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Sunday, January 27, 2013

My Mustard Seed Miracle Story..with pics


My Mustard Seed Miracle Story..with pics

This is a true story and it's MY story and it's my very favorite story in the whole wide world.  Let me start by saying...I AM A BELIEVER....and I remember my daddy saying over and over when I was a little girl setting in the old church pew at New Hope beside mom and listening to daddy in the pulpit when he'd preach about faith and the little mustard seed and he'd say "IF YOU HAVE FAITH as the size of a mustard seed, you will say to the mountain, move from here to there, and it will move and nothing shall be impossible for you."  Now MY DADDY SAID THAT FROM THE PULPIT over and over and over and he was only repeating what God had already SAID.  AND I KNEW that if God said it...it was gospel.  So I wasn't sure when I was going to NEED this mustard seed faith, but I sure wanted it to be handy when and if I ever needed it.  AND I LEARNED from daddys sermons that to pray miracles up  :-)  you had to pray believing...

SO always remember.  ALWAYS..ALWAYS..'remember'..Miracles happen..for those who believe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was 46 years ago today...January 27th, 1967....that Billy and I married..but the miraculous thing about that 'was'...I literally prayed him into my life when he didn't even know I walked the face of this earth.
But let's backtrack 5 years before that....to the spring of  1962..Metropolis Community High School..Home Ec class..I was setting beside one of my best friends Jill..When in walked Judy in a red sweater and 'tried' to set down at the study table with Dorinda and a couple of other girls..and before I even knew what was happening..I was witnessing my first cat fight over a boy. :-) AND it wasn't pretty..It turns out, Judy had come in Home Ec class wearing Billys red sweater which had been so blessed as to also warm the arms of pretty much every pretty little girl in Massac County at one time or the other.  And Dorinda considered herself the owner, not only of Billy...but of the red sweater as well...and had for 2 or 3 years....
The girls were really going at it..and the class was laughing and Miss Lee was trying to bring the free for all to a screeching halt.  And I looked over at Jill and said, "Who is it they're fighting over?" Jill said, "Billy Comer"....Well, being a wallflower since I exited my mommy's womb and not running in the 'in' circles, I had no earthly idea who "Billy Comer" was, but Jill said he was a junior (we were sophmores) and she'd point him out to me in the hallway later.

It was a few days before Jill saw Billy in the hall and I just happened to be with her, so she told me that was who the girls had been fighting over....
When I looked at Billy..just in passing...it was unlike anyone I had looked at in my whole life and I didn't understand it, but I felt a connection to him, that to this day...I just can't understand or even explain.  But I am GUESSING...I had, at that moment..been put under the spell...just like all the OTHER little girls in our high school..of William Raymond Comer..one of the most sought after bachelors in Massac County.

Now you have to understand..I was not only a wallflower...I was as bashful as all get out and as quiet as a church mouse and had been all of my life. But at that moment..something just seemed to click in me..and I just said to Jill, "I'm going to marry him" She started laughing at me and said, "WHAT??? Kaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy Your daddy won't even let you date..and besides..HE wouldn't have anything to do with YOU.  HE'S one of Massac County's most popular guys with the girls...and YOU...are a preachers daughter!" But I said,  "You just wait..I'll show ya".

Soooooooooooooo little Billy Comer..that was stirring up all the comotion in high school...was all I could think of from then on.  I wasn't a flirt AT ALL..I wasn't even nearly as worldly as ANY of these other pretty little girls..well ok..I wasn't worldly at all either.  AND I wasn't allowed to even DATE.  So I did what "I" knew to do best and what I ALWAYS do..in times of trouble..I went to a higher power....

That weekend..I went with mom to Penny's Department Store down on Broadway in Paducah..and I bought a Mustard Seed necklace..and from then on..I wore that thing constantly..and I'd pray over that little mustard seed in that necklace and ask God for the miracle I knew I was going to be needing..to pull courtship and marriage off to this prize catch.. in the next few years..hahaha

I told everybody I was going to marry Billy..even mom and daddy..but everybody just kind of patted me on the back...like I was a poor pitiful little wallflower with no super devine power..and told me it was impossible..it was never going to happen..so deal with it and move on.
The next year..I noticed Billy had gone to work at Bills Market down on 5th Street..just 2 blocks from our house.  And he worked in produce..So I'd go down there every day when I got out of school..while mom was still in the beauty shop..and I'd get a small bag of potatoes and either chicken or pork chops..and I'd come home and fix supper for us while mom was finishing up in the shop.  She said one day..."WHAT is with all the POTATOES?" 'Cause we were having potatoes every day...and lots OF them..so I could use them up and go back the next day and get more...

