Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A New Devotional in the Works

Many of you know my story. Just after Mothers Day 2013 I lost by youngest daughter to an AIDS related illness. What most of you do not know is that I struggled to get out of the darkness after her death. I felt hopeless and dead. It took me several years to get past my torment. I have shared my story in several anthologies, but I also wanted to create a devotional for other grieving parents.

Dancing through the Storms 365 Day Devotional: Surviving the Loss of a Child takes you on a daily journey of healing and hope.



The book should be released in March or April.

Here is a sample:

January

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV


Time is supposed to heal all wounds. When you lose a child, time stands still. It cannot be turned back or erased. The wounds of pain cannot heal. When I lost my daughter on Memorial Day 2013, it was my worst nightmare. I wanted to hide away from the world, I even contemplated suicide. My baby girl was gone. My wounds of pain cut too deep to heal. I was broken. It is in the brokenness of loss, that the Lord wants us to renew our souls and hearts.


January brings change and new beginnings. We have thirty-one days of time to be born with renewed hope, time to plant restored faith, time to heal old wounds, time to build new attitudes, time to laugh again, time to dance in the rain, time to scatter the stones of anger, time to embrace loss, time to search within our soul, time to throw away our sorrow, time to mend our hurt, time to speak with love, time to love ourselves, and a time for peace.


During the month of January, take time to renew your soul and heal your heart. Each devotional this month guides you through a spiritual renewal to find peace and heal the wounds of losing your child. Take time to meditate on the words and let the Lord be your strength and solace.



Pray:
Lord, my wounds of pain cut my soul and heart into tiny shards that cannot heal. Give me strength to renew my soul and heal my heart. With your guidance Lord, I will get through the pain and let time heal my wounds of losing my child. Amen.



My prayer for you, as it is with me; is that the Lord heals your broken soul and revives your hurting heart.

 Blessings,

Debra

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