The Healing for a Mother’s Heart day retreat was one of the most amazing events I’ve ever experienced. As individual stories unfolded throughout the day I was overwhelmed to hear courageous moms share their photos and stories. You listened lovingly and shared hugs with people you didn’t know, yet seemed to understand your pain.
You, my new friends, are stronger than you know. The verse I shared in the morning session was Psalm 34:18, “God is close to the brokenhearted;and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” If that’s you right now, please know His words are true; and you don’t have to go through this unthinkable sorrow alone.
The journaling sessions I was scheduled to lead turned into something much more important- a place for you to encourage each other. I loved to see many people connect and find referrals for support groups. Our goal is not to “get over” grief by forgetting; but to get through it by remembering our precious loved ones. As Dr. Heidi Horsley, co-founder of Open to Hope says, “closure is for bank accounts, not love accounts!" I want to encourage you to find ways to keep stories fresh. Save cards, photos and other memories in a safe place until you’re ready to go through them. When you are, I hope they will bring back sweet images of happier days- memories that will always be part of you.
My amazing Heart Strings friends recommended the most magnificent book, "Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Spending a few moments with this book first thing in the morning will surely brighten your days.
I pray the Lord will wrap His loving arms around you today and in the season to come.
God’s peace, my friends- Beth Marshall