Please pray for Anna Marie Maxwell

Today we’re sharing a post from Christopher and Anna Marie with an urgent prayer request.

As we approach 36 weeks in our pregnancy, a lot of things are changing in regards to healthcare for Anna Marie and Baby. Yet as our hopes, plans, and expectations are so very rapidly changing, we’re grateful to be trusting in the One Who never changes.

Earlier in the pregnancy, a small lump was discovered that could likely have been due to hormone changes and weaning. Our doctor has been monitoring it and we’ve done some imaging. Over the past weeks, it has been growing rapidly and showing concerning characteristics. These past few days, we’ve consulted with a number of physicians and health experts, and are setting up appointments to consult with more. On Wednesday, a surgeon who reviewed our case and imaging said he has no doubt it is breast cancer. While we are still waiting on pathology and would welcome news to the contrary, it seems 99% sure that we are dealing with an urgent and very serious health issue.

While many things are still being worked through right now, it seems our little one will likely need to be induced as soon as it is thought to be safe to do so, allowing Anna Marie some postpartum recovery in preparation for surgery.

What the future holds beyond that: we sure don’t know. Yet God does.

In this situation, we know exactly what our will is, yet our prayer is that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10, Luke 22:42).

We welcome prayers for wisdom in the many decisions we are facing right now, for healing and strength for Anna Marie now and in the days ahead, for our family to grow stronger and closer together through this time, and for peaceful hearts resting in God’s amazing grace.

Grateful for you all, and trusting in Him,
Christopher and Anna Marie

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn
of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find
rest unto your soul” (Matthew 11:28-30).

290 thoughts on “Please pray for Anna Marie Maxwell”

  1. Praying for y’all!! I pray for Anna Marie and Christopher to know what steps He would have them take to beat this, and for Anna Marie to be able to raise all her children healthy and happy! I know God is bigger than this cancer! Love and prayers!

  2. Praying for Christopher, Anna Marie and the rest of your dear family. May our good God grant wisdom, peace and healing.
    “For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down. For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?— the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.”
    Psalms 8:27-36, ESV

  3. I normally don’t comment, but I want you all to know there are many prayers being lifted for Anna Marie, the little one, and the family. I pray the Lord gives peace, guidance, safety, and healing. Stay strong with the promises of our God.

  4. Praying for you all.
    My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
    Psalms 73:26 NKJV

  5. Dear Christopher and Anna Marie,

    Please know you will be added to our daily morning time in prayer! Our hearts will gladly bear these burdens beside you here on the east coast! Your precious family is a sweet ray of sunshine and a powerful source of light to this dark world! Pray as this trial comes and you all walk through this valley that your faith be strengthened. Thinking and pondering all the Scripture you and your family have memorized and meditated on – will guide you and lead you as you endure this bend in the road… God will use this mightily! You can boast in Jesus Christ as He will shine through your weakness so He can be exalted!!!!2 Cor. 12:9-10. As I endured my last two pregnancies with 2 tick-borne illnesses well into my 40’s; God was ever so faithful to carry me through. He is an amazing Creator and Sustainer of life! So intimately He knows all the details! Praying as you ask for wisdom, God will answer! Psalm 38:15.

  6. Praying with you all in this. I have not checked your blog in a year plus and as I was washing dishes this evening, you all popped in my head and I thought I would see what news you had. I will take this as Gods leading to lift up Anna Marie and family in prayer. Trusting in God with you in this urgent need.

  7. Prayers going up for Anna Marie and baby as well as entire family. Praise God she has family near by to help as needed.

  8. Long time follower of the blog and your family, this news made my heart drop. But the Lord is merciful and mighty, and knows the number of hairs on our heads. Praying for Anna Marie in this difficult and confusing time, may the Lord heal and restore her body and protect and nurture this baby in this uncertain period. May she know that she is an excellent mother, example of a true Titus 2 woman, and a treasure to many. I’m sure you a are showering her with love and appreciation, may she know she is prayed for and lifted up before the ultimate healer!

  9. Praying for this dear woman of God! I’m sure they are frightened even while trusting. I am praying for all. May it please God to grant our petitions! Thank you for letting us share the burden.

