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IrishIsRSmilin 64F
2 posts
3/23/2006 3:47 pm

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5/14/2006 5:41 pm

The Power of Prayer

So many tiny miracles that seem larger than life have blessed my family. My Dad always told me that the Lord answers prayers especially when you are walking with him and being a Godly . Who would believe that it took until the age of 46 to realize the truth in that.

In August, I underwent hip replacement surgery. It didn't go as well as planned and my assumed 10 day visit turned into a 4 week stay. But prior to going in, I let my Pastors know about the surgery and asked for extra prayer. They contacted a special ministry that our Church offers and the day before surgery I received a letter from Evan, who is head of the Stephen Ministry at our church. How great is that! A ministry to listen and guide. One visit in the hospital and my spirits were lifted. I was going to have my own special person to minister to me and help me grow. I lucked out and actually it turned out to be Evan's wife Lori. We have been meeting once a week since September and she has helped me in my journey towards God. She has even helped me eliminate that Catholic guilt. Any reformed Catholics out there know how difficult that is! Best of all, she has become not only my spiritual mentor, but my friend.

As soon as I could drive I joined a home fellowship that Lori and Evan hosted and my love for friendship and fellowship grew and grew. Little did I know how much I was going to need that support. My house caught on fire and if wasn't for my home fellowship, I don't know what would have happened. My surgery left me with palsy in my right foot. Basically, my foot doesn't work and I have to wear a brace so I don't trip over it. Here I was trying to pack and load 18 years of accumulated stuff with 2 bum feet. Oh, I forgot to mention, I fractured my left foot and have a walking cast on that one. Lori and her 2 daughters helped me wash and pack all my kitchen things, including lots of tupperware. Since the gas & electric was off, everything had to be washed in cold water with a brillo pad. Two other members packed almost all of my boxes in a moving pod.

Then Lori arranged for her 's small home group to wash & dry 17 large hefty bags full of clothing at the laundry mat at no cost to me. Then Christian Brothers Carpet Cleaning service cleaned all my mattresses, beds, and kitchen chairs for free. Co workers and Friends gave me money and fed my family when we were in between homes. Parents from my soccer team also donated money, bedding and food. My elderly neighbor who my took in her trash cans for years gave me $125.

Two weeks ago, I gave more than I usually can out of faith and even gave my last $5 to our new building fund which previously I had not been able to give. Two days later, an old high school friend sent me a check for $200 to help me recover from the fire. God is so good....and I know had this happened a year life would not have been so blessed.

(William Watson)
18097 posts
3/24/2006 6:44 am

great story thanks for sharing and welcome sister, cheers

May the Lord bless you and keep you

(Al )

3/24/2006 12:49 pm

Top o'the mornin' to ya
Thanks for sharing, from one whose Irish eyes are (nearly always) shining!