Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Prayer & Fasting Reminder for TODAY, October 29th, & A SPECIAL MESSAGE from Makeya & Max's Grandmother, Shiela!!

"And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it;
or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it."
I Corinthians 12:26
(KJV)

One of the most comforting things about being a member of Christ's earthly body
is the wonderful way we, as members, care for one another.
The love that flows from heart to heart, even between those who have never met face-to-face,
is one of the sweetest, most amazing things to behold.

So many of you have poured your hearts into praying for the needs 
that have been mentioned here at Homespun Devotions, and some have even gone a step farther,
by laying aside food to add fasting to your prayers.
I love the way we all come together when there is a need.
I love the way it all works.

Jesus said, 
"By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, 
if ye have love one to another."
John 13:35

The proof is in the love.
When one member suffers, the other members automatically suffer, too.
When one heart houses the love and Spirit of God, 
the needs and pain of other hearts cannot be ignored.

It is like smashing a finger, while using a hammer.
Ever notice how quickly everything else is shut down,
the opposite hand rushes to hold the smashed finger,
and the pain is felt from head to toe?
All of the other members suffer when one member suffers.

So it works in the universal, worldwide, undivided-by-labels-and-factions
body of Jesus Christ.

The love of God is a compelling force.
When Jesus was here, He never overlooked a single need.
He was often "moved with compassion".
When He is on board, in our hearts, we, too, are moved with compassion
for the needs and hurts of others.

"Compassion that moves" causes us to lay aside selfish endeavors for the sake and good of others.

A few days ago, I mentioned that we were calling for two specific fasting and prayer days...
last Wednesday, October 22nd and tomorrow, Wednesday, October 29th.

I just wanted to remind everyone to prayerfully consider if God would have you to participate,
and I also wanted to share some updates, 
so we all know how to pray specifically, as we fast.

There are several pressing needs listed, and so many more that are not listed.
God is doing amazing things, and we are looking for even greater things to happen,
as we obediently pray and seek His face and add fasting to our prayers.

So, without further ado, and in no particular order.....

Baby Obed


Have you ever seen anything cuter or more precious than this picture??
Those beautiful, blue eyes, and that beautiful smile!
What a cutie! 

And just listen to what God has been doing for this little guy!

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

"Lately, we've been trying to focus on him gaining more weight.  
Why?...
About three weeks ago the cardiologist told us that if he doesn't gain weight over the next two weeks, we'd have to discuss putting a feeding tube in 
(which I guess is pretty common in children with similar heart conditions).  
I'll admit that feeling of fear rose up, and we quickly remembered God loves us and has been with us from the beginning-never forsaking us.  
(This journey has taught us that biblical foundations are vitally important 
when we're in our deepest need of help and hope.)  
I'm happy to report that Obed exceeded their expectations of 1/2 oz/day and gained 3/4 oz/day during those two weeks!  
The cardiologist was very thrilled to see his weight gain.  
So much so, she said she would see us in "THREE" weeks. 
Since his birth, 7.15.14, we've been seeing her at least once every two weeks.  
The in-home nurse will continue coming weekly to check his weight."


Do you see the pattern here?
Every time things start looking bad for little Obed Jeremiah,
God comes on the scene just in time!
Praise His holy name for ALL He is doing for this precious, little one
who is prophesying to the nations, proclaiming the awesome power of GOD!

Please read Baby Obed's former posts by clicking these links....
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Jimmy Neff 


I am sad to say that Jimmy's condition continues to deteriorate.
He is now beginning to experience more difficult symptoms,
and is in much need of prayer.
Please do continue to pray for him, his mother (my sister-in-law, Dorothy), his step-father (my brother, David), his three siblings, David, Naomi, and Melissa, and all other family members, and loved ones as they walk through these dark days.
We know God can still heal him, if it is His will.
There is nothing too hard for our GOD!

