Miracles.

denise“Everyday holds the possibility of a miracle.” ~ Elizabeth David. 

What’s your definition of a miracle? An unexpected and unexplained blessing? An extraordinary healing?  A life changing event?

Of course what constitutes a miracle for me, may be something that is quite usual for you and vice versa. And I have to admit that I have previously been pretty sceptical about miracles. Mainly because I associated them with unbelievable instantaneous incidences and also because I had never considered the possibility that anything so wonderful could ever happen to me.

                        “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:10

For anyone who suffers with low self-esteem or lack of self- worth as a result of trauma or abuse, the ability to anticipate positive results or expect good things is seriously impeded. I know that  years of rejection and abuse had a massive effect on my own perspective on life, causing chronic periods of depression and alcoholism. I never felt  good enough for anyone or anything. I didn’t dream of the future because there was no point. As for the chance of a miracle, no way.

Yet as I started on my journey to recovery I learnt that it was through my weaknesses that I could find my strength. Faith helped me to heal by accepting my past, not by trying to deny it. Everything that I had previously held as a truth about myself was confronted. With time and courage I grew to let go and let God help me discover the real truth.

And that was a person who was so much stronger than she ever thought she was. A woman who could reclaim her life to become the person she was meant to be. And if you’ve been in that dark place or are still struggling, be encouraged. You are stronger than you think.

“Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.” ~ Samuel Smiles

I know the amount of healing and hope I have received through my faith. It  has brought me to a place of freedom and happiness in a way that I could never have dreamt. For many that would be a miracle, me included.

let goBut over the past few months, I have experienced a new level of miracle in my life and as  I am very protective of my family it’s with a little hesitancy that I am revealing this.

Fifteen years ago I met my husband in England and we moved back to his native N.Ireland to the village he was born and raised in. I had recently found my faith in a pentecostal church whilst my husband had grown up a Catholic. Many of you will be aware that a mixed relationship like this is still very taboo in many places in N.Ireland, so I agreed to support my husband in his choice of faith and become part of the Catholic community with the proviso that I could still maintain my own form of worship at home.

When we decided to marry, the priest was reluctant and advised us he could not bless or conduct our marriage. So we went one day to a registry office and became legally married. No wedding day as such, but my husband and I agreed we could do that later on.

As time passed a wedding day didn’t really seem to matter because we were blessed with two gorgeous daughters and anyway the priest was still not going to change his mind and my husband was still a catholic, as were our children.

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Matthew19:26

A few months ago though, things began to change. Although I was quite content with where I was at in my life I started to feel distracted. I had an urge to move on to a new level. It’s hard to explain but I knew that something significant was going to occur but I didn’t know what. All I knew was that I had no control over what was going on.

All sorts of serendipitous incidences started to occur with a synchronicity that I could only explain through faith. I became aware that every day brought an unexpected blessing. And whilst I was totally grateful there was always that little doubting voice from the past reminding me that I didn’t really deserve all of this goodness.

So I decided to challenge that voice once and for all. So much of my life had been stolen, so much of my life had been ‘make do’, so much of my life had been willing to accept just enough to get by. Well, no more. I refused to listen to it for one more second.

Then came the miracles! Out of the blue my husband talked of not only a blessing but a wedding vow renewal and for the whole family go to England so that my friends could attend. And then he suggested we have a non-catholic service. Exciting ideas except that practically and financially it was impossible.

Except it wasn’t. Within a few hours we had found the perfect church, the perfect pastor ( a charismatic vicar who happened to originate from a few miles from where we live now), the ideal venue for a small reception, and beautiful accommodation. Amazing friends helped with the arrangements long distance. Wonderful friends locally offered us gifts and money to cover the costs.

Yet still more extraordinary events were going to take place. My own faith was being stirred up and I knew that I needed to return to the fellowship of my  church. But how could I attend without abandoning my husband and children? Take them with you, was the answer. And by a miracle, I did.

My children joined me and embraced the youth ministries. My husband stood by my side and after attending for a few weeks gave his heart to God. They have left their religion to find their faith and our lives have changed forever. It’s not just me moving to a new level, it’s my whole family.

P1060121And the reaction from our community? No insults or rejections. Just acceptance and kindness from every corner. Another miracle.

I walked down the aisle on the arm of my lovely faith-filled husband, in the presence of my cherished daughters and loving friends to have my marriage blessed and renewed. It was precious for so many reasons but all the more fulfilling because of how it happened.

I appreciate that many might not see these events as anything out of the ordinary, but the point is that miracles are everywhere and can happen every day. You just have to recognise them.

