How To Experience Miracles In Your Life

What? Miracles Happen? Still?

Have you ever had something happen in your life that made you pause and say, “That had to be God“?

I’ve had a lot of those moments this year! And I decided it’s time to start sharing them.

A Year Of Miracles

I recently figured out I’m living in the miracle zone. Have been since November.

I didn’t recognize some of them as miracles when they happened.

Some I didn’t want.

Until now.

Miracles Can Come Disguised As Trouble

If you follow this blog you know I’ve had a pretty rough year.

My ProArgi9 business has suffered because of the economy, but I always had my contract job with Delta County to fall back on. Until November when they didn’t renew my contract.

A couple months before that both apartments in my duplex were destroyed by the last renters and I had to rebuild them. By December I was dead broke and on the verge of loosing everything I had worked my whole life for.

It was a frightening place to be.

But now, looking back, I realize there was a purpose behind all of it.

God was paring me down.

Cleaning me up.

Preparing me for transition.

And Pushing me into the Miracle Zone.

The Path To Miracles Can Be Cluttered With Boulders

There weren’t many jobs to be found in Delta last winter but by January I finally had two tiny part-time jobs.

Driving down the road to one of them my cell phone rang. I didn’t recognize the number but answered it anyway. It was the director of Social Services in Montezuma County. A total stranger.

Apparently my former boss with Delta County had recommended me to him. This total stranger offered me a job on the spot. Right there as I sat in my car on the side of the road.  At the beginning of our conversation it was a part-time, emergency, catch them up position. After visiting with him a few minutes, he was talking about a full time position.

Miracle #1

But to get either job I would have to choose between a four hour commute and camp somewhere two nights a week, or dive in, pack up, and move away from the security I had built over a lifetime.

Leave behind my home, my ranch, the bulk of my family, and a group of amazing, faithful friends who had supported me through thick and thin.

miracles, God, Jesus, family, ranch, home

My little piece of Heaven just outside Hotchkiss America

Leave all this. For a job?

But a job that just happened to be located in the same town where my only child lived.

Miracle #2

Emotions Run Red

At first driving back and forth was my choice. But my daughter quickly shut that door when she told me in no uncertain terms  I was not welcome at her house.

She was furious over the possibility of me taking any job outside of Delta County, and me leaving the ranch.

Honestly, I respected her for saying I couldn’t stay with them. No need to disrupt their lives. But the thought of disrupting my life from top to bottom didn’t sound too appealing either.

More Miracles

The Sunday before I had to tell Montezuma County yes or no I headed to church. After yet another arguement with my daughter as I drove there, I spent the entire service in prayer about the situation. I struggled over the decision and finally, at the end of the service decided to pass on the job. The job was not worth a constant argument with my daughter.

I was sad, but finally at peace as I calmly left the church and drove to the gas station a few blocks away. As I stopped at the pump my cell phone rang. It was my daughter. Grrrreat! I almost didn’t answer it.

Finally I did.

“Hello?”

The snappy-turtle voice on the phone said in an unpleasant tone, “Where have you been?”

“At church” I calmly replied.

“Well, hold on Hardy has to leave and we have something to tell you.

She yelled for her husband to come to the phone while I sat there thinking, “Great, now she’s going to have him chew on me too.”

“Hold on while we put the phone on speaker.”

Oh boy. . . here it comes. . . butt chewing double time.

My son-in-law calmly asked, “Are you there?”

“Yes.”

Snappy turtle said, “Ok, no crying, alright?”

“Fine. What is it?” I asked quite anxious now.

Together they announced, “We’re pregnant!”

Miracle #3!

It’s The Darkest Before The Dawn

My daughter and son-in-law expected me to cry, but all I could do was laugh! A grand child was the farthest thing from my mind! They were trying to not get pregnant!

Once I gathered myself, all I could say was, “God sure has a great sense of humor!”

Suddenly we all knew why God dropped this job in my lap!

To Be Continued!   Check back tomorrow for post #2 on Miracles!

 

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Comments

  1. Trish September 23, 2014 #

    Can’t wait for part two!

    • Kristi Ross September 23, 2014 #

      Wow! Thanks Trish! That means the world to me!

      Trish, I love you and your Mom and Dad so much. Please know I’m carrying you in my heart and prayers through this difficult time.

      Love you, Kristi

      • Trish September 24, 2014 #

        Thank you, Kristi. I am so thankful for you and your friendship over the years. It means the world to me to know you’ll be praying for my parents and that you are right here with us, supporting, loving, and praying. Love you bunches.

        • Kristi September 24, 2014 #

          Thank you and your family for a lifetime of friendship and love!
          And you can count on my prayers!
          Love you too,
          Kristi

  2. Lowell Ross September 23, 2014 #

    Sometimes, God takes care of us, in spite of our wishes and desires. He has saved Mercides and I from several disasters. Including one in Colo. My brakes overheated in Wolf Creek Pass, when I finally got the car stopped, I was blocking a runaway truck ramp.
    Suddenly, I got an overpowering sensation, that I needed to move that car. I moved down the hill in low gear, to a scenic overlook. No sooner had we exited the car, a truck hit that ramp. If we had not moved, that truck would have smeared all of us. This is just one example of miracles God has bestowed on us. God Is good, all the time!

    • Kristi Ross September 23, 2014 #

      Wow Lowell, that’s incredible!!! Thank you for sharing that story! What a wonderful expample of His miracluous touch in our lives! Personally, I’m sure glad He did that!
      Love you all,
      Kristi

  3. Lou September 23, 2014 #

    Oh what a great story Kristi. My wife and I have been waiting all year for you to finally tell us all about this. She is so excited to see pictures of the baby on your blog. We saw them on your facebook page but none on here yet. Thank you for sharing such an honest, intimate, and uplifting peek into your life. And bless you for reminding us HE is still at work among us on a daily basis.
    God Bless You and your sweet, growing family.
    Lou

    • Kristi September 24, 2014 #

      Hi Lou,
      I’m thrilled you and your wife are excited about my little “story”. And I am excited to share with you about my wonderful new Grand Daughter! I can’t wait to get to that part of the story! What is your wife’s name? I feel like I know her, but don’t have a name for her? Has she signed up for the blog? If so, please have her shoot me an email!
      I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of the rest of the story!

      Take care my cyber-friends!

      God Bless,
      Kristi

  4. Dwayne September 24, 2014 #

    What a year you have had. Going through these tough experiences and seeing God’s ultimate design and each miracle as presented, shows the rest of us that we are not the only ones that are going through difficult times.

    The Bible says there is nothing that we are experiencing that others have not gone through also. But, we constantly need reminding. And so, what you shared in this out pouring of your heart and soul for our benefit, has a twofold lesson.

    1) Miracles happen everyday, some we recognizing immediately, others are hidden until God’s timing is revealed.

    2) We are being refined, like gold and silver, so that we are ready for whatever God requires of us.

    So you see, sharing your experiences strengthens us and gives us hope knowing that we too can lean on God and see the miracles in our lives.

    • Kristi September 24, 2014 #

      Thank you Dwayne! Your words build up my courage more than you have any idea! I always worry about talking about “me”. But if my living through something helps someone else it’s all worth it. So thank you for letting me know it really does help!
      Thank you and God bless you and your wonderful work as well!
      Kristi

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