Prayer Need


The purpose of this post is to ask for prayer. Many of you graciously inquire as to how we are doing and what we are up to. Let’s jump right in …  A number of weeks ago we learned Melanie was pregnant!! We were both very excited. She quickly started weekly lab draws to monitor hormone levels. A few weeks passed and then some warning signs. On Monday we received word regarding the last lab draw – a key indicator of the pregnancy’s viability indicated very bad news. Based on these, Melanie’s doctor asked that she have an ultra-sound, to “check viability.”  That happened yesterday. We were fully prepared for the confirmation that indeed this pregnancy wasn’t going forward. Instead, we saw a tiny baby with a beating heart! What a shock! To go from a mind-set of a pending, unavoidable miscarriage to seeing a beating heart and little baby – wow!! Thank You Lord!! It was like a miracle, being given our child back!

The technician started the ultra-sound and said, “Here’s your baby.” Both Melanie and I looked intently as we knew that would be our only chance to see him/her. Next she said, “Let’s see what that heart-rate is … 150 bpm — that’s perfect.” It got quiet for a moment, and then Melanie almost sat up and said, “Excuse me, did you say heart-beat?” The tech repeated everything, working to convince us that things looked good! Both of our eyes quickly filled with tears as the reality of what she was saying sank in.

Yes, there are still many questions. But, for today, our baby is alive, and we hope well. However, we are once again in a pregnancy with a lot of unknowns and uncertainty – yet our God is fully in control. We’ve sure been here before.

We are excited and thrilled that Melanie is still pregnant. We are asking God to sustain this little life. Should He bring us to your mind, we would be grateful if you would remember us in prayer as well.

Last night, as is customary for us, we closed our family Bible time with a hymn. We have been singing through our hymn books (yes, we skip the ones we don’t know…) and last night’s song was “Take time to be Holy.” I’ll close this post with the fourth verse:

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

Words: Will–iam D. Long–staff, 1882. Music: Ho–li–ness, George C. Stebbins


“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb” (Psalms 139:13).

38 thoughts on “Prayer Need”

  1. Nathen & Melanie-
    Thank you so much for letting us know of your prayer request. I amazed at how willing you are to share your fears & joys with all of us. That just shows how strong your faith is. Rather than hiding in fear you are rejoicing in being held in the Father’s hands so that we can all witness His provision in your lives. God Bless you and we will be praying for you.
    Soli Deo Gloria


    We will continue to keep y’all in our prayers. I was praying that we would get some news about a new baby soon!!! God is good!!

    Carl and Vania

  3. We will definitely be praying. We are so excited for the new blessing that God is allowing you to enjoy, one day at a time. God bless you.

  4. Interestingly, yesterday, as I was picking up some clutter, I came across a bookmark that has “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” partially imprinted on it. “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.” I am always struck by the first part of those lines, “needless pain”, “forfeited peace,” and I was reading over it and hearing the melody in my head when our youngest son happened to push a button on a songbook of his. As I was contemplating this song in my head, it began to play on the his book! I felt the prompting to pray, I never knew why, but obeyed nonetheless. Perhaps it was you I was praying for? Either way, it is a good reminder of what you were saying about peace in God’s hands. Our prayers will be with you, we are so excited to hear of this new blessing in your lives!

  5. All I can say is that I can’t stop crying. What a blessing to be given the good report. We will continue to keep you in our prayers for a healthy pregnancy and another precious little one to bless your home.

  6. Thank you for the opportunity to pray for you. Congratulations. I will pray for peace, joy, health, and a full term pregnancy. I too had an ultrasound where we were going to see a “lost pregnancy” and the technician said she couldn’t tell us anything and wouldn’t let my husband in the room. When the dr. FINALLY came in he said that there was a heartbeat. You know the joy in that moment! 6 months of bedrest later… our healthy tiny son was born.

  7. Congratulations! You have a friend in New Jersey that is praying hard for both of you.

  8. First of all…….CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! So thrilled and excited for you!

    Secondly….it is an honor and privilege to pray for you and your precious little one! Thank you for sharing your need and allowing us to join you in prayer. 🙂

  9. Melanie, Nathan, and Abby ~ Praying for the newest member of the Maxwell family. Just yesterday, as I was reading the blog, I said to myself wouldn’t it be great to see that Melanie and Nathan were expecting. Congratulations and may the Lord bless you and your family.

