We need to get to know God.
Spend time studying His Word then apply it in our lives.
Pray. Worship. Talk with Him. Listen to Him.
Do you know the One True God?
We can find healing in our grief.
We find healing, hope, peace, and joy in the One True God.
Do you have eternal life? You can begin living eternally today.
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So many hurting people crave comfort. They crave a sign that they are going to be okay or that their departed loved ones are okay.
(Last week I shared a quote from "God's Healing in Grief." The article is "Are They Okay.")
Grieving people crave comfort so much that they may be deceived into believing that a butterfly that lands on them is their loved one come to give them a sign. Or that a rainbow or cardinal is a gift from their departed family member. Or a heart in the clouds indicates their Read more [...]
Recently, some grieving people were discussing their losses. They talked about the pain and sorrow of losing a loved one. The also discussed the comfort they had found through their faith.
One of these gals had lost her husband, the love of her life, after more than fifty years of marriage. Another had lost a three year old daughter to cancer. One had lost her brother when they were both teenagers. These gals had lost people they loved. They were hurting, yet each had begun to find healing and hope. Read more [...]
In grief support groups, parents often speak of an unending sadness. They say no matter what they do, even when they appear to others to be happy, they are sad under all the smiles and laughter.
In my life, I would describe the feeling more as a longing, not sadness.
In my life, in great part because of my faith, I have true joy! I have peace! I have found healing after our many losses, including the death of our son.
My life is good, yet I have a longing. I am content, yet eager for the Read more [...]
We were honored to have Kay Arthur write about our study on her blog. Here is the article:
The Lord is and was my helper and healer after the death of my precious daughter-in-law. She died much too early in life and my son became widowed much too young. I understand pain and the loss of a loved one.
My dear friends Ron and Kathleen Duncan also understand the horrendous heartache of losing a son. In the wee hours of the morning, the Duncan’s heard the knock at the door, and received the Read more [...]
I needed this reminder this week. I wrote it a couple of years ago.
Grief has hit me in odd ways this week. No tears. No sorrow. Just a feeling of not wanting to function. A desire to be a hermit. I don't want to fold laundry or eat or leave my house.
But I've chosen to fold and put away laundry., and even vacuum! I've chosen to eat and leave my house to go to a Bible study. I'm choosing to get on my bike later today even though I'd rather watch movies on Netflix.
We cannot change our circumstances Read more [...]
Sunday night my husband wrote this. It is deep. It is beautiful. It is truth.
To grant to those who mourn in Zion – to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
That they may be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord,
That he may be glorified. – Is 61:3
Ashes on the head were a symbol of mourning for the Jews. Everyone in that culture recognized this as a sign Read more [...]
Today I heard yet another story of an adult child who lost her parents. Not to death, but to grief.
This time a young woman's little brother drowned when she was a teenager. Her father went into a deep depression that resulted in his drinking his life away. Her mom simply stopped living. She still went through the motions, but she didn't live.
On the day her brother died, this young woman lost her parents.
They didn't take pictures of her dressed for her senior prom. They missed Read more [...]
I did a few things I've never done before. I paid a couple of guys to help me put up our tree and help me decorate for Christmas. And we put lights on the outside of the house.
(Ron's been traveling without me since right after thanksgiving so I would have had to do all the decorating alone. Instead I hired two dear friends who do this as a business.)
We are hosting our annual Christmas Eve Open House. Plus we're hosting a company Christmas party and I'm doing a Christmas lunch for ladies Read more [...]
I wrote the following in a grief group. I'm sharing it here because I know many of you are facing health issues, financial issues, family issues and other types of issues. Many of you dread the holidays.
May I add a different view?
Our son's birthday is Christmas Eve. He died along with four friends in a car wreck caused by a drunk driver in August 2013.
I look forward to the holidays, though he won't be here (this will be our 4th Christmas since his death) and neither will some of Read more [...]