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“O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you.” (Psalm 88:1 NIV) By January of 2002, Rick's drinking problem had escalated to the point that I thought we would probably lose our house. God is going to handle this, I thought as I tried to stop looking at my circumstances. “Karen, focus on Jesus and trust Him to take care of this situation, His way,” as I talked to myself. During one of our family conversations, Rick said, “I don’t need God!” My heart started to pound, and I knew then, we were in for trouble! All I could hear in my mind was the verse from Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Each morning, I began to weep and cry out to God to change the soul of this man. God was the ONLY one that could keep us afloat and I was going down with Rick. Our situation looked pretty bleak to me. In my mind this was bad, but I had to constantly remind myself that we just see the circumstances. God not only sees the whole picture, but He is in control! My parents had given us money at times, but now we had gotten to the point of having very little groceries, and very little money. One Wednesday, I was talking to God and said, “Lord, I know that the church would pay for our supper tonight because they do not turn anyone away from the fellowship supper for prayer meeting, but I am trusting in You to send us the money to pay for our supper.” When the mail came THAT day, there was a card in it from Rick’s mother with $50.00 in it! Praise the Lord! He is our provider! She had no idea that we were at the point of desperation. She usually doesn’t write except on birthdays. “Thank you, Lord, for allowing people to be available to help us and for putting in motion the answer to our prayers! Allow Rick and myself to help someone else.” It was October 11, 2002, and my daughter-in-law, wanted to go see her parents who lived in Rogers AR, over the weekend. She and my son, have two children, a boy and a girl, who were fifteen months apart. I couldn't bear to let her go without some help. They were just toddlers. My son was busy with the harvest and couldn‘t go with her. Maybe Rick would have some time to think while I was away, and I needed a break as well. We had a good visit with her parents and traveled home that Sunday. As I walked into the kitchen, Rick met me. He was drunk again. I begged him to allow me to check him into a hospital for alcohol rehabilitation, but he refused. As I was walking back to my bedroom, I verbally cried out, “God, please help me!" Suddenly, I heard a loud thump. As I walked into our computer room where Rick had been sitting in his chair, I saw the chair on the floor, with him in it. "Are you going to just lay there," I said. But he didn't say a word. He just looked at me. In frustration, I walked back to my bedroom, threw up my hands and thought to myself, what am I going to do? After a few minutes, I heard him go out the back door. Later, I went out to his garage. His head was his hands and he was crying. I said, "Now, will you let me take you to the hospital?" He said, "Yes, I should have done this a long time ago." We packed some clothes and he was admitted to the hospital. He spent one week in rehab, came home, and started going to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). Rick also began to read his Bible and have his own personal devotions. He never had any problems during the alcoholic detoxification process. Such as, shaking, sweating, or heart complications. That was a miracle in itself, I thought. After about one month, he told me, "You know, I didn't fall out of that chair that night." My response was, "What do you mean, you didn't fall out of that chair?" He said, “The hand of God pushed me out of that chair and held me to the floor until I agreed that I needed some help. Until that moment, I had never intended to stop drinking." I was ASTOUNDED by what God had done this time. He had knocked Rick out of his chair, to get his attention! My God never ceases to amaze me! I asked Him to intervene and HE DID! To this day, Rick has not had another beer. He said that God took the desire completely away! A really surprising thing began to happen. Each morning, as we were getting dressed for work, I wasn't the only one listening to the Christian radio program! He began to grow in his spiritual walk with God as he listened. In the car, he would change the station from rock music to a Christian station. It was amazing how Rick was growing in his spiritual walk with Jesus. He began to play golf with the men at the church, participate in his Sunday School class, and go to the men’s prayer breakfast. He was a different person and the rate of change kept my head spinning! “Praise God!” was all I could say! He is in the business of changing hearts, and I was witnessing a powerful change! Thank you, Lord! What an AWESOME God we serve!