Own Your Feelings

Our loved ones were unique. Their lives were unique. Their deaths were unique. We are unique. Our grief journey will be unique. And we are each in a unique place in our journey. When we share our stories, we help others more when we own our feelings. Read more: Own Your Feelings

The Day My Life Changed Forever: August 13, 2013

I’m preparing to share my testimony of God’s grace be comfort over the past five years. I’ll be sharing at the Precept Ministries International Women’s Conference October 20-22. 500+ women from around the globe will be in Chattanooga. More will be live streaming the event. I will also be teaching a couple of breakout sessions…

Bereaved Fathers Day

Today is international Bereaved Fathers Day. Dads hurt and mourn as much as moms, but they often don’t show it. Nor do they get the support moms do. If you’re a dad who has experienced the death of your child of any age for any cause, please know I’m praying for you today. And please…

My Friends 

I have friends who have had miscarriages.  I have friends who have had stillbirths.  I have friends who lost a baby to SIDS.  I have friends whose child drowned.  I have friends whose child died from cancer.  I have friends whose child died in a tornado.  I have friends whose child died from suicide. I…

Preparation 

I wrote this last year. As graduations and Mother’s Day approach, we need to be prepared.  I encourage each of us to not let anxiety and fear overwhelm us or keep us from participating in activities. Especially activities involving our other living children. Once we miss an event, we cannot go back and recapture that…

I’ve Been Thinking

Tonight I was praying for families who lost young adult children. Unfortunately, I have an idea of how to pray for them since I am one of them. Our friends have loved us well. I am grateful. As I prayed for three specific families that lost sons recently, I was thinking… So many families lost…

Meeting in Toledo!

Here’s a unique opportunity for you “waiting” parents in the Toledo, Ohio, area.   There will be a one-time While We’re Waiting gathering at Foundation Stone Church in Northwood this Sunday evening from 7:30-9:00.  Childcare will be available.  My husband Ron and I will be facilitating this event. This will be a very encouraging evening…

How Can You Help?

This week, in a senseless act of violence, a family in our town joined a group no parent wants to join. I know. I’m in the group. Bereaved parents. A 13 year old girl was gunned down as she walked home from school with her friend. The guy is caught. He confessed. Now the family…