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A Prayer Full Of Miracles

Updated on April 23, 2014

Discover Your Passion

 

 

"Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for."    David Starr Jordan

It has been said that everyone will find, at least, one thing in their lives for which they have great passion. Therefore, I feel quite fortunate, for I have experienced, in my lifetime, a passion for many things which have brought joy to my life.

Every person has a train of thought on which he rides out his life.  The happiness and destiny of his life depends upon the direction in which that train is traveling, what, of importance, it carries with it, the lessons learned along the way, and the leadership followed throughout.

 

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Spoken Pages, To My Children

Beginning To Understand My Destiny

My Dear Carlyn and Chad,

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to sing. I sang in the children's choir at church, I sang in the car, I sang while riding my bicycle or on the swings in the yard. The music continued on in my head when I went to bed at night.

When I was four years old, my favorite television show was Liberace. I loved to watch his fingers slide over the keyboard and the sound they made was amazing.

At the age of ten, I met Olivia. She was only ten months old and had the biggest, blue eyes you have ever seen. Whenever she saw me, they glistened with delight. I was allowed to take care of her sometimes while her mother was busy with other things. Of course, I fell in love.

This little girl was the first of many children to walk through my life. I loved spending time with these children. And they gave me their love without the asking. I always marveled at their abilities and their acceptance of me and my love in return. I could fill their need to be well taken care of in the absence of their parents and they filled a void inside of me I could not explain.

The Heartbreak Of Loss

My First Experience With My Own Fallibility

As a teenager, my friends told me I should study and really take my music seriously. However, I never really had the self confidence to pursue it alone.

At the age of twenty, I married your father, who was in the Air Force, and moved to Athens, Greece. Music remained my passion, until I was twenty-two and began to want a baby of my own.

However, no matter how hard we tried, we could not have a child. Our doctor ran numerous tests and finally told us there would be no children for your father and me.

During this same time, I caught Strep Throat. Since I no longer had my tonsils, the Strep virus coated my vocal chords. I totally lost my voice for three months and the doctor told me he did not feel, due to the severe damage, I would ever sing again.

It was too much. I had lost both things in my life for which I found hope and was most passionate, at the same time. I was so angry, I refused to pray. God had always walked with me throughout my life. I could not understand why He had allowed this to happen to me.

Finding My Way

As He Leads Me

Six months later, I was still unable to sing, though my speaking voice had returned.

One Friday night in May of 1976, I went to visit a friend. As soon as I arrived, she sat down, beginning to play her piano, and ask me to sing with her. Of course, it was of no use. A voice that had once filled large church sanctuaries was now reduced to only a whisper. After a few minutes, we decided, instead, to work together on a craft for her three year old Sunday School class. I picked up the pieces of construction paper, intending to help her, but I began to cry again.

At that moment, she took my hands and began to pray. I wanted to break loose from her grasp and run so badly. However, she was my friend and I did not want to hurt her, so I sat rigid and waited for her to finish. She prayed first for my voice and its renewed strength. Then she prayed for a child. She ended her prayer with, "Thy will be done."

When she had finished, she ask me to attend church on Sunday night for the beginning of revival. I told her not to look for me, said my goodbyes, and left.

Once Sunday night arrived, however, I decided to attend for her sake. I knew she was only trying to be helpful.

As we stood that evening for the closing hymn, I again tried to sing. It was a particular favorite of mine and I wanted to sing the words and share the music so badly. All of a sudden, my throat opened and a voice escaped that was strange to me. It was still a high soprano but no longer the soft, quiet voice I had known. Instead, it filled the church sanctuary without the need of a microphone. My friend, who was playing the piano, missed a measure, and the pastor just stood and stared in my direction.

Needless to say, my anger toward God melted away at that moment, never to return.

True Passion

The Loves Of My Life

In January of 1977, at the age of 26, just months after that night I sat in my friend's kitchen listening to her prayer, I found I was expecting our first child, a little girl with the biggest and bluest eyes you have ever seen! That was you, Carlyn.

