"I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers..."
Surely God looked down upon us with smiles tonight.
Only HE could have orchestrated such an amazing evening.
Let me explain.
I can't remember when I first met my precious blogging friend, Shorty Bear, aka "Coco's Momma".
I can't tell you how our paths originally crossed.
What I can tell you is that this dear friend has blessed me more times than I can remember.
Through our email communication, the times she has stopped here and left encouragement and kind words, and my visits to her blog, she has picked up my spirits countless times.
I just really have no words to express how much I love and appreciate her.
You may remember me mentioning her in this post,
when she was announced the winner of the spring giveaway.
Through a series of events, that looking back in retrospect reveal God's perfect orchestration,
my family and I ended up spending a bit of time in Chattanooga, TN.
God always has a plan.
I am convinced that He always has a purpose for placing us where we are.
As I was praying early the other morning, seeking His face for direction, asking Him what He wanted us to do while here, the dear Lord so clearly reminded me,
"Denise lives in Chattanooga."
My mind went back to mailing her prize package to Chattanooga,
and I also remembered her mentioning it on her blog.
As the Lord reminded me, I could hardly believe it!
I immediately got on my laptop and emailed my dear friend to ask her if there was any way we could meet up during our time here.
I knew she was going through some very hard health issues, and I wasn't sure if she would be physically able to make this happen, but I had to ask and see.
Sure enough, bless her dear heart, she emailed back and so graciously agreed to meet!
Tonight, we met at Cracker Barrel, where we ate together and shared the sweetest visit.
I could not hold back the tears as her husband, Eddie, pushed her wheelchair towards the spot where Zach and I sat waiting for them on the porch.
My heart overflowed with emotion and gratitude to finally meet my sweet encourager face to face.
As we visited tonight, I reached an even deeper love and compassion for her
and a stronger appreciation for all she has endured and had to go through.
The love of Jesus shines so brightly and sweetly through her every word and deed,
and it just meant the world to me to get to know her better.
Her testimony and story is beyond amazing, and as she talked, it was so evident to Zach and me that the power of God has been upon her since even before the moment of her birth.
Sweet Shorty Bear and the love of her life, Eddie
Many of you already know and dearly love Shorty Bear.
If you have never met her or enjoyed her blog,
I encourage you to stop by and visit her here, and while you are there,
be sure to leave a kind comment of encouragement for her.
Her health battles are so severe, and she is now facing uncertainty concerning a toe that will not properly heal.
Dear friends, PLEASE pray for God to lay His healing hand upon her body,
to restore her health, and to grant her and Eddie many more years together.
We all know that there is nothing impossible with our God,
and Jesus Christ is the same today as He was when He walked the earth.
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever."
As we unite our prayers for Shorty Bear, surely the heart of our God will be moved with compassion.
"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven."
His brother, James, wrote this,
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
As you pray for dear Shorty Bear, may I ask you to add one other person to your prayer lists?
God allowed us to be blessed with the sweetest waitress tonight,
and we shared with her about how we were meeting for the first time,
told her about our blogs, and how God had brought about our visit, etc.
As we were getting ready to leave, she asked that we pray for her 7 year old daughter,
Kayleigh, who recently suffered a seizure and whose EEG showed abnormal results.
She is to have an MRI tomorrow.
Please pray for good results and healing for little Kayleigh and for peace for her sweet mother.
Surely God can do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or even think.
Thank You, dear Father, for my precious friend, Shorty Bear,
for ordering our steps,
and for bringing us together tonight for the gift of this precious visit!
Dear friends, be on the lookout for Shorty Bear's amazing story to be featured here in an upcoming
You will not want to miss reading how God's hand has rested and continues to rest upon her life.