Thankful Hearts Giveaway: Sarah Monzon

November 15, 2016 Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Sarah Monzon, Thankful Hearts giveaway 84

 

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Welcome to Day 4 of the Thankful Hearts giveaway! Just as a reminder – You can keep up with all the posts in the giveaway series by clicking on the Thankful Hearts giveaway graphic in the sidebar. More chances to win each day!

Today, I am excited to share Sarah Monzon’s post about being thankful for the little things and the big things… including one BIG little miracle 🙂

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There are many little things in life to be thankful for. The flash of lightning bugs in the dusk of summer, a rainbow in the sudsy bubbles of a sink full of dishes, a child’s giggle when you kiss their tummy. Then there are the big things. The life and death moments. The times when you’re on the brink, all control ripped from your hands, and you’re just waiting to see what God will do.

I’ve had one of those moments, and any time someone asks me what is one thing in life I am thankful for, my mind immediately remembers that time, that person—my son, his birth.

 Thirty-six hours of natural labor…

Did you catch that? THIRTY-SIX HOURS (yes, I realize I all capped that…but seriously…I felt like I deserved a medal) of natural labor and my son came into the world. Noiseless. Colorless. Breathless. The cord had been wrapped around his neck, and the stress of labor had been too much for him (later we found out he had also swallowed his meconium (fancy word for first yucky sticky poo) and had an air pocket outside of his lungs).
I’m laying in the hospital bed, the doctor trying to stop a hemorrhage while a bevy of nurses attempt to resuscitate my baby. You’d think I’d be an emotional wreck right about then, right? As I look back, I’m not sure why I wasn’t. The only thing I can say is the peace of God washed over me. I didn’t know if my son was going to be okay or not, but I knew he was in the hands of the One who had fashioned him. Thankfully the nurses did get him breathing again, and they took him away and weighed him and did all the things they do to newborns. Well, and one extra. They called the ambulance to take him to a nearby children’s hospital. I was allowed to hold him all of ten minutes before he was bundled off and I was required to stay behind. That is some kind of cruel torture, let me tell you; separating a mama from her newborn baby.

I received a phone call in the middle of the night from the doctor at the NICU where they had taken my son saying he was extremely sick and had shown signs of seizing during transport and was on 100% oxygen. They were very concerned and weren’t sure he was going to make it.

I’m going to insert here that I know social media gets a bad rap, but let me say that I had never felt more prayed for and supported in all my life. I had posted asking for prayers and the response was overwhelming. Strangers I didn’t even know were sharing and praying and encouraging us.

And God heard all those prayers.

I was released early the next morning and headed straight to the children’s hospital. As we walked in the NICU, the doctor was reviewing my son’s chart and he kind of had that befuddled look on his face. You know the one, with the eyebrows drawn down like he was trying to figure out a puzzle. He said it was like he was looking at a completely different baby from the one he’d examined the night before. And it only got better from there. Five days later we were able to take our son, Elijah, home.

He’s five years old now. Bright as a whip, and I’m not just saying that because I’m his mom. He can count well past 100 and can skip count by 2s, 5s, and 10s!

Every time I hold him I know I am holding a miracle and I am ever so thankful. To everyone who prayed with us for him, yes, but most especially to my God. Every good gift comes from Him and my Elijah is one of the best gifts of all.

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One of the books included in the Thankful Hearts giveaway is Sarah’s debut novel, The Isaac Project (Plus… if you sign up for her newsletter, you get a free copy of her new novella 12 Days of Snowmen!)

isaac projectBecky Sawyer’s life unravels in a single day. Not only does she catch her boyfriend, the man she hoped to marry, lip-locked with another woman, she also receives the gut-wrenching news that her grandfather, the man who raised her, is dying. His last wish? To see her happily married. Heartbroken, Becky seeks inspiration in the pages of the Holy Scriptures. And finds it in the story of Isaac and Rebekah.

If love couldn’t keep his parents together, Luke Masterson wonders what will make a marriage last. He decides to steer clear of all women—especially crazy ones like Becky Sawyer, who employs a friend to find her a husband. But when he feels the dogged promptings of the Holy Spirit to move across the country and marry a complete stranger, it seems love has little to do with it anyway.

With commitment their only foundation, and love constantly thwarted, can an arranged marriage find happiness in the twenty-first century?

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sarah-monzonSarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in a small desert town in central Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Connect with Sarah on her website, on Facebook and Twitter.

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Comment on this post by answering the question below and then head over to the kickoff page to claim the new entry for today!

