Miracles

When You Trust God

Hello! I’m so glad you’re here! It’s really chilly this morning so I invite you to pull up a chair, grab a cup of something warm, and join me for a visit.

If you’re new to the blog, you’ve joined us in the midst of a personal experience story about how to trust God when life throws you a serious curve ball. You are more than welcome to jump right in here! But I would like to encourage you to go back at least four posts to the start of the real estate purchase part of the story. Or even at the beginning of the “Miracles Series”. It will help this post make more sense. But you are more than welcome to start right here!

If you decide to read the earlier posts there are links at the end of this post.

For you that have been following along, I have a favor to ask. If you’re enjoying this story, please leave a comment. Even if it’s just one word! That way I know you’re reading it! And hopefully enjoying it!

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Ok, let’s get back to our story!!

The Deal Was Dead

From our story last week you know the real estate deal was dead.  I had given up.

Late Wednesday afternoon my lender called and said neither the title company or the sellers agent had called him to confirm the closing. The funds for the loan come from Washington DC so he had to request the money at least two days in advance. Since no one had called to confirm the closing, and there still was no agreement on who was paying for the survey, he had not ordered funds. There was no way to get the money here to close on Friday.

He went on to add that since it was the sellers agents fault the funds hadn’t been requested, if the sellers would agree to move the closing date to April 1st or later, my interest rate would go down.

But when my real estate sister called the seller’s agent to notify her of the funding situation, she went ballistic!

On top of all this turmoil, that the woman of the couple selling, hand wrote me a very hurtful letter about how I was making their life miserable and I had personally caused her to be hospitalized with and intestinal problem. She asked me to never speak to her or her husband again – and hand delivered it to my work!

Add all this to the survey stalemate, I was done.

DONE

My sister and I had yet another long talk about the situation and told her I was tired of the fighting, tired of the stress.

I was done.

The deal was done.

Please notify the seller’s agent.

Then I sent a text the seller husband and apologized for destroying their life.

Not 20 seconds later my phone rang – it was him.

He had no idea his wife had written me the letter. He apologized. He explained they had several other issues going on at the same time and it was just more stress than she could deal with right then. She had developed a tummy problem and ended up dehydrated. The dehydration caused her to be hospitalized, not me.

I told him about the funds not getting requested. He said if I would agree to pay for the survey he would agree to close on the 1st.

And just like that we were back on.

I called my sister, she called the other realtor back, and told her the seller had called me, and just that quickly the closing was back on, and scheduled on April 1st, and my interest rate dropped.

How Does God Work?

In mysterious ways!

That entire mess saved me over 1 1/2 percent on my interest rate. That was a chunk of money!

Was I tested? Was this an exercise in learning to trust God more?

Absolutely!

Five days later we closed and God blessed me with this gorgeous property!

I am still in awe of what God has done in my life in the past two years. What He is still doing!

When Should You Trust God?

When you trust God miracles are the norm. He moves mountains when you truly trust God.

When there is no way, trust God?

When there is no hope, trust God!

Give yourself to Him and simply trust God!

And He will definitely show up!

Now I live in my own little slice of paradise! Here are a few pictures of my new place:

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The Place of Many Rainbows!

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The hay meadow

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The Wisteria on the back porch

 

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Pepper fetching a stick in the front yard

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My blind dog is in Heaven on earth!

God’s Place

If there’s one thing I hope you take away from this incredible story, I hope it is to trust God!

Trust Him with everything in your life.

This property is not mine. It’s His! I’m just a care taker here. In the human world I would never have been able to have this place.

But because God stepped in and moved mountains, here I am.

It literally takes my breath away every day.

I would love to post hundreds of photos of it because every day I see it from a new light, a new vantage point, and am stunned that I live here.

When you trust God and allow Him to guide your steps, you will be blessed!

I guarantee it!

But you can’t manipulate it.

You have to have faith and learn to let go and let God.

His ways are higher than our ways.

I hope you have enjoyed this story of how God has worked in my life over the past three years.  If you missed any post, the list is below.

If this story touched you in any way, please leave a comment and let me know.  Your feedback is what keeps me writing!

The Future

Be on the lookout for a Veterans Day post in the next couple days.

I know it’s late, but I didn’t want to interrupt this final post of the real estate purchase.

Looking forward to visiting with you!

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And remember to trust God!

Previous Miracle Posts:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

Post #10 How To Step Into The Miracle Zone

Post #11    3 Simple Steps to Miracles In Your Life
Post #12   3 Steps to Holiday Miracles and Peace
Post #13   How Trusting God Can Transform Your Life

Post #14 Fear Why Are We Afraid?

Post #15  Does God Still Answer Prayer?

Post #16 How To Trust God When The Going Gets Tough

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Does Prayer Really Work?

Many People Ask Does #Prayer Really Work?

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You bet it does!

I’m living proof of that!

And God’s Timing Is Incredible!

As I shared in last weeks post, my new roommate, Joyce, moved in in October, and we had to buy our first propane of the winter in November.  She had moved all the way from Tennessee because of prayer! And I let a total stranger move into my house, and bought her a new bed, because of prayer.

Crazy?

I guaranty you it felt crazy!

But it also felt right.

Very right.

Prayer Carried A Woman 1500 Miles To My Doorstep

Understandably my new roommate was a bit cautious of me. And I of her. We liked each other and we both knew the Lord had a hand in getting her into my home, but still we were cautious of each other.

Because of that caution my new roommate didn’t move everything right in from her car. Each night she felt a little more comfortable and brought in a few more little things. But only little things.

It took nearly a month before she finally decided she wasn’t in danger, I wasn’t going to steal her belongs, nor was I going to turn crazy and kick her out. At that point she got serious about unpacking her car.

