When life changes in just a moment…BUT God

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July 4th weekend, 2015.

Our bags were packed. We were all set to leave for a 5-day long trip that involved exploring Washington County, Texas.

The kids and I dropped Hubs at the airport to pick up our rental car for our trip and were driving home to eat breakfast.

The plan was to leave as soon as Hubs got home.

The younger two kids were strapped in their car seats and Lia was in the middle, with her seatbelt on as well. She was showing Ana an Elmo video on my phone while Sam looked out of the window watching the cars zoom by. 

The kids were 9, 5, and 1 at the time.

Even while reading this over, I feel that queasy feeling in my stomach again.

While trying to slow down to exit the expressway, somehow the brakes didn’t seem to work and I couldn’t sustain control of the steering wheel.

In just a matter of a few seconds, the car skidded, flew off the ramp, landed onto the frontage road, and crashed head-on into the wire fencing of a clay tile business.

The airbags opened out and all that cut through the silence in the air was the jammed car horn.

Life changed in that one moment

When life changes in just a moment...BUT GOD. - MommySnippets.com


I never thought I would ever have to type these words but yes, we were in a car crash.


The kids were in the back…

BUT THANK GOD, all 4 of us got out of the vehicle with minor seatbelt burns and nothing else.

If you see the car, you would think otherwise…



I believe strongly in God’s Protection over our lives.

I also believe in angels.

(Psalm 91:11- For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.) 

A few seconds after we crashed two gentlemen came to my side of the car, removed the rod that was holding my car door shut, and pried it open to get me out.

They helped get the kids out and held my youngest while I called 911 and my husband.

They waited till the cops and medics came and then left.

I don’t know who the men were but I am so, so thankful God sent them to help us.

The frontage road we crossed before crashing into the fence is generally a busy road especially during the week and at the time we were there…

BUT God protected us.

The road was empty because it was the July 4th holiday, thereby safeguarding us from further harm and harm to a potential vehicle passing at the time.

In just a few moments, things changed…

BUT God protected us.

Provided help for us.

Kept our hearts at peace. 

Isaiah 41:10

Life isn’t easy, and we can agree on this more so right now, but this life-changing incident reminded me that God is with us every step of the way. 

Today may be rough, but be at peace that God is in control.

What He has promised in His Word, He is faithful to fulfill.

We may not understand the whys and the hows but stay strong.

Things will get better.

Hebrews 13_5


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  1. How scary – I am SO glad you were ok! Thankful God protected you! He is amazing like that šŸ˜‰

    PS Yay Texas!

  2. sent shivers down my spine just reading this post….how horrific and truly the four of you were safe in the arms of God – looking at the pictures shows the impact of the crash….but shining bright, loud and clear is the cross that stands a testimony that God ministered to you through His angels who protected each one of you….and also sent two angels in the guise of the helpful strangers who just stepped back once help was at hand…Thank God for His protection and bless you all always

  3. Thank God He protected you and your little ones. I, too, am becoming more aware of His presence in my life at all times.

  4. Praise the Lord you guys are okay!! Being in a car crash is very scary. So thankful he protected you and your littles.

  5. Amazing! God is so AMAZING and this is such a great story to show His Might Hand. Thank you for sharing this and reminding me just how involved He is in our every moment.


  6. my assistant pastor always says he is glad when God Buts In! glad you guys are all ok

  7. I’m so thankful you and your babies are alright! “But God” would be a great book title. šŸ˜‰

  8. Marina, I’m so happy to hear that none of you really were injured It’s amazing how quickly our best laid plans can be foiled, but keeping our eyes on Him, we can usually see why these things happen later on.

  9. I am so glad you were all alright! I bet you were pretty shaken after you were able to get home and hug your babies! God has protected me through some scary things too!

  10. Praise God you were okay! I agree with another poster “But God” would be a great book title.

  11. I am so glad you shared this! I think when we all get to heaven (isn’t that a song?) we will all realize just how many times God really saved us–and I know when we are aware of them, they are meant to be shared.
    So glad you are all okay!

  12. I too was blessed by the protection of God during a serious car wreck with my daughter, the truck we were in was totaled but we got out alive thanks to our Guardian Angels and the protection of God. Thank you for sharing your story and Bless you and your family.

  13. Such a good reminder! It’s so easy to get caught up in the circumstances around us but when we focus on God and how He is always with us and His plans are always for good, it helps to put things back into perspective.

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