In May 2013, our son Andrew told us he was an atheist. The boy we knew and loved had been fading away for months, but we couldn’t get him to tell us why. Now we knew.
We prayed. We begged God to intervene. We had no idea how He would answer.
If you’ve ever prayed for someone you desperately loved …
If you’ve ever needed to know God hears you, and He’s working in ways you can’t see …
If you’ve ever longed to see God bring good out of something really hard …
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debarshi das says
I guarantee that this book will bring in miracles. This is an awesome giveaway and I would use this to buy thomas and friends and garth brooks. 🙂
April V says
She prayed for just ONE soul to be changed…
Rhonda Crane says
We have a wonderful awesome loving God! Praise God for healing these lives. From one mother to another mother our burdens are the same for wanting our children safe and protected from arm. I cried when I heard how you Renee and Laura’s lives were connected. God does understand our heartaches. May God’s peace be sent to each and every heart that’s hurting and reading this. I believe in the power of prayer, God’s got it covered. May your blessings be many!
In Loving Christ,
Sharon C. says
I thank you for being in my life. You always have the right things to say to encourage and educate. This book can be for anyone because everyone has someone in their life that need to read it. I would love to win it and the Target gift card. Have a Blessed Christmas. Love you, Sharon
I sat with Bootie (nickname) at the lake as he told me that earlier that day the oncoligist had told him to put things in order for he had six months to live. Who is Bootie ? My son by love. Long story but in short his Mom and Dad deserted him. His Grandparents were trying hard to raise him but they were ill. So he was going to become part of the system. I told his Grandmother to just let Bootie live with us so at 14 he became unofficially my son and a part of our family. At the time he found out he had stage 4 colon.cancer he had two small children and a wife seven months pregnant. As we both sat there and spoke about dying, will, life insurance, I prayed to give both Bootie and i both the wisdom to keep looking to God for strength and understanding ….and give me the right words to say to Bootie. We definitely focused on looking toward God for the strength and wisdom for this battle with cancer. Today i watched as Bootie was fishing at that same lake with his three kids…..four years after we sat at that lake and discovered the only way to survive the battle and the journey with cancer was to travel the road with our best friend and protector, God. And we thank Him every day. And I thank God also for blessing our family and my life with this wonderful young man who won the battle against all odds and now is a terrific Dad, husband, and “son” . The oncologist might not understand why Bootie is still alive but we do – God and God alone.
I wanted to read answers before I posted my comment. But I know that when you are intentional with your prayers, God is intentional with His answers. They are always in HIS timing, not ours. Thank you for allowing me to, once again, remember that. My situation was similar, instead of one of my children, it was my mother. She was ill all through her life due to contracting Hepatitis C as child through a blood transfusion. It destroyed her precious earthly body, but NEVER affected her amazing spirit. She and I had a rocky relationship after my teenage years. But was resolved the weekend before she passed. I was 8 months pregnant when she passed away. I always prayed for God to take her from this world peacefully because she didn’t deserve to suffer. I am in tears as I write this, but it feels amazing to her story. Her life had meaning, because I noticed the MANY souls and lives she touched that came to both her visitations and the funeral. She was ok with her sickness, so much that she knew it was her purpose in life. She overcame so much, she overcame breast cancer, and several rounds of study drugs. One allowed her to go into remission of her Hep C. However, she passed due to the damage the disease had caused her liver. She told us that she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, when to our surprise we were told after she passed that it was Stage 4 Liver Cancer that took her. She chose to not have treatments and to take pain medication to ease her because she didn’t want to go through that again. I can honestly say that, I am grateful she didn’t tell us now that I understand the reasons behind it, but I was SO angry for the longest time. I felt cheated and was so mad at God for taking her from me when we had literally just started over. He had a bigger plan than I had ever dreamed of! HE showed us that she lived her life doing what everyone struggled to do with their faith. She trusted Him 100%. She loved as Jesus loved and walked like He walked. Sure she stumbled because she was human, but she made me want to be like her, like Jesus. I saw Him through her and that’s the BEST gift my mother ever gave me! When I watched the videos about Laura and Zach, it made me think about my mother and I knew what she felt in a weird way. I can’t imagine losing one of my children, but it was gut-wrenching when I lost my mother. The process of losing someone and knowing that they are going to die, allows you to understand life and death more than you did before. It allows you to cling to the Father more and appreciate more. I can’t wait to get the book to read it. Laura, my prayer is that God will comfort you through your life here on earth until you meet your sweet son in Heaven, where we both know he’ll be waiting with arms wide open! That’s what keeps me going, knowing that Momma is there waiting for me…….This is my life verse, that carries me through:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Always love to hear how God uses pain and hopelese situations for His glory. He is so awesome and we can trust Him.
