs and blessings back to you, sweet friend. :)

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  3. Thank the Lord for all He has done! Tears of praise mingled with a pang of grief at the thought of what they have been through. Thank the Lord they are still together as a family, that all that has happened hasn't been able to tear them apart, but because of God's power and grace and the earnest prayers, they are going THROUGH. Thank you for the update!

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    1. Oh, I know what you mean...it is both heart-wrenching to think of all they have been through and glorious to see how far God has brought them! Their story is one that has blessed so many. So thankful for your visit, and God bless you, Angela!

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  4. Oh my, what a precious family and what a bittersweet story!! I don't think I have read anything about them on your blog before. What an amazing testimony they have of our amazing God! I went back and looked through some of the other posts and videos to familiarize myself with the story. Thank you much for sharing it and especially for the updates. To God be the Glory!

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    1. I am so thankful you were able to read their story, Debby! Yes, to God be all glory...He is surely worthy!! God bless you, my friend. :)

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  5. Dear Cheryl, This is such a beautiful story of God's Grace and Miraculous Power at work in the lives of His children. They have endured so much, but yet give God all the Glory! And I love how they are so encouraging to others, even in the midst of their own difficulties, to let their comfort overflow to others who would read their story. Thank you for being faithful to share, and to spread the Word of God's Glory to those of us who read here also, Cheryl! Blessings, Love and Hugs to you!!

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    1. I love how they are encouraging others, too! It is so amazing to see how positive God has kept them through all of this. Much love and many hugs back to you, sweet friend! I trust you are feeling well today...praying for you!

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  6. I remember you mentioning the family earlier. What a blessing to see them coping so well, and cheerfully. We must all know that cheerfulness comes at a cost, and there may be many times when the family has wept to the Lord. The children are amazing.

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    1. You are so right...I can't imagine the tears that have been shed behind the scenes. Thank you so much for your sweet visit, Elizabeth. I hope all is well with you and your husband. God bless you!

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  7. I'm new to this story, and would like to know more about the accident. So might I ask, what exactly happened? And the kids look so precious. They're smiles have truly inspired me to continue to fight on even when things seem almost impossible. Thank you for sharing this with us, Cheryl. :)

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    1. Yes, those precious smiles surely do present a challenge to us all, don't they? Those dear children are facing such enormous odds, yet, they keep pressing on, regardless. They were involved in a very serious car wreck that claimed the life of their precious son, Quinton, and left two of their three remaining children paralyzed. You can read the details in the links I have provided in this post. I am so thankful for your visit and sweet comment! God bless you!

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  8. I'm touched with sadness and happiness. I can't believe it's been three years already... unbelievable.

    Thanks for catching us up with the Brown family. What a beautiful family!

    I'm praying for them and I pray God continues to work unexpected miracles in the lives of all of them.

    This one touched deeply, sister.

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    1. I know...it is hard to believe it has been three years since that dreadful day. Your prayers and faithful support are so appreciated, brother. May God bless you abundantly for all you do!

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  9. I vividly remember the sharing of their story, and what a tremendous exciting witness to the healing power of the Lord to hear that Mac was able to get his trach out, oh thank you Lord Jesus! And all of the major milestones that they have overcome in these three years, it is just beyond amazing. My heart was overjoyed, and my eyes filled with tears to read of the rejoicing story they shared of the progress that they have made! When I saw the quilt with Quinton's clothes, and the beautiful picture of him looking down on them, I just cried! Oh my, such loss, and yet, in the wake of such pain, joy has come forth... only GOD can do such a thing! Thank you for sharing this update dear Cheryl! I know the way is rough for you right now, and I hope to send you an email shortly. Keeping you and your precious in my prayers as well, and praising the Lord for this amazing testimony of the healing power of the Lord!

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    1. Thank you ever so much for your faithful prayers and support, my friend! I know what you mean...it is so touching to look at that beautiful picture and know that dear, little Quinton is truly looking down on his dear family. I know they miss him so much! God bless you for praying and for your love and friendship!

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  10. This is such an amazing testimony to the healing power of the Lord. Look at how those children are doing now! I’m stopping right now to pray for this family.

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    1. Thank you so much for praying for this dear family, Leslie! I know they appreciate it so much! God bless you. :)

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  11. Wow, bless their hearts. What strength. Prayers for them all.

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    1. Thank you so much, Brenda! God bless you. :)

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  12. My sweet friend, what a joy to visit with you this afternoon. This story brought tears to my eyes. Oh, the amazing power of God! Indeed, He is the great Physician and Healer.

    Thank you for sharing this family's journey with us. What pain they faced and endured, but oh, what a triumphant victory the Lord has blessed them with.

    Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend! God bless you! Sending love and hugs back to you. :)

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  13. This is amazing what God has already accomplished through Holy Spirit-inspired prayer. (I so agree with you on that.) Oh, what a story. Their beautiful smiles reveal Christ in them, healing them. Love this post and your precious words, Cheryl.

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend! God's power never ceases to amaze me. Sending love and hugs to you today! Praying for you. :)

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  14. Such a hard post to read because of so much grief, but God has given so much joy. It's there in the ashes, isn't it.
    Thanks, Cheryl, for challenging my heart this morning.

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    1. Yes, joy is there in the ashes..great way of wording that, Michele. God bless you!

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing testimony of how great our God still is and how He has been working to bring this family to where they are today. Yes, He is able and willing to continue to do great things in their lives! May He raise up these children to faith in Him and bring them to the point of walking with Him physically and spiritually. And may He receive all the glory, for He is great and awesome are His works!

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    1. Oh, yes, praise His wonderful name! Thank you so much for your encouragement and visit, Ruth! God bless you. :)

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  16. Oh dear Cheryl, thank you for reminding me to pray for this family. What an amazing testament to love and grace that her children have been able to come this far! They must be incredible parents with a deep and solid faith. Wow. I'm sure there were tears, but I certainly am in awe of their devotion and love of the Lord.
    They will have my prayers for sure.
    Ceil

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend. Your faithfulness and support is a precious gift. God bless you!

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  17. Thank you for this update. It seems so long ago when you first posted...still very sad. I'm glad to hear how things are now.

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    1. Thanks so much, Ang! God bless you, my friend. :)

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