Some Recent Miracles That I Believe Will Encourage You

I’ll warn you up front- this post may sound rather strange to you & will be long.  That being said, I want to share my story to encourage & help people understand just how much God truly loves His children!

As I mentioned previously, my father died on Monday, October 23.  That day was strange as were the following days.

Early that Monday afternoon, a neighbor of ours came by to visit as he frequently does.  He could tell I’d been crying & asked what was going on.  I told him that my father was being taken off life support that day, & I was sick of people attacking me for not being there.  He gave me some good advice that I want to share with you in case you’re going through a similar situation.  (Pardon the bad language in advance- this is just how he talks.  He’s not one to sugarcoat things, obviously, but he has a good heart.) He said, “”Girl, you gotta protect your heart. Don’t let that s**t get inside you. Crazy a*s people need to mind their own f*****g business.  They don’t know s**t about your situation.  You do what you need to & f**k them!”  My neighbor was absolutely right.  In these situations, people do need to mind their own business (not that they usually do unfortunately)!  You also have to protect your heart & not let their hatefulness get inside you.

A little later that same afternoon, before I knew my father was gone, a good friend of mine got a word from God.  He told her that He left my father on life support for so long to try to get him saved.  My father talked to God about many things but mostly why I wouldn’t see him.  He even argued with God & even said he was a good father.  God showed him otherwise.  My father also didn’t want to die with unfinished business- he wanted to see me, & God told him that wasn’t going to happen.  He showed him Heaven & Hell & told him to choose.  He eventually repented & chose Heaven.  About one hour later, my father was dead, passing quietly once life support was removed.

While my friend got this word, I was outside with my husband & our neighbor.  I saw a monarch butterfly & it felt odd.  Usually butterflies are something my grandfather & I shared, but this didn’t feel that way somehow.  I’d also had an odd sensing off & on of my father fighting with God, as I had for the previous few days.  I came inside my house a bit later,  & saw my friend’s message.  She said yes, my father was indeed fighting in the spiritual realm for quite some time.  God told her to tell me my father will see me again one day & he’s very sorry.  Also it’s because of all the prayers he finally got saved, & I am to continue praying for my mother.  (Never give up praying for someone, Dear Reader!!  God truly hears those prayers!!)

Later on Monday, I took a shower.  When I was about to get into the tub, I suddenly remembered something important.  I’d asked God to give me a sign if my father was with Him after he died.  That was the monarch butterfly!  And, God spoke to me saying that me not having any contact with my father for his final few months served an important purpose- not only to protect myself, but also to force my father to reach out to God.

I messaged my friend with this new information once I got out  of the shower.  She agreed that I have my sign, the monarch, that my father is with God, & also to never give up praying for my mother.  God also told her those who judged & harassed me had better stop He’ll intervene.  Thankfully she also prayed a hedge of protection around me.

My friend also said she asked God,  “Why do they wait until the last minute!?”  The Lord told her, “Because they allowed the devil to take them captive to do his will,”  (2 Timothy 2:25-26  “in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26) and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” (NKJV) )

And, she saw this verse come up on biblegateway.com (great site, by the way!!)  “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”. Galatians 6:2 (NKJV)  This is what she did for me- bore my burden on a day I needed help bearing it.

These Scriptures also came to her attention:

Matthew 19:23-30 “With God All Things Are Possible 23) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24) And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25) When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26) But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27) Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” 28) So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29) And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[a] or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. 30) But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (NKJV)

My friend also said God did indeed say everything I thought He’d said.  My father didn’t want to die, especially without seeing me.  He thought he was dying too soon & didn’t realize his eternity was depending on his choice at that time.  Thankfully, he did realize the truth though!

She also researched the symbolism of monarch butterflies. Monarchs are royalty – that is why God sent me the monarch butterfly as my sign, to say that my father is now a member of God’s royal family!

Tuesday, the following day, my husband took off work.  We went out & when we were coming out of one building, I saw another monarch butterfly!  What makes that especially interesting is that earlier in the morning, thinking about everything, I asked God if it was real & if so, give me a sign.  Honestly, it was hard to believe & quite overwhelming.  So God sent me another monarch!  Then at a traffic light, I saw a little yellow butterfly & heard my Granddad’s  voice say “Good job, Kid!” I immediately knew what he meant- good job keeping up the prayers in spite of everything.

