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Saturday, 16 October 2010

Pink Saturday ~ Spiritual Sundays

Hello dear friends! I hope you all had a good week!

I wasn't sure what I was going to share for Pink Saturday or Spiritual Sundays this week and then a parcel arrived in the mail just in time for this post.
Remember back in August when Beverly and Kelee had the Miracle Makeover Weekend for Colette? There were several Giveaways to be won. Well, I was one of the winners!

Now before I show you what was in the parcel, I would like to share with you a little story....

About three weeks ago, I had received some rather distressing news about a member of my family and I had been quite distraught over it. I'm sorry I cannot divulge the details but I had asked for your prayers for me and my family.

One thing you should know about me is that I very seldom ever get down but this situation had brought me to my knees like no other had. I have always had a lot of faith and it is my faith in God that always gets me through the adversities that come my way. This one however, was paramount in nature compared to the rest! I was praying for a miracle because that is what it was going to take.

One morning I got up, more distressed than usual, and discovered I had received a comment on a Spiritual Sundays post from Kelee informing me that I had won a Giveaway from the Miracle Makeover weekend. It was a painting by Karen Harvey Cox ~ http://karenharveycox.blogspot.com/ which she had donated to that event.


Now I want you to know that I don't put too much stock in signs but this was definitely a sign from God that He had heard my prayer and a miracle was on its way. I don't know how or when, only that a miracle was coming!

You may be wondering why I think this. Well, it's because I had prayed for a miracle and the name of the painting is called Miracle.

Now, what are the chances of little old me winning this painting out of the many hundreds who participated in the Miracle Makeover weekend? Is it a coincidence? I don't believe it is.



So, I opened this good sized box which had a picture of Karen's Secret Garden on it, and after digging through a lot of styrofoam pebbles and bubble wrap, I came upon this pink bubble wrap.


I opened up the bubble wrap to find Karen's beautiful painting. Isn't it wonderful? The frame is lovely too, isn't it? It is matted and framed much like other prints I already have in my home.

This is one of the other prints in my home. You can see the pink blossoming trees in the scene.

With the painting Karen had also included a letter explaining how she was inspired to paint this while living in Hong Kong. Thank you Karen for donating this special piece of artwork. I will cherish it always!


Here is the MIRACLE painting in the room. Whenever I gaze upon this painting it will serve as a reminder that God has heard my prayer and a miracle from His hand is coming!



"There on the ground amongst rocks and dirt, a flower blooms..."





A closeup reveals that the flower is indeed pink; sorry about the reflection.



"Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles He performs for people!" ~ Psalm 66:5

Please visit Beverly ~ http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/ to see her lineup of pinks. You may like to stop by and visit Kelee as well. Her link is~ http://www.katillacshack.com/

I am also linking up with Charlotte and Ginger at Spiritual Sundays ~ http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/


The Lord is good! Have a wonderful weekend everyone and if you are in need of a miracle, don't be afraid to pray for one.


Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

45 comments:

  1. Dear Sandi ~ Happy Pink Saturday! I am so glad the Lord above listened and you shared your "Miracle" with us! ~Hugs~

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  2. I have just found your blog by way of rebecca (a gathering of thoughts). Your testimony gave me chills... honest to pete. An absolute beautiful example of HIS grace showing us how to maintain grace even in troubling times. I pray whatever burden you carried, it has comes to pass or on it's way to passing. Hugs. Tammy

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  3. Dear Sandi,
    What a beautiful post, and you have made me feel so wonderful. I cannot believe how well it matches your home, but then again God is wonderful. I know it is a sign from God that your miracle is on it's way.

    I am so blessed by your post, you will never know. I pray that you receive your miracle soon.
    Karen

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  4. Sandi, I am so happy that you won this gorgeous painting and that the miracle was given to you during a time of great need. I have no doubt that you are being heard from above. Have patience and take it all one day at a time. Happy Pink Saturday my friend, Char

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  5. LoVeLY Sandi ! amen -
    if we live in awe and wonder we get to see more of it!
    thx for sharing...
    more pink at FHC as well - Welcome!

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  6. G'eve Sandi ~ He hears our every word, He never lets us down ...

    Congrats on your beautiful win, the art is fabulous.
    Have a beautiful PS weekend ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  7. There is power in prayer! Sandi, I thank you for sharing this tonight. Continuing to lift you up in prayer. What beautiful art to remind you of His Miracles!

