Five Minute Friday: Blessing

What is Five Minute Friday?

It is a link-up (which is equivalent to a Meet-and-Greet in the world of blogging.) Each week, the topic changes and participants are encouraged to take five minutes to write according to the prompt. Because you only have five minutes, posts are raw and unedited. Luckily, Five Minute Friday is a positive place and by joining the group you are giving yourself permission to step outside the confines of perfection. It’s a place to write from the heart and to be encouraged.

So here is my unedited post on this week’s topic, Blessing:

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As I sit in England typing away from the second floor of an old English home, I’m reminded of all the things in my life for which I am thankful. When I think about my friends, family, and health I am overcome with the blessings each bestows on my life.

I am thankful for the people I love and their influences in my life.

I am thankful for the family that God has formed for me to belong to.

I am thankful for the blessings of good health and a sound mind.

I am thankful for those large gifts, but even more so I find myself thankful for the small things. The wind in the trees and the sun warming my skin are proof of God’s provision in my life. Technology and its ability to expand communication and creativity is a blessing. A cup of coffee, a smile from a stranger, and a good book–all of these things make me thankful for the life I lead and point me toward recognizing the blessings that surround me everywhere I look.

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Five Minute Friday: Family Miracle

This week the topic for the Five Minute Friday link-up post is family. What is a link-up? Essentially a link-up is when you join other bloggers and write on a similar topic. You share your blog posts with one another and begin conversations via a host site. You can head over to Kate Motaung’s page to check out other entries from inspired bloggers. Here’s my five minutes of uninterrupted, unedited writing on this week’s topic:

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Wow, this prompt could not have come at a better time in my life. I have literally spent the past three days with family. I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you all about what I’ve experienced and been through over the past few days and this prompt relates perfectly. So, spoiler alert: THIS POST CONTAINS A MIRACLE FROM GOD!

This past Thursday my 90 year-old Great-Grandmother was taken in to the hospital for a multitude of health issues. She hasn’t been doing that great lately. Her heart rate was low and the doctors had decided to do surgery to give her a pace maker. Great-Grandma was awaiting a transfer to another hospital for the surgery when she flat lined. My parents were in the room with her and she was joking with my father when she passed away. The doctor’s pronounced her dead on Thursday evening after all monitors flat lined. She had no heartbeat, no respiration, and her eyes were fixed and dilated. My parents and grandparents began to call all of the relatives to inform them of Great-Grandma’s passing.

An hour later, the nurse’s assistant came out of the room and told my family that Grandma had begun breathing on her own. They rushed in to see her and she was ALIVE! She quickly progressed from barely able to open her mouth to speaking. The doctor’s were astounded and put her back on the schedule for the surgery. They transferred her to a hospital in Columbus to await the surgery on Friday.

Overnight Thursday she experienced another miracle. Once again she passed away and was pronounced dead. The family again began to contact other members and inform them that Great-Grandma did not make it through the night. Originally, the doctor’s had told my family to expect this. However, twenty minutes later Great-Grandma awoke again and quickly regained strengthening vitals.

By morning she was doing so well that the doctors made the decision to do the surgery and insert the pace maker. Friday afternoon she went into surgery and she survived!

After the surgery Great-Grandma began to quickly heal and was released from the hospital today! Praise God! She has regained much of her complexion, her ability to speak, her uncanny wit, and I was sent a photograph of Great-Grandma sitting up and smiling back at her home.

What my family experienced is nothing short of a miracle. God has blessed us beyond measure and has proven not only to my family, but to those who read this story that He is real and still in the business of performing miracles. My Great-Grandmother is a wonderful woman of God who has lived her life devoted to Him and I know that God is using this story to bring others to know Him as well. The doctors had no explanation for what happened this weekend to my Great-Grandmother. Twice she left this world, and for some reason that God alone knows she returned to us. We are so blessed to have more time with a woman we all love so dearly. God is so good and my family will always remember this experience.

My Great-Grandmother is MY MIRACLE!

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“He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes” (Deuteronomy 10:21)
“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” (Job 5:9)