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Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:56:31 -0600


A Gentle Landing When Life Is Harsh

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:40:12 -0600

Have you ever noticed how easy it seems to give up on life; to make that key decision of action to stop going on? I felt it yesterday several times, even amongst friends and loved ones; that loneliness of soul that had lost all sense of hope in the seconds before it.

The Emotional Stages of Loss and Grief

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:37:19 -0600

Loss and the grief that often follows is an inevitable part of life. Knowing what to expect can go a long way in helping you through these difficult times.

Cherish, Don't Lament, Those TEARS of Yours

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:05:18 -0600

IT happened three days in a row, and I'm not afraid to say, I am so glad. I cried. Wept healing tears. Not really for my own healing, yet perhaps also my own.

Gratitude In the Valley of Grief

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 08:06:31 -0600

IMPOSSIBLE concepts are not foreign in the Kingdom of God, but of course impossibilities in a worldly context are possibilities where God reigns. Gratitude in the time of grief, for instance, is possible as a concept in the Kingdom of God, but the world generally thinks that's absurd.

Death Is Inevitable

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:16:07 -0600

"Death smiles at us, all a man can do is smile back". Death is very dreadful and unjustifiable event. It is the only real event which has a 100 % probability of occurrence.

Essential Grief Relief and Healing Questions

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:44:18 -0600

Having experienced horrendous grief and loss have you asked: How do I break through my personal grief and loss obstacles? How can I stand against grief and reconcile my sorrow and loss? How do I eliminate my personal grief longevity and permanency? Can I reject grief without hope, happiness, and healing efforts? How can I manifest my dreams, and live the best life possible? What steps can I take to renew myself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever?

A Guide To Heal Sorrow & Loss

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:00:04 -0600

A rock-solid pathway to reconcile your grieving heart and emotions is a must-have, much-needed guide. Early-on, in your grief experience you may not be aware that the grief healing guide you need is found within your own empowerment. After a grief happening in your life you can't go back to exactly how you were. It is necessary for you to reset and renew your new life. Begin seeking then embracing your grief healing guide. It must include a rock-solid pathway to reconcile your grieving heart and emotions.

A Love Letter From God If You Are Struggling

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:07:17 -0600

THIS is not an endless string of Bible verses, nor is it something soppy and romantic. But it is what I believe what God has laid on my heart, consistent with the character of God.

Grief and Loss Prepare You for Healing and Joy

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:07:58 -0600

Understanding the complexities of your grief is essential as you travel along your grief rehabilitation journey. Your personal grief reconciliation is best accomplished as you gain insight and understanding about the complexity of your personal sorrow. You should feel no shame in admitting your grief. There is no disgrace in not fully understand the complexity of your grief. Understand that grief and loss prepare you for future joy. Grief healing actions can shake the grieving leaves from the bough of your heart. New hopeful leaves of peace and anticipation can grow in their place. Your grief relief activities will pull up sorrowful roots so that strong new reconciliation roots can grow in their place. Don't be disheartened you can stop grieving and start healing. Your grief and loss can prepare you for healing and Joy.

The 3-Minute Test You Spend Your Whole Life Preparing For

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:54:43 -0600

NEVER do we go through our formative years thinking any of it's a preparation, but there does come a time when it's all tested. One of those pivotal tests for me was between 2300hrs and 2303hrs on October 30, 2014 - meeting my stillborn son.

Loss Is Love in All Its Fullness

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:48:48 -0600

GRIEF at a loved one's passing or the loss of anything significant is the full payment for the love we had for that person or the hopes we had for that dream. That might feel like a slap across the face, but when loss comes it throws us so far we realise just how much we must have loved, because what we cannot stop loving or needing is irretrievably gone.

How Long Does Grief Last For?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:17:52 -0600

THIS quote on grief I'll never forget: "I believe it takes a full three years to get through loss." (Pastor Craig Vernall, April 2017) The quote astounded me because it seemingly broke with traditional grief wisdom that pegs it as a two-to-twelve-month acute phase process, and something we never truly overcome, but learn to accept.

