Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rest in the Lord

Make 2013 the year to turn GO-ing through grief to GROW-ing through grief by following this blog and implementing R Roadmap.

Grief is exhausting! And then you'd think you could sleep, but many widows struggle with either not being able to fall asleep, or with waking up too early. Aside from physical sleep, though, is the unrelenting weight and drive of adjusting to widowhood. I've always used Saturdays on this blog as a reminder to set aside time during the weekend for rest. I don't necesarily mean take a nap, but rather---rest in whatever form is most renewing to you. What benefits you most? Listening to music, spending time with friends, singing, taking a walk, relaxation breathing exercises, prayer, or simply practicing the fine art of doing nothing? Don't forget the necessity of feeding your soul by attending church and hearing the teaching of God's Word. Carve out time to rest each weekend. Invite God into all of daily life and learn to rest in Him for the greatest benefit and growth.

This week I've laid out how this blog will help you locate where you are in your grief journey and pinpoint progress you can make. Throughout this year we'll integrate the variety of these helpful steps to the format of this blog. This won't be another load on your "to-do" list, though. Simply look at R Roadmap when you wonder things like---
  • What's next? 
  • How long will this go on?
  • What can I do to change things and be happy again?
What does God have in store for you this year?
Each step you take will bring you a little closer to God's plans for your benefit and well-being. Together we'll learn to trust Him again.
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)
A final re-cap of R Roadmap through grief:
Mondays: READ, listen, watch and learn about grief.
Tuesdays: RETELL your own story.
Wednesdays: Find a ROLEMODEL.
Thursdays: REFRAME your perspective.
Fridays: REBUILD your life.
Saturdays: REST in the Lord.

See you on Monday!


  1. I am looking forward to this Ferree.

  2. Ferree,

    You are touching many lives in such a positive way. Blessings to you as you join God where he is working. Many will be helped in 2013 as you encourage us along the way.

  3. I like it Ferree ,it gives me hope and something to look forward to this year. God bless you for all your efforts in guiding and helping many through this road. Halima

  4. Love this idea Ferree and I think it will definitely be helpful. Looking forward to it! Bless your 'lil pea-pickin heart!! Thank you for all you do for us and I thank God for you!

  5. I thank God for you and all that He's giving you to help widows. I'm so blessed, strengthened and encouraged. Each day, I look forward to reading what you have posted to help us. Praying for you. Blessings!

  6. Ferree,

    I'm loving your new series and can't wait to see it unfold.

    You are a real inspiration.

    Please remember me as I undergo major surgery for uterine cancer on January 16, exactly one year and two months after my precious sweetheart entered into rest.

    I know God's grace will be sufficient and He has shown me His love and care in amazing ways.

    May your joy be multiplied and your work rewarded beyond your wildest expectations.

    Honey Bee

  7. Dear Honey B---I sure will be praying for you this week, and I have some confidential prayer partners who will also. May the Lord make himself known in some glorious ways to you through this difficulty. Wish I could come visit with you.


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