Question for giveaway entry: What’s an answer to prayer that you’ve seen or heard about lately?

Tomorrow we’ll hear from Robin Patchen – plus another chance to win!

Carrie

84 Responses to “Thankful Hearts Giveaway: Sarah Monzon”

    • Sarah Monzon

      Every child is a miracle…but when you know how close one was of being taken from you…well… You know.

  1. Jan Hall

    One answer to prayer was not exactly how I wanted it but it was an answer. I had prayed for healing for my husband. He was healed but not here. He went to be with the Lord in July.

  2. Debbie Clatterbuck

    I haven’t seen or heard of any miracles lately in my life, but several years ago the house I was renting was sold out from under me and the new owners were going to tear it down to widen the entrance to the Hospital. I was given the standard one month to vacate. Let me tell you it wasn’t easy finding another cheap place that fast, but I did. However, the company that was to tear down the house started less than two weeks after the notice. I was at my whit’s end trying to get packed and moved and was on the floor in my dinning room crying for help from God when my church’s Bishop was standing in my front doorway blocking the sun. He was there to see what help was needed and made some calls. We were packed and moved by the next day. God heard my call for help and he performed a miracle for me. (sorry about the book I wrote. LOL)

    • Carrie

      oh my goodness, Debbie – what an amazing story of God answering prayer!

  3. Andrea Stephens

    My miracle baby is 28 years old now and has two miracle babies of her own. She was my only pregnancy that took. I lost many. I was very sick, went beyond pre-eclampsia into having a small stroke, induced labor (86.5 hours) I was too sick to have a c-section. She was born at 34 weeks but weighed 7 pounds. That was both good and bad. She didn’t move her right side for several months due to nerve damage. But God is good and in control, she was running a week after her 1st birthday. She was told (at age 14) pregnancy would be difficult if not impossible and the younger she started trying the better chance she had. She could have easily died if she had gone into labor, c-sections were required. Her first went well for the baby but she had some problems. Her second “surprise” baby was full of difficulties. He was in the NICU for 5 days before being moved to a different hospital for surgery. Today, in answer to prayer he is a very busy, healthy 3-year-old.
    I know this is long, I’m sorry. I see a miracle every day my husband wakes up. 6 years ago I was told he would probably be dead in 2 years. Then he stopped getting worse. He’s not healthy by any means, he has to have oxygen and a ton of pills every day. They still don’t know what is wrong with him. When he first got sick, I asked anyone and everyone for prayers, he was put on prayer chains all over the country. Boy, did I feel those prayers. Then a year and a half later, he nearly died due to blood clots in his lungs, they were forming in his lungs because the blood was not getting through and was like sludge. Final plans were made. He wanted to be cremated, no funeral, and his ashes scattered off the Golden Gate Bridge. I grieved, and prayed. It was then that he stopped getting worse. Much confusion among his doctors, I took him home and here we sit. His personality is different, our lives are different and most days are difficult, I still have him. We laughed together last night. I hold on to those moments and thank God for them.

    • Janet Ferguson

      Andrea, What a testimony you have. Praying for you all! You are doing right and being amazing. Holding on and being thankful.
      Hugs and blessings

      • Andrea Stephens

        Thank you, Janet. You are very kind to say that. I have days where I am angry and resentful at the situation. My daughter and grandsons live over 2,000 miles away, the rest of our family lives 300 miles away. Everything is left for me to take care of, it gets overwhelming. Then something reminds me that God can take my anger and tomorrow is another day. Sometimes, I message a Facebook friend and get just the encouraging words I need.

        • Janet Ferguson

          Andrea, I had a similar tough time caring for my mother with Alzheimer’s and 90 plus father with dementia and my 2 teens when the rest of the family lived 2 states away. It’s hard. No doubt. I’m glad you have a friend you can vent to and be encouraged by.
          Hugs

    • Sarah

      Wow! What amazing testimonies! I am blown away by God’s presence.

    • Carrie

      i thank God for these blessings in your life, my sweet friend <3

  4. carylkane

    Sarah, thank you for sharing your powerful testimony. To God Be ALL the Glory!

    For several years, I prayed for my Daddy’s salvation. The Lord used my parent’s divorce to get Daddy’s attention. I am so grateful to the Lord for saving my Daddy. Daddy has been enjoying his Heavenly home now since January 2012.

  5. Justina Wilson

    I understand health challenges! I will keep you in My Prayers!

  6. Sonnetta Jones

    My answered prayer was yesterday. At my mammogram checkup the radiologist saw something. It scared me because I was God I cannot go through this again but thy will be done. I prayed and said God I will trust you. They ran several more test and said that I should come back in 6 mths. Nothing of concern after all. I am grateful.