Faith in Grief, at Best Victorious, at Worst an Aspiration

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:32:35 -0600

THROUGH it all, through it all, my eyes are on you (Jesus), and it is well. The adapted strains of Horatio Spafford's classic hymn communicate, as he did, the scandalous reality of an overcoming hope in the deepest grief, a psychological phenomenon setting faith apart as priceless in our darkest hour.

When Will This Desert Drudgery End? Will I Ever Reach the Promised Land?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 07:19:42 -0600

EVER had a conversation with a person trying to encourage you and left more discouraged than ever? I've been on both sides of that kind of interaction.

Just Swimming Around

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:10:53 -0600

I grew up in a fairy-tale world and life was good. It wasn't until the death of my son by suicide challenged me more than I ever believed possible. I was forced to face the realities of a changed world and my illusion was shattered. Finding the strength after significant loss required changing my philosophy, exploring options, and raw determination before the sun could shine again.

Has God Got a Purpose for Me In My Grief?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:08:13 -0600

ACCEPTING that everyone grieves differently, we can still agree that the pain is the same awful reality for everyone. Why does grief hurt so much?

Lament Fit for a King, David's Way to Strength in Weakness

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:20:31 -0600

It is necessary to give over (admit and accept) our human weakness to gain divine strength. Put another way, the presence of human weakness is essential to receive the divine strength of God's Presence.

No, This Is Not Happening To Me

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:41:21 -0600

This is a story about my much anticipated birthday trip. Unfortunately. it did not happen as planned. However, I was able to learn a valuable lesson.

Dispelling The Myth That It Just Takes Time

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 07:27:09 -0600

When my best friend, my hero, my Dad died, I thought that I was going to die too. In a way, I did die. My broken heart and my longing to see and talk to him was more than I could bear.

You Grieve How You Grieve

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:44:06 -0600

WHEN we lost Nathanael I'm sure there were some, perhaps many, who doubted the grief journey we were on. Maybe we grieved too well for some people. All I know is that our grief journey was normal and appropriate and only what it could be for us.

My Worst Christmas Ever and How God Redeemed It

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:32:31 -0600

2004 was a weirdly hope-filled, growing, expanding year for me in the most part, but there were still elements of hangover from the previous year. Overall, the year was a solid eight-out-of-ten. It was the year I heard God call me out of secular-life-for-me into ministry-for-Him. It was also a year where I grew so much as a father into the new life my family was thrust into.

5 Things to Hate About Christmas (and Any Other Celebration)

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:44:58 -0600

THINK of anytime in the experience of life as a celebration, and there's another side. The experience of that time for those suffering grief.

How God Uses Grief to Teach Us Hope

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:42:59 -0600

In grief there is unprecedented and unparalleled poverty of spirit. Sadness like no other. A place of soul where all is foreign. Where all anchors fail and where trust is tested and torn. Sight of hope has vanished; felt realities of hope are vanquished.

Grieving Exchanges Honesty for Healing

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:39:49 -0600

DO it now or do it later, either way the work of grieving just must be done. That's what I've heard so many times.

10 Things Your Counsellor Wants to Say to You But Can't

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:02:37 -0600

ACTS of therapy require great courage - in both the giving and receiving of counsel. Going to counselling could be about as enjoyable as going to the dentist. The point is made, however, that when either are needed only great detriment occurs when we put it off.

An Inextinguishable Hope

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:04:44 -0600

DESPAIR is such an unenviable condition, having been there, none of us want to return. Yet, life experience attests to a fact; if we fell to the pit of an abyss once, it won't be the only time.

What Do I Do When Grief Sneaks Up to Confront and Shock Me?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:17:22 -0600

EYE OPENERS in life come in pleasant and painful extremes. And grief is an eye opener of the most painful variety. A nemesis that seems to sneak up from nowhere at times, to take away our peace, our joy, our hope, our mind, to rob our heart of the security we so desperately rely on.

The Character of All-Abiding Sorrow in Grief

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:16:43 -0600

ONLY 24-hours ago my family learned we had lost a dear member - my Uncle. He was a man full of humour no matter how hard life was. There is so much about him that could be written. A small article like this cannot do justice to his memory.