I was at work when she found it.

The road map. Her road map. The one she had told me about the first day I met her. She called and asked if she could come show me something. Of course I said yes.

In her normal, annoyingly prompt manner, she was there in 5 minutes and came rushing through my office door.

She had tears in her eyes as she opened the map to the Colorado page and showed me the red dot on the map that had brought her here. Sure enough, there it was at the corner of Highway 184 and Road 22, the road you turned on to come to my house. Literally 1 mile from my, now our, home. She insisted the Lord had led her to put that red dot on her map before she left Tennessee.

She still says I prayed her here.

We hit it off and she settled in. But just before Thanksgiving she got a phone call from Tennessee. A dear friend of hers had fallen and was gravely injured. She packed up and drove back home to be with her friend while she was in the hospital. She called and let me know she would send me a check for her part of the rent for December but would have to wait a few days to see how she could pay the utilities. I told her not to worry we would figure it out.

Over Thanksgiving weekend I spoke with a lifelong friend of mine. She had been struggling with back problems for over a year and now her husband had taken a job in North Dakota. She was dreading moving there in the middle of the winter, but was also in desperate need of a new back doctor.

Durango is 45 minutes away from Cortez and has one of the best spine clinics in the U.S. #Dr. Yossef and his team at #SpineColorado  has a reputation only preceded by #SteadmanClinic in Vail. I asked my friend, if it was ok with my roommate, if she would like to come stay with me and we could get her to the Durango doctor.

She said yes.

Hearing this I jumped on the phone and asked Joyce, my roommate, if it would be ok with her if my friend moved in and stayed while she was in Tennessee. She was thrilled! She had been praying that God would help her with how to pay rent and utilities in Colorado while she was in Tennessee.

So my friend, Michelle, and her husband Ric moved in. Michelle stayed with me and Ric headed to the snowy North.

Frightened Again

My girlfriend had always been a tall, beautiful, stunning blue eyed brunette. I was stunned when I first saw her.

She had always been a vivacious person. Beautiful with sparkling blue eyes that could be as mischievous as mine!
But when she arrived from Texas I was looking at a gray shell of the person I had once known and loved. She was so thin it terrified me. And she no spark left in her eyes. Only pain. And fear.

I knew them both personally.

When you hurt to the point of no longer wanting to go on it gives you a vacant, haunting look. I had looked out of those same eyes for many years.

She became my mission. And I became her prayer warrior. I had to find a doctor that could help my friend. We had to get rid of her pain.

And we had to help her get her joy back.

Come back next week for more!

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Welcome back! If this is your first time here, I encourage you to go back and read the entire Series so today’s post makes sense. Links to the previous posts in this series are listed below.

Have a Great and Godly day!

Copyright © 2013, 2014, 2015, Kristi Ross, All rights reserved.
Our contact address is:
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Previous Miracle Posts:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

Post #10 How To Step Into The Miracle Zone

Post #11    3 Simple Steps to Miracles In Your Life
Post #12   3 Steps to Holiday Miracles and Peace
Post #13   How Trusting God Can Transform Your Life

Post #14 Fear Why Are We Afraid?

 

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FEAR – Why Are We Afraid?

FEAR

I was afraid

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Have you ever suffered with fear?

Have you ever been paralyzed with fear? Unable to move, either physically or psychologically because of fear?

Do you know what FEAR is?

There are many analogies for what fear stands for. My favorite is:

False

Evidence

Appearing

Real

But still,

I was afraid.

Afraid of allowing a stranger into my home.

Afraid of the unknown.

For many reasons.

But I was also afraid of no heat in a the dead of winter.

So I prayed about a roommate for two solid weeks. I prayed God would send the perfect, God chosen roommate.

And I waited.

I was in a situation I had no control over. I saw no way of being able to afford the house I was living in without a roommate.  But I was deeply afraid of what kind of person might show up at my doorstep wanting a place to live. Would they be a normal, honest person? Or would they be a crazy ax murderer?

So I kept praying.

And waiting

But as October wore on and the days grew shorter and nights longer and colder I finally decided I had to do it. I had to put my trust in the Lord and put the ad in the paper for a roommate.

I worked on the wording with the advertising lady from the paper for a week. When we both felt confident about the wording, I ran the ad.

The morning the paper came out I received a call from a woman with a Southern accent. She left a message telling me how she had just moved here from Tennessee and would like to talk to me about the room for rent.

But because of my fears I waited a couple days before calling her back. Finally, out of desperation, I called her.

She was excited to meet me and see the place.

I, on the other hand, was not excited about any of it.

But out of desperation I suggested we meet because if we didn’t like each other there was no reason for her looking at the house. But I was at work so it would have to be after 5.

She said she’d come to my work and could be there in 5 minutes. She really wanted to meet me.

She arrived in exactly 5 minutes.

Which annoyed me.

How could anyone be that prompt?!?

But there she was . . .
This adorable, impeccably dressed, gray haired, little lady with bright blue eyes, and a sweet smile.

Now I really didn’t like her.

And that sweet southern draaaawl. Yuck!

Wait . . . what was her name?

Joyce?

What? Joyce Ann?

I have a dear friend named Joyce Ann. And she is a wonderful woman.

Should I give her a second chance? Just because of her name?

No way!

I tried to be mildly nice and took her down to the front of the building so we could visit a minute.

She was all a buzz about going to look at the house.

She was not picking up on my negative vibes!

I asked if she thought she could afford the rent and utilities on a fixed income. She said she had calculated it and thought she would be fine with the costs.

In a few short minutes I grilled her about her family, her religion, her political views, her  . . . you get the picture.

And finally –

I begrudgingly started to tell her how to get to the house.

