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Selina Stambi
Location: Ontario, Canada
Gender: Female
Born: Of course!
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Joined: October 2012
Formerly known as Reachingforthestars.

A writer, thespian, dreamer, believer in the power of prayer, miracles and second chances, gardener, chef, ballroom dancer, wife, mother, grateful cancer survivor.

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Selina Stambi:

A summer walk, to chase away the winter blues ...
January 27, 2017 at 12:31PM
    damommy: What a lovely garden. Thank you for the peaceful walk on this cold winter day. I enjoyed it very much. 8-)
    January 27, 2017 at 12:50PM
    sunnilicious: That's a nice garden. You must be anxious for Spring. It'll be here soon. Don't worry.
    February 27, 2017 at 11:37PM
    pome lover: Selina - WHERE is part two to Loanna's Letters???
    pome lover
    March 17, 2017 at 9:24PM
    Selina Stambi: As soon as I can find time to earn points to post ... !! (Sounds like the House That Jack Built, doesn't it??)
    March 20, 2017 at 1:36PM
    pome lover: this is absolutely enchanting! I can see why you wanted summer to last longer. And what a lovely accent and voice you have.
    I just found this - recommended by Jay Squires - thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Katharine - pome lover

    September 9, 2017 at 3:26PM
    Selina Stambi: Just saw this message. So glad you enjoyed the stroll. How kind of Jay!
    November 17, 2017 at 8:05PM

Selina Stambi: Happy New Year, everyone!
January 2, 2017 at 4:49PM
    pbomar1115: Thanks. You gave me the most encouraging advice one can get. Trying to be a carbon copy of someone else is so difficult. Nevertheless, I always willing to learn.
    May 9, 2017 at 3:21AM
    Selina Stambi: So nice to meet you, pbomar. Thanks for dropping by.
    May 29, 2017 at 1:14PM

Selina Stambi: Hello everyone, I wish I had more time to spend on Fanstory. I miss my one-time addiction! Joyful summer smiles all round, the garden calls ...
July 15, 2016 at 10:32PM
    rockinm76233: Thank you Selina for taking the time to notice the accomplishments.
    July 29, 2016 at 11:10AM
    Loren (7): Miss your writings - Loren
    September 1, 2016 at 6:04PM

Selina Stambi: Welcome to my Garden of Dreaming. Take a walk with me ...

Welcome to the garden. Take a walk with me ...

Welcome to the garden. Take a walk with me ...Posted by Selina Stambi Writer on Thursday, August 6, 2015
August 6, 2015 at 7:06PM
    Adri7enne: Thank you for sharing your garden with me, Selina. It's beautiful and I enjoyed the intimate tour. You have created for yourself a place where you can dream and be at peace. Well done, girl.
    August 6, 2015 at 8:58PM
    mrsmajor: Thank you for inviting us, it was a pleasure...
    What a joy, it must be for you, just to be around all the beautiful flowers, each with its own fragrance...Have a wonderful Day!
    August 7, 2015 at 8:41AM
    RGstar: Thank you. Hope all is well. Have a beautiful day :)
    August 11, 2015 at 5:11PM
    Green Lake Girl: Thanks for sharing your garden, Sonali. It's beautiful, creative and all yours!
    August 11, 2015 at 5:44PM
    sandramitchell: What a beautiful garden, Selina, I love the different areas you have created, and the use of mirrors in your garden to open it up even more. I am going to copy that idea as my garden is quite small, pretty, but small. Thank you, my friend for showing us your beautiful garden. How did you put your video on here? xxxx
    August 15, 2015 at 3:20AM
    Joan E.: Thank you for the wonderful video-tour of your smiling garden. You are fortunate not to live in California, where we are in the midst of a four-year drought, and lush gardens have become an impossibility. I feel refreshed after spending time in your special place.
    August 17, 2015 at 1:36PM
    Ric Myworld: Thank you for sharing your personal garden with me. The sounds and sights as you walked me through whisked my mind into sort of a sleepy-eyed trance before it's end. What a peaceful and serene place to cleanse the mind and relax. Wishing you something Wonderful! Ric
    August 17, 2015 at 9:41PM
    abbasjoy: Sonali, thank you for the tour in your garden. I love all the different things you did with the mirrors and the junk art. You are such a delight to be around. So carefully you created beauty from ashes. Hoping in another few weeks you'll be able to come over and we can have that long promised visit.