Six Ways To Beat The Holiday Blues

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:45:58 -0600

Losing a loved one can make getting through the holidays difficult. Here are six ways to cope with stress and overcome the holiday blues.

Writhing Through the Pain of Hurt

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:12:08 -0600

THIS cannot be an article about hope - where hurts sting through tear-swollen eyes, a mind agonizing, a heart defeated - at least not a flippant hope. It's okay. It's not okay that your heart is hurting. But it is okay that you cannot hope right now. It is okay that you cannot face thought of present, let alone the future.

Where Is the Hope When All Is Pain?

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:17:23 -0600

Pain forces us toward or away from hope, and the latter only because we gave up hope of finding it. The former is pain's objective - to locate hope and reconcile who we are amid pain, and who we are to be post pain.

The Company of God's Presence in the Numb Night of Grief

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:05:52 -0600

SOMETHING is common in the experience of those who have been broken by a pain that rips their lives to shreds. God's Presence.

The Grief Integral to Full Faith Allegiance in Christ

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:14:27 -0600

FALSE truths and half-faiths there are plenty of in the Christian walk; both as far as dogmas and lived-out varieties are concerned. John Stott was right when he said that heresy is the over-emphasis on some truth without allowing other truths to qualify and balance it. (And this article will no doubt feature an imperfect mix of truth!)

Do You Ever Ask, Did It Really Happen?

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:04:02 -0600

BUZZ goes the phone, and as I check for the message it's a friend. He reminds me of the significance of a date (tomorrow) I already know - yet, suddenly, God has me go in on a journey. He shows me something surreal. It catches me by surprise.

He Who Made You Will Make a Way for You

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:54:42 -0600

IF you're battling today, to hold it together, or to take that next step, or maybe to simply halt that slide backwards, consider this. Whatever happens, whether you succeed or fail, you're dearly loved.

On the Other Side of Acceptance

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:56:26 -0600

REALITY is only a threat when we cannot live in harmony with the truth. Yet reality is a real issue for every single one of us. It's a phenomenon that must be mastered if we're to live the life every human being is purposed to live. Comparatively few ever do. Yet it's the opportunity God freely gives each one of us.

God Is for You and With You in Your Trial

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 07:59:58 -0600

UNDER spiritual attack, one of the first things we forget is that God is for us. Our Lord is present and powerful in all circumstances, especially when we're weak, and that's because we're more likely to pray and to lean not in our own understanding when we're being overpowered.

Endurance Is Easier When We Accept Life Is a Test

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 09:54:47 -0500

NOBODY really likes the sound of that title, I know. But deeper consideration of this truth evokes the super-conquering hope Paul talked about in Romans 8:37.

How the Stages of Grief Manifested in Me

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:33:58 -0500

The stages of grief theory was of course posited by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (and David Kessler). It involves denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance. The strength of the model is it highlights real stages we go through as we experience loss. One of its weaknesses is it's not linear - the stages tend to reoccur chaotically. But it's overall flow is true. Here are my observations of the grief I've experienced over the past three years:

Man of Sorrows for the Man and Woman in Pain

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:13:02 -0500

JESUS hung out with all the wrong types, because no ladder-climbing was done there. He sought out the lonely, broken heart, unlike His detractors who loved ladder-climbing.

The Gloves Come Off - A Look at the Transformation of Death

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 19:19:03 -0500

Grieving is so very individual. If you are struggling with the loss of a loved one I highly recommend that you seek professional or spiritual council. With help you may find that you are able to embrace the transformation of energy and use it to create something new for yourself.

Every Response to Loss Is Appropriate

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:06:45 -0500

As all grief is real, all responses are appropriate, commensurate with the pain we experience. It only grieves the spirit in us more when we're told we're doing grief wrong.

Why Grief Isn't Depression and One Thing You Can Do About It

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:06:32 -0500

HAVE you ever visited a psychotherapist once, never gone back, and realised it was the best hour you could have ever spent? I've had one of those experiences. And the older gentleman taught me the difference between depression (which I thought I had, but didn't) and grief (which I had). Sure, I was depressed, but...