(To read Jimmy's previous posts, click these links...
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Connie Flanders


I am SO thankful to report that God is doing amazing things for Connie, 
and she is AWAKE and IMPROVING every day!
My sweet friend and fellow-blogger/prayer warrior, Chris Thompson, went to see her on Saturday,
and she told Connie about the outpouring of love and prayers for her.
Connie was so blessed and touched by it all!
We are believing God to completely raise her up from this affliction
and restore her to perfect health.
Please keep praying!

(To read previous posts about Connie, click...

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Lauren Hill

19 year old, Lauren Hill, is still in desperate need of a Divine-intervention miracle.
By God's strength, she plans to don her #22 basketball jersey
and play one more time on November 2nd.

To understand her story, please click HERE and HERE to watch news clips 
and interviews with Lauren.
Her strength and sweet spirit is so inspiring.

Also, if you would like to hear about what this dear girl is doing to help cancer research,
click HERE.

PLEASE pray for the miracle Lauren needs.
There is no doubt that God is able to do this.
And pray for her mother, Lisa, her father, Brent, her brother, Nate, and her sister, Erin.

(To read previous posts about Lauren, click these links....
and 2nd POST.)

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Makeya and Max Brown 

God is still doing amazing things for these two precious children.

Makeya went to her first day of temporary school yesterday!!
I spoke with her Daddy, Steven this evening, and he said she loved it!!!


And little Mr. Max went outdoors!!


Just look at how far GOD has brought these two little ones since their lowest point on August 2nd!!

Let's keep praying, dear friends!
God is listening!!

To read previous posts about the Brown Family,
click ORIGINAL POST,
and 1ST UPDATE,
and 2ND UPDATE,
 and 3RD UPDATE,
and 4TH UPDATE,
and 5TH UPDATE,
and 6TH UPDATE,
and 7TH UPDATE,
and 8TH UPDATE,
and 9TH UPDATE.
and 17TH UPDATE
and 21ST UPDATE.)

I wanted to set aside a spot for this special message from Makeya's and Max's grandmother, Shiela.

"TO EVERYONE THAT HAS READ THIS BLOG ABOUT THE BROWN FAMILY……
Hello, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Shiela.  I am the mother of Shyla and the grandmother of Makeya, Quinton, Max, and Neveya.  I do not want to leave Steven out, he is my son-in-law.  I would personally like to THANK each and every one of you who have prayed for my family and who continue to pray, for the cards you have sent, the gifts, and most of all, the love that we have felt from everyone from all over.  The gifts that have been sent, we know the LORD was in them.  This is something I would like to share with you.  There was a family form New York that sent each child a home-made stuffed animal.  They also sent one in memory of our little Quinton.  This was a whale, and the print of the material had turtles on it.  “Turtle” was Shyla’s nickname when she was a baby.  So, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  This meant a lot to us.  There were a lot of packages that were sent, and I will not mention anyone’s name but you will know who you are.  They had a package that came from California that consisted of gifts for every one of them.  My daughter, Shyla, is reading the kids’ devotional Bible to them every day.  But, there was a book in there that they sent Shyla, called “Is Heaven Real?”.  (YES, IT IS.)  This book is in the gift shop at the hospital, and Shyla has been wanting to get it, but it cost too much, so she kept putting it off.  So, I count this as another gift from GOD.  I just want everyone to know how much we are THANKFUL for all of your PRAYERS and the love that you have shown us."

And, here is a video from Shyla of little Max doing his therapy.
Watch closely to see him blow his Mommy, Shyla, a kiss!!
What a little sweetheart!!


God bless these precious little ones....
I am looking for the day I hear they are WALKING AGAIN.
I believe it will happen, in Jesus' name!!

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Jimmie Mae Norton


Another praise report!!
Jimmie Mae is being healed of the hematoma, and she is improving.
Please continue to keep her in your prayers for complete healing.

(For previous post about Jimmie Mae, click HERE.)
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Cheryl Norton

Cheryl is due to have her first baby in December, and she is suffering from kidney stones.
Please continue to pray for her!