    "bye, and thank you all. for allowing me through
    Blessings, my friend.
    August 18, 2015 at 10:57PM
    Jacqueline M Franklin: - What a beautiful garden!
    - I love how you create from what is around you, or what you find---Nicely done.
    - Thanks so much for sharing. (*<*)
    September 20, 2015 at 1:59PM
    Jay Squires: Gorgeous, Sonali! Your garden was nice too. LOL, Really, you make me want to get started in my own yard. First Debbie, now you. And the added bonus: I got to hear your voice!

    July 18, 2016 at 9:57PM
    Jay Squires: Well, Sonali, this is my second tour through your garden. You and Debbie have been instrumental in engendering in me a passion for gardening. Thank you.
    March 2, 2017 at 9:39PM
    Sanku: Wow! I have always wondered about your garden. Now I actually took a virtual tour of it. No wonder you write some great stuff..going to read all your postings that i have missed.
    April 21, 2017 at 2:08AM
    dejohnsrld (Debbie): Beautiful garden, my friend. I would love to spend a day there writing--what an inspiring place to be. Thank you so very much for sharing both of these videos. I'll be back to watch them again~DEbbie
    May 2, 2017 at 6:07PM

FanStory wrote to Selina Stambi: Congratulations the 2014 #3 Ranked Script Writer!
January 1, 2015 at 12:08AM

Selina Stambi: This thought crossed my mind this morning ... a smile costs nothing, yet it's priceless. It transforms a grim moment.

Give the gift of smiles this Christmas - they're free and they usually get reciprocated.

Merry Christmas to all and happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends.

I'm truly thankful for so many things - Fanstory and my friends on this site are way up on the list!

Reach for the stars - settle for nothing less.

Smiles to you (they're free!) ...
December 18, 2014 at 11:13AM
    michaelcahill: OOPS. I've been getting member cent pumps for them all year. Well, I'll have to come up with a new scam for 2015. Smiles back to the ambassador of smiles!
    December 18, 2014 at 12:26PM
    TAB_that's me: I love your thoughts on smiles and reaching for the stars:) Here's smiling at you and wishing your a wonderful Christmas.
    December 18, 2014 at 12:31PM
    DIS-illusioned: Too much smiling in my neck of the woods is construed as you being up to no good.
    Please, don't ask what neck of the woods I'm in; it's a jungle here. *Gulp!* :-/
    December 18, 2014 at 1:07PM
    Lovinia: A smile is priceless, yet designed to be worn every day. Smiles to you ... from DownUnder. xoxoxo
    December 27, 2014 at 5:36PM

Selina Stambi: Hurrah! I'm back on classic Fanstory - I was feeling like a lost stranger. Who else changed back? Show of hands, please ...
December 12, 2014 at 12:33PM
    Kingsland: I'm getting to the point of where I like the new site. It just takes some getting use to...
    December 12, 2014 at 12:38PM
    granny goes viral: Hands. Hands, hands. I never really left. Did a 'Sit Down protest. Classic came back the next day. Yippee. At some point the "new and improved" might actually be new and improved. I will wait on that. I have no problem with the oldies and goodies.
    December 12, 2014 at 3:02PM
    shelley kaye: i go back and forth....
    December 12, 2014 at 4:51PM
    Julia.: Shelley, I'm going back and forth, too. I like reviewing on the new format, but for most other stuff--and particularly the home page--I like the cleaner format of the classic format.
    December 12, 2014 at 5:59PM
    Ben Colder : I prefer the new now that I have gotten use to it.
    December 12, 2014 at 8:41PM
    Linda Engel: I go back and forth but I do like the classic better.
    December 12, 2014 at 11:58PM
    Jackarrie: I much prefer Classic too, I just do not like the new on at all.
    December 13, 2014 at 1:51AM
    Carole Rosa: I use Classic. I can't stand to be on the new site, because the purple header jumps up and down every time the cursor is moved. It's distracting and annoying. Carole
    December 15, 2014 at 4:20AM
    4hisglory: I mostly use the classic and like it best. I do like where you can choose to review prose or poetry on the new though. The print on the new is so small at the top, hard for us older people to read.
    December 16, 2014 at 11:54AM

Selina Stambi: All aboard the miracle bus ...

