Let’s pray.

So, today’s post is going to be a little bit different.
Tomorrow, I’m going to set my goals for the month of July…and one of them has to do with prayer.
Every day, I get prayer requests emailed to me.  Most of the time, they have to do with infertility or adoption…but sometimes, they have to do with other things too.  I pray for each and every person who emails me.  My heart sincerely breaks for so many people out there that are really going through hard times.  Let’s face it…at some point, each of us has gone through something really hard or will go through something really hard.  In this life…it’s inevitable.

My goal this month is to pray more.  I really want to set aside time every day to really focus and pray above and beyond my normal prayers for those of you out there that are really struggling.  When I was thinking about this goal, I thought about how there are many, many, many of you out there who are prayer warriors too.  You love the Lord and love praying for others, so I’m inviting you to do this with me.  Today, I’m asking for prayer requests…not just for me to pray over but for others of you out there to pray over too.  In Matthew 18:20, Jesus clearly states that “when two or more are gathered in my name, I am there with them”.  

 My promise is to pray over each prayer request before I publish it and then to daily go back this month and continue to pray for you guys.  I am…dare I say…prayerful…that those of you out there that spend time in God’s Word and in prayer daily, will also join me this month in praying over these requests too.

Right now, the biggest prayer request I have in my own life is Ashby.  Ashby’s health problems are a lot more serious than we first expected.  Right now, she is so happy and full of joy.  She runs and plays and acts just like any other three year old would.  Unfortunately, that could all change on a dime.  My prayer is first and foremost for her heath.  I pray she stays healthy.  My second request is for one of these doctors to figure out the best treatment plan for her.  They all seem very concerned and very stumped at the same time…not exactly the best combination.  So, right now, that’s my biggest prayer request.
I’m praying for YOU this morning.  I know there are a lot of hurting people out there. I know there are a lot of angry people out there.  I’m praying for you (and I know in my heart that other believers who read my blog will be praying for you too).  Please leave your prayer request in the comment section and we will be praying for you.
xo
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  • kimm atwood June 30, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Praying for sweet ashby!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I pray for sweet Ashby and all of your wonderful family. God bless you and all you do. Prayers from Singapore!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Thank you for your beautiful post Shay. It came just at the right time.

    There is a lot happening in my world at the moment so it's amazing know there are warm hearted people like you across the world who are praying for people like me πŸ™‚

    My prayer request is for health, happiness and love for my family . I pray that my parents will love again, I pray that my career will be fulfilling and successful and I pray for peace around me.

    My prayers and wishes go out to you and everyone who needs some light and love all the way from Australia.

    M

    • Jen July 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      I prayed for you today for peace and happiness for you and your family.
      <3

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I will pray for your Ashby. Please also pray for my health as it is very poor. Thank you.

    • Jen July 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Praying for you and that your health improves!
      <3

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Praying for your beautiful Ashby!

    I love this blog post. What a wonderful idea.

    I need prayers for my father who lost his job about 6 months ago and has been unable to find a new one. He has been trying very hard to find one but has been unsuccessfull and he is beginning to feel disheartened.

    Thank you so much for doing this Shay.

    • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Where does your father live?

    • Jen July 1, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      I prayed for your dad today that his future will be bright and his spirits lifted.
      <3

    • Brady Wilhelm July 6, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      Praying for your dad! Your request really hit me for some reason! I just KNOW God is going to provide something for him in the next few days!

  • Full Time Wife Life June 30, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Praying for your sweet girl, that nothing robs her of that contagious joy that shines through in every photo you post. God is good, and NOTHING is too "big" or "small" for Him to care for!

    My continuous prayer this summer is for the opportunity to minister to families in my neighborhood. On any given day I could have up to eight kiddos here at my house while their parents work, and I would just ask for a constant renewing of spirit, so I don't grow weary and so that I can continue to show the love of Christ, not of my own effort!

    • Jen July 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      I'm a teacher who watches children in the summer so I can relate to your prayer request! I prayed for you today…that you have energy and patience.
      <3

  • Kellee June 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I am keeping everyone in my prayers this morning. Our country is going through a lot right now with the tragedy in Charleston. I pray that everyone receives a blessing today. God Bless. Kellee

  • Johannah June 30, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Praying for your sweet family Shay!

  • Little Pink Rose June 30, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Praying for sweet Ashby and for answers and a plan. I'm also praying for you, that God may provide peace that surpasses all understanding. Ashby is in beautiful hands of the one who created her. He will provide and equip you all.

  • Ramona June 30, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Such a powerful thing prayer is yet it is so simple to do. I will add sweet Ashby to my prayers. I will lift her up in prayer and I ask that you do the same for my family. My father is experiencing issues with his eye and is seeing a specialist next week as he will most likely need surgery. He has heart issues so nothing is ever simple. And on a less serious note, my son is entering his senior year of high school in the fall and has some pretty big things to tackle. Please pray for him as well. Aren't you just a bright light in this sometimes dark world. Thank you!

    • Jen July 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Praying for your father's health and your son's upcoming senior year challenges!
      <3

    • Kelly July 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Praying for your Dad and son. Senior year is challenging- honestly, everything for teens is challenging! It's a hard time. Praying for you.
      Blessings!!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

    So thankful God allowed me to find your blog; I always look forward to catching up with you through it! I will absolutely be praying for you and sweet Ashby!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I agree this was a timely post. Thank you for your sweet spirit. I will pray for Ashby, and for you and Andrew throughout this decision making process, and for the doctors involved in her treatment, and for all those requesting prayer. Please pray for my family. We find ourselves in a difficult financial situation due to a necessary job change. B

    • Jen July 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Praying for your family. Struggling with finances is never easy. Praying that God grants you patience, strength, and wisdom as you go through this difficult time.
      <3

  • Christi June 30, 2015 at 10:36 am

    We will be praying for Ashby.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Thank you for this post. I personally need to take time to pray each day as well. I will pray for sweet Ashby and her family and her medical team for both a plan and patience. My own life is going well but each of my parents And brother are all struggling and I pray they find their way and I hope I have the patience to support them. Thank you… A girl from MD

  • Randy and Lindsay June 30, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Praying for you and alongside you!

  • Tammy June 30, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Lots of prayers for sweet Ashby and wisdom for her medical team.

    I do have a prayer request. I'm a 43 year old mom of an adorable 4 year old little boy. I have an amazing husband. On 5/29, I was diagnosed with stage IIA breast cancer. I just finished my 2nd round of chemo yesterday. My prayer request is for healing and to maintain the positive attitude that is been my life saver thus far. I've been feeling great and I credit much of it to my focus on seeing the positive wherever I can. I even post an image to instagram (tamkay123) everyday with the hashtag #positivepower.

    • Teresa Coose June 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Praying for you!

    • Elizabeth Watson June 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Praying for you as well!!!

    • Bella June 30, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      praying for you!

    • Katelyn Sloan June 30, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      So, so very sorry to hear that. You will have so many prayers sent your way today! xoxo

    • Crystal June 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Praying for your health!

    • Jaclyn Johnson June 30, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Praying for you! Stay strong and positive, you WILL be ok!

    • Karyn July 1, 2015 at 1:38 am

      Praying for you and your family!!

    • Angela Pino July 1, 2015 at 2:57 am

      Sending prayers up for you and your family! xox

    • Rachel Dean July 1, 2015 at 3:01 am

      Praying for you Tammy!! God is in control!

    • Melissa Gibbs July 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Praying for your complete healing. God Bless you and your family.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      Praying for you

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Thank you for your prayer ministry! I will pray for healing for Ashby and wisdom for her Dr's, and join you in praying for other comments. If you could add a prayer for my family's finances and our business it would be greatly appreciated.

  • Stacey June 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

    You are so sweet to do this. I say a little prayer for your Ashby and your whole family all the time when I see the precious pictures. I will continue to do that. β™₯

    My prayer request is for those who don't ask for them. My husband and I went through a very serious situation with our son over the last three years and I didn't really have the nerve to share it all with people. We needed prayer warriors but I didn't know how to ask. Life is good now but I won't forget that sometimes people feel isolated.

    • Sara Fehrenbacher June 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      This is such a good thing to remember, Stacey. You're exactly right that sometimes people need prayers but just don't know how to ask. I will pray for those today who need God's guidance, and support from those around them, especially when they can't be vocal about their struggles.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:25 pm

      I will pray for them too.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I will pray for Ashby and your family and clarity for the doctors that they discover the perfect solution for her.

    Not as serious as some but I am returning to work after my maternity leave and I am scared and sad to leave my babies.

    I am reading all these prayer requests – maybe on those days where you will be gone Shay this will be a topic for "talk amongst yourselves?" It seems just even a little love from near and far (Canada here) can help!

    • Melissa H. June 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Great idea, Anonymous!

    • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Praying for you sweet Mama…..God's got this. You will miss your babies but they are his first and foremost. I had to "give" my babies to God every single day I dropped them off at daycare. Probably the first time I felt confused and isolated and had to fully trust God would take care and provide for them. It will bring you closer to your Father. Praying for you!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Wonderful idea. Prayers from Australia πŸ™‚

  • Kel June 30, 2015 at 10:54 am

    What a beautiful idea! I would love prayers for a new job for my hubby. We are desperate to move back to our home state to be closer to family.

    Thanks sweet Shay! Xx

    • J June 30, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Kel, we have the same prayer for our family. I will be praying for you.

    • Angela Pino July 1, 2015 at 2:59 am

      Praying for you. I know first hand how hard it is to get a job.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Praying for you Kel πŸ™‚

  • Courtney G June 30, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Praying for you and your sweet family! I can't even imagine how difficult it is to not have answers. Praying for you for peace, strength, comfort, and guidance.
    I definitely believe in the power of prayer. Asking for prayers for my family for peace, strength, comfort and trust. thank you!

  • Amy Heinl June 30, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I am definitely a prayer warrior and do prayers for others daily. I will definitely add dear Sweet Ashby to my prayer list. I would ask you to please pray for my dear friend Betsy Dailey whose 5 year old daughter passed away on Sunday evening (I would encourage you to go to facebook page "Saving Bella" and read about this amazing family and this unbelievable child that they adopted….the story is the stuff that movies are made of. Please pray for comfort and guidance for them and their children as they go through the funeral and the days ahead as they go through life without their sweet angel, Bella

    • Crystal July 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Praying for their family!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      Praying for little Bellas family.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 11:09 am

    This is such a wonderful idea – hopefully it challenges others to do this as well and the goodness spreads! I need prayers for my father as he battles a difficult time in his life.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Praying for your dad

  • Our Volunteer Family June 30, 2015 at 11:09 am

    What an awesome idea! Please pray for my husband's uncle – he has cancer. He has handled the chemo like a champ – but we won't know if it is working for another few weeks. Also – a friend of mine has two daughters with Batten's Disease. The older daughter is 4 and the youngest is 2. They also have a 6 year old daughter who doesn't have the disease. There is no cure and in the next 2 years – both of the daughters with Batten's will die. Please pray for this family!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      Praying for this family. This breaks my heart. πŸ™‚

  • Allison Thompson June 30, 2015 at 11:17 am

    My request is to find I a new teaching job. I recently lost mine. I have two bbeautiful little boys and a new home. I will keep sweet Ashby in my prayers.

    • Crystal July 1, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Allison I am praying for you!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      Praying for uou

  • Chrissy June 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Shay, your sweet baby girl is in my prayers. My children were both domestic adoptions but faced health challenges as well. I am also a open heart surgery survivor. Two open hearts in one year. I understand your fears and know the power of prayer. You and your family will remain in my daily prayers.

  • Andrea June 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I said a prayer for Ashby this morning and for your family as well as you go through this journey with Ashby. My prayer request is for my sweet cousin they should hopefully be heading to China next month to pick up their sweet new addition to their family.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      How wonderful πŸ™‚ prayers all goes smoothly πŸ™‚

  • Kelly June 30, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Praying for that sweet girl of yours. May God give the doctors wisdom and I pray that he gives you and your husband peace in knowing that He is ultimate healer.

  • Elizabeth June 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I will definitely be sending up prayers for your sweet girl, your family and her doctors!

  • Barbara June 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Praying for Ashby's health and wisdom for her doctors! I would love it if you would say a prayer for my son Cooper. He's a bit behind with some development. Please pray that he makes great strides with his Speech and OT this summer so that 1) we know that we're not dealing with something more serious and 2) he's in a good place to start preschool (MMO) in the fall. Thank you, Shay!

    • jjwgal July 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Barbara sending prayers for you as we are in the same boat. My son has just completed his first year for preschool at our school district, receiving services from the Special School District as well. He has come a long way, meeting some of his goals, setting new ones. But we still have a ways to go. I am sending prays for peace, love, understanding and patience as I know that is what I need. There are times where he just can't tell us what he wants and it is frustrating for us all. Then there is potty training which just is happening and he just turned 4. I am embarrassed and feel as though as I am failing him as his momma, but it just isn't working for him.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Praying for your little one πŸ™‚

  • Andrea Munding June 30, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Prayers for your sweet daughter, Ashby.

  • Amanda June 30, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Thank you so much for such a beautiful post and for shining the Lord's love through you! I will be praying for Ashby's health and happiness.
    My prayer request: I just started my first IVF cycle. We were given only a 4% chance success due to several complications, but we are going to try. Please pray for success, that my immune system calms down and allows the embryo to implant and thrive, and for a healthy baby for us.
    Many thanks!!

    • Leiah June 30, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Praying for you, Amanda. I know how hard it is to struggle. I am going through fertility treatments right now as well. Praying that God will heal your body and that you will be able to implant and maintain a healthy pregnancy which will carry to full term. Praying for a healthy baby.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Praying for you. Our God is a God of miracles xx

  • Erika Slaughter June 30, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Praying for sweet Ashby!!! We big puffy red heart that girl! God has big plans for her!!

  • Katlin Smith June 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I would love prayers for peace in June 25 we found out that at 9 weeks pregnant our baby had no heartbeat
    We are praying for peace and that one day in Gods time he will bless us with another baby

    Ashby is in my prayers

    • Leiah June 30, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Katlin, praying that God will bless you with a healthy baby in His time, and also praying that He will give you peace during this difficult time.

    • fitfullfun June 30, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Katlin! I was especially moved to pray for you as I experienced a similar situation in October. I pray that God grants you His peace. I also pray that your family and friends just envelope you in love and understanding. Hugs!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Praying for you and may you find comfort in His arms xx

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

    This is a fantastic idea Shay! I will be praying for Ashby, your family and all the other prayer requests here too. I would love it if I could have some prayers for my love life. I have been single for a long time and I so badly would love that special husband in my life and to have a family of our own.

    Stacey

    • Angela Pino July 1, 2015 at 3:09 am

      I feel your pain, Stacey. Within 16 months I'll have been a bridesmaid 4 times. I feel like I've become "that person" that everyone is always racking their brains trying to set up. I was told several times there would be lots of single guys at the last wedding, yet none made an impression. Dating is so hard, especially in my small town. Every night I pray for my future boyfriends and husband and now I'll add you and your future husband to that list. Since we are going through the same struggle, I'd love to connect with you more!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Praying for you sweetie

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} June 30, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I want to become more prayerful as well. I sometimes get overwhelmed with everybody that I want to be praying for, but that Max Lucado quote is awesome and helped me realize that He of course shares in it with me!

    • Karen June 30, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      I agree Sheaffer! What an awesome way to think about it. I often think my words are a jumbled mess when I sit down to pray. The intention is understood though. I need to remember that!

    • Leslie Roberts Clingan July 3, 2015 at 12:01 am

      Sheaffer and Shay,
      I follow you both, and know what spiritual, beautiful hearts you both have. I was not raised in a religious or spiritual home which has made me a late bloomer in this area. Lots of times I find myself wording and rewording my prayers for fear I am not saying something "right". The Max Lucado quote is such a gentle reminder of the truth! Thank you for sharing yourselves with us! Will be praying for answers for sweet Ashby's health problems. She is such a joy!
      http://onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

    This is such a powerful post. Thank you for having such a kind heart. I pray for my 3 month old daughter, Kate, who was born with heart problems which we have yet to fully understand. I pray that as she grows bigger and stronger, so does her heart. I will say a prayer for your sweet little Ashby, that her spirit continues to glow and her health will improve.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      Praying for your little one xx

  • Katy June 30, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Love this idea. I am honored (and excited) to join you in prayer! And I will definitely be praying for sweet little Ashby. God has her covered. He's neither concerned nor stumped πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I'm not very religious but I love this. It's great to spread such positivity and I hope everyone struggling can take some sort of comfort in this; I'm not even sure I know how to pray but I do sincerely wish everyone health, love, and happiness πŸ™‚

    • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Just talk to God like your were talking to your best friend. Your prayers don't have to be perfect. He doesn't want perfect. He just wants you to come to him with your burdens and your praises. God bless.

    • Lauren Truman July 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      If you ever want to talk about Christ or how to pray, know that there are so many people (and blog-loving strangers) that can help you. Feel free to email me!!

      LSpinelliTruman@gmail.com

      God's light is so powerful and would change your life!!!

  • Melissa June 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I, too, am working on consciously taking the time to sit and pray each day. It's definitely something the Lord is stirring in my heart. Praying for Ashby today…healing for her, wisdom and discernment for her doctors and peace for her mama. Have a great day!

  • Lisa Nortman June 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Praying for sweet Ashby, for good health, for answers and for you, as her Mom and as a prayer warrior for so many others!

  • Amy June 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Have you read A Praying Life by Paul Miller? I've read it twice now and would be GREAT to add to your reading list, especially as a book to recommend to those who struggle to pray. Thanks for this post!

  • Melissa H. June 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I will be praying for Ashby. And for you as well. From personal experience I know how hard it is for a mom's heart to see a child struggle. Thank you so much for this offer to pray and for sharing your life with us!

  • Narci June 30, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Love this! Ashby is always in my prayers, and I am going to pray for all these as well. ❀️ Prayer is so powerful! ❀️

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Prayers for your sweet girl & your entire family. It is so hard on the heart when it's your child, and you feel powerless to "fix" it.

    My request is also for my daughter. She is 5, & has a rare disorder (I can empathize with you about doctors being stumped!), and the past year has been very difficult with many changes in her health, & frequent hospitalizations. She is the light of our lives,non-mobile, nonverbal, & dependent on IV nutrition, Please pray her doctors would come up with a better plan to manage her abdominal pain & nausea. It is sometimes hard to pray, when the issues seem so overwhelming, so thank you for your prayers. Xo

    • Crystal June 30, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Praying for your sweet girl!

    • Lauren Fisher July 1, 2015 at 3:26 am

      Praying for you and your daughter!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Praying for your little one xx

  • swarstler June 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Thank you so much for this blog today. This has been a goal of mine this summer. I will definitely join you in praying for these requests. I would ask for prayers in finding a teaching position here where I live. Time is ticking away and I am starting to feel a little desperate. I pray for God's peace and placement. I know He has a plan and I need to let Him work it. Thank you again for such an amazing blog. It sincerely touched me.

    • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Perfect timing that we and I know many others are needing prayers. Please pray for us as we're trying to become pregnant and having our first treatment this week. And I'm sending prayers for ashby and her physicians !

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Praying for you xx

  • Cris Martin June 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I will pray for Ashby and your beautiful family. I am from Venezuela, we are facing dificult times, so please pray for my country.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      Praying for uou and your country

  • Cris Martin June 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I will pray for Ashby and your beautiful family. I am from Venezuela, we are facing dificult times, so please pray for my country.

  • Emma @ {from my little pink couch} June 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Shay!!!! I loooove this!!!! Praying for others is my heart!!!!
    Praying for sweet Ashby, her doctors, & y'all as a family. God is gonna work this thing out & direct those doctors in her treatment! He is faithful!
    My request … Healing in my body. Dealing with an infection in my body that has been difficult to get rid of … & also anxiety :/. Thanks so much!

    • Crystal June 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Praying for you Emma!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      Praying for you Emma xx

    • emma bircher August 3, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Thank you!!!

  • Stacey June 30, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Prayers to Ashby and your family. We are two years into a diagnosis of unexplained secondary infertility. We have a beautiful, happy, healthy four year old daughter but know our family is not complete. Prayers for patience and trust in God's plan would be most appreciated!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Sweet and beautiful Ashby is in my prayers. I hope the doctors can find a good solution in order for her to live a long and healthy life.

    Please pray for my family and my mom whom is 79. She has become very bitter in her old age and I want to have her be happy again.