On My & America's Collective Suffering and Loss

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:04:19 -0500

The world is collectively choosing to undergo experiences of loss and hurt. The veneer of "everything is okay" with America is eroding on an inner level as well as on the outer level we all see. Collectively, we have all decided we want something better than the old system.

What If I Made the Decision to Stop Suffering?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:14:10 -0500

When a circumstance means your whole heart and soul to you, and when that circumstance changes for whatever reason, and when we feel like dying as a result, this is the emotional suffering I am speaking about. Can you relate?

I Wasn't Just Grieving The Loss Of My Father

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:10:24 -0500

Shortly after I had got to the point where I could contain my emotions, the healer that I was working with said it would be a good idea for me to see if I could cry when I'm by myself. The reason for this was that I hadn't been able to cry during the sessions that we had had.

One Thing They Never Tell You About Loss

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:58:24 -0500

THERE are so many dynamics and nuances and variables in loss. But one thing remains the same. Grief is a phenomenon that changes us irrevocably. And there is but one choice - to go in the direction of one of two destinations: to move into the new life beckoning or to stifle its flow.

Son, You Would've Been Turning 3 Soon

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:58:05 -0500

EXTINGUISHED now is the deep pain of our loss, yet what has replaced it is the precious void we share together as we remember our son. Often, we talk about how old he would be, and we particularly miss him not being the loyal little brother to our now four-year-old.

On Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:39:14 -0500

The Puerto Rican people have a deep, spiritual root that no hurricane can take out. Electricity or not, they will shine again. Puerto Ricans don't just live on the island... they are the island.

If Only - Sad Words of Regret for the Grief Stricken

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:26:26 -0500

If only I had gone there, hadn't spoken those words, had taken a different route, listened to my own instincts... 'If Only' and all the words of regret that follow are scattered across a trail of shattered dreams, of broken hearts. We use them as we search for how we might have altered an incomprehensible outcome; a loss we simply cannot accept.

And Jesus Said, Always Pray and Never Give Up

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:40:11 -0500

Every day. No matter how empty your cup. Always pray. And never give up!

How My Counsellors Helped Me in My Deepest Grief

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:53:47 -0500

To my counsellors... I adore you, I salute you, I thank God for you. For without you I possibly wouldn't be here to write this. Without your gentle God-led intervention, I would be a different person, and I'm simply glad today that I am who I am, due in no small part to you. You were God in skin to me at a time in my life when God had to be real.

To a World That Won't Understand, and a God Who Will

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:03:52 -0500

What if we were to sense the loneliness in another individual, and simply attempt to meet them there. To just be there with them. Not try and fix anything. Just listen if they want to speak, and to hold the tensions of the irresolvable kind. To allow them the dignity of non-engagement. The sanctity of silence, which doesn't seem to us to be much of a ministry. Funny how when we move aside the Holy Spirit often moves in.

Traveling True Through Hell to the New You

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:14:41 -0500

REMINISCING over 14-year-old journal entries proves a thing true. A hell-of-months traversed through consistently, blesses, for such memories never fade.

How Loss Touches Us Deeply In God

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:22:32 -0500

Love how God continues to touch me through loss. So blessed just now to watch a dear woman's "life in images," and as I watched I saw eternity in those pictures of her life... a complete stranger (but none of us truly are strangers, are we?). I felt so blessed to read of a daughter's gratitude to the loving community of family and friends around her. And despite her grief she gave herself selflessly for others. Humanity at its rawest and best. And yet there are all the remaining days of her life that now must consist without her mother in them.

5 Experiences of Existential Pain We Must Get Used to

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:06:49 -0500

THE ABYSS. It's where God wants to take us. Not for our harm, but for our good. Not for no reason, but for a purpose. And we only realise this when we stumble on it by accident having been forced to go there by the cruel circumstances of life.

Light Shines Brightest at Night

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:38:54 -0500

THERE are foundational salvation truths we learn only in our darkest days. We never expect to be blessed at a time that seems so irretrievably cursed.

How Losses Are Gains in Disguise

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:49:43 -0500

TRANSFORMATION or tribulation. Every moment of our lives is a choice and a consequence for one or the other.

