Wednesday, January 15, 2014

3 Gifts That Might Never Have Been

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3 Gifts That Might Never Have Been

1.  A Life Restored:  One simple prayer "God help me" from a heart devastated by abuse, divorce, alcohol, drugs, and poor choices.... Healing begun through Christ's unconditional love and the love of His servant , my new godly husband.   33 1/2 years later  I thank you, Lord, for the healed heart you  gave and loving helpmate you placed by my side.

2.  A Life Blessed:  The call came saying something was wrong with test results... A genetic specialist visit was scheduled.   At the ensuing consultation my daughter was told "We are advising you to abort this child, she will be born with severe deformities."    
A young mother's decision to trust God... She  said:  "Mom, please pray, this baby is going to live and we are going to love her however she is "
A beautiful baby girl born healthy and bringing sweet blessings of joy to many !!!   Fifteen years later she is a bright beautiful young lady full of love for Christ and others.   Her name is Abigail  - meaning ' Father's Delight' .

3.  A Life Renewed:     3 years of surgeries. chemotherapy , pain, weakness..... Grief over  physical abilities lost,  life activities taken for granted in the past that can no longer can be experienced.... A poor prognosis given and subtle suggestions that hospice plans may be needed soon
A surprising gift of healing , new clarity of mind , and renewed strength!
I do not know how long this new time will last but I will cherish each minute of it.... Each unexpected pleasure it brings....the return again of relaxing fun afternoons drinking coffee and shopping with friends, walks in the park...
Even cleaning and cooking times that I thought my body would never be strong enough for again!

"The Lord is my shepherd.  I will always have everything I need.  He gives me green pastures to lie in.
He leads me by calm pools of water.  He restores my strength.  He leads me on right paths to show that He is good.
Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave, I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me.
Your rod and staff comfort me.
You prepared a meal for me in front of my enemies.
You welcomed me as an honored guest.
My cup is full and spilling over.
Your goodness and mercy will be with me all my life,
and I will live in the Lord's house a long long time."
Psalm 23 ERV

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