Through the Storm 

As I was driving through a terrible storm the other day, I couldn’t help but think how our grief or struggles are much like an awful storm. 
At first it hits you so hard. You can’t see and you’re just white-knuckled hanging on. You’re so scared you have to remind yourself to breathe. You’re not even sure if you’re gonna make it, but keep praying that you’re going to be okay. You can’t see. You don’t know where you’re going. Kind of like in Grief. You’re blinded by it and it’s all-consuming. Just like in the storm, you just hang on and pray that you make it. 
Also, like in the storm, it’s not safe to stop. My Grandpa always told us not to pull over in the storm, but to keep going. In your grief or struggles, you have to keep going!! You don’t want to get stuck here. There’s better days ahead if you’ll just push forward. You can’t see what’s ahead and it’s scary, but you can do it!! 

The storm starts to let up and there’s finally enough light to see again, to help give us hope and guide us out of this storm. To me, this is like Christ. He is our light and hope in our storm.     12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 

Finally the sun is shining, but for some reason it’s still raining. Your grip loosens, you can breathe again, and you are amazed how you made it out of that awfulness. Just the day before someone asked me what my grief looked like, and I said it’s like rain and sunshine at the same time. You have God’s light- his peace, hope and grace, but your pain and sadness is still a part of you. 

Eventually I drove and made it to warm sunshine and beautiful white billowy clouds. I think some day we will make it to that. The grief will always be there, but not so strong. Eventually we will have joy again. We will think about memories of our loved ones and smile more often instead of crying. 

No matter where you’re at in your own personal storm, keep pushing through because your sunshine is coming. You just gotta hang on and make it💙

Always remember God is always with you helping you make it through the storm: 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 

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  1. What a beautiful illustration of getting through those dark days of our lives! If we just hold tight and don’t lose hope, God will bring the sunshine! You are a gem and an inspiration to many who would like to find ways to encourage you!! God Bless you and bring you his perfect sunshine, dear girl!

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  2. I just came across your blog tonight. Yours is such a sad story. Seven years ago on June 7, 2010, one day before our anniversary my husband of 35 years passed away. He was only 68 years old at the time and I was 57, It was through listening to Revive Our Hearts that I also learned of another widow who had started a blog when her husband was diagnosed with cancer, If you are interested in reading her blog it is called Getting Through This. She still blogs today and all her blogs are archived on her page starting in 2009, God bless you as you travel through your grief.

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  3. Your words are surely God given, speaking of truth and light, of hope. Thank you for having the courage to share them with us all. One thing that remains always, your words will be an encouragement, a testimony and gift that honors Layne. I will be sharing this blog entry with a small group of women who are collectively supporting one another through the journey of infertility, miscarriage and failed adoptions. Though circumstances may differ, I felt the promise of God’s redemption and grace today as I read this and I know it will comfort others as well. Please know that you are in my prayers, God bless you!

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