Friday, June 8, 2018

Vacation Miracle! and the winner of your hero picture selection!

Hi everyone!  Sorry no news today. I just flew back into town and haven't had time, but for those of you who look forward to my Mad Friday report, it will be back next week. ( not if the rapture occurs, of course) 

Hence, without further adieu, let me present to you the winner of my Hero picture selection survey last week!


Yeah, enuff said. Is it hot in here? LOL.  But thank you all for your votes!  There were some awesome choices, weren't there? Oh, my.  If you didn't get a chance to see them all, click here to go to Pinterest

Vacation miracle!

Last week I flew to Tennessee to visit my Mom and my Sister. For my Mom's 85th Birthday, we drove down to Panama City Beach and spent three nights there. It was my Mom's birthday request. I'll post a few pictures below. The beach was gorgeous! I've never seen sand like this before... it was like white baby powder! And I got to swim in the water for the first time in years. (The ocean here in Northern California is freezing)  I swam out to a sand bar where I could stand up! It was awesome.

On our way driving back to Tenn, we were making our way through Atlanta and this horrible screeching sound starting coming from our car. It was horrible! I was driving and in the commuter lane and slowly made my way across the traffic (it was rush hour) to the next exit, thinking all along that the car was going to blow up or something!  I got off the exit and made a right into a mini mart parking lot. My sister and I popped the hood and stood there staring at the engine with no idea what to do. LOL Then we checked underneath the car and nothing seemed out of order. When we tried to start the car and go again, the same screeching (I mean, it was loud!) sound happened. My sister got on the phone to AAA, but they were going to take 4 hours to get to us. It was 2:30 so that meant we'd be sitting there in the hot humidity for 4 hours, only to be towed to a station that would be closed and then have to get a cab to a hotel for the night. Mind you, my mother would not do well in a hotel.  In fact, none of us can really sleep in the same room. Then we would have had to wait for the car to be repaired the next day before we could drive the remaining 5 hours home. That would have been my last day there before flying out. In other words, it would have been miserable and very upsetting, especially to my Mom.

So, I'm standing there praying and staring at the car when this man comes up, a complete stranger, and asks me if we are having car trouble and could he take a look. He's a mechanic. I say "Yes!" . He determines that our break pads dropped off, and that he would fix them if he had the tools... but right across the street is a Jiffy Lube that would do it for under $200. He explains to me exactly what to say to them so we won't get ripped off.  I thank him profusely and we head over there with much noise and prayer. This Jiffy Lube was not busy and had the nicest people working there I've ever met. They got our car right in and we were able to wait in an air-conditioned room with my Mom. I even went and got her a smoothie at the store next door!  They finished the car in under an hour and never tried to rip us off. The man who fixed it waved as we headed out and said "God Bless you".  We were then able to get home before dark.

Now, why do I say this was a miracle? Because if the break pads hadn't fallen off at that exact place on the freeway and I wasn't able to slowly get off at that particular exit where this nice man was at that mini-mart at that exact moment and saw us, and was able then to help us and tell us to go to that Jiffy Lube (Which I would have never done cause I didn't know they fixed cars), which wasn't busy and full of Christians who fixed our car right away.... well, then we would have had a miserable night and following day. Too many coincidences for me not to realize that God's hands were all over that event!  Too many things had to line up for us to get that car fixed and get back on the road. Even my husband said it was a miracle.  You can bet I was praising God all the way home!!  

I'm telling you this because this is how much our Father loves us and watches over us!!  You must believe that. You are never out of His sight!  Things don't always work out perfectly like this, but you are never alone and He has a plan to help you! I want you to always remember that!

Me and my Mom

My Sister and my Mom on a catamaran we went on
The View from our balcony!

That's me out there!

This cool storm came up!
Me and my Mom sitting on that gorgeous sand!
I always find a pirate on my vacations

He let me sit on his lap. Actually he forced me. See the pistol?


Have a great weekend!!! 



25 comments:

  1. Whew, SO hot in here! Man, you find the cutest.. ;) MaryLu, what an awesome testimony, PTL! Just love how God looks after us and blesses us to boot. LOVE the pics of you all, too! Not the most handsomest pirate there but he looks quite smitten with you. ;) The beach and it’s white sand reminds me of our wonderful beach over at Surfers Paradise.

