Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thankful Thursday- Unexpected Friends

Friends are a blessing God appears to have decided to pour out in abundance for me. I love them all. I'm thankful for them all. But today, I'm particularly thankful for an 'unexpected' friend.  She is the author of Counting My BlessingsI've been following her blog ever since I met her-- somehow through the blogathon (I believe). I look forward to Deb's posts. There is never  a post that does not make me think or encourage me!

I was always thankful for her daily posts, but little did I realize I would have something far greater to be thankful for. About 6 or 7 weeks ago something happened which was quite overwhelming. It was something which had come on the tail end of something else I had just gone through- so I think it was kind of like the straw which broke the camel's back.

I've been through alot in life, but for some reason this particular thing went deep into my heart and I was finding it hard to 'get over it'....for everyone around me, it looked like I was doing just fine...but in myself, I knew I was not quite right.

The situation was such that I was not at liberty to share with anyone near me. They would know the various parties concerned and I did not want to get into a 'gossip' fest or anything like that...so I just kept telling God everything. One night I was kneeling next to my bed just weeping and asking God to help me. "Please heal me God...I don't want this thing to get me down...it isn't worth it..." I prayed all the things I 'knew'-- but it just seemed as though I was in a strait jacket. Then God told me, "write to Deb .

"God I can't write her...I mean I am an avid follower of her blog...but my goodness, she is going to think I'm nuts if I write her with this problem!"

"Write her NOW!"

I stood up and went into my office. I began the email...
 Dear Deb,

I know we don't know each other personally.....



I figured she would think I was crazy telling her my problems...but at this point I knew I had to do this. I didn't know if I would even get a response....or if I did...what the response would be. I certainly was not expecting the response that I got. She wrote back immediately and promised to stand by me in prayer. I could tell by her email that she knew exactly what I was going through. I could also tell that when she said she would be praying for me-- she meant it! I cried with tears of relief and joy.

Over the next few days she sent me emails of encouragement and emails to make sure all was well. I felt my heart healing slowly but surely...I had to do alot of forgiving...repenting...and more healing came. Through it all, I am thankful for Deb, my unexpected friend who God brought in my life!

18 comments:

  1. I dont know what to say Connie. Some of your posts just gets the goosebumps in me, and this is one of those. I am unable to open Deb's link in office for some reason, but please let deb know, i am going to be visiting her more often.

    Kudos to both you and deb. A unique friendship has blosomed to cherish for life.

    Again, very motivating!

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    1. Did my link come across as faulty- I'll double check it!

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    2. Your link is perfectly fine Connie. We have certain firewalls in our office which don't allow us to open all sites on the internet. Fortunately for me blogspot is not one of those banned sites. I visisted deb's page at home last night :-)

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    3. I totally understand now!!

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  2. Wow. As I grow older, I believe more and more in the power of prayer. Glad to hear Deb helped you and that you are healing.

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    1. yes, I believe in the power of prayer- I have been praying for your daughter- not sure if you gave an update about that as I have been off the blog circuit due to new grandson & further busy schedules- I will go back through your blog posts to see.

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  3. Wow, I'm speechless, and that hardly ever happens. So very humbled by your kind words of encouragement. Thank you dear friend. I am so thankful to be sharing this journey of faith with you.

    God bless you!!

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    1. Wow! Love this. Love that you went where your heart told you to go. Power of prayer. All you had to do was ask. Love this.

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    2. Deb- you truly are a blessing!...so when I count my blessings, I count you!

      Jackie- you are so right-- all I had to do was ask- and boy oh boy, is that hard for me to do- So God was teaching me ALOT through this whole experience!!

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  4. this is so touching. Asking is difficult for most of us--especially us independent women!! We need to remember to Just. Ask.

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    1. yes- asking- such a hard thing to do at times!

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  5. Wow! This is such a powerful post. Even I've had a ton of drama in my life lately and I don't want to discuss it with my friends because ... well just because. But I'm so glad you reached out a good person. Hope you're well.

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    1. so often it is not easy to share with those closest to you- because they are so involved anyways- it is good to have a neutral person. I've always tended to be the neutral person for others- so it was a bit of a turn of the tables for me this time :)

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  6. I LOVE how the body of Christ transcends space and even knowing one another personally! Thanks for sharing this very sweet story! So glad that Deb could be such an encouragement to you!!

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    1. Yes Kate- isn't it wonderful??!!!

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  7. that was touching! having someone to share your felings especially when the going is tough is indeed a blessing!

    Your posts tell me what a lovely person you are...we see the world as we believe ourselves to be,and I've always read you thinking of people around you as a blessing.

    So im sure u are blessing to those around you too! there's so much positivity and love that you spread with your posts that I can't help but keep coming back for more...god bless!

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