Wednesday, after quite a bit of prayer, I wanted to visit the cemetery where my father was to be buried.  I had my father’s Bible for many years, because he’d asked me to put it in the casket with him when he died.  I opened the Bible & found many cards, paperwork, etc.  I cleaned out the things that didn’t look sentimental & found a sheet of notes my father wrote documenting some of the abusive things my mother had done to me.  Then, my husband & I went to the cemetery.  The cemetery staff kindly directed me to the proper funeral home that would take care of that, & a very lovely lady helped me make this possible. She even stated that it would be placed in the coffin where it couldn’t be seen, & no one would know it was there.  And, she gave me some memory cards.  My mother was due to visit the cemetery that day but God spared me from running into her!

Then on Friday, the day my father was buried, I looked out the kitchen window & saw yet another monarch on the marigolds in my back yard.  I grabbed the camera & couldn’t see him when I got back to the window.  I saw some movement in the flowers so I went outside with the camera.  Finally as I got close, the butterfly flew out of the middle of the flowers directly towards me, then off over the house.

An interesting fact- monarch butterflies aren’t overly common in my area, let alone in October.  They migrate south towards Florida from September-November, but here, usually by October, I don’t see any.

Anyway, when I came back into my house after seeing that monarch, I asked my Amazon Echo Dot to play music by Wham!  I thought some fun ’80’s music might be good for me.  Instead, it played Waylon Jennings’ song, “Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line.”  I don’t know this song, which is truly strange since my father loves Waylon Jennings & I thought I’d heard every one of his songs.  This song is about a guy with a vicious, hateful wife & he stays with her in spite of it all.  I remembered my father saying once my mother told him if he left her, he’d never see me again.  I knew God & my father wanted me to know that he felt trapped & unable to protect me from my mother.

Later that afternoon I decided to get out the papers I’d found in my father’s Bible.  I only found one page of notes my father kept about conversations with my mother, even though it looks like there were others (there was a part of a sentence at the top of the page).  Reading them hurt a lot, but I think I see more about why my father didn’t protect me or even really himself from my mother.  In fact, as I was writing this post & considering those notes, God spoke to my heart & said, “Your father didn’t have your inner strength.”

All of these bizarre occurrences have been extremely helpful.  It’s such a relief knowing my father is in Heaven.  I really didn’t think he’d make it.  It also showed me how kind & merciful God is.  I’d been praying for my father for quite some time.  For his salvation, I also asked God to take him before the Alzheimer’s got too bad, not to let him suffer when his time did come yet not to take him before getting saved.  Those prayers were all answered.  Every single one of them!!  God even gave me signs that they were answered- my intuition, the monarch butterflies & mostly the word from God to my friend.  And, although it was very hard for me to stay away from my father when he was dying, I know it was for an important purpose!  I’m sure many people won’t believe that since they thought I should obey them & go to him no matter what.  I know the truth though, & that is God wanted me to stay away as a way to reach my father!  God is truly amazing!

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22 responses to “Some Recent Miracles That I Believe Will Encourage You

  1. Oh I am so happy for you! You fought the good fight, and won, and even get to see the reward. Good on you.
    This is truly encouraging, and also validates my own similar experiences with butterflies after my father’s passing (Blue Morpho in my case, non-native to the area + a token yellow one later on much like your grandfather wink. how fun?!).
    Thank you for sharing you healing journey with us. You help 🙂
    Blessings on your head Cynthia

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  2. I’m so happy to see you have some peace from this whole situation! God bless!

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  3. You wrote all of this so beautifully, Cynthia. I’m in tears and overwhelmed. The Lord is awesome, beyond words and our ability to comprehend fully! Everything He showed you and your friend is real and true, and shows His infinite love for you. Praise the Lord for answering all your prayers and everyone else who prayed. Praise the Lord for speaking to you through your friend… ❤ You will see your father again. I pray this helps to lead many to Christ, as well as to show them to keep praying and never give up, despite the circumstances, or the past.
    These Scriptures will explain to anyone who doesn't know the Lord how to get saved, and why you must. Your eternity depends on it, and your life now. "It is not His will that any should perish, but that all shall have eternal life."
    Please read this page: https://www.openbible.info/topics/that_none_should_perish_but_all_have_eternal_life

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    • Thank you so very much for everything Betsy. ❤

      I'm glad you said it was written beautifully- I didn't feel like I could do this story justice! It's so intense & overwhelming, how can a mere person convey such a story, yanno?