The greatest lesson I have learnt over the past few months though is to start expecting more. I need to stop limiting myself and allow God to do what he wants to do in my life, because it’s going to be infinitely more than I can ever have imagined.

Well that’s enough of me for the moment. I would love to hear of the miracles that have taken place in your life. And if you don’t think you have experienced any. Think again. There is no one else on this earth like you. You are a miracle.

Top image thanks to the fabulous Denise Wandt at Naturally by Denisehttp://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NaturallybyDenise.                                           Bottom image thanks to the talented Sunni Chapman at Mimi and Boo http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/mimiandboo All rights reserved. No part of these images may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without prior written permission of Sunni Chapman or Denise Wandt

74 thoughts on “Miracles.

  1. I think every sinlge prayer is answered. People get despondent (yes I have been guilty of this) thinking god did not listen to their prayers because they never received what they asked for when in fact they may not have received what they asked for because God knew better and knew that even though they thought it was in their best interests to have whatever it was they were asking for God knew better. Their prayer was answered, maybe we have too many expectations of God to answer the prayer with how we want God to answer it, thus this is why we become dissapointed. God is only love and may not give us something out of that great love for us because God knows in the infinite intelligence that God is there is something better for us. In my personal and humble opinion.

  2. Praise God I am filled with praises because of your story, my mum is nominally Catholic and my Dad nominally Anglican and I was able to visit both kinds of churches when I was growing up. I praise God for your story, may He bless you as you receive this a thousand time a thousand-fold. Bless you my sister, you are a very precious one to His heart! Amen

  3. A miracle is God doing for me something that I cannot do myself.
    I am happy for you. I know that your joy knows no bounds now that
    everyone in your family has surrendered to Jesus.
    It is my deepest desire that my mom and dad, sister and brother
    surrender full to Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
    I pray that God arranges a date to meet them soon, it will be so
    glorious!

  4. What a lovely story….Thank you for sharing it! I do believe in every day miracles and feel they are little reminders that there is more to life than we think! Kim

  5. GOD is amazing I have had three miracles in my life. I was in my first life threatening car accident at 21 my x husbands little sister died next to me in this one. I was a passenger. I had a broken neck and was paralized from the neck down for a few months. Lot’s of p.t. and I got back to life.

    At 42 I had a spinal cord tumor that was horrific and scary as I did not know if it was cancer GOD provided me with the Miracle of healing and never again did I have a problem.

    3rd miracle and I pray every day no more trauma was the semi truck accident while riding as a passenger when the driver of the vehicle I was in ran a stop sign. I have screws forever in my pelvis and I am physically disabled but still pushing forward in life. I almost died several times from this last accident. GOD is amazing as I am doing so much better today. Love this post as we all get to see what GOD can do when we trust him. GOD is not Santa as I have had many of my prayers not be answered in my life but I am grateful for the three above. 🙂 I can do nothing without Jesus Christ as my savior.

    Love your blog!
    Melody

    • Thank you so much Melody for sharing your miracles! You have escaped death so many times and come through all that physical and emotional trauma with incredible courage. How amazing and so encouraging to read what God has done in your life. Praise God! 🙂

  6. So many people resonated with the same phrase: “to start expecting more.” The belief of deserving more, where we feel safe enough to expect more, is certainly a major casualty of abuse in earlier times, whatever the form. The question is: what will provide the bridge from disbelief to belief. For you, Carolyn, it has been all the hard work you’ve done, fueled by your faith. May your story inspire many, many more to find their own bridge … and cross it as you have! Brava!

  7. The most precious miracle is that your husband gave his heart to God. Every time someone truly is saved by the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, it is a miracle. Thank you for sharing this part of your life.. I am so happy for you. Miracles are all around us, we just have to open our eyes and believe.

  8. I feel like dancing right now and praising God. What a Testimony, what a Miracle. It’s only you Jesus who can turn our Ashes into Beauty and Joy unspeakable. He has never failed me yet. Thank you for the Good News.

  9. Wow, Carolyn! That is awesome. What a great testimony to God’s goodness and grace and Him working, literally, in our midst. I can SOOOO relate to this story. We serve such an awesome God! Thanks for sharing this with us. May God bless you, your husband, and your daughters RICHLY, beyond measure!!!

  10. This is the BEST kind of miracle, I believe… one that is all the more joyous because of the many years you waited patiently and hopefully… and then God went above and beyond what you expected, which is so much like Him! I really enjoyed seeing the photo, too, of you and your husband! May God continue to raise you up to new levels of hope, faith, and love – I add my blessing to those who were present with you at the ceremony. Congratulations, Carolyn!

