Monday, March 1, 2021

Widow & Widowers Retreat - March 26-28 THIS MONTH!

60 Sandy Cove Rd., North East, MD, 21901
800.234.2683 or 410.287.5433
March 26-28. 

 Are you ready for a respite? I just found out about this but it's so important!

 Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, Maryland is offering a retreat for both widows AND widowers!

 I would definitely go to help out if I lived closer! Visit the Sandy Cove website and check out the retreat info. It will be a very relaxing and informal schedule. I think you'll love the views and the fellowship even though you have to follow covid restrictions for masking up and social distancing. At the end of March the views on Chesapeake Bay will be fabulous and you can find some local restaurants or shops in the little town of North East or visit the Turkey Point Lighthouse and more! 

The speakers will be wonderful, I know them all. Here they are: Dr. Denise Rollins, Gigi Williams, and Miriam Neff. Click here to find out more about them. I heard Denise Rollins speak last year and she was fantastic! She will be at the retreat in person. Gigi and Miriam will visit via Zoom sessions. 

Cost includes two nights of lodging and five meals. Reserve your room online or by phone. Also call if you have questions. 800.234.2683 or 410.287.5433, They are very helpful and can answer your questions much better than I can.

P.S. In case you are wondering, this is not the Widows Journey Retreat which I've promoted for last several years. It had been cancelled due to covid this year. This is instead, sponsored by Sandy Cove, with full covid safety precautions. The heartbeat of Sandy Cove is ministry, and I think (this is my opinion here) that while the full-scale Widows Journey Retreat could not run as usual under the covid restrictions, Andrea and her team at Sandy Cove felt God calling them to open their ministry to those who need a getaway, some fellowship, and the quiet presence of God in a beautiful natural setting. I expect it will be much smaller and more intimate, with more time on your hands to explore Sandy Cove and all it has to offer. (There is a prayer room, mini golf, corn hole, walking paths, and more!) 
everyone hopes and prays Widows Journey Retreat will be back next year, but in the meantime, this could be a very refreshing getaway! I hope you can go! If you do, please tell me all about it. wcplace@gmail.com 
💗 ferree 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Get to Know "Beauty From Ashes" Widows Ministry

Yesterday I mentioned the beauty from ashes that God brings to widows lives using their creativity and talents. The following video shows it in a widows ministry---the "Beauty From Ashes" that God brings to widows lives using the comfort he gives them to pass along. Visit the website link and look around. You might find that you'd like to sign up for a Zoom group or a life coach service. (As usual, if the video doesn't show up on your phone or email, please click the title to get to the actual website, thanks!) Have a lovely weekend! I know you'll find this video and Lori's ministry a true blessing! 💗 ferree

 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Blog Hop for Some Breathtaking Photography & Great Gardening

The good stuff today isn't on this post, it's when you "blog hop" to the links, so I'm keeping this brief. (Please remember that if you are on your phone or in email and the links aren't connecting, just click on the title of this blog to get directly on the website where they will work better for you).

Click here for Ruth's Photo Blog to see her stunning photography in Canada. Her husband passed away shortly after I started blogging. I think she'd always dabbled in photography, but if I remember correctly, her son gave her a very good camera and the rest is history. You could spend the rest of the year looking at her photos, and reading her blog, and you would enjoy it every minute.

Click here for FlowerLady's Musings. She's a loving soul (as is Ruth), and a creative person through and through. Whether it's flowers, needlework, antiques, artwork, people...and her Creator, she finds the beauty and joy in everything. Visit her blog today and you'll feel the Florida sunshine.

Bloggers love comments the way that waiters love tips. Why not leave a comment or at least a little "hello" when you hop on over to visit FlowerLady or Ruth. I know they'd love to meet you.

There are so many thousands of other creative widows and unique talents spread across our nation. I'd love to meet them all! God is creating, too. "Beauty from ashes." What creative gift is God using to raise you up from the ashes of grief and loss? 💗 ferree


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Free to Listen! A Widow's Story On "Unshackled"

 Fitting right in with our creativity features this week is the release on Saturday (2/20) of a widow's story which has been dramatized by the “Unshackled” radio program. If you've never heard Unshackled you are in for a treat. It's produced by Pacific Garden Mission which has been ministering to homeless people for almost 100 years and featuring dramatic stories almost since the inception of radio drama! Go to unshackled.org, today and it will pop up in Latest Program, or just search for Gigi Williams. I met Gigi at Widows Journey Retreat a few years ago and I must tell you she is one of the most beautiful, friendliest, gracious women ever. Her story is uplifting and will make your day. You might enjoy the thousands of other stories available on Unshackled too! 

