The Love Of God Through The Love Of Others

by Texas Homesteader ~

Do you know how it feels to be comforted by the arms of God?  I was diagnosed with breast cancer & my world started to spin.  There were frightening and painful procedures to endure, many hours on the road and away from the ranch to attend doctor visits and test facilities and many long tense hours awaiting test results.  It was an unbelievably stressful time for us.

Although we didn’t necessarily wish our predicament to be a secret, we didn’t feel like talking about it to anyone other than immediate family.  But little by little the news came out.  Friend after friend voiced their concern and comfort, offering to do anything they could to ease our burden.  We’re pretty fiercely independent so we didn’t even know what to ask for.  So we simply smiled and nodded, grateful for their friendship.

Do you know what it feels like to be hugged by God? Recently I experienced the unmistakable touch of God through the love of others. #TexasHomesteader

We began to prepare everything on the ranch for a potentially prolonged down time.  We were trying to get the garden in order, the cattle set up, bills prepaid and preparing the property itself. Our focus was going to be elsewhere for awhile.

But shortly before the day of surgery we had a malfunction with our lawn mower.  We have a friend who runs a lawn mowing business so we hired him to come mow our now fully out-of-control yard.  He came during the hospital stay and mowed and maintained our entire household property.  But then he refused payment.  Knowing this fine gentleman as I do, I’m really not surprised.

Do you know what it feels like to be hugged by God? Recently I experienced the unmistakable touch of God through the love of others. #TexasHomesteader

Surgery Day

On the day of surgery we were greeted by a waiting room filled with family members as well as our pastor.  They were all there to show their support.  They were still there several hours later when I emerged from surgery.  Then there were many visits during the subsequent days of my hospital stay.

I’ve always enjoyed a very rare, extremely close family unit.  But during that time even family members typically more comfortable close but at arms reach stepped up, openly showing their love and comfort.

Do you know what it feels like to be hugged by God? Recently I experienced the unmistakable touch of God through the love of others. #TexasHomesteader

Love By Way of Food

When we returned home after the hospital stay we were met that very night by a beloved close friend bringing “Healing Chicken Soup” and cornbread along with a few amazing sweets.  Those first days that soup was indeed a healing elixir on a troubled tummy.  It allowed heat-&-eat convenience so focus could be on healing.

There were many subsequent food deliveries from wonderful friends & families in our church.  Those meals tremendously eased our burden once patient care and recuperation were in full force.  What a comfort!

There was a tray of beautifully arranged cut and already peeled fruit and raw veggies perfect for a tender appetite delivered by one of the true treasures at our church. And a personal delivery of blueberry muffins still hot out of the oven from a thoughtful neighbor.  A full meal of roast with carrots and potatoes were brought days later from another special friend.  Many more meals were brought to us, always with an extra serving of LOVE.  How blessed am I to have these fine people in my life?

Friends bringing food for us. Do you know what it feels like to be hugged by God? Recently I experienced the unmistakable touch of God through the love of others. #TexasHomesteader

Cards with well wishes filled our mailbox.  Some were from family & close friends but one was from a stranger across the country who was acquainted with our daughter and reached out to me through her.  Each and every word of encouragement brought a much-needed smile.

Prayers Not Answered??

I confided afterward to a family member that I had prayed hard for weeks that God would give me strength to get through this frightening ordeal.  But as time passed I became concerned.  I was expecting the answer to my earnest prayer for strength to come as calm and poise, confidence and assurance.  But I was feeling none of those things!  As the surgery date closed in I found myself still very afraid and unsure of the future.  Although He’d never failed me before, was God going to answer my prayer for strength?

As it turned out, the overwhelming answer is YES!  The strength he offered me was in the many family members, close friends and even distant strangers that upheld me during my time of trial with their outpouring of love, support and assistance that we didn’t even have to ask for.  I was so touched by the magnitude of it all, and I came through a stronger person both physically and spiritually.

Do you know what it feels like to be hugged by God? Recently I experienced the unmistakable touch of God through the love of others. #TexasHomesteader

The next time I feel the tug to reach out to offer comfort to someone else, I’ll remember the lesson I’ve learned through all of this:  God uses His children to prove His love here on earth.  When I feel that tug I’ll be proud of the mission that He’s now entrusted to me!

