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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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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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The Reason for the Season By Two Hearts Design.com

 

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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Our mailing address is:
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Lewis, CO 81327

 

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How To Step Into The Miracle Zone

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!

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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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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Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

A Miracle? Today? You bet!

I’m in need of them every day.

Who among us hasn’t asked for a miracle?

Have you?

Have you prayed for a miracle? Cried out to a known . . . or even an unknown God for one? Have you resorted to calling a physic? Totaled your numbers in numerology?

If you’re brave enough, I hope you’ll tell me about it in the comments section after reading this post.

All of these are us searching for help from outside ourselves. Something bigger than we are.

And this is Miracle Series Post #7

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

Picking Up Where We Left Off

My last post brought you to March. We lost Rob, and my friend, Vicki, soon after. My misery paled in comparison to the gut wrenching heartache of people I now cared very deeply for. I started coming out of my emotional fog by praying for these two families.

It was about this time my daughter, Mika, gave me my, “comeuppance” .  She, not too delicately, told me my recent blog posts were a cop-out and I needed to be open and honest with what was going on in my life. She was right. I apologized in the post  Responsibility, I Let You Down.

In writing that post, I figured out why I had found every excuse in the world to not write anything. Looking at the truth was just too hard.

But after my miracle daughter re-opened my eyes, I started looking for God in the tiniest detail of every day. And I Found Him!

I found Him here, in the sunrise from my front door on a particularly difficult morning

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The Miracle Sunrise

And here, in the miracle of my amazing, loving family.

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My Miracle family at the first barrel race of the season – Moab in April 2014

Hidden in that photo, under Mika’s blue sweat shirt, is the miracle of my precious grand daughter. The tiny creature who kept me clinging to my sanity as I sloshed my way through this move and transition to a new life, in a new place, a new job, as I struggled to find new friends . . .

And the old me.

The me that was confident, strong, a fighter, a survivor, happy, and content.

The only photo I had of my inspiration looked like a peanut. So our tiny baby was Grandma’s “Peanut” for months. And I clung to the love of that child, my daughter, and son-in-love as I climbed out of my dark night of the soul. And no, love was not a miss-spelled word.

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My Little Peanut

Together they carried me through.

No, that’s not totally right.

Their love, grounded in my love and trust in God, and His son, Jesus, carried me through.

And “Peanut” was my lifeline.

She kept everything in perspective.

And the funny thing is, we all new she was a she, long before we “knew” she was a she.

Everyone.

It’s All In How You Look At It

Life presents us with choices. So many choices.

We always have a choice to look at things from the positive, or from the negative.

We have the choice to do what’s right, or what’s wrong.

We have the choice to look up and see the rainbow  –

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Miracles of a Double Rainbow!

Or keep our head down and miss beauty all around us.

Spring had officially arrived and just like the grass, the trees, the flowers, and my new grand baby, I made the choice to come back to life.

Are You In Need Of A Miracle Today?

Have you ever suffered through a difficult time?

If so, I hope you will share your thoughts and how you coped in the “Comments section” below.  Your story may be just what someone reading this needs to hear.

And if you would like prayer, you can always contact  me personally through the website email.

Thank you faithful readers for letting me know you really ARE reading this series.  I was starting to worry that only the few brave souls leaving comments were!  I finally received some amazing phone calls and messages about the series this week. So I will keep writing.  So if you are enjoying these posts, but haven’t left me a comment, PLEASE DO!  That’s the only way I know you’re enjoying what I write.

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Thank you all and God Bless!

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How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Miracles Post #4

If you are new to this blog, I recommend you read Miracle Series Post #1, #2, and #3 first. Here are the links:

Post #1  How To Experience Miracles In Your Life,

Post #2  Who Wants More Miracles In Their Life?,

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

Time To Get On With Life

I had pouted around enough.

I prayed all the way to work that day, tried to start thinking positive thoughts, and did all the things you need to do to get your life moving in the right direction and in a positive manner.

The next morning I woke to this in my Jesus Calling daily devotional:

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Devotional Page

“The way just ahead of you is very steep . . .  I am teaching you a difficult lesson, learned only by hardship.”  Well, at least I had that one figured out already.

It was time to get serious about applying a different attitude, finishing the move, and focus on getting my new life started.

Zombie Miracle Zone

When you walk in the miracle zone sometimes you just simply zone out. And you miss the amazing things that are happening all around you.

I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere.

Hotchkiss was still home . . . but I didn’t have a home there any more.

I had a home in Cortez. But Cortez was closed and as cold as a hard winter’s snow. It felt like the community had a “No Trespassing” sign up for little ‘ol me.

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How my life in Cortez felt

But I was determined to do something!

I was working full time in Cortez and would get permission to leave early Friday afternoon and dash over the mountains to Hotchkiss. Spend half the night working on my house there, then drive back to Delta, and spend the night with either my sister or my step-mom. Drive back to Hotchkiss the next morning and work all day, and half the night, packing and loading. Drive back to Delta to spend the night. Drive back to Hotchkiss Sunday morning and work till noon. Then load what I needed to take with me to Cortez and head out by 3:00 so I could hopefully make it to my driveway before dark.

I’d pull into the driveway, exhausted. Go to bed and head to work Monday morning all coffeed-up and as cheery as I could force myself to be.

I did this every weekend.

I felt like one of those mice in the spinning wheel cages. Running my guts out and not getting anywhere. I kept telling myself to just keep going, you’ll get there, even if you don’t know where there is.

Tragedy Opens Miracles

As I was working my way through my personal nightmare, two real nightmares occurred and put my pathetic attitude in quick perspective.

The first part of March a personal friend of my daughter and son-in-law and an acquaintance of mine was snowmobiling and got caught in an avalanche. They hunted for him till it snowed a week or so later. After the snow storm the officials determined the avalanche was going to run again and it was too dangerous to keep searching for him. Sure enough, the avalanche ran again, but then the officials determined the snow was too deep to be able to find him and they called off the search.

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God’s Glory Protected Our Friend While He Waited On The Mountain

This amazing community suffered through the horrific ordeal along side the family. They raised money to hire special search teams, special helicopters, specially trained search and rescue dogs. They volunteered to keep searching no matter how deep the snow was. They prayed, they cried, they clung together. They tied yellow ribbons around trees, trucks, fence posts, and gates.

And we all vowed to not stop till Rob came home.

During all this, another family friend lost her battle with cancer. The community was crushed again. But all pulled together to carry yet another family through heartbreaking sadness.

Being new to the community, I stood in awe. Blown away by the loving support they gave these suffering families.

I was Deeply moved.

And ashamed of myself.

These people’s lives were torn to shreds.

And I was pouting about a move.

Their pain and suffering opened my eyes to the reality of how fortunate I was. I had my family. I had the people who loved me. I could reach out and hug them.

The evidence of my miracles came crashing into my reality.

I prayed for these people. And in the midst of their pain, I found new friends. Incredibly strong friends. Friends I will cherish for the rest of my life. Women I am honored to call my friends.

At this point my miracle zone took on a new and different reality.

I hope you come back tomorrow for Post #5 to find out what that reality was!

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