God Used a Penny

Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Misc., Uncategorized | 26 comments

“God Used a Penny”   a true account …….

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 Four years ago in October……

“Mommy! I swallowed a penny! I don’t know why, it just went down!”

Our 4-year-old granddaughter ran to her mother shouting those words. Now, this sweet, precocious little girl never put things in her mouth, even as a young baby, so this was very unusual.  After a quick call to the doctor, he advised just to watch to see that it passed through.

A few days later after not finding the penny, they made another call to the doctor.

“Well, we don’t routinely do an x-ray, but bring her in and we’ll do one just to make sure it isn’t lodged in the intestines somewhere.”

The x-ray did not show a penny, but it did reveal a fuzzy image of something attached to the spine. Strange! What could it be? After further tests, it was determined that it was a tumor on the spine suspected as Ganglio Neuroblastoma, an aggressive children’s cancer. They couldn’t be sure until they did surgery. The medical plan was to do surgery to biopsy it, place a chemo port into the tumor to shrink it, and then on a second surgery, try to remove the tumor.

Doctor’s told the parents not to go on the internet, but I did!  What I found, I didn’t like! There had been no symptoms at that point, but until they could decide through surgery just what they were up against, the future was unknown.  The phone calls to friends and their church prayer chains along with all the grandparents’ churches and friends’ connections made a difference knowing that so many people were praying for our granddaughter.!

Parents going through tough health issues with kids have a hard time emotionally, physically and mentally.  You wish you could trade places with the child so they didn’t have to suffer. I , now, have a new empathy for those parents and grandparents. It is only your faith in the Lord that gets you through these trials along with the prayers of other believers.

I don’t want to leave you hanging on for the results, but I do need to go back to just a couple of months before this happened. You may know, if you have followed my blog, that I hold an Oma and Opa Camp for my grandkids. We do crafts, field trips, songs, games and  have a wonderful time with the kids – no parents! This granddaughter’s favorite song that year was “Our God is a Great, Big God and He Holds Us in His Hand”! She sang it over and over at camp and she would sing it to the top of her lungs with her beautiful voice.  OK, now back to the story…….

Surgery began and instead of putting the port in, the doctor thought he could remove the tumor and began to peel it off . He was able to remove it completely! After testing, it was truly determined to be Ganglio Neuroblastoma. Had it gone any longer, the fingers would have wrapped around the spine completely making it nearly impossible to remove.  No chemo was required! Praise God!

In the Intensive Care room, our granddaughter sang, “Our God is a Great, Big God and He Holds us in His Hand!” She may have been to young to fully realize what God had done in her life through a “penny”, but we will remind her of the “God Penny”! God has something special planned for this little girl. Now, she is 8 years old and has had no reoccurrence! She loves Jesus and continues to sing songs of praise to Him!


We know that not everything always turns out the way we want, but we are thankful for this “God intervention” through a simple penny!  Everytime we see her, that song runs through my mind. By the way, the penny is engraved with “In God We Trust”

Just wanted to close with this verse…. 

 “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of The Lord.”  Psalm 78:46

At this Thanksgiving season, we hear the phrase,” Give Thanks! ”  I’m always frustrated that it doesn’t end with Give Thanks to God! Be thankful for all that God has done in your life this Thanksgiving season. Direct your thanks and praise to Him!

Continuing to Praise God! 


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  1. Thanks for sharing the pretty post on God Used a Penny at my last Fabulous Friday Party. Love if you stop by this Friday for another party
    Thanks Maria

  2. Hello sweet lady! Incredible. Pinned. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  3. Thanks for sharing this story at Saturday Sparks. Praise be to God for his clever way of alerting you to the unknown and the healing of your granddaughter. You have been featured today.
    Have a Beautiful Day,
    Pieced Pastimes

  4. Well, praise God! Thanks for sharing this story at Show Me Saturday. It’s always good to hear of His mighty works.

  5. Such a cute story!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  6. Love your sweet story!

  7. Beautifully and prayerfully written.

  8. What a great story. I am happy you all had such a wonderful turn out. Sometimes I am truly amazed.

  9. This truly is an awesome testimony. Thanks for sharing it. It reminded me of who I served. An Awesome God he is!!!.

  10. I have goosebumps reading your wonderful story — or God bumps as my youth group kids called them. Hope she continues to do well!

  11. Oh my goodness what a story! I am all teared up …how inspiring. Now I have the old hymn “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow” in my mind 🙂

    • I’ll sing it with you!

      • Posted it to family and friends Facebook…see my Dil sharing it already 🙂 A wonderful testimony 🙂

  12. Beautiful post!! I found you on Claire Justine’s link up..if you are interested we host an inspirational based one every week Open now til Friday…would love to have you share it there 🙂

    • Thanks and I’ll stop by!

      • Thanks for sharing it!! Hope you can come back again with your posts 🙂 PS Our God is SO big and able!!!

  13. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story and your granddaughters journey. Blessings

  14. What a wonderful story. She sounds like such a gorgeous girl and it is brilliant that she has got well after going through so much. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

  15. God is so amazing at what He can do!! What a blessing to have Him in your lives and have His hands on your health!! Love this post!

  16. This is one of the coolest posts I have read in a while! How awesome is our God that He uses such a little thing to help bring a big thing to the forefront. I’m so glad the outcome was good. Hope she is still doing well!

    • We have an awesome God!

  17. Wonderful testimony! I’m so thankful that it was caught in time! God is so amazing in all that He does.

    Stopping by from the Friday Favorites linkup.

  18. What a beautiful story of God’s amazing care, timing and working all things out for His glory. Thank you for sharing this.

  19. What a miracle! God truly works in mysterious ways. I am so thankful you shared your story. As a grandma of three beautiful granddaughters, I fully understand your experience. Although frightening, God’s grace is evident as the events unfold. May God continue to bless you and your family!

    • Thank you for your kind words. God’s grace is truly amazing!

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