Anyone want to add to the list of stories below?

Please share - don't be shy! It might make a difference in someone's day.
October 9, 2014 at 10:19PM
    DIS-illusioned: I'm still breathing. If that's not a miracle, I don't know what is.
    October 11, 2014 at 12:05AM
    Selina Stambi: Good point! Glad you're not DIS-spirited, DIS-appointed and DIS-couraged about it... or DIS-enchanted!! Here's to a more sunny DIS-postion ... (not DIS-sing you at all!)
    October 11, 2014 at 10:27AM
    TheSprite: Aw! Sending hugs to DIS-illusioned! I'm glad you're still breathing! Gonna go read some of your "stuff." Your work is still breathing too! Loving it!
    October 12, 2014 at 11:43PM

Selina Stambi: Another miracle story?
August 1, 2014 at 11:10PM
    Selina Stambi: Nothing? Really? Surely you've had even ONE amazing happen in your life?
    August 10, 2014 at 1:34AM
    Nanalrb: Well I'm new to this site, but I have great cancer and have finished my 6chemo treatments. I am now waiting for my surgery on September 3, then 25 radiation treatments. My miracle started before all this. You see my husband of 44 years has Alzheimer's, and I am having trouble dealing with him on my own. At Christmas a friend advised me that I needed help and suggested hiring a care giver. My son had a friend who's sister in law was coming to Canada as a caregiver, but her client had been placed in longterm care, so she needed work. The result she moved in with us February 18, i had arranged for my husband to attend day programs 3 days a week and signed him up for mobility plus bussing. March 6 I received the diagnosis. You see God had it all planned out. Although life's journey can go through storms,if Jesus is in the boat with you he can calm the storm or be the anchor that keeps you safe. So much has happened on my journey, but it has been the prayers of the prayer warriors that has allowed the Holy Spirit to carry me from my sinking sand to His solid rock.
    August 19, 2014 at 8:12AM
    Nanalrb: Oops. I have breast cancer. Don't you hate spell check.
    August 19, 2014 at 8:13AM
    Jumbo J: It would be so easy to come up with a personal miracle story, I have had so many... but what defines a miracle? That your life was saved or spared, or someone close to you? For me, at this time in my life, life itself is the miracle. Waking up each morning, knowing I have a knowledge and purpose of something greater than just myself. Everything I see, eat, touch, hear and smell is a miracle... yeah, even the things that disturb all the senses to the indecency of what man is capable of... for they are the ones that teach us compassion and tolerance towards all life... that in itself is a miracle. Love, compassion, integrity, respect, forgiveness, courage, honesty and faith... they are my miracles. xx
    September 2, 2014 at 9:52PM
    RGstar: Bless you, little lady. Keep the faith . Thoughts with the family.
    Lots of love from this side.
    September 30, 2014 at 2:13PM

Selina Stambi: My garden is blushing like a beautiful bride. The first roses bloomed en masse today. Had a Sunday nap under the apple tree ... oh, the joy of my Eden!

June 22, 2014 at 10:22PM
    Ben Colder : Glad you are enjoying your garden. Seems if the Lord is speaking. Blessings
    June 29, 2014 at 5:30PM
    misscookie: We all shall stay on praying grounds for He answers prayer.
    Have a blessed day.
    Until next time. Cookie
    July 16, 2014 at 8:12AM

Selina Stambi: To wake up each morning looking forward to the new day; to be able to see the silver lining in every cloud; to see the glass as half full, not half empty; to love in spite of - to have joy despite .... my daily miracle. I am so thankful!

