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Brooke lives in northern Indiana and works in the publishing industry as an associate editor and is also a freelance artist. She loves Jesus, family, friends, music, J.Crew cardigans and cupcakes!

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  1. That is SOOO God.

    What a beautiful encounter you had. Just precious.

    Those little divine moments from the Lord keep me going. He is so faithful. And so good. And so intimate with us, isn’t He?

    Wonderful post.

    Have a lovely day!

    Blessings,
    Kate 🙂

  2. Brought tears to my eyes…I was raised by my grandma and made me think….I need to keep my eyes open more. I miss her so much. I am so happy you had such an amazing day. It is fantastic the love that is there for us if we just open our eyes …..and hearts!

  3. Thanks for sharing that Brooke! It says so much on so many levels. As a granddaughter, it makes me thankful for the time I had with my own grandmothers. As a grandmother, it makes me want to be sure to build those special moments with my grandchildren, but more than that, with others who may need a little “grandmothering.” The woman you met just went with the moment as it was presented to her, and she made a difference in a short walk from her car to the door of the church. God is good!

  4. In the past year, God has shown me that there are no such thing as coincidences. That all those moments are Him acting purposefully to show us His love. CAN’T even begin to tell you how seeing it that way has changed. my. life.

    Good words Brooke! 🙂

  5. I still miss my sweet little grandmother, though she’s been gone for some 25 years. Now I am a grandmother, and your words inspire me to stand in as a grandmother for those around me, whether they’re related to me or not. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Linda

  6. What a precious moment of God pouring out His love onto you. Yes, he knew just what you needed right then and provided it. He knows our hearts so well. Thank you for sharing His faithfulness with us. What an encouragement.

  7. I’m with you, Brooke…no way was that a coincidence, but a gift from God!

    I am a military spouse that has never lived close to family. A few years ago, we moved into a home that was next door to an elderly woman named Mary who was fun, feisty and complained about her front yard sweet gum tree (she didn’t like it when the tree shed its large, pokey seeds all over her front yard). Wouldn’t you know my own grandma was named Mary, was super feisty, and also had a pesky sweet gum tree in her front yard. Living next to neighbor Mary eased the homesickness…a gift!

  8. I was just wondering if I was the only one who believes coidences are divine moments. Now I know that the signs I think I’ve seen really are signs. Thanks for helping to give me the courage to do a hard thing.

  9. Oh Brooke, I loved this… I have lost both of my grandmothers now, and one loss especially was SO very difficult.

    I have had a number of these types of moments in the past couple of years, and definitely choose to see them as Divine encounters.

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. I don’t believe in mere coincidence. Because I think that is how God answers our prayers and meets our needs before we ask. It’s how He loves us and makes us feel special. Just like a parent, we don’t need our children to tell us or ask us for love (hopefully or most of the time). My guest poster today had a similar situation happen to her. She and I both know it wasn’t coincidence but a loving God showing her how treasured she is!

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

  11. so perfectly, exactly, what I needed, “by coincidence”. Missing my grandma too.
    thank you for sharing the moment!

  12. What a beautiful gift from God! I wouldn’t let it end, why don’t you seek your ‘adoptive grandma’ out next Sunday?

  13. What a wonderful message! You brought a tear to my eye as I recalled moments of “coincidence” that I later thought were gifts from God! Thank you for sharing.

  14. Not coincidences, no.
    God-loves-me incidences, yes!
    Rejoicing with you in God’s comfort. He has been my comfort, my counselor, more and more my everything, in the 4 years since my mother’s death from breast cancer. Her love came from him! I see it so often, see his love through my memories of hers. See his love in others that like her, minister to me.
    One time I even heard her voice urging me to ask a friend “what is your relationship with Jesus like” and because I thought it strange and wasn’t going to do it, but heard her voice again, I said, “my mom wants me to ask you what your relationship with Jesus is like.” It was so much the right question that the friend didn’t quibble about my dead mom wanting me to ask something…and I didn’t quibble about how I could hear her voice: I suppose God can do anything, including use her voice in my head! I rejoiced in his loving care of my friend and of me too, missing my mom.
    God-loves-me incidence.
    Divine moments, sent from him! Thanks be to God.

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