Grace upon grace upon grace…

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A miracle has happened in my family’s life again, and if I don’t praise the Lord and tell of it, I think I will burst! I’m still not at liberty to go into all the details of a tragedy that occurred 5 years ago concerning my oldest grandson, but I can tell enough of it to share the good news and to celebrate the miracle that God has granted him. The child was the victim of an egregious betrayal of trust and an abominable act that no child should ever have to endure nor parents nor grandparents have to be told about. And because his life and the lives of every member of his family was threatened by the adult perpetrator, my grandson had suppressed the shame and fear of it as long as he could, and when he could no longer do that he started cutting himself and became suicidal. So he was hospitalized last September, and there his team of doctors and therapists eventually ferreted out the truth of what had happened to him. Then began the emotionally painful journey of remembering all the details of the ordeal and getting it out into the open so it could be dealt with. For months and months as we prayed that he would come back to us as the happy boy we once knew, he grew more and more sullen and angry and withdrawn. Sadly he had been robbed of a huge chunk of his childhood and early adolescence and will forever not be entirely the person he once was. However, at last there is hope that his wholeness has been restored enough  that he can go on with his life, leave the trauma behind, and become all that he was meant to be. He will always suffer from PTSD more than likely and still needs therapy, at least for a while longer, to help him continue to cope and recover from the heinous crime. The miracle that literally hundreds, if not more, had been praying for began to unfold last month when he was at last ready to return home and was released from the hospital. Not only is he home now but day by day, according to my daughter, he is doing well and feeling better. James and I won’t be able to make the trip up to see him until April, but we’ve talked on the phone with him twice now and tonight when we chatted, it was almost as if nothing had ever happened. And when we hung up, I cried and cried praising the Lord for His faithfulness in answering our prayers and for granting  us the miracle of healing we had been asking for. Now, I just have to keep fighting the urge for vengeance and let the Lord alone deal with the one who did this to our precious child. So as I end this day with great joy and thanksgiving in my heart, I want to thank everyone who has been praying with me for our sweet, sweet boy. Prayer is powerful and miracles do happen. Love, Natalie

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35 thoughts on “Grace upon grace upon grace…

  1. Love, prayers and hope your precious grandson, and for all his family, including you my dear friend. It is hard at times not to become overwhelmed by the extent of evil people in the world who rob light from the innocent. I am so happy your grandson has received the help he is entitled to, that he is surrounded with family who love, support and understand what he has gone through. I am so happy you and your family are seeing your prayers and love in action my friend, and add my prayers to yours for your grandson. I also pray that the person who did this to him will be held fully accountable for his actions. It is a hard world my friend. Only love makes it better.

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    • Thank you so much Cindy for caring and for your prayers. I adore this child and this has been a hard journey for us all. And to hear that sweet boy be so much more of himself was truly one of the happiest moments of my life. I too pray that the perpetrator is not only held accountable but is also prevented from ever harming another child. Thank you for always be a kind and loving presence in my world Cindy❣️ Love and hugs to you😘😘😘

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  2. Wonderful. Glory be to our God and his tender mercies. I had a feeling last night and shared that he was doing so much better in a Praise report in our prayer circle. Love and prayers continue for him and the family. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. Natalie, what an amazing testimony. God is so good and sovereign. I’m sure the entire family is just so full of thankfulness. And I couldn’t agree with you more – prayer is so powerful, and God hears us when we call out to him.
    Praise God, my friend.
    🙂 ❤

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  4. Tears of joy well up in my eyes for you and your family. I know your grandson and daughter feel your strong love for them and this means so much. My prayers continue for all of you. ❤

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  5. Thank you for being vulnerable and for sharing. Jesus will heal, I too am a living miracle. I pray that you also allow this tragedy and pain to heal you and your inner family as well, everyone is affected. I can share a good book if needed. Hugs and blessings, Marilyn

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  6. Thanks Natalie for sharing this story. It is stories like this that show others the power of God’s love. I’m very happy to hear your grandson is doing better and I believe that in time, God will restore his joy and renew his strength.

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