  7. Jocelyn

    My BFF recently had an aneurysm burst behind her pancreas. Her heart stopped three times due to lack of blood. The social media spread the word and prayers were being prayed for the bleeding to be stopped. People from all over the world were praying for my friend. The doctors were able to stop the bleeding, and although she has a long road to recovery, this was definitely a miracle. Doctors and nurses stop by her room and are amazed!They are calling her the miracle lady.

  8. Marilyn

    That my family and friends are safe and healthy. Thanks for this great giveaway.
    Marilyn

  9. Pam K.

    Sarah, I am thankful your son is doing well.
    We have been praying for almost a year for a young man who has a brain tumor. His latest tests show it is shrinking, so we are thankful for that. I’m so thankful God answers prayer, whether it is for big things or small.

  10. dianne casey

    My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease and a tumor on her spleen in March. She is 19 years old and I have prayed we would have some more quality time together and with God’s help she is still with me and I treasure every day we have together and thank God every day.

  11. Julie Jobe

    This has actually been a few years ago, but I remember it very clearly. We were looking for a location to house a coffee shop (a place not so much about the coffee, but more about community) and to be a location for the home church that had been meeting in our home for a couple of years. We heard of a place and called the realtor to look at it. She said that there was currently someone who was working on a rental contract with the owner and so it probably was no longer available. We asked to look at it anyway. Earlier that day, I had been praying for God to provide the place He wanted for us, but I kind of wondered just how He was going to do it because it felt like we had been looking for a long time and nothing was working out. As I prayed, He reminded me that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, that everything is really His, and that He could provide just the right place even if it wasn’t the kind of place I was expecting. When we went to look at the shop, I knew before we even walked in that it was going to be the place God had for us. The realtor kind of thought I was crazy because at the time someone else had a contract to rent it, but I just had this knowing feeling that God was going to give it to us. And He did. 🙂 The next day we got a phone call that the other deal fell through and we were able to rent the building for just the right amount of time before God opened other doors for us. He has always provided our needs right when we needed them, and so often, in such ways that there is no way we could doubt that it was all Him and nothing we did.

  12. Donna B

    I just received word today that a friend of mine who has been battling cancer has been told she doesn’t have any cancer cells in her body.

  13. Winnie Thomas

    I’m so glad for your miracle baby, Sarah (although he’s not a baby any longer). Prayer can work miracles!

    The first of July my nephew’s 18-year-old daughter was hiking with her brother in a canyon by a waterfall, slipped and fell 50 feet onto rocks and her head was partway in the water. He quickly climbed down to her, got her head out of the water and called 911. They were able to get a helicopter in and take her to the hospital, but she had severe brain trauma from the fall and some internal injuries. She was in a coma for about 3 weeks. My nephew is a physician, and he kept us up with her condition, which was grave. Thousands of people across the world were praying for her. She very slowly started to come out of the coma. She was able to recognize her family. A few weeks ago, she started to speak a little again. She has made slow, but steady, progress, has been home for about a month, can express her thoughts and smile again. A couple of weeks ago, she wanted to play the piano again (she was an excellent pianist and straight A student, majoring in chemistry in college). She sat down at the piano and was able to read the music and play a little. Her old piano teacher is working with her, and she’s doing quite well with it. She’s still progressing, and it’s amazing how far she has come. It is definitely a miracle. We don’t know if she’ll ever make a total recovery but are grateful she’s still with us and doing so well. A couple of weeks after her accident, a young man fell and died while hiking in the same area.

    • Carrie

      What a blessing, Winnie! She is another walking testimony of answered prayer!

    • Janet Ferguson

      Wow, I’m so glad she’s making progress. My good friend’s son had brain trauma at 16, and he is doing well now at 30!
      Said a prayer for her.

      • Winnie Thomas

        Thanks so much, Janet! That’s sweet of you. She’s really amazing and working so hard to recover. I’m glad your friend’s son is doing well.
        Hugs!

  14. JACKIE MCNUTT

    Sarah, Thank you for sharing your story. Praise God for answering your prayer.
    After caring for my late husband during his illness, I thank God every day for the gift of life and breath and believe that is my miracle, I no longer take it for granted.

  15. Andrea Stephens

    I’m reading through these comments again and can only say “WOW”
    So many amazing stories. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing yours so we could share ours.
    Like the song says, “Our God Is An Awesome God…”
    Thank you, Carrie, for everything 🙂

    • Carrie

      You are most welcome, my friend! These posts and the comments have been such an encouragement to me too!

