Category Archives: God

Fallen into the hollow of a tree, 9 y.o. girl met Jesus and unborn sister

Billy Hallowell for The Blaze, April 16, 2015, that 9-year-old Annabelle Beam claimed she visited Heaven and saw Jesus when she fell into the hollow of a tree on her family’s farm in Texas. After her rescue, Annabelle mysteriously recovered from a chronic illness.

The incident happened 3 years ago in 2011.

As recounted by the girl’s mother, Christy Beam, in her book Miracles From Heaven and in a The Church Boys podcast this week, “Annabelle and her sisters — they all three are rough and tumble country tom boys. They were out doing what they love to do which is climb trees. They climbed up and were just sitting on a branch talking, and then the branch began to give way.”

The cottonwood tree (Christy Beam)

Attempting to scramble to safety, Annabelle ended up falling into a hole on the side of a hollowed-out cottonwood tree (see above), tumbling 30 feet head-first into the trunk.

The little girl was trapped inside the tree for hours as firefighters and rescue teams tried to figure out a way to get her out. They eventually rigged up a series of pulleys and ropes that made the rescue possible. Remarkably, Annabelle had no severe injuries, though she was kept over night at a local hospital to be observed.

Christy and 12-year-old Anabelle Beam

Christy and 12-year-old Anabelle Beam

It was the next day that Annabelle told her mother what happened while she was trapped inside the cottonwood tree. As recounted by Christy Beam:

“The next day after they released her from the hospital … we were driving down the road … and she just turned to me out of the blue … and she just said, ‘You know mommy, I went to heaven when I was in that tree’…. My very, very first thought was, ‘Did you hit your head really hard? Was it just a dream … what is she talking about?’

She said that she sat on Jesus’ lap and that they talked and that he said that the firemen will get her out and when they do there will be nothing wrong with you. And [Jesus said], ‘I’m going to send my guardian angel to light the tree and to stay with you.’

Annabelle asked Jesus if she could stay in heaven, as she felt no pain during the encounter, but “He said, ‘I know you want to stay Anna, but I have plans for you on Earth that you can’t fulfill in heaven.’”

Then Annabelle was suddenly aware of the fact that she was back inside the tree, but there was a light in the deep dark hollow which helped her find the ropes and pulleys that the firefighters had rigged up.

In her time in Heaven, Annabelle said she saw her great-grandmother, who looked much younger. But what convinced Christy that her daughter was telling the truth was when Annabelle said she also saw a little girl in heaven who God told her was her sister.

Christy explained, “I had had two miscarriages, and one of them had been the creation of life,” while the other pregnancy had resulted in a blighted ovum — a fertilized egg that did not develop. She once told her daughters that she had two miscarriages, but did not go into detail about the blighted ovum.

Christy said,

“When Anna[belle] was telling me about [heaven], she said, ‘I saw a little girl in heaven, mommy, and she looked just like you … and [she] said, ‘I know that face and I asked God who is that little girl and he said, ‘Anna, that’s your sister’ and that did it for me. I just remember thinking there’s no way for her to have known.”

If Annabelle were lying, she would have said that she saw two children in heaven, but, instead, she said she only saw one. Considering that only one of the pregnancies progressed, Christy was floored, “I thought at that moment, ‘This is real, this happened.”

Annabelle had suffered from chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, a painful disorder that involves how food is processed, among other complications. After the incident with the tree, however, Annabelle’s illnesses cleared up and she went from taking 10 medications a day to taking none.

Christy said, “Her life is different and everybody sees it.”

Christy Beam said that her daughter’s story will also be a feature film set to release in 2016. She hopes what happened to Annabelle Beam will change lives and people’s personal relationships with God.

For other miraculous encounters, please go to our “Christian/Inspirational” page for post links colored purple.


Sunday Devotional: Do not be a lip-service Christian

1 John 2:1-5A

My children, I am writing this to you
so that you may not commit sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is expiation for our sins,
and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.
The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep
his commandments.
Those who say, “I know him,” but do not keep his commandments
are liars, and the truth is not in them.
But whoever keeps his word,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.

Christ crucified


1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me.
Do I accord more importance to creation — to people and things? Do I idolize entertainers or politicians, idealizing and placing them on a pedestal? Am I my own god — grandiose, arrogant, and do as I will? Do I subscribe to a self-serving moral relativism– that what is right depends on the situation and on what benefits me? Do I practice humility by serving others? Do I ask for forgiveness when I have wronged another?

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Have my words denied, devalued, or insulted God? Do I use His holy name as a profanity, or as an emotional outburst?

3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Do I avoid, when possible, work that impedes worship to God, joy for the Lord’s Day, and proper relaxation of mind and body? Do I look for ways to spend time with family or in service on Sunday? Do I say “Thank You” for all that He’s given me — my body, mind, work, family, friends, and for life itself?

4. Honor your father and your mother.
Do I show my parents due respect? Do I seek to maintain good communication with my parents where possible? Do I criticize them for lacking skills I think they should have? Do I blame them for my own flaws and problems? Do I honor that to which they gave birth, by treating my body and mind with respect, and refraining from impairing and corrupting myself with drugs, sloth, gluttony, and pornography?

5. You shall not kill.
Have I killed the body, no matter how small, of another? Have I injured another’s body, spirit and emotions with my actions and words?

6. You shall not commit adultery.
Have I stayed true to my marital vows? If unmarried, have I honored another’s marital exclusivity? Have I respected the physical and sexual dignity of others and of myself, and of the institution of marriage?

7. You shall not steal.
Have I taken or wasted the possessions, resources or time that belong to another? Have I dis-respected God’s creation by being wasteful and profligate?

