Thursday, June 21, 2012

When Life Throws Curve Balls -- Find The Blessings

There are times we go along thinking that our life in on track and moving nicely, making plans for the future and just being content with where we are.  Then here it comes -- a curve ball.  It can totally derail your thoughts, your ability in dealing with day to day life and a feeling of grief.

Over the years I have had numerous curve balls thrown at me in this journey of life. Moving through each one, facing them head-on, has been the only way I have been able to get through.  With each chaotic moment, I find my faith growing and a change in my perspective towards things and people.

I believe in the power of prayer.  Prayer can be a powerful tool if done with the right heart.  Have I seen miracles over the years?  Absolutely.  I have seen my son, diagnosed with autism who was completely nonverbal when he was younger and told that he wouldn't be verbal until well into his grade school years, start verbalizing by age of four.  I have seen my daughter walk away from a car accident that by looking at the car she never should have survived, broken hearts heal, marriages renew and yes, sometimes even fall apart again only to be restored fully in the end.

A good friend of mine last night told me that faithfulness brings blessings. Sometimes in the midst of heartache and crisis, we don't see what is right in front of us. So I sit here this morning counting my blessings.  The first seven of them are my children and my grandson. Looking around at my life, there are numerous blessings that need to be counted daily. As I sit here in the midst of crisis, I know I am held up by God and I can see the blessings coming out of having a faithful and open heart.

6 comments:

Ana Morgan said...

Belief in a higher power always helps, I think. I use affirmations a lot, and remind myself that what I think is what I create.

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Hi, Emma. One of my favorite affirmations is Attitude from Charles Swindoll. If you have a chance, look it up. It's all about how we react to the curve balls thrown at us. I have the quote--which is lengthy--printed up and I keep it in my planner to remind me to keep my chin up.

Misty Dietz said...

Hi Emma. This reminds me of the saying about trees that bend but don't break and go on to become strong like the mighty oak. Wishing you peace.

Roxy Boroughs said...

Thankfulness is so important. And what a beautiful website you have!

Karen Cote said...

Beautiful...simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing your heart my friend. It is a big one so it does have a tendency to get bruised. Looks like you've put it in the right Hands to care for it. He never disappoints and your faith is an inspiration to all. Big hugs for your strength. There is a quote that is frequently spoken and it goes something like this: God helps those who help themselves. Only problem is, that quote is no where in scripture and is the biggest myth of all. God wants us to rely on Him so we can be helped. Totally and completely. He is amazing and prayer and faith is His request in return.

morgan said...

I believe no matter what happens it happens for a purpose. Of course, at the time when I am struggling through it, I may not think that. And yet, any hardship has made me more compassionate to others, and grateful. Thanks for the lovely rminder.