Linda Dewberry. . . A Stack in the Culdesac

"Now unto Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work with us. "  Ephesians 3:20 I was so very blessed with a beautiful baby girl and a new home all in the same year.  I felt alone in this new neighborhood and was adjusting to leaving a busy life of teaching to be a stay-at-home mom. The house across the street was on the market for a year.  I would look outside each day at the "For Sale" sign and pray that the Lord would bring me a friend.  I prayed that this would not only be a friend, but  a strong believer whom I could share life with.  I never shared this prayer with anyone, but it was a deep longing in my heart.  The new family finally moved in across the street and it only took a few months  for me to realize that this family was the answer to my prayers.  This woman was a Godly, beautiful mother who was a prayer warrior.  Little did I know at the time, how much I would need her prayers one day. The years passed and I enjoyed watching our children grow as playmates in our cul-de-sac.  I learned things from watching her give herself selflessly to her friends and her friends children.  I watched her trust God to provide finances for what they believed God was calling them to do.  I watched her trust Him in the midst of her husband's unemployment.  I watched her discipline her children with patience and love. I needed mentoring because I was a nervous wreck.  I was always worrying about finances and my children's future.  When my husband's company lost their business... we believed I was supposed to go back to teaching. She encouraged me to trust.    My biggest nightmare had happened.  We believed there was no other option but for me to return to work.  She encouraged me to apply to the Christian school that her children attended.  I laughed at her!  I was a public school teacher at heart.  I sent in an application on a whim, and God began unfolding one of the most beautiful stories I could have ever imagined.   Her prayers and encouragement got me through this time.  This Gospel-centered school amazed me, and I felt God's love and protection over myself and my family more deeply. I fell in love with teaching again.  I dearly missed my 2 year old, but my 5 year old was able to go to the school with me.  This wasn't the nightmare I expected.  The people I worked with helped me to love Jesus even more and helped get me through rocky times to come.  My parents left their home 600 miles away and came to live in our basement to care for my 2 year old and within months my mother was diagnosed with cancer and began chemo.  They came to help us, but ended up needing more help than they could offer.  I was a mom of two young children, a first year teacher, and a daughter of a sick mother living in my home.  His grace was sufficient.  Some days I was unsure what to pray, but I always knew my neighbor prayer warrior was lifting me up.  Each day of chaos was filled with an assurance of His presence in my life.  I felt calm in the middle of the storm. For the first time in my life, I had to trust Him one day at a time.  At the end of the first school year, my mother was almost done with chemotherapy and she fell and broke her hip right before they were headed back home.  I became a constant caregiver for my mother who was unable to walk for many months.   My neighbor continued to pray and offer help.  I felt her prayers and support and knew that my prayer many years ago, was answered.  Due to financial reasons, we moved from this precious neighborhood,  and I dearly miss my neighbor and her family.   Our previous home is a stone of remembrance.  I wouldn't have the job that I love, my children wouldn't be at the schools they attend, and I wouldn't have made it through those trying years if the Lord hadn't answered my prayers and sent me a prayer angel- in my neighbor.   I thank God for her, and for her years of prayer through many more trials that I have shared in this one story.   To God be the Glory!  Great things He has done.  - Linda Dewberry

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