“You take Highway 491 North, like you are going to Dove Creek. Out there about 15 miles, in the middle of nowhere you’ll come to where the Highway to Dolores takes off at a gas station called Cox Corner.”

She interrupted me and bubbled in her drawl, “Ooooh myyy goooodness, I knooow exaaaactly where you’re taalkin’ about! God has been shoowin’ me thaat area on the map. That’s Highway 184 isn’t it?”

“Yes . . . why?” I asked with an icy edge.

“Thaaat’s whyyyy I caaame here! The Lord led me here. To you! To this house!”

I knew it!  “Crazy person” was screaming my head!

She excitedly added “I’ve prayed about this for mooonths and here it is!”

Her talk about prayer starting to break through my frigid exterior.

The more she talked about the Lord the more I paid attention and asked, “What? What are you talking about?”

She proceeded to tell me about how she had wanted to move to either Utah or Oregon where she had helped some friends move to. But the Lord kept laying the Dolores Highway, Highway 184, on her heart.

Guess what Highway I lived off of?

Yep, Highway 184! Turn North off 184 onto Road 22 and drive one mile to Road W.  Click right here to see it on Google Maps. 

Ok, she finally had my FULL attention.

She told me about her road map and how, before she left her home in Tennessee, she had put a red dot where she believed the Lord was leading her. And she estimated it was within a 2 mile range of my address.

She was a single, disabled woman that had put all her belongings in her car and headed West toward a red dot on a map because of prayer and prompting on her heart from God.

She had been in town a few days and had tried to find a place but nothing had worked out. She was out of money and was going to have to stay in her car that night if she didn’t find a place.

We stood right there in front of the Court House and prayed together before I sent her to go check out where I lived.

She met me there after work and she has been there, or nearby ever since.

She firmly believes I prayed her here.

I firmly believe the Lord works in Very Mysterious ways!

She moved in the end of October and we bought our first propane for the winter in November.

God’s timing is incredible!

But the story doesn’t end there.

This is really just the beginning.

Come back next week for more!

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Previous Miracle Posts:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

Post #10 How To Step Into The Miracle Zone

Post #11   3 Simple Steps to Miracles In Your Life

Post #12   3 Steps to Holiday Miracles and Peace

Post #13 How Trusting God Can Transform Your Life

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How Trusting God Can Transform Your Life

Learning About Trusting God

Trusting God can transform your life.

It often pushes you outside your comfort zone.

But it’s always worth it!

Trusting God is simply believing that He loves us, He really does care about us, He is genuinely good and kind, He has the power to help us, He wants to help us, and He really does help us everyday.

This is a story about just that.

The story of a woman trying hard to be a better person. Trying to keep a roof over her head and food on the table.

The story of a woman learning about trusting God and being rewarded by seeing Him in everyday miracles.

Where We’ve Come From

If you have read the previous Miracle Series posted here you know over the past four years I’ve struggled through a dramatic downturn in my business, loosing my contract with Delta County, and finally moving to Cortez. I moved for a job, but my “Little Peanut” kept me here while the Lord kicked me out of my comfort zone, grew me up, changed me, and showed me incredible love and care through it all. He has blessed me beyond imagination. And continues to bless me every day!

But it has been a process of learning every step of the way. But isn’t that how life is supposed to be?

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My Little Peanut

 A Quick Review

For those that have not read the previous Miracle Series posts  I want to do a quick review. (And I’ve included links at the bottom of this post in case you want to go read the previous Miracle Series posts)

The month before the last Presidential election my health products business crashed. Then Delta County didn’t renew my contract. To keep the wolf from the door I started a little office cleaning business. But old back injuries quickly let me know I wasn’t going to be doing that long.

I started praying for a new and better job.

A month later I was driving down a dusty gravel road outside Delta headed to one of my cleaning jobs when my cell phone rang. I pulled over and answered. It was the Director of Human Services for Montezuma County. We had never met, but he offered me a job right there on the spot.

They were in a bad situation because of Obamacare and needed an experienced Med person and troubleshooter.  We talked about me working 2 or 3 days a week for several months. I was going to Cortez the following week to house-sit for my daughter and son-in-law and would stop in and meet him while there.

As soon as he shook my hand I knew I liked the man. And by the end of what turned into an interview, he offered me a full time position.

But that would require shutting down a life that had taken me almost 30 years to build, uprooting, and moving. I wasn’t too keen on that idea because it meant leaving the bulk of my family, all my friends, and my home. And I loved my place:

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The view from my back porch looking over the entire place

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My River-bottom In Hotchkiss

 

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Some of my mares at the “horse pasture” gate

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Sun Dog over one of the pastures during haying

Add to that my daughter was furious that I was even considering taking the job. She didn’t want me commuting, or camping out at her house, and certainly not moving.

So I ramped up my prayers for guidance and clarity in the situation.

The following Sunday, as I drove to church I had yet another argument with Mika about the job. I had to give the Director my final answer the following morning. Through the entire service I prayed and begged God for direction. By the end of the service I had decided to not take the job. It just wasn’t worth the fights it was causing with my daughter.

After church I drove a few blocks to the gas station. As I put the car in park, my cell phone rang.

It was my daughter.

I debated if I should answer.

Finally I gave in and the conversation went something like this.

Me, “Hello”.

An agitated voice on the other end fired back, “Where have you been?

As calmly as possible, “At church.”

“Well we have to tell you something and now Hardy (my son-in-law) has to leave so we have to hurry.”

“Sorry, I didn’t know you needed me.”

“And don’t cry!”

I thought, great, now I’m going to yelled at by both of them and it’s so bad it’s going to make me cry.