Three years later, you came along, Chad, an eleven pound miracle, who had the hospital in a turmoil.

The doctor, who had once told us there would be no children, was as astounded as everyone else. However, I wasn't surprised because I had witnessed what God can do, in his own time, that night in a little church in Sumter, South Carolina.

"Life is a series of surprises, and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have often teased my friend about her "Hotline to Heaven." But whenever I have a prayer request, I always get in touch with her.

Choosing My Path and Setting My Sights

Measured Success

As I have said, I have had a passion for many things during my life. By the age of thirty, I had come to realize their importance. God took the lead in my life. My children became the essence of my life. Music still gave me great joy but now took a back seat to the two of you.

I think, sometimes, about what my life might have been if I had pursued the music career so many tried to get me to see in myself. But I know I made the right choice because nothing could be more wonderful than my children. It could never have filled my life in the way you have and still do. My success is measured by the success of my children.

As a Christian, using my God given ability in church has been more rewarding than any worldly praise or fortune I could have obtained. As I age, I find the old damage from so many years ago is now raising its head once again and I know just how lucky I have been to have had so many years to use my voice for His service and that those years are now numbered.

Over the years, God has placed, in my path, so many children in need of my love and attention. Some were with me for a short time and some will remain in my life forever. Had I followed my own early desires, I would have missed a lifetime of perfect moments within God's plan.

What we think we want most...

Thy Will Be Done

Our lives are as a library, filled with a few books written by our own hand. However, the majority of pages that fill this library were written by God. If only we would take the time to follow their instruction.

What we think we want most right now may not be what is best for us. Therefore, believe in the power of prayer. As Lee did that night years ago, ask "Thy will be done," and then allow God his own time to answer.

Never forget, the two of you have been wanted and loved, from the very beginning, with every part of my being. Nothing could ever take your place in my life or my heart. Of all the things God has given me, the miracles of my children have been the most wonderful.

Mom

"The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it." William James

A League Of Angels

Not Under The Protection Of Glass

Now that my children are grown, I no longer have the power to protect them. However, I have placed them in God's hands. He has the power to place a league of Angels in their path, always watching over them.

God's love cannot be placed under glass, but must be experienced each and every day. It is His gift to each of us for a lifetime and beyond.

Though we are so very insignificant within such a vast universe, if we can make God a little more than real to one single human being, we have not taken our walk in vain.

A SONG OF SERVICE

by Eugenia S. Hunt

If all my pain and all my tears

And all that I have learned,

Throughout the years

Could form one perfect song.

To lift some darkened mind

To make his pathway clear,

I should feel that not in vain

I have truly lived.

Who Is Mom To The Zoo?

My Bio

Born in the small town of Pendleton, South Carolina, in 1950, I was the oldest of two, five years my sister's senior. It was a wonderful place to grow up where the entire town raised its children. I was always surrounded by people who loved and looked out for me. I graduated from High School with the same people who were in my kindergarten class. At 58, my childhood friends are still my friends. I feel so fortunate to have known such a childhood.

After college, I worked at Clemson University until May 1972. At that time, I married and lived in Glyfada, 22 miles from Athens, Greece for two years...via USAF. We then moved to North Dakota for another two years before returning to South Carolina.

We divorced after 16 years and two children. I married my best friend two years later and moved to Florida in 1988 and together we have raised my husband's son and daughter and my son and daughter...one federal officer, one pastor's wife, one sixth grade school teacher, and the other, after working for Florida Power and Light since age 19, is now with AT&T. In 1996, I adopted my step daughter. We are blessed with four grandsons and one granddaughter.

In 1999, we became foster parents with the Children's Home Society and had a number of children under our roof in the next 5 years. In 2001, we adopted a 13 year old girl, whom we first met at the age of 11, and is now 21. I also have spent more time in a courtroom than I care to think about, fighting for the rights of the children in our care. In 2004, I turned in my license so that I could be a full time Mom to our special needs daughter and keep our infant granddaughter five days a week while her mother was teaching.