(To read previous post about Cheryl, click HERE.)
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Please pray for my sister, Debbie Dennis, who has a very urgent unspoken request.

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Pray for my niece, Victoria Baird, who is to undergo exploratory surgery on Thursday.

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Pray for Pastor Ron Cavin's family.
Bro. Ron passed away somewhat suddenly,
after a brief illness.
His death leaves his family and congregation devastated.
Please pray for wisdom as a new pastor is selected.

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Pray for my uncle John McCoy, who is suffering from a long-term battle with bone cancer.

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Pray for my nephew, Shawn Baird, who is suffering from C.O.P.D.
and is awaiting a double lung transplant.

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So many pressing needs.
Such a big, awesome, Almighty God!

Please join me in praying, and if you feel led to lay aside one or more meals tomorrow for these needs, it will surely be most appreciated!

God bless each one who is willing to bear the burdens of others.
Galatians 6:2,
"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."

Sunday, October 26, 2014

When Fear Is Your Default Mode & Update on Makeya Brown

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee,
because he trusteth in Thee."
Isaiah 26:3
(KJV)

I awoke in sheer panic, as I looked over and didn't see Kevin.
Bless his heart, no matter how quiet he tries to be, my over-active, uber-hyper, super-charged worry instincts usually provide me with an uncanny ability to feel his slightest move
or the gentlest tug of the covers. 
After 26 years of marriage, I usually hear him and am instantly wide awake when he slips out of bed, 
but this time I slept right through it.
So, when I woke up and saw he wasn't there, 
I immediately made the assumption that there was something wrong.
He struggles with multiple chronic health issues,
and through the years, we have had more than our share of middle-of-the-night
and early-morning scary times.
I can't count the times, nor do I even remember them all,
that I have fallen to my knees, pleading with God to stop the pain and give him relief.
And just as I can't count the times I've asked, 
I can't count the times God has answered.
Every, single time.
He has been there, 100% true to His Word and promises.

God has proven Himself faithful to us in so many countless scenarios,
He has answered while we were yet speaking, (Isaiah 65:24)
and even before we breathed a prayer.
So, why do I instantly and automatically revert to being consumed with gripping fear?
And why can't I just be calm and think the best, until proven otherwise?
Why does my heart start to race, as that sinking feeling washes over me,
the minute any situation even remotely holds the potential of something being wrong?

I will tell you why, even though I am ashamed to do so.
Fear is my default mode.
I know it probably shouldn't be.
Nevertheless, more times than not, it is, I confess.

As my panic level elevated, and my pulse raced,
God spoke.
"There is nothing wrong, child.  He is okay"

I felt a peaceful calm ease in and replace the panic,
and soon, the door opened, and there he was...
my husband....
safe, sound, healthy, and his normal, happy, smiling self.

I'd like to blame this terror-prone, automatically-assuming-the-absolute-worst 
problem I have on someone else.
Mom and Dad both struggled with fear their whole lives.
Bless Mom's dear heart, if anyone she loved was later than they said they would be,
or if she couldn't get a hold of them,
she would automatically assume that they had been abducted,
that they had been involved in a serious car wreck,
or that they had come to some other horrible end,
and she would have them dead and buried in the cemetery
before she could finally reach them and hear that they were fine.

There was good reason for Mom's fears.

When my four siblings were still children,
their Daddy, Eddie, (Mom's first husband), died instantly in a horrifying car wreck,
just one block from their house.
Mom and my brother and 3 sisters were at church when it happened,
and when they came home that night,
they saw the wreck and recognized the car as being the one that belonged to Eddie's friend, Rick.
The sickening reality washed over them that Eddie had gone out with Rick that night,
and he had more than likely been in that car.
Soon, their fears were confirmed when they reached their house and went inside.
The phone was ringing.
It was the hospital, asking Mom to come right away.
When she arrived, she was told her husband was killed instantly in the wreck.