Gigi also has a YouTube channel titled “Gigi’s One-Handed Ways” and can be reached at gigiwilliams.info 


Also, I have a free copy of Gigi's book to give away! Email me at wcplace@gmail.com and let me know you want to be in the drawing for it. At the end of the week I'll email the winner and mail out the book! Have a blessed day. 💗

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Which Creative or Therapeutic Outlet Do You Like for "Grief Relief?"

(Please remember if you receive this by email or on your phone and images do not appear, just click on the title above to get to the actual blog site, thanks).
A couple weeks ago you met Maria when you read about her two wedding rings--yes two. She's been widowed twice, and it just so happened that both of her husbands were named Kevin. Her ring story is here. This week we are talking about the benefits of pursuing and cultivating your talents, interests and hobbies as a beneficial path on the journey through grief. Yesterday I hope you enjoyed Carol's poem, and today I hope Maria's adventures in theater will inspire you. What do you love to do that has brought you some "grief relief?" Comment below today's post, or email me at wcplace@gmail.com and I might be able to share your story too. Thanks for visiting today and have a beautiful day. 💗 ferree

Maria's "Summer Home" at Madison, OH
 

Outdoor Cabaret, 2020

"Performing in this musical in 2015," Maria wrote to me,
"was special because it was a few months after my 2nd
Kevin's homegoing. The songs I sang as solo pieces were
all related to death. It was difficult, cathartic, and oddly
therapeutic."


Maria not only performs, she's also a 
scenic artist for the theater. This particular
set feature never got used last summer due 
to covid shut-downs, but I'm happy to
share it here today with you! 

  


Monday, February 22, 2021

Monday Funday?


Today I have a little treat for you from a reader in Illinois. Because of Covid restrictions (and now the weather) she hasn't met with her widows group since October, but she stays in touch every day by sending them funny poems and stories she writes. Here's one she shared with me!😊 I think you'll enjoy it too. Scroll down to find out her other ways to battle the widowhood blues. Thank you Carol!

Do you have some creative outlets too? I'd love to hear about them this week! Email me at wcplace@gmail.com

 The Winter Widows Church Time Blues

by Carol DeJong

Church today is about relationships 

Mostly marriage or couples’ tips 

Doesn’t include me or does it? 

Not with a man but how do I fit? 

 

I am alone and mostly bored 

Finding that I am not the best or adored 

I look for things to read and more 

Because I can not go out the door 

 

Today we have about 7 inches of snow 

And they say there is still more to show 

It doesn’t matter, where would I go? 

Am older, wiser but kind of slow 

 

I have my family and friends 

Mostly good relationships but then 

I can’t rely on them for happiness 

Sometimes I feel like a big hot mess 

 

Oh wait, I have the best friend ever 

I can count on him in any kind of weather 

He loves me more than any being 

He made me, shaped me and is all seeing 

 

My God how wonderful thou art 

Just help me to love and do my part 

First to You and then YOU will open doors 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow and MORE! 



Carol lives in a suburb of Chicago and told me this: "I write poetry every few days mostly to encourage my Bible Study Group now that we are not meeting to study.  I was able to see most of them in backyard visits until cold weather stopped that in October.  They are suffering the "Covid Blues," like most widows.  Lonely and sick of it---so that's what inspired my thoughts for this poem."  


"I've been a widow for 10 years.  I have five children.  Most were unmarried at the time of their father's death.  I realized I couldn't depend on them for my personal happiness or entertainment (even though they were wonderful).  I joined  a widow and widowers social group and met some of the loveliest people who are now my widow family.  We share, encourage and hold each other up constantly.  Now that we can no longer meet, I send them a poem or a funny story each day.  

I have seven siblings who are my God-send.  Many of them are published writers and poets so it is in my blood!  During the pandemic we started writing our sibling history, full of pictures, stories and humor.  We zoom every week to try and put dates and names on family pictures. It has made these winter months bearable." 

What will you do to make today more bearable? Don't forget to email me at wcplace@gmail.com to tell about the creative gifts that God uses to give you a lift. Or use the comment line below. Thank you and have a "funday!" ❤