    Thank you and much love from San Antonio, Texas

    • Allison F July 1, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      I believe in the power of prayer and I don't want to sound like I am trying to diagnose anything, trust me!, but I just want to throw out there that my grandma too became unhappy and somewhat unpleasant in her last years – she got on antidepressants and my entire family including her were able to have the best, most pleasant and fun last years with her because of that! Just a thought, that's all! It truly made things enjoyable for everyone, but most importantly, her! She would even comment about how happy and relaxed she now was. πŸ˜‰

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      Praying for you and your mom xx

  • Robyn Marrie (Robyn's Nest of 5) June 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you for this. I'm praying too. I wrote about God's rainbow and praying for our nation today on the blog!

  • Ashley Sanford June 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    This is such a great idea! Prayers for Ashby, you all, and her doctors- I hope she remains healthy and happy and that the doctors find the best way to help her very soon! I'd like to ask for prayers for me and my husband. We just had our first IUI on Sunday and are hoping and praying every second for a baby. I'd also like to ask for prayers for my friend Ashleigh, who is undergoing her fourth IUI today. We all know God's hand is in every second of this journey and we really appreciate the prayers!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Praying for you and your friend Ashleigh xx

  • Brianna June 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I just love your heart, Shay. You are truly an inspiration to so many people, and your readers are truly blessed! Please know that I'm praying for sweet Ashby and your family as y'all face this difficult time of the unknown regarding her health.

    I am requesting prayers for peace and stability. I'm one year post divorce after my (ex) husband admitted to having cheated on me for several months. It's been the hardest thing and has really shaken my faith. I feel that I'm on a good path, but this phase has proven to be painful and truly difficult to journey. This is so uncharted for me and my family and my constant response to people asking how I'm doing: I'm struggling. Not in the worst way, but in a bad, uneasy, really uncertain kind of way.

    Thank you again so much for this post and for your prayers. Prayer is absolutely powerful and I know that so many lives will be touched because of this post. Thank you, Shay.

    • Crystal July 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Praying for you Brianna – may you have strength and peace!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      Praying for you Brianna xx

  • Dana June 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Shay,
    I am in a new job in a new state because I feel that the Lord brought me here. It's a very stressful role, and sometimes I feel like it will break me. please pray that the Lord protects and guides me and shows me where he wants me to be. I know that seems selfish, but I want to glorify and honor Him and I'm just not sure how yet.

    thank you

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      Praying for you xx

  • Sallie June 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I too, am going to make this a July goal. I need to get more intentional in my prayers, and I will join you in praying for that precious Ashby. God brought her here for a reason, and He will see it through!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    What perfect timing for many needing prayers. Please include us as we're trying to get pregnant and have our first treatment this week. Sending prayers for Ashby and her physicians !!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Praying for uou xx

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you for this post today. I will pray for your family. My prayer request is that my pregnancy stays healthy and that I can carry my baby boy to term.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      Praying for you and bub

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    You have no idea how much I needed this today. Prayers for your sweet girl!

    My prayer is for a baby. My husband and I are going on one year of infertility. It is so hard.

    • Crystal June 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Praying for you!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      Praying for you xx

  • Dana Vissage June 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Shay, I am praying for that sweet Ashby and that you guys get some answers soon. I know one thing, there is no question that she is right where she was meant to be!

    I lost my mom on June 1st and needless to say, I have been incredibly heartbroken. It's true what people say, it gets a little easier but you never, ever miss them any less. My husband and I are also going through infertility and put that on the back burner with my mother being sick. I'd really appreciate a little prayer that we make the right decisions for us and that we be obedient to God's plan for our future. It's a lot to take in. Much love, Dana

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      Praying for you Dana. Hugs xx

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby!

    This post could not be more perfect. I just had my IVF transfer this morning. The embryos they put in are not the best quality. It was a very, very long process with many delays and heartbreak along the way to get this far. Praying for a miracle.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      Praying for you xx

  • MissKimmie June 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    prayer for sweet ashby. I love this blog so much. My prayer is to find Godly women in my new town. I share your friends every morning with you through these blogs. Thank you for sharing and praying.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      Praying for you xx

  • Carina Kelley June 30, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Please pray for my health, I'm a 30 yr old mom to two (3 and 1) and I live in chronic pain and with extreme fatigue. I was dx with an autoimmune disease that affects my joins. Many days it hurts to get on the floor to play with my kids or walk down stairs. Summers are the worst, I do much better in cooler weather. Please pray for my attitude, energy and pain level so that I can be an engaged mommy and wife. As well as for a miracle that God would heal me from this completely. Thank you

    • Crystal June 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Praying for healing for you!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      Praying for you for a uou ask for xx

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I pray for God's guidance in the doctor's research and treatment plan for Ashby. I pray God gives you and Andrew strength in this time of uncertainty.

  • Bella June 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Loved reading this and I will be praying for Ashby to be healthy and happy. My prayer request would be to be healthy and for the doctors to find the source of my pain. I go in for an ultrasound Thursday. So stressed and tired of worrying about what is wrong, it's hard not to focus on it. Paula

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      Praying for you xx

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Praying for your sweet Ashby and your entire family. I know that God will take care of each of you. Your faith is so inspiring and it is so clear to me that God has worked through you to reach other people – including myself. You have truly helped me get back on track with my faith and I have no doubt that God used you to get through to me. So thank you for being open to Him.

    Please pray for my brother, Joseph. He is facing a very hard time in his life and we are trying to get a diagnosis but daily it is changing. Pray also for my parents as they are struggling with similar feelings to Shay. God Bless each of you.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      Praying for Joseph and your parents xx

  • Katrina Goodman June 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Praying for Ashby! This is such a great blog post.

    I have two prayer requests. Last October, my best friend, Jen, lost her husband (a 26 year old). A drunk driver hit him on I-10 (we live in Houston). He was coming home from work. Their newborn baby was 3 days shy of turning 1 month old. She moved back to Maryland where they were from, but she just stayed with me in Houston for the past two weeks. Please pray for strength for her. Please pray for guidance for her life and that God would speak to her and let her know he is with her.

    My second request is to pray for my co-worker, running partner, and friend, Hannah. At 27, she lost her husband to a four-wheeler accident in January. They have a 1 year old baby boy. Please pray for strength and that she would not lose sight of God through this terrible accident.

    I don't know why these terrible things happen, but there really is nothing to do besides pray in these situations! Thank y'all!

    • Crystal June 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Praying for you and your friends!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      Praying for you and your friends xx

    • Anonymous July 2, 2015 at 12:55 am

      I lost my first husband while pregnant with our fifth child (our older kids were 3, 4, 6, and 7). It was extremely difficult, but I can tell you that God will carry your friends through these times and even bring them to a place of joy again. Many days I made a choice to "fake it til you make it" and trust that God had not abaondoned me. Bad things happen because there is sin in the world, but God takes our worst moments and makes them work for our ultimate good. It has been ten years since my husband's death and I am now married to an amazing man and the lucky mom of 7 kids. I will be praying for your friends!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    My husband and I have been trying to have a baby forever it seems- I am trying to keep positive, but it is so hard. The clomid is making me not feel myself… But whatever it takes, right? This is our final round before we go back to reassess our situation. I am in the TWW right now and trying not to stress out about it.

    I would appreciate prayers- thank you to anyone who does!

    • Crystal June 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Praying for you!

    • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      Praying for you xx

  • Ruth Poat June 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Dear Shay,How encouraging to hear you pray for so many who email you. I will add Ashby to my prayer list and ask if you could pray for my 21 year old son Luke to come back to faith in Jesus like he did when he was little. I have been praying for him for many years and my heart breaks for him. Thank you

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      Praying for your son Luke

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    This is such a great idea…

    I will definitely pray for Ashby! I'd appreciate any prayers for our adoption. We're waiting to be matched with a little girl from China. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    ~Christine

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      How exciting. Praying for you πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Please pray for me and my daughter. My husband left us and filed for divorce when she was a few weeks old. I never wanted to be divorced and it has been very hard as a single mom. Our divorce was just finalized and I found out my grandmother has cancer. A very aggressive form of cancer. It is a dark season right now and I know God sees and hears it all. Please also pray that my brother will be able to see my grandmother before she passes away. Thank you so much!

    • Crystal July 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Praying for you!

    • Jamie Brown July 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      I felt led to encourage you. I, too, am recently divorced and a single mom. I was happily married for 14 years. God is so good and he will get you through this. I thought my life was over, but I am happy again and not because of a relationship with a man, but because of a relationship with God! Give it all over to Him. It is so hard to do, but the peace and joy you find is so worth it! Praying for you and your precious daughter and grandmother.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      Praying for you and all you ask for. Hugs xx

  • Jenny June 30, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Will pray for Ashby and your family…. She is a fighter and thankful she has God's hand upon her! Please pray for my friend Josh who is 18. He was diagnosed with brain cancer last summer and has been such a trooper! He is going through some very difficult treatments right now which are tearing up his body…he is in the hospital as we speak! So thankful he knows the Lord and is believing in miracle! Please pray for his mama too (Rhonda)….she has been through so much too and just had her bladder removed as a result from bladder cancer. But praise the Lord ahenis finally cancer free! This family needs your prayers as they have been through so much! They are trusting the Lord for a miracle that they can all be cancer free and start living normal again!!!!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      Prayers for you xx

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    What a great thing this is! I would ask for prayers for my sister who's in an abusive marriage. She is a kind, loyal, forgiving soul who married someone who matches the medical definition of a psychopath. She needs clarity and truth poured into her about the severity of her situation. Thanks everyone.

    • Karen July 1, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Prayers for your sister <3 Her situation sounds eerily similar to my sister's. I know how difficult it is when your loved one is going through that.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Praying for you and your sister and her husband xx

  • Angela Ellingson June 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    This is beautiful and so thoughtful. Love how you use your platform to love people. Praying for health for sweet Ashby, wisdom for you, Andrew and the doctors and peace for your family.

    We have been trying to get pregnant for over a year. It's really sad at times. Can't imagine how much more difficult it would be if we didn't alrea have 2 beautiful children. We didn't have trouble getting pregnant the first two times and the only thing that has changed is I had my appendix out a year ago. I worry that the lower abdominal laporoscopic incisions have caused scar tissue or something. So please pray for healing and trust in God's timing. Thanks so much.

    • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 12:53 am

      We share a very similar situation. I also have 2 children and always wanted 3. I've had 2 unsuccessful IUIs and about to have a third. I don't know how much longer I should keep trying before accepting a third baby may not be in God's plan for our family. Prayers to you.

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      Praying for you

  • Lindy June 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I just have to share that this blog post was an answered prayer! After I read your post yesterday and commented about my book recommendations, I prayed for you… specifically that God would continue use your blog and you for His glory! He is so good and so faithful. I'm thankful that He put sweet Ashby in your family and that He will continue to guide you and care for you all as you care for Ashby. Praying He will give you peace and protection, and that your mind will be focused on the truth of his Word! My prayer request is also that I can be more focused on prayer! Xoxo

  • Robyn Marrie (Robyn's Nest of 5) June 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    And I'm praying for sweet Ashby.

  • Marissa June 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I will pray for Ashby and your family as well as for the doctors to have clarity for best treatment option for her.
    I have been reading your blog for a while and it has been wonderful to follow your adoption story. You have opened my heart up to adoption and showed what a wonderful blessing it can be. You have also provided me with such strength and encouragement on some of my darkest days with your own stories of struggling with infertility. Please pray for my husband and I as we have been struggling for over two years with fertility issues. Pray for our successful fertility treatments and peace in our hearts and mind during these challenging times.

    • Leiah June 30, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Marissa, I am praying for you and your husband as you go through this difficult journey. I am going through a similar situation and have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years now, and just beginning fertility treatments. Praying that God will give you peace and for a healthy baby in His timing.

    • Denise Ross July 2, 2015 at 12:05 am

      Praying for you Marissa

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks so much for this opportunity!

    Pray for those who are single- that we would seek God's guidance and be patient in Him as we seek a godly spouse and that God would bring us a partner that is far better than what we ask or imagine.

    Suz

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you for this post!
    I will be praying for Ashby and the doctors caring for her.
    Please pray for healing and good health for me as I have had problems recently, and for my upcoming surgery.
    I also ask for your prayers for my daughter, for good health, and happiness, and help in finding the friends and opportunities she has been praying for.
    Thank you, ,

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Please pray for peace for me and my two children, ages 8 and 5. My husband of 11 years decided he didn't want to be married and left us….for no reason other than he didn't want to be married. It is a daily battle to deal with his anger and his unstable mind. Pray that God would give me wisdom and guidance in how to appropriately deal with him and how to protect my children's hearts.
    Our pastor is doing a series on prayer right now! I'm thinking God wants our Country to get on its knees.
    Danielle

    • Denise Ross July 2, 2015 at 12:14 am

      Praying for you Dannielle and your boys. I think God wants all the citizens of his world on our knees πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Ashby and your family are in my prayers.

    My prayer request is for my best friend who lost her mother in May. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

    • Crystal June 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Playing for peace for your friend!

    • Denise Ross July 2, 2015 at 12:15 am

      Praying for your friend and her family

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Prayers for Ashby. Her pictures make my morning when I'm at my desk drinking my coffee. Such a doll!
    My prayer request would be peace of mind and wisdom to make a very heavy decision regarding my life and marriage. Thank yall.

    • Denise Ross July 2, 2015 at 12:16 am

      Praying for you. Hugs xx

  • Kristen - yourfaceislikethesunshine.blogspot.com June 30, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I will pray for Ashby. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I'll pray with you too. Please pray for our church. My heart feels division and many families have left including a beloved kids pastor. Pray for my kids teachers for the upcoming school year. This is the time the school matches the kids and the teachers and I have a special needs kid – just pray for the perfect teacher for him.

  • Denice June 30, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to share. There was a tragic car accident this past weekend. My son was a passenger in a car that was hit by a drunk driver. Thankfully, my son was not injured. One of his friends is still in critical condition and it does not look hopeful that he will survive. Please pray for his parents and family as they deal with this unimaginable loss. Please pray for his friends who were in the car with him. Please pray for our community…this is the 4th teenager we have lost in the last six months. Thank you so much!

    • Denise Ross July 2, 2015 at 1:47 am

      Praying for your friends family. Heart breaking

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I'm an avid reader of your blog who stumbled across it when your brother Sean was on The Bachelor. I'll certainly be lifting up your sweet Ashby in prayer. I'd like to ask for prayers as I'm trying to get pregnant again. We already have one child, but miscarried twins a few months ago. The process of trying to have a baby is so stressful and anxiety producing each month – please pray for peace and to know that God's plan is much greater than mine.

    • Denise Ross July 2, 2015 at 1:48 am

      Praying for you xx

  • Kelly June 30, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Shay! I love reading about Ashby! I'll be praying for her! You have def opened my eyes and my heart to possibly adopting a special needs child one day. I'm currently single and would love to find a man who loves the Lord and would be open to adoption as I dont know if i'll be able to carry a baby of my own because of my own disability. Would you pray the Lord would send a Godly husband and in the meantime pray for a heart of contentment as I wait patiently on the Lord?

  • Cara@HomespunKitchen June 30, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    What a great idea, I need to be more prayerful also. Will keep Ashby in my prayers!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you for doing this!!! This is something that I am working on too and this came at just the right time.
    I will be praying for Ashby and for your family.
    I need prayer today please. I have a job interview this afternoon that I really need to go well. The stress and anxiety of not working over the past month has been so strong and I need the financial security and peace of mind of landing this job. Please remember me in your prayers.

    Thank you again for doing this!!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    My prayer request is that my husband recommits to his sobriety. After a hard year and with the anticipation of our third child he has fallen.

  • cristina villalba June 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I pray as I always do for your sweet ashby and your family. I also pray and ask all of you to pray for the Terry family and their daughter Kycie. Pray for them to continue to have faith and strength and for Kycie to heal. You can see their story @kissesforkycie. This family is just amazing. Thank you!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Prayers for your sweet baby girl! I know it must be hard! I would love prayers for my sweet, 4 year old son Parker. He has severe apraxia. Apraxia is a major speech disorder where he knows what he wants to say but physically cannot say it. It is heartbreaking. He goes to speech therapy four times a week, occupational therapy two times a week, feeding therapy one day a week and behavioral therapy to get ready for school five hours a week. He is so happy and tries harder than any child I know. I just pray he will start to make progress soon and hear his sweet voice. I also pray we as parents don't worry about the future but take it one day at a time rather than worrying about the future. Thank you!
    Brooke in Georgia

    • cristina villalba June 30, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Keep those therapies going!! Both of my boys had apraxia and are both doing amazing now.

    • Leslie Seror July 1, 2015 at 4:38 am

      Prayers for your sweet boy.

    • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you! We have found very few people in our area north of Atlanta that have just apraxia. He is making progress from where he started but it is just so slow. I tell myself it is a marathon not a sprint:-)
      Brooke

    • Denise Ross July 2, 2015 at 1:50 am

      Praying for you. Hugs xx

    • Anonymous July 2, 2015 at 4:36 am

      Here are a website and a blog that I hope will be helpful
      1) Foundations Developmental House-It was started by Lynn Carahaly, a speech language pathologist, who specializes in apraxia. It's in Arizona, but I have read that people travel to see her and enroll their children in one week intensive sessions. Unfortunately, I don't know how much it costs. The website is http://www.fdhkids.com.
      2) There is a blog called Jake's Journey about a little boy ( now finishing KG) who has made amazing progress. jakes-journey-apraxia.com.

      I pray that your son starts to make progress soon. I agree with Cristina-keep those therapies going!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I am going to pray for Ashby, and all the children and parents of children who are fighting a quiet battle. Things may look perfect on the outside, but you NEVER know what their little bodies are up against. May they laugh, run, be tickled, jump and love with reckless abandon.

  • Sam June 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    What a lovely post. I'll be praying for Ashby, too. My prayer request is for my unborn daughter (I'm 21 weeks pregnant after 3 miscarriages). She has a cyst on her brain that the doctors think will heal itself and go away on its own, but I'm scared.

    • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Sam, I am praying for your daughter. My daughter had cysts on her brain in-vitro as well. They were gone by our next ultrasound. praing for healing for your girl and peace for you!

    • Denise Ross July 2, 2015 at 1:51 am

      Praying for you Sam. Hugs

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I need prayers for my sister. She is struggling with anxiety and depression, and often uses alcohol as her coping mechanism. I pray that she finds Jesus, and that her worth is found in him and not her mentally abusive husband. I pray for her children, as I know they are also struggling in this environment as well. And for the rest of my family as we feel so helpless in trying to help her.

    • Denise Ross July 2, 2015 at 1:53 am

      Heartfelt prayers for your sister and her family. God is a God of miracles and all things are possible with Him. Hugs

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Prayers for Ashby! I would like for you to
    Pray for my husband and I, along with our family as a whole. After 10 years, my husband and I are on the verge of divorce. Please pray that we can work things out and pray that we can get on the same page when it comes to parenting. Thank you.

    • Denise Ross July 2, 2015 at 1:53 am

      Praying for and your husband xx

  • Caroline @ In Due Time June 30, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Sweet! Love your focus and love how the Lord moves on behalf of every prayer! He is so faithful to hear us and answer!

    We are still waiting for our babies! 3+ years and trusting the Lord's PERFECT timing!

    Lord, we ask that you would completely heal Ashby in Jesus' name! We ask that you would align up everything according to how you created her to be. We pray for wisdom for both her parents and the doctors. We cast out all fear and attacks from the enemy and we pray your perfect peace would be released over everyone in Jesus name. We thank you in advance for the healing you are going to do.

    PS. My church (in Carrollton) has a healing prayer every other week that we go to. It's awesome. They see miracle after miracle! Let me know if you want more information on it! They/We would love to pray for you and see God's work manifest in Ashby! Also, Randy Clark is coming to our church next week (all sorts of crazy things happen when he comes – blind eyes opened, etc etc).

  • Karen Schmitt June 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I love this, Shay! I'll be praying for your sweet Ashby and the rest of your beautiful family. Prayers of healing for her, and peace for you and Andrew.

    I'd be very grateful for prayers for my family. I was recently diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. I'm 44, and have three young kids (7, 9 and 12). I'm starting my third round of chemo this week and am preparing for a stem cell transplant in August. Prayers for successful treatment and quick recovery, and for a nice, long remission. Also, I'd love prayers for my kids as they try to process this and for my husband and parents as they work hard to get me through this. I'm blessed with an incredible team, but worry about them. Thank you, Shay!!

    • Andrea Munding June 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Praying for you.

