Saturday, February 11, 2012

Prayers and Miracles

We throw the words around..."I'll pray for you", and sometimes, hopefully a lot of the time, we actually do pray for those people.  But there are those times...those times when someone's mother has stage 4 cancer, those times when that same person needs to come up with $25, 000 to adopt, there are those times when our prayers are sincere but doubtful at best.  Oh, we are sure that the Lord has a plan and that His plan is good but we are also sure that a complete answer could not be anything short of a miracle and truth be told we don't witness many miracles these days.  

Well, my mom's test results came back completely signs of cancer.  She was told by two different doctors that she is in complete remission...the same doctors who told her that if the chemo didn't work she would have 3 to 6 months to live.  How does that happen?  Even the doctors are marveling at the "apparent" miracle.  And truth be told, SO AM I!

But seriously almost as miraculous is the amount of money the Lord has provided for the adoption of our sweet Henry.  Honestly, we struggled about committing to something so important without any idea of where the money would come from.  It just seemed so irresponsible.  As we talked to different families all we heard was, "The Lord provides for the orphans, step out in faith if you feel the call".  And so we did. I want to just tell you that we did not have a back up plan...we were completely dependent on the Lord and as of today He has provided close to $20,000!  How does that happen?  

The bottom line is both situations are the same in a few very important ways.  First, they leave us helpless, at the end of our ever controlling selves.  Second, they make others aware of our needs, which is oh so humbling.  Third, the miracle brings glory to God, which is thrilling to be a part of, and fourth they build our faith.  How many are going through something so horrible that they just want to hide?  How many are feeling the call but don't see the "way"?  Our God is faithful.  He won't give us more than we can handle and He is just waiting for us to step out so that He can blow our minds with his riches!

This week talking to my mom she said she was amazed that she was God's miracle.  She said she felt like she should be glowing or have wings:)  I think she does glow, and I'm sure her wings are waiting for her...but for now, we are assured that she will be here this summer to meet her new grandson.  CAN YOU SAY "GLORY"? Look to your neighbor and say GLORY!

Thanks for all of your prayers:)

I will sing of the lovingkindness of the LORD forever; To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.   Psalm 89:1


  1. So awesome Gretchen!!!

    "I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick." Ez. 34:16

    "Those that know your name will put their trust in you; for you, Lord, have not forsaken them that seek you." Psalm 9:10

  2. i am still in amazement! isn't our God so GREAT!

  3. GLORY to God in the highest and PEACE Goodwill to men!!! Praising Him with you all! XO

  4. LOVE this encouraging post. Thank you for blessing us with these sweet reminders!

  5. God is awesome! This is just wanted I needed today, thanks!