Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PLEASE Pray for MAX BROWN!! - 8-19-2014

"The Lord is my Rock, and my Fortress, and my Deliverer; 
my God, my Strength, in Whom I will trust..."
Psalm 18:2

(For those of you who are not familiar with or have not been following this story,
please click HERE to read the original prayer request.
You may also click the many links on the right sidebar to read updates.)

My heart is so heavy to have to share more bad news.

I come to you, faithful readers and prayer warriors,
to ask once again that everyone please stop when they read this 
and say a prayer for little 2 year old Max Brown.

He is not doing well.
His left lung has collapsed, and they had to put him back on the ventilator.

UPDATE at 6:28 am...
Max's lung has opened back up, (praise God!),
but he is still having trouble taking deep breaths.
They are going to do a tracheostomy.

This is definitely not what we were all hoping for,
but hopefully, it is just a small glitch, and things will even out for him.

God has done SO much for this precious family.
We know He can do all things and move any mountain.
We have to have faith and keep praying,
and, at the same time, keep our hearts and minds open to His will.
We know God does all things well, and He absolutely knows what is best.

There was some good news yesterday about Makeya, 
that I also wanted to pass along.

This is the direct post from the grandmother...
(from yesterday)
"Makeya is now in rehab.
They have had her up in a wheel chair.
They measured her today for her chair, and she already has it.
They let her get used to her new room, but tomorrow she will have a long day, 
'cause they told her that it will be therapy all day.
Shyla was able to hold Max today.
He is waking up more, but he is still weak.
They still have him on BiPap.
His oxygen level keeps going up and down.
Please continue to pray for my babies."

Today, after the above post was written, Max's lung collapsed, and they had to re-insert the ventilator.

Please pray for comfort for little Makeya, also,
as she has started to wonder where Quinton is.

I received this heart-wrenching post written by the grandmother the other night.
With her permission, I am sharing it here...

"Just wanted to share something with everybody...I cannot sleep without thinking about it....something that touched my heart so much and I mean SO MUCH...today while I was visiting Makeya...well before I even got there Shyla told me that Makeya wanted to know where Quinton was....so Shyla had to tell her that GOD wanted him to come and live with him and that Quinton has wings now.....well when we got there ...we were there for a little while when she told us that Quinton was in heaven and that he had his wings...she even told her sister about it...when the nurse came in to put medicine in Makeya's IV it hurt...well I explain to her that when she started hurting like that to pray to GOD and that he would help her with that and I also told her that Quinton would always be with her , setting right there on that shoulder of hers when ever she needed him....well to get to the part that touch my heart so much....Shyla called about a hour ago and said mom do you know what Makeya just said out of the blue and this is what this little 6 year old girl said "I just felt God checking in on me"....my GOD is real and I am so glad that my MAKEYA can feel him..."

This is beyond heart-breaking.

It is circumstances like these that are near-unbearable...
that are painful, to the point of being unendurable, and completely overwhelming.
It is times like these we need a place to run and hide.

When I read updates like these, all I can think of is Psalm 61:2.

"From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, 
when my heart is overwhelmed:
lead me to the Rock that is higher than I."

Oh, how blessed we are to know that there is a Rock higher than us!
Higher than the medical professionals.
Higher than the mountains of our hurt.
Higher than the height of our pain.
Higher than the waves in our oceans of tears.
There is a Rock.
The sweet, ever-faithful, always-consistent, eternally-strong Rock of Ages!

He bids us come to Him....
for refuge, for shelter, for comfort, for rest.

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

He is there.
Like a rock.

Where would we turn in times like these, if we had no Savior?
If there were no Rock to lean on, to draw strength from, to stand upon?
In life's shifting, changeable, undependable sand.
On life's tossing, turbulent, unreliable sea.
We need an anchor.
Something steady to hold to.
To cling to.
When everything else around us crumbles.

Every person reading this carries a cross of their very own.
Whether it be heartbreak, grief, abandonment,
disease, addiction, divorce, sick loved one(s),
financial distress, persecution, wayward child(ren),
loneliness, rejection, betrayal, disappointment, embarrassment,
guilt, shame, fear, bitterness, bondage, confusion, or a million other possibilities.