I'd walk across the front of that store...and get ready to turn the corner in front of the soft drinks to go down where Billy would be standing putting out produce...and my little old knees would be as weak as 2 wet noodles...and I'd be so trembly..and the butterflies were just going BONKERS in my tummy every single time.  hahaha But I'd stop on that soft drink corner .. take a deep breath..and here I'd go for my bag of potatoes and my 10 second encounter with Billy and those gorgeous eyes that just seemed to show me right into 'our' future.  hahaha  OOOoooohhh meeeeeee hahahaa...NO THIS IS TRUE...ALL OF IT...
But I was so bashful..."I" didn't even ever say "hi" and I still wasn't allowed to date..and really wasn't that worldly..so I didn't know what I was going to DO with him..after I caught him...but I thought..I'll pull off the 'win' first..and worry about the details ..later.

We lived on 5th Street which was the main drag..and many evenings mom and I would set in the old porch swing..and Billy would pass in his turquoise Chevy..with the big moon eyes in the back window..Turquoise was moms favorite color and she loved seeing his car pass and she loved those moon eyes in the window and she'd often mention them and his car..and she'd laugh at me..because I thought he was going to be mine someday..But in spite of folks laughing at me..I kept wearing my mustard seed necklace and praying to beat the band.

One night Linda (another close friend) and I were outside..and Billy just stopped and asked me out for the next night..I was absolutely ecstatic..I ran into the kitchen and told mom and daddy...."BILLY ASKED ME OUT FOR TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Daddy and mom looked so shocked..and daddy said, "Well "good"..I'm sure he's a fine boy..he's the son of Barney Comer..that used to have the Harley shop up town, I know Barney well." :-0 I said, "WHAT???? NOBODY ... in all of this time..has told me he was a MOTORCYCLE guy..I'm gonna have to break my date I'M not going out with a MOTORCYCLE guy!" And daddy said, "Now no you're not..his parents are good people and I'm sure they've raised a fine boy..you accepted the date and you're going."
Billy..went home and told 'his' mom and dad he had stopped and asked 'me' out..and his dad said, "OH..she must be the daughter of Don Anderson..he's a baptist preacher"..Billy said, "WHAT????? "I'M" not going out with a PREACHERS daughter..I'm going to call and break the date." His dad said, "Oh yes you are going! You've made this date with this little girl and you're gonna keep it..what you do after that .. is up to you..but you've asked her out and you're taking her out."

Soooooooooo I was as nervous the next day..as a super sized elephant in a tiny little china shop. I had waited all this time to be swept off my feet by the most handsome rascal God had ever put on earth...and now I learn... he's a BIKER...for the love of PETE!
Mom helped me get ready for my date the next day..and right on time...just like he's been for the last 49 years....Billy knocked on our door...I was so nervous and wobbly..I almost scooted my feet going to the door...but when I got to the door and saw him standing there in that light colored..almost white...print shirt...with the creases ironed to perfection down the short sleeves...like all our moms used to do...and that smile and those eyes....I just melted....and I just thought...."aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh" This is going to be OOOOKKK" :-)

There was just something really special about Billy..right from our very first date. I was never one to be very comfortable even talking to boys...because I was so painfully shy...but with Billy...it was just different..and I can't even explain it.  From the very beginning...after I got over him belonging in the motorcycle world and he got over me being the daughter of a baptist preacher, which just happened instantly once we met..I just felt totally worshiped by him...I felt safe and protected no matter what...and as long as he was holding my hand or I was in his arms...I just felt like "fluffy...the tom cat...the devil...or nobody else...could ever hurt me.. :-)
We drove around for a long time that first evening...just talking and getting to know each other...and I can't even begin to explain...the calm and comfort I felt with him...even after just actually meeting him. Then we went to the movies to see "Spencers Mountain"

We dated for 2 1/2 years...and married on January 27th, 1967..in mom and daddys living room...after his leave from Ft Carson was changed and he came home 2 weeks early......When he got home 'early'...he asked if I cared to forgo the church wedding and just go ahead and get married while he was home..since it may be a couple of months before he could get another leave.....and I said, "Fooey on the big wedding...it's our life together that I'm interested in". So with just our closest family and friends we gathered on a bitter cold winters night and tied the knot that has held tight for almost 5 decades. Billy was then..and always has been..my rock.  I talk often about my life in LaLa Land in my blogs and stories....but this is proof right here...that life is what you make of it...and miracles and dreams DO come true....