Transcending the Wounds of Grief

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:31:17 -0500

Our grief-avoidance society says, "Get over it quickly" or "let it go and move on;" yet, the pains and emotions cut deeper than a knife, oftentimes leaving us stuck and alone to suffer in silence. Someone that we loved has been taken away from us and we are expected to act as if it were only a small cut on our finger. It seems as though everyone around us has moved on with life.

On Learning To Feel My Feelings

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:23:22 -0500

A stranger bought lunch for my son and me today. It was a terrifically kind thing to do... and completely unexpected. Even now, hours after the event, I find myself moved with emotion by the gesture. I chose to receive it as a gift from my husband from whichever dimension he finds himself in. The entire incident brings tears to my eyes but unlike the old me, I don't hold them back like I used to...

Five Reasons to Embrace Grief

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:18:24 -0500

AMID the tempest of grief outbound of loss, love builds in the heart and wisdom forms in the mind, when we can allow the present to be as it is. Here below are five reasons to embrace the inevitable when it comes.

Give Yourself Permission to Grieve

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:17:22 -0500

Just as each of us was born with our unique DNA, so is the grief experience unique to each of us. There is no Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), rulebook, or one size fits all approach to handling grief. There is no right or wrong way to grieve and no one can tell you how to grieve; however, it is necessary to validate the uniqueness of the grief experience.

What Is Healing Your Grief?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:44:28 -0500

It takes an absolute commitment to heal your grief. The healing is in the reconciling of your new changed condition. Achieving reconciliation requires a search for a renewed purpose and meaning. Hope for a better situation must emerge and a commitment to a future fullness. As you journey through grief and find your way you must accept the need to work through your mourning. In order to reconcile your grief requires intentional mourning what has forever changed in your condition. Hope for a better situation must emerge and a commitment to a future fullness. Possibilities for a better life will emerge as you make efforts to understand and meet your mourning needs. A search for self-improvement must be a constant in your healing efforts.

The Day of My Bicycle Triumph

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:23:02 -0500

When my husband and I discovered he had cancer, we still did not have running water or an indoor toilet. Off grid living was not going to work in this situation. Through a friend, we ended up in a small one bedroom rental. Very high stress. I took to riding my bicycle up and down the local streets...

On Starting Over With A Higher Love

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:13:53 -0500

Some people I meet live their lives completely disconnected from their inner world. I see it more like a journey through my own inner me. My husband taught me what devoted love looked like. As much as I knew how, I loved him but I know that there is another level that I have not yet known. An even holier one... and I think... if I am very quiet... that I can hear it is coming for me!

What Happened?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:52:15 -0500

Questions a person is asked following the sudden death of a person who had drug and alcohol addictions. Things you should never ask a family member due to the painful reflections of reliving the death.

Shedding The Heavy Load & Letting Go

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:45:00 -0500

It's been eight months, one week and two days since my husband died. I have been actively sorting through all of our many, many belongings. It has been hard to let it go. I hold on to all sorts of things and to all sorts of people even long after I should have let them go... and I have been carrying years of baggage. Time to shed the heavy load of my many pasts... again.

5 Ways to Overcome Grief and Fantasy Loss

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:47:59 -0500

What Happens When Dreams Are No Longer Fantasies? When you daydream, you dream of a spectacular life you wish to live. You never consider the dream any other way.

What We Learned In Our Grief

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:29:13 -0500

Grief leaves its markers throughout the rest of our lives. Life never returns to what it was like nor should it - that is perhaps the greatest loss.

Just When We Thought We Were In the Clear

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:29:01 -0500

5PM on Friday July 18, 2014, I strolled through the door clutching flowers for my wife, and her parents' demeanour said it all. The moment stood still.

The Precise Reason We May Rejoice In Our Grief

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:42:50 -0500

LET'S use a different word than suffering: grief - it's the effect of loss, and suffering essentially is the condition of grief. The reason we may rejoice in our grief is...