More miracle stories ... please?
April 5, 2014 at 9:11AM
    The Death: Waking up everyday is a miracle in itself...each blessing is a miracle! :)
    April 5, 2014 at 2:38PM
    NicciFaye: Sonali, you couldn't be any more right! Waking up is a blessing from God!
    April 7, 2014 at 11:16AM
    GregoryCody: I struggle with seeing the world that way but I try very hard. I Am getting there. The one thing I Do know though is that God is beautiful and loves us so much. He sent my wife to find me when I was very lost. I thank Him everyday. He is my life.
    April 9, 2014 at 10:10PM
    angelajfrank: wow i'm so happy for you. and you are a survivor from cancer. but i did loose my mom from cancer and it was real hard.
    May 20, 2014 at 9:59PM
    angelajfrank: I would like to met you know day. my e-mail address is angela_pavlovsky@yahoo.com
    May 20, 2014 at 10:00PM
    dejohnsrld (Debbie): You can work miracles
    Just find someone in need
    You can work miracles
    With simply a good deed
    May 28, 2014 at 4:54AM
    Raincoolo: My brother while he was inside my mothers stomach had moconeme poison(going to the bathroom inside her stomach)When he was born he was really sick and they though he wasn't going to make it,my pastor and some preachers went to the hospital and prayed for him,He is still alive to this very day! He was a miracle baby.
    May 30, 2014 at 4:23PM
    RPFoster: Miracle?? I am a miracle, to date I have been clean from opiate addiction for 1yr 28 days, on June 3rd during a neurology visit, my arms and legs had reflexes for the first time in 4 years. I was told that the effects of the nerve damage was irreversable, but Praise God, my nerves are healing. Yup! I'm a miracle, and that's just a few.
    June 7, 2014 at 10:39PM
    MIKECON: How very true those words are,God bless
    June 23, 2014 at 9:35AM

Selina Stambi: Thanks, everyone, for the amazing stories - more miracles, anyone??
March 20, 2014 at 7:45AM
    Lovinia: I had an unusual pregnancy with my third child. It was a planned birth, yet I often felt fearful. As time drew near, I had a horrible time just thinking of having this baby. I'd already had two successful births and couldn't shake of a sense of foreboding. When contractions began, they weren't too bad ... I just kept screaming inside my brain ... I can't have this baby, I'm not ready, it's not time! I thought I was going mad. I had been so excited with my last two beautiful sons. There was no reason to suspect anything was wrong.

    I thought I had plenty of time, then it all happened so fast .. off to the hospital with no time to spare. The doctor said he was off to have his morning tea and be back in time ...... well, it was already time according to the babe I was birthing. The nurse who had been unpleasant to me both then and in a previous birth was hoping the doctor wouldn't make it back in time, she wanted to birth the baby.

    Aaron is just as impatient today twenty one years later as he was then. He was out in seconds .... with the hugest umbilical cord any of the nurses had seen. In that long cord was a knot .... if that cord hadn't been so long, my son may have been born a still birth. I have nearly lost him two more times in his short life. I trust in the miracle of that day, and the miracles that saved him at age eight and nineteen ..... he is being watched over and protected. For that I'm so thankful and trust God to keep him safe. <3 <3 <3
    March 25, 2014 at 9:44AM
    TAB_that's me: My friend has lived with extreme from a rare disease called RSD for many years. His heart is also bad and barely working. He should have died many times and lived off of high dose pain meds for years. He attended the funeral of friend recently and Jesus came and sat by him. Jesus told him he was going to die but not before a miracle occurred. A few day later, his doctor refused to give him any more pain meds and resigned from his case. He went to another doctor who also refused. He went of the meds cold turkey and now has no more pain. He is strong again. His heart still only works at 13% but he survives!
    April 4, 2014 at 10:17AM

Selina Stambi: Any more miracles?
March 13, 2014 at 11:24PM
    pbroussard209: My mom passed away four years ago after a long illness. The day after the funeral my two sisters and I were at the mall doing a little Christmas shopping and trying to soothe our own guilt over her last years with us. Mine was living too far away to be of much help. My oldest sister was struggling with the fact that she didn?t talk to my parents for fifteen years, and my middle sister struggled with the fact that she resented being the one who was stuck taking care of them on her own.
    We were in Hallmark looking at Webkins for my sister?s grandkids when two lady's approached us. They told us they were on a spiritual treasure hunt. There were several teams dispatched throughout town. They had prayed before going out for God to lead them to people who were in need of prayers. They told us that they were led to the mall looking for three people and to look for one in red. I just so happened to be wearing a red jacket. They asked us if we needed prayers and we told them that we had buried our mom the day before, needless to say we were a little freaked out and I think they were too. One of the ladies said she had never felt a pull so strongly as she had ours. So after a few minutes of tears and hugging perfect strangers, we circled and prayed in the middle of Hallmark. People around us stopped shopping and stood at the edge of our circle.

