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Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)
TITLE: The 13 Year Surprise!
By Brenda Welc
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I am not often surprised by the workings of God. He does not spring things on me just to show me He is there. I know when God is working in my life. I feel His interceding for me. I am aware of the angels around. There is one thing though in which I feel God has surprised me with. Completely caught me off guard and made me pause in my tracks long enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
I am a mother of two wonderful teenage children. I often wonder what other parents are complaining about when it comes to raising children. Oh sure occasional fights and the technical issues occur but they are easily overlooked by the compassion and willingness to love others my children possess. As every other mom in the world, I worry about my kids. Are they happy? Are they safe? Do they have what it takes to survive in the craziness of this fast paced world we live in? I know my faith in God protects my children, however sometimes my carinal nature takes over.
We had only been back into God’s graces for a few months when I experienced the best feeling of assurance ever. The day I discovered just how much God loves me and that my child was truly a believer. I wanted my children to be okay with their faith. I wanted them to have the same joy I have in the Lord. I needed them to accept Jesus as their savior. I knew my daughter had changed. Softened so to speak. Increased in her caring for others and began to place others needs before her own. I should have known she was okay with God, but I still worried. I should have not been surprised by the simple gift He gave the day she was born.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me is the verse by which I live by. In 1989 I adopted this as the theme for my life after attending a DeColores weekend through my church. This was the moment I realized what God had been doing for me. This verse has kept me from falling too far from God and the expectations He has for me. It is found in the Bible in Philippians 4:13. Just guess when my daughters' birthday is? The very number of my verse! I still remember being upset she was not born on 4-9-94 because her brothers' birthday was 2-9-92 and I thought it would be really cool if their numbers matched in sequences.
Now, the surprise factor to this is that I did not discover this coincidence until about a year ago as I was sending my daughters email address to a friend. As I typed in the numbers included in her email I paused, looked at it closely and then my heart filled with a peace only God can provide. It was His way of letting me know my daughter was going to be okay, she was safe with Him. I tell everyone this story of mine. I like to share my happiness so with complete confidence I tell of my discovery after thirteen years.
God has surprised me only a few times in my life and this time happens to be my favorite. My children are important to me. I wish only happiness for them. Knowing they are safely following Jesus in their life, their difficult decisions will be easier to make. As a mother I cannot ask any more of God then to protect my children. I close my eyes and can picture my children standing with Jesus holding His hands walking through this life with authority. I am surprised at how calm I am now that God has shared this little secret with me. It makes life much easier knowing God is in the hearts of my children and I anxiously await my next surprise.
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