What I Know, But Can Never Explain

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 08:48:17 -0500

FOR me, grief demands expression. And yet I can never fully comprehend nor succinctly communicate its mystery, which is so fitting. Still, there are myriads of caricatures of life made in the image of grief - showcased through articles, books, videos, testimonies, real lives, etc - both rousing and heartbreaking, not to mention countless shards of emotion evoked between which splinter off without recognition or acknowledgement.

Why You've Never Lived Until You've Been Undone By Loss

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 21:17:37 -0500

NOT everyone who reads the title of this article will agree, and many will disagree with its content. But I write out of experience, and my experience is pretty much a Gospel experience; one that millions have come to attest to in their experience.

A Day That Changed the Course of Our Lives

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 09:01:47 -0500

JULY FIRST. Three years ago, today. A harmless enough scan, the results of which would propel a ripple of ambiguous grief through our lives for four months until the gravitas of loss finally broke our world late on October Thirty.

PEACE When Your World Is ROCKED

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:10:44 -0500

Perceive what is going on. Explore what you are feeling. Allow the experience to happen without judgment. Calm yourself through trusting yourself to calmness. Experience joy and hope because of your courage to face fear.

How I Came About My Spiritual and Artistic Defrost

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:50:58 -0500

I told myself I was happy being a wife... and I was but my world with my husband was too small. Where was the passion? Where was the laughter? Where was the joy? Where was the adventure? Was the only potential reality for my self-actualization, one in which my husband was not in it and if all potential realities exist in the Universe, did I will this particular reality into existence?

So, It Didn't Go Your Way - What Are You Going To Do About It?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:41:59 -0500

PLENTY of things in life don't go our way. We can easily find ourselves belly-aching to God, "How long, O LORD!" - in the tradition of Psalm 13.

Keeping a Blessed Memorial of Your Pain

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:25:48 -0500

LOSS is a phenomenon designed only to precede resurrection. That is the hope we have, because we hold onto it. We can only behold it. One salient way of keeping the latter (resurrection) front of mind is bearing the former (loss) with a memorial to the suffering itself. Not wallowing in it, but immersing ourselves in its truth, to fill our broader reality.

Your Grief Healing Saga

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:23:13 -0500

You have the right to stop grieving and start healing. Neither you or someone near you can alter the permanent condition that is yours forever. The healing is in the reconciling your grief and loss, and that takes time. Remember the body becomes what foods we eat, just as the spirit becomes what our thoughts are that we think. You can start healing now. Remember, your thoughts can become beliefs that alter your life; can you see how vitally important they are? Your life is three in one - body, soul, and spirit. The body becomes what foods we eat, just as the spirit becomes what our thoughts are that we think. You determine the outcome. Your thoughts are ongoing occurrences! As your thoughts become settled beliefs, they begin to frame your life. That is why it is essential that you choose your thoughts wisely. Don't waste time. If you are angry at God it will be important for you to get new understanding and inspiration. When was the last time you poured your heart out to God?

Is Your Grief Healing A Straight Line Or A Spiral?

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:22:42 -0500

Although the quickest and most economical path between two points is usually a straight line, regrettably, that only works on an active GPS! Grief and loss experiences are not a straight line but a spiral as your emotions and strength ebbs and flows. As you arrive at the point of understanding that God knows far more than you and I, and was aware of every daily step of your journey before you were born on his earth, you will embrace every frustrating catastrophe, each unforeseen twist and turn, every hardship, and every grief moment as an opportunity to reconcile your grief and loss. Only then, will you possess the personal empowerment, inspiration, and strength it takes to carry the healing blessings you desire and hold on to them forever. The healing process requires undeviating actions, and time enough to accept change so your life can be more whole and peaceful. Contemplate this question: would you be willing to wait and prepare for the healing wishes of your heart and mind, rather than get fulfillment immediately and be unprepared to fully receive them? Your answer will speak plainly if "healing integrity" is your ultimate goal.

Each Day Above Ground Is a Good Day

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:04:11 -0500

It is one of the coldest days of the winter season. Ice cycles hang from the trees and the gate to the entrance. Although the driveway has been salted, the road is still dangerously slippery.