  16. Becky Smith

    WOW! What a neat testimony! As for answers to prayer recently, I am thankful that God wakes me up each morning with a desire to spend time with Him in His Word. That is a continual prayer that I would thirst for Him and be faithful.

  17. Rebecca Maney

    One of my co-workers is adopting a little boy from Ethiopia. The adoption process is very long and filled with unforeseen pot holes. But they received notice about three weeks ago that their son Mikiyas had been chosen for them and they had ONE week to raise $10,000.00 in order to solidify this stage of the process. And they did!

  18. Annie JC

    An answer prayer was when I wasn’t sure if I should be involved in an event. I prayed for God to be show me without a doubt. And He is GOOD>

  19. Bonnie Roof

    Sarah, I was inspired by your post – thank you!! God answers prayer for me on a daily basis with the gift of another day of life, the strength He imparts, the encouragement through His Word and the prayers of others – too many to mention. He is a faithful God, in the large things and in the small – protecting me through many trials over the years and drawing me nearer Him. Trials and illness have helped me better appreciate His many blessings – the small ones are often some of the best.

    • Carrie

      and He has used you, my dear friend, to be such a blessing to others!

  20. Anne

    An answer to my prayer since I have been suffering with illnesses and have relief now.

  21. Rachael

    I’d been praying since we got married 5 years ago that my husband would find a job in his field of study, and that at some point we could move closer to family (being 150 miles away at closest gets lonely). There were times it was incredibly discouraging–continuous rejections on applications (when employers bothered to respond at all, which was not often), my husband’s current job taking a major toll on his body and spirit, us hardly seeing each other thanks to his work schedule. Well, as of this summer we’re only 45 miles away from family and he’s working in his field! God is faithful!

    • Carrie

      oh yay!!! Much to be thankful for this year!! Blessings indeed 🙂

  22. Dana Michael

    An answered prayer. Well, I have had several of my children traveling and I don’t want to take travel mercies for granted. So, I prayed for their safe travels and the Lord brought them home safe and sound.

  23. Karen

    We’ve been pretty broke lately. I have been praying for a way for us to catch up on bills. One small blessing that we received was a reimbursement check that I thought we had already cashed. It turns out that I never cashed it, so the check was reissued and we were able to use it for groceries. I’m so thankful for the small, tender mercies from the Lord.

  24. Bekah

    I asked God some questions about a scripture passage I was reading…I even wrote them down in a notebook. The next day my father randomly starts talking to me about the same subject. Later I looked in my notebook and found out that He had answered every single question through my dad. Never told my dad that, but still thank God all the time for answered prayers!

    • Carrie

      that is so awesome, Bekah!! I love it when God does stuff like that!

  25. Kirsten Rinehart

    One of my answer prayers is that the Lord has allowed me to come to college with just the right of money

  26. Kelly Blackwell

    So many prayers. In a previous post I shared in comment about a time a few short years ago when the radio ministry I had worked at for over 8 years was closing with all assets being sold due to no fault of our own. For over a year we prayed and prepared for the inevitable while still serving the Lord through our community service. In October the sale was final and went off the air. Two days later…we were back on the air under a new radio group (a commercial group). The owner is a Christian and appreciated what the ministry was doing and now made it possible to continue. It has been a year now. God is amazing. We truly are amazed. This does not happen without God.

  27. Nancy M

    Oh Sarah! We have similar stories. My first daughter had the cord wrapped around her neck 3 times. I was hemorrhaging. We were clueless as to the seriousness of what was going on. My drs were so calm and so good! It was years later Iearned she needed oxygen. She went home with us the next day. So thankful because I know it could have been so bad. God was in control without me even knowing all the details! He’s like that so often!

  28. Beth Erin

    Less than two months before our third child was born, our second broke both bones in his lower arm. We live in a rural area so medical care can be very frustrating. We prayed over his arm. The closest ER splinted it and sent us home.

    Oh yeah, our little guy was just over 2 years old at the time. SIX DAYS later we were finally able to get in and see an orthopedic surgeon. He was completely baffled because those bones were miraculously still in alignment even though they had been insufficiently splinted and generously jolted and jostled.

    According to the doctor, that scenario should have resulted in surgery and as an added blessing the final cast came off two days before baby three made her grand entrance. 🙂 Way too much excitement for a pregnant mommy!

    • Carrie

      Awww what a sweet story of Divine Intervention in your lives, especially those precious little ones