  10. The Lord brings you to mind many times when I log on to this site to see what is the latest with the Maxwell family. Rejoicing in the Lord with you. I will be in prayer.


  11. How wonderful! Praise the Lord! I’ve been praying for off and on for months now that you all would find out you were expecting before the end of the year, and that the baby would be born strong and healthy!

    Also, a friend of mine just recently went through the first 10 weeks of pregnancy with really low progesterone levels that just didn’t seem to want to come up. Plus, they had the scare of some evidence of previous bleeding when they had the ultrasound. She’s now 16 ½ weeks though, and everything is looking good!

    How far along is Melanie?

    Wow we know so many women expecting right now that my baby-loving 6-year-old daughter always reminds us at family devotions to “pray for the women with babies in their tummies.” We’ll be happy to add you to that group 🙂

  12. Thank you so much for sharing your good news, and we will be keeping you in our prayers. Prayers that your sweet baby is thriving within. Prayers for Melaine as she carries Baby Max, and prayers for you and Abby as your family expands. God is so good.

    Blessings, mrs. mari

  13. Several months ago, I became aware of your family and started reading your blog. I took some time to read back over the older posts and was deeply touched by your experiences with Melanie’s pregnancies. I particularly like the phrase that was used often, “resting in the Lord”. I love the scripture that that refers to, but had never used that phrase before. I pray for your ability to do so now. You have trusted in Him and have been blessed. I will also pray for Baby Max to grow strong and healthy. I too appreciate that you are sharing the journey with us. May the Lord bless you.

  14. Maxwells, it is always a privilege to come alongside you in prayer. Your wee bairn will be on my heart and in my prayers often. May the Lord allow this child to grow healthy and strong, to His glory!!

    Grace and peace to you!!

  15. We will be lifting your concerns up daily here in Florida. May God comfort you during this anxious time.

  16. Nathan and Melanie,

    Your family is in our prayers. Let us know if there’s anything we can do.

    Bill, Sandra, Olivia, and Elizabeth

  17. So happy to hear the news! We’ll be praying and lifting you both (but especially Melanie and the baby) in our prayers! 🙂

    Blessings and Peace may God give to you!
    ~Miss Rachel~

  18. Oh! We consider it a privilege to go to the Throne for this precious request.

    Thank you for letting us in!


  19. Nathan and Melanie,

    We first began reading your blog when Melanie was pregnant with Susannah. We will remember your new little one in prayer. Every life is precious, no matter how long or short, no matter how young or old. We know you’ll spend eternity with your three precious children, but we’ll be praying for Baby Max to have a long life on this earth to make a mighty impact for His kingdom.

  20. Congratulations Nathan, Melanie and Abby!
    I will certainly be praying for your family.
    I am always encouraged by your family’s faith and trust in God during every situation in your lives.
    God is a rewarder of those who put their trust in Him.

    Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass … Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. (Psalm 37:4,7)

    ps. I love this picture of Abby. She looks so proud! 🙂

  21. Dear Nathan, Melanie, and Abby,
    We are thrilled to hear about your wonderful news! I was thinking the other day how wonderful it would be for your family to have another Maxwell in your family. Praise the Lord!! I read the blog and was just so happy. God Bless you. We will be praying for a healthy pregnancy. 🙂
    In His Grace,
    The W. family
    Chuck, Nivia, Isaac, Jacob, Abigail, and Josiah

  22. Oh my!!!! I am almost in tears of joy!! You can count on my prayers for you all!!! Oh, May God bless you all abundantly!! I too have been wondering if/when God would bless you again!

  23. We are so grateful for the blessing of this new little one, and are thankful to be able to lift you all up in prayer.

    With Love in Christ,

    The E. Family

  24. We will lift up Nathan, Melanie and baby Maxwell in prayer. I was so happy to read of the coming of a new baby! May the Lord fill your hearts with peace during this time. It is a honour to pray.

  25. Congratulations on your newest blessing! I will be praying for your family and especially the baby!

  26. I have been following your life journey for a couple of years and have prayed for you, Melanie and your two girls. My girlfriend had very low progesterone levels in her last pregnancy.With progesterone injections every few days up until 22 weeks she was able to bring a healthy baby boy to term last week. This was a little miracle as she is 46. God has been so good.I will keep you, Melanie and the little one in my prayers.

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