Counting blessing can be like counting apples on a tree. If you are aware and notice them, they are bountiful and there’s plenty to be grateful for. Some blessings are sweet, some seem a little tart at the time, some are large, some are small, but they all have the potential to transform our lives and help us through our struggles.
I’ve walked by this neighborhood apple tree many times and mostly didn’t notice it, then all of a sudden it was full of growing apples and I couldn’t help but stop and look closer and appreciate the beauty of God’s work.
Today is a significant day for me, one I will always acknowledge and give thanks for. It was three years ago today that I was pulled from the abyss of a serious medical crisis. I had been suffering from a mysterious brain trauma for six months, was mostly bedridden and unable to live anything resembling a normal life, and my family was actually questioning my survival.
I had an unexplained spontaneous spinal fluid leak that created a lack of spinal fluid surrounding my brain and the mystery had not yet been solved by several neurologists. Toward the end of the crisis, in addition to the hideous head pain I experienced throughout, I could not walk, talk, drink, eat or function normally and was finally taken to “The Brain and Spine Institute” located in the Providence Medical Center when my husband found me unconscious in our home. My husband was a rock during the entire ordeal and I truly don’t know how he managed.
The day I was admitted to The Brain Institute, a neurologist was on duty that had not met me before and through a set of circumstances happened to be working that day when he normally would not have been there. I have no doubt our meeting was a “God Thing” and his ability to find a solution for the crisis I had been suffering through was clearly a miracle.
After six months of MRI scans, lumbar punctures, multiple epidural blood patches and any other test or procedure anyone could think of, it was a simple old-fashioned medication that resolved the crisis. It took three days to come to this conclusion and not long after administering the med in large doses my brain was floating normally in an abundance of spinal fluid and I could walk and talk and swallow again. It was a year-long recovery from there, but today no one would ever know.
When I look around at my world and notice my many blessings I can see them everywhere. Some are small and some are gigantic, but for me they are all undeniable. I have known God’s love through so many struggles and want to thank Him for all He has done for me and my family and friends. Thank you, God, for your grace and mercy!
“Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Tell all the nations, ‘The Lord reigns!’ Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:31-34, NLT
My novel Heart Seasons: A Journey of Miracles is a fictional story based on real life events and it is my privilege to share my “Journey of Miracles” with you.
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“HEART SEASONS” FIVE STAR REVIEW!
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite
Heart Seasons: A Journey of Miracles by Dianna Donnely is a spiritually rich, emotionally endearing, and psychologically affecting narrative that captures the beauty of one woman’s journey of faith into understanding the different seasons of her soul. In a moment of inspiration — revelation — the author felt a strong connection between the colors of the rainbow and her heart, and felt compelled to share the story of this “Journey of Miracles.” Starting with the meaning of each color of the rainbow, the author crafts an inspiring story of the Rainbow Revelation and explores themes of illness and suffering, love and surrender, family and friendship, and her spiritual connection with God. It’s interesting how this journey transforms her perception of life and how it makes her see God through every season of her life.
While this memoir reads like a spiritual autobiography, it is a symbolic journey that offers readers a very fresh perspective into thinking about their relationship with God. The rainbow is an image — colorful and soothing as it is — that symbolizes God’s enduring love for humanity, an image that recalls His compassion after the devastating flood, a symbol of His compassion. Dianna Donnely’s writing reflects the colors of the rainbow — joyous, colorful, and filled with light. You won’t be able to read this book and look at your life in the same way again. One of the greatest lessons I learned from Heart Seasons: A Journey of Miracles is that one thing alone is constant — God’s love. Every other emotion we feel is transitory, like the seasons. You’ll be inspired and entertained by this book, a rare gift of love and faith that you’ll want to pass on to others.
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