5 Days Before Christmas Story #1

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

Today marks five days before Christmas and what a great way to put things in perspective for the season than to focus on our blessings. Each day from today through Christmas Day, I will post a Christmas blessing post. I hope these posts will be a blessing and encourage you to focus on the blessings in your life.

Today's blessing story is about a very personal experience from years ago. I was 18 years old and found out in a strange turn of events, that the father I thought I had was not my father. My biological father was someone else who tragically passed away 2 years before I discovered his existence.

The blessing was in finding out about my paternal grandmother who was in a coma when I find out about my father and subsequently, her. The next day I was on a bus headed to Houston, TX to see her. I had this intense desire to see her before she passed.

Upon arriving at the hospital, I was escorted to her room and told she just appeared to be sleeping. As I gazed upon this woman just soaking her in, her eyes flew open and she said, "Hello Paula". Of course, the nurses went into action exclaiming that she had been comatose for over 2 weeks!

The true miracle of this story is that not only did she awaken from the coma, but she also lived another 6 years! In those precious years, I was able to learn about this side of my family. She told me she had been praying for me for the past 18 years. Her version of the story is that when I arrived at the hospital, she was moving toward a light. She was told, "Ruth Annie, you must go back for Paula."

What could have been an event that could have resulted in a confused and emotionally altered teenager, actually caused a miraculous event in which lives were changed for the good. This precious woman gave me the best gift of all and that was being covered in prayer all of those years.

Prayer is powerful and is not held to earthly, law of Physics standards. Prayer knows no boundaries, time limits, or distance. The power of prayer can and does affect those who are far and those who are near. Your prayers are never, ever wasted. And remember, when you don't believe your prayers are being effective, there are things you cannot know that are happening and making a difference.


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Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Paula  what an unbelievable story, but miracles do happen, all we have to do is believe 

Dec 20, 2021 11:33 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Paula - that really is a wonderful story and even believe as you do that it was divine intervention.

Dec 20, 2021 02:09 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thank you Hannah Williams, the believing part is what most struggle with. However, so many blessings for those who believe. Merry Christmas.

Dec 20, 2021 03:09 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Hi Grant Schneider and thank you for your sweet comment. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Dec 20, 2021 03:09 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Dr. Paula McDonald, I believe in the power of prayer and miracles. This is such an incredible story.  I got chills reading it.  

Dec 20, 2021 04:09 PM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

What an incredible story, I wish all of them worked out this way.

Dec 20, 2021 05:03 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - thank you for taking the time to read this. I still get emotional when I speak about this or even write about it.

Dec 21, 2021 05:14 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home - I've often thought about the millions of events like this that we are never aware of. I believe that when we are in heaven, we will fully understand and see all of the many blessings and miracles that did occur that we just didn't see. Blessings to you.

Dec 21, 2021 05:16 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Dr. Paula McDonald ,

I just read your second Miracle and had to come back to read this post you posted first. What an incredible miracle and thank you for sharing. You are right your blessings encourage us to stop and consider our own blessings so your post is truly a gift to us. Blessings to you.

Dec 21, 2021 06:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Paula - somehow, I missed this post yesterday but because you referenced it in Post #2, I fortunately saw it.   And I am glad I did.  An amazing story.  

Dec 21, 2021 08:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How incredible! What a gift to have been able to meet and get to know your grandmother and the link you had with each other. Thank you for sharing.

Dec 22, 2021 05:42 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Paula my wife and I adopted two baby girls at birth about 3 years apart. we have been very open with them telling them their birth mothers loved them very much and wanted a better life than a single mother could provide. On of my daughters found her birth mother on facebook and quickly realized that her life was much better than it would have been. She has gone to counselling and that has helped her tremendously.

Jan 16, 2022 04:30 PM