Monday, March 22, 2010

Memorial Box Monday: God Answers When We Ask

Today's Memorial Box Monday story just happened over the weekend. My birthday was on Saturday and unbeknown to me, my husband Joel had been wanting to find me my own Memorial Box since I started sharing about Linny's Memorial Box Monday posts at A Place Called Simplicity. We wanted our own place to help remind us of God's grace and love in our lives.

As I have written before I will be having surgery for uterine cancer, actually tomorrow morning, and our days have been busy with preparing mentally, physically, and spiritually for this major event. Due to my reactions to chemicals and other health issues, it will be a bit more challenging. (Although nothing is too challenging for our God!) Joel had been looking for something to purchase for our "memories and reminders" but nothing had come up in the short amount of time he had to look. We knew it would need to be something older that was "outgassed" of any chemical smells. Last Thursday he was going to go to one more second hand shop, and as he was driving he prayed for God to help him find just the right Memorial Box for my birthday. Shortly after he saw a sign for a new consignment shop and followed the directions to get there. Inside he found not only 1 but 2 beautiful glass 3o inch high cupboards with glass doors that would make perfect Memorial Boxes. AND to top it off, they did NOT have any fragrance or wood finish smells that I would react to!! Much to his delight he was able to purchase it for only $35.00. I was so surprised and happy when I received this special gift from a loving husband and gracious God. He is definitely in the details of our lives.
I just had to share a photo of my very first memorial Box and the extra meaning behind it. Not only did God answer Joel's urgent prayers for this seemingly small request, He reminded us once again that he will also answer our prayers for my surgery and recovery. I look forward to filling this box with old reminders and new memories of God's goodness and grace in the years to come!


scrappy quilter said...

It is absolutely beautiful. What a great memorial box. And what a wonderful birthday gift.

stephanie said...

AWWW, it's beautiful! Saw your link at Linny's and stopped by. Glad I did, it was a beautiful post, and what a beautiful Memorial box. Happy Birthday. And I will be praying for your surgery tomorrow!

dominique said...

Wow! That is beautiful! Again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! :-)

Sara said...

What a beautiful box that your hubby found. I will be praying for your surgery tomorrow and for healing for you. May He grant you great peace<><

Goodness and Mercy Mom said...

Oh, Renee, what a beautiful story and what a beautiful Memorial Box to keep your treasures! Happy belated birthday. May you add many Memorial Box mementos in the coming year. I will certainly be praying for your surgery and recovery tomorrow.

Much Love,

Joan said...

Just wanted to stop by and say hello. You are in my prayers.


Patty said...

I am praying, Renee

Kat said...

I love to see God work. His every day presence in our lives is such a blessing!

Lori said...

Your memorial box is beautiful! Just like I pictured mine should look like in my mind :~) I love how God provided it for you in time for your birthday. He cares for you.

I praying for you.
In Jesus,

Shannon said...

Oh this is so beautiful! God is giving you a HOPE and a FUTURE literally to fill :) I'm praying for you tomorrow, for every little detail to be in the precision of God's perfect and compassionate hand.
Blessings on you!!!! I love having connected with you through this bloggy world!

Mom Of Many said...

I love your Memorial Box - absolutely beautiful.

And I want you to know that the kids and I have been praying for your surgery since you emailed me about it. We are trusting God for a complete healing...He is faithful...and He IS Jehovah Rapha...Love from Colorado...xo

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Renee,
What a beautiful Memorial box, and the Lord leading Joel to it, makes it even more special! 'Happy Birthday' dear friend! You are in my thoughts and my prayers today.


daylily777 said...

I know you must be in surgery now, I am praying for you ,Renee. Happy late Birthday! That was a wonderful thoughtful gift from your husband.