Family and holidays are not always easy. Read this wonderful testimony about how God worked a relationship miracle and gain hope for yours!
Just before the holidays, our daughter called to invite us over, and we declined after a strained conversation on the phone. At one point, I explained to her that we loved her, but that she needed to decide if she wanted us in her life; if she can accept us for who we are, and that she needed to forgive me once and for all for whatever she believed me to have done to her. I have repented to her before, and God has forgiven me most importantly, and I have forgiven myself and that was it. I have shared this with some people and they ask me “what did you do that your daughter would not forgive you”? To be honest, I do not really know, just that we used to have screaming matches and she could push all my buttons, which would incite me to become enraged and angry with her. I have repented to her for this and continue to repent for anything the Lord brings to my attention. After this, we hadn’t heard from her in almost two weeks.
Two weeks after she stopped talking to us, I called my daughter and asked her if we could come over this day? She said “Yes!” without hesitation. God thing! I then proceeded to tell her how much I/we loved her and how we will always love her no matter what. I also asked her if we could just love each other and get along, accepting each other for who we are. That we would never do anything to intentionally harm her. She said she knew this. I told her I knew she did not mean to say and do the things she had done. That we all had enough broken hearts in our lives and we didn’t need another one. She was crying at this point, and I could hear her heart being softened. I cannot remember the last time I heard her cry, but I know this one was sincere. She said the grandkids really missed us. She never said she was sorry, but I knew she was. We all went over and stayed all day, into the evening, and will be seeing her tomorrow. We got to love on her, our son in-law and the grandbabies and were loved back. God is so good, look what He has done. It was only a miracle that could have caused this to happen. Many times when we let go, God takes care of things, holds so true. Great is His faithfulness.
Be thankful for all God has done for you! Take this testimony as an encouragement of how prayer and repentance can help make relationships better, especially around the holiday season.