Billys list of old girlfriends in high school was looooooooooooong...they took numbers and stood in line....hahaha And I didn't know many of them...but I am still today....best friends with Judy...who started this whole ball a rollin' by coming in Home Ec that day ..way back in 1962...wearing Billys old red sweater...
And Dorinda..I always considered her..my one and only..real competition...because she was absolutely beautiful and she and Billy dated for about 3 years or so..so they were close..and I'm sure at one time..they maybe thought they'd end up together.....But I never hated Dorinda for trying to get him back during 'our' courtship...because I loved him more than life itself...so how could I not understand someone else...loving him too.....I was 'afraid of her' in my teen years..because they had been together so long...but I didn't 'hate her' :-)

The end of May of 2003...mom passed away...and when the newspaper came out the next week...I saw Dorinda's moms pic in the paper...she had passed away just 3 days after my mom.  So I sent Dorinda a card and wrote her a note in there and told her how I understood her loss because at that very minute...I was going through the very same pain....and I remembered her many stories in Home Ec class.....about how close she and her mom were...and I just wanted her to know I was thinking about her and I'd be praying for her.....About 3-4 days later...I got a letter back from 'her'...she must have gone right in and read my card and letter...and wrote me right back that day.....but she talked about how our moms must be smiling down on us....for becoming friends after all of these years. She and I wrote back and forth often...even though we just lived a few miles apart...and talked on the phone a couple of times...and I even sent her gifts at Christmas and on her birthday...until she passed away just a couple of years ago...

So you can laugh at me and my faith....you can laugh at me and my mustard seed necklace....you can laugh at me any old time you want...for any reason you want....but I'm here to tell ya....Miracles HAPPEN!!! For those who believe!  And I may be 'just a wallflower homemaker' with an old clothing wardrobe and even older furniture and I may get horrific hate mail from "Anonymous" because of my blog...but to know that at just 5 feet tall and 130 pounds I have the faith that can move MOUNTAINS  :-)  Ok you just go ahead and laugh all you want...but if you ever get in a real bind and need a big miracle...you know where I am...
I'm currently on...and moving rapidly forward on...my 2nd HUGE mustard seed miracle and as soon as I can tell that story I sure will...Now I'm a prayer warrior and I can't even tell you the small miracles I felt I prayed up...And when something huge slaps ME in the face...I don't head for the kleenex box...I get the Lord on the prayer line...

Back in the spring of last year....a man at our church came to me and he said "I've got a little something for you...and he handed me a little charm with a mustard seed in it...He said, "I read your blog and every time I'm in LifeWay Christian Supply and see these little mustard seed charms...I think of your mustard seed story...so I thought I'd just get you this little charm!" WOW!!!!!!!!
I WAS SO SHOCKED AND SO THRILLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I had really been thinking about buying another one AND keeping a supply on hand to give away on occasion... 
My gifted 'mustard seed charm' had a little ribbon on it....So I tied that ribbon to my key ring....and I'll often hold that mustard seed charm and pray when I'm needing a miracle..I hold that mustard seed charm and pray OFTEN..even lately..beCAUSE.."I" am ALWAYS...needing a MIRACLE :-)     I"M going to add mustard seed charms to my giving station and start putting them in my gift bags :-)

Billy and I have "Loved The World Away"...."Thru The Years" for 46 years now....and we are so soooo SO.....blessed!  I've posted a couple of pics below... 

Peace and love from the canyon...Thanks so much for stopping by and I love you all gobs.....

This has been a birdseye view from Round Knob Canyon and the world of the katydid...until next time...you are loved.....

These little girls that are more concerned with their weddings than the marriage...goodness....what a sad situation....



That's my middle sister Sue and Billy's Uncle Sherman that stood up with us and this is mom and daddys living room in the 1960's