Mom was left a widow and a single mother of 4 children.
Needless to say, her life was forever changed that awful night,
and that experience, along with many others,
affected the way she viewed situations.
More than likely, the trauma and overwhelming terror of it all
caused her to almost always over-react and automatically assume the worst-imaginable.

So, I could truthfully say that growing up and living in a fearful environment 
instilled this fear-drenched default mode into me.
I could excuse it away and say it is an inherent part of my nature 
that I will just have to learn to live with and accept.
I could pretend it is normal to go into a full-blown panic
at the sound of the least whimper, sneeze, or nose sniff coming from Zachary's room.

But, in reality, I know that living in fear is not the optimal, abundant life Jesus came to give.
And even if there are justifiable reasons for my excessive, obsessive fear-filled tendencies,
in my heart, I know that there is a way to trust God on a deeper level.

Living life fear-saturated is not a healthy way to live.
It wreaks havoc on the mind, the nerves, the emotions, 
and yes, the spiritual part of us.

Fear is a giant.
It is intimidating, daunting, a Goliath-like monster
that looms and is ever-present...
shouting out its taunts and threats morning and evening like Goliath, (I Samuel 17:8-16)
and every moment in between.

The Bible has a lot to say about fear.
One of the more notable passages is this...

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment.
He that feareth is not made perfect in love."
I John 4:18

"Fear hath torment."

Ahem....can I get an amen??

Can anyone else vouch for the tormenting power of fear?

The thing about fear is this....
it is a liar.
A BIG one.
Most of the things we fear never even come to pass.
Most of the scenarios fear plays out like a moving picture in our minds
never even remotely happen in real life.
They are nothing more than figments of our own imaginations,
and we all know that imagination is the biggest nation in the world.

The battle is in the mind.
If satan can get us to focus on the "what ifs?",
he will successfully rob us of the 
beautiful "what ares" right in front of us.
I am ashamed to admit to all of the successful attempts he has made in pulling a black shadow
over otherwise wonderful moments of my life.
I can be enjoying something to the fullest, when he sneaks his conniving self into the situation
and causes me to start fearing something that is not even real.

I have had to distance myself....far away....from taking in much of the news these days.
As I have talked about before, I am pretty much on a media black-out.
Do you ever remember living through a time when there was more bad news?
Because of my propensity for fear, I take in VERY little news.
If there is something I absolutely have to know, Kevin keeps me informed.
And I subscribe to a few selective email updates that provide headlines.
It is rare that I actually click on any one of these headlines,
because I usually don't want to take in the details.
While I know we can't (or shouldn't) take an ostrich-like stance and bury our heads in the sand,
I have learned that I simply cannot fill my head with it all.
It is terrifying to me.
Understandably so.

We are living in the perilous times Paul prophesied about in 2 Timothy 3:1,
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."
and 
the ones Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24:6-8,
"And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of war:
see that ye be not troubled:
for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows."

Not to speak gloom and doom, but truth isn't always cheery.
We are there, my friend.
Could times be much more perilous?
The word pestilence means,
"any virulent (meaning violent and rapid in its course, highly malignant,
able to overcome the natural defenses of the host, highly infectious)
or fatal, contagious disease,
esp. one of epidemic proportions."

No wonder Jesus said,
"Men's hearts failing them for fear, 
and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth..."
Luke 21:26

Hearts are failing because of fear.
It is happening right before our very eyes.
We are absolutely living in and witnessing first-hand the days Jesus and Paul were talking about.
I'm convinced of it.
Honestly, I don't think it will be long until we see our Savior coming in the clouds,
with power and great glory, as He promised to do in the next verse (Luke 21:27).
I realize that every generation since Jesus made that promise have felt He would come back
during their lifetime, but I just don't think it has ever before been more likely.

You don't have to look very far to see the signs,
and those signs can surely stoke the spirit of fear in a person who is prone to being consumed by it.
There is plenty of discouraging ammunition to keep the cannon of fear firing non-stop.

