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Miracles are all around us — we just have to look to see them. You will be in awe as you read these powerful 101 stories that are written by real people — ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences happen to them. People who are just as surprised that these things happened to them as we are to read about them. These stories about guardian angels, answered prayers, cases of divine intervention and coincidence, miraculous healing, mysterious dreams and messages from heaven will deepen and strengthen your faith. They will give you hope for the future and prove that good things do happen to good people!
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Five ways to help you see the angels and miracles in your life.
Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels and Miracles by Amy Newmark
Good things do happen to good people and sometimes in ways that are hard to explain. The 101 stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels and Miracles will open your eyes to the miracles that happen every day and the angels that seem to appear when needed the most. Here are five ways to find your own angels and miracles.
- Don’t turn down an opportunity for a miracle. Driving to work one morning, Kristine Benevento heard a voice telling her to turn on the radio. Though she found it odd, she obeyed and heard about a local contest for a free cruise to Bermuda and a chance to win $25,000. Kristine forgot all about it, but then she heard the voice again later that day. When she turned on the radio, she heard the same announcement! This time she acted, and she got to the contest booth just before it closed. The next day, Kristine learned she’d won! “I was floored,” she says. “I don’t win things.” The win came at a great time — her family was struggling financially. Then a couple of weeks later, Kristine won the national contest for $25,000! “We were able to pay back my family and get the bill collectors off our backs,” she shares. “I listened to the voice and was rewarded. I still get goose bumps when I think about this.”
- Divine intervention can lead to special moments and irreplaceable memories. Two weeks before her wedding, Lainie Belcastro abruptly left a celebratory lunch with her friends when she heard a voice commanding her to go home. “I didn’t recognize the voice, and yet it was authoritative enough to make me rethink my schedule,” Lainie says. “I had no clue what to expect as I raced home, but I knew something was wrong.” She was worried it had to do with her dad, who had just had his right leg amputated because of diabetes. When she arrived home, she found him looking happy and healthy. The two had an impromptu lunch and a heart-to-heart talk about death. “I was thankful that I had that quick lunch with my dad,” Lainie says, because he died not long afterward. “Miraculously, I had that conversation with him over lunch, when he revealed that he was not afraid of dying and that he believed he would be reunited with his mother,” she shares. “I would be his messenger for the rest of the family.”
- When that little voice warns you, you should listen. Nancy Emmick Panko was driving on the highway behind a tractor-trailer loaded with lumber. Suddenly, she heard a voice telling her the straps holding the lumber in place were going to break, and she needed to speed past the truck immediately. Nancy panicked and did as the voice said, and just as she passed, she saw the straps snap, one by one, and stacks of wood slide off the truck and onto the road! “The first pieces missed the back of my car by a few feet,” Nancy says. She saw the truck driver’s horrified face in the rearview mirror and watched him come to a stop. “I offered up a prayer of thanks for having heard the voice,” she says. “There was no doubt in my mind that God was my navigator on the interstate that day.”
- Listen to the warnings in your dreams. While dozing on the couch, Tiffany O’Connor had a pleasant dream about her late grandmother. But then the dream changed and her grandmother was urging her to move her sleeping year-old son into his crib, warning, “There is not much time.” Tiffany’s son was comfortably asleep on the recliner next to her so she decided to ignore the warning when she woke up. But, suddenly, thunder boomed and the lights went out. With her grandmother’s words echoing in her mind, Tiffany moved her son into his crib. A moment later, the entire house shook. A massive tree limb had fallen through the bay window and landed squarely on the recliner where Tiffany’s baby was sleeping moments earlier. Glass was everywhere, and rain blew in through the broken window. “I began shaking and crying hysterically,” Tiffany writes. “If my son had still been lying on that recliner, his little body would have been crushed.” The house and some furniture suffered damage, but that was it. Tiffany only felt gratitude, because her son was safe. She says, “I believe that my grandmother came to me in my dream that night, to save her great-grandson’s life.”
- Don’t be surprised if the parent-child bond survives death. At the news their mother’s death was imminent, Linda Ann Feist and four of her five siblings were able to rush to her bedside to say goodbye. Their mother passed peacefully after her children had said their final words. “Exhausted, I sat at a table and put my head down and closed my eyes.” Linda says, and then “my journey began.” Linda, who had asked her mother to take her with her “in spirit,” felt herself soaring above mountains, then taken through layers of soil and into a field of wildflowers before soaring high into the sky, surrounded by light. “At that moment in time, a sense of stillness and serenity washed over me,” Linda relates. When she woke she learned two of her siblings had just had the same exact dream. “We knew she was safe, pain-free and in the loving arms of her God. And we were left with an indescribable feeling of tranquility and peace.” Linda writes. “Our mother gave us a gift. She took us with her just as I had asked.”