Going through trials in my life has taught me that God shares his love through the people that come into our lives at just the right time. #TexasHomesteader

~TxH~

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51 thoughts on “The Love Of God Through The Love Of Others

  1. Greg Hill

    ~TMR~ PTL, God is a Great God. Our real wealth on this earth is our Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus. I’m blessed to know you, and to know that you are on the right track with a Loving God. I can see by the posts left on this blog that your cup is over flowing with love. Thanks for sharing this personal experience about the love of God through others. I’ve been Blessed, Greg

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Greg, your comments are always so thoughtful, so helpful and so appreciated. Yes, our God is amazing and all glory goes to Him for my healing, and the important lesson learned about the way He delivers His love when we need it most! ~TMH~

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  2. Susan

    I’ve recently gone through a similar experience and also found God’t love in the generosity of others. I never understood the tradition of taking food to those going through trials, but now I deeply understand how important that loving support is when you are dealing with a trial. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Sometimes we need to be on the receiving end to really understand it all I guess Susan, but I now have a much clearer understanding of how to show love during such times. ~TMH~

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  3. Heidi @ Pint Size Farm

    Beautiful pictures. It is amazing and sweet how many people are there when you need it most 🙂 Thanks for submitting it to the HomeAcre hop! Feel free to stop by Thurs AM and submit another.

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  4. Terri Henkels

    I am so sorry that you had to go through a trying time and I appreciate you sharing your trials, tribulations and your reminder that God provides answers to our prayers and sometimes in surprising ways! A very beautiful post and so glad you are on the mend. Thank you for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop.

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  5. Debra @ MsMoozys Open House

    What a beautiful post and a great reminder of Gods love! I just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this post tomorrow on Tuesdays with a Twist on my blog, please stop by and check it out. Thank again and have a great week. 🙂

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yes it is Debra, and a lesson learned by me: God is forever faithful but you have to keep your eyes open to see that it may not be in the way you expected, but it’s SO MUCH MORE! Awesome that this post is being featured – Thanks! ~TMR~

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  6. Texas Homesteader Post author

    OMGoodness April, how wonderful that you got to feel the arms of God during a very troubling time in your life. Praise God that your daughter is healing! ~TMR~

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  7. April

    Wonderful post! My daughter was in a terrible car accident this past summer and I similarly witnessed God’s love through family, community and church support and love. God also answered my prayers and I am beyond thankful that my daughter is healing and doing very well. It is amazing the strength that God gives us! 🙂 I’m glad you are doing better! Thanks for sharing this!

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  8. Julia Forshee

    Thanks for your comment on allthingswithpurpose.com. It is a blessing to see the body of Christ working during these difficult times. I added a link to your story on mine 🙂

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Julia, this has been a wild year of frightening experiences for me. I prayed that God would give me strength to get through it but on the day of surgery I was confused as to why I didn’t feel strong at all – I was still frightened. I learned a very important lesson that day. God answered my prayers TENFOLD. It wasn’t in the way I expected (loss of fear) but the strength He gave me was delivered through others, many others and the result was a peace like I had never known! ~TMR~

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  9. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    Beautiful post! God is good all the time! We can’t wait to see what you share at tomorrow’s All My Bloggy Friends

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      That’s awesome that this post is being featured Lisa Lynn – thanks! ~TMR~

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  10. KarenLynn@Lil' SuburbanHomestead

    Taylor Oh my sorry I have lost touch with you lately 🙁 I do know the pain of facing a grave illness and having a loved one go through the same…..the kindness of others saw me through and still does. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Karen, you’re so kind. You said “…..the kindness of others saw me through and still does”. Indeed – I feel the same! One day at a time, one step at a time. 🙂 ~TMR~

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  11. Angela

    God Bless you! Thanks for sharing this! Thank you so much for linking up to Efforts and Assets! Can’t wait to see what you have ready for next Tuesday’s Linky Party. Angela

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  12. Mary@Back to the Basics!

    This is such a moving post! I’m so happy you’re healing. Thanks so much for linking up at the Creative HomeAcre Hop. Hope to see you again this Sunday! back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-creative-homeacre-hop-im-co-host.html

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Mary – one day at a time – things get better and better. ~TMR~

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  16. Anne Payne

    What a wonderful testimony to God’s faithfulness! Often times we don’t know how to reach out to others and seek help but He is so wonderful in answering our prayers. When my daughter passed away last year, I had emails and FB messages from people all over the world who had been praying for us. Each & every one meant so much to me & my family. Social networking is a whole new way for the Church to lift one another up! I hope you are doing well and that surgery has been a positive thing. I shall say a prayer for your continued healing. May God’s peace reign in your heart 🙂

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    1. Lynn

      Your gorgeous picture of the Iris totally got my attention but your words are truly moving and heartfelt. I wish you well on your way to recovery and I’m inspired by your testimony of God’s love through others.