    • Denise Ross July 2, 2015 at 1:56 am

      Praying for you and your family xx

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    my husband and I just suffered a miscarriage after 1.5 years of trying to conceive. please pray that we can heal and be able to stay positive as we continue to try again. thank you

    • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      I will be praying for you. Before I scrolled down to the comment section, I prayed that God would show me someone I could pray for. He led me to you. We are in similar situations. We had been trying for 2 years to conceive, went in for a procedure to open my blocked fallopian tubes and were told it would be impossible to conceive without IVF. The week I scheduled our first consultation with an IVF doctor I found out I was pregnant. Totally from God. Then 4 days later I miscarried. Since the miscarriage 3 weeks ago I have really struggled with the "why" questions. What Ive learned from it? I don't get to know the why, He is God and I am not. This is one of those times that you feel like no one else knows your pain….I do. Will pray for you and your husband on your journey πŸ™‚ Alexis

    • Andrea Munding June 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Praying for you.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Praying for Sweet Ashby! Please pray that our house in Oklahoma sells–it is a major financial stress and has been on the market for a year!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    "Thank you God for sweet Ashby. Thank you for allowing the Schull family to be the perfect family for her during this time. I pray that as she continues through this journey, that you would send the right doctors, with the right experience and knowledge to walk them through this time. I pray for a complete healing for her and her little body that she would never even remember this time of her life, the pain, and the constant poking and prodding of her body. I pray that while she's at her Dr.'s visits that you would give Ashby and her family comfort and wisdom as well as strength, as they may be faced with many decisions. Be with Kensington and Smith during this time, though they may not understand all that is going on, but they would have a peace about their baby sister. Thank you for this blog, and the transparency of Shay. Continue to bless her, and anoint this blog for all the current, and future readers. We ask it in Your name…Amen"

  • She's a big star June 30, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    This is SO great… thank you for sharing this with your readers and being so open about your faith! I just prayed for Ashby and will continue to do so!

    My prayer requests right now… first and foremost, my health… and also strength and energy for everyday life because I'm in the midst of a very busy season. Fun, but still very busy and sometimes exhausting. Lastly, for my career… I'm trying to make a career change towards my passion. I need the strength to follow through with that and not push it aside just because everything else in life is so busy.

    Thank you! xoxo

  • Lindsay Weighs In June 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Praying for your sweet girl! My prayer request is my hope to continue to allow Jesus into my life. I've struggled with this relationship for many reasons, and I want to let him into my life. I continue to pray that he opens my heart. Thank you!

    • Holly Sprat June 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Praying God will really show Himself to you so you will know how loved you are.

    • Lindsay Weighs In June 30, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much Holly! <3

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Prayers for your sweet girl. I pray that she will remain healthy and happy and that the doctors will find a plan of action that works best for her and your family.

    I struggle with anxiety and, while medication eases most of it, I still suffer a great deal of anxiety when it comes to my children. Will they remain healthy? What if there is an accident? And the list goes on. If I could ask for a prayer, it would be for the health and well-being of my children and a little relief from the anxiety I feel. Thank you so much for this idea. I love it!!

  • Lindsay Dunagan June 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I will be praying for your sweet Ashby!

  • Kathy Olson June 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Praying for you!
    Our 9 yr. old has had a g-tube since age 2. Please pray he will be able to eat foods by mouth. It is really hard for him to do that.

  • kim June 30, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Ashby was created for you because God knew you were perfect for this girl and you prayed! Bless her heart in healing. My prayer it's that my son gets good news with his job and he can be full time to pay his student loans and that my other son would make God his #1 1 priority.

  • Karen June 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Saying prayers for you and Ashby and all of your readers. Prayers are so powerful ❀️❀️ Please pray for my sister, who is a survivor of domestic abuse and is in the process of divorce from her abuser. She really wants to be safe and keep her three kids safe. And pray for all victims of abuse. Everyone should feel safe with their partner, their parents, and at home.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby, and your family. I ask for prayer for having my own baby someday soon, I hope.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Praying for your sweet family!

    We will be going thru IVF in the next couple of months, so please pray we will follow God's will with the process!
    ~M

  • Leiah June 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Shay, thank you so much for posting this so that we can all join together and pray for each other. My husband and I are on our 2nd year struggling with infertility and I am on round two of clomid. Praying that God will bless us with a baby. I feel like I hit rock bottom this past weekend with my struggle and I am having such a hard time. Reading through the comments makes me feel that I am less alone in this difficult journey, and that means so much to me.

    I will pray for each and every request, as well as pray for Ashby. Praying that God will give wisdom to her doctors and keep her healthy and happy. Thank you for bringing so many people together in prayer, and for letting us all feel more connected and not so alone. XO

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I'm having a really hard time knowing what to do with my life. I've been praying for direction for 2 years. I know I need to do something but I'm afraid. I'm trying to seek God's will for my life and I don't know what that is. I feel like God gives us desires and dreams for a reason and I'm trying to see if it just might be possible to chase a wild dream I have. Thank you SO much for this post! I will also be praying for sweet Ashby.

  • Lindsay Otis June 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Please know that Ashby is covered in prayer constantly!
    My prayer request is concerning my current job issue, trying to figure out where God wants me, etc.

    Praying for all the above prayer requests, as well!

  • Elizabeth June 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    First, I think this is such a wonderful goal for the month! I will be praying for Ashby and your family! Please, pray for me and my husband as we are trying to conceive again after a miscarriage. Thank you!

  • Jane June 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Shay, each morning following my own quiet time with the Lord, I go online to read your blog, as it is a ray of sunshine no matter what my circumstances might be on any given day. I love that you send it so early and that it's always there waiting for me! I continue to pray for precious Ashby and that the Great Physician will impart wisdom to her doctors so that they will know the way to treat her successfully. I also cover each of these prayer requests and ask that the Lord will minister to each individual as only He can do. Isn't it comforting that we need not be concerned with our words or how we express our prayers, for the Lord knows our hearts, and He has given us the Holy spirit who hears our moans and who intercedes on our behalf.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I'd love prayers for me (I feel so selfish asking for something for myself). Two and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. I went through chemo, radiation, and surgery. I am terrified that it's going to come back. I have two boys (14&11) and I desperately want to see them grow up. Please pray that I get some relief from the anxiety, and that my cancer stays in remission….
    Thank you for doing this…..you and Ashby are in my prayers.
    S-

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I ask for prayers for my sweet, lovely, talented husband who lost his job that he may quickly find a great new job position in Colorado. That we find peace and job security as a family for a long time. The stress of last 11-12 years of corporate moves to 7 states, 17 moves in/out temp and permanent homes as caused untold stress to our family that words cannot express. I pray for Ashby that God guides the hands of her doctors to find the best answer available for her condition. I pray for Shay and her family that they find peace in that answer.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Please be in prayer for my older brother. 40 and single. He is full of anger and bitterness. He struggles with pain from our parents divorce and loneliness. He is severely depressed and is on some medication but it is not working. He refuses to go to therapy and is angry at God. He is completely hostile and hard to talk to and even sympathize with at times. I pray God heals his heart and he finds a way to live a life filled with Joy. He has so much to be thankful for and he is missing life. Praying for precious Ashby!!!

  • Sonia Salas-Limon June 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this…prayers will be said for your family going forward…please pray for my husbands confidence to grow in his new job, and patience….also pray for my co-worker who is struggling in his marriage and hurting….pray that he seek the Lord and open his heart and his marriage!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I am sending prayers up for Ashby from TN! ?

    I have been struggling with infertility for 4 years now. I desire your prayers. Thank you!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Praying for Ashby and your family…. You spirit and positivity have made such an impact on me and I am a college girl! That shows your truly making an impact on any age group:) My prayer request is that I land this job interview I have tomorrow morning. Not only have I worked so hard to get into the education program, I have to compete with my best friend for the same job tomorrow. Not fun at all. Worst feeling ever. I keep praying and praying on it and I know God will take me down the right path no matter what! Have a great day Shay!!

  • Queen In Between June 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Praying, praying, praying for your sweet girl and for her doctors. What a great thing for you to add to your July goals. I often struggle with this as my intentions are good but then life starts happening and if I don't write them all down I forget some I'm sure. My friend Holly recently shared this prayer journal with our bible study group and I definitely think I need something like this for prayers and praises. https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1029438005

  • amanda beery June 30, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Oh sweet Ashby!! The moment I found out you were adopting my prayers began for your daughter and for your family! Adoption is a high calling and one close to Gods heart. I followed your journey for your gotcha day and have loved to see the beautiful family of 5 you have become. Each and every time you speak of an appointment and even when you just post a darling picture of your sweet girl I pray over her and for Gods healing and direction for Ashbys life! I pray His will in her life and for the best of care for her. I will continue to lift your family up as with any parent, raising children is full of unknowns and our hearts are constantly walking outside of our bodies! We too are adopting, we are patiently waiting for our assessor to come to our home to finalize our homestudy. We have a stack of paper work to prepare for her ( to be added to the other enourmous amount we have already submitted). We are domestically adopting a baby girl, though we don't know where she is or when she might be born, we daily seek God to guide our every step and his hand placed upon her and her birth parents. Financially it is a tall task and yet we didn't want that to keep us from doing what we are called to do! We have trusted God with all we have, we took our house off the market that we were selling and pulled out of a house that we were contracted on to follow Gods lead as we felt he was wanting us to proceed with our adoption first. We are a one income family and trying our best to provide a good life for our children but more importantly we want to return to God what is His! We believe in adoption and we know without a doubt he has called us to this journey we just ask that others remember us at this time to pray for closure on our homestudy and finances to be provided for our adoption in completion. We are so thankful for those that haves joined our journey in prayer and blessings and look forward to our daughters "gotcha day"! she has 3 big brothers patiently awaiting her arrival , but we will pray and wait patiently in the Fathers will until that day comes!!! Thank you Shay for being an inspiration, thank you for being raw with your feelings, it makes our journey that is less traveled know it's worth it seeing the completion of your beautiful family! Ashby is HIS daughter and I am confident in His hand upon her life and her beautiful future. She was created by Him placed in your loving arms, by no mistake. Blessings to you Shulls for being the hands and feet of Jesus! Xoxo Amanda @mytruenorth

  • Rachel Reynolds June 30, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Praying for your sweet Ashby! Praying that her testimony would be one of miraculous healing so that the Lord receives all the glory! My husband and I have lost 3 precious babies this year. We are going to a fertility specialist next week and praying for some answers. Thankful that the Lord is near and he hears our cries and comforts us.

  • Holly Sprat June 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Love this idea. Years ago, during a tough time, I learned the power of being thankful…not always easy, but it really changes your mindset as you pray! Praying for your sweet Ashby and wisdom for those who treat her. Asking for prayers for my beloved 69 year old dad who we have been losing to Alzheimers for the last 9 years, but thankful for his sweet spirit.

    • Jennifer C July 1, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Praying for you.

  • Kim June 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Can't wait to jump in on this goal. This was my New Years resolution, to be more prayerful and commiting to prayers everyday. Thanks for doing this!! So many prayers going up for Ashby, she make my heart smile when I see her pictures I feel like I know her. For my family I pray for direction in where we need to go, our house selling, so my kids can be in a better school. God Bless you all.

  • Melanie Lien June 30, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Shay, I love this idea. I'll join in praying through the comments this month.
    My prayer request is my family has fallen on hard times financially. I know we aren't alone in that. Sometimes its hard to see the other side of the storm. I'm praying for peace and understand. If God wants us to learn something through this that he would open our eyes to what it is.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    This post has me covered in goosebumps. How incredible! Praying this morning for each of these people, and your sweet Ashby as well.

    My prayer request would be that I find true contentment from the Lord during this stage in my life. I also pray that I would be a light to those around me, specifically my coworkers. Thank you, Shay!!

  • Laine June 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Praying for your sweet Ashby.

    Please pray for my husband and me and we begin our second round of IVF this week.

  • Anne Harvey June 30, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    In April my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer. Today, as I'm typing this, I'm waiting for a phone call to hear if hospice is the next step. Please pray for peace over my family and that this would draw my siblings closer to Him. I know that God is good all of the time and even through heart ache, He is in control.

  • Rachel Embery June 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    5 years ago my best friend Noelle ended our 25 year friendship. Some logical reasons, some not. It was done via email, which I think was cowardly. I'd like a request that she would come talk face to face so I can have closure. It's tough when one does that out of the blue and then you aren't even given a chance to talk or say goodby in person.

    • Jennifer C July 1, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Praying for you

  • SingleInDallas June 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Shay, Ashby and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. The love that you and Andrew have given that little girl brings me to tears. I just hope that the wonderful doctors of Dallas are able to give her the treatment she needs.

    I struggle with being single in my late 20's. Most of my girlfriends are married or on their way to marriage. I long to spend the rest of my life with a loving husband and father to my future kids. Why is it so hard to find the "perfect" man for me? I pray and write about this in my journal just wish God would lead him to me and that I recognize His gift (I'm afraid that who I envision as my husband may not be the guy God sends me and I subconsciously push away the right man). Your prayers for me would mean so much. I hope to have what you and Andrew have someday!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Love your idea for a prayer community! I am on board! Praying for your sweet girl, that the Lord will provide wisdom for the doctors and healing for Ashby, and of course peace for you. Please pray for our adoption of a sweet boy who is currently in foster care. We are waiting patiently for our match meeting to take place and it keeps getting put off by people's schedules! Please pray that it will take place this week so that we can get him in our home soon. We want him to have plenty of time to adjust before going back to school. Thank you for your prayers!

  • Jordan June 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing your heart, Shay! I will be praying for sweet Ashby. My prayer request is that my brother's girlfriend will come to know the Lord. Our whole family (all strong believers) are meeting her this weekend, but he has told us she is not a Christian. My prayer is that the Lord will draw near to her and use us to share His love. Thank you!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby and wisdom for her team of doctors.

    I would love prayer for my husband and I. We have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years and have not had any luck. In the past six months I have had some medical issues come up that could be the cause of this. I am scared and worried. Please pray for healing of my body, peace, and trust in gods timing.

  • Nikki June 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I love this idea so much and am so thankful to have found your blog, Shay! Your posts light up my day. I completely believe in the power of prayer and ask for prayers for my marriage (going through a lot of tough transitions) and of course for good health for my family. I will pray for all of you, as well. Thank you!

  • Kara Janzen June 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I love this and the heart you have. I was one of those that you mentioned that emailed you about infertility. We struggled for 2 years before getting pregnant through IVF (while living in Stockholm, Sweden) only to find out at our follow up ultrasound that there was not heart beat and an empty sac. We tried IVF again and it was successful. My due date is tomorrow and I am excited and nervous. I just want everything to be okay with the labor and delivery but most of all the baby. I don't have any reason to think there is something wrong but since we started trying 3 years ago and we are so close it seems a little surreal and I'm just worried. I would love your prayers. Praying for Ashby and your family as well. Thanks for being so open and honest about it all and for encouraging us to pray for each other.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Prayers for sweet Ashby. What a blessed little girl to have found her way home to your family, her family. I will keep her and you all in my prayers.

    For me, please pray that my 16 year old daughter will lose the struggle she has with anxiety and depression. Last summer she was in a suicide prevention group, this summer is much better but she still struggles. Sometimes school work and life become too much for her and she just seems to retreat inside herself and give up. Please pray that she'll come out of all that, embrace the person she is and find happiness within herself. Thank you for this post, it's one of my favorites! I love seeing your heart in all your posts, but this one really got me.

    • Jennifer C July 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Praying for you

  • Lauren June 30, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I know it sounds silly in light of such serious requests, but I'd like help praying for my future husband and that we find each other soon.

    • Christene Demers- Rowland June 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Not silly at all. I pray for God to guide me to the right man for me and this to love my daughter as his home. I pray for God to help guide you to the right man for you.

    • SingleInDallas July 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      I have the same prayer request, so it is definitely not silly. Best of luck to you, Lauren.

  • Juhi Kapadia June 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby. It's amazing to see how far she's come in these past months and how full of joy and love she is. I get such happiness and joy following you and your family through this blog!! A true example of God's perfect timing and unique plan. This excerpt from Sarah Young's Jesus Today may help you in times of confusion/stress as you and Ashby continue to learn and pray about her health and healing: "Trust me, here and now. You are in rigorous training-on an adventurous trail designed for you alone. This path is not of your choosing but is My way for you. I am doing things you can't understand. That is why I say 'Trust Me!' The jungle is thick, and you cannot clearly see what is before you, behind you, or beside you. Cling to my hand as you follow this trail in shadowy darkness. Although you cannot see Me, My Presence with you is rock-solid reality. Find hope in Me, beloved, for I am taking care of you."

    I have recently been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis/Crohn's Disease at the age of 18 (just months after giving my life to Christ.) My prayer request if for my ability to cope with this chronic disease and all the unknowns that lay ahead for my health. I struggle with the conflicting methods of treatment/understanding of this illness and fear for how I am going to adjust and cope with it when I return to college in the fall. My prayer request is that God will give me peace and allow my body to detox and heal from whatever damage is done. And that He will work on the hearts of my family to stop blaming themselves or fearing the future. Thank you so much!!!

    Sending all my love and my prayers! πŸ™‚

    • Unknown July 14, 2015 at 10:51 am

      I was diagnosed with Crohn's at the age of 14 and I'm now 38 yrs old. My email is Heidi.menges@gmail.com if you ever want to talk or pray.

      Heidi πŸ™‚

  • Kristen June 30, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Praying for Ashby here–for me it's always the not knowing about medical things that bothers me the most. Give me a diagnosis and a treatment plan and at least you have something to focus on and work towards.

    I need prayers for my son who is being bullied. A kid he has gone to school with since preschool (so 10 years) told the group of boys DS hangs with that he hates DS and no one is allowed to talk to him or hang out with him, and shockingly, they are all going along with it. He is trying to hang with some other friends, but he is one very sad boy and it just breaks my heart to see him so sad and sometimes so very lonely.

    • Crystal July 1, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Praying for your Son!

    • Jennifer C July 1, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Praying for you. My daughter is 11 and is struggling with friend issues as well.

    • Anonymous July 2, 2015 at 3:32 am

      Kristen – this is truly awful. I was bullied when I was a young girl and you never forget it. Please tell your son for me to stay strong. He is a wonderful young man. Bullies are lonely, unhappy people and we need to feel sorry for them. I am praying for your son!
      Karen

    • Rebecca July 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Praying for positive relationships for your son! Praying that he grows to find the ultimate friend in Jesus and that he can develop earthly friendships with other boys who know the same. Praying that your son grows to love himself for who he is and that God will open doors for him to meet others with common interests and joys in life. We talk so much about the intricacies of romantic relationships and yet fail to discuss in depth the challenges presented by platonic friendships. For children especially, friendships present so many horrible obstacles to overcome. It is time we tackle this issue head on! I pray that your son grows to be a leader for social positivity, and that his experiences with bullying draw him to a role where he can be a friend to others who have been bullied and are feeling the same way, too. We all need a friend.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    This hits home for me, as my daughter has the same thing Ashby does. Our doctors were perplexed and it was taking quite a while to form a plan. I couldn't sit idle. I know it's not my business, but if this can help you in ANY way, it will be worth it. Please look at this and do a bit of research. We had to travel several times from Raleugh, but SO worth it. We had answers, we had peace and most of all, our daughter is now physically thriving.

    http://www.childrenshospital.org/conditions-and-treatments/conditions/vascular-malformations-tumors-and-hemangiomas

    May God continue to place his hand over your family.

  • Britton @ Southern Wife French Twist June 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Prayers for sweet Ashby!!!

    We are moving in a month away from out two steady jobs for my husband to go back to school. I am terrified and stressed at the same time. Will you please join us in prayer that the Lord will continue to provide for us and give me a way to provide for our family? Specifically, we would like for me to work from so we will not have to be concerned with paying a childcare bill on top of all of our other bills.

  • Kristen June 30, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I will be saying prayers for sweet Ashby! I have had 5 miscarriages in past two years and struggle with ivf. Sometimes I don't know how I can continue.

  • Christa June 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you for praying and will pray the Dr.'s find answers for your daughter. I was laid off 5 years ago and have been on a new educational and career path and finding it hard to continue and so scared that no one will hire me again. May God take away my fear and I find the motivation I need to continue.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Blessed by this post. Had this post happened a year ago, I would have desperately needed so much prayer. Thankfully, I now look back on that hard time and realize God's plan was so much better than mine all along. It's really humbling to see God's faithfulness. I pray that for each of these people who are facing hard times today.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you for this post!! Praying for everyone's requests and for Ashby! What a blessing she is!! Your family is so lucky to have her and she is so lucky to have you!!
    I ask for prayers for my 11 month old son. He has been having seizures since he was 5 months old and still have not found a treatment for him that works. I know no matter what God will take care of him and it gives me comfort in knowing that.

  • ~K~ June 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Prayers for your sweet girl! May she always be happy & healthy!

    Please pray for my husband and I as we try for baby #2. The first time was not easy, 3 years and a successful 1st IUI, and this second time is proving the same. We've already had one failed IUI attempt this time. I know HE has a master plan, and I'm ok with that, it's just hard waiting in the mean time πŸ™‚ Thanks for the prayers!

