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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sunday Favorites - God's Miracle


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This is a post I ran on 5/15/09. I thought with graduation here, it was a good time to share again. I hope the Lord Blesses you with how faithful He is to answer prayer.


Sometimes it's hard to remember that the Lord is always in control and He knows the beginning and the end. It's also hard to believe that an event that is your worst nightmare can also be your biggest blessing. Let me explain these comments.

Two years ago this July my oldest grandson was in a horrific auto accident and was ejected. He suffered a very serious Traumatic Brain Injuury. He was in a coma for several weeks on total life support. His left arm was badly broken, but he was so unstable they couldn't do surgery and it was agreed that life was more important than limb and if they had to amputate that was ok. His prognosis was grim at best if he made it at all. Each time the doctors gave us a deadline of things that he had to be able to do, the Lord met that deadline one day before, starting with breathing on his own as the first milestone. Gaining conscienceness, learning to swallow, talking, sitting up, standing, learning to walk again - all of these were miracle milestones. You see the accident had shirred his brain and they didn't think he would be able to do any of these things. We had hundred of people praying all over the world and the Lord was so faithful to answer every prayer.

My grandson's name is Keith. At the time of the accident he was just a few classes away from graduating from ASU. This wasn't going to be a cake walk because he still had some of his toughest classes to finish such as advanced courses in Physics and Nuclear Technology. The doctors didn't think he would be able to resume his studies. He spent several months in the hospital in rehab and then several months at Barrows Institute for more rehab. Every day he became more whole. They were able to do the surgery on his arm a few weeks after the accident and put in a 9" rod from the shoulder down to the elbow. He has worked very hard and has full strength and use of this arm with no signs of the injury except where you can see the scars where the screws were put in.

Why I say the miracle is complete is because tonight he will graduate from ASU with his Engieering Degree with his major being in Nuclear Physics. Wednesday night he sat with all of the ASU students as President Obama delivered the Commencement Address. The Lord completed his healing several months ago, but for some reason seeing him walk across the stage and receive his diploma will be the period to the sentence to me. He has a couple of scars on the back of his head and that's all there is to see that he was ever in an accident. He is completely healed with no signs of ever having any kind of brain injury at all. His doctors openly admit that he is a miracle. People that meet him today really can't believe he ever had a brain injury. He is just exactly the person he was before, no bodily scars, no side effects, no signs at all that anything ever happened. When the Lord healed him, He healed him 100% in every way.

So when I say one event can be your worst nightmare and your biggest blessing, his graduation is such a blessing. It is the Lord's way of showing the world He was in control all along, and that He still does miracles every day.

Keith believes the Lord saved him for a purpose, and often wonders what it is the Lord has in store for him. I can't wait to see the rest of the Lords plan and His many more blesssings He has yet to reveal.

This is a picture of Keith (on the right) with my youngest son at his graduation dinner. See how perfect his handsome face and head are, and you can barely see two of those little screw scars on his left arm.



Thanks for listening to my story of one of my greatest blessings ever. I am so thankful and grateful for the Lords mercy and goodness.

Hugs, Marty

P.S. Waiting his turn to walk up on stage to receive his diploma. Thank you Lord.



I am joining Chari @ Happy To Design for Sunday Favorites.
I am also joining Charlotte and Ginger for Spiritual Sundays

74 comments:

  1. Our God is an AWESOME God! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I have chills from reading your post. Praise our Mighty God! I am so happy for all of your family on this very special occasion.

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  3. Wow, Marty, that is amazing! But then, our God is amazing! Thank you for sharing such a story of encouragement and hope. Have a wonderful day and celebration! Linda

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  4. What a powerful testimony, Marty! Thank you for sharing His miracle, so we might rejoice along with you!
    Blessings,
    Myra

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  5. Thanks for posting this again Marty. With graduation season upon us, this was the perfect time. Such an amazing story of God's grace. Hugs, Kat

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  6. I am so happy that you posted this again -- I was not in the blogging community last year and would not wanted to have missed it. What a wonderful story and testimony to all those who have considered giving up hope for their circumstances. Thank you and blessings to your grandson and family! Annie

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  7. PRAISE GOD! Great is His faithfulness! So happy you reposted this at graduation time. I know it will inspire many. It did me!