With that, my son-in-law got on the phone and together they told me they were pregnant.

I didn’t cry.

All I could do was laugh!

God knew about the coming grandchild all along.  He knew it would kill me to not be close enough to see her often and to not have a bond with her.

And there was the answer that I had been diligently praying for.

Trusting God, the next morning I accepted the job.

Trust God And He Will Bless You

When I accepted the new job my second trial came moments later.

As I had driven home after my interview the week before, by accident I had looked at a rental property that would work perfectly for me if I accepted the job. I had walked the place with the owner’s aunt and uncle who were managing the property.  I told them I should know in a few days if I was coming. They called the owner and he said not to worry they would hold it for me.

After accepting the job I called the owner to confirm I wanted the property and see where to wire the money. He informed me he had hired a local realtor as his new property manager and the rent had Tripled! 

I tried to get him to honor his commitment but he would not.

And I could not afford the new amount he wanted. So there I was with a new job, but nowhere to live. Thanks alot God!

I had two weeks to find a rental property – with room for me, 4 horses, 2 cats, and 2 dogs, pack up 20 years of life,  move, get settled, and be ready to start a new job.

You would think that in this economy finding such a rental property would be fairly easy. But it is not!

I searched, Mika searched, Hardy searched, everyone I knew in Cortez searched. But no one found a rental that would work for me. I almost backed out on taking the job. But then I found a one room cabin 20 plus minutes out of town with a 10’x10′ corner of fenced in dirt. I wasn’t enough ground for my horses and the cats would have to stay at the barn in Hotchkiss for the time, but it would give me a place to sleep, shower, and keep my dogs while I looked for a different place.

But I was pretty frustrated with God. He got me in this mess! He knew I came as a “package” and needed a place with some land for all my animals. I believed He was a big God, capable of great things. But I couldn’t believe He would get me this job, in the same town as my daughter, son-in-law, and coming grandchild, and not provide a decent place for me, and my animals to live.

But never doubt God!

He was at work.

The cabin owner said she would email me wiring instructions for the rent the following morning. Instead the email I received asked if I would consider renting the main house and rest of the 30 acres where the cabin was located instead of the cabin.

As she and I were talking the night before, a neighbor had emailed her pictures of how bad the place looked. She and her husband were going to evict the current renter as soon as her husband could drive from N. Carolina. If I was interested, I could have that place instead.

That place consisted of 30 acres of lush horse pasture, a six stall horse barn, hay shed, and a beautiful custom home with a giant fenced yard.

I could not have built a more perfect place for myself!

To top it off, the property was for sale and the owners said they would consider taking my rentals in Delta as part of the purchase price.

YES! Oh definitely Yes!

Trusting God will provide can be challenging, but SO Worth It!

A New Place

I was apprehensive, but excited about the possibilities the Lord was laying out in front of me.

God was taking amazing care of me and my little menagerie of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 horses!

But I had my work cut out of me! The weeds were over my head!

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The rental house when I moved in

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One of Many weed piles I pulled!

But by spring, this is the jewel God had dropped into my lap!

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The custom rental house God blessed me with!

 

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View From My Rental Property come spring

More Chances for Trusting God

Soon after I moved in, the owners decided they couldn’t afford to take my rentals. I would have to sell them to be able to afford the place.

But the economy in Delta County was already in the toilet, and tumbling towards the sewer. The hope of selling my properties was slip-sliding down the drain with it.

With each showing of my dream property my anxiety increased. I wondered if today was the day I would be told “it’s sold and you have to find another place.”

But not just a place for me, but also my little herd of animals and pets.

From the time I figured out I wouldn’t be able to buy the place, I had been praying, and casually looking for a different one. Preferably one that was not for sale. But the rental properties that allowed horses were so expensive there was no way I could afford them. I needed yet another miracle.

Back Track For A  Second

When I had been getting ready to move from Hotchkiss, a friend from Crawford who had always wanted to live in Cortez asked if I would consider a roommate. She would pay half the rent and utilities. I gladly said yes!

I was so thankful she moved with me not only to help with the rent, but also because I didn’t anticipate was how much propane it would take to keep that giant house warm. It had tile floors sitting directly on the concrete foundation. The heat was in the ceiling. Making it nearly impossible to keep the house warm in the winter. It defiantly took us both to pay the rent and utilities during the cold months.

But by August, my roommate decided Montezuma County wasn’t the place for her. She packed up and moved back to Crawford. Leaving me with winter coming and a huge house to heat with pro-pain, (Yes, that’s spelled correctly!) and her horse and one of her cats!

The propane bills for the coming winter terrified me. When my friend told me she was moving I ramped up my search for a cheaper place to live, or another roommate.

I ran around like a crazy person for a month and found nothing. Nothing to buy, nothing to rent, and no one wanting to live 20 miles out in the country in a house that might sell the day after they moved in!

Let Go and Let God

Finally, out of desperation,

I gave up.

I decided the Lord brought me here so I had to remember He is faithful and He would provide.

I settled into enjoying the property the Lord had allowed me to be living on. And I started praying He would provide an incredible, Christian roommate before the winter cold set in, or a different place.

Simple, right?

Pray and trust.

Trust in the God that I firmly believed had brought me here and had been providing miracle after miracle in the process.

One of my favorite sayings to share with others is “Speak It Till You See It”.

But did I really believe that? Did I honestly believe God was trustworthy?

With every fiber of my being!

I started speaking positive about the impending winter cold.

I started thanking God for taking my roommate out of my house.

I thanked Him for bringing me an amazing Christian woman for a roommate.

I thanked Him for the great friendships and amazing blessings that would come out of this transition and situation.

I just kept thanking Him and praising Him as the nights grew chillier, and the days grew shorter.