  • Melissa June 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

    First and foremost, prayers to sweet Ashby and to you and your family. There is a purpose and plan for Ashby and a reason that she found her way into your hearts and family and to the hearts of many others who follow you. The love of you, your family and God will see you all through it and I have no doubt that she could not do it without it. What every child needs more than anything else in this world is love and that is worth more than all of the other things combined and luckily Ashby has found that with you and your family. It is peaceful knowing that she is at home with you and your loving family. Wishing and praying for much peace and love to you and yours.

  • EKelly June 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Praying for the doctors to have wisdom and clarity for your sweet Ashby… and that you and your husband also have the same! Please pray that my husband and I would both be able to see beyond obstacles related to adoption and that we can fully trust that Lord will provide and pave the way. AND for unity as we either move forward with the pursuit, wait, or figure out if the Lord has something else in mind regarding orphan care for our family.

  • Stephanie June 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    It's amazing to think that the God of the universe, who already knows all things, desires for me to share the things that are on my heart with him.

    I've added Ashby to my prayer list. God has an amazing plan for your sweet girl!

    I would appreciate prayers for my health. I have been fighting Lymes Disease for 5 years. It's an everyday battle that is taking a toll on my body, emotions, and family. My desire is to allow God to teach me everything He can through this trial.

  • Christene Demers- Rowland June 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I am relieved June is almost over. What started as an amazing turned out stressful and living day to day. I single mom for my 7 year old daughter. Now I am caring for my Grandma who recently found out she Pancreatic Cancer. Since being home(16 days now) she is refusing to see her doctors and make plan for health long term(her choice). I was going to say more….we need prayer.

    Praying for your sweet Ashby and your family. Praying for the doctors to come up with the best plan for Ashby.

    Intsagram: christenelovescoffee

  • Kelly June 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I will be praying for your sweet Ashby's healing, and for the doctor's wisdom, and your peace. It is so hard to be the Momma and searching for answers.

    I would cherish your prayers for my daughter's total healing from headaches (resulting from a concussion after a fall from a cheer stunt two years ago), as well as all the resulting side effects…it has been a nightmare in every area of her life, and taken a toll on our family. I would pray her life be restored and the plans God has for her come to fulfillment.He is good and faithful, and my greatest desire is for our home and hearts to be filled with faith, hope, and joy in Him above all!

  • Julie @ Girl on the Move June 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Prayers for your sweet Ashby!

    My prayer request is to have peace and guidance. My heart's desire is to be a wife and momma but I'm in my early 30's and still single so not sure what God's plan is for my life. If those things aren't in His plans for me then I desperately pray for peace and if they are in His plans that I would have patience and clarity

    • Anonymous July 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Julie, I will pray for you!! My request is the exact same as yours… Can we pray for each other? I know how this feels, except I think I now officially qualify as mid-30s at 35!! EEKS. πŸ™‚ I know God has a plan for both of us that is really good. I will be praying that he will bring you that right husband and continue preparing you for being a wife and mom if this is His plan. If not, I pray He will give us joy in whatever He has!! I ask if you would pray that I would not be afraid to hope and that I would prioritize growth spiritually, professionally, and personally (basically good healthy habits in all areas).
      Karen

  • Bekah Page June 30, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I will keep your sweet Ashby in my prayers!
    Please pray for my husband and I as we are trying to grow our family through adoption. The past three years have been filled with painful fertility treatments and a miscarriage. Today is the due date we would have had our first baby, but The Lord called our baby to Heaven when I was 7 weeks pregnant. We began pursuing adoption and we are desperately waiting to be on that waiting list. Our continuous prayer is for protection of our child, comfort to his or her birth mother and for patience for us

  • Jessica Smith June 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Usually I would never ask for a prayer request even in school as a child. When asked I would say no I"m ok. I went to a private Christian school but it was always difficult to ask for something for myself. Today I ask for prayer for myself and my family.

    Last August we lost my sister who was only 24 to a pulmonary embolism. It was just another day it seemed until I got a call. Now, I became a new mom and my daughter was 2 months old. As can be imagined I had many many emotions inside. Anger was so strong in me. It almost ruined my marriage ( our second year of marriage) I became so angry at God well at the whole world.

    I ask prayer for healing for myself and my family. We lost a big part of us and learning to live this different kind of living. Thank you.

    • Crystal June 30, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Praying for healing and peace for you!

    • ~K~ July 1, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Praying for you. I lost my sister 12 years ago this month to a car accident. She was only 16. Your whole world is completely blindsided when something like that happens so suddenly.
      Prayers that you and your family may find peace in the midst of this.

    • Nicole PrΕ‘a July 21, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      I am praying for you and your family, and I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Ki June 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Prayers for your sweet family, the health and happiness of all, and for world peace and safe travels as I leave for Greece and Italy for three weeks!

  • V @ X-tremely V June 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Ashby (and your family) are always in my daily prayers. I can honestly say through reading your blog I have discovered a new relationship with God. So thank you Shay! You have changed me and how I approach life in many ways πŸ™‚

  • Candice June 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Love this and that we can lift one another up in prayer!
    After a year and a half of trying to conceive – and two miscarriages along the way – my husband and I have decided to move forward with adoption. It is overwhelming – emotionally and financially, but it also fills me with such excitement and hope! Would love prayers as we move forward and navigate this new adventure.
    Praying for sweet Ashby as well!! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for this!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you for doing this post. With so much negative/hate going on in the world right now, we as Christians need to stand our ground and not give into the world. This is only our temporary home thank goodness. Prayers have been going up for sweet Ashby since before you brought her home. Continuing to pray for her, your family and her doctors. God bless.

  • Karen S. June 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I will continue to pray for your precious Ashby! My oldest daughter has had stomach issues for about 13 years now and they have been unable to pinpoint a cause. She is going in for additional testing soon and we would love to know how to help her. Thank you.

  • The Nelson Happenings June 30, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Prayers for your sweet Ashby and your beautiful family !!

  • Jenna {Real Simple Girl} June 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I love this! I will certainly be praying for Ashby! My prayer request is job related. For quite some time, I've been praying about relocating to the Winston-Salem area, but nothing has working out as far as a job, and it made me question whether that's God's plan for me and if I should just stay put in FL. But just last week we had some major changes at work that made me realize God is telling me to go on and do bigger things. I would appreciate prayer for me to find a job there and to get through my current one until then. Thanks so much!

  • Keisha Dawson June 30, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I love your sweet heart so much! What a special time for each person following along. I will commit to praying in agreement with you over this time for these prayer requests. I will specifically pray for sweet Ashby and her health!

  • Sarah June 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I love that you are posting this today, Shay! What a phenomenal way to gather us together to show the power of prayer.
    I will be praying for Ashby and the other readers really needing God's help right now.
    I have found your posts about infertility helpful and promising, as I have struggled over the past year with infertility, myself. My prayer request is that God will carry us all through our most challenging trials.

  • Chelsi McDonald June 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Please pray for baby Decker as he battles a cancerous brain tumor. The prayer is that the tumor will not grow (or even shrink/disappear, but it really just needs not to grow) and that it will not metastasize to other parts of his body. Please pray for strength and courage and everlasting faith in the Lord for his parents, grandparents, and all who love him. Please pray they will remain hopeful and faithful as they watch their baby boy deal with the hard (emotionally and physically) side effects of chemotherapy, in addition to the normal growing pains (teething, sleeping through the night, etc.) that accompany raising an infant. Please pray for peace to surpass all understanding.

  • Jamie {the celebrating momma} June 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I couldn't love this more. Complete strangers coming together praying for one another.

    I met Andrew at Starbucks in Joplin awhile back – well not really met – I introduced myself like a complete stalker. He showed me the sweetest video of Ashby and she really was full of joy. I know this has been an emotional roller coaster – just as any parenting situation is – but I have felt called to pray for y'all and your journey since I first read about Ashby. It was weird. I had never felt so called to pray for complete strangers in my entire life. I am continuing to pray for all of you. Wisdom and direction for the doctors, health over Ashby, and a supernatural peace that surpasses ALL understanding over all five of you.

    My prayer request: peace for my husband. He has a very, very stressful job and works 70-80 hours a week. Having a four year old at home makes it even more difficult because he rarely gets to see daddy. We know God is calling us to something but we have no idea what that is. We would appreciate prayer for direction, wisdom, and peace over our home.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Please pray for my son in law. He was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma cancer. They have a brand new baby also.

    • Jennifer C July 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Praying for you

  • Sandra Pearce June 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Shay, this post was a God send for me today. My family buried my daddy yesterday after a 2 year fight with cancer. My parents were married for almost 40 years and had us 4 children. Our daddy was the perfect leader of our family and loved us in ways I can't even explain. We need prayers for the days ahead as we cope, and for my mom especially, as she has to find her way without her life partner. Life here on Earth is hard, but we are so, so thankful there is hope in Heaven. Sending up prayers for Ashby and your family today, as well as others listed here. God Bless.

    • Kellie July 1, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Sandra,
      My heart breaks for you. I lost my Dad in Fec 2014 and my parents had been married 49 years. It is still a struggle as my family is close as it seems yours is as well. My mom cried at lunch today. Just be there for each other and look for your Dad in your dreams….mine comes and visits now and then!

  • Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld June 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I will be sure to keep sweet Ashby and your entire family in my prayers as you guys continue this journey of finding the right treatment for her. I can't imagine what you must be going through. Sending prayers for peace, patience, and understanding for you, and prayers for complete healing for her.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    My prayer request is for strength and guidance. I need to be more focused on God. Any easy reading material ideas would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

    • sara July 1, 2015 at 5:44 am

      Hi! Here are a few things I have read and loved… Jesus calling devotional by Sarah young, believing God by Beth Moore(anything by Beth Moore!), When God Whispers your name by max lucado, or stormie omartian books on prayer. Praying for strength and guidance , in abundance!

    • leina williams July 1, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      I like the Stormie Omartian devotionals. She has "Power of a praying …" wife/mother/adult/parent/etc. Each one is only a few pages.

  • Buckley June 30, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    5 years ago we were a typical married couple… just bought our first townhouse, and expecting our first baby. In the matter of months it all changed. We lost our daughter to stillbirth, my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma, and lost our home to mold (we needed a safe place for my husband's recovery). Throughthe grace of God, my husband is still here and doing well… we also were blessed with a beautiful son. However now we are left in a scary reality. Scared the cancer will return, at any second. Scared because we ruined our credit and emptied our savings fighting it, for the last 5 years. We have this gift of extra time, but are so scared we don't get to enjoy it. We both work full time, just to make a dent at our debt. I just ask for prayers, that my husband's cancer never comes back and that I have the strength to keep going… I feel greedy even thinking it, but if there is an extra prayer my heart aches for another child.
    Your blog always cheers me up… thank you for doing this. Just opening up about my fears publicly, already makes me less scared❀️❀️

  • Crystal June 30, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I love this and I will be praying for so many of you! I would just like to ask for peace in my life. I have several things going on in my life, like we all do, and I just pray for some guidance,strength, and peace.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    sweet prayers for Ashby

    I Pray that I can find out why I can't lose weight. I work out daily. stick to healthy calories have had my blood work checked , thyroid etc.. nothing seems to work.. I'm 5ft 4 and 188lbs.
    it's hugely impacted my marriage as my husband is a health nut and can't understand.
    it is trivial in the grand scheme of things. but I think about it night and day.

  • Dawn June 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    This made me cry, thank you. I am praying for Ashby and all the other requests here. I love this community.

    We are in the process of adopting and the road so far has been hard! We are in the process of raising some money to help us get started and things have not gone as we'd hoped. Pray that we would be patient and diligent and that God would open doors so that we can bring a child into our home thay we will love with all our hearts. Also, my husband is trying to get a different position at his job, one that would keep him from traveling as much. This would require us to move so that would be a huge transition, but we know that God has a plan completely in place, just need to completely trust in his timing, not ours.

    Hugs and prayers to everyone!

    • Denise Ross July 1, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      Praying for you and your family xx

  • Mackenzie B June 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    This past Friday I had surgery to remove a large tumor in my neck and have a total thyroidectomy. Please pray for good healing as the past few days have been a nightmare. Also pray they are able to regulate my levels and get me back to my daily life activities soon.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Shay,

    This is very sweet of you to do. I wanted to ask for prayer for me to come back home. Home as in to come home to God. Sometimes I feel like God isn't there and has walked away from me but I know deep down that's not true and that I am the one that has walked away. I am also having some health issues that I need to go to the doctor about but I am scared.

    Thanks all the prayer warriors out there for your prayers.

  • Lindsay June 30, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    This comes at such a wonderfully needed time! Please pray for a friend battling MS. Only 25, his disease recently showed rapid progression and his symptoms escalated to the point of putting him a wheel chair. He was hospitalized 10 days ago to begin plasma exchanges, as he is no longer responsive to traditional treatments. After undergoing a treatment yesterday, he did not wake up for an extended period of time after the procedure was complete. The doctors are unsure why. Please pray for healing, strength, and peace of mind for him to continue in his fight, as well as for those that love him as they mentally and emotionally fight too.

  • Hanna June 30, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Praying for Ashby and your family!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Prayers for Ashby & those treating her to find & make the right decisions!!!
    Prayers for your followers here that need them. I think we could all use a little prayer to keep us healthy & going!!!

    I am asking for a couple prayers for a couple families I "know" only via their stories & through emails with Sam's family!!
    1. Sam, his family & drs as he battles cancer & they are now looking for what is causing is oxygen levels to decrease. Check this amazing boy & help his family remain #samstrong by visiting his page & praying for him… https://www.facebook.com/PrayingforSam
    2. For a this family whose mom & dad with an 18 month & 4 year old daughter. The mom just lost her battle with cancer over the weekend, but the dad is still fighting Hodgkins. I do not know them only their story. http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/ben-and-shelby-2015/286098 They were featured in the past couple weeks on the Today show, CNN, people magazine.
    3. I ALWAYS pray for our soldiers & their families…
    Thanks
    SS

  • Mama Of Boys June 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    What a lovely idea for a blog post.
    I shall keep you guys and beautiful little Ashby in my daily thoughts xxx
    http://mama-of-boys.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    This post came at such a perfect time Shay! I read your blog regularly and love you and your little family! I thought I had that perfect little family until Feb. 9th, 2015 when I found out my husband had been lying and cheating on me. Since that moment my world has crashed down over and over again! I have two young boys, ages 6 and 2 that I am trying my very best to keep happy and consistency in their life. My only concern is my boys!! Things are SO turbulent and unknown right now that the only thing I can turn to is prayer and GOD. I am trying my very best to stay strong for my boys and I pray EVERY single day that GOD gives me the strength to get through that day!
    So, I am asking for prayer for my boys and prayer for strength for their mommy to get herself and them through this horrible, horrible time. I also need prayer that I don't lose my boys…I have been the sole provider, basically, since both were born…doing everything for them! He is now trying to ask for 50/50 custody and I CAN NOT and WILL NOT give him that…if we wanted it he should have shown it the first 6 and 2 years of their life.
    So…please pray for me and my boys!

    I will also continue to pray for sweet Ashby! You and your husband are angels sent from heaven to take in that sweet, sweet girl and to care for her!! She is SO unbelievable lucky to have you and Andrew in her life!!

    • Crystal July 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Praying for your sweet boys!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you for doing this. I have so much trouble asking for prayers so forgive me for hiding behind "anonymous" but please know this is a start for me.
    I am honored to pray for Ashby and all those who come to this blog.
    My prayer request is for my two sons who, in spite of being raised with Christ as the center of our lives, have turned away from Him and either question their belief or claim they do not have a belief in Him. It hurts my heart to even type those words. I am so scared for them as they are 20 and 22 and need the guidance that only He can give.
    Thank you to everyone reading this who is able to open their hearts and include us in your prayers.
    God bless.

  • Amanda June 30, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this. You are an inspiration! Will pray for your sweet Ashby! I'd love prayers that we conceive our 2nd child soon. Our hearts are ready and really trying to trust God's timing. My parents and brothers could also use a lot of prayer right now. My Dad is struggling with PTSD and the entire family needs prayers to heal and love again after recent events. God Bless You!!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I will be praying for your family. Please pray for my uncle Jim. he has colon diverticulitis and is very ill. He is unable to eat and is in great pain. The doctors are not sure what to do for him at this point.

  • Andrea June 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I love this! I had no intention of actually commenting with my prayer request, but the Lord told me to stop being so prideful. I stopped working at the beginning of this year so I could stay home with our kids. I had been working from home part time while my son was napping, but with another baby it was just going to be too hard. Finances are really, really, really tight. We are just praying that the Lord would provide, or that I could find something to do on the side that would not take away too much time with my kids or my husband.

  • Leigh June 30, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you for doing this! I will pray for sweet Ashby. Please pray for my oldest son. He just turned 4 and has been diagnosed with Autism. He will be starting speech therapy and undergoing testing for some other things in the next month or two. He also has multiple severe food allergies. We've been through a lot of ER visits and doctor visits with those (and carry multiple Epi-pens everywhere we go), but because of those allergies, he hasn't been left with anyone for more than an hour. Also, please pray for my youngest son. He's one and seems to be nervous with all the behavior issues from his older brother. It's all very overwhelming for us right now.

    • Rebecca July 3, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Praying for you and your sweet boys! Children on the ASD spectrum encourage us to see the world a little bit differently, and that is such a beautiful experience, despite the immense challenges presented, too. I am praying that your younger son has the opportunity to accept and love his brother for who he is, and that the two form a friendship for years. A good friend of mine has 2 boys – one who is gifted, and the younger one who has Autism and is deaf. The challenge was daunting at first, but nearly 20 years later, I can attest that witnessing the friendship formed between these two brothers throughout their upbringing was incredible. They balance each other out and support one another where needed. I pray the same for your boys. I pray for comfort and acceptance for you. I pray for a support system that guides you to positive resources. I pray for the teachers and educational assistants who will work with your son… that they are kind, accepting, uplifting, and embrace your son for every detail of who he is. I pray that both of your boys grow to love each other and themselves. I pray for safety and security – not merely in the physical sense, but in the social and emotional senses, too. Blessings to you and your family as you embark on this journey!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    What a special, beautiful post.
    I will be praying for Ashby, as well as your other two precious kids. I hope that they all continue to be healthy, joyful and loving!
    I would appreciate a prayer for me and my husband, as we work to pull our marriage out of the little valley we are currently going through.
    I would also love to encourage prayers for the Eddings family from NC. They recently lost their two year old little boy, as well as their 8-month old unborn son in an accident. The faith and strength they have shown after experiencing such devastation is extraordinary, and I just don't think there can be enough prayers in the face of such a tragedy.

  • Dancing Sweet Pea June 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I am praying for sweet Ashby and your family Shay.

    I ask prayer for my husband. He was laid off work six months ago due to the economy and it has been a very trying time for him and me too. Today he has two job interviews and another one on Monday. I ask for prayer that one of these interviews pans out and he is able to go back to work again. Thank you.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Praying for your sweet Ashby and also for you and Andrew to have peace in your hearts as I can only imagine how difficult this is for you. I also pray for divine guidance for her medical team that they might find the right solution quickly so she might be on her way to healing very soon.

  • Autumn June 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby, your family and the doctors. I like prayers please my husband and I have been trying for our first child for 7 years now. We've talked about adoption but not sure if we should stop trying and move onto adoption so I'd ask prayers that God will lead us to the right path to our miracle baby.

  • Amanda DiPane June 30, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Ashby, your family and everyone's requests are in my thoughts and prayers! My request is for my fiancΓ© and a cure for his autoimmune disease so we can have the happiest long life together! Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Ashby, your family and everyone's requests are in my thoughts and prayers! Mine is for my fiancΓ© and a cure for his autoimmune disease so we can have the happiest long life together! Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Jess June 30, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Please pray for 5 year old, Allistaire. She has been battling AML cancer since before she turned 2. Thank you so much.

    I will pray for your sweet Ashby.

  • Brooke June 30, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Two prayer requests: that my brother and sister-in-law (B and C) will be able to become parents soon. Also, that God will guide my husband and I to the right time to put our home for sale and purchase a new one.

    Praying for Ashby!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I will be praying for your dear, sweet Ashby. And I will be thinking of this thread and the hundreds of people who are dealing with life struggles. God is good. Through Him, anything is possible!!!

    Please pray that I pass all my exams for graduate school. I am in my last year and I hope I graduate successfully and that someone will hire me! I have so much school debt that will need to be paid off. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you! And God bless!