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  8. Marty, Thanks for sharing this story...and God Bless you and your family. God works miracles everyday and your grandson's recovery and graduation is truely a blessing from above. Hugs, Yvonne

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  9. Marty I remember the first time I read about your grandson I was amazed then and I am always amazed at Gods gracious hand. Often times we need to be lookiing for it and aware because he is always there for us. Thank you again for sharing this wonderful true life evidence of Gods good grace, Hugs Kathysue

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  10. Hi Marty
    Yes, We have a friend who is 39 years old going thru a brain injury journey. We pray for him everyday and have HOPE.
    Thanks for your share.
    xoxo
    Betty

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  11. Marty, I'm showing this to all my children. What a wonderful story and testimonial to a blessing! Your grandson will stay in my prayers- the Lord has something great in store for him!
    xoxo Pattie

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  12. Marty, Thank GOD he is well! I got goosebumps with this story!!!
    My hubby fell 2 years ago . broke his back and fractured his skull. They were surprised he was alive, could walk, and not have brain damage. Oh how I prayed. His bacl hurts but he deals with it , other than that he's good! GOD IS GOOD! So happy for your family!
    Kristin

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  13. WOW!!! Thanks for sharing your amazing story with us. I am so very happy for your family and so grateful to our God.
    Hugs,
    Debby

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  14. I have goose bumps all over Marty!
    What a heartfelt and touching post about your miracle grandson.

    Thanks so much for sharing this story again, I wasn't blogging a year ago so I hadn't seen it.

    And can I tell you that not only is he a miracle, but he is a real cutie too!

    Candy

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  15. What an inspiring story! Blessings, Marsha

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  16. Marty, Thanks for sharing this very touching story. I am so happy for you and your family. Our God is good, kind, loving and the Author of miracles!
    Beth

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  17. Marty, God bless you for seeing His mercy and miracles in your gradson's accident. And to God be all the glory!
    I am so happy for all of you and praise God for your witness!
    Yvonne

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  18. what a beautiful story. God is amazing, he is gracious beyond measure. Thanks for sharing this story.

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  19. Marty...

    I sooo needed to read this today. God directed me BACK to your blog again and I believe He has a purpose.

    It's sooo easy to get caught up with one's life. And even easier to forget the purpose and calling behind what we do.

    I needed the gentle reminder, and it came from you, that God has a plan for my life no matter what. He directs my every step and will meet my every need.

    Blessings to you this day...and tomorrow. I'm looking forward to worshiping with my family.

    Love to you~

    Rebecca PS: Handsome son and grandson!

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  20. Marty, thanks for sharing this wonderful story. I have heard a lot of stories of healing in my time. God is Good!

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring story. I'm so happy that your grandson is doing so well now. Prayer circles are so powerful!

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  22. An incredible story and such a HUGE blessing! God is so gracious ~ and Keith is a shining example. He is quite handsome! I know your family is overjoyed and I send all of you congratulations!

    Thanks so much for sharing this story ~ it is a true miracle.

    xoxo
    Pat

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  23. Our GOD is always in control. What a very touching story and may GOD's blessing continue to be with Keith and what he has in store for him. Blessings to you as a wonderful grandmother who is so proud of her grandson! Praise God for all he has done for you and your family.

    Blessing and Prayers, Vicky

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  24. Hi Marty!

    What a true inspiration! And an amazing testimonial! Through prayer and conviction, all things are possible. I can only imagine the wonderful life God has in store for him!

    Thank you so much for re-sharing this post with us. It is exactly what I needed to read this evening!

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  25. GOD IS SO GOOD! I am so happy for you and that your grandson has made a full recovery! Praises and tears are in order!!

    Miss Bloomers

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  26. What a wonderful day for your family! God is Good.

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  27. He's blessed...brought to tears to my eyes!

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  28. Praise God!!
    Yes miracle's do happen. I have worked in Neuro Trauma and understand completely the struggle your gandson Keith has endured..
    But, by the Grace of God, he is a new creation..
    I Praise God again, He is mighty!
    Bless you all from across the ocean in Australia

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  29. It is always such a blessing to all who hear of one of God's miracles! Thanks for sharing this and reposting it!