I trusted Him with every fiber of my being.

At first I had spread the word around work and the church I attend that I either needed a new place to rent, or a roommate.

I had put up a flyer at the vet’s office and the local feed stores.

But with winter looming, eventually I felt I had no other option but to put an ad in the local paper for a roommate.

Oh I dreaded doing that.

Because . .

I was afraid.

Do you want to know what happened next? You have to come back to find out! We have some very exciting events ahead!

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Previous Miracle Posts:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

Post #10 How To Step Into The Miracle Zone

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Procrastinate? Oh No I Did It Again!

Does Anyone Else Procrastinate?

I hate it, but . . .
I procrastinate.
When something is challenging.
Or when I don’t know how to do something.
Or what to say.
I put it off.

Yes, I’m admitting it. I procrastinate.

Does anyone else?
If so, please tell me about it in the comments section so I don’t feel like I’m the only adult on earth that does! If you have enough courage to admit it, I’ll be impressed because it’s very difficult for me to admit.

Why Do I (We) Procrastinate?

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I think it is based in fear.
Fear of failure.
Fear of the unknown.
Fear of being not enough.
Fear of being embarrassed.
And that’s me right now.
I am afraid of how you will react to my long hiatus from posting.
I did this when I moved to Cortez and was struggling with all the emotions.
And I promised you I would not do it again.
But I did.

Miracles in the Midst

If you have been following this blog for a while you know I have gone through some gigantic life changes in the past few years. Unfortunately, with the economic slowdown, a good number of others have experienced similar situations.

But in the midst of my storms God has been SO faithful. I’ve experience Him deeper than words can explain.

He has been my only set of footprints.

Now, I treasure the heartache, loss, and upheaval that’s happened in my life. It is because of those nuggets that I have grown spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically.

I have a different perspective on life because of the hard times.

They have taught me far more than good times.

And if you haven’t read the previous posts in the “Miracle Series” I encourage you to. Those miracles came wrapped in hard lessons.

But those lessons became nuggets of beauty as God shut down my life in Delta County, section by section, so He could push me, kicking and crying. . .

Into my future.

Facing My Fears

And, if you follow this blog you know I have not posted in quite some time.

But that procrastination is over.

I’m afraid of failure.

Afraid you will no longer be interested in what I have to say.

Afraid that in my absence I have let you down and you won’t forgive me of my silence.

But . . . I’m facing my fears, and writing anyway!

That to me is the most powerful cure for those of us that procrastinate.

Face your fear and do it anyway!

Where Have You Been?

But honestly, where have I been?

Why have I been silent for months?

The main reason I have been silent for a while is I’ve had more work than time.

And I’ve been mentally exhausted after work each day.

I know that sounds like a cop-out, but it’s the truth.

The brain is a muscle and mine has been working to the max for several months.

When I walk out that back door from work at 5, 6, 7, even 8 o’clock at night, I’m brain dead.

Literally.

But Why?

It started in March – when it looked like the purchase of a place here in Cortez was actually going to happen.

The purchase had been on the back burner for months while we waited to see if the government was going to fund ag loans in 2015. When they did, there was one problem after another with the purchase itself.

Talk About STRESS!

Oh and just prior to that, we got a new, young, director at work who was making personnel changes so none of us felt secure in our jobs.

And here I was trying to buy a place!

That was frightening.

Eventually, I was offered a promotion to trainer and love that part of my job. But I still have to do all my former duties as well and there simply isn’t enough hours in the day.

By the time I get home I’m so fried mentally I can’t think to put two words together let alone write and make sense!

Since March, the things that bring me joy have been moved to the back burner while I sloshed through day to day life in upheaval.

Have you ever worn a pair of rubber muck boots outside in the deep mud? When you have to fight for every step? And end up pulling your foot out of the boot rather than the boot out of the mud.

It leaves you are standing there with one foot in the cold, slimy, wet, yuck!

You’re totally bogged down, wet, muddy,and cold.

That’s how I’ve felt since March.

God’s Grace

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Grace

But in His incredible Grace, the Lord has carried me through and provided exactly what I needed, precisely when I needed it.

My life in transition has been a walk among miracles.

But it has not been without trials.

God never said life would be easy, He just said He would be there.

All this “stuff” going on in my life has made me realize what an incredible spiritual walk I’ve been on.

The growth and change have been incredible.

And I’m finally ready to tell the rest of the story.

Are you ready to hear it?

And I don’t mean the surface stuff either.

I mean the nitty gritty, down and dirty.

Are you really ready for that?

I hope so because it has been a growing experience from day one!

And I pray that my situation will cause you to rethink your day to day life with new and different eyes.

Focusing on blessings and joy

Not struggles and heartache.

Because God really does give us beauty for our ashes.

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And, for links to the previous Miracle Series, or if you missed one, or just want to re-read your favorite:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

Post # 10 How To Step Into The Miracle Zone 

Post #11   3 Simple Steps to Miracles in Your Life

Post #12  3 Simple Steps to Holiday Miracles and Peace

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3 Simple Steps to Holiday Miracles and Peace

This is Post #12 in the Miracles Series

If you are new to this blog I encourage you to go back and read the previous 11 posts in the Miracle Series so this one makes better sense. Here are links to each of them:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

Post # 10 How To Step Into The Miracle Zone 

Post #11   3 Simple Steps to Miracles in Your Life

 

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Miracle Peace

Do you agree that Christmas is a time of wonder and miracles?

It’s a wonderful time, full of family, love, and good cheer.

But it’s also a time of stress.

Why is that?

Why do we get so stressed at this time of year?

Because we take our eyes off the reason for the season and focus on the material aspect.