  11. “The greatest lesson I have learnt over the past few months though is to start expecting more. I need to stop limiting myself and allow God to do what he wants to do in my life, because it’s going to be infinitely more than I can ever have imagined.” This is my favorite quote in your story Carolyn. I loved it. Yes, God is the doer in our life. Congratulations!

  12. Congratulations Carolyn! I am so proud for you! I have a very similar story to yours, and I always wait for the “other shoe” to drop…it hasn’t dropped in MANY years and I think it is about time to move past that and start letting the goodness flow in my life as well. I am not sure how to do this yet, but I will keep you posted!

  13. Congratulations Carolyn! What a wonderful story! I think I might be like you, in that I am pretty skeptical of the typical miracles (like now you see it – now you don’t) but the little ones, the ones we just need to recognize right in front of us – yes I sure do believe in those! Thanks for sharing your gifts with us!

  14. Although I’m not religious by any means, I do believe in miracles. Most of the ones I’ve experienced would be just ordinary going-ons for other people. I have had a few “big” one as well though.

    • Thank you for persevering with your comments Glynis! I really appreciate you being here. I’m so glad that you have experienced some big miracles as well as small ones. That’s wonderful.

  15. This is wonderful Carolyn! Congratulations to you ♥ Personally, I believe that miracles happen all of the time and all around us – some are big and tangible where others are small and subtle but they are there and it’s up to us to recognize them and make the best of the experience moving forward.

  16. I was one of the lucky friends to share your beautiful wedding renewal a few weeks ago. It was truly a beautiful day, and i feel privileged to have been part of such a special time of your life, As a close friend many years ago, it has been wonderful to rekindle our friendship, and already we have become great friends in such a short space of time!
    The message today in church was about miracles, as you say, miracles do happen and your experience has proved this!

  17. Awwww…loved this. And the picture almost made me man cry. What a touching story and a testament to the rewards and timings that our faith can bestow…a loving Grace that only God can grant us. What a beautiful thing going on there….this truly was inspiring, Carolyn.

    Blessings,
    Paul

    • You’ve hit the nail on the head Paul regarding the timing. Somehow it all came together and it felt right. The right time to start a new season in every part of my life. That is something that only God can orchestrate. Blessings to you.

  18. What a wonderful post Carolyn! I do believe in miracles, and your story is certainly an example of how they show up in our lives. Those seeming “coincidences” are such a blessing and quite miraculous in the way they unfold! Meeting and marrying my husband has certainly been beyond my expectations, and beyond what I could have orchestrated without divine help!

  19. 🙂
    in our family we have experienced mutiplication ( one tank of heating oil ALL winter instead of 8), staightening of my spine, husbands smoking and depression healed after prayer, cheques in the mail at just the right moment from unknown source….ETC

  20. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Matthew19:26

    LOVE this SO much, Carolyn.

    I’ve been on my knees A Lot lately saying “TAKE me. Use me. Direct me. Guide me.”

    I mean, with all the pain of Kay’s murder, I know He must use that pain to transform my life…

    I DO believe ALL things are possible w/ God. I just wish He’s Hurry up with His plans for me!

    Great post. Fabulous photo. You inspire & you are deeply appreciated and loved.

  21. God is good and some things take longer than others. Your story and the miracle are fantastic and I am so happy for you it could happen with all the help you got. Blessings!

  22. This is such a beautiful story and a bevy of miracles you so deserve, Carolyn. I’m thrilled for you, your husband and your daughters. And I’m going to take this line to heart, myself – “The greatest lesson I have learnt over the past few months though is to start expecting more.” Congratulations!!

  23. Awesome, Carolyn! We are miracles indeed! Our stories have many things in common. I relate well to what you say. Thanks for sharing, Carolyn! I was just thinking about your site last night as one of several that I’d like to feature on Miracle Mama. This post is perfect!

  24. Ow, Carolyn, this is so beautiful and I am so happy to read this. Your lovely story affirms my faith in the Lord and inspires me to go forward and be the woman God wants me to be. Indeed, there are miracles and this is just one of many. Congratulations and wishing you many many happy years 🙂

  25. This is a beautiful story. Congratulations – it sounds like a healing and powerful experience.

    “the point is that miracles are everywhere and can happen every day. You just have to recognise them”

    That line seems to be the essence of the story and I fully agree – when we can turn towards life we can see the blessings that we experience each and every day. We are then also open to maximizing the opportunities that cross our paths.

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