Good Grief

Hello friends! This post is a very difficult one to talk about, yet alone write. But I believe when we begin to encourage each other we can not over look the hardship, pain, and suffering that is in our lives, and those around us. I took the above picture quite a few years ago, right when I was in the thick of dealing with grief. Your first thought, probably, would be to ask me who died? When we think of grief most of us probably default to a physical death as the cause. But for me, that was not the case. I was beginning to mourn a life I would never have. And replaced with a life filled with many, many disappoints, tears, and rejection. And I began to sink into a pit of bitterness and sadness.

But this blog post is not about me my friends, it is about you. And what do my struggles have to do with you? Well the answer is simple, we are all grieving. We all experiences losses, disappointments, and yes grief from the physical death of a loved one. But my question to you is, are you mourning and acknowledging the losses in your life? The things you have prayed for and then were answered with a “no”. Yes some of the losses in life are big, and some are small. And some feel big when in reality they are but a blip on our radar when we look in the rear view mirror. But some, well some hit you so hard you can’t breath or even look past the pain that they cause. And all of these I want to explore more with you. To dive deep into the promises that have been given to us by God.

To begin the process of healing, the very first step is to acknowledge. Yes simple but true. Write it down, all of it, every little sadness, life changing event, truth, or failed promise that has you stuck. If wishes were dollars I would be a millionaire, and I wish, oh I so wish, I would have started this process 10 years ago. I am certainly not an expert in grief, or dealing with it, but I believe together we can help each other see truths, and yes be encouraged. I want to continue to explore this with you. Email, message, whatever, let me know what you are grieving. Part of my healing process was hearing what others acknowledged was their struggle. But in the meantime, if you haven’t read the book Good Grief, by  Granger E. Westberg, I highly recommend it. Its a very short and concise book, but gives great perspective of grief that you might not even realize you have been harboring in your heart. You can click on the title to check it out on amazon. We will talk more in the future until then…Take care my friends!

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are His everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27