We get wrapped up in presents, holiday parties, cleaning for company,  rushing, rushing, rushing. . .

Well, I have a little story to share and then I would like to help you take a moment, refocus, and give you some tools to handle the holiday season maybe just a bit better.

Story Time

It’s been a while since I’ve posted because just like you I’ve been incredibly busy. Plus, as I’ve mentioned before, Christmas is a difficult time for me because of losing my Mom and Dad during the holidays.

Honestly, I lost my inspiration to write. I didn’t have anything joyful to say so I just didn’t write.

But today I had a reminder that even when we aren’t paying attention God is working.

Even when we are distracted by whatever, He is there. Working. Waiting to reveal another glimpse of Himself.

Miracle at 4:10 PM

I work in Human Services and since this is open enrollment we are SLAMMED!

I have been trying to get caught up so I could actually take the vacation days I’ve requested, Christmas Eve, and January 2nd.  So when the front desk girl came to my office at 4:10 PM and told me I had a client waiting to see me, I’ll admit, I was not happy.

I had a stack of work left and we close at 4:30. I didn’t want to take the time to see her. Especially when she wouldn’t tell the receptionist what she wanted.

I could have said no.

But I saw her.

After visiting with the woman for a few minutes I could feel the sadness and hurt in her life. She too had lost her parents and was struggling with decisions and choices.

My heart went out to her.

Before either of us knew what was going on we were talking about farming and I was sharing a little about my struggles over the past year. I shared with her that even in the darkest times, God is working.

He has a plan.

And His plans are to bless us far more than we can even dream for ourselves.

Before long we were praying.

Right there in my office.

And I was thanking God for this woman who had reminded me how God works in mysterious ways.

He is a God of miracles.

My miracle walked in the office at 4:10 today.

Re-Motivated

This woman with her questions and issues broke through my writers block.

She re-motivated me.

I wish I could thank her for breaking through the ice around my heart.

Thank her for being my Christmas Eve – Eve Miracle!

Steps for Peaceful Holidays

So now I have something else to share with you.

Three steps to help you make with through the rest of the holidays.

Step One:  Pause

I know you’re saying what? She wants me to pause? But I barely have time to read her silly blog, I don’t have time to pause.

I know

But do it anyway.

Pause wherever you are right now and . . . breathe . . . deeply.

Blow every bit of that breathe out all the way to your toes.

Now breathe in deeply and SLOWLY

Hold it. . .

Now let it out slowly

Do it again.  With your eyes closed if you aren’t driving.

If you’re driving

WHY ARE YOU READING!  STOP! Read this later!!

Step Two: Smile

What? Smile?

Yes!

I know your thinking, “Kristi, I don’t have time for this nonsense! I thought you were going to tell me about a Christmas Miracle and instead you’re having me Smile! Get on with it girl!”

Did you know that smiling causes the body to produce endorphins, the happiness hormone?

So now will you trust me?

Smile please!

Breath deep,

And SMILE again!

Step Three:  Practice gratitude

Think of something you are truly thankful for.

Your family, your home, your job

Now, say this out loud, “Thank for my _____________” (fill in the blank)

Okay, let’s do all three together!

Breathe deep, slowly let it out,  SMILE BIG, and say thank you while really feeling the gratitude.

There now, don’t you feel better?

Just that little exercise can refocus you, re-energize, and de-stress you!

Will you join me in doing these simple steps several times a day from now till the New Year?

I Promise you will experience more Miracles and a great deal more Peace!

Is 2015 YOUR Year Of Miracles?

If you are interested in learning more about Walking in the Miracle Zone I would like to invite you to join me  in Your Year Of Miracles, a training I have participated in that opened my eyes to the miracles in my life.  I hope you’ll check out this free event and consider joining me in the program in 2015!

God Bless!

Are you enjoying this series?

I certainly hope so! Do you know anyone else who might also? If so, please copy and share the following link via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.    How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

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3 Simple Step to Miracles In YOUR Life

For First Time Miracles Zone Readers:

This is Post #11 in the Miracles Series

If you are new to this blog I encourage you to go back and read the previous 10 posts in the Miracle Series so this one makes better sense. Here are links to each of them:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

Post # 10 How To Step Into The Miracle Zone 

Can You Truly Find Miracles?

Is that even a remote possibility?

Absolutely!

You can find them every day. All you have to do is look with your spirit.

No matter what your circumstances are, miracles are happening all around you every day.

My year of miracles started last November when I lost my job and two of my three rental properties had been damaged and were in need of expensive repairs. I was broke.

No, I was . . .  BROKE!

And I was broken.

My spirit was broken.

I was trusting God and making the best of a bad situation, but I was broken.

I knew in my head God would turn things around, and I spoke those words no matter how down I got. But my heart was crying out every day in anguish.

But now, as I look back, that is when my Miracle Zone began.

I’ve walked you though many of my incredible miracles and I won’t bore you with them again here. If you need a refresher the links are above.

With the next posts I want to bring you current in my miracle walk, but challenge you to start living your life in the miracle zone.

December Can Be Hard

We are all  human. And most of us with a little age have lost at least one loved one.

And that can make the holidays difficult.

Having lost both my Mom and my Dad during the holidays it makes this a challenging time of year for me.

Normally.

But this year is different.  This entire year has been about one miracle after another. And while I do miss Mom and Dad, my life has been transformed over the past year. I had to walk through some dark and lonely times. But God was working in me, in my circumstances, and in my family.

This December, my most treasured miracle of all, and why I believe God shut all the doors in Delta County, and opened ones in Cortez and shoved me through them, is my precious grand daughter Rossi (and for those who have asked, her name is pronounced Ross-E, like my name). I live fifteen minutes away and see her almost every day.