Lately, in our family worship time,
Kevin, Zachary, and I have been studying about David.
The thing that has impacted me most in our recent studies is the time he spent
bewildered and fear-ridden in the cave at Adullam.
He was literally running for his very life,
chased by a man (King Saul) who was consumed with overwhelming rage...
all for no reason.
David had done nothing wrong.
There was no justification for Saul's irrational behavior.
I don't know for sure how many Psalms David wrote while hiding out in that cave,
but we can know for certain that the 57th chapter was one of them.
"To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David,
when he fled from Saul in the cave.
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me:
for my soul trusteth in Thee:
yea, in the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast."
Psalm 57:1

David was full of fear.
Can you blame him?
The most powerful man in the land had made him
the target of a massive, jealousy-obsessed manhunt.
He came after David like he had committed the most heinous of crimes,
when in fact, David couldn't have been more innocent.

But, in his overwhelming, overpowering fear, David knew where to turn.
He knew what to do.
He had found a Refuge, stronger, higher, and more fortified than the Cave of Adullam.
The perfect love of God, his Refuge, was the very antidote for his deep-seated fear.
He practiced seeking this antidote and wrote about it.
I am so glad he did.

I'm glad God chooses to use fallen, imperfect people who have checkered pasts and fearful hearts.
I'm thankful His Word is chock full of their examples,
lessons learned, and written accounts that reveal that they were human.
The book of Psalms contains some of the most comforting words in all of Scripture,
most all of them written by a man who experienced the full gamut of humanity,
including fear....
just like you and me.
David wrote from the heart...he wrote what he knew....what he experienced...what he lived.

In Psalm 56:3, he wrote,
"What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee."

We all have moments of fear.
Some of us are more driven by it than others.
Some of us, like me, have an automatic fear default mode,
in spite of all God has done to prove that we have nothing to be afraid of while
dwelling "in the secret place of the Most High"
and abiding  "under the shadow of the Almighty".  (Psalm 91:1)

Fear is a very effective tool in the hands of the enemy.
If he can instill fear to the point that it becomes a stronghold,
he has achieved an advantage over us and has the upper hand.

2 Timothy 1:7 says,
"God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

It is impossible to keep a sound mind, when we are so consumed by fear.

Therefore, it is in our best interest to guard our minds and steer clear from fear-mongers.
You know who they are.
You know what feeds your fear.
There are enough battles to fight with fear without listening to,
watching, and reading things that fuel the flame and add more things to worry about.
Do we really have to know every bad thing that is happening in the world?

Philippians 4:8 gives us a list of these six recommended subjects to think upon:
Things that are TRUE
Things that are HONEST
Things that are JUST
Things that are PURE
Things that are LOVELY
Things that are of GOOD REPORT

When fearful thoughts weigh heavy on our minds,
we must put forth the necessary effort to...
"Cast down imaginations and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ..."
2 Corinthians 10:5

Once we have cast down the imaginations
and brought the wayward, fearful thoughts into captivity,
we must replace them with a thought that is God-honoring...
a thought that is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and/or of good report.

Isaiah 26:3 says,
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee,
because he trusteth in Thee."

Other people may be able to do it,
but, I have found that I cannot keep my mind stayed upon the dear Lord,
when I am filling my head with everything BUT Him.
There are so many things vying for His place in our minds,
it takes a real conscious, concentrated effort to keep our minds fixed on Him.
And keeping our focus on Him and His perfect love for us
will keep us in perfect peace.
It will still our anxious hearts.
It will remind us that He loves us with an unconditional, unending love,
and that, truly, in reality, we have nothing in the world to fear.

He is coming back for us, dear friend.
He will take us away...out of this awful, evil, fallen world to a place where we will never have to fight another battle with fear, because in that perfect place, fear does not exist.

He said,
"And when these things begin to come to pass,
then look up, and lift up your heads;
for your redemption draweth nigh."
Luke 21:28

Our precious Redemption is close at hand.
"So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near,
even at the doors."
Matthew 24:33

Hold on, and don't be afraid.