  • Audrey June 30, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    What an important post Shay. So much in this world to be prayed about! Our family is experiencing a rift that is causing pain to may of us involved. Some prayers that this will come to a resolution would be so appreciated. I will certainly keep Ashby in my prayers. I have a son with special needs and I know how helpless it can feel as the doctors search for answers. Thank you!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    My prayer request is for my sister who is handicapped. Her top front tooth broke off and she will most likely lose the other top front tooth. She is nonverbal so she does not display pain like the rest of us would. It is scary because our family is unsure how she feels. We need to make a decision about whether to remove the tooth, or both teeth, or try to see if they can be fixed. My heart breaks for her because she can't communicate her desires or the pain and I want to do right by her. I appreciate any prayers for guidance.

    I will pray for all of the prayer requests listed here and for anyone else who needs prayers but may be unable to ask.

  • Debbie June 30, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    A much appreciated post! I'll definitely be praying for your sweet Ashby.

    I have several health issues that could be helped tremendously if I could lose some weight. I've dealt with obesity for several years now and really need God to help me get some control in this area of my life.

    Thank you Shay.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I am praying for sweet Ashby that God protect her and heal her in the way only He can. I pray for her physicians that God may guide their treatment and therapy for her. I pray for all of the readers who share their prayer requests today that God hear each one of them and answer them according to
    His holy will.

    My prayer request is for my brother who has a big exam on Thursday that the Lord will bless him with retaining the information he has learned and that he will do his best and pass with flying colors. I pray for God's guidance for the country that He may lead us all as a more Godly nation.

  • Danielle June 30, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you so much for this post, Shay. It is exactly what I needed today. Ashby and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    I sort of feel badly putting this request out there, after reading about what other people are going through…but my prayer request is to find my husband. I hope we meet soon. I want nothing more than to build a marriage and a family.

    Thanks again, Shay.

  • Melliedew June 30, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Pray that I will be bold enough to share my faith in Jesus with my unbelieving family and friends. Pray that I will recognize the opportunities when they are presented. Praying for Ashby! Thankful that she's in the hands of the Mighty Healer!

  • The Coffer Family June 30, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Wow, you have had a ton of responses! That just goes to show that so many people need prayers and are willing to pray for others as well. I am dedicated to pray for Ashby this month and I will try to go down the line and pray for as many of your followers as I can.
    I also need prayers, this one is quite trivial, but God wants to hear everything on our hearts, right? I need prayers that we hear Gods word about our house. We have had it on the market for a while and it's taking a long time to sell. I really thought I heard God tell me that we needed to move, (for various reasons, but they are all important), but the fact that no one is looking at it makes me wonder if this is what The Lord wants us to do. I know He is preparing something for us, either for our hearts to be okay staying here, or the perfect house to buy. But, the waiting is so hard. We are remaining faithful, but as the weeks and months tick by, it's getting harder, and I really wonder if I was wrong in thinking I heard Him talking to us about moving.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity to not focus on my own needs, but to be a prayer warrior for someone else!

    Karina

  • Jaclyn Johnson June 30, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Shay – I've been praying for you and Ashby since you announced last year that you were adopting. I'll continue to pray for her medical plan and that the doctors are able to help Ashby and your family asap. I feel like I've found God more so since finding your blog over a year ago and I'm very grateful. Have a wonderful day w/your sweet family!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby! Please pray for school and family.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    My prayer request is to find work. I've been a term teacher for 2 years and wasn't eligible to be hired as a term teacher again for September so I'm on the substitute teacher call list. I don't need a classroom of my own (although that would be wonderful) but I do need to work often as a substitute then.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Mama, I pray for dearest Ashby's health situation to improve markedly. I pray that she will be able to tolerate the necessary invasive medical procedures to rectify and heal her veins + heart. I pray for her complete recovery from this health problem. I also would like to pray for your family especially for you Mama — that you may ever be more strengthened and be more hopeful that this journey no matter how frustrating, circuitous & torturous, it will be resolved in GOD's time. After all, GOD is the Greatest Healer. PS Mama kindly pray for my daugther who is presently embarking on her tour of Europe. I pray for her safety and for the constant presence of the Holy Spirit in her journey. Cheers, Jane from Oz

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Please pray for my daughter. She is in a drug rehab facility and will be coming home next week. Pray that she can stay strong and sober and work her program.

    • Crystal July 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Praying for your family!

  • Loni "The Healthie Foodie" June 30, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I love this post. I pray everyday and sometimes I feel like G-d doesn't hear my prayers.

    I will be praying for Ashby and everyone who requested a prayer. But I also need a 2 important prayers for myself. It's hard for me to ask this b/c I sometimes feel I don't deserve prayer and the time of others spent on me but I am trying to tell myself I'm worth prayer.

    First-
    I have my Masters in Elem Education – I graduated in 2011 and despite completing many maternity leave and medical leave replacements – all long term and getting lots of good feedback from principals and parents I have been unable to secure a position. Please pray that over the summer (hopefully soon since there is a specific job that was posted this month that I REALLY want) I will be hired to teach elementary children. I love kids, I love teaching. It is a real passion of mine to inspire and educate children.

    Second-
    Since 2003 I have been suffering from anorexia and bulimia. Please don't say – just eat there are people starving in other countries b/c it isn't about that. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health illness in the world. I've been suffering since I was 14 and now I am 27 and still suffering. I feel so worthless, so ugly, fat, stupid and undeserving of love. I also have many medical issues – low heart rate, osteponia, liver issues b/c of my eating disorder. Please pray that G-d give me the strength to heal and beat this demon and be a healthy and thriving young woman. Please pray I see my worth and I can get medically healthy so I can someday be a wife and a mother.

    Thank you – Shay.

    Loving this post so much, I can't even express it!

  • Dianna June 30, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Prayed for Ashby, for your family, and for your doctors. Please pray for my husband as he struggles in his job and tries to figure out what he wants to do.

  • Staci June 30, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Shay,

    This post was MUCH needed! Our world is truly in turmoil and prayers are needed more than ever. I absolutely love visiting your site and seeing your children's smiling faces. They make my whole day. Ashby's health and your sweet family will be in my prayers.

    Please keep my mom, uncle, and grandpa in your prayers, as well. My grandpa suffers from Alzheimer's and his witch of a wife has taken everything he has, while in turn, dumping him in an old age home where he has no business being. He's scared, confused, and angry all at once and he understands none of it. My mom and uncle go through taking turns visiting him and trying to keep him company every single day. Pray they can get something worked out and that God can hold all 3 of their hands through the difficulty that is Alzheimer's Disease.

  • Sabrina June 30, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    This is so awesome. I have read through these comments and prayed for people today. What a blessing this corner of the internet is! Praying for sweet Ashby and for the doctors to have the wisdom treat her accordingly

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Please pray for my family, my husband lost his job and is having a very hard time finding a new one. We are starting to lose hope. Thank you, and I will keep Ashby in my prayers.

  • graywolff June 30, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I have been diagnosed with endometrial cancer and will undergo a hysterectomy on July 23. I ask for containment of the cancer,wisdom and safety of my surgeon and for peace and comfort for my husband.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Please pray for my poodle Honey, her routine blood test came back abnormal. Hoping she doesn't have any type of disease. I don't think I could afford the medication… πŸ™

  • Kel June 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I would love prayers for my family to know Jesus as their Lprd and Saviour. Would also love my brother to have hope and direction in his life. Bless you all sweet ones xx

  • Jeanine June 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I am praying for Ashby and your family, that God will bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you! I would appreciate prayer for my house to sell (been on the market for two years). Also, for my son and his girlfriend, that God would touch them and bring them back to Himself and heal my son's girlfriend, who has spinal cancer. Thank you!

  • Beautifully Seaside // Formerly Chic Coastal Living June 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Thank You Lord that you still perform miracles today. We pray that you restore every cell in Ashby's body and keep her healthy Jesus. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. XO

  • Adhesivelove June 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Praying for your sweet family! I have a few prayer requests. My friends grandmother just had hip replacement surgery as a few complications arose. My husbands company just got bought out by another larger company- please pray that he and the others in his division can keep their jobs and positions. Also, I am helping my best friend raise his 2 beautiful boys. He is a single dad who is just having a rough time right now. Their mother has recently remarried and we feel in our hearts that she is making decisions that could potentially have bad consequences. Just please pray for the babies to be safe while in her care on her weekends. Thankyou all so much!

  • Full Time Wife Life June 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Can I submit a second? Just got a call from one of my closest friends. She is currently miscarrying at 20 weeks. Pray for their family.

  • Jeanie June 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Many prayers for adorable Ashby and the rest of your family. Prayers for wisdom for the doctors involved in her treatment. I would ask for prayers for my friend's daughter, who has been battling cancer for the last couple of years. She is in her early 40s and has experienced several surgeries and rounds of chemo already. Please pray for a clear scan when she has her next one.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Sending prayers to you and your sweet family. Your blog has helped me so much recently. I've been dealing with a lot of anxiety and depression and I happened onto your blog a few months ago. You have such a beautiful, positive, shining spirit and although I don't know you in real life you have inspired me to be a better spouse, friend and mother. When I've been down or discourage or apathetic I've turned to your blog and it has helped me more than you will ever know. You've introduced me to so many things (fun and frivolous like nail polish and shoes and also more serious things like becoming more spiritual and living a happier life).

    I feel guilty asking for prayer after reading through the hundreds of comments above but I felt drawn to check your blog this busy afternoon (I usually do first thing in the morning) but I felt I needed to make time to check it today and got emotional reading your post and comments. I live a very, very blessed life. But I really struggle with anxiety and I've been having some minor health issues lately and my anxiety is making them seem bigger and worse. The anxiety has gotten so bad I'm feeling depressed some days. So if there's a little room out there please include me…I will do the same. Thanks so much and thank you for such an amazing blog that has been so helpful. I have been tempted to comment before to ask if you ever get down and have bad days. Even through the trials of your sweet new daughter you seem so positive and optimist. I can only hope to live that way!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Would love prayer. We can't get our old home sold. We've moved into our lovely new home, but making two mortgage and utility payments can't happen forever and it seems something is continually broken at both homes. We're desperate for someone to buy our lovely home.

  • dresselfamily.blogspot.com June 30, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    my prayers are with you and your family.. I believe with all my heart that families are forever and that Ashby is where her Heavenly Father needed her to be.
    I've been so emotional reading these prayers..
    I hope everyone can find love, peace and strength in Jesus.
    love y'all

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I will be praying for everyone along with your sweet family and Ashby. Please pray for my young daughter who is undergoing testing right now. Thank you!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Will be praying for your sweet girl!
    My husband and I have had adoption on our hearts for years and we have also struggled with infertility (I have a hard time even using that word). We believe God has a plan for our family and child and our kiddos to be. We've started researching adoption and are in the beginning stages of this process. It's a huge leap of faith, but I know when you you're given a God dream He will move mountains to bring it to fruition.
    My heart is also heavy for our country right now. Our church has just completed a series on the end times. I pray people our truly ready for Jesus' return.
    I love this idea!

  • Janet June 30, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I just recently learned of your blog and have really enjoyed reading it. I hope to some day be able to read past posts to learn more about you and your beautiful family. Thank you for a wonderful idea. There can never be too many people praying for our country and for others that are going through a tough time.
    I will be in prayer for Ashby for her contagious joy not to be robbed from her with her medical issues. I pray for her medical team to find answers soon and be able to help her little body to heal completely. I ask Him to give you and your family the peace and patience you need while you wait for these answers.
    Prayers will go up for all the others asking for specific needs and for our country as we go through such difficult, dividing times.
    Again, thanks for a great idea. May you continue to feel Him surrounding you at all times.

    God Bless.

  • Anonymous June 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    My best friend of 20 years and I have had a very serious falling out. We went to counseling, still didn't help. Not really one argument in 20 years. For both of us, some kind of resolution needs to be made. I know God can work miracles, but it has been 6 months of serious conflict…

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Thanks for doing this, Shay!!! I will pray with you and others as well!! My prayer is to be effective as a light for Christ at work and with my extended family. I also want to rely on the Lord for my energy day to day & grow in Him. Asking boldly to be able to be a wife and mom one day… Mid 30s and gets harder to hope!!
    Karen

  • Kel July 1, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Sending up prayers…

    Love to see the love & support of Christian women.

  • Lacey Salmon June 30, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I just love your sweet Ashby pictures and will definitely pray for answers for you. The unknown and unexpected is tough.

    Please pray for a healthy pregnancy for me, I had a really rough missed miscarriage in December that caused months of issues, and we see the light at the end of the tunnel and really want to bring home baby #3.

  • Lana July 1, 2015 at 12:26 am

    What a beautiful idea. I will continue to pray for Ashby and your entire family, and will add the sweet people who have left comments here to my prayers.

    I would like to ask for prayers for my friend Todd and his family. He was paralyzed from the neck down in a freak body surfing accident last summer in Hawaii. While he has made good progress, and is so thankful to be alive, Todd has a very long road ahead of him, and ultimately may never walk or run again. He is an amazing, positive person who trusts fully in God and his plan, but I know he would appreciate all prayers!

  • Laurie S July 1, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Hii Shay. What a wonderful idea this is, to pray for others. My prayer request is "different". It's for my dear dog Ann, who is scared of loud pops and noises, and it's the Fourth of July holiday weekend coming up. It's illegal for fireworks where I live, and especially with the California drought, but my neighbors have been setting them off for over a week, please pray for us to keep her calm, and for us to be a comfort to her. I know our dear Lord hears our prayers, no matter how big or small, because He loves us so much. Thank you.

  • Caitlin Williams July 1, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I will be praying for Ashby, and for your family as well. My prayer request is for my cousin. She has been battling anorexia for several years, and was recently hospitalized in an in-patient facility. I pray that she can work through this difficult time, and get back to her career and family. I also pray for her Doctors & family, that they make the best decisions for her physical & mental health. Thank you again.

  • Kristi July 1, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Hi~ I do not have a blog of my own but follow several & especially enjoy yours.
    What a wonderful idea this is & I plan to join in. I believe there is nothing more powerful
    than prayer. You have a beautiful heart!
    I will keep darling Ashby & your family in our prayers as you move forward with her treatments. Prayers
    for the drs & their teams as well.

    My prayer request is for peace & joy in my heart & unwavering faith. I lost my 15 yr old niece who was like a daughter to me 2 years ago in a freak tragic auto accident. There are no words to describe the depth of grief & loss. There are so many times when I feel so very isolated & I pray for the strength to keep moving forward. I miss finding the joy in everyday life & want to recapture that & truly live again.

    Thank you for your prayers! Blessings to all.

  • Holli July 1, 2015 at 1:15 am

    What a great idea! I too am focusing on praying more lately. A prayer request for my family is that we are considering a move out of state. My husband has his 2nd interview this Thursday and we just aren't nervous for a new adventure in our lives. We have 3 little boys 6,4,1.5 and baby #4 on the way! We would teally appreciate all the prayers we can get. Thank you!

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Praying for sweet Ashby! I know how tough waiting on medical info can be! Also praying for strength, courage, and patience for you and your family. My prayer request is for full time employment for my husband. We were living on the opposite side of the country from our families. When my grandmother became terminal, my father very sick, and my sister started growing her family – we decided that being close to our families is what is most important. Unfortunately, my husband gave up his career do to so and is struggling to find full-time and long-term work here.
    Brittney

  • Mandy Lee July 1, 2015 at 1:36 am

    I will be praying for Miss Ashby, her treatment team, and you guys as parents for I know you may face some difficult decisions.

    I'd like to ask for prayer for my pregnancy. I'm currently 14 weeks along in my third pregnancy after losing my 2nd baby at 9 weeks. I'm extremely nervous and am praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby to be born in December. Losing our baby #2 was the hardest thing I've gone through.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Shay, I urge you to contact Dr. Milton Waner at the Vascular Birthmark Institute in New York. He practically performs miracles on children with hemangiomas and vascular malformations. We live in North Carolina and traveled to Little Rock, AR for him to treat my daughter who is now 16 years old. He moved to New York about 12 years ago and we traveled there for surgery. We went to many doctors for different opinions and even had a terrible experience with one here in NC. I hope you have found NOVA, National Organization for Vascular Anomolies and contacted them. They have conferences to gather doctors who see children who have VA and give their opinions on what options to pursue for treatment. They can direct you to doctors in your area and give you treatment advice. As we found, doctors who are wonderful don't always have experience with treatment for VA's. Prayers as you seek the best treatment to keep Ashby healthy and happy.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Shay, I feel as though you posted this for me to see! I sent prayers for Ashby and will continue to pray for those who need God and prayer right now in the comments.

    My prayer request is to have confidence in myself as I continue to search for a job. I am a teacher and living in Michigan the teaching jobs are VERY competitive. I just ask that anyone reading this pray for the right position and opportunity to open up where I am meant to teach. I can't wait to help students and watch them grow. I completely trust in God and know that He knows the plan-for all of us.

    <3

  • Cathy and Marshall July 1, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Please pray for Broooks Blackmore, a five year old boy recently diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor. Thank you!

  • marybeth July 1, 2015 at 2:31 am

    I love this idea! Hard times can feel so overwhelming when you try to take them on alone, but sometimes knowing that others are praying for you helps lighten the load. I look forward to praying for all these sweet people.

    My husband and I have been trying to start a family for almost 3 years. It was side tracked for a bit while I dealt with a brain tumor, but now we are pack on track. I ask for prayers for us to start our family and strength not to question His plan.

    Again, great idea!

  • Angela Pino July 1, 2015 at 2:51 am

    This is so sweet, Shay. Thank you for doing this for us. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers for a while now and I continue to pray for you. My prayer request is simple, please pray that I find my way in life. I worked as a news TV producer for a year and a half, but hated my job. I ended up quitting in February and have yet to find a new job. While I am lucky enough to still live with my parents, it's time that I find my place in this world. Please pray that God guide and direct me to where I am supposed to be. Thank you again and sending you and your family lots of prayer and love.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 2:59 am

    I will pray for Ashby and your family. I ask for prayers for my sweet fifteen year old daughter, Elizabeth. Please pray that she will stay close to God.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Praying for Ashby and your beautiful family!

    I ask for your prayers as I begin my first year as a special education teacher this fall. I'm very nervous and hope I can do a good job to help all students but especially those with disabilities. Thank you!

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 3:13 am

    I am so glad to have found this blog..it is like an extended family. what a powerful piece you wrote. I think that is the only thing we want for our children – to be happy and healthy..everything else is a bonus. I pray for ashbys health and that the doctors can find the right therapy or cure for her.
    my prayer requests are for my family – to guide us to the right school for my daughter – to watch over my son as he goes thru his last year in high school and is driving..very scary and nerve wracking for me!!!
    I pray for my husband to stay healthy for our family.
    love to your family! sending prayers of peace to yours!

  • Rochelle stephenson July 1, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Shay, this is great. There is so much power in prayer and in believing God to heal little Ashby and provide wisdom to her doctors.

    Would you please pray for me and my family as we lost my Mom to suicide last month. My Dad, as well as my siblings and I are just heartbroken and don't know how to live life without her. It's so unbelievably difficult.

  • Jen July 1, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I am praying for Ashby tonight that the doctors come up with a good plan that works and keeps her healthy and happy.

    Please pray for this little boy who needs a liver transplant. This story is breaking my heart. http://triblive.com/mobile/8633528-96/lucas-liver-donor

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 3:39 am

    My mom's appendix ruptured earlier this month. Her recovery has been really hard for her. At her post-op appointment, the doctor told us her path reports showed cancer. We had never even heard of cancer of the appendix. She's a tiny lady and must put some more weight on before she goes back in for surgery to have part of her colon removed. Then they will send her to an oncologist to look for the cancer that may have spread when her appendix ruptured in her other organs or lymph nodes. There is no good time for anything like this to happen, but I am moving 14 hours away on Monday. It's been a really dark summer for my whole family. Praying for good news, a speedy recovery, and a happier ending to our summer!!

    Also- big prayer for your sweet Ashby. It has been amazing watching her transformation from January until now. Praying for answers from the doctors and a clear solution for what's next regarding her health! Thanks for allowing us to have a glimpse into your life each day!

  • Shannon July 1, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Thank you so much for doing this! I will be praying for your precious little girl and your family during this medical hardship. I pray that you find answers, that the doctors find proper procedures, and most of all, that Ashby remains healthy through all of it.

    I would like to ask for prayers for myself – for having a softer heart and more patience with people, especially my children. And also for safe travels for an upcoming road trip we leave for on Thursday.

    Thank you again for starting this amazing thread.

  • Valerie Cox July 1, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Such a precious post, Shay! I'll be praying for sweet Ashby, her doctors, and your family. I would like to ask for prayer for several children (Emma, Leah, and Nathan) I know who are battling cancer. Thank you, Shay!

