Friday, June 27, 2008

Feeling Blessed

My husband and I have been going through a little bit of upheaval with our careers lately. We're both looking at moving forward and we've both been given opportunities to do so. And, right now, we're both in a hold pattern, waiting to see what will happen. We've also been going through some personal trials and I can safely say, this has been one wonky month.

But in the middle of all this uncertainty, I've noticed something. Over and over again, the Lord has provided something amazing to temper the bad. Remember when I lost my file, and then found it? (You'd better remember!) I found it ten minutes before the data recovery company called to tell me it was gone forever. The Lord knew I was going to get that call, and He showed me where to find the file so I wouldn't be devastated when the call came. Some might call it coincidence. I don't.

Wednesday I got some news that troubled me a little bit, and I'm still trying to decide what to do about it. But ten minutes before that, this showed up in my e-mail box. Yes, click! Go read! And then come back. I'll wait.

Wasn't that the sweetest, nicest thing in the whole world? Thank you, Stacy!

If I hadn't been bolstered up by Stacy's incredible blog, I might have sunk into despair when the news came in. But the Lord knew that news was coming, and He made sure I had what I needed before it came.

Later in the afternoon, I was feeling a little bit down, and just then the phone rang. It was BerlinWriterGirl, calling to tell me how much she enjoyed "Strength to Endure." In fact, she even blogged about it, and you can read that here. That phone call and subsequent blog helped keep me from dwelling too much on everything.

I could go on for another four or five paragraphs, detailing everything that's happened and all the good stuff that's gone right along with it. I won't, though. Suffice it to say that the Lord is aware of everything we need. He knows when we've reached the end of our rope. He knows how strong we are, and when we reach the end of that rope, He's there to add a few more inches. When we feel He's letting us handle it all on our own, that's not the case -- He knows we can do it, even if we don't know that. And I feel so blessed that He is there, watching over everything, providing exactly what is needed in the moment when it's needed most.

10 comments:

Keeley said...

I'm so sorry to hear you're going through some icky stuff, Tristi. I do hope it all comes out in a way that brings you joy.

The Lord truly is aware of us and loves us so much. I'm so thankful that He was there helping you through the icky bits, and that you were able to recognize His comfort.

The Lord bless you and your family, wonderful woman without guile! =)

Karlene said...

I thought you might be having a rough month because your blog template is so PLAIN right now. That's not the Tristi I've come to know and love.

As a fellow life traveler, I agree that the Lord always softens the blows when we open our hearts to Him. He strengthens us through trials, comforts us during loss, and loves us through all the ups and downs. Keep the faith.

Karlene

Tristi Pinkston said...

The plain blog was more of an attempt to be different than a reflection of how I feel . . . but it is a little tamer than I usually go for. Never fear, I shall return to my wild and wacky ways as soon as I'm tired of being normal.

Rachelle said...

You're awesome Tristi, Keep, keeping your chin up and thanks for sharing with us.

Queen of Chaos said...

I'm just balling my eyes out right now. And Stacy seems to love you as much as I do. Of course, who wouldn't?

I love how you can look at all the blessings instead of the pain and annoyances life hands you. You are such a wonderful inspiration to me, Tristi. :)

Kenjishiela said...

to the woman without guile...we read Stacy's entry, what a wonderful life to live knowing you've made a difference to other people's lives. we like you to too tristi, and keep doing great!

Stacy G. Anderson said...

It's easy to write good stuff when the subject matter is so spectacular!

Keep your chin up,...we're in it together, especially when we all have to face our own 'holes in the rock'. ;-)

Stacy

Shari said...

Trist, you are so beautiful.

Jen said...

Wow, what a nice tribute your friend wrote.

Sorry you've been having tough times. We have some work-upheaval too, and while I know it will all work out for the best, its still a little crazy trying to wait it out & deal with all the stress. Keep your chin up.

Jen

Jenna Consolo said...

Really nice, Tristi. I've had a similar pattern in my life lately, sweet blessings punctuating the trials. It's the perspective of gratitude during that time that really lifts us along.

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