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Sunday, December 21, 2008


TERRIE at LIL' PIECE OF SERENITY asked us once if we believed in miracles...
YES, Terrie, I DO....
the following was posted a couple of years ago....
but, especially at this time of year, I want to tell it over and over and over again.......

When troubles surround us,
When evil comes,
The body grows weak,
The Spirit grows numb........
When these things beset us,
HE doesn't forget us,
HE sends down HIS love,
On the wings of a dove."

Two of our precious grandsons each had their backs broken within a year of each other.

One, 13 years old, a motorcycle accident, very serious, heartbreaking and heart-stopping for days, into weeks before we knew that he WOULD be okay, with time. At first, the doctors said he may not even survive such trama...then, if he did, he might not walk again. We spent many nights, pacing, crying, praying, stomping feet and back to praying....I thought, that in my lifetime, my heart had hurt before but nothing EVER hurt like this. He spent many weeks in the hospital and wore a back brace for a year. Now, a little over a year later, he is doing so well, it brings me to my knees every single night and it will for the rest of my life.

UPDATE: NOV. '08 *HE AND HIS MOM returned from Dallas after another exam was done on Brooks..
He got an excellent report and doesn't have to go back for a whole YEAR...
We give thanks ! and all praise to GOD ..
and my heart is so full I can barely type...
OCTOBER '09..Brooks is still doing good.
We are all so thankful we don't know what to do.

The older brother, 17 years old, in a VERY serious automobile accident. Very serious broken back, cut his nose away from the top part of the lip....another heartbreaking, heart- stopping few days, into weeks. Our hearts were hurting so, we could barely speak, breath; we just sobbed and prayed, declared "why not ME?" and back to praying. He, too, IS GOING TO RECOVER. He is still in a back brace and will wear it for awhile longer. His nose barely has a scar now; the doctors did a fine job with the stitching.

NOTE: NOV. 08 *ONE YEAR LATER...he has recoved from both injuries and is doing very well..
DREW is having no trouble with his back.
How thankful we are for this.

Every single morning, I wake up so thankful, so grateful, so full of life and joy that both of these fine young men that I love more than life itself, survived these accidents, came away still able to walk, still being able to plan on a full, smiling life....and this is one of those mornings I just needed to talk about it and express, in writing, and to you, what I express to GOD every single day. We all pray for their full recovery and we all pray for their mom and dad and sisters.

The ONLY place my daughter and son-in-law could have gotten their stainless steel strength is from the ALMIGHTY.

My heart is full....<><


As we enter into this blessed time of year, CHRISTMAS, we will pray and thank GOD for all the blessings and love HE has bestowed upon give us the gift of these two young men that are loved beyond any words, and to bless them with recovery from serious accidents is so awesome, I can't even write about it without bursting into tears. I am so grateful and so thankful and just can't find enough words to express my gratitude....I am so glad GOD knows what is in my heart because all i can say is.....



* We will forever be thankful these fellas have suffered no permanent damage due to these accidents. Every year at this time, I want to thank GOD through every avenue I can think of and my blog is a wonderful place. I have so much to be thankful for that I want to shout it from the rooftop !



Marcela said...

Hello my sweet friend
I am glad to hear that your grandsons are better now...What a relief!!!
I imagine how you've felt when that happened...
Thanks God they are ok now!!!
God bless you and yours

Amelia said...

I am so glad to read a blog of some one not afraid to write about their faith in God.

The God we serve is an "Awesome God"! Leaning on him is the only way to make it in this world.

Keep up the writing and letting the rest of us know how God is part of your life.

Nan said...

I'm glad they're both OK.
Have a good one.

Anita said...

Glad they are doing well... God is so good!!

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OH BJ ,God is so good. I am truly glad that your grandson are here today to celebrate the glory of God.
Have a blessed day

Rosie's Whimsy said...

That is a lot for one family to bear. And we know the strength to get us through only comes from one place. Heartfelt wishes to you and your family......Rosiie

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh praise God that your grandsons are all right! What a lovely testimony B.J.! God Bless you and your family:>)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear how your grandsons are recovering nicely BJ, and glad your prayers are being answered. My prayers go out to your family and grandsons as welll!

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine going through that but I can imagine God carrying all of you through it.

(the dove figurine is beautiful by the way)

Tammy B.

Anonymous said...

What a great testimony! And praise God for their recoveries!
Christy :-) <><

FarmHouse Style said...

You have moved me to tears with your sweet testimony, BJ. How wise you are to walk through the fire and give the glory back to God for his miraculous healing power.

Thank you for sharing your story and your faith.

Love ya,

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Praise God for sparing the lives of your grandsons. He is so good.

