Tuesday, May 5, 2015

5 Turning Points That Help Transform Grief for Widows

While we often hear it said that there is no roadmap through grief, there are some basic steps towards

transformation . . .

Remember this...
Grief is not our destination, its part of the journey of love. We grieve because we've loved. With great insight the Lord inspired Psalm 23 to say we walk 
- t h r o u g h - 
the valley of the shadow of death. We don't have to take up permanent residency in the valley.
 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Watch for turning points on your journey through grief...

---------> wisdom.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning ... Ecclesiastes 7:4 (NIV)
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

----------> knowing God better.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:17-19 (NIV)

--------> contentment.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. II Peter 1:3 (NIV)

-------> gratitude.
Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19, 20 (NIV)
---------> purpose.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesian 2:10
Which turning points have you seen along your widows path thus far? Scripture is rich with the cries of the heart and the tides of change in life.

I hope you'll pause and think about these turning points---perhaps you've seen others as well. Please mention them in the comment box today. And then join me in this prayer from Psalm 90...
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Thank you for visiting here today. Be watching later this week for details about A Weekend With the Author event I'll be hosting in December, and please try our two transformation projects mentioned in posts last week:
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1 comment:

  1. This was very uplifting and I plan to save your post to my computer so that I can re-read and think on these things.



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