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  8. That painting found the perfect fit, in every way. I'm believing with you for the miracle!

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  9. That was definately divine intervention! Thank you, Jesus.
    Sending a cyberhug and prayer your way tonight, Sandi.

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  10. A beautiful story, Sandi.

    Blessings
    Joan

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  11. How wonderful you received your "miracle." I hope that you and your family are doing well!

    Happy PS,
    Jacalyn

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  12. What a nice blessing you received! Sometimes we just need one of those sweet events as an answer to prayer. I am reminded of one such special event in my life which came at just the right time...also at a time of an upsetting family situation. Now, years later I can see it worked out for the best.

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  13. What a precious blessing! Miracles are all around us, aren't they?!

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  14. What a wonderful story. Happy Pink Saturday.

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  15. God works in many wonderful ways but especially through people and he certainly used the painting 'Miracle' at the time that you needed it most.. awesome :)
    Thank you, too, for participating in lighting a candle. I have so many friends who have been bereaved of a child and hubby has taken quite a few funerals for stillborn babies etc so I felt it was important to join in the act of remembrance - so thank you for taking the time to join in too.. Judith (Precious Moments)

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  16. Sandi...I love this. I love that you won this "miracle" painting and mostly that He showed you in such a tangible way that He was running with you. He cares. He really does.. Stay strong out there....and have a great weekend.

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  17. That is a beautiful painting. And how wonderful that God used it to speak encouragement to your heart. So, I guess when those doubting days come, all you have to do is look at your "miracle" painting and be reminded that He is working your situation out.

    By the way, your livingroom is beautiful. What a lovely and relaxing place to enjoy a cup of tea and some moments of quiet.

    Love and prayers, my sweet friend,
    Patti

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  18. Sandi, I hope things get better for you. The winning of the painting was meant to be and it came at the right time. A beautiful post.
    Brenda

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  19. Sandi, I'm so happy that you won this giveaway! I enjoyed your story and this painting was suppose to be for you. What a wonderful reminder that indeed a miracle is going to be on it's way.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  20. Dear Sandi,
    What a beautifully written post...I pray that you have your miracle soon...what a beautiful way to know He heard your prayers and I pray for your patience through your ordeal, until your miracle arrives....
    The painting is lovely and perfect for your home!
    Jil

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  21. Sandi,
    I am so glad that you were the winner of the this beautiful painting! And it looks perfect where you have it displayed.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you always and I pray that your miracle is on it's way.
    When i know that things are out of control and out of my hands, I always say I kiss it up to God and place it in his hands and usually I feel a sense of calm after I get to that point.
    Love to you ,dear friend,
    Debbie

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  22. That is SO awesome Sandi ! I too have had God Hugs and it is wonderful ! When I was going through my divorce, before I met my Forever Hubby, I was so broken. It was Valentines day, and I was feeling sorry for myself, and thought, Gee, I will NEVER get to celebrate Valentines again with someone. ( Drama Queen, lol ! :) ) I prayed to Jesus, to please be my Valentine. Just fill me with You Lord, so I never feel alone. Well, I walked into work that morning and on my desk was a vase with Three roses in it. My Boss had brought them for me. I asked "why" as in 6 years of working there, they never even gave me a Card, let alone a gift. And he said, something prompted him too. He felt like I might need them. ( He was Muslim from Turkey ) I sat there and cried with Joy at my Three roses, from My Father, His Son and His Holy Spirit. :)

    Lifting Fresh Prayers for you :) :)

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  23. Happy Pink Saturday and I'm so grateful God heard you and sent you the "Miracle" ; Thank you for sharing. Have a Blessed week end.

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  24. Happy Pink Saturday dear Sandi.
    thanks so much for stopping by so that I could pop by today and read your wonderful post. Thank you for sharing your miracle story with us and I'm so glad that the Lord has listened to your prayers.
    seending blessing your way.
    rita

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  25. TYhis is so amazing, Sandi...Praise oOd for His deep love and faithfulness .....what a beautiful painting..and what a precious reminder from God....

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  26. Sandi, I don't believe there are many coincidences and this is surely not one..I also will pray and wish for that miracle! And how much better could that beautiful picture be displayed so well but in your home..wow..

    hugs
    Barb

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  27. Hello Sandi Girl...