This book looks wonderful and so hopeful!
Matthew Carless says
Thank you soooo much for the encouragement you are to my wife and me. I treasure accounts like this. it’s such a testimony to God’s faithfulness.
I feel so blessed to have known Zach’s story through SoulPancake and Laura’s words here. He really turned my perspectives on their head and made me rethink what my purpose in life is and should be. So Laura, you can also count me as one of your “souls” whom you and Zach have touched and changed for the better! Life is different for me now, in the best way possible. Thank you for sharing your stories!
Life is a precious gift we take for granted. What a powerful story and a blessing to so many. God bless!
Vicki Anderson says
Such a great perspective to intentionally give God authority to move freely in our life yet pouring out our heart’s desire to Him. So hard to do on our own but I appreciate this Mother’s wish for it to count for His kingdom if her hope was not answered. This is when it’s so difficult to let God be God.
Ashley S says
I love true stories with purpose! This sounds like such a great book. Death is a hard part of life- even when we know it’s not the end. The insight to remember that our ultimate goal is for our family to be in heaven with God is so good and true.
Very touching. Can’t wait to read and pass on to my grand daughters.
This is such an incredibly beautiful story. I always love the surprises God has for us! The way God has connected Laura, Andrew, Renee and Zach is a great testimony that God is real, hears our prayers and cares about all the details of our lives. He doesn’t want one (soul) lost. Praise God!
Wow! What an amazing story, so life-giving and full of hope. Thank you.
Zach and his story continues to inspire each one of us. Laura’s witness shows a mother’s love to the end and beyond, with a faithfulness and resolved faith to shine her light in a darkening world. I can’t help but think about Mary, who gave us the Light and followed him to the end, too, and beyond, at a cost, a sacrifice that still yields eternal rewards. Zach and Laura and family will no doubt touch lives now and beyond. Go Team Sobiech.
Joanne Kocourek says
The prayer is one in which her loved one would find God, hope, faith. I can so fully relate and it is so difficult when , as a human being, we can’t necessarily see how God is working or why He allows some situations to happen. Our family is struggling. WE are dealing with significant life threatening illness (our daughters and myself) as well as a son in prison awaiting trial for a crime he very likely did NOT commit. My prayer has been two fold: that he would find God (return to the beliefs we instilled in him when he was young) and that the truth comes out and the truth will set him free. I haven’t seen our son in almost 2 years! That said, Joshua did turn his life over to God under the ministry of the prison chaplain and is now leading a daily Bible study for his cell block. Continuing to pray the truth will set him free in January. Only God knows. In the days and weeks to come asking God to give me/us.our son peace in the midst of circumstances that o often seem hopeless. We are praying God continu4es to provide for our needs on a daily basis ans that as Christmas approaches we can find HOPE in the midst of sorrow and loss.
Thank you for sharing this. I can’t wait to read the book! I am not an atheist but I felt like how your son, Andrew, felt in the YouTube video. What is the meaning of life? I experienced a heartbreak that I am stuck and could not get out. I can’t tell if God is hearing my prayer or hearing His voice. I cried watching the Youtube video. I really hope that I can get inspired by reading the book and fall in love with Jesus and finally, know why I’m here. Thanks!
Need PRAYERS for grandson Joshua” BLESS you all “