Posted by Jennifer on Jan 23, 2017

A miracle. God only knows how long I have been praying for one of those.

Okay, not just one, or  two or three …but several.

I bet you have a couple of miracle’s you would like to see come to pass in your life. If you have been following my story  you may know I have been challenged by several serious health issues over the past 20 years now…

Throw in a total hip replacement that unfortunately healed in the least desirable way, leaving me managing chronic pain on a daily basis.

I know my story sounds depressing but actually it’s quite the opposite. I am using my journey today as a witness to an awakening that transformed the way I experience trial and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

We all are encountering hardships right now….I bet today you are in the throes of something. You may not have life threatening health issues or pain, but we all have something that keeps us up at night or at the very least, cause’s undue stress to our bodies and minds.

In today’s Rise Up Well, I want to bring awareness not to the miracles we have not received, but to the miracles that happen to us on a daily basis that we so often miss.

We miss them because the “noise” in our lives screams so loud that we are captured by the chaos.   I know because I have been a prisoner many times.

But I have come to realize that I am probably as resilient as they come.  

I will not lie however, It’s been rough….so rough that several times I have called my mother to say that I pray I don’t wake up tomorrow…because the thought of facing one more day in pain and exhausted by the constant battle made me want to just go to heaven early, where I knew there would be no more heartache …no more pain.

I share this with you not to depress you but to give testimony in the power of making a daily practice of recognizing the miracles that do appear…the ones that whisper to us as we try to crawl out of the darkness.

Once I started to recognize I was actually surrounded by hidden blessings, my life transformed.  

I want you to know there is always light around you, if you look with new eyes. Today I want to remind you about hidden miracles.

I have been one to always make gratitude lists and that is fine, but what has helped me even more has been writing a list of the whispers of miracles that show up every day….and yes, even when I am having one of those dark times, I now have found inspiration to yet again, rise up and find my smile.

If you focus on your problems, that is what will come to you. If you focus on being open for miracles, then miracles will come your way. I know, because it has happened for me.

Although I have not yet received the big miracles I have been hoping for, I have found so much unexpected joy along the way. I have met someone who has connected with my soul and inspires me to be a better version of myself, old friends from high school have resurfaced with amazing love and support, I was suddenly blessed with a new kitty named Happy, I have experienced love from my family that I never knew was possible, I have had  people reach out to me because of my challenges not in spite of them, and I have experienced random people being kind to me for no reason…..basically miracles start showing up in my life without me even trying.

A miracle could be as simple as getting the best parking place on a rainy day, having someone open the door for you or having your best friend show up at spinning unexpectedly…when you really needed him. 

“Normal Day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.” – Mary Jean Irion

At the end of your day today, I want you to make a list of the miracles that unexpectedly whispered to you. Hold these close to your heart.

The more miracles your new eyes see, the less the unanswered miracles will dominate your life. I have prayed for so many miracles in my life, but you know what, I have received far greater miracles because of the ones gone unanswered. 

Inspirational Poem by Unknown Confederate Soldier

I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

By: Unknown Confederate Soldier, aka The Creed for the Disabled

Finally, remember this….When the struggles of our lives become too great, we must surrender to grace….for that is when miracles appear.
With Love and Hope,