      Hopefully many reading this will come to know Jesus if they don't already.

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  4. I wrote and rewrote a reply to your wonderful post but nothing did it justice. So I’ll just say that I rejoice with you that your father gave his life to Christ before he died, and that He has been so incredibly kind, loving, generous, and merciful to you as you have gone through this experience. And as always thank you for sharing your life with us. I don’t think you will ever truly know how much help you’ve given to others until we are all living in the Fathers house.

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    • I only clicked like because there was no love option. 🙂

      That is so funny about you writing & rewriting your reply. I did the same with this post! It’s so hard to put into words the magnitude of all of this! This has been so wonderful but also overwhelming & hard to believe!

      He has been incredibly kind, loving, generous & merciful to me as well as my father through it all! It’s beyond words!

      Thank you so very much! I sure hope you’re right- that would be wonderful!

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  5. I think you are amazing & so inspiring to your readers! Thank you for writing this inspiring article, especially during the tough period when you also need to grieve over the loss of your father. Also, I just want you to know that the knowledge & your experiences are so invaluable because in my culture, there’s virtually no guidelines or precursors about what adult children can do when dealing with toxic parents, since most are brainwashed by the tradition of filial piety. And emotional & verbal abuse is seldom talked about, not to mention narc abuse, yet this kind of abuse is usually sugarcoated as “discipline”. So, learning from you means a lot for me. Sending lots of love & hugs ❤

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  6. What a strong testimony of what you have been through and a help for others in a similar situation

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    • Thank you so much! I really do hope it helps others!

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      • I just had a conversation with one of my sons who is suffering since childhood from rejection from his father and now my four children are adult each has taken his or her position and new conflicts so easily blow up. It’s really like a demon trying to destroy a family over many years

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        • I’m so sorry to hear this! (((hugs)))

          I really do believe narcissism is demonic. Do you know the speech Lucifer made before he fell? It’s in Isaiah.. 14 maybe?? He said, “I will make myself greater than God” & things like that. It sounds exactly like a narcissist to me. Since people can be influenced or even possessed by evil spirits, that along with what I mentioned in Isaiah really leads me to believe NPD is demonic in nature. It also explains why it’s so destructive & why so many narcissists act so much alike.

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          • I know you are right and that’s why I had to leave him after nine years of marriage. The demonic issue makes it difficult for me to speak with my children about it as some of their problems being together have some of the same symptoms. I am grateful though that they all have conscience and can say they are sorry. He only blamed everybody else

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          • I agree that N abuse is demonic in its nature, but I’m hesitant to ascribe narcissism or any other sin to demonic possession. And I don’t say that a N can’t be demon possessed. I’ve heard too many survivors describe the possession of their abusers to doubt that it occurs. But too many people are eager to excuse the sin of narcissistic abuse. Sometimes they will use pop psychology (he/she had a bad childhood, so we can’t blame them for abusing their own children), but often they blame the sins of the N on the devil and his minions. It’s really imperative to always keep in mind that abuse is a free-will choice made by the abuser. Yes, they take on the nature and behavior of a demon, but they do that of their own free will. They are not sinning because they involuntarily lost control of their words and actions. Their sins are the result of their own choices and decisions and they are responsible for the consequences.

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            • I agree.. seems like people are of one of two schools of thought- “everything is the devil’s fault!!” or, “The devil doesn’t exist!” Truth be told, he does exist but not everything bad is his doing. People are responsible for the choices they make. I believe that narcissists start out in their narcissism by making a bad choice which leads to another & another.. this can lead to them opening the door more for the devil to have control in their lives (either influencing or outright possession- each case is unique) & closing it to God. It also hardens their heart & conscience & they lose any empathy they once had.

              Just my thoughts anyway.

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