our summer of miracles…
So far most of my blog posts have been pretty… real. raw. revealing.
I’ve had the opportunity to share how God is working on me; using his Word to gently and carefully prune me. (I’m a definite work in progress; a sinner saved by grace).
I’ve been thinking this week about how thankful I am for the power of the Word and how it’s changing me.
Here’s what I mean: the more I read the Word, the more I am able to see how awesome the God of the Universe is, and also the rich extravagance of his love. The more I see his glory for what it is, the more humble I become. The more humble I am, the more I can see what I need to change in my life to become like Jesus. The more I change, the more desperate I become to love and serve him no matter the cost.
Seeing God’s glory changes me. It draws me closer to him. It opens my eyes to his real purpose for me. John 1:14-16 explains that when we see God’s glory, really see it, we receive grace upon grace. I’m living proof! I’ve felt that grace flow through my life and carry me straight into the current of his love. It changes me.
I’ve also experienced his glory this summer in a different, radical way: I’ve seen him perform actual MIRACLES.
Miracles…acts that left me speechless in thankfulness and wonder and covered in goosebumps.
Acts that could ONLY be done by the hand of the One, True King. No other explanation fits.
Let me give you a few examples of what we have seen. I say “we” because my husband and I pray together every morning on our knees. We’ve lifted up so many things this summer and seen so many miracles in answer to specific prayers:
- For friends of ours that were pregnant with baby #5 (bless them). Multiple high level ultrasounds of the baby showed pretty severe problems with development, growth, the cord, the digestive tract, and more. In fact, the baby was induced early because of grave concerns; but he was BORN COMPLETELY HEALTHY. There is zero medical explanation for this. It is a miracle.
- For a friend of ours who was diagnosed with stage four cancer. He’s young (still in his 30’s) and has a beautiful wife and three little kids. He started treatment a few months ago and a recent scan showed that the cancer is completely gone. GONE. And treatment isn’t even completed yet. It is a miracle.
- For our finances. We sat down and made a budget at the beginning of the summer and the gap between what we make and what we needed to make was…large. We made a commitment to stay faithful with our tithe, cut down on anything extra and asked God to show us how we could make more but still chase him and not money. In response, He rained down provision on us. No exaggeration. Side jobs for both of us came out of nowhere and a brand new job (with a higher salary) appeared for my husband. Thousands appeared within weeks. Just enough, in fact to BRIDGE THE ENTIRE GAP. It is a miracle.
- For my daughter to see God and grow in her faith while at a 2 week summer ballet intensive in Mississippi. This one is pretty special, so I’m going to share a little more detail:
My parents offered to drive my 16-year-old daughter to Mississippi for a 2 week ballet intensive, so that I only had to make the round trip once to pick her up instead of twice. Thanks, Mom and Dad! They picked her up early one morning and we all stood in a circle, held hands, prayed for safety and for God to work in my daughter’s life at camp. Day one of the trip went great!
Then the morning of the 2nd day, my Dad passed out while eating breakfast. The hotel staff called the paramedics, and my mom rushed him the hospital. He got settled into his room in the ER and passed out again. Only this time, he not only passed out, he flatlined. I cannot even type that sentence without dissolving into tears. The nurses rushed in, brought him back, and what followed is unbelievable: the hospital my dad was brought to was a cardiac specialty hospital. There was a surgeon on site, and he was able to correctly diagnose my dad and rush him into surgery almost immediately. My dad had a pacemaker implanted and he is now doing great.
The hand of God is all over this! Their hotel was 2 miles from a cardiac specialty hospital that had a surgeon available and ready to go. If my parents had been at home, they could have been too far away from a hospital to make it in time. If they had been driving, the car could have crashed. Only by being at that hotel, at that time, by that hospital, with a knowledgeable and available surgeon could my dad have made it. And he did. No one could have orchestrated all of that but God. It is a miracle.
Seeing his glorious work changed all of us who encountered it, including my daughter. She saw the hand of God and it grew her faith. We all are all so thankful for so many things that day, but especially for the gift that it is to STILL HAVE MY DAD.
It’s been crazy what we’ve seen this summer in response to prayer.
Friends, let me stand and testify: miracles still happen. God is still moving. He is All-Powerful and everything is in his grasp. He is GLORIOUS. And he loves you.
And that’s why I shared all of this! I hope that by showing you a glimpse of his glory, you are drawn to the God of miracles…the same God who loves you and desires to know you more. I hope that by reading about his miracles you will be drawn to the Word so you can learn more about who he is and what he has in store for you. I want your faith to grow because you’ve seen his glory.
Because it’s not about the miracles as much as it is about the GOD who does the miracles; having faith and following him no matter the outcome.
Because of who he is.
Whether you receive the miracle or not.
But that’s for the next blog…
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