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  30. Marty this is an amazing testimory. Nothing is impossible with God!

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  31. this is so inspiring. And I love these pictures...

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  32. Wow Marty, God is so very good. I know your heart was filled with joy! What events to have gone through!
    So very happy for you and Keith.
    God will do great things,
    Kathy

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  33. What a true miracle, Marty! This post is so inspirational & the perfect start to my Sunday morning meditations. Blessings on your wonderfully handsome grandson!

    When I worked in the Surgical ICU, I saw many comatose patients go for weeks...sometimes months without any signs of recovery. They were transferred to custodial care facilities. Those same patients walked back into our unit to say "thank you" & it was always so heartwarming. Seldom did they remember anything of their time with us. I hope your grandson only remembers the good parts of his recovery.

    I'm sure he is destined for great things in this life. "advanced courses in Physics and Nuclear Technology"...WOW!

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  34. What a great reminder of what is possible with prayer. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Marty, he is a walking miracle, and such a handsome young man. I'm so glad you shared this beautifully written post again. So inspiring! Thank you. laurie

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  36. I amm totally bawling like a baby! Yeah God, yeah Keith!

    I saw that your front porch makeover won an award. Well done my dear friend.

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  37. Oh My God Marty, God is great and God is good! What a story and I am so happy you have shared it today. I wish I could give you a hug! Congratulations to Keith, what a blessing!

    Hugs Marty,

    Nancy

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  38. Marty,
    What a wonderful, inspirational story. Thank you for sharing and yes, God is good all the time.
    xo
    Robin

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  39. After I finished crying over your post, all I can say is "Praise the Lord". How grateful you must all be. Your sister in Christ...Rebecca

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  40. What a wonderful beautiful miracle. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  41. Hi Marty, This is a beautiful story with a happy ending. The journey was so hard and yet you keep your faith. Gods blessings have been awarded to your grandson and I do believe in prayer. Please visit my post today. a special boy needs your prayers.
    Your grandson is very handsome and blessing to you all. He is an inspiration to us all as well. Congratulations on his graduation.

    Blessings to him and your family.
    Jeanne

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  42. Thank you for sharing your miracle with us , Marty.. You have surely been blessed.

    Sonny

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  43. Marty I so needed to hear this testimony today! Thank you for being obedient to the Lord in sharing this! Be blessed. Cindy

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  44. What a wonderful testimony on how God worked this miracle in your life.
    Blessings,
    Ginger

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  45. God is Good all the time... so sweet. Thanks for visiting, I miss you gals.

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  46. Hi Marty! We do serve an awesome mighty God and He is so good!
    Loved this and what a handsome grandson.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  47. Wow! I have chills from reading your post. The Good Lord never fails to show us his ways!

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  48. What a powerful testimony of our miracle making awesome God! I can only imagine the joy you all feel when you see this young man today and all he has before him. Praise God.

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  49. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story! I really needed to hear this.
    God bless you!

    Donna

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  50. You do have a miracle.
    Me. No.
    My son Joshua was 16 and wrecked and had a terminal brain injury. He was out first born, He was everything to my husband and I, his sister and brother.

    Hug your grandson for me, real tight and tell him you love him.
    I have a little bit about Joshua on my blog. Still so hard to write about him on most days. I'm sitting here now crying like a baby.

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  51. Hello sweet friend...

    Ohhh Marty, I am thanking the Lord and praising Him...right along with you and your family for this mighty miracle that he did for your grandson Keith! I remember reading this post...it's such an endearing testimony of God's healing power! Thank you so much for sharing it with us today for Sunday Favorites! I truly stand in awe of God's GREATNESS!!! Your Grandson Keith is living proof! What a day that must have been...to see your Grandson graduate!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  52. Marty, I was so blessed to read this story! God is good and yes, He does perform miracles today as your handsome grandson can testify to. Thank you for sharing and I am thrilled for Keith and your whole family! Have a beautiful week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  53. WOW! What a blessing! That is wonderful! The Lord can and does do "exceeding abundantly all we can ask or think", doesn't He! Gail

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  54. Thanks so much for sharing this story Marty. It think we all forget about the many blessing we all recieve everyday of our lives. I know you are so proud of him, and I'm sure great things are in store for him. Thanks for stopping by.
    Sandy