    It was an awesome feeling and we knew our mom, forgave us. We came away feeling lighter and a little bewildered.
    March 16, 2014 at 3:13PM
    sandramitchell: That was amazing, Sonali. It shows us there is life and love going on in Heaven. My husband's mother died yesterday, suddenly, I know she is with her husband. So surreal, first my mum, and now Grahams. Your little story lifts me up no end. xxx
    March 17, 2014 at 2:01PM
    4hisglory: What wonderful stories of miracles! I feel so foolish, I didn't find this thread of comments until today and have been on this site how long? Anyway, would like to share a miracle. My husband had an automotive business for about ten years now. He did mostly older cars for the elderly and poorer people in our neighborhood. We had a lot of people who didn't pay, so we ended up using credit cards to keep our business going. We prayed that God would help us pay off the debt. A couple weeks ago we got a letter from one credit card saying they had forgiven our debt and we no longer had to pay on it. It was for over $5000. Thank God for answers to pray. By the way we promised the Lord about 2 years ago that we would never charge anything again and have kept that promise and He has always provided enough money to make our payments on all our bills. God bless you all! LaVonne
    March 18, 2014 at 10:49PM

Selina Stambi: Anyone want to share a miracle ... anyone??
January 28, 2014 at 7:32AM
    Selina Stambi: ANYONE ...? (Come on ... :) )
    January 31, 2014 at 9:13AM
    DreamyFate: Miracle: A glimmer of hope only to find it taken away to find it again. Miracles can happen more than once.
    January 31, 2014 at 11:37PM
    Selina Stambi: I KNOW you've had lovely, amazing, unexplained things happen to you, FS - do tell ... don't be shy! :)
    February 1, 2014 at 9:17AM
    A Jesterstear: It's not a miracle, but, I went to a spiritualist meeting a couple of nights ago.
    I have never met this woman before, she walked up to me and named four spirits that were with me, each one correct, then went on to tell me the name of my brother, who she said is still in this world and has been very ill. I have recently moved from Ireland to Scotland to be closer to my brother who has acute leukaemia and I have been having tests to see if I am compatible as a bone marrow donor. This is just the latest experience like this I have had many before. There are some charlatans out there, do not be put off by them. The point I am trying to make is that this is genuine, there is more, life does not end here, the spirit does move on. Hope this doesn't sound too crazy. AJ.
    February 3, 2014 at 4:09AM
    sunnilicious: I had a dental crown put in today. I was fine for a while. A couple hours after lunch, I started fevering like a maniac. My body was furnace hot, especially my face and neck. Called the dentist. They asked me to come by... I was there in 10-minutes, but it's like 2-minute walk. So now, I'm ridiculously insane for even going outside in 35-degree weather. The dr dentist man and his assistant could see me like immediately. Apparently, I'm allergic to their latex gloves in my mouth. The dentist used a lazar around the feverish parts of my mouth. Immediately, I started to cool down. Then, I had to pick up an antihistamine and thermometer. I checked my temperature as soon as I walked out of the pharmacy 102.4 degrees. I tried to rush home, but another 2-minute walk was like 15-minutes. I took a Claritan and sat on the couch. Not wanting to do anything. I just sat there and watched the clock. 30-minutes later (all together about 45-minutes since last checked), I whipped my new solar powered thermometer... My temperature dropped to 94.5 degrees. It should be 98.6 degrees. I drank some green tea and watched the thermometer in disbelief. Jumped into bed to take a nap under the covers. Woke-up. Checked my temp and it's 96.6 degrees. But really, I'm freaked. I should go back to bed until I'm a normal temperature again. But is it modern medicine? Or was it a god sent message? Have a good evening. Peace be with you.
    February 6, 2014 at 10:47PM
    cardiodoug: Hi Sonali----This may not be a miracle---but it's beyond explanation. I married in 1975. In 1986 I had a brief affair with a resident physician. I was her instructor at a hospital. The affair was very exciting, mostly centered on secret rendezvous and did not entail much sex. It lasted about six months, and I'm certain that my wife new nothing about it. Seven years later, 1993, my wife filed for divorce and I moved out of our home. I soon discovered that she had been secretly obtaining credit cards and running them to the max. As our divorce proceeded I found that, unknown to me, she had nine credit cards with an outstanding credit debt of $53,000. Despite me having a very nice income as a cardiologist, my wife seemed to have a compulsion to spend and hide money behind my back. I was irate.
