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The God of All Comfort~

November 4, 2016 — 1 Comment

old couple holding handsHer eyes were clouded and darkened with sadness.  She explained that her dad is in hospice care.  Apparently her mother and father have one of those increasingly rare relationships…after many, many years together, they are still very much in love.

Completely at a loss, she asked me what she could say to her mom to comfort her as she waits for the inevitable.  I asked if her father knows Jesus. Thankfully he does.

My answer was that sometimes there’s just nothing to say.

We’ve all been at a loss for words at one time or another.  Feeling that we had to say something, we blurted out words that should have been kept unspoken.

Many times, a listening ear is far more valuable than a talking mouth.  A quiet hug of Comfortersolace can greatly out value a noisy basket of platitudes.

Ongoing prayer for all involved to The Comforter will make a difference.  And though you may not say it, we who know Jesus KNOW that He has promised to never leave or forsake us…ever…even in the horrible times!  And He Always keeps His Word!  Gwen~

 

God is in Control!

October 17, 2016 — Leave a comment

Why do bad things happen to good people? I don’t have an answer.  In the middle of different trials, I will admit I have cried out, “Lord, why did this happen?”  So far, I haven’t come up with any answers, but there is one thing I’m VERY sure of… God is real and in control! 

Nothing happens that He doesn’t know about before hand.  He has a purpose for every experience in our lives no matter how painful it might be.  (Romans 8:28) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

There is no way I can grasp God’s greater plan through your heart ache or loss, but I know that He is with you through your pain, confusion, helplessness, and loss!

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord, As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”(Isaiah 55:8-9)

One of my favorite gospel songs…”My God is Real, real in my soul, my God is real for He has washed and made me whole, His love for me, is like pure gold, my God is real for I can feel Him in my soul.”

I stay rooted in His word and His promise!!  Deb~

 

Rebecca Ann Sedwick, 12, of Florida, and Bart Palosz, 15, of Connecticut shared the headlines during the same week inangel1 America.  Why?  Before they even had a chance to reach adulthood, evil took its toll.  Both Rebecca and Bart were victims of incredible bullying, and subsequently, unable to cope, took their own lives.

As a society which is getting sicker and meaner with each tick of the clock, we continue to want to purge our country of anything that mentions God.  And so far, we’re doing a pretty good job of it.  Surely we don’t want to offend anyone!  Well, I am incredibly offended that we are trying to create a Godless society, and evil is smiling all the while!

As a child, in Sunday School and even in the classroom, The Golden Rule was displayed and memorized.  “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)  I can’t help but wonder if any of these bullies have even heard Golden Rulethese words?  Unfortunately, I know that “church kids” can be as mean as anybody else as I have witnessed that first hand in the treatment of our ADHD son.  But surely, if they have been taught how to treat others, somewhere deep in their souls they know they are doing wrong.  And if they have that knowledge, they can repent.

I worry for them, but the ones I’m most concerned about are the ones who’ve never heard – never been taught –  never seen God’s word in action.

Love Heart, I hope God has given you the eyes to see and the mind to understand that all that is going on in our society is not political but spiritual!

Pray for the Sedwick and Palosz families for sure, but don’t forget the families from which the bullies came.

Words cannot express the sadness that fills my heart for both these children and the families they left behind.  Our condolences from Love Heart Ministries.  Gwen~

 

 

 

 

 

Attititude or Graditude?

November 23, 2015 — Leave a comment

Thanksgiving…it’s all about food and football right?  Having to spend time with family that drives you crazy!  Another day of cooking, cleaning and chasing kids…blah, blah, blah!

Holidays aren’t enjoyed by everyone.  Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, your children aren’t coming this year, you have no family to share the holiday with, money is tight and you just don’t feel like celebrating.

 Scripture tells us “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18, NIV).  Give thanks in everything, that can be challenging …we may not feel very grateful.  There are things that cause a negative effect on our lives that steal our joy and cause us to take our eyes off the Savior.

Sometimes I find myself going through the motions.  I’m spiritually and mentally prepared for whatever event we have for the day but my heart just isn’t in it.  My attitude stinks and I just can’t get myself out of the mood I’m in.  I’m not FOCUSED on Him! 

“Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.” (Psalms 22:3,NIV)

Love Heart, you may not feel you have anything to be “Thankful” for, but I challenge you to seek HIM.  Take your focus from you to others.

Volunteer at a shelter or hospital.   Invite friends, neighbors, and co-workers over for dinner…  Your probably not the only one alone this holiday.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.  His love endures forever.  (Psalm 136:1, NIV)

Life is what you make it, Reach out…change that attitude to gratitude. ~Deb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mourning~

September 4, 2015 — Leave a comment

My friends lost their son on a Sunday afternoon.  He was only 18 and getting ready to graduate from high school and go off to college.  His death was sudden and unexpected and from natural causes.

What can we say at a time like this?  How can we comfort them in an impossible situation?

This family has an intimate relationship with Jesus.  In times like this, only He can truly comfort.  As sad as we were, we have to trust Jesus with everything.  Words are beyond inadequate.

When David and Bathsheba lost their first child, David did something many wouldn’t understand.  In 2 Samuel 13 David fasted and prayed for God to save the stricken child, but when the Lord took the baby, David changed his clothes and worshiped.  When questioned, he answered, “I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”(v23)  Gwen~