He is coming back for us, and it will be soon.

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Now for something to PRAISE HIM for.....
BIG, EXCITING, MIRACLE NEWS!!!!!

Little 6 year old Makeya Brown was released from the hospital on October 23rd!!!!

This is the update from her mommy, Shyla....
"Keya loves it over at the McDonald house. 
She says she would rather go home, but she says she can wait until Max comes home, too. 
She told me that she did not want to go without him. 
She starts her temporary school up here on Monday, and I think I am more nervous then she is. Max is doing really good and loves it up here on rehab. 
They actually get him out of bed and out of the room. 
For those who have asked, as of right now, (which could change),
 Max's discharge date is December 18th. "

Looking back, it is absolutely amazing to think how far God has brought these precious little ones.
So many bumps in the road.
So many scary moments.
But, at the end of the day, God has had it all under control.

Here is a picture of Makeya "graduating" from Rehab.


To all of you who have prayed 
for this day to come,
please pause with me for a moment to praise  our Almighty, awesome GOD!!!

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.
OR
2.  You may donate online by clicking HERE.

Most of all, please continue to lift them to our Heavenly Father in prayer.
(To read previous posts about the Brown Family,
click ORIGINAL POST,
and 1ST UPDATE,
and 2ND UPDATE,
 and 3RD UPDATE,
and 4TH UPDATE,
and 5TH UPDATE,
and 6TH UPDATE,
and 7TH UPDATE,
and 8TH UPDATE,
and 9TH UPDATE.
and 15TH UPDATE,
and 16TH UPDATE,
and 17TH UPDATE
and 18TH UPDATE,
and 19TH UPDATE,
and 20TH UPDATE.)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two Days of Prayer & Fasting - Wednesday, October 22 & Wednesday, October 29

"Again I say unto you, 
That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, 
it shall be done for them of My Father which is in Heaven."
Matthew 18:19
(KJV)



Click here if video doesn't load.

I LOVE this song.
(Words and Music by Rusty Goodman)
I weep almost every time I hear it, because the message resonates so deeply.

The name of the song is, "I'll Be Alright As Soon As I Touch Calvary",
and that is just the way I feel.
No matter how heavy-laden or burdened I become,
no matter how heavy my cross,
my matter how unstoppable my tears,
I know where to go.
I know just what to do.
And once I get there...once I reach His feet...once I touch Calvary,
I know, deep in my heart, that I am going to be alright.

When it all becomes too much, I hear His precious, still, small voice whisper,
"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."

He is always there.
Always.
Arms wide open.

If you have been reading Homespun Devotions for any length of time,
you will know that there have been some heavy prayer requests mentioned
through the stroke of these laptop keys and the click of this "publish" button.

My precious friend and fellow prayer warrior, Chris Thompson, who blogs at So Much At Home,
has made the wonderful suggestion that Christians everywhere come together for the sake 
of a greater cause and add fasting to our prayers 
for these distinct prayer requests
on two distinct days,
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
and
Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

There is nothing like the unified combination of God's people in prayer and fasting
to move God on His throne and bring about the miracles that are needed.

There are just some mountains that will only be moved by adding the extra effort
of fasting to our prayers.
Jesus confirmed this in Matthew 17:20,21, right after His disciples found they could not deliver
on a miracle someone came to them to perform.
They came to Jesus, in their disappointment, asking Him why they couldn't produce
the desired and requested results.

"And Jesus said unto them, 
Because of your unbelief:
for verily I say unto you,
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove;
and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Howbeit, this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting."

Will you join us, dear friend?
Will you lay aside at least one meal on one or two of these days,
for the sake of these miracles?

I am listing some of the more pressing needs here, in no particular order.