    I ordered one year worth of statements from each of these nine credit companies.
    Over the next few weeks the statements arrived in the mail. No big surprises---a few large charges on expensive dresses from Neiman Marcus, Saks, etc. The big shock came when I received a batch of statements from a huge credit company out of Wilmington DE. As usual, I first counted the number of statements in the package. Instead of 12, as in all the others, there were 13 sheets. The extra statement, unbelievably, belonged to the woman I'd had the affair with seven years prior. I was dumbfounded. I had never used a card to purchase a thing for her, and she hadn't either. Both are last names begin with the letter B---but there is no other similarity in spelling. The size of the credit co, with millions of customers, makes it likely that my statements were filed far away form my former friend's. Was it a message from God---reminding me to not be too angry with my wife since I had been unfaithful. Or, to the opposite, was it a message suggesting that I should pursue my former love. I've thought about this hundreds of times and have discussed it with many friends. The only remote explanation, is that I was hallucinating. However, I had reviewed the extra statement many times over many days. A prolonged hallucination would be nearly impossible. I can't explain it---some secretary at the creditor involved just happened to pull a file , either on-line or in a cabinet, a file that was completely unrelated to me, and likely thousands of names removed from my own ?????Thanks for readingfor reading------Doug
    February 7, 2014 at 4:05PM
    Ben Colder : I am not sure where to begin. My birth was the first miracle of my life. God called into the ministry as a boy. I have seen angels many times and in visions, I have seen the Lord. I was 33 years of age before I preached my first sermon. The Lord spoke to me and was given a miracle ministry. For many years I dragged tents up and down highway and byways and into places many would never go. Lived among many cultures and taught them Jesus is the same Today, Yesterday, and Forever. Spent many years preaching over the airways never asking one dime. God filled teeth, healed Cancer, and many more miracles that He still does today.
    For greater is He within me than He of the world. Facts! I pray blessings upon you and all of Fan Story members. I am old now with failing eyesight but my Lord gives strength to walk another day. My prayer is to "Let me love you more this day, Father than I did I did yesterday." My days left, I question and He assures that He wishes for me to stay a little longer. Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Peace to all.
    February 8, 2014 at 8:50PM
    pipersfancy: I have experienced several miracles in my life, but shall share my own "road to Damascus" story here as it is perhaps the most profound- I was not raised by religious parents, and had no formal upbringing in any faith tradition... but I must say that I have often felt Spirit close to me throughout my life, even as a child. Back in fall of 1990, I moved from home to attend graduate school in the US. The first weekend following the move, I was exhausted and had planned to relax all Sunday in preparation for the beginning of classes the following day. Instead, I was awakened early Sunday morning by an incredibly bright flash of light... I thought it was lightning and braced for the thunder, which never came. In fact, it was a bright, sunny morning. But, I could not return to sleep, I was feeling very energized and suddenly was taken by the thought that I MUST get myself up and ready to go the CHURCH (which, I had never attended in the past). I didn't even know where to go... being new to town... so I looked in the phone book and settled on a name, "St. Stephen's Episcopal Church". A short while later, I set off, not sure where I was going. I parked in a spot I thought was relatively close to the church, and began to walk. I walked for 4 hours... passing glorious cathedrals and impressive churches... non of them what I was looking for. It began to rain, and soon I was soaked. I came to a dead end, and a river blocked my path... so I backtracked and found a way around to continue. I was on a bonafide pilgrimage, and didn't even realize it at the time! Eventually, I came to St. Stephen's... a small, unassuming structure, white washed wood, small sign that said, "Welcome". It was closed, and I burst into tears. As I stood there in the rain, I heard... clear as if someone was standing in front of me... "Where have you been looking for me?"

