Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Year In Review: Tanya's Story

Hi Ferree, Below is how the Lord has brought me through the 2012 year. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I want you to know that the groups you have created and the book you have written have really blessed me and other widows. I know that God is very proud of you and the work you are doing. Sincerely, Tanya

I am thankful to have a relationship with my Lord and Savior. With this relationship my 2012 year has had a solid light shining that I am able to focus on and follow. Do not get me wrong there have been some incredibly dark moments but, as long as I keep my focus on the Lord the light seems to always shine. I believe that the light never dimmed or went away; it was my focus that made me turn away from the light that our heavenly father has to offer.
My husband, Jim went home to be with the Lord very suddenly on October 29, 2011. He was only 42 years old and we had a lifetime of plans that we were excited to share with one and another and live out. I am thankful that we had 2 children at home to give me something bigger than myself to focus on. When my husband died I felt like the Lord picked me up and carried me these first few months and when God set me down he did it very gently and he has been providing me with what I need to help me walk my path of grief.
God has brought me through each day by surrounding me with dear friends, neighbors, and family that have really been here for me and my children. God has provided wonderful Christian women in a support family of widowed sisters called Lifeboat and Going Ashore. These sisters have been instrumental in my walk by posting feelings, questions, answers, and real life situations that have truly blessed me by allowing me to realize I am not alone in the way I feel or think. I feel that my job in meeting God half way is to keep my focus on Him. If my focus is in Him, then things go well and God places the people and tools I need directly in front of me to help me in this walk. I wish I had a miraculous story to share but, my story is a simple one. I know that God has been here the entire time nudging me and encouraging me daily with his word, the people he sets before me, and by providing me with the necessities. I am thankful for this and thankful to have survived a year.

Hi Tanya, Thank you for sharing how keeping focused on the Lord has literally brought you through this year! I know that God was my lifeline when I was widowed, and he still is today. Yesterday I was thinking back to Christmas 2011, and that last year I never could have dreamed of the changes that would occur. We never know what a day will bring, and that makes me all the more thankful that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Tomorrow and Friday we'll hear from other widows about how the Lord brought them through 2012. Would you like to share your story too? I'd love to hear it! Please write it in the comment line or email me at

If you'd like to meet Tanya and other widows, find out about my Lifeboat support groups on Facebook. Just click on the word Lifeboat. Check back tomorrow for more stories from real widows!

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