Crosses become heavy to bear the longer they are carried.
We all need a Savior...a Redeemer...a Friend who will walk beside us and help bear our load.

There is a Friend Who loves you more than anyone else ever has.
A Friend Who carried a cross of His very own...
and Who also had to have help in bearing its weight.
A Friend Who waits, patiently and gentlemanly, on the sidelines of your life.
All it takes to get Jesus' help is for you to cry out to Him.

Click HERE if video doesn't load.

Tell Him your problems.
Explain your situation.
Call on Him.

He is there.
He is listening.
He loves you with an everlasting love.
No matter who you are.
Regardless of what you've done.
In spite of how many times you've refused His help.
However far you've strayed.

Cry out to Him, my friend.
Invite Him into your circumstances.

In times like these, truly He is our only hope.

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 pray hard for Max.
And please continue to pray for Makeya, also,
along with Shyla, Steven, the grandparents, and all others who are walking this difficult path.

God bless you for your faithfulness to pray and reach out.


  1. Thank you so much for continuing to post updates. So sad. <3

    1. Thank you so much for continuing to carry this burden, Joy. You are a consistent blessing to me. God bless you.

  2. Cheryl...God is sovereign. And prayers can release His power in unimaginable ways. I know God holds this precious family in His hands. Thank you for the updates. It helps to know how to direct our prayers.

    1. YES, praise His name, He reigns over all...even the bad circumstances. We are believing Him for the miracle these dear babies need. Thank you SO much for praying and helping to bear this burden. God bless you.

  3. Sitting here with tears in my eyes praying for this precious family, Cheryl. Thanks for sharing their story so they will receive as many healing prayers as possible. I'll continue to keep them in mine. I love that song from Third Day. We can all relate to some aspect of it and find encouragement by it. So nice to meet you today :)!

    1. Thank you SO much, Candace. Your prayers for this dear family are so deeply appreciated. Yes, the words to that song are just so powerful and so comforting. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed reading your post and what a blessing it was to meet you today. God is SO good to bring us across each other's paths for encouragement and to let us know that we do not walk alone. I look forward to many future visits together...both at your place and here. God bless you, my new friend. :)

  4. I don't know much of the background of this story, but I read through your post and I am spending some time praying for this family this morning.

    1. It means so much to know that you are praying for them. If you care to read their story, you can click on the links in the right sidebar. I am forwarding your kind remarks on to them. God bless you.

  5. My prayers are with this family. My prayers are for healing.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

    1. Thank you so much, Debi! I am so blessed by your visit today. We know God is able to do this, and we surely appreciate every prayer. God bless you.

  6. This precious family is blessed to have you sharing their information so that all of us can pray for them... thank you for keeping it before us. My son had a trach for years and I will be praying for Max and the family even more. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your kind words...I feel such a burden for this dear family. Oh, Joy! I am SO sorry your dear son had to suffer like that...and you, too. A mother's love is so deep, and it hurts so much to watch something like that. I can't thank you enough for your faithfulness and continued prayers. God bless you richly.

  7. I have prayed today for Max. Thank you for letting us know.

  8. Praying for Max right now. I can't imagine the pain the family is going through. Lord, have mercy.

    1. I know...it is just heartbreaking beyond words. I can't thank you enough for your kind words and prayers today.

  9. Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Heather. God bless you.

  10. I'm praying, Cheryl… this is soul crushing. My heart breaks for that family…

  11. I am next to you at Chronicles of Grace and I will pray.

  12. Thank you for sharing your heart felt words with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” At: http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

  13. Oh, sweet little boy! I pray God's healing on him!!! Thanks for linking this request up with the Faith and Fellowship blog hop!

    1. Thank you, Susannah! I trust you are feeling well!!

  14. Thank you so much Cheryl for sharing this sad story as it unfolds. I am praying sweet sister.

    1. Thank you so much, Judith. I know the family appreciates every, single prayer being prayed for them. So thankful for you! God bless you.