Michelle said...

BJ, Thank God your grandsons are getting better..your love for them really shows through in this post and brought me to lucky they are to have such love. Hugs, Michelle

Nunnie's Attic said...

I can't even imagine going through that once, let alone twice. Your faith in God is inspiring and I will lift up a prayer for your family as well.

Enjoy this Christmas together and Praise God for allowing you to.


Lucy Bloom said...

Oh BJ, first you make me laugh, then you make me cry. You have been through some harrowing times, thank God you all came through.
A big hug to you!
(p.s. relax those fingers a little, only 2 days to go now!)

Alice said...

bj, my friend, this will be a special Christmas for sure. I am so glad I have a friend like you that we can talk about the Lord anytime and praise Him to each other.
Love you, alice said...

I am so glad that the grand sons are better! Praise God!! What a relief! Thank you for sharing this with us. Hugs. Grams

sha said...

b.j. i can't imagine what you went through with your grandsons. We do have an awsome God and He does listen to our prayers. He and I talk every day through out the day. In fact, I start talking to Him before I even get out of bed and I don't say Amen until I go to bed at night. I like to think of having the line to Him open all day. your blog is inspirational today kiddo. love

Cyndy said...

I always enjoy visiting your site! From tears to laughter, you share it all! Yesterday, I wanted to run home and bake a pecan pie. Today, I want to Thank God for all of His Blessings. I'm so thankful your grandsons are better. What an Awesome God! I pray that he can comfort the people who lost loved ones in the mall shooting in Nebraska this week.

P.S. Thanks for visiting my site today.

sha said...

b.j. I can't get to 'Gentle Retreat' any longer. Don't know how to contact T*ammy.

Mary Isabella said...

I am so glad that your precious grandchildren are doing so much better. yes our God is so awesome!!! Mary

Jackie said...

Our God is an awesome God. I think prayer can do so much BJ. I am overjoyed that your grandsons are okay.

I thank God every day for bringing you as a friend into my life.

PEA said...

Oh BJ, I can't even imagine what that must have been like, not knowing if they would ever recover or walk again. They were indeed both lucky. We do have a truly wonderful God, don't we:-) xoxo

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

What a difficult experience to go through twice! God is so amazing. Thank you for the gentle reminder to be thankful and to count up those blessings :)


sha said...

bj, i loved the story about the sticks and going back the next year to find them. thank you for sharing that. i love my walking stick. i use it in the mountains every time i go. thanks for answering my question about T*mmy. go figure.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Oh that must have been so hard to go through. I'm so glad to hear that they both will be okay.

Anonymous said...

great post and praise God.

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh BJ..........that post gave me goose bumps all over! I'm sorry that it happened, but I'm so happy for you & them that they are going to be ok and live normal happy & healthy lives. Praise the Lord for HE is good!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Catherine said...

Oh my, beautiful verse! I am glad to hear both of your grandsons are getting better! How tragic to happen to both grandson's..It's wonderful your faith in God, and as another commenter stated ~how you arent ashamed to talk about it!
This is my first visit to your blog, it is a very nice site!
Again I am thankful your grandsons are going to be ok!
Happy weekend...

Katherines Dream said...

Bj I just cannot even begin to imagine how you must have felt.
Thank God they are both ok.
I would die of a broken heart if anything happened to my children or grandchildren.
Carol xx

Mary said...

Oh my gosh, what a lot of pain for one family to bear! I am so glad your grandsons are better, and you certainly have a firsthand knowledge of the grace of God!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi BJ,
Thank goodness that they both will recover from these scary accidents! My oldest son, who just turned 40~~~~ was in two major accidents. The worst one involved being in a coma for 9 days. I know exactly where you are coming from....Faith, Hope, Love and a Prayer can work miracles.
Bless you!

Darly Dolittle said...

Our God IS an Awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
with Wisdom, Power & Love
Our God is an Awesome God!

I'm so happy he has touched your life so deeply.

Leeann said...

BJ, I'm so happy that your grandsons are okay. It just shows us once more that God is ever faithful and merciful. What a joyful holiday season this must be for you and your family and we rejoice with you.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Oh sweet friend...we are so thankful they are both okay....our God IS an awesome God!

Have a very blessed day!

smiles, kari and kijsa

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Jean,I am so glad to meet you...Thanks for my birthday wishes.I was born on the same day the war started..12/07/41..My BD will live in history forever...Your grandsons were blessed by the hands of God and are special to all of the family....Come back to my place anytime and visit again.. Hugs, Baba

Marcela said...

