Mom’s preacher recently got diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive type of cancer.  For as long as I can remember, one of the things my Mom always told me was to pray for our preacher.  Mom believed in prayer greatly.  She was the most praying woman I have ever known…besides my MawMaw.  One of the things I still remind the wee Kelleys of is just how much Grammy prayed for them and over them.  Even Amon.  There is no telling how many prayers she prayed for that child.  Countless.  She could not wait to see his face and she covered him in prayers all the way from Tennessee.

She believed in smothering her preacher with prayers and encouragement.  In fact, I think it was one of her gifts.  She had me make him art and she sent him cards and baked him bread and prayed like mad for him as the leader of their church and for his family.  I know with the recent news of his cancer, that Mom’s prayers would only have multiplied.  Right after Mom’s funeral, Brother David came up to me…we don’t know each other…but he said to me, “I can’t tell you what an encouragement your mother was to me.”  I know she truly was.

Yesterday I watched the sermon he preached last Sunday and it was the best thing I did all day.  We don’t attend Long Hollow, but I know it is an amazing body of believers and I may have boohooed while watching, but what a testament to God’s goodness and mercy.  A message everyone needs to hear and take deep into their hearts.  Please check it out and pray for this sweet man of God and his family.

CLICK HERE to view Brother David’s sermon.


  1. Hi Laura,
    Ashley introduced us once upon a time, 🙂 and I have enjoyed your art so very much! The painting associated with today’s post is especially poignant, I believe. That is because it is Truth. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on prayer and life. You are a joy to my heart. May the Lord bless you and your sweet, sweet family. Your MawMaw sounds like a treasure! I wish I had known your mom. Love, Karen (Ashley’s mom-in-law) — She is another angel! 🙂

  2. Chris Bakker says:

    I just made myself stop take a breath and listen to this incredible man share his story. Thank you for sharing this with us, people you dont know but who follow your blog and LOVE your faith, your kiddos, awesome husb and your art. My heart breaks for this man as he is hurting for his family. I loved the scripture he shared, Ps 34:1 I will bless the Lord at ALL times His praise shall continually be in my mouth. This is something I needed to hear today. I will lift him up in prayer for the requests he presented. Hugs!

  3. I saw this beautiful piece of art u posted a little while ago. We live in Kenya but I grew up in Hendersonville. Pastor David is also my dads pastor and when I saw this art I immediately thought of him and his sweet family. Such a great reminder and brings such peace. Blessings to you and your family, you are an inspiration. Continued prayers for Pastor David and his family!

  4. i love this … everything filters through his hands.

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