  • Samantha Soto July 1, 2015 at 4:42 am

    My prayers are with your family and sweet Ashby! Also for the medical team that will give her the very best treatment. My brother and his teenage son are both recovering from recent brain surgery. Please pray for strength during their recovery process, my brother's treatment at MD Anderson, and our family during this difficult time. The power of prayer is truly incredible. Thank you for opening your heart, Shay. You are so appreciated! Much love to your beautiful family.

  • Leslie Seror July 1, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Shay…this is beautiful. Praying for Ashby and your family.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Shay, I love reading your blog! Every day I am so excited to see the inspirational messages, personal experiences, and amazing recipes you have to share. This is the first time I have really felt the need to comment. Prayer is something I have certainly been struggling with as things have gotten difficult these past few months, when what I really need is to pray now more than ever.

    Starting with you tomorrow I hope to change this. I will pray for your sweet little Ashby's health and for your entire family as you go through this journey. I hope you can pray for my dad, the most incredible man, who has been struggling with substance abuse for the past ten years. He is truly an inspiration and continues to fight to overcome his addiction. I hope we can pray together that God gives him the strength he needs to get through these next few months that he will be spending in a long-term rebabilitation program. It is so hard being away from him, we have such a special relationship and it breaks my heart to see him struggle so terribly with something so many of us often take for granted: happiness and peace.
    This is such a positive thing that you are doing and spreading on to others. Thank you so much!

    D

  • Lora July 1, 2015 at 6:38 am

    My first born has an incurable disease similar to ALS. He has never walked or stood and is in a wheelchair. Doctors gave us 3 years and he just celebrated 19 years in March!!. However I now have a new prayer request. I was diagnosed with MS 2 weeks ago. I am terrified and scared. I need to be there to care for my son. He depends on us and probably always will. Please pray I will have a mild form of this disease! And for strength and courage!!

  • Elizabeth July 1, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Good Evening Shay ~ I don't always get a chance to read your blog, but when I do I take in every word and am always blessed by how the Lord uses you to speak to me. I will be praying for your sweet Ashby she is such a beautiful little girl and I know that God hand picked her for your family. I will pray that God gives the Dr's direction and wisdom to find your sweet girl a treatment plan. I hardly ever ask for prayer for myself, but I was nudged by the Lord to add my prayer request to your comments. In the last 6 months I have buried both my Mother and Father. It has been the hardest 6 months of my life, after they both passed I was informed by my husband that we were in serious financial trouble and then I got really sick. I have had pneumonia twice in the last 3 years and now I have another lung infection. There is never a good time to be sick, but this is a really bad time for my little family for me to be sick. I am asking that you would pray for my health and that the Lord would restore me to perfect health. My family needs me and I haven't been any help to them in over a month. Thank you so much Shay and blessings and prayers for your sweet family as well as those who need prayer in your comment section. Thank you so much !!!!

  • Lindsay July 1, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Praying for sweet Ashby and your family! My almost 2 year old son, Beckham, has chronic kidney disease (stage 3) and a surgery coming up to correct some other kidney/bladder issues. I'd love it if you'd all keep him in your prayers. You can follow his fight against CKD on Facebook at Beckham's Bravery. Thank you so much!!!

  • Daniele July 1, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Thank you, Shay. This may be your best post and most generous offer!

  • Maggie Eterno July 1, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Praying for Ashby and all of you. Also praying for her doctors as they figure out the best treatment plan for her. I don't normally comment but I just want to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. I'm also a mom of three and I love seeing all of your posts. My prayer request is for my dad and our family. My dad has had 10 years of medical issues. He's a pastor and has continued to preach through them all. He's almost gone blind, had kidney failure that required him to take dialysis three times a week, two below the knee amputations, kidney transplant and then last October our hearts were crushed when he was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer. Hormone treatment was going well and we were hopeful. A couple of weeks ago dad began to experience horrible pain. His levels were rising again and it became apparent they were not working. Earlier this week after two hospital stays the doctors concluded that the cancer had spread to his neck and other areas. It is also in his lymph nodes. They said there was nothing they could do and the next step was hospice. So now my dad has entered hospice care and we have began a very hard journey. He is so strong and tells us to stay strong. But as I leave his house every other day I find myself losing it because each time I can see my dad slipping away. My heart hurts and I find myself feeling so sad about all of this. Please pray that as the pain increases, the nurses will be able to control it. Pray for peace and comfort. Thank you for posting this.
    -Maggie

  • Anna July 1, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Hi Shay, last July my best friend was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. She was 26. She has fought this with so much strength and courage, through chemo treatments and 2 huge surgeries. Her last surgery was last week, and she will soon go into what is hopefully her last round of chemo. A prayer for Becca and her family would be so appreciated in this time, as we hope that this fight is coming to an end (as a victory).

  • Monica Morgan July 1, 2015 at 5:21 am

    After being in relationship with him for 3 years, he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the other ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, lotto, his email is DRAISEDIONSPELLCASTER@OUTLOOK.COM you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or any other problem like wining lottery.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Thank you all, because of your faith, mine is stronger. My prayer is for my sister Lisa. That she will become a mother, either through getting pregnant or from being chosen by a birth mother. I know that she will make the very best mama.

  • stephanie July 1, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Please pray my former foster son will find his way back to us. We have been heartbroken since we left and my daughter is desperate to see him again. Thanks so much!

  • Nancy July 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Dear Shay, I have/will be praying for sweet Ashby and your family. I am asking for prayers for my 3 year old sweet great granddaughter. She has Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). She goes for first treatment today. Please keep her in your prayers and her family. Thank you.

    • Crystal July 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Praying Nancy!

  • Brianna July 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I will keep Ashby and your beautiful family in my prayers. My prayer request is for courage and strength as my husband and I deal with infertility. We so badly want to be parents. Thank you for your blog, Shay. I look forward to reading it every morning.

  • Sarah July 1, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Thank you so much for this post, Shay! I know you have a lot of people praying for Ashby and your family. I have 3 prayer requests. The first is for my mom as she goes into surgery this morning to remove the cancer in her breasts. Also, for myself and my husband as we are in the middle of our 2ww for our 2nd round of IVF. Please pray that I become pregnant, and if it's God's will, that both embryos make it and we are blessed with twins. I also need prayers for our Black lab, Tyson. He was recently diagnosed with a heart tumor that cannot be removed and his health has been a roller coaster the past 2 weeks. He is our baby and we are going to miss him so much when he's gone, so please pray for peace.

  • Sara and Steve July 1, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Please pray that we could grow our family. We've had (unknown) fertility struggles for over 10 years. We've lost 4 children and we're blessed to finally bring one home 2 years ago! We would love to have more

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Will keep sweet Ashby in my prayers. Please pray for my family, as I have two young children and have rheumatoid arthritis. It is not getting any better and I find it overwhelmingly difficult sometimes
    to take care of them and be as present with them as I would like. I feel a lot of guilt even though I know I can't control it. Thank you for this.

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  • Patty July 1, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby and her doctors. Praying for complete healing and for wisdom for the doctors. My prayer request is for my elderly mom. Last week she had a stroke and they found two new tumors on her brain. She was sent to our house with hospice. Please pray for mom and her comfort and strength for us as we care for her. My verse I have been praying is this: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, Phil 4:6-7 Thanks so much for praying.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I pray for your Ashby and everyone's prayers in here. For me it's simple, I would like to be able to feel the peace of the Lord each day and soak up each day the best I can. Lately unnecessary anxiety has been getting in the way. Lastly, prayers of health and happiness for my friends and family.

  • Brian & Ashley July 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Praying for everyone!

  • Crystal July 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I would like to add a second request also – due to some health issues and a recent surgery I have a ton of medical bills and it's becoming very overwhelming. I pray God helps us find a way to pay for these medical bills.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I have a daughter in law (35 years old) who has metastasized breast cancer and was put in hospice yesterday. Please pray for peace and comfort for Michelle, Tony, the kids and her parents.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Shay, this came at the perfect time. Please pray that God will get me through this rough time with the love of my life, my boyfriend. He is having reservations and it hurts so bad to think about losing my best friend. Please give me strength to know that I can make it through what is supposed to happen. I imagined spending forever with him and it's so hard to think about not being with him. But as you said to me, I need to be with someone who has no doubts at all. I will be praying for you and your sweet family. Thank you!

  • gina grasta July 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    My request is for my boyfriend, a hardworking Airman to get a position as an air traffic controller. He took the test this past weekend and now we just pray!

    And of course your family and especially Ashby's health are always in my prayers!

    This is such a beautiful idea πŸ™‚
    Love, health and happiness to all!

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Prayers for sweet Ashby and your famly. My prayers request is for patience and guidance in finding a new job. I have come very close a few times but nothing has come to fruition yet. I keep telling myself that God has a plan, but it is hard waiting sometimes.

  • Paula July 1, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Praying for Ashby and a clear direction for the doctors to take treatment. I pray they can have a plan of action that God himself lays in their lap.

    I'd pray for my husband. We live in Tennessee and drives weekly to Kansas where his home office is. His job is great, he has such wonderful favor and he's quickly climbing the corporate ladder, but he's worn out. We remain in Tennessee because my FIL is disabled from a car accident 10 years ago and lives next door. I also have a severely disabled daughter with Angelman Syndrome that is exhausting daily in itself, so packing up and leaving her specialist would be difficult. We also have 3 other children. We all miss him dearly. I know he sacrifices for us, but his health, stress level, lack of sleep and eating are becoming sacrificed too. I can see the toll it's taking.

    Thank you so much for opening this up. I see so many who need prayer!

  • Jenny July 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    What a wonderful idea for a post. I have greatly enjoyed your prior posts about your bible studies and how to use prayer every day. I will pray for Ashby and your beautiful family. Please pray that we might be able to expand our own family.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    My prayer request is for my beautiful daughter. She I and her husband are trying to start a family and are dealing with infertility issues. It is so hard to watch a child even a grown child hurt. They will make excellent parents! I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you, becky

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I hope this isn't a double post, if so I apoligze!

    I thank God every day for my life. I am SO blessed. I have grown up in the most loving family. My parents had the most loving marriage, true soulmates, and always put us first. My mom was diagnosed with a rare cancer and they continued to live their life of traveling, entertaining, and the day to day simple things. Unfortunately my mom passed away in January 2011. My dad has always been wonderful but stepped into a motherly role recently helping my sister and I plan our weddings and being a nana and a pop to my nieces and nephews. My sister had been struggling to get pregnant and was starting the process of IVF. At the same time of her first round, I got pregnant naturally. I felt horrible. Just 12 weeks later and her second round of IVF my sister got pregnant with TWINS. I was ecstatic. I was finally able to be happy. My sister and I were having our babies at the same time. While missing my mom terribly, things had really fallen into place. Unforutantely I came back to Ohio from NC last Thursday and my dad told us he had lung cancer. He has a series of tests this week. I am praying the cancer will be localized and removed witha surgery rather than taking the route of chemo. I pray for my dad. I pray for my family. I pray for our strength, I hate that he has already started this process alone afraid of scaring us at such a happy time in our life. I pray for my sister and her continued healthy pregnancy. I pray for my husband and our marriage as much of our time will be spent seperated so I can help out while I can. Thank you, Shay. You are an inspiration!

  • Allison F July 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    This is both heartbreaking and uplifting to read through! Thank you for the amazing post, and I am most definitely praying for sweet Ashby!

  • Beautifully Seaside // Formerly Chic Coastal Living July 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I'm praying for Ashby and for the doctors that are going to take care of her. Thank you Jesus that you will guide her medical team. And thank you Jesus that You hear all of the prayers of everyone here today. Bless each and every person with your grace and heal them Lord.

  • Courtney July 1, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby! God placed her right where she needs to be that's for sure. I ask that you pray for my Grandfather. He is struggling with bone cancer, he wasn't one of those old grandfathers who sat in a chair all day either. He was extremely active and lively, then one day he woke up with leg pains, after a month or two of doctor appts they said it was cancer. I ask you to pray for him to stay strong and positive. I ask you for God to heal him from his pain. I also ask you to ease the worry and anxiety the rest of my family is going through. We are trying to stay positive for him but some days it's very hard. He has always been the rock for my family so it's so hard to see him down.

    I will pray that God answers everyone else's prayer requests. We serve an almighty God!

  • April Parrish July 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    This is yet another great example of why I love your BLOG!!! I truly have and will continue to pray for sweet Ashby! I love seeing pics of her and your precious family! I find myself telling others about her and your journey.
    Please pray for mom. We lost my father about 5 years ago so she stays by herself. She has several health issues among being over weight and sever diabetes. She fell off of her bed back in January and gashed up her foot pretty bad and it is not healing. Please pray for the healing of her foot. Diabetes is very serious and now it may affect her limbs.
    Also prayers for our country and the decision the Supreme Court made last week.
    Prayers for you today and blessings!

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I will be praying for wisdom for Ashby's doctors and peace that surpasses understanding in the midst of everything. I ask that you pray for my husband and myself. We had a miscarriage 3 years ago and have been trying to get pregnant again the last 2 years. We have a desire to adopt as well. We just need wisdom and direction. Thanks for praying!

  • kayliadee July 1, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    This is my favorite post to date! The POWER of PRAYER…there is nothing more powerful we can share with one another and what an amazing group to pray for! My prayer request is for all those struggling with infertility. My husband and I have been struggling for three years now, and each day is harder than the last. My heart aches for all of you facing the same struggle. There is a reason for everything, we just need to stick together and pray to find those reasons! I also pray for all of you with children or those that are expecting. You have been blessed with one of God's greatest gifts. May all of your 'littles' be healthy and happy!

    "Always be joyful. NEVER STOP PRAYING. Be thankful in all circumstances. 1 THESS 5:16

  • Colleen July 1, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Wow, this is a powerful post. Prayers are about to come on strong!

  • Td July 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby and your family. Thank you for always being so inspiring to all! I'm asking for prayers as we embark on our adventure to have a baby. I love reading this blog and I finding comfort in knowing we are not alone in the journey. Sending prayers to all.

  • Td July 1, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Praying for your sweet Ashby and family. Asking for prayers as my husband and I embark on our journey to have a baby. Thank you for showing us we are not alone on this journey. Sending prayers to all…

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby! My prayer request is for my mom, Rene'. The enemy has really attacked her with her health. She tore her meniscus in her knee and rotator cuff in her shoulder after she prevented an elderly woman from falling along with turning bed ridden residents ( she owns an elder care home) in the midst of this they discovered her thyroid had shrunk, leaving her w a laundry list of symptoms. They are speaking over her that it may not come back. But I'm not receiving that! God is BIGGER!

  • Carrie M July 1, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby. And many many others on this post. Wow. It's amazing what a community of prayer warriors can do.

    My prayer request is for my husband who lost his job in March. He is actively and aggressively searching and has interviewed several times, but we are both starting to get discouraged. God has a plan, right? Looking forward to seeing that plan in action. Thank you!

  • Kelsie Tryon July 1, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    My prayer request is for strength and guidance. My husband and I are in the depths of an almost 2 year battle with infertility and man – is it hard! I am "bachelor obsessed" and that is how I originally found your blog. Since I've been reading, I found out more about your journey with infertility and I thank you for sharing your story to help provide a sense of hope to others, including me!

  • Terri Echols July 1, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Shay – I would love to have you pray for me and my husband – our marriage to be "revived" for lack of a better word.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading your blog >> it inspires me and gives me so many ideas every day. You have a fantastic family and I wish nothing but the best for all 5 of you. Hi Kensington, Smith and little Ashby (I'm waving right now :))

  • Mallory July 1, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I need prayer for my health. My seizure disorder has become out of control in the past couple of months and doctors can't figure out how to make it slow back down. I live in NYC now and it's dangerous for me to be out and about and risk hurting myself (again – I fractured my wrist on Thursday), but I have a history of depression and staying cooped up in my apartment all the time is not good for me, either. There have been lots of other smaller health issues going on, too. As physically exhausting as the seizures are, it's absolutely killing me mentally and emotionally. If God won't bring healing, It feels like every day is a battle to just keep my head above the water. I keep praying for the same things (healing or peace), all of my friends (who love me and would do anything to help me) keep praying for the same things, and nothing changes. I'm struggling with how to reconcile what I know to be true about God with what those truths mean when my life looks the way it does now. It feels like God has abandoned me, even though I know that's not really true. I'm just so very tired, and angry, and frustrated, and sad, and I don't want to be those things anymore. I just turned 23 a couple weeks ago, I want to live the abundant life that God has for me, but I'm in survival mode and I'm so tired.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Please pray for our son to return to the Lord. He has been struggling with anxiety and depression as well. Medication has helped, but ultimately without Jesus, there is no lasting peace.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Please pray for my mental health. Some days I feel like myself and other days I feel robbed. Robbed of myself, my happiness, and my future. It's really hard to explain and hit all of a sudden. On a positive note – I absolutely love your blog!!! Your family is such an inspiration to me. Sometimes I tear up thinking about how this (your life) is exactly what I want….a God centered marriage with love and happiness!

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I'm so afraid. My little grandson, Parker who is 3 has a severe life threatening allergy to tree nuts.
    By the grace of God we found this out by accident while having him tested for a milk allergy a year ago. Thankfully, the doctor ran other foods for testing as well. Milk was fine…tree nuts, very high, severe.
    I take care of him daily for my daughter who is a teacher. I have no idea why so many children now have this threat in their lives and I pray for them. The daily struggle to keep them safe is overwhelming at times. I don't ever want to fail Parker and I thank those others that are aware of his issue and watch out for him as well.
    I'm afraid to let him out of my sight. I do treasure every single moment I have with him as his issue reminds me to. He is loved and I know he knows it. Ashby is loved and she knows and feels it too. You are giving her everything she needs. My prayer is for all children to be loved, safe, and healthy. Amen.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Please pray for my pastor's sweet baby girl who was diagnosed with stage four, high-risk neuroblastoma in December 2014. She just started her 7th round of chemo this week.

    https://www.facebook.com/emilytaylorchoi
    http://www.gofundme.com/emilystrong

  • Maria Charlton July 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Such an inspirational post, I always feel like I don't pray properly but our priest says God always would rather you speak to him then ignore him! Wise words I have and will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. I feel silly asking but if possible could you pray for us to be blessed with a third baby, we have been trying for two years now with a loss in between. Thank you for your wonderful inspirational blog posts, God bless you xx

  • thegoodstuffbyajaespoo.com July 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for opening up your heart and prayer to others! I will be praying for sweet Ashby and strength and patience for your family. My prayer request is for my mom. She has to have biopsy and tests done on a small lump found on her lip. Being told not to worry right now, but its always hard not too in these situations.

  • Johanna Lynn July 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby and your family! I ask for prayers as I am seeking a new job. I pray that I have patience and faith in God's plan for me.

  • Carolyn July 1, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Absolutely an inspiration post! Always nice to be reminded how powerful prayer can be. My prayer request is for strength, guidance, and patience as a new step-mother! I'm navigating this new role and am very blessed to have wonderful step-children, and a wonderful relationship with each. However, at times, it can feel very trying! I pray for each of them as well, because being a kid isn't always easy (especially during the middle school and teenage years!). Thank you for your prayer and support Shay!

  • Sara July 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby's health and for her doctors to come up with a treatment plan that works!

    My prayer request is for our baby and a healthy pregnancy. This is my second pregnancy. I had a heartbreaking miscarriage in January after trying for over a year to get pregnant. I am praying every day that we will be blessed with a healthy baby from this pregnancy.

  • Elizabeth July 1, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I'm praying for Ashby and ask for prayer for my mother. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's a couple years ago and has really been struggling with the diagnosis and side effects of medication. Thanks so much, love reading your blog every morning!

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I love you blog! I make sure to read it everyday. I pray for Ashby's health and your sweet family. ( started following you because of Catherine and Sean). Your whole family is awesome!

    I am a mother of two and a stay at home Mom for over 10 yrs. now. I have been wanting to go back to work to help with my family financially but I don't know where to start. I am so scared to try, scared of rejection at the same worried about my children ( 6th and 4th graders this fall ). Oftentimes, i wish I have a lot of skills, like most of stay at home Moms who somehow earns money while raising their kids . Deep in my heart, i know God has plans for me but right now i just his guidance. Thanks in advance for your prayers! Thanks Shay!

  • Lizzie H July 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I would love it if you could pray for me and my husband as we struggle with infertility. We have had 4 chemical pregnancies (very early miscarriages) and are in the middle of our first IVF. If you could pray for me I would so appreciate it, thank you so much, Lizzie

  • lindsayglover July 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Praying hard for little Ashby's health and for the medical team to have wisdom as they put together her treatment plan.