  10. Just learning about all this…another opportunity to trust Him…He will be ever faithful…we’ll see what all He chooses to do to bless you and those about you through this!

  11. I’m a two time melanoma survivor. I pray for Anna Marie, Christopher, their children and all of her loved ones.
    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
    -Psalm 46

  12. I have never commented but my heart has dropped to my stomach. You have my deepest sympathy and most heartfelt prayers during this time of uncertainty.


    Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come to you. Allow Your healing Hand to heal Anna Marie. Touch her soul with Your compassion for others; touch her heart with Your courage and infinite Love for all; touch her mind with Your Wisdom, and may her mouth always proclaim Your praise. Teach her to reach out to You in all my needs, and help me to lead others to You by my example.
    Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring her health in body and spirit that she may serve You with all her strength. Touch gently this life which you have created, now and forever.

  13. I will keep Anna Marie, Christopher, and their children in my prayers. May the Lord also guide the extended family as you work out the best way to give Anna Marie the love, care, and support that she needs as she fights this battle.

  14. “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”
    Isaiah 59:19

    Praying!

  15. My cousin suspected breast cancer when she was pregnant with her 2nd. The doctors didn’t look into it too much, but she persisted right after the baby was born and it was indeed cancer. Hers was a hormone induced breast cancer called angiosarcoma. She blogged about her journey and is now 11 years free of cancer. I will pray for Anna, Christopher, Baby, and the whole family. Praying she will have a beautiful testimony to share and encourage others through this trial.

  16. I will be praying daily for Anna Marie, both for healing and for a safe delivery of the little one. Last March I had stent surgery, and Teri graciously prayed for me. Knowing that prayers were being lifted for me gave me such comfort, and I hope comfort may be granted to you by knowing so many people are sending loving thoughts and prayers for your entire family.

  17. I have a dear friend who went through this exact situation. It was a stressful time, especially with a new baby. Prayers, support, and love got her through this trial. He who is mighty to save was there watching over her and I know He is watching over Anne Marie and her sweet family.
    Prayers and love for all.

  18. Oh no! That’s awful. We will most definitely be praying! I know you all are resting in the Lord, but still…this news, that has got to be really scary! My thoughts are with you guys.

    Love, Rebecca

  19. Lord, giver of life, we pray for your comfort and relief for your servant Anna Marie, and give your power of healing to those who minister to her needs, that she may be strengthened in her weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  20. Praying for this precious family. We are asking the Lord to bring healing and a miraculous diagnosis of no cancer. Praying for their little baby to be healthy too, and for peace and trust in the Lord for your whole family as this affects you all.

  21. I will definitely pray for Anna Marie and family!!! God bless all of you in Jesus’ name!!!! He is Sovereign Lord, the One & True Holy and Righteous Savior, and I will ask Him in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord to bless her and her family and the new baby!!! I will pray that God will strengthen your faith. I know that He will guide you and supply you with all physical, material, spiritual, and emotional needs, but I pray that you will truly feel His love for each and every one of you – the overwhelming, never-ending, perfect love of God, the One True Father and Lord!!! I know that He will be there for you even when you don’t feel it yourselves, and that He is always good!!! God bless you all!!!

    You are an inspiration and encouragement to me!!! I hope and pray for Anna Marie and family and baby as we trust in the goodness of our Lord, God, and Savior!!!

    I was actually thinking about going to bed when I felt the need to look at your blog. I believe it was God leading me to pray for you. God bless you all Jesus’ name!!!

  22. I am praying for all of you and for complete healing for Anna Marie. May God surround you with His peace, presence and sustaining love during the days ahead.

  23. Praying for Anna Marie and Christopher as they walk these delicate days ahead. Praying that the Lord would continue to guide them and protect them in His perfect plan. Thank you for sharing such a personal situation. I am sure many will continue in prayer as well as be encouraged by your testimony through the trials at hand.

  24. I am so sorry to hear this! May the peace of God fill your hearts. I will be praying for all of you. After my 9th baby was born I had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection and almost died. I want to share the words of a song that was very special to me at that time.

    Rejoice in the Lord by Ron Hamilton

    God never moves without purpose or plan.
    When trying His servant and molding a man.
    Give thanks to the LORD, though your testing seems long.
    In darkness, He giveth a song.

