Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Christmas Miracle♥

Happiness is a form of courage...Before I begin and let you know the Christmas miracle, I've recently witnessed, I just want to say my heart goes out to all the families affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting yesterday. May love and peace surround you at this tragic time.♥

   It all started last Friday. I called up Student Accounts to start a payment plan or at least find out the terms of mine such as how much my down payment would be and how much my monthly payments would be.

The caller pulls up my account and goes, "It seems you still have some financial aid pending. Let me see what I can do about that." After a quick explanation of my payment plan, I hang up and log into my student account and cannot believe my eyes. I was given almost $1000 dollars out of nowhere. Financial aid literally told me that I wouldn't be given any more aid so I just accepted it and knew God would provide the money for me to make my down payment.

That $1000 dollars that just appeared in my pending aid was absolutely the favor of God on my life.

So that was Christmas miracle number one.

Christmas miracle number two didn't directly involve me but it was still a blessing for the rest of my family.

My sister Jamie two weeks ago had entered one of 93.3 FLZ's JingleBall ticket giveaways and then she forgot about it.

Then, Friday night she gets a text from one of her Facebook friends telling her, "She's so lucky 'cause she wins everything."

She didn't understand so she went on the computer and it turned out she won the ticket giveaway and only had an hour left to claim the two tickets.

At first, she thought she was also going to get meet and greet passes to meet Justin Bieber (I started crying), but it turns out she only got tickets. She decided to take my mom because she felt she would feel most comfortable going with either me or my mom. I figured my mom should go because I'm not good in places with open heights. They make me feel disoriented.

Before I show you the pictures of all the fun and shirtless Biebers, let me continue onto Christmas miracle number three.

Christmas miracle number three came Monday when I finally visited a new specialist for my thyroid and he actually was efficient in his knowledge and is having me get bloodwork (which I had done Wednesday) that not only checks my thyroid hormones but my cholesterol levels and such, but he's also having me go on Tuesday for a thyroid scan and uptake which is a two-day process where they give me an iodine pill and then the next day take magnetic images of my thyroid to look at how much hormone it is or isn't producing, etc. Pray for me this week as I undergo this test and that good results await us when we return to his office for a follow-up visit this Friday the 21st.

Finally, I will finally find out the correct diagnosis for my thyroid and get the proper treatment. ☻

Christmas miracle number four came on Thursday when I called up to make my down payment so the hold would be taken off my student account and I could register for classes. I'm still awaiting to be officially registered for the classes I want to take (which all remain open despite how long I had to wait to register) and it appears I will have enough for my textbooks as well for this semester.

God's favor abounds in my life.♥

Without further ado, here are the picture illustrations from JingleBall Tampa Bay 2012 as taken by my sister:

 The girls were surprised by Jillian's mom who provided a limo ride to and from the concert.

 Everyone inside the limo.
 Bridgit Medler outdoor concert.


Justin performing "Beauty and A Beat."

 Justin performing "Boyfriend."

Fall/Be Alright acoustic

Overall, it was a good show and just more proof that God's favor not only abounds in my life but in my family's life as well.

This year I went through a lot and at times to anyone who just looked at what I was going through and not the big picture, they would have called my life done fore and defeated. There were times this year depending on the situation where I believed I could not go on but God's grace restored my life and led me through the hell I was going through only to make my situation even better than it appeared before the storm. 

I was supposed to die this year but I didn't. -God's favor
I had someone close to me leave me without a word when I needed them most only to be blessed with true and worthy new friends. -God's favor.
I was supposed to take a semester off because it looked as though I wouldn't do so good because of my health, but I ended up passing three of the five classes I took. -God's favor
I made less this year in my work study job and couldn't buy as much as I usually do but ended up making it through the semester with more than enough. -God's favor.
I wasn't supposed to even be able to register for spring semester even though I have two-three semesters left. -God's favor
I never thought anyone in my family would see Justin Bieber in concert let alone for free, and they did. -God's favor

God's favor abounds in my life, no doubt whatsoever. ♥

Next blog, I'll update you on my health and how blessed my Christmas was.

The DeVries Family would like to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!

Until next time,
We went through fire and water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. -Psalm 66:12♥

Also, check out my poems page for two new poems.

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~ 

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