Bill, my husband, is a retired USAF Air Traffic Controller. He is now working out of the country, on Ascension Island, with Computer Science Raytheon, as their chief controller, contracted out of Patrick AFB, Florida. This enables him to continue to do the job he loves, air traffic, and aid the military. He flies in and out on furlough and I handle things here at home. I jokingly call myself a Single Married Woman.

Actually, I am a retired Accountant/Credit Manager, now a housewife, where I enjoy writing, singing, piano, and sewing. I have had numerous poems and short stories published and have sung in churches and for church organizations for years, as well as weddings, a couple of variety shows, and even at my daughter's, and later my son's, weddings, one of the hardest things I have EVER done. We are members of a Baptist church where I am a soloist and sing in the choir. I am also a member of the Women's Bible Study Group and work on the Mission's Committee.

And, last but not least, we have two singing dogs. Raven is a thirteen year old Skipperkee/Chow with bucked teeth and attitude and Whisper, our nine pound poodle, who thinks himself a Doberman.

I have been Mom To The Zoo since the morning after our wedding. My friend, Lee, who was staying with our four children and two dogs answered the phone from a sound sleep, "Hunt Zoo, Zookeeper Speaking."

My life has involved many changes and avenues that I would never have dreamed of and has given me challenges that I never thought I was equal to. But, I have found that God has a plan and, if you follow His lead, you can handle anything he puts in your hands. However, you have to first learn to listen to Him. No matter what we want from life, it must come in His time. He has given my husband and me more than we could have began to imagine back in high school and we have found that what we thought was so important for our futures back then was nothing to what we have done so far. At 58, I have learned from our foster children, to look forward to the future and the next challenge with enthusiasm and excitement. If they can trust and love us after what the world has dealt them, we can surely tackle whatever lies ahead with ease. Life is a series of learning experiences and I continue to find life to be both a challenge and a joy which grows with each passing year. I learn more and more about myself with each passing day!

Jeanie

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Michey LM: I remember the day I took that photo...time has passed way too quickly!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Love the poetry and the picture in "Finding my way!... as I recognize the kids...

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Only another singer with a passion for it could possibly totally understand! I have been very fortunate over the years to be able to keep singing. My voice, at 62, is not what it was but I still have something to offer. I soloed Easter morning at church and next Sunday afternoon, April 14, I will sing with the Palm Bay Senior Center "Golden Tones" at the show we are presenting with proceeds going to the center. There is so much talent in our chorus of which I am one of the babies...the oldest is almost 90 and has a solo, "They Call The Wind Mariah" which he has wanted to sing all of his life...he is now getting his chance. :) We are presenting Broadway Musicals and my solos are "I Could Have Danced All Night" and Maria's part in "Do-Re-Mi." We have had a wonderful time and I love the fact that, now that the kids are grown, I am still able to go on enjoying my passion. God is good!! :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Your story is amazing. I love to sing too and had to control myself this past month while the muscles in my neck, jaw, and shoulder grew stronger. It was tough not to sing to my favorite songs for just that little time so I can imagine your heartbreak very clearly.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Michey LM: I miss those days! :)

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Love to see Carlyn and Chad as small kids.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Michey LM: me too!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      I come back to this beautiful lens to spread Angel dust.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      @ElizabethJeanAl: Thank you, Lizzy. I totally agree with you!!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Beautiful! I have many passions but my children, my husband and my God are at the center of it.

      Thank you for sharing.

      Lizzy

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      @I-luv-Freebies: Thank you so very much for the kind words. Jesus said, "Suffer me the little children"...shouldn't we all hold them up as he did? My heart aches everytime I watch the news...there are so many children in need of our prayers today right here in America. Thank you again!

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      I-luv-Freebies 8 years ago

      Psalms 127:3 says: "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,

      the fruit of the womb a reward."