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  55. Oh Marty, what a wonderful reminder of what our Lord and Savior can do for all of us, if we just believe.
    Congratulations to Keith!! I know he will do great things in this world. He is quite handsome, too!!!
    Fondly,
    Ann
    @
    The Tattered Tassel

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  56. Hi Marty, Thank you for reminding me to stop and thank the lord for many of his blessing. Your grandson truely is a miracle of gods doing. I hope you all had a wonderful celebration. I really appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment on my "Sunday Favorites' The Romance of "PINK" post.
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  57. Oh Marty, I have chills running up and down me. What an awesome story. Thank you for sharing such an incredible journey with us.

    - The Tablescaper

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  58. Marty, I have watched two of my children walk up to receive their graduation certificate from university and it is truly something special but what I have just read about your grandson really is a miracle. Thank you for sharing.
    Suzy xx

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  59. What a wonderful blessing! Thanks for sharing this truly inspirational story!! These kids! What a blessing and heartache all at the same time!!

    ~Liz

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  60. Marty, this is awesome!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Awesome!

    Barb ♥

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  61. Oh Marty, that gave me chills! What a wonderful story. I expect we will hear wonderful success stories about Keith in the future. So glad your family got a happy ending.

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  62. Oh Marty, I love the smile on his face in his graduation gown. It kinda says it all.
    What a wonderful way God works in our lives. Your Keith is a miracle and the love that you and your family have for him is precious.
    This is a loving, poignant post that has filled my heart with happiness.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  63. I so remember this post..and your sweet note to me when I told you of the not so happy ending for my nephew.
    God works in mysterious ways, and not always easy to accept. My sister will never be the same.

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  64. What a wonderful story! Praise be to the Lord!

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Katherine

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  65. What a wonderful and uplifting true story. There are times when my faith weakens, and whenever it does, I will remember this story!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  66. Marty, I came today to see your beachy tabletop, but also read this post. Congratulations to your grandson on his graduation, his smile says it all!

    My cousin's twin daughters were in a car accident last October and one was ejected. She suffered the same type of brain injury as Keith. Months and months in the hospital and rehab, she is now well on her way to a complete recovery. I knew this when I called her grandma a few weeks ago to check on her progress. She heard her saying to me, "…she's doing real good." In the background I heard her correct her grandma by saying, "I'm doing GREAT." She was in her first year of college and it looks like she will be able to return in either the Fall or the following semester. I'm looking forward to seeing that smile on her face, just like Keith's. Thanks for sharing this story, it reinforces my belief that this lovely child will make a full recovery.

    Hugs

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  67. What a great story. I needed this. My brother passed away one month ago and I need all the uplifting I can get.

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  68. Since I don't have your direct email, I am leaving another comment on this post. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment on the loss of my brother. I will save it and re-read it when I am feeling down. Many blessings to you!

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  69. Marty, thanks sooo much for sharing the incredible story of your precious grandson's journey to complete healing. Praise the Lord! I will be sharing this story with a sweet friend of mine that belongs to the same decorating group that I do, as her little grandson is in ICU right now with a brain tumor. Thank you so much for sharing! And you have a very handsome grandson! Can't wait to hear what all he does with his wonderful life in the years to come.

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  70. Marty!!! Oh my goodness, what a beautiful story!!! I did not read it back in May bec that was when I had decided to take some time off. This is so awesome and is such a wonderful classic example of awesome Father we serve! If you don't mind, I would like to link it to my blog post today about trials! It is so worth the reading again!!

    Love & Hugs to you!
    Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

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  71. Oh, I hadn't read this before--it is so inspiring. I feel the same way about my youngest son. He didn't have a life threatening trama , but he has aspergers. God helped him get into college, get a scholarship , and graduate. It took him extra time because of his weakness in Math, but his brother tutored him for a summer and enabled him to pass his last course which he had flunked 3 times prior to this. The day he graduated was a real celebration.

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  72. Just discovered your blog about 10 days ago and came back for more. Thank you for sharing this precious miracle! Love the pic of him at graduation. Praying that he will realize God's purpose for him soon. How about a follow up story about him? blessings on your day, Marty!

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