Hallelujah! We’ve both made it through the Write31Days challenge. Thank you for sticking by me through thick and thin this month. It was an rough journey for me, one that I did not expect. Here we are crossing the finish line together.
Today’s Word is
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.
1 Corinthians 3:6
God uses your grief to grow you in your spiritual walk with Him.
You do the work, walking baby step by baby step and God uses those baby steps to grow you. You grow with every smile or wave you give someone. You grow by sitting with someone as they grieve. You grow by dreaming and crafting a new life. Every little step you take, God is using to mold you into the person He wants you to become.
That is His plan for everybody – growing your character. It is not about achievements as that is boasting. It is about who you are as a person that is important to God. He will use all sorts of life circumstances to grow you.
You can be a ditch digger but as long as you are serving God right where you are at, you are accomplishing His will for your life. If you are a motivational speaker but not helping others up to the next level in their career, you are not accomplishing His will for you.
So take baby steps every day in confidence knowing God is growing you and yes, growth is painful. But He is your comforter.
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
Coming Tomorrow – Final Thoughts About This Series and How I Made It Through the First Halloween Without Rommie
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Be joyful in God your savior during your grief journey. Be joyful because God enables you to Climb Every Mountain the grief monster puts in your path. Yes, climbing is easier said than done but you will make it to the top. Maybe it returns quickly and maybe it does not come back until you reach the peak.
When it does there will be a spring in your step and a smile on your face.
Once you feel joy again it is your responsibility to scatter it, because there is not enough joy in this world. Scatter it by being generous with your hugs, smiles, waves, laughs, and love.
How will you choose to scatter joy?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Michele 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.
The finish line is in sight! Only a few more days.
Today’s word is
You will laugh again at some point during your grief journey. Joe’s nieces and nephew laughed at the funeral home when I confirmed their uncle loved Yanni and would air guitar, drum and any other instrument while listening to Yanni. Their dad told them but they did not believe him. Laughter made a painful situation a little easier to bear – even if only for a moment.
Laughter puts the grief monster in his place. It shows him that you will not go down without a fight. Laughter is just as healing as tears. Sharing funny stories brings back fond memories and gives you something to which to cling. It helps you focus solely on the good the deceased did and not remember the bad memories.
Remember to bring laughter back into your life after your spouse’s passing.
Watch this clip from the movie Mary Poppins if you need a good laugh today.
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.