Baby Obed

This precious baby was diagnosed in utero as having 
"Transposition of the Great Vessels".
After much prayer, he was born with what is now being referred to as,
"Double Outlet Right Ventricle" with VSD (Ventricular Septum Defect),
instead of the original diagnosis of "Transposition of the Great Vessels".
He has done remarkably better than was predicted by doctors,
but there is still a chance he will need to have major surgery to correct his condition.
Please pray for a complete Divine-intervention miracle of healing
and that Baby Obed will not need any type of surgery.

(To read past posts on Baby Obed,
click these links....
and Baby Obed #6,
and Baby Obed #7.)

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Jimmy Neff

Jimmy is a dear, lifelong friend and former Marine, 
who is suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer, brain cancer, and adrenal cancer.  
In spite of massive radiation and chemo-therapy treatments,
his cancer has grown by 25%.
Doctors have exhausted their sources of help,
but we are still believing God for the miracle he needs.
Please pray!

(To read former posts about Jimmy, click these links...

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Lauren Hill

Lauren is a 19 year old college freshman and basketball player,
who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma),
49 days after her 18th birthday.
She has only been given a short time to live, by doctors.
We are asking God to perform a miracle, remove the inoperable (by man) tumor,
and extend her life.

To watch a video about her story click this link.

Make sure you have a box of tissues handy, as your heart breaks for this dear family.

(To read the original post about Lauren, click here.)

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Connie Flanders


Connie has been seriously ill and in the hospital since September 15th,

when she was diagnosed with pancreatitis.
She has shown some improvement, but she is still in desperate need of prayer 
for complete healing.
Connie has been seriously ill and in the hospital since September 15th,
when she was diagnosed with pancreatitis.
She has shown some improvement, but she is still in desperate need of prayer
for complete healing.

(Click here to read the ORIGINAL POST ABOUT CONNIE,
and here to read UPDATE #1,
and here to read UPDATE #2.)

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Makeya and Max Brown

     

Both of these precious siblings were involved in a tragic car accident that claimed the life
of their 5 year old brother, Quinton, on August 2, 2014.
They have both been hospitalized since that time.
6 year old Makeya had a broken neck and was told she would never be able to move anything from the neck down.  She is now using her hands very well and has some feeling in her feet, praise God!
2 year old Max had a spinal cord that was severed almost completely in half, and was told he would never be able to move anything from the chest down.  
He is now moving his legs and able to push himself in a wheel chair!
God is working on their behalf, and we are believing in His power to heal
and enable both of these children to walk again!!!

(To read previous posts about the Brown Family,
click ORIGINAL POST,
and 1ST UPDATE,
and 2ND UPDATE,
 and 3RD UPDATE,
and 4TH UPDATE,
and 5TH UPDATE,
and 6TH UPDATE,
and 7TH UPDATE,
and 8TH UPDATE,
and 9TH UPDATE.
and 15TH UPDATE,
and 16TH UPDATE,
and 17TH UPDATE
and 18TH UPDATE,
and 19TH UPDATE,
and 20TH UPDATE.)

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Jimmie Mae Norton


Please pray for Jimmie Mae Norton, 
who has been suffering from a weakened heart for many years,
and she has now developed a hematoma.
Please pray for God to strengthen and heal her.

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Cheryl Norton


Cheryl Norton is in much need of prayer, as she is due to have her first child in December,
and she is suffering terribly from kidney stones.
Please pray that God will give her relief and protect her and her unborn baby.

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Please pray for the family of Bro, Ron Cavin, 
a dear pastor and laborer in the Kingdom of God, who passed away Saturday afternoon, 
after a short illness.
His death comes as a great shock to his congregation and his family.
Pray for peace for those who are grieving and wisdom for decisions concerning 
the future of his congregation.

There are many other burdens upon my heart,
and I am sure you have many more upon yours, also.
If you have any prayer requests that you would like to add to next week's fasting day (Wed. 10/29),
please feel free to contact me at the online contact form here.
I will be happy to include additional requests for prayer,
and I am hoping, by that time, we will have major praise reports to add, too!

Thank you for your prayers and support
 and for helping to bear these burdens!