God’s Goodness in Our Lives


Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to all that love God….” How can good come from the loss of a husband? As I prayed about how to explain this to the ladies at my church, I found it harder to explain to others than it was to believe it in my heart.  This verse does not mean it is good for a woman to lose her husband.  It does, however, mean that since all things work together for good, God can work good things into our lives even through the loss of a husband.

As I was searching how to approach this subject I read online about the Harm’s family. They were told that their baby would be born with a rare chromosome abnormality. This couple searched their hearts to learn how this problem with their precious child could possibly work for good. They loved God and knew that He is good. The new father said that one day after his baby was born the light bulb went on. He was able to see how God was taking care of them through their trial and how He had been faithful to them. He recognized that having this child in his life made him depend on God in a way he never would have.

As time went on, this family had another beautiful baby. After many bouts of sickness and seizures, they learned that she had a rare disease called Alexander’s disease. Through this new grief, just before she passed away, the Holy Spirit reminded them of that same truth again. God is good. They knew that God would be with them. Just as it was unexplainable to their minds how a baby dying can be for good, it is unexplainable to me how a husband dying can be good. But as this family accepts it, I also accept it. I know that if it were better, if it would bring more glory to God to have their baby here, or my husband here, then both would still be here. As God revealed to the Harm’s that their lives were touched by God’s faithfulness, that He has always been good, I too, as a widow have been able to realize this truth. The fact that He never fails to direct me has strengthened my faith and has given me peace through my loss.

I will admit that for a while I could not see beyond my sorrow. I wanted my old life back. But as I allowed God to heal me and to work in me, I saw how He was using my loss for good. Once again, I do not mean that it is good that Phil is gone and that I am a widow. But through that trial, God has worked in my life for good. When God handed me widowhood, He gradually handed me other things as well.

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11).

God has shown His goodness to me over and over. He filled my arms with a new grandbaby. He surrounded me with loving children and grandchildren, not to mention my church family.

He moved my daughter and her family not only to Pennsylvania, from Arizona, but right next door to me.

He has filled my heart and life with joy.

God prompted me to start this blog and reach out to other widows. He has used this blog to truly bless me and to bring other widows into my pathway. God has allowed me to reach out to many people who are hurting for various reasons. I think of one person that is living one of the worst nightmares I can think of, but as I read his blog and see how he praises the Lord, I am blessed richly. Without my trials and heartache I would never have had this opportunity. Writing this blog has truly enriched my life. I can add this ministry as one of many ways that God has fulfilled His promise of good in my life.

I dragged my feet about going to a Christian Writers’ Conference a few months ago. However, I knew that for some reason God wanted me to go, and He provided the finances. While there I met a sweet Christian lady, who is an author. She also works for a company that has an online devotional site. She was looking for others to help write devotions for this site. She was willing to work with me if I would send her my devotions. There is no monetary pay; it is considered as tithe to the Lord.  I do not have God – given talent to write anything. But when God prompts me to write something, whether it is another posting for my blog or another devotional, He always gives me the words to write. That in itself is a huge blessing.

God worked good in Phil’s life by rewarding him with eternal bliss in Heaven. I can share with confidence that God has used that trial in my life to continually bless me as well with good things in my life.

How has God used your loss to bring good into life? Share your trial and God’s goodness here. I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s continue to look for God’s goodness.

Kathy

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A Little Humor Helps


I like to spice life up with a little humor. Usually this humor comes from laughing at myself and all the crazy mistakes I make while walking along life’s pathways. What some people try to hide from others I love to tell, embellish, and make others laugh. Someone will say, “Kathy, tell them about the time you….” Soon they are laughing at my sharing what most people would rather die than tell! Then there are the times when people say, “You are so funny!” and I reply, “The sad thing is, I am not always trying to be!”

Since my husband has passed away, I have still tried to keep humor in my life.  I thought I would share with you some of my latest things I have added to my décor here in the house.

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And on my car..

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Try it for a day or two. Turn your frustrating times into laughable moments. It will surely make for a lighter heart. “A merry heart doeth good like medicine.” Proverbs 17:22

You may want to check out Feree Hardy’s blog   http://www.widowschristianplace.com.Once a week she posts “funnies”. She also feels we need to add some lightheartedness into our lives.

Kathy

Fresh Grief


As I hit the “milestone” of my husband and my wedding anniversary last week the waves of grief hit hard again. Sometimes it is hard to understand why you start grieving all over again. This would have been our 42nd anniversary. For those of you reading this that are grieving a loss of a loved one, whether the loss was from cancer such as my loss was,  from an accident as my young son’s was, or by natural causes of your aged parent, this new wave of grief and sorrow is to be expected. I have shed many tears the past two weeks.

The road we travel as we walk toward healing has many bends, twists, hills and slopes. Sometimes you will feel like you are all alone. You are not. There is one that stands with us always. Joshua 1:5 says, “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life:” Only God can promise to stand with us all the days of our life. No matter how hard people may want to they can not promise this to us.  The verse in Joshua 1:5 goes on to say, “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

When you read my title “Sorrow to Victory” you may think that what you just read can possibly represent victory. Sometimes our victory seems to take a step backwards, however each time it does, we realize that the backwards step is still much farther down this road of  grief than we were a few months ago. The only way to keep ourselves on the victorious side is by allowing ourselves to grieve and cry when the sorrow washes over us, but yet to also make ourselves put one foot in front of the other and keep on keeping on. You will find that joy come s in the morning. (Psalm 30:5  “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. “) May God bless you in your journey towards victory.