March 26, 2015
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Sweet Memories: Reader’s Stories, 16th Edition

sweet memories, Roy Lessin, photo by Marina Bromley

Feel Good in My Heart
Submitted by Sarah Kelley

Sarah Kelley's son,  Photo used with permission.

Sarah Kelley’s son, Steven.
Photo used with permission.

When our eldest son, now 41, was in the 3rd grade, he was in a farm accident that almost took his life.

Before the first emergency surgery, the surgeon said he only gave Steven a 50% chance of making it through the surgery. We walked the hospital halls and prayed. Besides begging God to spare his life, I specifically asked God to send ministering Angels to my son to help him not be afraid.

It was 18 hours later when he awoke, and they finally let me see him. I bent over our precious boy, and tried not to choke up when I asked him, “How are you feeling, Darling?” His answer set the course of my life, and has kept a smile on my face through a lot of pain, for he said, “I hurt all over Mama, but I feel good in my heart!” I knew the Angels had been there, through it all!

I’ve seen him go through many varied trials of life, with the same strength given him by the Angels of the Lord encamped round about him. Life does have its hurts, in body, mind, and spirit, but the Lord sees us through them all! His presence, right in the midst of our trials & tribulations, our sicknesses & situations, our hurts & hang-ups, truly can make us “feel good in our hearts!”

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So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Deuteronomy 11:18-20 (NLT)

Grammy’s Legacy
Submitted by Martha Jean Holubec

Martha Holubec and her Grandma, in 1967 Photo used with permission.

Martha Holubec and her Grandma, in 1967
Photo used with permission.

Grammy was a special lady to a lot of people, especially me—her only granddaughter.  She stayed at my house when her daughter had to go away.  We shared my bedroom.  We played games and took walks together.  I helped her bake.

The thing I remember most, though, about Grammy is her love for the Lord.  She wasn’t the kind of person who went around talking about Jesus a lot, but her actions showed, and her prayers followed all of us.  A couple things stood out to me.  The first was on one of her visits;  I walked into my bedroom to see her kneeling and hear her praying for her family.

The second was one time when Grammy was visiting us, she wanted to go to our church for prayer meeting.  I had no idea at that young age what prayer meeting was, but if Grammy thought it was important, then I wanted to go, too.  I sat close to her and listened.  It was there that I learned how to sing and pray to a God who was real to her. It wasn’t just one person praying, but most of the adults prayed aloud, and it was interspersed with someone starting a chorus or hymn and everyone joined in a cappella.  I listened to Grammy and the others as they prayed with a strong assurance that God would answer them—and He did.

I learned from Grammy the importance of prayer, how to pray, how to intercede for others, and give praise and worship in prayer.  I’m sure it’s because of Grammy’s prayer legacy that I am serving the Lord today.  She took pleasure in me and in her faith, and I’m endeavoring to pass that on to my children and grandchildren.

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Thank you to everyone that has submitted a Sweet Memory for this series! Your stories have made this a success!
We are no longer accepting submissions of Sweet Memories, as we will have a NEW series coming in the Spring. Stay tuned! 

God’s grace and peace to you,
Marina

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