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My Miracle Family! Rossi, Mommy Mika, and Daddy Hardy

 

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A Living Breathing Miracle!

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My Miracles

I took these photos Thanksgiving weekend, in the pasture where I live, and it was an incredibly special afternoon!

The love and joy was overflowing and the beauty was breathtaking. And none of this would have been possible if I had not trusted God and kept moving forward this year.

It’s All Attitude Baby!

Many miracles led to that afternoon of photos.

And I’m humbled and honored to have experienced each one.

But I could just as easily have missed all those miracles.

I could have been so wrapped up in the difficulty of the various situations I would have missed the amazing miracles happening all around me.

But thankfully this year has opened my eyes and taught me in an intimate way to do a few very important steps. Steps that I encourage you to do from this moment forward.

Steps To Miracles:

  • Seek Out Joy!
  • Open your heart, pick your head up, and look for the amazing blessings that are right beneath your nose!
  • Look for the miracles in your life. But look with your heart more than you eyes

Even in the midst of my holiday blues there are still miracles all around me!

Because I LOOK for them!

I go out expecting to experience a miracle every day!

Every day I’m excited to see what miracle  God is going to bless me with today!

So my question for you today is, would you like to learn more about walking in the miracle zone? Will you open your heart to miracles? Will you join me on this incredible walk?

Please let me know what you think about this in the comments section below. Thank you!

Is 2015 YOUR Year Of Miracles?

If you are interested in learning more about Walking in the Miracle Zone I would like to invite you to join me  in Your Year Of Miracles, a training I have participated in that opened my eyes to the miracles in my life.  I hope you’ll check out this free event and consider joining me in the program in 2015!

God Bless!

Are you enjoying this series?

I certainly hope so! Do you know anyone else who might also? If so, please copy and share the following link via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.    How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

If you have anyone you want to share it with, please do so soon because we only have a few more Miracle posts to go.

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PLEASE NOTE:  This is Post #10 in the Miracle Series

If you are new to this blog I encourage you to follow these links and start at Miracle Series Post #1. Then read the others so this post will make better sense.  Here are links to the previous posts:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

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Incredible Sunset Looks Like What I Think The Miracle Zone Would Look Like

Desperately In Need Of The Miracle Zone

What? You’re kidding me right?

I had 36 hours to completely rewrite a talk that had taken me from January to May to prepare?

That’s what had just been laid on my shoulders.

But I had been living in the midst of what I call the miracle zone all year so why was I questioning this?

Why?

Because I Panicked!

Even though I knew the Lord had His hand over the women that participate in this conference, I couldn’t see how I could possibly pull this off.

But that should have been my first clue that God was right in the middle of all this.

If you trust God, really trust Him . . . when things look impossible . . . is exactly when things are about to get exciting.

But There Was No Time

The Director’s “I don’t think this is your talk” comment was declared Thursday afternoon around 4:45 P.M. (If you haven’t read post #9, please stop right here, go back, and ready that post so you understand what’s going on in this post. The link is above.)

The conference opening meet and greet started at 4:30 P.M. in the Chapel, so as soon as we finished with my practice talk, we had to dash over there. After the meet and greet we went to dinner, and then back to the meeting/training room for introductions and our first training session.

After the training session finished we had a worker strategy meeting that didn’t get over until midnight. I was exhausted so I trusted God and went to bed.

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Just Before Sunrise

Friday Started At 5:00 AM with showers, church, and breakfast.

Then straight to the meeting/training room.

As I sat at the table, working with other women, I silently prayed.

I listened to the other speakers with fresh ears.

Read the Bible with fresh eyes.

And kept trusting God would show me what He wanted me to talk about.

But the hours kept ticking by.

While I had a lot of notes,

I didn’t have a talk.

Only thoughts,

bits and pieces.

But no talk

Inspiration Takes Shape

Tick-tock, tick-tock . . .

When we came back from lunch ideas suddenly started flowing like water.

But there was no time to write them down and create a talk out of the jumble of ideas in my head.

The day was jam packed till midnight.

After the closing meeting I decided to stay and see where the Lord led me.

Sure enough, my miracle showed up at midnight.

The Lord opened the Bible and reveal the scriptures He wanted me to reference, and I was able to easily put the talk together using humor, and yet, deep spiritual intensity.

My head hit the pillow around 3:30 A.M. but the talk was complete.

I was almost ready!

I only needed a couple props to help me pull it off.

Later that morning the ladies going to town for supplies added my few things to their list and by noon I was ready.

Step Into The Miracle Zone

At 2:30 I walked onto the stage with total peace and confidence.

My props were in place, my note cards numbered and waiting on the podium.

I was ready.

I carefully followed my first couple of note cards, and then . . .

I sat the cards down, walked out from behind the podium, down to the edge of the crowd,

stepped into the miracle zone, and gave the rest of my talk with no notes.

I couldn’t tell you exactly what I said, but I know it encouraged women to strip away the things that hold them back and become the Christian Leaders God made them to be.

The women must have been touched because there was thunderous applause as I left the building.

God received a standing ovation.

Not me.

I merely allowed Him to speak through me.

I was definitely walking in the Miracle Zone.

Thank you God!

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Miracles Keep Coming, I Hope!

Miracles Just Kept Coming

PLEASE NOTE:  This is Post #9 in the Miracle Series

If you are new to this blog I encourage you to follow these links and start at Miracle Series Post #1. Then read the others so this post will make better sense.  Here are links to the previous posts:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

My May Miracles

Late in the fall of 2013 I was asked to speak at a Christian Women’s Retreat .

The leader of the upcoming conference said every time she prayed about the Christian Leaders talk, the Lord put me on her heart.