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    1. Yes.. Captain Rufus seems a bit hungry. LOL Awww.. I simply must get to Australia one of these days. :-)

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  2. Thankful God watched over you all. You favor your Mom. jrs0350@yahoo.com

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  3. Just Awesome! On all of it! God was certainly with you all on that trip, and it is so obvious to those of us who believe. Your mom is beautiful! Bless you all!

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen!! Yes, she is beautiful!

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  4. It is so awesome when God intervenes like that! So glad you all had a great time. Moments like those are priceless. Looking forward to your next book!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! Next book coming out in August, I hope!

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  5. So glad you had a nice time with your mom and sister and that God was with you during your crisis with the car.

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    1. Thank you! I love it when God reveals His awesome power and presence!

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  6. YES!!! This picture was the one I chose, so I'm happy he was the winner. "The Restitution" was my favorite of the Legacy of the King's Pirates series and I can't wait to read all about grown up Frederick.

    I'm praising the Lord right along with you for protecting you and your family while driving back from the beach. I'm leaving for Santa Rosa Beach, FL tomorrow (45 min. from PCB) and know how long of a stretch that highway can be. Rejoicing that God put His "angels" in your path to get you all home safely. Seeing your pictures has me anxious to get my toes in that wonderful sand :-)

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    1. Yes.. this picture.. I mean wow. I was hoping most people would choose him. ;-)
      Yay for the Restitution! I loved that book.. maybe more the others... it really spoke to me while writing... anyway, I hope you love Frederick's story!
      I'm praying for safe travels for you tomorrow. Enjoy the beach!!

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  7. What a wonderful story and yes, God was looking out for you.
    So glad you made it through Atlanta traffic without incident.
    I remember all the trips we made to Atlanta for my husband's treatments. That traffic is beyond horrendous.
    Your pictures look like you had a wonderful time with your mother and sister. So happy for you.

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    1. Yes.. I hate driving through Atlanta. We used to do it when I was a kid and we were going on vacation from Florida to Tenn. Thanks, Evelyn! I hope you are well. :-)

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  8. Love the pics ... and the testimony! 💕 Can't wait for the next book. You're my Fave!

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    1. And, BTW, perfect choice for Pirate of the Week!

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    2. Awww.. thanks so much, Miriam! :-)

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  9. What an adventure! God is good! I love the pictures, especially the ones with the pirate. LOL Praise God you are home safe and had a nice visit with your mom and sister.

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    1. Thank you, Chappy! I'm praying for you and Jack! Hope you are feeling better.

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  10. That was awesome. Glad God had it all under control! So you could brag on Him! Blessings!

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    1. I love bragging on Him! There's so much to brag about. Blessings!

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  11. MaryLu thanks so much for sharing this real miracle! It was definitely the Lord helping you. And I love the pics and agree with you about the white sand there. We've been. Our SC Atlantic beaches sand is not so snowy! Hugs, Elva Cobb Martin

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  12. MaryLu, I just flew home to Boston from Atlanta.on the 4th. As I had spent the last weeks in Jasper. Georgia, which is north of Atlanta like midway from Atlanta and Chattanooga Tennessee . And almost went to PCB this very week. But I didn't. I believe our paths crossed in Gaitlandburg about 2 years ago . That was a great time and was when I almost drowned in the lazy river at the Wilderness Lodge. God was looking out for me and sent a beautiful blond lady to help my son and his wife get me out of. the inner tube. The current kept pulling my feet in its current, and I couldn't keep my feet from slipping and could not stand up . This blonde angel was able to grab my arm and help me to stand up. She kept looking into my eyes are saying "you are ok now. " three times she did this and I felt the calmness come over me. She patted my arm and turned and left. I turned to my son than turned to say thank you and she was gone. She had on beige shorts and a floral sleeveless blouse. I believe she was my angel! It is a remarkable feeling when God watches over His loved ones and provides others who are obedient to His urgings and do not hesitate to do His will, to step out and help out like that man did for you. He was there at the right time when you needed help. And with all that goes on in the whole wide world-- you needed help and God sent that help. Praise His Holy Name!! Was it just a coincidence --No--It was the Gracious Love of God for you, your Mom and sister. What a Blessing !!!!

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