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{ Day 15 } 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster – Grace & a Giveaway

Welcome to Day 15 of 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster…and Griefy is up to his old mess with the post format trick again.

Today’s word is

Grace

Scripture Meditation

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2nd Corinthians 12:9 

In your grief journey there will be days you will fail to move forward.

Failure is usually caused by an event such as an anniversary, birthday, or other special occasion. It can also be caused by holiday music or hearing your spouse’s favorite song on the radio. There are many triggers that cause an ambush.

It’s alright to fail in moving forward every now and then. You will learn lessons from your fall. Remember, you will be falling forward into the arms of God’s grace and His grace is sufficient for you 24/7.

Quote

I love this quote from Victor Kiam

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.

You have to admit, what he said is true. I never thought about falling on your face as making forward progress until I read his quote. May it bring a smile to your face today.
So when you fall flat on your face while working through grief, remember to extend grace to yourself. Then go with the flow of tears and know they will stop. Once they do, pick yourself up, remember Victor Kiam’s quote, blow your nose and take another step forward.
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Grace Verse

10-10-2011_3by5Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She encourages widows and educates society about grief and life as a widow by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can see more of photography at OgleOhio.com, where she is running the series 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio – because running a 31 Day series on one blog is not enough insanity. 

What Faithful Finish Lines Meant To Me

(Author’s Note: Sorry for the bad spacing at the end of today’s post. WordPress and I are not getting along today.  The post looks beautiful when I go in and edit it but once I update it all the spacing between lines and paragraphs goes away.)

Sara asked me to write one more post about what the Faithful Finish Lines (online faith and fitness program) meant to me. While reviewing my participation in this fitness program, I came up with 3 words –

Acceptance, Grace, Community

Acceptance

Sara, Jill and fellow team members accepted me as I am, just like God does.

I started this faith, fitness, eating and mission program with a pulled muscle behind my left knee. Everyone understood and accepted that fact. I worked on my upper body and gently and gradually exercised the lower body, but did not push beyond what was comfortable.

Grace

I think everyone failed the weekly eating goals at least once. When we did, just like God, there was no shame, condemnation or keeping track of past failures. Our sins were washed white as snow.

On Monday of sugar week, I had a piece of turtle cheesecake with decaf coffee. Ooooppppssss! However, I cut back on sugar the rest of the week. So I made progress in reducing sugar instead of eliminating it – and progress is progress.

Every time I slipped up on the goals, I fell forward into arm’s full of grace and forgiveness.

Community

When you become a widow, some or all of your friends, family and/or your late husband’s friend’s and family will up and vanish like a fart in the wind. (Shawshank Redemption) There goes your community.

But not with this group. We knew we needed one another as we were all going through something. Community kept us going from day-to-day and week to week, whether it was participation in weekly Facebook chats, commenting on status updates in the group, or teaming up with a prayer partner. New friendships formed. We all had (and still have) each other’s back. It did not matter that I was a widow these ladies were here for me with prayers, articles and words of encouragement.

One week I had trouble printing my resume from Word (not a good thing when you are in-between jobs) and one of the women posted an article that helped me troubleshoot and fix the problem.

Final Thought

My first year of widowhood I sat around on weekends barely doing anything. I was storing up enough energy to make it through the next work week. I wished I had access to this type of community support during that time, as I needed someone to push me to move more and to help me get back into life.

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I am continuing with this program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
So please join me inside the Facebook group for the next 7 weeks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Why wouldn’t you want to join a fitness program that is full of acceptance, grace and community?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Disclaimer: I was given free access to the Faithful Finish Lines program with the promise of blogging about my experience. I am not receiving payment of any other form and the opinions are mine alone.
 

2020 Disclaimer: If you just found this post, I am no longer an active participant in the program as I am working on cutting Facebook out of my life.  Also this program has been revamped and is now Faithful Finish Lines 2.0 and is a membership program with a monthly fee. 

1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Mom at Denny’s Restaurant.  The food was delicious and the service by our waitress Reese was terrific.  We could not have made turkey, mashed potato’s, green beans, cranberry jelly, bread, stuffing, pumpkin pie, whipped cream, and nacho’s for what Mom paid.

Yes, that’s right – nacho’s.  They made the perfect appetizer.  The half portion we had was so big, I had it for dinner Friday night.

Mom and I had a joyous time.

While Thanksgiving  brought joy both this year and years past,  I find no joy in Abraham Lincoln’s words when he declared the holiday.  These words apply to us today more so than back in Lincoln’s time.

“We have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

May these words never apply to you.

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