    There more to the story, but I need to get back to work at the moment!
    February 11, 2014 at 10:30AM
    pipersfancy: I'm on lunch, so will try to finish!

    So, what was intended as a relaxing Sunday, turned into a full-day pilgrimage to a church I'd never even heard of before, much less attended. I was soaked through, and had to walk all the way back to my car. Got back to my apartment and had a hot shower... too tired to eat, so I went to bed.

    Next day, classes began. There I was, involved in a conversation in the student lounge over lunch time. There were a couple of students I recognized from my undergrad. program, and we were chatting. Of course, the question came up, "How was your weekend?"

    So, I related the strange tale of feeling such an urgency to find this church, and the pilgrimage I had taken to get there, only to arrive after the services had ended. (I left off the part about hearing a voice speak to me as I stood in front of the building, soaked through!)

    Across the room, another young woman (whom I had never met before) came over to join the conversation. She introduced herself as Ellen. Then she asked me if she had heard me correctly, that I had been trying to find St. Stephen's Episcopal. When I affirmed it was, she told me that St. Stephen's was the church she attended - asking if I'd like to go with her next Sunday. I did, and so we began writing down our names/phone numbers and addresses for each other. When we handed each other our slips of paper, we immediately realized that we lived in the SAME apartment building, off campus, actually across the state line from where the college was located. My suite was 201, her's was 301. It was more than coincidence... we were, at that time, the only 2 graduate students in our program living off campus, and Ellen was one of very few Christian students who was not of the Lutheran denomination (which was the prevalent denomination in that area.)

    So, I began attending St. Stephen's regularly with Ellen. And 2 years later I chose to become baptized through that church.

    Voila! That's my story!
    February 11, 2014 at 1:45PM
    Antoine Charlemaine: This story was related to me by Canadian colleagues, while working together in The Philippines. It is not embellished in any way. Names are changed.

    Reuben was happy. His relationship with Sonya was going smoothly, and he was driving to see her now, her engagement ring tucked safely in his pocket. He had no doubt she would say 'yes'. What he was unsure about was the direction their future should take.

    Reuben believed God was directing him to train as a linguist, in order to commit his life to the pursuit of Bible Translation for a minority language group, somewhere. he believed that 'somewhere' was The Philippines. Sonya, however, was not convinced. She admired Reuben's desire, but needed something stronger than his determination to persuade her to dedicate her life to such a pursuit. She needed a sign.

    Reuben's heart was troubled. Was he doing the right thing, courting a girl who did not share his strong desire? Yet what could he do? He had fallen deeply and completely in love with her. He felt God's blessing upon his intention to make Sonya his wife.

    Reuben came to a cross-roads and slowed down. He checked right and left for traffic, then drove into the intersection. The truck travelling towards him, speeding along, was clearly intending to continue on through the intersection...

    The truck reached the intersection and unaccountably left its own side of the road. The truck, loaded with stone, was travelling at such speed and momentum, it not only struck Reuben's car; it drove completely over the top of it, so that when the carnage settled, the truck was on top of Reuben's car. It looked like one of those flattened vehicles one might see at a wrecking yard.

    How does Reuben know how the scene looked, I hear you asking? He must surely have died instantly. How could anyone escape such a disaster? He could tell me precisely what happened that day, because he watched it happen. Reuben cannot explain this. All he knows is that he stood, wide awake and lucid, on the side of the road, watching that huge truck driving over his vehicle, and coming to rest upon the flattened remains of what had been his car. He had one small scratch below his left eye. The car was not an open sports model. The police concurred that there was no way Reuben could have been thrown out of the vehicle. There was simply no time. The whole thing was over within seconds.

    Sonya said 'yes'. She also knew she had received the sign she sought. She and Reuben dedicated their lives to Bible Translation. A minority language group of the northern Philippines now have God's word in their language as a result.
    February 19, 2014 at 7:22PM
    Janie King: Try reading "God Whispered in Her Ear" in my portfolio? and Just An Ordinary Day. God loves you and so do I.
    March 6, 2014 at 11:44AM

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