The Faithfulness of God

Mom and me

The following is a guest post from my mom, Karen Meadows. I’m so glad she finally agreed to write something for this blog! 


October 22nd.

For the past 49 years, this date has been indelibly inscribed in my mind. As I am going over our study of Ruth in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) this week, I was struck by how fitting it is that we are studying this particular book at this precise date this week. It was on this day in 1969 that my husband, Thomas, died in a motor vehicle accident on his way to work. So, studying the life of Ruth really hits home to me. Read more

The Details of Life

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The text from my son came through last fall as I was in the middle of buying airline tickets for family weekend at his new college and answering the door for the furnace man to do the annual service check. Uh oh, what’s happened?

It turned out he had left his backpack with his laptop in it outside two nights before, gone back to his room, fallen asleep, and remembered it the next day. After searching for it throughout that day, reporting it to campus safety, lost and found, and maintenance, he was starting to think maybe it was gone. He was more worried about his class notes than the computer.

I encouraged him to “PRAY” — even if it seemed lost and hopeless, especially if it seemed lost and hopeless!

A couple of hours later, while I was having lunch with a group of my friends who had also prayed, I saw some texts coming through with “!!!!!” It turns out, when he went to lunch at the cafeteria, he was leaving and saw two custodians. He thought he would ask them if they knew what might happen to a lost backpack. The very man he asked was the very man who had found it and picked it up and given it to his boss. He knew exactly where it was. A short time later, the backpack with laptop had been returned — before his major afternoon class where he needed those notes.

Yes, it likely eventually would have made its way back around from this other man’s office to lost and found, but that could have been days or even weeks, during which time, the stress and desperation would have been growing. This was instantly resolved. We had prayed and asked God. God then led my son to the one man on the entire campus who had the answer. Praise the Lord!

The story illustrates what God has shown me again and again: He is involved in all life’s details. He answers when we call upon Him. Though the answer may not always be as quickly resolved as the backpack, or even in the way we hope, we can be assured of His love and care for us, even as we wait. God is worthy of our trust. I praise Him that we can take everything to Him in prayer and that we can trust Him in all things.

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
    I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
    I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Psalm 9:1-2

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25 years! A look back, a look ahead

One of the reasons I started this blog back in 2008 was to have a place to store “stones of remembrance” in our lives. As my blog has become more public over the years, I often hold back from doing that and miss keeping a record as originally intended.

In this, my 25th wedding anniversary year, it seems fitting to write a post to give thanks to God for my husband and to remember this year. This particular year was one we couldn’t have imagined, and yet contained so many life and faith lessons. Many of these things I’ve learned by watching my husband. Read more

Firsts and Lasts

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We are in the two weeks leading up to my son’s high school graduation. Things are getting a little sentimental around here. He just received the senior superlative for the person most ready for high school to end. And this comes as no surprise. Ever since he decided on a college, that’s been in the forefront of his mind. He’s eager for the next phase, and we are excited for him.

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Thank You, Lord

Wednesday, I got that dreaded call from my kids on their way to school: “We’ve been in a wreck, but we’re okay.”

As I was about to get ready for work, I changed gears, threw on clothes, grabbed my glasses, and was out the door. I spent the morning interacting with the police, tow truck driver, auto body shop, insurance company and adjustor, discovering the car is in fact totaled.

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Happy 16th Birthday!

It’s been sixteen years since we welcomed our baby girl three months too early at 27 weeks along in the pregnancy. She was 2 pounds, 3 ounces, and 14 inches.

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The early days in the hospital – reminds me of Matt. 10:30, “Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

We celebrate each year again and remember the miraculous works in the midst of suffering that God accomplished, and we give praise and thanks.

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3 months old and leaving the hospital on her original due date, still less than 5 pounds

I feel as though I’ve written about this many times (here and here, for example), but it’s always a reminder to me that we have a miracle-working God who is involved in all life’s details. I want to once again tell of his greatness and not let this significant day pass without remembering once again.

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Today

Thank you to all who have prayed for her through the years. You are part of this story, and we are so grateful!