    I found your blog during my miscarriage journey last October. I've really enjoyed following your family. Your posts are inspirational and have brought me great hope. I'm 15wks pregnant now and appreciate prayers that our baby will continue to grow and be healthy. Thanks for bringing joy to your readers everyday.

    I'll continue to pray for your family and especially Ashby's healing. Love and prayers from North Carolina. Lindsay

  • Cara Shibley July 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Shay, this is so beautifully powerful. I am so grateful for this and will keep your family in my prayers. My request is for God's love and protection over my family, especially my husband. He works in law enforcement and I pray for his safe return every night. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    What a beautiful post. I've read your blog for some time but never commented before. This post really moved me. I will be praying for sweet Ashby.

    I do also have a prayer request of my own. My father was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease a few years ago. It's an incredibly cruel disease and has been very hard on our family. I prayer for a cure for this disease for my father and all those who are suffering from it. I also prayer for strength for my mother, who has become his full time caregiver. I would be extraordinarily grateful for your prayers over our family.

    Monica

  • Kayla Ann Koury Bruce July 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    What a wonderful thread! I will be praying for sweet Ashby this month.

    My husband and I could use prayer this month and in the upcoming months for guidance for some big decisions we need to be making this year. I know God always wants to guide us, so maybe my prayer request should really be for open hearts and listening ears in the busyness of our everyday lives.

    Thanks!

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Shay. I follow your blog a lot and to have a close knit family like yours is something I am so excited about. I need prayers as well. I'm still pretty young but I feel like i'm lost in life. Newly single and can't really find the right direction to go school-wise. I have big dreams but a hard time focusing. Please help me find the right path. I pray often but I still always feel stuck.
    Praying for your sweet Ashby and the rest of your precious kiddos too.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Praying for your precious Ashby! I would love prayers for my marriage and my husband.

  • Wehbey Crew Momma July 1, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    My prayer request is for strength and guidance. For God to reveal to my husband and I where He wants us to serve and raise our children. Mine and my husbands jobs have both been really challenging. We are trying to press through but wondering if God has something else in store for us. There is a lot going on and I feel really confused and uneasy. We are also struggling with deciding where to send our children to school this year or next year. A lot is happening at there small Christian school and wondering if it's our time to leave but unsure about public school. We live in CA and flew out to TX to check it out. We fell in love with the McKinney area and the 2 churches we visited were amazing. We could see ourselves involved with both but praying for God to open doors for us to move or reveal to us where he wants us to be. We are content staying where we are too but just praying for strength and guidance in our workplace. Thank you for your prayers and I am thankful for your blog it is a highlight of my day and I'm praying for sweet Ashby and your family!

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Praying for your lovely girl, Ashby. πŸ™‚ I'm also praying for my mom. She's been experiencing some heart problems (irregular heart beats, palpitations, and night sweats) lately and has had a string of appointments with her cardiologist. She's 55 years old. Her job is very demanding, emotionally and physically. She's the charged nurse in the oncology department, so she's got a lot on her shoulders. For myself, I'm praying for a smooth delivery and healthy baby. I'm currently 6 months pregnant with our fourth baby, so I'm praying to have God's patience and love to nurture and teach each of my kids equally. We are also looking for a new house, which is stressful. Southern California homes are super expensive! Haha. I pray for God's perfect provision for us. Thank you so much for opening up this prayer "forum." It's a huge blessing. :))

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Our family is thinking about selling our dream home in order to be closer to family, work and school. Please pray that we're making good, smart decisions and that it's the right thing for our family.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Love love love this post and all of the comments that have followed. I too will be praying for sweet Ashby and the rest of your family in this time of uncertainty for you. I'll pray for the doctors and for clarity. I'll also be praying for the others who have commented as well as others who may have prayer requests, but are not in a position to ask for help.

    My prayer request, like many others here, involves my infertility struggles. After 3 years of trying, we finally got pregnant on our 3rd round of IUI only to find out a few days later that it was likely a chemical pregnancy. I still haven't miscarried and now our fears are that it could possibly be an ectopic pregnancy. I just pray that if our baby can't make it, that I miscarry naturally. If I don't, I'll need to take a drug that will terminate the pregnancy as it could turn into a life threatening situation for me. I pray that we're able to get through this scary time and continue trying to one day get our miracle baby.

    Thank you so much for posting about this Shay. You'll truly change lives.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    My prayers go out to sweet Ashby, that she always remain a happy, smiling and full of life. I pray the doctors find the best course of action for her. I pray for all those in need. I pray for what their heart desires most. My prayer request is that I hope and pray for a baby for my husband and I. Thank you so much.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I'll most definitely be praying for sweet Ashby and your family… God will definitely look out for y'all considering all these offerings of prayer I the comments!

    I do have a prayer request though. I'm seventeen years old and a rising senior in high school, and just about a month ago my friend got into a very serious car accident while he was driving alone late at night in a rainstorm. He was in a coma for the majority of the last month, and is just in the past few days waking up in the sense that his eyes are open, but he's unresponsive and not his old, caring, sweet, funny, loving self that I was so close with. I know that God is looking out for him and his family, but every prayer counts and j truly admire your closeness to God as shown on your social media. So if you wouldn't mind praying for my friend, his family, and all of us who are suffering as a result of this accident as we all realize how dangerous something as simple as driving to and from somewhere really is.
    Thank you so much, and you have inspired me to pray more. Blessings!

  • Melissa Rexius July 1, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Wow! What an incredible idea! Your blog has been such a blessing to me! Thank you! I will be praying for your sweet Ashby! I am asking for prayers for my marriage. We are hanging by a thread. My husband filed for divorce and then put a hold on it for now. We have three kiddos and all I want is for them to be able to grow up in a God fearing, loving family. I appreciate the prayers and will be working my way through this list to pray for others! Thank you!

  • Rebekah Bowen July 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    This could not have come at a better time. Thank you so much for doing this. My Grandaddy is going into hospice today. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Easter Sunday, and it has been so hard to see him digress so quickly. He is the most godly man I know and is a huge part of my life. I am getting married on July 11, and the doctors expect that he will pass sometime around the wedding. I want to be joyful on my wedding day and the days leading up to it and during the honeymoon, but it will be so difficult with all the sorrow in mine and my family's hearts. Please pray for peace and comfort in the assurance that God's timing is perfect and that he will soon receive my Grandaddy in glory.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Shay! This post just brought me to tears. I love the idea that people can get together and just pray for each other. As believers, this is what we should be doing for one another. Many times we forget the power of prayer and this is such a special time where we can come together as brothers and sisters in Christ to talk to Him. I will continue to pray that the Lord's will be done for your family and Ashby's condition. I know my request may not be as serious as what others are going through but I am a junior in college and I am struggling with what direction God wants me to go with my career. I am doing an internship right now for the summer and I am really struggling with it. I'm not sure if this is where God wants me to be. The environment is not the best and I am constantly anxious whenever I go (As I often have to deal with my anxiety). Please pray that I have peace over this situation and that God reveals what he wants me to do in this situation. Thank you so much!

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I ask for prayer for the new career and position I stepped into at the beginning of this year. The business needs a more solid foundation of sales to be sustainable, and I am only a few weeks away from maternity leave. I worry about having a job to come back to if business doesn't pick up before I leave. Thank you so much for covering me in prayer.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Shay, thank you so much for doing this! I need prayer for a health issue that has been long-term. It affects intimacy with my husband, I believe it is nerve damage caused during delivering my baby. I am hoping for something to start working, I have tried many possible treatments. I have decided that I need to be more intentional about praying about this so this was a very timely post! I will continue to pray for sweet Ashby and your family!

  • Natalie McKinney July 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    This is such a great idea! Just prayed for your sweet Ashby. I could use some extra prayers as me and husband begin to try to start a family. Thanks so much, I look forward to reading your blog each morning!

  • leina williams July 1, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    This is such a fantastic idea. I enjoy your blog tremendously and will keep your family and Ashby in my prayers. I know God has a plan for her, even if it doesn't make sense right now. I also keep telling myself this, but it's so hard. My husband was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve disease that is taking the use of his forearms/hands. He has a nurse come to the house to give him IVIG treatments every other week, but we haven't seen any change in the past 6 months. I selfishly want him to teach be able to teach our one year old son/4 year old daughter to throw a ball and enjoy life for a few more years.

  • Mona Brawley July 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Shay,
    This was a fabulous idea! I was actually praying a lot yesterday and then I read your post and knew I was on the right page with the Holy Spirit. I will most definitely keep you and your sweet Ashby in my prayers. We know our God is Awesome, He is a Healer and He is able to exceeding, abundantly above all we can ask or think, so I agree in prayer with you all for the Miraculous!
    Please keep our family and churches in the Southeast in your prayers as there have been more KKK rallies and church burnings over the last week.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I will be praying for sweet Ashby and the doctors who are caring for her! Being a parent of a parent of a special needs child is challenging at times.My son is 8 and has Down Syndrome and some medical issues. I am asking that you too pray for my family. My husband lost his job over a month ago and has gone on several interviews without any offers. I know GOD is in control, but it is hard as we are a single income family with three kiddos to raise. GOD has his plan, I am just asking to pray for guidance and strength during this difficult time.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I pray for Ashby's and your family's health, for peace, guidance, and continued happiness. Please pray for the same for my family. Thank you.

  • absees123s July 1, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Praying for your sweet family!!! I love reading your blog and watching them grow!! My prayer request is for my sweet son and his family. They have a year old precious baby girl and a new baby arriving next Tuesday…my request is for a healthy baby, as well as a safe delivery.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Shay, Ashby found her way 2 your family through prayer & I pray & hope that her medical issues will be looked after by prayer as well. Everything happens for a reason & I truly believe that Ashby found her way to you because someone knew she needed your family & you needed her ?. Prayers sent your way!!! ???

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you. I will be praying over this list and also for sweet Ashby. I would love two prayer requests, that are related: My husband and I got married last year and I'm now 35. I REALLY want to start trying for kids and feeling like we shouldn't put it off in case it takes us some time – we already had to put it off because of a serious injury I had after our wedding last year. But now he is feeling very stressed at work and wants to wait until he feels more secure. My prayer requests are that 1) he would feel ready (and be ready) to start trying for a child soon and 2) that his small business would grow or he would find work that makes him happy and more secure. Thank you for the prayers – they are very much appreciated. I have dreamed of having a family for so long – the person I loved in college passed away while I was in graduate school and then I didn't meet my husband until I was almost 30 so I already feel like I'm older than I planned – I know it isn't based on when *we * are ready but I don't want to wait too late and not be able to have kids πŸ™ Thank you for the prayers! I'll be praying for so many of you and know you are all facing such tough situations!!!

  • Morgan Eckert July 1, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    One of my friends sister named Kayla Perry was diagnosed about a year and a half ago with a type of neroblastoma cancer. She is the oldest known case of this particular type of cancer out there (it is normally only found in children under 5 and she's 20!). She has indured many many different treatments and they aren't working as well as hoped. She also just had a brain tumor removed but they recently found out they didn't get all of it out. Her insurance company isn't cooperating either right now so her treatment is having to be pushed back. She knows that her treatments are just trial and error at this point because her doctors aren't really sure what to do since they haven't ever seen it in someone as old as her. Please pray that her insurance company starts to cooperate so she can go forward with treatments and just pray that the Lord with touch her body and heal her. She also started something called Open Hands Overflowing Hearts (OHOH) which is raising money for pediatric cancer research so if anyone feels the call to donate that would help a lot. Thanks in advance!

  • Elizabeth July 1, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    My prayer request is for my husband and I. About two months ago he told me he wasn't happy and wanted to seek divorce. We are trying to work things out. However, at this point we need a miracle!!! Thank you so much for this post!!! I believe in the power of prayer and really need God's guidance during this very difficult time. Pray my husband's heart is softened and he is drawn back to the kids and I.

  • Anonymous July 1, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you for helping me become more intentional with my prayer time.

    Please pray that God will put the pieces together and lead me to the husband He created for me. Thank you!

  • Anonymous July 2, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Praying for sweet Ashby, and for you and your husband as you consider the options available for her.

    I'm embarrassed to put this out there, but since I could really use prayers: My husband repeatedly committed adultery during my last pregnancy and decided to pursue a divorce before my baby was born. Since then, my life has been falling into complete disaster, especially financially (I was blessed to be a stay at home mom before he left and now struggle to support us). Prayers for the emotional health of my children and improving financial health would be greatly appreciated. I am so scared that we are going to lose everything and I can't even afford the fees to file for bankruptcy.

  • Devon Leondis July 2, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Hi Shay! I'm praying for your sweet Ashby, I know we love and serve a God who has the power to heal, and don't forget that nothing is impossible with him! I also have a huge heart for orphan children and what started with a one time visit to Ghana at the age of 16 has now evolved into a non-profit building a HOME for orphaned children.(I'm 21 now) We now need prayer for selecting the foster parents, and knowing they are God fearing people that will love on these children. I also pray everyday for these children that will be off the streets and placed into our home with a family, food and school to attend! Praying for their safety right now is huge as well! Here is the link if you are interested in seeing pictures/wanting to know more!

    http://www.projectnyamensa.org

  • Anonymous July 2, 2015 at 12:31 am

    What a great idea this is! I have been following you for a few years now and you truly are an inspiration to other Mamas. I have always had a hard time asking others to think of me or pray for me but right now I need it more than ever. I am facing what could be some very serious health issues and I am terrified. I have two small boys ages 5 and 1 and thinking of them growing up without a Mama rips my heart apart.

    I too will pray for your sweet Ashby as well as for those who are too afraid to ask.

  • Anonymous July 2, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Please pray for me. I have a lot of issues with family and getting into medical school. I rather not go into details about all the problems. I absolutely LOVE your blog though! I'll be praying for cute little Ashby!?

  • Kim M July 2, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I will continue to pray for sweet Ashby and your whole family. Also in prayer for my mom who was recently diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and recently had her entire stomach removed. God Bless you all.

  • Stacy Riley July 2, 2015 at 1:11 am

    I ask for prayers for my marriage as we are experiencing a rough patch right now in our relationship. I pray for my husband to find a desire to go back to church. Lastly, please pray for my brother and sister-in-law as they struggle with infertility. Thank you, and I will pray for you.

  • Tiffany July 2, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Praying for your sweet girl and for the doctors that care for her. It has been a blessing to watch her blossom in your family. Please say a prayer for my husband and I. We have a beautiful four year old daughter. We have been struggling with secondary infertility for 3 years. We just experienced our second miscarraige at the beginning of the month. It was so heartbreaking to see a heartbeat one week, and it be gone the next week. I would love to give my daughter a sibling on this earth, but I'm thankful she will have a big family in Heaven. Thank you for the prayers, Shay!

  • Kate K. July 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Thank you for reading my prayer request. Please pray for my dear sweet angel best friend Meredith. Meredith lost her husband on Jan 4th of this year after a TERRIBLE battle with cancer. He was 37 years old and left behind sweet Meredith and their two daughters, Anna (8) and Jane (5). The entire last year of his cancer battle was brutal and Meredith was caregiver, encourager, spiritual leader, dietican, and rock of support for Mike…but add to that an amazing mommy to two little girls trying to maintain a sense of "normal." Meredith is a steadfast believer in the Lord and abides in His word daily, finding just enough strength to get through each day, but things are just hard and messy. Grieving a partner and best friend, being a single mommy, and add to that trying to guide your children (alone), through the most painful and confusing event in their lives. Meredith is an angel on earth but is (understandably) struggling. Can you please pray for wisdom, strength and HOPE for Meredith? She knows God has abundance ahead of her, but right now its just a flat out difficult time.
    Pictures, info, etc can be found on http://www.thesextonsbigadventure.com – – Thank you and your readers so much for your prayers for this sweet, sweet, hurting family!

  • Amanda July 2, 2015 at 2:32 am

    This is awesome Shay. Thanks so much!

    My prayer request is for God to make ends meet and provide a house for us. My husband and I got married last summer and got pregnant right away. We live in a one bedroom apartment and have been house hunting since we found out we were expecting. We never dreamt we'd bring our baby home to this apartment but we did and he'll be 3 months old next week. Needless to say we're getting a little crammed for space! The housing market is crazy where we live so we just haven't found the right house for us in our budget yet. Also I was planning on returning to work after my maternity leave but I just can't fathom leaving our sweet baby with some stranger at a daycare so my husband and I both feel at peace with me staying home with our son. Please pray that God would continue to provide for our family as He always does. Thank you!!

  • Anonymous July 2, 2015 at 10:46 am

    My prayer requests are to finally be blessed with a child and to find a new job that can take me out of my current toxic situation. Those are my prayers everyday πŸ™

  • The Bost Family July 2, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I love this idea! Thank you for doing this!

    My request is for my family. My husband, Jonathan, was diagnosed with malignant brain cancer at the end of April. We have two children, Lucy (7) and Henry(3). We have 11 more radiation treatments! God continues to provide our daily needs!

    http://www.bostfamilyblog.com

  • Anonymous July 2, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Love, LOVE this idea! πŸ™‚ You rock!

    Prayers to Ashby.

    And, please keep my husband in your prayers. He's been ill for almost 2 years and sometimes it feels like there is no end is sight. Doing 'normal' dinners out or movie nights would be a dream come true. Plus, we are trying to have a baby, so that adds more stress and frustration. Thank you so much!

  • Kaitlin Johnson July 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Hi Shay, I absolutely love your blog and your family, it is so encouraging and informative. I absolutely loved this post. It reminds me of what a few friends of mine and I do each week by sharing prayer requests. It has helped us check in with each other and stay connected.

    My prayer request is about the desire for marriage and a family that is weighing on my heart. I am two years out of a bad break up of a four year relationship that I fully believed would end in marriage. God has blessed me immeasurable since the break up and I have grown more than I could have imagined in my faith, but that desire to be married and hopefully raise a family has been growing. Since the break up I have become very discouraged with dating and have no idea if marriage is even in God's plan for me, which in and of itself terrifies me. I feel that some of my problem is seeking my worth and love from a relationship here on earth, but the desire for a Christ centered marriage is still burning in my heart. I would really appreciate if you could be praying for me to put my focus on God and not make an idol of marriage, but petition to God that it please be part of his plan for my life. Thank you! I will be praying for your family and the amazing comments and requests above!
    -Kaitlin

  • Meagan Clawson July 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Prayers for sweet ashby! The power of prayer will work and do wonderful things. God bless

  • Anonymous July 2, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Praying for Ashby and her wonderful parents and doctors. May the Lord help guide all of them to make the right decisions for her in YOUR time, Lord. I pray for all of the heartbreaking stories posted on this blog, and I and thankful that we live in a country where we can openly express our love Jesus Christ!

  • Kai Cranford July 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    We just moved from Plano, TX to Shanghai, China! I actually have thought about your Ashby often and will certainly pray for her, your family and the medical team, all the way from Shanghai!

  • Anonymous July 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Shay,
    I'm praying for ashby and your entire family everyday. It warms my heart that you will be praying for us too.

    The day I left for college five years ago I found out my dad would be leaving our family and moving down south. It has not gotten any easier for me five years later. In fact it's harder now that I'm living back at home after college and he's no longer here. I pray that my dad is happy and I too somehow find a way to be happy.

    Thank you again for thinking of us. I normally always comment with my name and not anonymous but this is something that has been hard for me to share.

    Have a beautiful holiday weekend

  • Anonymous July 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I am sending my prayers up for the healthcare team that us taking care of Ashby. That the Lord can guide them in the right direction for miss Ashby.
    I also request that you send a prayer up for my husband and me. Starting a family us a dream of ours. Today marks our 4 year wedding anniversary and also marks 3 years that we have tried to make this dream come true. Yesterday I had my 5th and final round of iui. If this does not work we will take some much needed time off and then move forward to IVF. I am a very optimistic person but am growing weary at this time. I feel that this may never be in the cards. I am a labor and delivery nurse and love what I do but am starting to find myself resenting my job when I have women who dont want their babies. The only tho g that keeps me going is being able to witness that miracle and have faith. One day that will be me I hope but I need some extra support right now. Thanks for all that you do. You are truly an inspiration to all. God bless you and your family!

  • PurseONality July 3, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Hi Shay! This post is so wonderful! It is so encouraging to know that there are Believers out there in the midst of these crazy times we live in.
    I love your blog. You are so inspiring in so many ways!!
    I am praying for you and your family and Ashby in particular.
    Please pray for my brother and is wife. They are struggling in their marriage. Please pray that God will open each of their hearts up to change and to love so that they may reconcile!
    Also, please pray for my marriage – I want to be a better wife: more self-less, more loving, more forgiving, more patient and less judgmental.
    Lastly, I am trying to become a better money-manager and be more wise in my spending and saving. Please pray that I will be diligent in thinking before I spend and diligent in saving more and spending less!!
    Again, thank you SO Much for being so open on your Blog and thank you for being REAL!
    May God Bless You and your precious Family!!