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Have I told lies or embellished stories at the expense of another?

9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse.
Have I honored my spouse with my full affection and exclusive love? Have I, instead, longed for or lusted after another, including fantasy figures like celluloid celebrities and in pornography?

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Am I content with what I have, or do I compare myself to others, and feel envious, resentful, or entitled to what others have?

white clematis and yellows

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!


Baby squirrel, adopted by mommy cat, purrs like a kitten!

Jim and Karen Watkins are a kind- and big-hearted couple who are organizers of Central Mississippi’s non-profit TAILS: Taking Animals Into Loving Shelters.

The Watkins have taken into their home 18 homeless cats and a baby squirrel that fell from his nest in the tree.

The Watkins named the baby squirrel Rocky.

Rocky the baby squirrel that purrs like a cat

One of Watkins’ mommy cats adopted Rocky as her own.

Not only does Rocky nurse along with the kittens, but the little squirrel actually purrs!

God bless Jim and Karen Watkins!

H/t FOTM’s Anon.


Mommy cat adopts orphaned baby rabbit

I was feeling depressed by news today, then I remembered I hadn’t done a therapeutic post on those “creatures without sin” for two days!

I hope this brings down your blood pressure and lifts your spirits, as it did mine.


From Chains to Glory

The Rescue


This is a scene of spiritual violence, and an act of angelic valor in the rescue of a family who has committed their lives to Jesus Christ. It is a look into the reality of the spiritual darkness that has taken over our society.


In the distance we see hordes of people chained and led around by demonic principalities and powers, in a bleak landscape of stepped pyramids (emblems of human power and achievement) under a rusting iron sky with a black sun.

chains_explosion_viewIn the foreground we see a demon falling backward toward us from the explosive impact of a flaming sword cutting though the chain he was using to hold the family captive.

The angel wielding the sword is standing on the chest of another demon he has subdued.

Another angel, with his back turned toward us, is holding off a demonic prince on horseback (admittedly a little bit of Tolkien influence here).


Just beyond that we see a family rushing into the waiting arms of the Lord Jesus Christ. Surrounding them is beautiful white light indicating that they are escaping the kingdom of darkness and entering into the liberty of the children of God, a world filled with light and color and beauty.


When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
– John 8:12

Baby’s thumbs-up ultrasound saves her from being aborted

Her parents were told their baby had a life-threatening heart condition. Doctors twice recommended an abortion.

But when little Chanel Murrish‘s parents saw her ultrasound, they changed their minds.

Chanel Murrish gives thumbs up

Sarah Zagorski reports for Life News, April 13, 2015, that United Kingdom residents Fay and Michael Murrish were thrilled to be expecting their third baby. But at their 20-week scan they found out some devastating news— their unborn baby had a life-threatening heart condition called Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and had only a low chance of survival.

Even with operations, their baby would have only a 50-50 chance of surviving the first and would need two more. Her life expectancy would only be to young adulthood and she would eventually need a heart transplant.

In fact, doctors felt so strongly about their baby’s dire outcome that they recommended abortion twice.

However, the couple refused abortion after their baby started kicking in the womb and an ultrasound showed something remarkable.

Fay explained, “But Chanel started kicking. There was no way I could have a termination. I know she wanted to live because she was giving a huge thumbs-up at her scan.”

In 2014, Chanel Murrish was born via Caesarean section and was rushed into surgery. She became the youngest baby ever to undergo open-heart surgery in the United Kingdom and is now thriving. Fay concluded, “Chanel is going from strength to strength having got through not just the first operation but a second procedure at the age of just seven days.”


According to the Center for Disease control, HLHS is a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart and as the baby develops, the left side of the heart does not form correctly. Research finds that HLHS is extremely rare but it does have a high mortality rate, accounting for approximately 23% of neonatal deaths. The condition can be detected on a fetal echocardiography, although in many cases it isn’t diagnosed until after birth because the unborn child appears to be developing normally.

LifeNews had reported on a previous case of a baby born with HLHS who successfully underwent two heart operations and is now doing well.

In 2012, Scarlett Crowther was born with the same condition as Chanel. She may not have made it at all had her mom decided to have an abortion, but Scarlett’s mother Rebecca Turner rejected that idea. Scarlett was given a 50/50 chance of surviving the defect just like Chanel but went through two successful heart operations, with one of them coming at five days after birth.

Mother and baby are now doing much better. Rebecca calls Scarlett a “little fighter. When I hold her now I just can’t believe how healthy and happy she is. She’s my miracle baby.”

Chanel Murrish

The ultrasound of little Chanel giving a thumbs-up HUMANIZES the life in Fay Murrish’s womb.

The pic made Fay and Michael Murrish realize that the life growing in Fay’s womb is a human being. That is why the pro-aborts get so enraged when pro-lifers display posters of aborted babies.


Brave cat protects baby from man’s attacks

A baby is lying in a car-seat.

A man (the baby’s father?), seated in a messy sofa-bed, stares at the baby.

With his right hand, he first smacks the baby’s left foot, then repeatedly hits the side of the car-seat.

Whack, whack, whack . . . .

A black cat comes to the baby’s defense.

She jumps on the man’s hitting arm to stop him from hitting baby.

But the man shoves the cat off and goes back to whacking the car-seat.

So the cat leaps on the man’s arm again, and again, and again, and again, but is flung off by the man each time.

So the cat tries once again, her sixth attempt. This time she goes for the man’s elbow and bit him.

cat protects baby

The man is more than 20 times the size and weight of the little cat.

What a brave and noble kitty!

H/t Most Holy Family Monastery and FOTM’s Mike.