Hi Friends! I’ve been working overtime on The Mercy Retreat as well as another writing project the Lord has put on my heart. Though I think about you and pray for you every day, I haven’t been able to blog as consistently as normal.
As I was reading Holley Gerth’s blog I saw the prompt for The Coffee for Your Heart Encouragement Challenge. It is you are not alone. So, I went into the archives to find the following post which fit in perfectly with Holley’s prompt. My prayer is you would be ministered to by the words… You are not alone!
Tonight, I had the rare opportunity to go on a date with my husband. No kids around, no phone calls, no checking Twitter, Facebook, or even blog stats. It was just the two of us in a quaint restaurant, seated in a little booth, filled with the sound of our own laughter.
I can’t help but wonder where all the time has gone. We’ve been married over 21 years already. We blinked and here we are. With fine lines, sparse gray hairs, and a few extra pounds we find ourselves in the same place of love and laughter. We’ve grown up together and learned to be strong in the Lord. The strength of our God is what has kept us whole all these years.
I blog to tell my story, to offer help and support to those who need it, but it isn’t just my story, it is Paul’s story too. We climbed the mountain of infertility together. We cried through 5 miscarriages together, we buried a baby girl together. And we are still standing, together. But we had help along the way. God provided people to speak love, life, and encouragement in our lives.
It is so important to create an environment of support and encouragement. When you find yourself hurting you need someone who is able to deliver life and laughter. If you don’t welcome support, you will drown in your own tears.
I wasn’t planning on blogging today, but I felt prompted to tell you that no matter what your story is, or where your grief comes from, you need to lean into someone you love and trust. Jesus provides us with special people in our lives who are meant to help bear our burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
You need support. You need prayer. So allow people to help you. Sometimes it’s easy to think, “They don’t understand how I feel. They cannot identify with my grief.” People who love you don’t have to be experiencing the same type of grief to be used to speak beautiful words of support and hope into your life, regardless of whether or not they have been in your exact situation God can and will use them. His love shown through others will prove you are not alone.
Don’t feel you need to walk the road paved with grief all by yourself. Allow God to work in your life through people who genuinely care about you.
You , dear friend, are not alone.
PS: Have you thought about coming to The Mercy Retreat? I would love to see you there!