1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.
2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of god.
3. a wonder; marvel.
There are many who say miracles no longer happen, that anything "miraculous" is simply a culmination of random events. How sad for them! In my life I have experienced or been witness to events that are nothing short of a miracle.
Where to begin the list?
~I'll start with finding the Gospel at age 18
~Four wonderful children who are living the Gospel
~Each of them finding the perfect spouse for them and marrying in the temple
~Seven grandchildren, each of whom is a miracle in their own right
~Having a stable job that made it possible to provide for my family
~Being able to buy a home as a single mom (I never would have thought that possible)
~Ashley suffering a severe spinal cord injury and being able to walk again
~Enduring trials without losing sight of eternity, these are only a few of the many miracles great and small that have blessed my life.
As you can see, I believe in miracles. I know each of these miracles and all others come from our loving Father in Heaven. He wants nothing more than to bless our lives and sometimes he surprises us with that blessing when we least expect it, when we struggle on the edge of faith and wonder if He really knows just how hard our trials might be!
The past couple of years have been difficult ones. I have experienced heartbreak and sadness that left me alone and wondering about my future. Though I was alone I didn't feel lonely. I always knew that my Heavenly Father and my Savior were with me and they had blessed me with loving family and the dearest of friends. I had no complaints, no worries, and with faith I simply put my life into the hands of my Father and Savior. I trust Them to take care of me, no doubts, no questioning, just simple faith. I knew that no matter what life dished out I still needed to be my best, to serve others and live the Gospel to the best of my ability.
I love how Elder Oaks puts it all in perspective,
"Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ prepares us for whatever life brings. This kind of faith prepares us to deal with life's opportunities - to take advantage of those that are received and to persist through the disappointments of those that are lost. In the exercise of that faith, we should commit ourselves to the priorities and standards we will follow on matters we do not control and persist faithfully in those commitments, whatever happens to us because of the agency of others or the timing of the Lord. When we do this, we will have a constancy in our lives that will give us direction and peace. We cannnot have true faith in the Lord without also having complete trust in the Lord's will and in the Lord's timing....Commit yourself to put the Lord first in your life, keep His commandments, and do what the Lord's servants ask you to do. Then your feet are on the pathway to eternal life. You do not know what will happen. Do your best on what is fundamental and personal and then trust in the Lord and His timing."
Now for my miracle! I thought, and had accepted, that I would be alone the rest of my life. I was good with that. I had plans. I had bought new furniture and redecorated my bedroom and living room. I was setting and obtaining some of my personal goals. I was looking at new opportunities within my company! I was totally and completely happy with my life! Then, out-of-the-blue came a wonderful man sent straight from Heaven. Our meeting is nothing short of a divine miracle! He is everything I could have hoped and prayed for. He is the perfect man for me. He loves me. He protects me. He treats me like a queen, something I hoped for, but never dreamed possible. He is kind and loving. He is a worthy Priesthood holder and an incredible man. I love him dearly! He is from Phoenix. He is the father of four wonderful children who are all married to equally wonderful people and there are 12 grandchildren. His name is Kenneth!...how I love saying his name! He is my miracle!
......we are engaged and will be married soon! Miracles do happen, it is all done in the Lord's own time!