The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Psalms 28:7

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July

Mending Your Broken Widow's Heart

What do you do when you feel like someone numbed your heart with a super-sized dose of novocain and you'll never feel normal again? How long has it been since the love of your life's funeral?

If it's not been several years, ease up on yourself.

How can you move beyond the shock of being called a widow?

  • Look in the mirror and say out loud, "I am a widow." Say it again several times until it begins to sink in. "I am a widow." Do it several times a day until the word doesn't unnerve you.
  • Grab a journal or a notebook and start writing down all the happy times you can remember that you enjoyed with your husband. Write and write.
  • Thank the Lord for each thing you've written.
  • Look around for a needy person, pray and plan how you can better their situation. Execute your plan.
  • As often as you feel you can handle it, repeat the project above.

"... Ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy"(John 16:20b).

Joyce Webster would love to hear from you. You may contact her at:

wingswjw@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/joyce.webster.961

Look for her forthcoming books:

Good Grief-I Need Relief!

A Widow's Guide to Recovering and Rejoicing

and a companion journal by the same name.