    O REJOICE IN THE LORD!
    He makes no mistake.
    He knoweth the end of each path that I take!
    For when I am tried and purified,
    I shall come forth as gold.

    I could not see through the shadows ahead,
    So I looked at the cross of my Saviour instead.
    I bowed to the will of the Master that day,
    Then peace came, and tears fled away!

    Now I can see testing comes from above,
    God strengthens His children, and purges in love.
    My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
    Through purging, more fruit I will bear.

  25. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Anna Marie, and all of your family.

    Resting in God’s infinite wisdom, know that you are much loved all the way in Italy.

    Alice

  26. It is so wonderful when people comment, sending prayers to help you get thru a really bad time. Good to know people have your back in a time of suffering but also joy of a new baby. I hope things go well for you and your family. Take care.

  27. My heart sank when I read this. I have been silently encouraged by your family for years, through some dark times of my own. I will keep Anna Marie in my constant prayers. May she feel the loving support from near and far and the overwhelming peace of Christ.

  28. My heart aches for you, Anna Marie and Christopher, as you have many decisions to make and are “overwhelmed” with thoughts of possible outcomes….. God sees and hears and cares. I’m praying for y’all.

  29. I will be praying for Anna Marie and your whole family. I hope it helps her to know that so many people are lifting her up in prayer.

  30. Sorry to read such sad news.
    We will be Praying for you all and hope all goes well.
    Sending all our love too.

  31. Lots of prayers for your family and Anna Marie. I’m sure they have discussed this but a lot of times having one of the BRCA genes can cause breast cancer in young women. I hope the doctors test her for this as that information would also be useful for Anna Marie’s daughters when they are older too.

    I am so sorry she has to experience this and pray that God will heal her and cover her family during this time. Will also add her to our church prayer list.

  32. We just learned about Anna Marie from Vicki. We are praying for her, Christopher and their precious family as well as your entire family.

  33. My heart sank when I read this post, because I can relate some with having serious medical issues. I didn’t have breast cancer but lots of other serious medical issues in life. Most recent two days after giving birth to baby #5 I got sepsis. Then two months later I had an emergency hysterectomy or I would have died on the operating table. During those painful and scary times, Psalm 56 and singing hymns were such a comfort to me. Praying for you Anna Marie and Christopher as you travel a new journey and that the Lord will give you clarity and peace of the right treatments and doctors to help you during this journey.

  34. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am soooooo glad that there will be no cancer in heaven!

  35. Although I don’t know your family personally, after reading your blog for so many years, I feel like I do and I have been blessed by every one of you. I watched Christopher & Anna Marie’s wedding online and have watched their beautiful family grow. Anna Marie is such a godly example of a wife and mother and seems to radiate a calm and steadfast demeanor. I pray that she will feel the Lord’s comforting Presence with her now more than ever, and that she will experience His peace that passes all understanding as she goes this very challenging time. The whole family will most definitely be in my prayers! Sending Christian love to all of you.

  36. Just wanted to join the chorus of those praying for Anna Marie, the baby, and the rest of the family at this time. I have had several breast-related health scares and I know how terrifying even a potential diagnosis can be – I can only imagine how much more so while carrying another human life! I pray that you have wisdom for timelines with the baby as well as treatment options moving forward.

  37. At 20 years old I also went through the scary detection of a lump. I went through the surgery and everything. I know what it feels like, the uncertainties, the fears, the hurt, the doubts, etc. Know that I truly empathize with you Anna Marie! I will be praying for you and your dear family.

    You are loved and appreciated.

  38. I have followed your family since ordering MOTH in 1999. I am so sorry. I read your blog last night and was awakened several times during the night and prayed for Anna Marie ~ that she would experience restful sleep each night. I also prayed for wisdom and clarity as she and Christopher navigate upcoming medical and health decisions. Peace and love to all.

  39. Praying for Christopher and Anna-marie during this difficult and stressful time, especially as emotions and hormones run high. Keep trusting in God and fix your eyes on the promise of renewed bodies for all eternity in our heavenly home.

  40. Praying for you, and believing and trusting God that all shall be well soon! And also prayers for baby’s safety!

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