      It is obvious that you put other people before yourself, and it is very clear why you were blessed with 2 beautiful children...you have certainly shown your selflessness and deserve many more blessings!! Great Job and touching lens!! 5*

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to OhMe] Really! Thank you for letting me know! I am so glad...I want people to read and understand what a miracle God's gifts are to all of us!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations! This lens is one of the top ten lenses in the South Carolina group.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to OhMe] Thanks, Nancy!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Welcome to the South Carolina Group with this beautiful lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      "You are awesome."

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Spook] Kevin, thank you so very much for your kind words, your continued interest and your angel blessing!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Patsy Bowie] Oh, my, Patsy, thank you so very much. This is my favorite as well. It meant a great deal to me to be able to tell my children how much they mean to me! It is so much easier for me to express myself to music or written word...I am thankful that I have inherited the ability I have from Aunt Mae. I wish she had live long enough for me to have been able to have shared it with her. I'm so glad you are my cousin, too!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Jeanie, This is my favorite of everything that you have written. It is beautiful and your children will treasure these wonderful stories. You truly have the gift of writing--a gift that not too many have. You are living your faith with your singing, your life, and through your children. I am blessed to have you as a cousin. I greatly admire you and your God given talents!

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      You sure have a gift with many things. I'm always humbled when I read one of your lenses. Blessed by an Angel albeit a psuedo one.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to GrowWear] Thank you for the Angel Blessing!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      A wonderful gift to your children, Jeanie. Angel blessed. :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to mbrownauthor] Thanks Margaret...I am truly glad that you enjoyed this. I felt my children needed to know just how much they meant to me and how much they were wanted and loved! I feel the same way about my step children and our adopted daughter, Audrey. Children are God's gift, loaned to us for just a while and should be treasured!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      How wonderful that you directed this lens towards your children. What a gift to them that they will treasure forever. I would have loved to have something like this written by my mother. God bless you! I truly enjoyed this!

      Margaret

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Jewelsofawe] Hi Patricia, I'm glad you enjoyed the story. I still have problems with my voice. Right now, due to having the Swine Flu. The coughing was terrible and caused the damage to reappear. Will have to be good and give it time to heal. It takes longer as I get older. But I am thankful that it does heal and I will be able to use it again soon. Thanks again!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      What a lovely story! Prayer is a powerful thing. I am glad you got your voice back.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to annmackiemiller] Thank you, Ann...so pleased you were pleased!

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      Ann 8 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      wonderful writing from start to finish. thank you so much - hugs

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Emily Nash] Thank you Emily....I am so glad that you enjoyed my story.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Jeanie, I loved reading "A Prayer Full of Miracles". As always you do such a beautiful job and make it interesting to the end. You have been blessed with a wonderful God-given gift.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to LizMac60] Thank you, Liz...I so appreciate you comments and love the lenses you publish...it is fun to share with you! God Bless you, as well!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Michey] Thank you Michey...I am so pleased that you enjoyed it. And thank you so very much for the Angel Blessing!!! Yes, it is good to reflect on our lives...there is much to be learned there if we look for it.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to OhMe] Hi Nancy! Thanks for the tip...I found the problem with my guestbook...it was the operator! LOL I am very glad you enjoyed reading the story again...I tried to add to the message to freshen it up for you and others who have heard it. Thank you for the Angel blessing!!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Joan4] Hi Joan! So glad you enjoyed! The guestbook has worked itself out and all is now correct. Thank you for your help!! I am glad my lens had special meaning for you today!

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      Liz Mackay 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for sharing your miracles with us. What a wonderful story and I expect there is lots more to come. God bless

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      Michey LM 8 years ago

      Wow! As usual when I start to read your writing, I cannot stop until the last word. This is so beautiful, it has so much love, and grace, and I like how you chose your priorities in life.

      In the speedy 21th century we sometime forget to stop and reflect about our life, but you always do this and I love the way you do it.

      fav. this is a lens I like to come back, 5*. and the wings of an angel bless this lens.

      Michey

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, I had chills while reading this and I had heard you tell the story before. You write so beautifully and are truly gifted. Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories. Blessed by a Honorary Squid Angel.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Absolutely beautifully written. You lifted my soul today! Blessed!