So. Yesterday I was reading Numbers. Aaron, Moses’s brother, climbed a mountain and died. I’m sure this is a sign that we should never climb mountains. Or even small hills. Just to be safe.
(Just a bit of humor for your day.)
Seriously, though. This got me to thinking.
Others often believe if they understand how our child died, they can do something to prevent their child from dying.
Most of us did the right things: we prayed, we taught them right from wrong, we took them for checkups, we Read more [...]
We cannot ever expect others to do for us what only God can do. He is our comfort. He is our fortress. He is our healer. He is our redeemer. He is the one who cares for us. He is faithful and compassionate and merciful and abounding in love.
When something happens and you are feeling angry or hurt, talk to Him. Tell Him about it. Leave your anger at the foot of the cross. It really is the only way to heal without bitterness.
~Kathleen B. Duncan, My Journey through Grief into Grace
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Janet is an excellent writer. Her posts may be a bit longer than some, but they are full of truth and will cause you to not only think but be encouraged as well.
So grab a cup of coffee, sit in your comfy chair, and take a few minutes to read this thoughtful piece.
Fear not is an invitation to rest in His amazing grace. Janet gets that.
Source: Fear Not! - Biblical Command or Invitation?
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All these people talking about saber rattling and nuke war. And I'm over here just breathing in and out and putting one foot in front of the other right now. It's work to get up and get dressed some days. Living one day at a time. Continuing to make progress knowing perfection is out of reach. I can't change what happened four years ago this weekend. I accept that. But I can determine my response to those events. I choose peace, joy, hope, and health. Praying I have the courage to Read more [...]
Two years ago I wrote the poem "Today" which is included in "My Journey through Grief into Grace." The poem was recently quoted on While We're Waiting's Facebook page. Here is the poem with scripture references in parentheses.
Today I choose to trust You. (Psalm 25:2)
Today I choose to not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
Today is in Your hands. (Psalm 31:15)
Today I will remember that You are close to the broken-hearted. (Psalm 34:18)
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It's time for my gratitude list.
For those of you who don't know why I do these lists...
The Accident that killed our son was late at night on August 12, 2013. The official Date of Death is August 13 because of the remote location. The official who could pronounce them didn't arrive at the scene for 45 minutes. By then, it was after midnight. It took the first responders a long time to get the truck off the car so they could get the bodies out. For months, I thought often about The Read more [...]
Many of us who grieve have trouble stopping the ugly thoughts, the flashbacks, the "What ifs". Going to sleep at night can be a challenge when all we can think about is the pain of missing our loved one.
We can’t simply stop thinking about something. We must start thinking about something else.
If I tell you to stop thinking about purple birthday cakes, you will have an image of a purple cake in your head. You cannot will yourself to stop thinking about cakes. But you can choose to think about Read more [...]
For ten days I am studying the book of James at Precept Ministries in Chattanooga, TN. The first day we discussed an overview of the entire book. Faith is one of the main topics of the book. One of the lecturers gave us a list of Works of Faith, or things faith does.
Works of Faith
Chapter 1 verses 2-12 Faith Endures Trials.
Chapter 1 verses 13-25 Faith Endures Temptation.
Chapter 2 verses 1-13 Faith Doesn't Show Partiality, Faith Loves
Chapter 2 verses 14-26 Faith Produces Works
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