Faith and Grief

Faith and Grieving July 2, 2018

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Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  Wilderness and wasteland. Another translation of this verse says, “…a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  Wilderness, wasteland, and desert. In the context of this verse, these words are good descriptive words for the way I was feeling when our family died. Wilderness conjures up images like rough terrains to cross; rocky hills to climb; muddy slopes that cause you to...

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Faith and Grieving June 27, 2018

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For the Advance of the Gospel I have written before about how God has and continues to bless us in the aftermath of such a devastating, and tragic loss; when we had to bury Russell, Shawna, Tylee, and Blake; our son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. God continues to give us hope for the future and healing from such a horrific tragedy. He continues to give us opportunities to speak to people about His love and blessings in our lives. Everyday, I look for ways that I can share this with others. Eagerly waiting for any occasion, the Lord gives me. As I sat reading my Scriptures this...

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Faith and Grief Post #7

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Faith and Grief | 0 comments

My Forever Changed World Our world wasn’t just changed. It was ripped apart and torn into unrecognizable pieces that would never resemble what we had just a few short weeks ago. Because we lost four members of our family all at once and in a way, that was so horrific, it caused a deeper depth of confusion, anxiety and shock to our grieving. We didn’t have only one person to grieve over and process this sudden death. We had four deaths to process through and ponder the unspeakable horror of how we lost each of them. It has changed us like nothing else could. My identity completely changed.  I...

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Faith and Grief Post 6 August 2015

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Faith and Grief | 0 comments

  Reading Scripture this morning and the commentary that goes with the reading for today……………….    It talks about wondering why it seems that the wicked don’t suffer and even seem to prosper. It goes on to say that God will deal with that in His time, and that we need to stay focused on trusting God and remember His faithfulness to us. I can honestly say I haven’t even given the “wicked” a single thought! Why would I? My mind is steadfast on my Lord. I understand when people cry out to God in anger over the loss of a loved one and ask Him why the wicked prosper while they are in such...

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Faith and Grief Post 5

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Faith and Grief | 0 comments

Hope… What is my hope? What am I hoping for? Why do I need hope? I should ask, “Who is my Hope?” My Hope is Jesus. My Hope is IN Jesus! I can’t go on without Hope. Hope that comforts and brings peace. I need Hope to face tomorrow. I need to have Hope that everything will one day be okay. Jesus is my hope for the future because one day He will return and make all things right. But, right now, in the midst of our greatest tragedy, nothing seems right. That’s why I have to cling to Jesus. He is my hope, my strength, my peace and my comfort. Even though weeks, and months have passed, and June...

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Faith and Grief Post 4

Posted by on May 13, 2017 in Faith and Grief | 0 comments

A relationship with Jesus is a personal journey. To be able to run to Him in the face of unbearable tragedy is the result of spending time with the God who loves us completely. Reading and meditating daily in Scripture, prayer and Bible study are some of the most rewarding ways to come to know Who God is and His promises to us. James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (NKJV) I find a promise in the passage; If we draw near to God, His promise is that He will draw near to us.  Why does He ask us to draw near to Him? First and foremost, He loves us. But I think back through...

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