Living With Grief and Loss
Hi Friends! I know I’ve disappeared temporarily but I’ll be back this fall with a brand new Bible Study. I cannot wait to be back!
I’ve been working all winter long writing a book that will be available in 2024. I’m nearing the end of the first draft and once it is written, I will move into the editing process.
As I am nearing the end of the book, I have been reflecting a lot not just on my own life — but also on the life of others. So many of you have walked through so many hard trials, trials I have never had to walk through. I have seen God’s hand of faithfulness through the lives of other believers who did not stop trusting in God when they walked through the fire. That has helped me.
Last year my dear friend Karen Ehman created a course on Grief and Loss. Sadly, she is well acquainted with grief because of her loss of 10 family members in a period of three years. Inside her course, she invited me and Ruth Schwenk to join her and share about how we have dealt with grief and loss in our own lives. Ruth has suffered financial loss, 5 miscarriages and her husband has been diagnosed with cancer. Both of these friends held me up when my life was falling apart.
So this week as I began writing the final chapter of my book, I decided to watch some of the videos from our course to refresh my memory and be encouraged. As I watched, I wondered if maybe I could make one of these private videos public. So I asked Karen and Ruth if they minded if I shared this video from our course publicly with you all and they said a quick yes!
So, If you are walking through a season of loss, I hope something one of us shares in this video below encourages you today.
(You can find the rest of the course over at MyMentorshipCourses.com)
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Thank You for sharing this video.
I am suffering grief and loss. It has been two years. I am walking out this life daily with God directing my steps. This video really encouraged me and gave me insight and hope.
The verses and saying it’s okay to live and dream again, not living in the past or future but living right now. Meant so much to me!!!!!
I’m so sorry for this difficult season you are walking through right now. Keep moving forward and seeking the Lord. He is near to the broken hearted and though some losses always stay with us, I am praying now that the pain you are feeling loses its intensity and that you can live free in the present. God loves you and he is with you.
Over 4 years of emotional pain from consequences of a benign brain tumor that is regrowing and needs to be treated as if it’s cancer. I’ve lost hearing, facial function, balance issues, identity, purpose, and independence to a certain extent. I’ve been in therapy (OT or PT or mental health) of some sort the entire time. I probably can’t return to my nursing career after 24 years of homeschooling (3 years to go) as we’d planned. In the meantime, we’re losing my Mom to end stage dementia. My kids are moving out and on, and one recently married and one announced an alternative lifestyle. Due to this chronic illness, our finances are shot and the strain on our marriage is significant. I recently found out I likely need another brain surgery where i’ll also lose all the healthy parts of my inner ear in order to get to the tumor within my brain and growing against my brain stem. It’s benign but it’s not.
Praying for you Deb. No other words to express, but to say, God knows every detail. I will intercede on your behalf. Praying for miracles that only He can orchestrated
OH Deb – I am so so sorry. You are walking through so many hard things right now. Your strength is amazing! Do not give up! Your family needs you and is blessed to have you. I know that the future is uncertain and change is hard but God never changes. He is with you. Keep trusting in him.
Thank you so much for this discussion, I am grieving the loss of relationship with my son, his wife and my only grandchildren. They refuse to explain, refuse to have any type of conversation. It came out of nowhere. My heart literally hurts as the waves of grief come and go. We are on three years now of broken relationship. Sometimes I feel so stuck in hurt and sorrow. God is showing Himself to both my husband and myself and we are truly relying on Him. Without closure of any kind, I find myself living with hope that things will change, holding my breath so to speak. It’s one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever had!
I cannot imagine the pain of waiting and hoping while not knowing how this will end. I am praying now that the Lord will fill the gap that is left from the loss of your relationship with them with other wonderful relationships. And I pray that one day your relationship will be restored. Stay strong and keep trusting in God. He loves you so much.
Lots of Love,
Thank you so much for sharing this. Each one of you made very helpful comments I jotted down to remember. My husband passed a year and a half ago and I am still struggling with that, and my dear friend and neighbor just passed 3 weeks ago. I had “anticipatory grief” for her since she and my husband were both diagnosed with cancer in 2018. Life is so full of losses, and having strong Christian encouragement is so vital. Thanks again for making and sharing this.