Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The Hotel Pool - A Dose of Encouragement 5

Our children have always been excited when we have had the opportunity to stay at a lovely hotel especially when it has a pool.  
So the three years we lived in America were very happy as we had several opportunities to stay at hotels with outdoor pools whilst on various trips across the states.

          On one of our trips back home to Northern Ireland we stopped over in London for a weekend at a hotel with an indoor pool and of course the kids just could not wait to get into it.  Jonathan and Daniel had learned to swim reasonably well by this stage but Linda was only 6 years old and was only just getting confident.  

Unfortunately she was too confident too soon 
as we were about to discover.

          Fred and the children got their swimsuits and towels ready and headed down to the changing rooms while I headed to find a seat at the poolside to relax and watch them enjoying themselves.  
But there were no seats by the pool, in fact, I couldn’t get close to the pool at all as there was a 4 ft high barrier all around the area. The only access to the pool was through the changing area and showers. 

          I stood and leaned on the barrier watching as Fred played and swam with the kids in the pool.  There was only two other people in the pool and very soon one of them climbed out and went over to sit in the Jacuzzi.  A short time later he left the Jacuzzi and disappeared from sight.  

          Linda must have watched him because a little while later she stepped out of the pool and went over towards the Jacuzzi but neither the boys nor Fred noticed her leave the pool.  The boys were playing together and the other person in the pool had started talking to Fred.  Neither the boys nor Fred could hear me as I yelled to them about Linda. 

          I hoped she would not actually get into the Jacuzzi but that’s exactly what she did and almost immediately she disappeared down under the water as it bubbled up.  Still Fred couldn’t hear me and I couldn’t get near the pool, all I could do was pray as I saw her head appear up out of the water only to disappear again. 


          Suddenly Fred realised she was missing and looked round.  He hurried out and over to her but by this time she had been under the water several times.  He dragged her out and we both were afraid it was too late, but as he laid her down on the pool edge she coughed up a lot of water and started to cry.


            It all happened so quickly and I had felt so helpless.  

I felt alone and unable to do anything.
Linda must have felt so alone too and could not help herself.
I am so thankful to God that He never leaves us alone.
He has promised to never leave us.

Fortunately this incident did not leave Linda with a fear of water and she still enjoys going swimming.  

It did however leave me with the knowledge that we can’t protect our children from everything now or in the future, God is the only one who can do that.






Thank you God that you love us and watch over us 

and preserve us and answer our prayers.

You never leave us nor forsake us.


Have you experienced God watching over you and your family?

Do you know that you are not alone when you have handed your life over to God?





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42 comments:

  1. "It did however leave me with the knowledge that we can’t protect our children from everything now or in the future, God is the only one who can do that." That is such a good encouragement for me! My son has food allergies and sometimes I project my worry so far into the future. I think I need to write this on my hand. :) thank you!

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    1. Hi Jen, nice to meet you. I saw on Google plus that you have 4 children, may God bless you all and protect your boy from allergy problems in all the years to come.

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  2. What a hard thing to watch. I love what you came out of the experience with.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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    1. Hi Debi, I am thankful that God speaks through our experiences for our benefit and the benefit of others.

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  3. How terribly scary! I can't even imagine. But yes, the Lord was there. And the Lord has been with my family in such a wonderful way this past month. A few weeks ago, my father fell badly, and just 10 days later, he passed away. The Lord's presence has been so tangible that we have almost been able to feel His hand leading us every step of the way.

    How privileged we are to have His salvation, and to live in the Light of His grace, and mercy, and love.

    GOD BLESS!

    (Came over from Beth's link-up party. And, I noticed a book by Alton Gansky on your Shelfari shelf. I love his books! I met him once, and he is the nicest man, and such a follower of the Lord!)

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    1. Sharon it is lovely to meet you, I know I was on your blog one day a while back. As for Alton Gansky, did you go to his writers course in Virginia? My daughter went 2 years ago because she knew I was such a fan of his. Some years before that I had emailed him about one of his older books which I couldn't get my hands on. He replied that it was not being printed any more but sent me a pdf of it and another old one. I'm unto ebooks now because our shelves are full in the study and his books take up a couple of them.

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  4. Wow, that must have been the hardest thing to watch!!! The Lord was certainly watching over your daughter! Thanks so much for linking up with the Faith and Fellowship blog hop! If you'd ever like to cohost the linkup feel free to email me at susannah.kellogg at gmail.com

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    1. Hi Susannah, hard indeed but as you say He watches over us. thank you for the cohost invitation I shall think that over.

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  5. My heart was racing a bit faster as I read your post. How scary. I have to admit I've always had a slight fear of water and not even fully sure why. I think one of the hardest things as parents is to realize we cannot protect our children from everything. But when we learn to trust God and pray for his protection over them it does begin to take away the worry. I'm so grateful that even though my boys are not believers, I know God is still watching over them. And I pray daily for them to find Him.
    Thanks for being a faithful member of our TWW community, Sandra.
    Blessings to you.

