Dear Friends,     I heard a sweet second-hand report about someone I have known most of my life who just lost her husband less than a month ago.  The person told me how her mother was reading and interacting with the book My Forever Memories of You which I designed to help people go through their own personal grief in their own way—in the comfort of their own home. Not only was her mom reading in it, but she was spending time writing her own thoughts, memories and prayers in the book. I couldn’t help but get tears in my eyes. This report was even better than hearing it from the person themselves because someone could see how it was helping their mother through her most challenging trial. That was my hope and prayer. I think of my own grief and years of being there for others in their grief. It was an answer to the prayers I prayed as I wrote the book for those who would be going through it in the future. I wrote it like it was for one dear friend who was grieving. I prayed for that unknown yet much-loved friend as I wrote each page. God gave me a glimpse of one of those friends.

Not my book—but Yours

                It is not often I get to hear how someone has made it their own book. That is what it was designed for- for someone to read excerpts from my grief to jump start them into sharing their own: to be able to tell their own precious story in their own words. To write down the blessings, regrets, memories, joy and sorrow that all come from realizing in an entirely new way what their loved one meant to them and how they continue to influence their life. It was created like a very intimate grief sharing group between the person, me and the Lord. It is my hope that my love and God’s love will help them be brave enough to embrace and heal from their intense grief. Most people who are in the midst of grieving do not have enough energy to let the writer know if the book is helping. That’s good! Because, this book is truly meant to become their own personal story- not mine. Yet, the Lord is so good. He knew I needed to see an answer to the book being truly used.

Holding my Friends up to You:

                Father, I pray for each friend who is a part of this group, who is or will make My Forever Memories of You their own memory book, and anyone who happens to read this grief blog.  I may or may not have met them personally, but I know You know them more intimately than anyone else ever could.  I know I can hold them up to You and You are the One who can help them. Thank You, Lord, for never ever leaving us alone. Thank You that we can share our innermost thoughts with You and You hear them and bring about beauty, healing and eternal hope—even from the deepest grief. In Jesus’ precious name, the One who is acquainted with grief.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”   Joshua 1:5

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