Thursday, July 17, 2008

Precious Grace

Lately I have been feeling somewhat overwhelmed. I know that everyone does at times and I'm not trying to invoke sympathy. I'm blessed and have much to be thankful for. It's just that for the past few weeks so many things have been happening to people I care for and admire. These are tragic things that will change their lives. I have prayed with them and for them and I still feel as though there's some type of veil over my eyes that needs to be lifted.

Since I was a little girl I have called out to the Lord to help me when I am in crisis situations. He's been there. I can't help but think of the scripture, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9) This is a promise that Christ has given us and I am clinging to it. I am weak and I need to focus on His love.

I am thankful that He is changing me in many ways. I suppose change is always stressful, but I have never been one to be too afraid of change. I look forward to what He has in front of me. I was telling my staff the other day that I remember back over 50 years ago going to the dentist was much different. As a child the smoke from the drill and the terrible sounds were so frightening. I had to go through the drillings, but I prayed the whole time. Tears would run down out both sides of my face. I held the arms of the chair so tight I had to have been white-knuckled. I knew I had to go through this time to get to a better time. Maybe that's where I'm at now. It's hard, but He won't leave me nor forsake me and I will keep running my race.


A Woman Who is: said...

Okay my sweet friend. As I read your blog, it sounded all to familar to what has been going on around these parts. I remembered that my pastor had addressed this very issue in his latest blog. So go check it out, I am sure it will bring you some encouragement and focus.

prayers going up :]

Ruthie said...

It's hard to see the hard things that happen to our friends - but so great it is that we can be there to support them in prayer and love. Reading the verse in the Living Bible II Cor 6:10 "Our hearts ache, but at the same time we have the joy of the Lord. We are poor, but we give rich spiritual gifts to others."

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

So sweet my sister. I love your precious heart! I'm praying for you today!

Band Boosters said...

I have a favorite hymn I always think about when I am going through trying times. Here's some of the words...

Where can I turn for peace?
Where is my solace..when other sources cease to make me whole. When with a wounded heart,
anger or malice,
I draw myself apart,
searching my soul?
Where, when my aching grows--
where when I languish?
Where, in my need to know,
where can I run?
Where is the quiet hand
to calm my anguish?
Who, who can understand?
He, only One.
He answers privately--
reaches my reaching,
in my Gethsemane,
Savior and Friend.
Gentle the peace he finds
for my beseeching.
Constant he is, and kind.
Love without end.

drama mama said...

Lol...sorry Trish...That last comment was really me! I was just logged in under another account. Too confusing!

Rosezilla said...

sometimes it is harder when those we love are hurting than it is when we are! This is when the scriptures really come alive and we can cling to God's promises like life-preservers. You can't "make it all better" for others like you want to, but your love and compassion and prayers do more than you realize. By the way, I got the frogs at BJ's if that helps you find them. They always make me smile too!

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

May the love and grace of the Holy Spirit help you through this and every other time of challenge. All of us, in fact. Like you, I lean heavily on the Lord, at some times more than others. Its so discouraging when those we love and care for face trials that we are powerless to change. All my best, Nanatrish!

steviewren said...

The fire is a hard place to be, but the Great Silversmith refines us until we reflect His glory, because He loves us.

Pat said...

Prayer helps so much in times of stress and sorrow. May God comfort you and those you love as they face this difficult time, Trish.

Hugs, Pat

Maggie May said...

Oh those drills of yesteryear! I also used to pray while it was being done.
Psalm 91 is a good help, I always think.

Betsy said...

Nanatrish ~ thanks for visiting my blog tonight. You don't know how much it means to me when you mention that you are praying for me. I have visited and read your entries lately. They have struck a chord with me, I will say that! I haven't been able to keep the tears back as I read, so I just move on instead of commenting. I have always been that same type of person that tried to help others ...maybe even when they didn't want help. I'm the middle child...the peacemaker...the whole bit. Over the last year I've had a large tension with a close family member that has really been upsetting to me. I've finally had to come to grips with the fact that if someone doesn't want restoration, it cannot be forced upon them. Sometimes people just dig their heels in and harden their hearts. God is in control. Anyway, ...don't want to get too long here, but maybe God put me on your heart. Thanks for being sensitive to that and praying for me and being an encouragement! :) ~Betsy xxoo