Everyday Miracles

So it’s time for my weekly post on thankfulness, and I felt like this quote by Bonhoeffer really captures the essence of gratitude quite well:

Gratitude

Amen to that!

Anyway, as I reflect on the past week of the Lord’s faithfulness, I am choosing to highlight only one event, because it is top of mind for me at present. Naturally, there are other ways that God has shown His goodness to me these past few days, but there is one that I’d like to focus on in particular for this post.

There really is no way to say it except to say it: My father had a stroke on Saturday morning.

This is after he had surgery in late June for another issue altogether. Note that my Dad – while in his late 70s – is still quite healthy, active, lucid, and – (dare I say it?) still has head full of black hair. In fact, he only gets greys in his beard. Now thatย is a blessing! ๐Ÿ˜€

But I digress.

Anyway, despite this news, I can tell you that the Lord has been keeping a tender and watchful eye on my father during and after the stroke episode, and I have been fully confident in His loving care for my father – I haven’t worried about it at all.

So here are a few of the “everyday miracles” surrounding my father’s stroke that I’d like to mention:

  • He was not alone when the stroke happened – in fact, he was at home, and it took place in the middle of the night. The difficult part was that he had fallen and was not able to get to a phone. Miraculously, my stepmother had recently purchased a new smart home device and had it installed in the living room (where my Dad had fallen), and so he cried out to the device, “Call [name of my stepmom],” and the device did! My stepmother awoke, went downstairs to find my Dad, and called the paremedics straight away. He was taken to the hospital during that critical first hour of the stroke’s onset – had that not been the case, the outcome might have been very different!
  • My father lives on the outskirts of a city on the East Coast, and as he is a veteran, he normally gets his medical services done at the VA. However, the folks in the ambulence let my father know that a hospital known for its expertise in stroke care was nearby, and so he was sent there.
  • My father’s speech was a little spotty early on, but soon after the stroke episode, his speech was fully restored to him. I spoke with him on Saturday and Sunday, and he sounded fine.
  • The doctors told my Dad that he had a “small stroke,” but that he should recover well. He is able to move his extremeties, and – while he has lost some sensation in parts of his arm and foot on the left side of his body – the guidance he’s received is that these issues should resolve themselves in time, with the help of physical and occupational therapy. Also, he should be able to have these activities covered fully by his VA benefits, so he will not need to incur any additional medical expenses. That alone is a miracle!
  • My Dad’s spirits are good, and he knows that God is taking care of himย through both of his procedures. No one has gotten stressed out about anything, and my father understands that things could have taken a far different turn, had the Lord not protected him as He has faithfully done.

So as it says in the book of Psalms, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.” I am giving thanks today because I am grateful that God has taken such good care of my father, and loves him immeasurably more than I do. โ™ฅ๏ธ

Gratitude

57 thoughts on “Everyday Miracles

  1. Wow. Prayers for your dad! Having witnessed a close friend having a serious stroke recently, I’m grateful for the fact that in your dad’s case he received medical care promptly and he’s likely to make a good recovery. Grateful for that! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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    1. Thanks, Steven! I am sorry to hear about your close friendโ€™s stroke – I hope that he/she is okay…?

      So far, so good with my Dad. I see Godโ€™s Hand throughout the whole deal and am beyond grateful.

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    1. Seeing how the Lord has been managing the entire situation has proven to be a source of great encouragement to me, too! It reminds me of Romans 8:28 – not all things are good, but only the Lord can bring good out of bad.

      Thank you for stopping by! Blessings on your day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. That’s a great blessing for him to have such care and prognosis.
    My dad who is in his early 70s also, had a stroke a couple of years ago, and that’s a serious issue.

    I’ll pray for your dad.

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      1. I hesitate to hit the “like” button on this comment as I am sad to hear that you are under the weather, and also to hear of the person who is struggling with a tough addiction, as you say. :/ I will pray for both situations now and add you to my prayer list!

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      2. Oh by the way the teenager is my friends son. ๐Ÿ˜† Iโ€™ve seen the struggle the parents are going through with him and itโ€™s hurting them to see the teenager choosing ungodly decisions that can impact his health and future. Iโ€™ve just been praying for them.

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  3. Prayers and best wishes sent your dadโ€™s way. I went to see my uncle who has had a stroke today, and physio is much helping his recovery.

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  4. Wow, I’m sorry that your dad had a stroke, but I’m so glad to hear that the Lord has been taking such good care of him! ๐Ÿ™‚ Those are truly miracles. โค (Also, sorry I'm just now getting to this – I'm ridiculously behind in reading posts at this point.)

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    1. Thank you for your concern! Yes, heโ€™s back at home now, and last I heard, was recovering well.

