61: A Penny from Above

61: A Penny from Above

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels and Miracles

A Penny from Above

Faith comes alive when the Word read from the page becomes the Word heard in your heart.

~Rex Rouis

It was January 2015 and I had the baby blues. I was recovering from a C-section after being on strict bed rest at the end of my pregnancy. I hadn’t lost any of my pregnancy weight and my little baby, Abbie, was in a brace twenty-four hours a day because of a hip displacement.

My husband and I were not doing well financially and we were under a lot of stress. We were living with my mother, who was having her own problems, living on a disability pension after going through breast cancer and ulcerative colitis.

We had no prospects for owning a house. What I really wanted was one with a separate suite for my mother, so that we could take care of her. We needed more room, a higher income, and a healthy baby free of her brace.

I was a bit of an emotional wreck, and I turned to a book — Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us — for a change in perspective. I had always had a fascination with the supernatural and reading the stories left me in awe and wonder.

I started reading in bed one night. One of the stories was about a lady who found a penny on a day when she was missing the lucky penny that she needed for an important exam. I also read about people discovering their guardian angels and asking for signs from them. I decided to pray and ask my guardian angel for guidance.

“Guardian Angel, if you are out there please give me a sign. Things have been kind of down lately. Thank you, God, for blessing me with my beautiful baby girl. I know she is a miracle and I am so thankful she is healthy. I have been feeling really low lately and I don’t know what to do. It’s not working out how I hoped and my husband and I are fighting like cats and dogs! Please give me a sign that everything will work out, and keep my family healthy, happy, and safe. Amen!” I went to sleep that night dreaming of angels.

The next day, my mother and I were in the waiting area at Abbie’s ultrasound appointment when my mom pointed a few feet in front of us and said quietly, “Look. It’s your lucky penny.”

I glanced at it and said simply, “Oh yeah,” not thinking much of it.

Mom continued. “Imagine it has your birth year on it. Then it truly would be your lucky penny.”

I replied, “That would be funny, but what are the chances of that?” I left the penny sitting there, but then I thought about the story I had read the night before about a lucky penny.

I got up slowly and sauntered over to pick up. I remember thinking “There’s no way it will have my birth year on it.” I picked up the penny and noticed it was American, not Canadian. I flipped it over eagerly to the side with Abraham Lincoln’s head, searching for the date. 1986!

“Wow,” I exclaimed to my mother.

“It says 1986, maybe it is my lucky penny,” I thought to myself. I had never really examined an American penny before and as I looked at it more closely I saw words over Lincoln’s head: “In God We Trust.”

I immediately had a feeling of inner calm and gratitude, knowing this penny was meant for me, a little sign from my guardian angel. I was to trust in God. Everything would be okay.

The ultrasound appointment went well, actually better than expected! Abbie’s hips were setting at a faster than average pace. I smiled at the doctor and thanked him, squeezing my lucky penny tightly in the palm of my hand.

It’s been four months since I found my lucky penny and I have received lots of blessings. Things are turning out better then I could have thought or imagined.

Not long after I received my lucky penny my husband’s parents offered to help us buy a house! We found the perfect home in a new development that has a park across the road, a library, aquatic center and beautiful nature trails. It even has a suite for my mother.

My husband also was offered a new job in his field without even searching. It has increased his income and has promising potential for growth in the near future. I have lost my baby weight, have more energy and feel positive about the future.

Now, if there’s anything getting me down I just remember my lucky penny and remind myself to trust in God.

~Andrea K. Howson

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