Hope That's Vanished Will Once Again Abide

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:05:18 -0500

If you hold on, despite what you're feeling right now, and delay what dangerous thing you wish to do, hope will once again abide. Like it did before. Or, like it never has. If you believe.

Can Dreams Help Heal Your Grief?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:04:38 -0500

Believe in the potential of your dreams. Never stop even though it may seem like, at times, in your healing efforts you take one step forward and two steps back. Learning to reconcile your grief and find new peace and joy requires unqualified commitment and continued energy and determination. It requires purpose, willpower and sustained resolve. Never quit dreaming of healing possibilities! Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep focusing on your goal to find new peace and more happiness. Rather than your night dreams, a more relevant undertaking would be to spend time concentrating on understanding how conscious dreams can help you heal your grief. It is absolutely essential to your well-being to dream about vital remedies to find new peace and happiness.

Lord, Help Me

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:23:51 -0500

A reflection and a prayer in the wake of a series of chilling atrocities. Lord, help me.

Transforming Grief Into Love

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:08:02 -0500

Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, and one that can be seemingly impossible to "get over". This new and different perspective about understanding the intense emotions that result from such a loss can help you through your grief and bring you to feelings of love and gratitude.

Professional Grief Relief Counseling

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:42:48 -0500

Professional Counseling Goals Your goal in seeking professional help is to help you gain insight and comfort to meet your life challenge of unbearable grief and loss. Part of living is facing challenges and difficulties that sometimes seem to overwhelm you. Usually grief happenings cause you to feel uncertain and unsure and you wisely decide to seek support and help. This important step can result in insight, comfort, solutions, and grief relief empowerment. Any professional help you seek must be centered on your individual needs as you experience a constant up and down spiraling of your grief as it ebbs and flows. It certainly may be wise to avail yourself of help. Walking with someone can be more empowering than walking alone in grief and sorrow. Certainly, experience and maturity in your professional counselor or coach is the most essential requirement - sometimes book-learning is not as valid as someone who has walked their own personal grief healing path. Having someone who has purchased the grief tee-shirt, walked the walk, and been where the tire hits the road often ads credence to the quality of counseling you receive.

Coming Out of Your Grief Cave With Healing Gratitude

Tue, 30 May 2017 11:53:51 -0500

Having suffered in anguish from your personal grief it is reassuring to remember there is still much in life to be grateful and hopeful about. Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. Counting your blessings can lead you to finding the peace and hope you really need in times of terrible grief and loss. A grieving mind and heart can be healed. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. Gratitude can make sense of the past and bring personal hope for the future.

Why'd You Have to Go

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:37:20 -0500

Anyone who has a heart feels broken when tragedy or violence takes a loved one out of their life. For those left behind, 'forever' the word that used to be filled with promise starts tonight, today, this moment in time. Violence is senseless regardless of the underlying cause. The death and carnage left behind defies understanding. Vivid stories describing the event or even the carefully crafted clinical description on the certificate that officially ends the life you loved can't begin to answer the one question that matters most. Why? Why'd they have to go?

Six Absolute Grief and Loss Healing Questions to Ask Yourself

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:54:04 -0500

You need to be about going beyond being emotionally consumed and physically weak, and from surviving to thriving. The challenge is to be a survivor and overcome your loss and transform yourself into a new whole person. It will require of you a comprehensive constant effort. Deep within you is undiscovered unused strength. Now is the time to dig deeper than ever before for the how to promote your health of body and mind. Take time to decide what your resolve will be, how you will do it, and when you will do it. Keep telling yourself you can start healing and quietly take the actions necessary to stop grieving and start healing. You can begin healing from within.

Grief - A Powerful Place to Bear Witness From

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:22:00 -0500

It's how we handle crises that speaks most for our faith in a risen and victorious Lord. And this faith is the capacity to take the living moment courageously; to be really real, which means everything when life has come to nothing.

Fixing Your Grief Fun Button

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:12:47 -0500

Life's too short to live in obnoxious lasting misery! I can tell you that when my fun button breakdowns, it is usually because I am taking myself too seriously and not making the necessary effort to enjoy the journey. So, if your fun button is broken, here are several steps for a thoughtful, inspiring, and refreshing fix! If you know someone who could use a little cheer and encouragement, discover with me important life-changing must-have solutions to fix your grief fun button.

