Monday, May 17, 2010

Count your Blessings

Sunday was a frustrating day. In fact, many of my days lately have been hard to deal with.

It started off by being late for church, skipping breakfast because I didn't have time to eat (not good for this prego, always hungary woman), then having to rush grocery shopping (with hubby and all three kids mind you) in order to get home so I could get my daughter to her "bridging" ceremony for Girl Scouts. Then, at said bridging ceremony, I realized I forgot my dad-gum camera. Then I turned to my husband and complained about forgetting, then said, "I'm the worst Mom ever!"

Okay, so we all know when we stay that, what we're really saying is, "Please reassure me that this doesn't make me a horrible mother." My hubby's reply? "What, you're just now figuring that out?"

My mouth gaped. I choked down a sob. Then I realized that directly before my bemoaning comment, I'd said, "SHOOT! I forgot my camera!" I knew he was probably referring to that, but... he was right? So I asked him, and he about choked when I repeated what I'd said. He assured me he was referring to the fact that we'd sat for 20 minutes, watching everyone else take pictures, and the thought just dawned on me that I didn't have mine. That was actually quite a funny moment to be honest, seeing him backpedal so fast.

It all got me thinking. Right now, I'm seeing the bad in everything. I'm not normally like that, I like to smile through pain and I'm a big believer in being an "overcomer." Part of the reason I'm not at the moment is because of pregnant hormone issues. But the biggest, obviously, is because of all the fears running through my head with baby.

So I thought today, we should all stop and take a minute to look at the bright side of things. Or, more aptly put, count our blessings.

Here is what I came up with:

  • Health Insurance. Many are without it, or don't have very good insurance. I'm blessed to have it so while our expenses will be much higher and we are tightening our belt, this won't cripple us. We don't have to fret about money, we can spend our time concentrating on baby Annabelle.
  • My Job. With so many people out of work, I'm thankful that I have a good job that helps support our family, and that I'll be able to take time off to take care of baby.
  • My husband. I can't imagine being a single mother going through all this. I thank God for my husband every day! He's been a rock for me through this, and an example of faith and trust in God.
  • A strong extended family. From grandparents, parents, sisters, brothers, to aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. my family has been amazing praying for us and standing by us.
  • A house. As much as I bemoan about the need for it to be a little bigger with our now 4 children, I'm very thankful to have a comfortable place to take care of my family and bring my baby Annabelle home to.
  • Friends. From "live" friends to all my writing friends I've met online, everyone has been so kind about praying for Annabelle and offering help. I'm overwhelmed with everyone's kindness.
  • I can still write. I've been in a huge slump the last while, but I sat down and wrote 200 words last night. Not a lot, but it helped me. My writing may be slow, but it hasn't disappeared.
  • Last but not least. God. He's right here beside me every step of the way. He gives me that wee bit of strength I need when I feel like I'm going to completely lose it. He gives me something to laugh at when all I want to do is cry.
Oh, and one other blessing.

As most of you know, they announced the Genesis finalists last Thursday. I didn't final, and while I was bummed, baby Annabelle was so much more important, and to be honest, I just brushed it aside. I didn't need to let it get me down any more.

BUT!

On Sunday, while I was finishing writing this post... I got an e-mail.

My entry in the Touched By Love contest FINALED!

This is my FIRST contest final ever, and I'm so totally completely overwhelmed. How AWESOME is it that while I'm writing a blog post on counting my blessings, as I type about how God gives me strength and makes me laugh, that I get an e-mail like that!

I am so beyond excited. I needed this ounce of encouragement more than I can even begin to convey. God is... Wow. Yes, I think that sums it up. He is just wow.

Discussion: I'd LOVE for everyone to name a blessing that God has given you. Let's rejoice in Him today, and focus on the good, shall we?

23 comments:

Sherrinda said...

I love it when God affirms us when we need it most! That is what my "final" did for me yesterday too. I've been so down about my writing, questioning whether I really heard God right. It's so exciting to feel like God hears you and lets you know without a doubt what HE thinks.

Congratulations on your final! And you look to be a most blessed woman from that spectacular list!

Tabitha Bird said...

Congrats on the final! That is awesome news.

LOL your conversation with your husband. I believe husbands have been jailed for lesser crimes :)

Jessica Nelson said...

Wonderful post! Funny about your hubby.
I'm thankful for my kiddos and my house too.

Congrats on the final!!!

Katie Ganshert said...

Your final was a blessing to me, believe it or not. I am just SO happy for you, Krista. I know, in light of all else, that contests take their right place. But this encouragement comes at such the perfect time for you. God's way of affirming the time you are pouring into this passion and gift He's given you.

