I wanted to share that since reading “The Story” and starting the Eastside Institute I have been experiencing God in a great way. Every week there have been “God incidents” that have confirmed to me that I’m at the right place at the right time.

Here are a few things that have occurred in the last six weeks:

Simple things: One night, my husband, Charlie and I went for a walk much later than we normally would and ended up going up a street we normally don’t. We discovered a gas leak coming out of a neighbor’s parkway meter.

On another occasion, after the Semilla services, I help my husband rearrange parking signs at church. We bring our dog and let her run around the grass area when we’re done. One Sunday there were some small kids playing on the Plaza grass so we let her run on the grass by the loading dock at the 6 story building. When we were walking back to our truck, I happened to look down in the planter and saw a check. It was a large offering check someone had lost.

My favorite story happened this last Sunday. I saw a young couple that looked like they may have a “Kidside” question. I went to see if I could help them and noticed the lady was pregnant. During the conversation I found out they were having a “special needs” child who was going to be born with a heart condition. I asked what the diagnosis was and they began to say, “Trans…” I finished their sentence: “Transposition of the Great Vessels.” They looked at me stunned. It’s a rare heart defect. Only 4 out of 10,000 live births have this diagnosis, and my son, Graham, was born with this condition 25 years ago! He’s doing well and that was a comfort to this young couple that I was able to share with them. I pulled them aside and told them it wasn’t by chance that we met. We talked a few more minutes and I answered some of their questions.

For such a time as this, I was able to understand the purpose of my son’s suffering as I ministered to a young couple and I was able to see the bigger picture and have a 25-year-old question answered.

I had often wondered why my son had to endure this and what I had done to cause him to have this birth defect? People can go through their entire life not knowing answers to situations in their life. This past Sunday, God blessed me by putting me in the path of Courtney & Mike so I could give them hope and encouragement in a scary time in their lives. For such a time as this, I was able to understand the purpose of my son’s suffering as I ministered to a young couple and I was able to see the bigger picture and have a 25-year-old question answered.

God has been doing some amazing things these past few weeks in my life. It’s been an amazing journey.