Do Your Best and Leave the Rest to Him

Sometimes, we have to face tough things in our lives. Sometimes it is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have a tendency to think that whatever we are going through is going to be that way forever. But it won’t.

One of the things that I have learned over the last several years is that if we do our best and then leave the rest to the Lord, He will take care of the rest. I have seen this repeatedly in my own life. In the life of my family. Even in trying circumstances, He is there, lifting me up, guiding my life. Even in the midst of this particular trial, He is there.

I lost my job in February. Having that job was where I was supposed to be at the time, I have no doubt. I wasn’t there very long. Just long enough for the people there to help me through the loss of my daughter. Because I know He is guiding my ship, I wondered where my next destination was. I love being home with my family. Doing all of the mom things that I can’t do while I am working. Having time to do some remodeling, too. But, my ship is being steered in another direction.

I got the most amazing job yesterday. It is doing what I know I will love and the best part is that it will be making a difference in the lives of people. What else could I ask for? I am excited about the new opportunities I will have and the new people I will meet. Because I did all I could do and then waited on the Lord, He rewarded us tremendously.

I have no doubt that He is allowing Laney to help bless us as well. She probably had lots to do with this new opportunity. I know she is excited for me, too. I just wish she were here to put up a poster for me like she did the last time I got a job. That would have been the icing on the cake.


Bless the Broken Road


Laney and her grandpa

I had always heard the saying that each trial we go through makes us stronger. And better able to handle the next one. As a teenager, I wondered why life was so hard. (I went to four high schools in 3 years.)

My mom was raised in an orphanage. My dad joined the Air Force at the age of 17. They were married young. They had 11 kids before they divorced when I was 12. My dad had two more kids, making a total of 13.Where do I fall, you are wondering? I am number 8.   (And just to be fair, my husband has 11 in his family, too).

Life was hard in a lot of ways. Each trial we were called upon to bear, the easier the last one seemed. During a particularly difficult time when Wade was dealing with some health issues, my sister-in-law gave me some advice I have never forgotten. She said that maybe I had to go through all of the trials in my young life so that I could handle what I was going through at the time. Amazing thought.

So, in February of 2010, when I started taking care of my dad,  I realized how grateful I was for the upbringing I had. I am so grateful and truly blessed for every trial and experience I have been through in my life. That broken road has been a blessing in my life and has led me to where I am now. My dad had Alzheimer’s. All of my previous trials allowed me to be strong for my dad when he needed me most, until he died in November, 2010 at the age of 73.

I continue to be amazed at how blessed I am. How every time something hard comes up, I just think, “Ok, we can get through this.” It isn’t a question of, “Why?” anymore, but rather, “What am I supposed to learn from this?”

Wade the book Ye are the Light of The World last night when he read to me a quote by Harold B Lee. He says, “Death of a loved one is the most severe test that you will ever face, and if you can rise above your griefs and if you will trust in God, then you will be able to surmount any other difficulty with which you may be faced.” If that is the toughest thing I have to face, I am ready for anything.