Dear BJ!!!
How are you?.I start my weekend drinking a cup of coffee while reading your beautiful blog
I wish you a wonderful weekend!!!

hoosier homemaker said...

How wonderful that the boys will both be ok. Thanks for sharing your faith with us!

Mary said...

God is so good. All of the praise and glory goes to HIM.


Anonymous said...

I just wanted to drop by and say hi, since you've been wanting me to. I'll try to talk to you as much as I can! Well, we had lots of fun tonight!!! Get some good sleep!
Love ya,
<>< Brynna ><>

jentster said...

Hi Mom,
Thank you for posting my sons story on here. It just gets more people to praying for them. I can hardly see to write for the tears streaming down. It has been a hard year, but you would never know it to look at them now! I could never have made it through all of it without the Lord, but also without you. You are such a strength to me, and I love and appreciate and admire you so much. When I thank God every day for what has transpired with the boys, I also thank Him for you! Love, Beautiful Daughter (haha) B.D. for short (that's also short for Baby Dial a Maid. Remember that?)

Bo said...

Dear BJ...This is an amazing story of faith, prayer & recovery for your grandsons. Blessings, ♥ Bo

Amelia said...

An expression to God for his awesomeness can be repeated over and over. I admire you (and your family) for your faith during these difficult times.

May 2009 be filled with many Blessings from our Heavenlty Father.

Hootin' Anni said...

Wow....what a horrific accident. I do hope and pray that recovery will be 100% real soon.

Sending along with this comment, I'm wishing you a blessed holiday season, hoping you'll find peace and joy on Christmas and throughout the new year.

Marcela said...

Hi dear Bj
I remember when you posted it and I see my previous comment.
God bless you!!!
I'd like to thank God again that they are fine!

Becky said...

Praise God. That is so amazing. So happy to hear of answered prayer. It is so encouraging.
Have a Merry Christmas my friend.
PS..happy ps too

Helen said...

Amen, BJ, amen .............

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello BJ!

What an encouraging post of God's Grace upon our lives! The Lord ask us to tell of His Goodness, and indeed He is good!:o) Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post....just wonderful!



vivian said...

BJ! how wonderful to meet you. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. The story you posted is a wonderful testomony as to how God gets us through things. I cant imagine going through having two sons hurt so badly in two different accidents!! wow! Weve had our share of stuff and I know that god has sustained us through many things and I'm soo greatful too. I cant begin to fathom how people with no faith get through these types of things!
In any case, love your blog! and plan on visiting again soon. in fact I'd like to add you to my blog links if youd like.
have a very Merry Christmas!

Beverly said...

Praise God for more miracles. He works them in our lives every day.

My family has received many miracles by God's grace.

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Oh BJ,
I'm so glad everthing turned out so well for your family.....and your grandsons are in good health...God was looking over your family in his loving way....
Mo :-)

Smilingsal said...

How beautiful is this! God is awesome!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Thank you for posting this! I can't imagine how it felt for you and your grandsons and their parents to have gone through this. God surely does bless! I was reading this with tears in my eyes, especially when I read how well they are doing today!


Shelia said...

Oh, most precious, BJ! Hallelujah! We do serve an awesome God and I'm so filled with joy for you and your family that your grandsons are better! We're so blessed and I certainly don't want my little 'stresses' to get in the way of the true meaning of Christmas! I'm praying for you and your family to have a wonderful happy Merry Christmas!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

laurie said...

Your story left me breathless. I just cannot imagine the pain you and your family have felt with both of those young men in such horrible accidents! I know there are some people who would have turned away from God after these experiences. How wonderful that you and your family turned to God and that your faith was strengthened by these events. This was a wonderful testimony to God, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it. Thank you. laurie

Chrissy said...

B.J. I hope your Christmas is a wonderful one, enjoy your lovely family and all your friends...all the best!!!

Back Through Time said...

You have SO much to thank God for! I am so very glad He has blessed you and your family and I hope He continues to watch out for you all.
I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very happy and peaceful New Year.

Susie Q said...

I am so happy that they are all well...bless them!
I believe in miracles...I believe in angels...I believe in God's great love. I believe in our BJ!!

Merry, merry Christmas sweet lady!


Betty said...

Beautiful poem, BJ. I, too, am so thankful to God that you two precious grandsons are coming to a full recovery. My prayer is that they won't have trouble in the future with their backs.

I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, and I wish for you, BJ, good health in the coming New Year.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I know all about that heart-stopping fear...had 2 bad scares ourself this year. I'm glad to hear that your grandsons healed nicely. God bless!

Kathleen Grace said...

God is there for us and it is a blessing to know we can call out to him in times of need and he will hear us1 Praise God that your family is all right!