  • sarah mcclanahan July 3, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Praying for your sweet Ashby!! I was told that at 25 my eggs would be gone, I am now 5 months pregnant. Such a miracle. I pray that my sweet baby is healthy. I also ask prayer for my sister she needs The Lord. I don't want to go into detail about her. But if you have time to pray for us I would appreciate it more than you know.

  • Anonymous July 3, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Praying for your sweet Ashby! I'm praying that the Lord would give me a godly husband. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous July 3, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Continuing to pray for sweet Ashby and it's been such a treat to see her blossom in such a happy little girl with your family!

    My prayer request is for God to continue to direct me to my future husband and to continue to mold me into the future wife that he wants me to be. I also pray for my siblings and their future spouses.

  • Anonymous July 3, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I pray for a financial blessing so I don't let my family down and I can breath again.

  • Anonymous July 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I read your blog daily but never have commented until today. Thanks for this post, it is so thoughtful. Please pray for my 11 month old son who has a rare form of cancer, he is undergoing chemo and after the next round he will have an MRI to check if the tumor has pulled away enough from his nerves to be removed safely. Our world has been turned upside down & we are devastated but trying to be strong. Please pray that the tumor can be removed & that he will have a full recovery. Please also pray for my husband who is having a really hard time with this. I am praying for everyone who posted & prayers for you Shay and your family, praying that the doctors find the best possible treatment for sweet Ashby.

  • Jola Mochoge July 3, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Pleas pray for my dad. He has multiple health issues and has been in and out of the hospital for the past two months. Also my mom it's tough for her

    Asking God to lead my family and relief with my fibroids.

    Thank you. God has a plan for Ashby!

    Jeremiah 29:11 – 13

  • Sara July 4, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Can't wait to read and pray over each request. I have four young children, work full time and am constantly overwhelmed and anxious. I feel as if I can't catch my breath and I am just going to break down.

  • Anonymous July 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Your little daughter will be in my prayers! Thank you so so so very much for doing this. It is the amazing people like you, doing your good deeds "behind the scenes", that really changes the world. Thank you. Your whole family is in my prayers.

    My prayers for this week are:

    β€’ That my father does not lose his job. (He has health issues. We are praying that they do not get severe enough that he is deemed "useless" and layed off. He supports the entire very large family. My mama stays home with all the kiddos– who are still at home– where they are Homeschooled, and daddy works.)

    β€’ For our country and world, especially on this Independence Day.

    β€’ For all of the armed forces.

    β€’ For everyone who needs prayers.

    I am praying for ya'll! Thank you so much, prayer warriors. You are truly changing the world! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  • yours sincerely July 5, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Hi Shay, my name is Zoe, I happen to know a little fighter who, just like Ashby, has recently turned three. Little Rumer is battling cancer. Its terrible and cruel and she shouldnt be going through this. Her mother shouldnt have to watch her go through this. Rumer will be undergoing an intense treatment very soon. For her mum to see her in these kinds of states as she goes through chemo and all that is heartbreaking, for rumer to go through this is just horriable. Because of this new treatment, they just couldnt afford to live where they were currently staying, an apartment as they dont actually live in Brisbane as a result of that they will now be staying with me and my family. That still doesnt take stress off Sasha (Rumers mum) Sasha is going through alot of pain, worry and stress. She should not have to be stressing over money. I was hoping if you could maybe share this link as it would help alot and it would greatly appreciated. http://www.gofundme.com/rumer As well as that please keep Rumer in your prayers. She is an amazing girl who deserves to grow up. She deserves to live her life without cancer and just be a normal kid and then eventually a normal teenager and so on.
    Thankyou – Zoe x

    Ps: I love reading your blog, it makes my heart so full. I love hearing all about your kids and your wonderful stories. They are so blessed to have each other as well as having you and Andrew.

  • Denise Ross July 6, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Wonderful post Shay. I will be praying for guidence, strength, hope and peace that comes from knowing that God is on our side, ways knows best for us and He will guide us and those who will be used by Him to help us on our journey through this life.

  • Jenny July 6, 2015 at 2:47 am

    What a sweet thing to do for ALL of us – including your Ashby! Please pray for my brother and my brother in laws fight against addiction, my dad's fight against bladder cancer and last but not least, my eggs to get stronger and multiply so that I can be a moma too. My prayer list is big but my God is bigger!

  • Bethany July 6, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Love your heart, Shay. This must make God smile so, so big. And what a difference He is allowing you to make in the lives of those around you! Awesome! I'll be praying as well… Hugs from a fellow adoptive Mama! =)

  • The Marshall's July 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I will be praying for your darling Ashby. I think about your family often and the example that your family is of still having morals and raising your family with what is important. I ask for your prayers at this time. I live in Frisco and am a customer of your husbands. Last Thursday I was admitted to the hospital for complications with my first pregnancy. It took my husband and I a year to get pregnant ( Thank you clomid ) I am now on strict bed rest on the hospital until I deliver my baby. I am almost 34 weeks pregnant, and this could be a long road. But I have faith in God's grace and know I am in good hands. Thank you so much! I love reading your blog each day!

    Xox Hayley
    hayleycmarshall@gmail.com

  • Andrea Boggs July 7, 2015 at 1:31 am

    I have several prayer requests for people in the battle for their lives against leukemia from my small community in Kentucky.
    Jeff Cole is a soldier, a father to two and a man of remarkable faith who is dealing with leukemia & complications. You can read about him & his faith while dealing with this here:
    http://www.jeffreydcole.com/2015/03/killing-locusts/
    Inez Hudson is a young lady who was in her second trimester of pregnancy when she found out she had leukemia. She has had her baby girl & is now awaiting a bone marrow transplant
    Ali Gadd is a 3 year old who is in her maintance phase of treatment.

    Also pray for those mamas in waiting. I asked Shay to pray for me several years ago while deciding if I would pursue IVF. We had 3 IVFs and I'm currently rocking my 5 month old baby boy to sleep. God is so good & his timing is perfect!
    Andrea Boggs

  • Andrea Boggs July 7, 2015 at 1:37 am

    I have several prayer requests for people in the battle for their lives against leukemia from my small community in Kentucky.
    Jeff Cole is a soldier, a father to two and a man of remarkable faith who is dealing with leukemia & complications. You can read about him & his faith while dealing with this here:
    http://www.jeffreydcole.com/2015/03/killing-locusts/
    Inez Hudson is a young lady who was in her second trimester of pregnancy when she found out she had leukemia. She has had her baby girl & is now awaiting a bone marrow transplant
    Ali Gadd is a 3 year old who is in her maintance phase of treatment.

    Also pray for those mamas in waiting. I asked Shay to pray for me several years ago while deciding if I would pursue IVF. We had 3 IVFs and I'm currently rocking my 5 month old baby boy to sleep. God is so good & his timing is perfect!
    Thank you!
    Andrea Boggs

  • smilecouple July 7, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Praying for you and your family! My son was born with a malformed left hand (a small thumb and pinkie with no middle fingers). I was so worried when he was a baby that his hand would limit his ability to do activities and that people would be mean and cruel to him. Now my son is an active 9 year old who plays soccer, snow skiis,and even plays the piano. He is healthy and has many friends. Kids can adapt so well and I'm sure Ashby will continue to amaze you!

  • Lis July 8, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I've been out of town so am just seeing this post, but I love love love the idea! I will be sure to keep sweet little Ashby in my prayers – as well as your whole adorable family. I'd like to ask for prayers as my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a while now, so I just hope and pray that we'll soon be able to welcome a sweet little baby into our family. Thank you!

  • Jennifer Strickland July 8, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    On July 21st it will be 3 months since the love of my life was murdered. It has been so hard to do life without him. Pray for me to find a church home and to remember that God has a plan. Love reading your blog and seeing your sweet family and hearing all about ashby. Praying for your sweet girl.

  • Desiree July 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I definitely believe in prayer. We lost my grandpa in December 2013. In the middle of my Dad's own health issues. My Dad was diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2014. And he lost his very tough battle in March 2015. I was his primary caregiver. It was the toughest, but most rewarding thing I have ever done. Since, the days have been so long and tough. I've always believed in prayer. But in the last five years, it became so much stronger. These days, I know God is carrying me. Family is battling. And honestly, there is such a deep hole in my heart. But I know God will carry us through. And make us stronger. I just pray for peace of mind. And for my Momma. Shay your blog has been an inspiration. I read it during the toughest times. And it always made me hopeful. Your family, especially Ashby, is in my prayers. Please say a little prayer for my family and I. I know how every single prayer, makes us each so much stronger.

  • Anne Ryan July 9, 2015 at 2:33 am

    I pray that our daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, and NEWLY adopted granddaughter return home to us safely from China this Saturday. I give thanks that they are finally a family of four and this sweet, sweet baby has found her forever family. I continue to pray that she and her older sister will grow to love God, grow to be healthy and happy. I pray for dearest Ashby and her forever family. Thanks be to God, great things he has done.

  • Erica @ www.thesecondhouseontheright.blogspot.com July 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Prayers are requested for our close friends Joseph & Kristen. They were expecting their first child, a little girl they named Aubrey, in November. Earlier this week, she went into pre-term labor and sadly little Aubrey passed away. They are absolutely devastated as any parent would be. Our prayer is that God's love, guidance & protection covers them in the coming weeks & months as they grieve & heal.

  • Kendra Sears July 9, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Shay, thank you so much for creating such a wonderful God-based community. It is so inspiring to get to connect with people through your blog and pray for one another-that's a pretty amazing thing! First and foremost I will definitely be praying for you and your sweet family-it is such a wonderful gift you have given little Ashby to welcome her into your family, and that is one blessed little girl to have your family's love.

    Reading some of the prayer requests on here makes mine feel so insignificant, but I am a big believer in prayer warriors, and I would really love to be apart of that here. I am getting married next month and have been really struggling with my future mother in law. If you could please pray for my heart to soften towards her and to help me see her as Jesus does, I know that will be the first stepping stone to this relationship so I can let go of the resentment I feel towards her-which is something I hate feeling but sometimes it just creeps through!

    Thank you so much for all of your prayers and love, and please know that I will be praying for all of you as well!!

  • jessica July 11, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Praying for that sweet girl,
    Please pray that I find a job, and the direction I am to take my life. I feel stuck in a rut of Waiting for things to happen. Lots of anger, anxiousness, fear,etc. please pray I find God's will for my life.

  • Casey July 14, 2015 at 1:35 am

    I realize we are mid-July, but is it too late to join the party?

    My husband could sure use prayers. He has become disheartened because of some recent work and financial set backs. He is not a traditional believer and I pray for him to feel the actual presence of God with him and to feel the peace that comes with that. I pray for our upcoming evaluation with an autism specialist for my daughter, but more for the rigid behaviors that cause her to have trouble enjoying daily life. And I pray for friendship. I want a friend. That person who I just can text and feel as though they really want to hear what I have to say, without judgement or stings attached. I pray that I am a better mama of my babies and a strong leader for our family.

  • Unknown July 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you so much for your blog, Shay! It always brightens up my day. Your creativity, insight and commitment to God and your family is an inspiration. My prayer request is for the health of my unborn child and for strength and support as I begin my journey as a soon-to-be single mama. Wishing you and your family continued health and happiness and will be praying for little Ashby. Happy Summer!

  • Mikaela Nidoy July 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Please pray for me and my university application. Its is my dream just be accepted into college. And although I know that my prayer may be not as important or vital as others, but this is something that is extremely important to me and I am on the edge frustration, sadness and desperation; and it would absolutely mean the world to me if I were to be included in your prayers.

    Thank you so much for your help and your time. I will keep Ashby and your whole family included in my prayers. Thank you once again. God Bless!

  • Ariana Wilcox July 18, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Hey Shay! Thank you so much for doing this πŸ™‚ could you please pray for my brother?? He is having a hard time finding a job, he was just turned down from an opportunity he thought he already got and my heart just breaks for him about it, i dont think he handles that stuff very well! He is 26 and worked hard to earn certificatons in the IT field, so i just feel that he deserves the best! He is also a non-believer but i know we all believe that God can work a miracle in his life to bring him joy and a steady career! Thank you Shay, this means more thank you know πŸ™‚ xoxox

  • Kristin Stewart July 24, 2015 at 4:02 am

    525. 525 beautiful prayer requests.
    Along with so many others, I've been praying for your family and Ashby today with the MRI.

    For me? I feel in a weird place in life. I'm 44 and "single never married". Since I was 12, I've dreamed of no other "job" than to be a wife and mother. As my peers' kids are teenagers and heading to college, it's a weird place. I still long to have a family. I long to stay home. But I'm called to work outside my home (what other choice is there?) and be content with the life I have. I've begged the Lord to take the desire away. He hasn't so I must choose contentment and trust Him with this. With this season comes lots of weirdness with my job. While I love it (I'm in full time ministry) I just wonder if there is something else I should be doing. So, pray I wouldn't not leave my First Love. I know He won't leave me. Heck, pray for a husband! πŸ™‚ Thank you, Shay.

  • Leanne Heern August 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    if you could pray for our sweet friends, the Corbin Family. Their oldest son, Wesley, has been fighting leukemia for over 3 years… he is facing a second bone marrow transplant… they LOVE AND SERVE GOD with all their hearts…but they are very weary… the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective… If you even prayed just once… I know that God is listening…
    I love your blog… it's one of my favorites!!

  • ClintandGina August 3, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Praying for a third baby and my health. I will be praying for you sweet gals too!

  • Cara@HomespunKitchen August 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Needing prayer for a dear friend (his name is Aaron) of ours who was just diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. It has spread into his bones already and the outcome does not look good. he is only 39, married with 2 little ones…:(

  • Shelby August 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Please pray for me today and tomorrow. I have an important MRI to check up on my brain tumor. Followed by a neurooncology appointment. Our prayer is that I can move to yearly scans instead of twice a year. I am very anxious and ready for it to be over as always. Love you shay!

  • Sara August 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I was hesitant to post the first time for some reason but my prayer request is for discipline, confidence in Christ, and strength. I'm currently in my final year of graduate school, working on my dissertation, and I'm struggling with the paralyzing sense of inadequacy. Every day has been a struggle to even get working and knowing what to write–I've been fed, and believe the lies that I'm not smart, a poor writer, incapable, etc. I can't seem to block those thoughts. Thank you!

  • Gwen B. August 4, 2015 at 1:45 am

    I will absolutely add Ashby to my prayers.

    My prayer request is for time. I have progressed from Stage I to Stage IV breast cancer over the last 10 months. I have a 10 and 12 year old daughter and my hearts desire is to see my youngest graduate high school. My cancer is incredibly aggressive and has been resistant to chemo, radiation and the surgeries I've had. If something doesn't work soon, my time will be short. Begging for 8 years before I travel home. Thank you to anyone who sees this and prays for my family.

  • Lexi Caldwell August 4, 2015 at 3:28 am

    This was such a wonderful reminder for me. Thank you for this post! I will continue to pray for your sweet family, especially Ashby and her medical concerns. I would ask that you please pray for my students; that they are successful, make improvements toward their goals, and have fun in my classroom. I am beginning my first year of teaching as a Special Education Preschool teacher, so I would also ask for prayers of knowledge, strength, and patience in navigating this crazy first year of teaching! Thanks Shay! -Lexi

  • Unknown August 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    **Kindly pray for me as I submit a job application to an organization that is so highly regarded and that I have been longing to work in for so long. Please pray that I get a job interview with them and that if it is in God's Will, that I will get the position (Human Resources Generalist) at that organization.

    **Kindly also pray for me as I am seeking God's favor and blessings for someone dear to me (C.O.) that we will build a relationship/friendship and possibly become more in the future. And that if it is not in God's will, then let Him give me peace about it.

    ** I am praying for your family as well Shay.

  • Paula Nichols August 4, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Shay – My prayer request is for my mom. She lost her husband (my dad) of 65 years, in March of this year, then she fell and broke her hip in June. I pray constantly for her continued healing and that she find peace and comfort while moving on to a life without her beloved husband by her side. She also needs to sell the house they both designed and built together, 44 years ago, and needs blessings with that! I will continue to pray for your sweet, beautiful Ashby!!! Thanks so very much!!

  • Amanda Taylor September 29, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Prayer Request: My husband and I have been struggling with trying to conceive for a year and a half now. Without too much detail, everything with him is fine and everything with me is fine except my follicles are naturally too small so I've been on medication to help with that. Had our 1st failed IUI procedure last month and have our 2nd coming up here next week. Prayers are much appreciated!

  • Marie October 5, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I almost posted the last time you asked for prayers but after reading everyone else's posts I felt unworthy of asking for people to pray for us. But I wanted you to know we are praying for Ashby. Praying for peace and answers for you all. We just went through our sixth IVF cycle and are doing more testing before the transfer. Your story of infertility and adoption gives us hope!

  • yours sincerely November 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Hi my name is Zoe and I'd like to ask for your prayers for my beautiful friend Rumer. Rumer is three years and currently fighting neuroblastoma cancer. She got diagnosed last Christmas eve and had to relocate from their home in Cairns to Brisbane, a few months of them coming to Brisbane, my sister babysat Rumer and fast forward a few more months, they're now currently living with us. Living with someone who has cancer you see all their good days and bad days and today was the worst day. Today they did some scans and we found out that her tumor has spread and the doctors then proceeded to tell Sasha to take Rumer home and they will contact her if they have a new treatment plan. I have never seen more tears from anyone in this house including myself. My heart breaks for Rumer and Sasha so please keep them in your thoughts. We will not give up hope and have been looking for treatment plans overseas (such as the usa) She is a happy, beautiful, caring, chatty, sweet three year old who deserves to live. I know this is a lot to ask but if you could please share her donation page it would mean so much https://www.gofundme.com/rumer if you would like to follow updates on Rumer you can check out her page here https://www.facebook.com/rumersrecovery/ Thankyou for reading. x

  • Katelyn Magerko November 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I didn't think I would have anything to leave in these comments but here I am with 2 requests. The first being for my grandmother who is 91 years young and the sweetest lady. Probably about 7 years ago she had a stroke but was able to recover with therapy. About 2 weeks ago she went into the hospital with pancreatitis and while there she suffered another pretty bad stroke where they found a blood clot on her brain. Please pray for healing for her and my grandfather who I know is breaking seeing her like this. Once we know more from the neurologist my grandfather and family will determine whether hospice is in the future. Please pray for her to get better with therapy in her own home. Secondly, my husband and I are struggling with deciding on keeping or giving our one dog to another loving home. He is a 4 year old high energy getman short haired pointer that we cant mansge to handle anymore. I have an11 month old daughter and my dog is more work than her. I know my anxiety is over the top from him and I hate bringing that negative energy in our home. I just want to know it will be okay if hes no longer with us and given to a family that can provide more attention that he deserves. I know its what needs done but yet it breaks my heart. Shay, I remember reading that you had somewhat of a similar situation, any advice? Please pray!

  • Anonymous January 6, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Hi Shay! I know this post is old but there has been one family that has been laying heavy on my hear for awhile now. An 8 year old boy, Jonny, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer December 26 of 2014 and died Christmas Eve. During his cancer treatments he shared some incredible testimonies and had some truly incredible spiritual experiences. His mother, Kimberly, shared updates on a Facebook page Project Team Jonny and would share frequent updates on Jonny's health and her faith. I really encourage you to check out her page because her faith and trust in God's plan throughout this incredibly hard time is so inspiring. This mama and her husband and son (Jonny's twin) could really use some extra prayers going their way.

    https://m.facebook.com/projectteamjonny/?tsid=0.43535046512261033&source=typeahead

  • Katelyn Magerko February 3, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Shay, I felt a sense of peace when I posted my prayer request on here just back in November and I'm back. Needless to say it's been a rough few months. When i posted my request last time is was for my grandmother to heal from the stroke she had at the age of 91. Sadly, in December she passed away. In just a month and a half later my grandfather (her husband) died from a massive heart attack at the age of 92. After 67 years married the doctors said he died from a broken heart. After his last brother who he was best friends with passed away about a year ago and then my grandmother we believe he wanted to be with them in heaven. As much as we are grieving here on earth without them we know they are so happy to all be together and pain free. Please pray for my family, esp my mom to heal both loses, especially so close together. Also, please pray for my Uncle who is a retired school teacher who never married and lived with my grandparents as their primary caregiver. Prayers for guidance to him and healing as he goes through this extremely difficult time.

  • linda evans September 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    my prayer request is for healing of spirit and restorating of mind and being able to bike ride and lose weight and being aware of God’s presence