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    2. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Oh Anne, I’m so sorry for your loss! (hugs) There are certain hardships in life that only God can help us through, and that is certainly one of them. Oftentimes He sends His love through caring hearts right here on earth. It’s a wonderful to feel a hug directly from God. Prayers for your continued peace. ~TMR~

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    3. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Oh Anne, I’m so sorry for your loss! (hugs) There are certain hardships in life that only God can help us through, and that is certainly one of them. Oftentimes He sends His love through caring hearts right here on earth. It’s a wonderful to feel a hug directly from God. Prayers for your continued peace. ~TMR~

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  17. Laurie Kazmierczak

    So glad you came through with such a positive outcome….May the Holy Spirit guide you in all endeavors♫ My Rurality is on my new web site

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Laurie, the Holy Spirit has enfolded me through this whole ordeal. I’m so blessed! ~TMR~

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Tanya. There are SO many good people out there. It’s touching that there were so many there for me when I really needed them. ~TMR~

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  18. Lisa Lynn

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us on The HomeAcre Hop. I hope you are fully recovered and feeling healthy again! Blessings for you and for your friends and family for their love and comforting presence.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      One step at a time Lisa Lynn, but I’m not taking those steps alone. It’s so much easier going the distance when you have so many people carrying you! ~TMR~

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  19. artmusedog and Carol

    Magnificent post and great to know there are wonderful friends around and how strong you faith is ~ sending you lots of healing energy hugs ~ ^_^

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Awwww… Thanks! You know each day that passes is a little better than the one before. All I’ve gotta do is stay on that path! I’m indeed blessed. ~TMR~

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  20. heidi

    It always amazes me how great people are when I am having difficult times. They seem to crawl out of the woodwork to help out. It’s one of God’s great blessings in my life. heidiswanderings.blogspot.com

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Heidi, I agree. It’s simply amazing, and a gentle reminder that like these selfless people it is our responsibility to also step up when our support is needed for someone else. ~TMR~

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  21. Martha

    Thank you for sharing from your heart. Our family is going through a similar situation, and we haven’t shared with to many people. But God is showing Himself through His Body, His people, and revealing how much He loves us and cares through the many prayers, kind words and their selfless actions, just as he did with your family. God is Good, all the time. May God continue to restore and heal your body as you grow stronger each day. Blessings!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Prayers for you and your family, Martha. I understand it’s a frightening ordeal, but remember you are NOT alone. Trust Him and give it to Him. Not only will He give you peace, but will send comfort your way through selfless actions of others around you. (hugs) ~TMR~

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  22. Summers Acres

    I hope you are feeling more like yourself now. What a touching post with the outpouring of friends, neighbors, and family. This is one of many blessings from living in a smaller community. Truly uplifting. Thanks for sharing with us this week. I hope you join us again this Thursday at: The HomeAcre Hop ~Ann

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Every day is a little better Ann, I so blessed! I think people are ready to read some heartfelt feel-good stories in light of the turmoil in the news these days, hopefully this post gives someone a smile… ~TMR~

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  23. PK Kirkpatrick

    We question why bad things happen to good people. I believe that it is to help us to realize just how great God’s love is and how beautiful His world is. And to know how wonderful the people around us are. One of God’s great gifts is to open our eyes to his love. Even though you are going through some tough times now, the future holds many years of walking over your land, hand-in-hand with the love of your life. I especially liked your last photo showing the beautiful pocket cross and your little finger curving gently toward it to hold it close.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thank you for your words PK. Although I shouldn’t be surprised that my prayers were so STRONGLY answered, it was not in the way my human mind had anticipated. And thank you for the compliment on the last picture. That pocket cross was actually given to me by a beloved family member as one of many spiritual hugs I’d received through this whole ordeal. I love that it is inscribed “BELIEVE” I <3 ~TMR~

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  24. Cynthia L

    I am so glad all is well. We often only hear about the bad in the world, I am so glad there are good people like your friends there too! Take care!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yes Cynthia, I grow tired of hearing all the bad news as well. In my own corner of my world, life is absolutely beautiful! Here’s hoping the same for all of you. ~TMR~

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  25. Michelle

    I am completly and utterly speechless after reading this blog! I appreciate when someone takes time to put their findings of God’s presence at work. So many times we are fast walking head down moving forward, etc. that we do not stop and look around at God’s work. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Well said, Michelle. “…we are fast walking head down moving forward, etc. that we do not stop and look around at God’s work” My surprise was in the tender and caring way He answered my prayer in a way I was not looking for. <3 ~TMR~

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  26. Mike Barnett

    What a beautiful post. God bless you and the wonderful friends and family he provided you. They are there in good times and bad! Get well soon.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Mike – every day is better & better. Love is like an amazing healing hug and there’s so much of that to go around! ~TMR~

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