Monday, March 9, 2009


If you have visited my blog lately, then you noticed that my last post received many comments. At last glance, there were 171 comments. Not just comments, but prayers for my mother and me.

Have you ever had a friend do something that was just so selfless that it took your breath away? That is how I feel.

My friend Lysa ( wrote about my mother and asked her blog readers to pray for her and send me encouragement. Well, 171 comments later, I have 171 prayers and words of encouragement and verses sent my way. I could not read them all on my blog. I needed to print them out, so that's what I did.

I've been taking time in spurts to just read the precious words and prayers. It is overwhelming to me to think about all these people that I don't know who are taking the time to pray for my mom and pray for me. And why? Because Lysa asked them to as a favor to her. I just can't absorb the magnitude of this very selfless act. It's one thing to ask someone to pray, but also to comment to make sure I knew there were people praying. Lysa told me she just wanted the floodgates of Heaven to open up for my mom...prayers from all over being lifted up on her behalf. It takes my breath away.

My mom is not doing well today. She's been to the emergency room twice in the past 3 days. Now she is nauseaus and not eating much. I'm going to see her tomorrow afternoon. (Tuesday) She is still in a lot of pain. It seems that she goes to a different doctor each day and they all say something different. It's frustrating. And it's killing me seeing her in so much pain. Tonight I just broke down, feeling helpless. My heart aches for my mom and also for her husband. He loves her and is serving her just like Jesus would have it. And he doesn't know what else to do. He just wants her healed. He loves her so much. He also lost his son just last year. It's just hard.

Thank you so much if you have been praying. It means more to me than you could know. What a blessing. I believe in the power of prayer and I know that the strength I have today is a result of that. It renders me speechless. Thank you.

Much much love,



Anonymous said...

I can so deeply feel the pain in your heart coming through the words in your post. I know we don't know each other but I so wish I could give you a hug right now. I will add your mom's husband to my prayers as well. To lose a son and now his wife being so ill...ahh life is so hard. But we do have an assurance of a better life with our Lord. Not that it makes our human hearts hurt any less but it is comforting to know.

May the Lord wrap His mighty arms around you all and give you peace.


Joyful said...

Melissa, I'm standing in the valley with you. I totally lost it last night too and I haven't stopped crying since. We are watching my Dad get worse every day...and no-one seems to be doing anything. My Mom collapsed yesterday and we had to take her home. Dad is going through unbearable pain and in so much torment and we feel so helpless. It's like we're watching him slip away and nothing is being done.

I'm walking this journey with you across the border, but our footsteps are travelling the same road.

Praying, praying, praying for you and your family. May you KNOW His presence with you today.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry you have to go through this. I lost my mom to colon cancer in 1998 and it was the hardest thing i have ever had to go through. She suffered for a very long time and i had to care for her. God is the only one who got me through that time and so i am praying for you to find your rest in God's arms and for your mother to also. He knows everything you both are feeling. I am praying for you both!

Angie said...

It is such a blessing to our hearts and soul knowing others are going before God, lifting our needs to Him. I will continue to pray for strength for your mom and His comfort to all of you.

Cheri Bunch said...

Sweet Melissa,
Praying for you and Joy!
Your post ignites a passion to be fervent!
Blessings to you........He is strength....He not only gives but is!
I hope today will be a brighter day for all of you.
Love you,

Chef Diane said...


Just looking at the number of posts on your blog confim that your sisters are standing arm and arm with you.
Don't miss a single minute that you have with your mom. I am praying with you and for your family.

Jennifer said...

Praying today, too...and sending you a hug!

Anonymous said...

I will keep checking back for updates. My heart is full for you. I pray that God's grace will surround you and your mom and those who love you. May you find blessings as you walk through this painful time.

Natalie said...

I have prayed for you, your mom, and your mom's husband this morning. May the Lord fill you with His grace, His comfort, His peace, and His love.

Julie said...

Melissa, I found you from Joy's ("Pondering) blog.

I just read the post about your mother. I"m so sorry.
My dad had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (an incurable lung disease). He met Jesus face to face two weeks ago Wednesday.

I remember when I first found out that he was sick and unless God did a miracle, would be healed in heaven... There was nothing the doctor's could do.
It was not treatable...

Just wanted you to know I understand what you are going through.