7 Uplifting Grief Relief Invitations

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:22:58 -0500

Because of your unique grief loss happening there are personal considerations that make your need satisfaction singularly to you. The result for your grief has changed your life for the future - forever.. It is absolutely important that you don't allow your grief experience to imprison your future happiness. After all, beginning today, is the rest of your life. Consider any and all possible solutions to make your new you - your now future life - hopeful and fuller. Absolutely consider all actions you can take to bring you new purpose, more peace and hope.

Do You Have A Pebble In Your Grief Shoe?

Sat, 20 May 2017 09:09:08 -0500

Accept the personal challenge to take healing action steps. Remove the pebble in your shoe. Dump it out and start the grief healing process you need. Often, to dump out the grief pebble it will be necessary to reconcile your grief. The healing is in the reconciling. Rise up and meet your grief challenges head-on. Many experience grief pebbles. Who is aware of the exact time that will happen? It is not a sign of being good or bad. It is life. Add God's help to your efforts. He can bless you with vital inspiration and added strength to find new purpose and take the necessary life-changing actions to begin healing and find hope, peace and joy.

12 Things the Grieving Should Know

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:10:21 -0500

This is for those going through loss and grieving. As a medium, I channel those who have died to help people heal and have hope.

Overcoming Grief Relief Blocks

Sat, 13 May 2017 10:16:53 -0500

Reliable direction to help you move through your grief and find joy can be fleeting. Solutions and direction, even if found, can be an uphill and trying experience. Meaningful and reliable steps are fundamental for success to stop grieving and start healing. The challenge for you is to find new purpose and happiness in your life. You alone must decide! Yet, powering forward you can dig deep internally for empowerment you didn't know you had. Healing and peace are worth fighting through temporary blocks.

Are Dimes My Spiritual Connection to Mother?

Fri, 12 May 2017 08:55:38 -0500

Many stories have been written about the significance of finding dimes and the interpretations are varied. As with finding pennies, I always attributed such incidences to the old wives tale of good luck, but never really thought further about it. That all changed when my Mother died.

Happy Is The Hardest Word to Say

Tue, 09 May 2017 21:16:22 -0500

It's not difficult to identify people whose life has been touched by a profound loss or personal tragedy; just listen. The common question of 'How are you doing?' elicits a flat response. 'Fine, as good as can be expected, OK or I'm good' has replaced joyful exuberance, laughter or the words 'really good' and especially 'happy.' Like a scar from a deep wound there is lasting evidence that something has been inexplicably altered. The physical evidence is in the eyes where a smile never reaches or in the deafening silence where laughter seems appropriate. Their emotions are anesthetized; not from a drug but rather the natural disconnection from emotions where pain can lie dormant. Happiness is buried deep within that disconnection. For a time, it can be the hardest word to say.

Seven Quotes That Will Help Heal Your Grief

Thu, 04 May 2017 12:51:15 -0500

Healing from a horrendous grief experience and reconciling your sorrow and loss requires unique personal answers. Grief and loss change, but serious sorrow never ends. It is a journey not a place to stay. Your grieving must give way to a valued new condition and a new you. You can start healing and stop grieving. Your prime objective should be to seize every opportunity to reclaim your life.

Past Life Regression and Grief, Death and Dying

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:40:59 -0500

Past life regression and remembering your past lives can help you deal with grief and loss. By remembering that you have lived before, you can see that you and your loved ones will live again. You can also discover that love and connection don't ever die.

Grief - Life's Test of Courage and Trainer of Faith

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:45:07 -0500

EVERYONE experiences grief of one kind or another consistently throughout life, and never more so than when we're beset by conflict. But there is a kind of grief that blindsides us; the genus of which rips the heart out of our resolve, fear chiselling us down to our core, leaving us all alone, a fractured, wafer shell; the sort that forces such change that the old must go where a new man or woman emerges, delivered in writhes of death, paradoxically into life. Blessed abundance; an enigma.