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Blessings Abound

As I reflect on the last two weeks in the midst of the hurricane and the hospital I realize the blessings started long before I knew what was going on! I went to Portland, Oregon and had to be there on a certain date. I was not able to change my plans because there was an upcoming hurricane. Mom (who usually stays with us) and my uncle, who we take care of, decided to go out of town to my brothers since at that point it was a category 4.


I kept asking God why I was stranded there when I needed to get home to the rest of my family. I also told Him I knew there was a reason and I would trust Him. Saturday morning I knew why when I got the call Mom had fallen and had a brain bleed. The RDU airport was closed. I got on my knees and called out to God. I asked Him to get me to mom, while she was alive. I asked Him to take care of every thing I had to do to make this happen. I shared with you about my flights. It was amazing! Philippians 4: 19, "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."


In the ICU mom made some connections with several people but one nurse in particular. Mom trusted her and loved her. She knew our family witnessed miracles in that room! She loved mom's "fire" and spirit. She told Mom she was her all time favorite patient. While they thought mom was hilarious I know Mom was a huge witness to many! The day our favorite nurse took us to our room on the regular floor Mom cried hugging her bye. That nurse called yesterday to visit Mom and I told her we had left with an hours notice so I did not have time to find her. Mom said she will never forget her. They will keep in touch. They have a bond.


When mom was wheeled in her new room she wept at the sight of a big window overlooking trees! After a week in ICU this was fabulous. We had been told that there are few single rooms and so we would most likely have a roommate. Then we realized we were overlooking the stadium, tron and bell tower. This made her think of Dad. She was able to watch the game from her window. In our room "with a view" we also experienced miracles. There was a special bond made with the cleaning lady and Mom. They are friends! I had met the nurse manager in the hall trying to get directions. There was a definite connection there! James 1: 17, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." I know God sent these people to us and hopefully in return they were blessed. I do know we are all closer to God!


We have experienced God's presence all over this ordeal and He has let it trickle down in all parts of our lives and other's lives.  Blessings abound!  Some are too sacred and precious to share at this time.  But Mom said she has been given a gift that she will never forget in UNC!  We have witnessed miracles.  She and I sat outside several times and just listed all the ways God had used this. Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." We sat outside with the sun on our face thanking God that she had made it that far! We have witnessed growth in people, seen relationships heal, and we have trusted to a whole new level!  And I think some are looking for blessings for the first time.  I have watched family members grow spiritually.  Mom said yesterday that it was all worth it just for some of these things. 2 Corinthians 9: 8, "And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."


Because of the storm UNC was not able to find a bed in Wilmington for Mom she and I had prayed that we trusted God for the right time and place. We also asked for divine intervention. That afternoon Mike called us and said my minister gave him a name of who we should contact. This person had just been brought into my life, by God, about 3 weeks prior. As soon as I texted her we watched the whole thing play out. The doors were opened and the next day we were going home. Before we left God used the nurse manager in a mighty way. Then Mom and I knew that if we had left two days earlier we would have missed out on another miracle. We cried tears of joy that last morning trusting God for whatever the future holds. We cried for the joy that we were not alone. We cried for the blessings that He continues to pour on us! We cried for all the things He had done, was doing and will do! We cried because He loves us so much and we felt it! We cried for the many prayers going up for us! We cried for God's presence in those rooms! We cried that He had used His people to find a bed for Mom in Wilmington and He even opened I-40 that day!


Monday night Mom and I finally saw the beautiful sign that said "Welcome to New Hanover County!" She rode in a transport ambulance and I followed. The tears of joy came again. I thought about all the prayers that were going up for us. We felt all of the prayers going up for her by the many people who love us. It is very humbling! And I knew many were praying nonstop for her. Mom started the prayer group at her church almost 35 years ago. She also helped the church I attend now to start theirs. She is truly a prayer warrior. Several people sent messages that she had been a prayer warrior for them for years and now they wanted to be hers! That really touched us! We can never thank you all enough for your love, care, support and especially prayers!  We truly felt them and we continue to!


Scripture tells us that the Lord prayed for his friends. Job 42: 10, "And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before." James 5: 16, "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." To all the prayer warriors remember, the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective!


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