I’ve tried saying “no” to God in the past.

It doesn’t go well.

So in January I started preparing the talk. I prayed and studied. Worried and fretted. And finally started putting my thoughts together and actually writing sometime in mid February.

They had given me an outline of what they wanted me to cover but the talk had to be “mine” so prayed and I wrote. Wrote and prayed. Prayed, wrote and rewrote. Typed and deleted.

For a month and a half.

By mid April it was finally finished and ready for peer review at a practice. But I was living in Cortez and the practice was in Grand Junction.

I woke up the morning before, and couldn’t get out of bed.

Literally.

Frozen.

When I did finally get out of bed I fell to my knees with searing pain in my back.

After emergency phone calls to get records faxed to the Orthopedic Surgeon in Durango, a prescription for mega anti-inflammatory meds, and a, “Ain’t no way you’re going” from the doc, I called the leader to give her the bad news, and ask for prayer.

I firmly believed God would heal me and I would be able to make the drive the next day.

Well, sometimes our miracles come wrapped in something unpleasant. I woke up the next morning no better. Defiantly not driving anywhere.

Panicked, I called the leader and told her. She was so calm and reassuring. She simply said to give her a little bit.

In a matter of minutes she called back and had made a plan to have a couple of her friends from here in Cortez hear my talk and critique it the following week.

Awesome!

But there was a catch.

I would have to arrive early to the Retreat and give my talk to the Spiritual Directors, make any changes they requested, and wing it.

Nervous?

Oh no.

I was Terrified!

Miracles Can Look Insurmountable

I recovered enough over the weekend to give my talk to the two ladies and received glowing reviews. They didn’t think I needed to change a thing.

Great! Now all I had to do was get approval by the Head-Honchos of the whole shabang and all would be well.

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Deer at the conference outside the meeting room

I arrived 3 hours early to give my talk to the Directors.

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My view as I sat on the patio waiting for the Directors

It took 4 hours to get them all gathered into the meeting room.

Just before the final Director arrived, I was in a back room making copies for all of them to write their critiques on. Two of the Directors were standing behind me talking. The conversation turned to a deeply personal topic. Without even thinking I chimed right in.

Miracles Can Look Insurmountable

The final Director arrived and our little trio headed into the meeting room for my talk’s debut.

The talk was 45 minutes long. I kept everyone on the edge of their seat. . .  for the first 15 minutes or so.

It was around there I noticed everyone else was enthralled, but I had lost the actual Lead Spiritual Director.

Completely.

She was looking around the room, dropping her head as though she was a sleep. Completely ignoring all my hard work.

As my talk ended to a round of healthy applause, she stood up and in a quiet, but very intimidating voice, said, “While you’ve done a beautiful job of exactly what we’ve asked you to . . . I don’t think that’s your talk.”

I’m sure the dumbfounded look on my face said a great deal.

She continued, “This happens occasionally. We have an agenda. But GOD has a different one.”

“The conversation we had just before walking in here didn’t happen by accident. I think you need to pray about your talk.”

After a prolonged pause punctuated by every person in the room holding our breath, she said,  “Because I don’t think this is your talk.”

You could have knocked me over with a feather.

It was late Thursday afternoon. I was scheduled to talk Saturday morning. Our little group was already late for the conference opening going on in the next building, and we were booked solid from the moment we walked out of the meeting room until Saturday morning, with 4 or 5 hours allowed for sleep both nights.

How and when was I going to do, in roughly 36 hours, what had taken me three months?

There’s only answer for that . . .

A miracle

Join me tomorrow for the rest of the story!

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Where Can You Find A Miracle?

What? A Miracle Can Be Found? Really? Where?

PLEASE NOTE:  This is Post #8 in the Miracle Series

If you are new to this blog I would encourage you to follow these links and start at Miracle Series Post #1. Then read the others so this post will make better sense.  Here are links to the previous posts:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Miracle In My Own Backyard

Spring had finally arrived.

Every year when the first calf is born I know I have survived yet another Colorado winter, and spring is officially here.  Long before the calendar says it is.

But this year, that first calf came without so much as a glance.  Because I was in the middle of my move and totally oblivious to my usual joy markers.

But when the hummingbirds returned and started dive-bombing the house, I perked up. They forced me to get up and make them food.

Honestly, they did.

They would sit outside and stare at you. Waiting. . .

Till you finally got up and made the food, put it in the bottles, and hung it out there for them.  Even if there were fruit trees blooming everywhere. They let you know they wanted their food!

They are so darn cute.

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One Cold Little Hummingbird

 

But then a late, wet, snow storm hit. And it looked like Christmas morning.

 

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One Snowy Backyard

If you look closely, you’ll see that isn’t a part of the house beside our little feathered friend . . . It’s a snow cornice!

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The Reason He’s One Cold Hummingbird

Interestingly, the snow beckoned me. I put on my house-slippers and headed out to take photos of the snow.

The snow blanketed everything.

Clean, cold, and crisp.

But the snow had protected the delicate little flowers from the initial cold. They were pristine under their blanket of white. It was a miracle.

A beautiful miracle.

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Miracle in the Backyard

There it was, a miracle in my own backyard.

Miracle after miracle of delicate flowers, wrapped in a protective coating of snow. Against a vivid blue Colorado sky.

It was stunning.

The beauty hurt my eyes.

And lifted my heart!

Standing there in my bathrobe and house-slippers I was exhilarated for the first time in months.

I received a miracle in my very own backyard.

Have you looked for a miracle in your backyard? Or neighborhood? Or a nearby pasture, or garden?

Please remember to pick your head up from your cell phone today and look for you very own miracle.

I hope you’ll share with us where you “find” miracles in the comments section!

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