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    1. Hi again Beth,I am glad that God loves and cares for all of our families. Never give up on the praying I got saved when I was 9 or 10 and only saw my mother come to the Lord when she was 84.

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  6. Wow! Very scary, Sandra! We pray constantly, thanking God for watching over our children, and praying that He will continue to keep them safe. I'm convinced there are numerous ways each day that He intervenes on our behalf. Have a blessed, and safe, week!

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    1. Thank you June and I agree, my husband and I thank God regularly for how He keeps uas all safe even when we don't realise it.

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  7. thank you for joining us! great versus!

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    1. Hi Obi, thanks for the encouragement

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  8. So glad that all turned out okay. Children do things so quickly even the best parents can't always protect them and we have to leave it in God's hands and trust him. Visiting from Tuesday with a Twist Blog Hop.

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    1. So true Maria, we just have to trust in Him. thanks for dropping in and come join me for the rest of the series.

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  9. So scary! I can't imagine what must have been going through your mind. I liked what you said about not being able to protect our children from everything, thanks, I needed to read that today.

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    1. Hello Alecia, it's lovely to meet you and I am so happy that you read this post at the right time. I just clicked through and added you to my circles but do come back and join us for the rest of this series of encouragement.

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  10. Oh Sandra, how scary but praise the Lord for his watchful, faithful hand! Thanks for sharing this over at Everyday Jesus. I appreciate it!

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    1. Hi Sharita, thanks for the encouragement and I'm enjoying visiting at Everyday Jesus.

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  11. Thank God for His intervening hand, and His ear every ready to hear our prayers! Yes, I have experienced God's special deliverance of family members more than once, and sometimes it was the same kind of case, of utter helplessness on my part to do anything but pray. This was an especially frightening example!

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    1. Hi Sylvia, isn't He amazing, He is always there. I can see you could understand how I felt then and how I feel now, thanks.

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  12. Oh you had me on the edge of my seat. I think I stopped breathing. To be so close but so far away not to be able to reach your daughter. My heart... thanking and praising God for His hedge of protection.
    Thanks so much for linking to Sunday Stillness and thanks for connecting on Twitter.
    Blessings to you,
    Janis www.janiscox.com

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    1. Hi again Janis, indeed you have already been a blessing to me through your blog posts and the blog hop and the encouragement in comments, thank you.

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  13. How scary to watch your child in trouble, and not be able to help. I have never heard of a hotel only having access through the showers, but then again I'm in the U.S. Glad the Father heard your prayers, thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

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    1. Hi Joyce thanks for dropping in. Just added you to my circles on Google +

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  14. How terrifying! I'm so thankful that she's ok. I just posted a story on my blog telling how God showed His presence to us. He's so good! http://www.lisalewiskoster.com/2014/02/finishing-strong.html

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    1. Yes Lisa I was over on your blog and saw that story, He is so good.

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  15. What a wonderful reminder that God is our protector! Thank you for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story." When our oldest granddaughter was a toddler, she drowned at our pool many years ago, and my daughter who was supposed to be watching her, realized she was gone. She found her face down, but applied CPR and called 911. She revived and recovered, but what a shock and terror during it all.

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    1. Dear Hazel, this must have been soul wrenching to go through. I am so glad that God stepped in there and restored her to you all.

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  16. So thankful God is with us always - such a scary experience for you all. I have to say my link is next to yours at TellHisStory and I am not sure if we were entering our links at the same time but somehow it used YOUR picture on my Link!! It is not the picture from my blog post. I am not sure how to fix this but will e-mail Jennifer. I sure did not want you to think I had stolen your picture : )

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    1. Hi Mindy, don't worry about that I would have understood as the same thing happened to me on three blog hops this week. The first time I deleted my link and did it again and still found the same thing had happened but then when I refreshed the page it had my pic ok so that was what I did with the other two when they happened. Was very strange though. Nice to meet you Mindy.

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  17. How terrifying! Thank God for His protection! I'm next to you at Barbie's this week.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth thanks for dropping in, and amen

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  18. Sandra, I found this very encouraging and wanted to thank you for sharing this experience with your daughter.

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  19. Sandra...your experience reminded me that our children are God's first and He holds them in his hand. Thank you for sharing at WJIM's Monday's Musings.

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  20. This was a scary but true story that we cannot always be there but God can. Thank you for the encouragement. Blessings from www.solelyfocused.com.

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    1. Hi Carmen nice to meet you, just added you to my circles. Thank you for dropping in to encourage me.

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  21. OMG ~ so grateful she was okay ~ and that she still enjoys swimming ~ what a fright for you and so glad you have your faith to pull you through ~ Happy Weekend to you and your family ~

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  22. You post was terrifying...:( I am happy that everything turned out to be ok!

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  23. What a frightening experience!

    And yes, I have felt God watching over my family many times…thankfully.

    =)

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