      No worries! I am hopelessly behind on listening to my podcasts โ€“ I feel like Iโ€™ll never catch up!

      PS – I tried Duolingoโ€™s stories and tinycards. The stories were harder than I expected, but it was nice to earn some XPs along the way. It definitely makes learning a foreign language fun!

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      1. I’m so glad to hear that. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Oh my. I hope you are able to catch up. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I agree, the stories were hard. I’m thankful they let you roll the mouse over some of the words to give translations, or I’d be lost a lot. But I’m also happy to be able to pick out some words here and there. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Also agree about earning XP’s along the way. That’s always nice. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      2. I try to, but I don’t always do the stories every day. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did two today though! I’m on the second level of stories. Same here – they are great practice and they show I have a lot left to learn. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      3. Yeah, I was on a roll Wednesday night and completed three stories. It was a lot of fun, haha. (I also went crazy in TinyCards – my XP that week was crazy… I had 308 XP in one day and that’s closer to what I would typically have for a week.)

        ๐Ÿ™‚ Now that I’m on level two, I might wait a bit and focus on learning more words before jumping into more stories. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Yeah! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      4. Look at you! 308 XP in one day is no minor feat!

        I havenโ€™t gone back to the stories yet, as I decided to go and review some of the basic lessons for Italian and French โ€“ I think I got a little ahead of myself there, and found myself lost! Iโ€™m making decent progress with Spanish, so maybe I will attempt another story this week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Thanks as always for all of your wonderful tips! ๐Ÿ’›

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      5. ๐Ÿ˜€ It isn’t, but it was fun! And also slightly out of guilt because I lost my 250+ day streak… X)

        Ooohh, I see. That makes sense. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you’re making progress with Spanish. ๐Ÿ˜€

        โค ๐Ÿ™‚

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      6. You had a 250 day streak?! I lost mine at just over 30 days. It was gutting. Iโ€™m back up to 30 days now, but I will be more vigilant in defending my streak in the future. โš”๏ธ๐Ÿ›ก

        I feel the same way with the Bible app โ€“ I recently lost a lengthy streak that I had built up over time. I was upset with myself, but then remembered that I had read the Bible โ€“ I just didnโ€™t read it in the app that particular day!

        BTW I tried my hand with TinyCards yesterday – but not the cards linked to the DuoLingo stories. I see that itโ€™s not possible to get any XP for those sessions. I also checked out the stories again, and saw I actually managed to get through four of them back in the day! I may try another one and the next day or two. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      7. I did; I’d been going since November, and I used a ton of lingot things to buy extra days in case I forgot. But somehow forgot two days in a row. Oops.

        Aww, sorry you lost your 30 day streak!! Do you have any lingots to spend on the Streak Freeze? It really helps when you forget for a day, haha.

        Ooohhh. Sorry you lost that streak, but I bet it was nice to open a physical book. (If that is how you read it, haha.)

        Whaaat. O.o I thought you could get XP for any TinyCards that was linked to your DuoLingo course. I didn’t realize this.

        Yay – have fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      8. I really enjoyed that one too. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was so amusing. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Cuidando un pajaro was also hilarious, whenever you get to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

        (Also, when I said I wasn’t done, I meant that I accidentally clicked submit before I intended to – upon rereading it, I realize I didn’t say what I wasn’t done with and it was probably confusing.)

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      9. After you finish level one, you can go back over the level one part of the tree tree and increase your strength for each part of level one (you can earn up to five crowns on each subject and on five it will turn gold), but you also have the option to move to the next level. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m on level two, learning about people. I’m a perfectionist, so I like to make everything gold before I move on to the next part. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      10. Got it. I’m taking your approach for French and Italian now, as progressing down the tree just wasn’t working for me with those languages. For Spanish, I’m pretty far down the tree, but still on level 1. I must say that it is very satisfying to each subject turn to gold! (I’ve made more progress with French than Italian – that language is turning into my Achilles’ heel quickly).

        I just picked up German a day or two ago. It is bewildering so far but I wanted to challenging myself in a differnet way. I looked for ASL but did not see it there – I may have to go back and look again (I was looking on my phone, rather than on m computer).

        Thanks for being such a blessing to me during this time! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      11. Cool, I’m glad that is working for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I know, right? It is so satisfying indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Srry that Italian is turning into an Achilles heel.

        WOW that is really cool that you are also picking up German!

        I think the ASL they had was only on TinyCards. (Memrise has several good courses though!)

        ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you for being a blessing to me as well. โค

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      12. Yay – have fun with it ๐Ÿ˜

        I have downloaded the Duolingo and Memrise apps and they are so different from the computer version (my uncle gave me an iPod for my birthday). Gems instead of lingots. Extra features. Wow. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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