Love ya,
Katie

Heather Sunseri said...

Congrats, again, Krista on the final. I love your post and how you acknowledge God's presence in your life. I always wonder how people are getting by these days during such difficult economic times without Jesus Crist walking beside them. We are blessed by Him everyday!

Linda Phillips said...

God has blessed me in so many ways I could praise Him forever but my greatest blessings are the sweetest granddaughters any Grandma could have. Thank you Krista for giving them to me.

Terri Tiffany said...

I am so happy you finaled!!!! Whoo hoo! And yes I count my blessing everyday. Since we are unemployed, I have to look elsewhere for the blessings:) we just got approved for health insurance after 18 months on COBRA. So I know what you mean:) enjoy your success!

collettakay said...

Your post have be goosebumps!

My family and church family are such blessings to me. Also, that I'm able to be a SAHM.

Thank you, Lord.

And thanks Krista for reminding me to count my blessings.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Congratulations on your story finaling!!!

I'm thankful for my vision and holding steadfast to it.
~ Wendy

Diane said...

God is great. He is still in control and He has a plan for ALL of you. :O)

Cassandra Frear said...

Congratulations!

And yes, those babies matter more. Writing can come later, if need be.

Jody Hedlund said...

KRISTA!!!!!! I'm SO thrilled for you!!! WAY TO GO!! :-)

What a huge confirmation on your gift of writing amidst the discouragement you've had lately!

I'm SO proud of you! Keep up the fight! Your turn is coming! I've always believed that!

Keli Gwyn said...

Congrats again on your TBL final, Krista. I squealed when I saw the news on Twitter, and then I cried tears of joy for you. (Yeah, I'm one of those women who bursts into tears when moved. I've learned to carry tissues.) I wiped my eyes and raced out to tell my hubby because I was so excited.

Last week was a moving week for me, one filled with blessings. Our one and only went on her first interview in her attempt to get a summer job, and she got it! She'll be a cashier at Target. (I'm doing my best to ignore the fact that it's in her college town, which means she's not coming home this summer.) She decided to change her major to one that's a far better fit, which is a relief to her parents, believe me. We want her to enjoy college and her subsequent career after all. Gwynly and I took delivery on her first car, a cute red pre-owned sedan. It was quite a week, and, yes, I went through a number of tissues. :)

Erica Vetsch said...

Congratulations, Krista! That's wonderful news!

And way to turn things around by counting your blessings.

Today I'm blessed with sunshine, amazing kids, wonderful husband, a new flowerbed that is planted, and the chance to do copy edits on a novel.

CMOM Productions said...

Congrats Krista!!! I find that I tend to look toward the negative when I'm overtired & overwhelmed. *hugs*

My blessing... my wonderful husband & kids! I've been dealing with a lot lately and then got sick. They all pitched in and made me feel extra loved through it all. I'm blessed!

Valerie said...

Okay, first, KP, CONGRATULATIONS on finaling! That is wonderful! :)

Secondly, you are absolutely the opposite of negative. I don't know how many times during the time we worked together that I ran next door to your office from mine saying, "Krista, so-and-so said ... (fill in the blank). Can you believe that? Grrr!" Your response? "Valerie, you know what? They probably didn't mean it that way. It'll be alright."

Carla Gade said...

Life is full of highs and lows and we are so glad to go through them all with you. That's such exciting news about being a contest finalist! Rejoicing with you!!!

Jaime said...

I felt SO SPECIAL that I was THERE (figuratively speaking :) when you found out you FINALED!!! :)
Praying for you and baby Annabelle - fell asleep praying for her as a matter of fact.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Congrats on the final!

You are a wonderful mother! Don't let the enemy tell you any lies!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Krista -

Congratulations on finaling in the contest. I'm so glad the Lord gave you the encouragement you needed.

When going through tough times, I find it too easy to run "what if scenarios" (usually the worst case) through my head. A lot of people are praying for you, your hubby, and Annabelle. I'm believing for a good outcome.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Lynn said...

Congratulations on finaling Krista. And thanks for listing your gratefuls. I have Gratitude Monday's to help me remember I have so much God has blessed me with. I haven't been here for awhile and will get back here sooner for sure.

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

SUCH an affirmation for you during this time, I'm sure! CONGRATS!!!

jeannie
The Character Therapist

Jeanette Levellie said...

I needed to read this today, Krista. Thanks for your wisdom.

Congratulations on your final!! That is so awesome.

Praying for darling baby, that all will be well.

Love
Jen