    I'm sooo glad you won this beautiful picture. It was MEANT FOR YOU!

    Now...I guess I'm weird. I think God sends me 'signs' all the time but I'm just too busy or preoccupied to notice His presence...or at least use to be. Too many things have happened to me that have brought me love and encouragement to ever think God doesn't use even the every day 'normal stuff' in order to speak peace to my heart. So...if I see the Lord in something, even if it's just for me, then I let it be.

    Here's YOUR SIGN!

    Here's YOUR MIRACLE!

    Love to you sweet friend~

    Rebecca

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  28. Lovely post. Thank you for sharing. Please join the prayer circle for breast cancer on my blog. Happy Pink Saturday!

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  29. Hi, Sandi, my friend,
    I am so glad God has answered your prayers and your miracle is on the way. He has helped me time and again through some of life's most difficult moments. I am sure I have failed Him many times, but He has never once failed me. Your painting is just beautiful and looks wonderful in your lovely home. Enjoy your autumn weekend~love always~Vicki

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  30. Sandi, this makes my heart happy. Miracles happen around us every day, and I am so happy this one came to you. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Happy Pink Saturday, dear one.

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  31. Hi Sandi, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment! Love your beautiful post this week! Thank you for sharing and prayers to you for your miracle!
    Blessings, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

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  32. Sandi,
    Just stopping back to tell you that your beautiful story helped me to get back to where I first started. I just wrote a post about wanting to get back to painting again. You inspired me, and the Lord sewed our needs together into two miracles.

    Blessings. Karen

    You might enjoy the song I selected for my Sunday post.

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  33. Hi Sandi, I believe everything comes to those who ask and are open to how it is received. We ask God for many things, but then attach strings and conditions to our request. If we are open and patience our prayers are answered. p.s. Your Mircale painting is lovely and a treasure! Take care:)

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  34. Dear Sandi,
    I will surely pray for you - It has touched my heart that the best thing we can do for one another is to pray! When things get tough, and they will - God does impart His strength when we lean and trust in Him! What a marvelous thought how much He loves us!
    I hope you have a Delightsome Sunday,
    Kathy

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  35. I'm so happy you won that sweet surprise but sad about your family member. All I have to offer is prayers. And we all know God answers prayer we just have to have faith as small as a mustard seed. I'm glad you will be able to look at the lovely picture and know a miracle is coming. Have a blessed day.

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  36. Hi Sandi, stopped by from Spiritual Sunday. My, this lovely blog and great posts here. I'm glad i visited today...

    Blessings,
    Ruth

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  37. Very beautiful post, Sandi, with a lot of inspiration. Wishing you a great week ahead.

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  38. Thank you for sharing this powerful post with us today. It strengthens my faith.

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  39. What a very inspiring and encouraging post Sandi. I believe God is always many steps ahead of us, and He continues to work.
    I am believing with you for that miracle .
    Karen does beautiful work, and your miracle looks right at home. yes, God knew when she was painting it who it was for.Thanks for sharing, great post!
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  40. Dear Sandi,
    your post brought tears in my eyes. I am sure, God will send you his Miracle. Today only a few people can believe that miracles do still happens. So I always say: Give the miracle a chance!
    This painting is really beautiful and so carefully painted, matted and framed. A really lovely gift.
    I wish you the very best.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  41. Such a cool providence; God is so kind to us!! I also love the fact of how the painting ties in so well with your sofa and that other picture--all of it is amazing!

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  42. Hi Sandi!

    Oh the painting looks so perfect in your home! Like it was painted just for you! Imagine that:)...God is good and designs for our lives in every way.

    Thank-you for your kind note of support today.

    So happy you won "The Miracle"....
    Bless you!

    Kelee

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  43. Sandi dear, what a lovely table make over! just a coat of paint, the table looks good!

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  44. Dear Sandi...I am so delighted to read your post. Oh, I most definitely believe in signs. I get them all the time. And I believe you got yours in a most wonderful way. Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.

    No matter what, let that painting be a reminder to you to expect God's best. Take a moment everyday to look at it with thanksgiving for the outcome of well-being for all involved. Know that you have already received the miracle and its fruition is about to manifest.

    Have a very pink day,
    Marianne

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I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi

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