Today I am grateful for my new writing projects, , friends I met face to face at Write Canada, and smaller size clothes that fit! And I nominate Tabetha Wood, Betty Galley and Patrica Day to start their own three days of thankfulness!!
Today I am grateful for my supportive family, my Weight Watchers members and my health. Also today I nominate Sharon Greer, Alana Daly and Annette Reid to start their own 3 days of gratefulness and name 3 others to do the same on each of those three days.
My niece Theresa has nominated me to find 3 things to be thankful for for three days and every day nominate three other people to join in in and do the same. Theresa is doing a terrific job and finding things to be grateful for…I hope to motivate you to do the same!!
1- I am thankful for my past and the wonderful life I had with my dear husband, Ron.
2. I am thankful for the future when I fully expect to be with Jesus in Heaven.
3. I am grateful for the ppresent-when I have a chance to live my life to its fullest.
I nominate Dan Barratt, Judith Barratt and Bernice Brown for my first three people! Examine your life for the grateful folks!!
The Pregnant Pause of Grief, by Brenda J. Wood (Word Alive, 2013)
“I’ve trusted God and His promises for years. Will they hold true in widowhood? I don’t know yet.” [p. 4]
So begins Brenda J. Wood’s poignant account of her “first trimester of widowhood” after the loss of her beloved husband, Ron. The book is written as a series of journal entries, in a conversational style as if Brenda were talking with the reader via email.
She writes about whatever’s on her mind that day, from spontaneous tears in public to fear of forgetting Ron to what she’s learning from God on how to cope. As hard as this new life is, she’s determined to push forward into it, even to laugh again. Ron wouldn’t want her to give in to the misery.
Most of the book is written during the third month ‘AR’ (After Ron’s passing), but the final pages include Ron’s testimony of the difference God made in his life, with brief notes from Brenda taking us past the anniversary of his death.
Brenda and Ron weren’t a perfect couple, but they loved each other deeply and for almost 50 years. One of the main take-aways from this book is the call to love our family and friends well, while we have them in our lives.
It’s a book that can help those who haven’t lost a spouse to understand the thoughts, emotions and needs of a grieving widow or widower. For example, I didn’t know that finances are often in short supply in the early months until the government, insurances etc catch up on the paperwork.
I think it would be a good resource to let newly-grieving readers know what they’re going through is normal.
One of the things I found most encouraging was Brenda’s determination to remember how God had looked after them in the past and her choice to believe that even in this new, painful place, God still had the power and the compassion to care for her.
Brenda J. Wood is a motivational speaker and writer based in Ontario. She’s also written a book to help children deal with grief, The Big Red Chair. You can read the first chapter of The Pregnant Pause of Grief or learn more about the author on her website, heartfeltdevotionals.com.
“If I were in your shoes, I’d go straight to God, I’d throw myself on the mercy of God. After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises. He gives rain, for instance, across the wide earth, sends water to irrigate the fields. He raises up the down-and-out, gives firm footing to those sinking in grief. (Job 58-11, MSG)
From inspiration to intrigue – sample treats at local restaurants and
discover the literary talents in your own neighbourhood!
Each week in July we’ll feature a different local author at a unique
Innisfil eatery. Enjoy a reading and Q&A while you savour a scrumptious
dessert and coffee. Tickets $10, available at all branches.
Sharon Greer-Friday, July 4, 3:00-4:00pm, The Fork & Plate
2383 25th Sideroad (Alcona)
Michael Walton, Saturday, July 12, 3:00-4:00pm
Iron Horse 1 Church St. (Cookstown)
Brenda J Wood- Saturday, July 19, 3:00-4:00pm
The Cove Cafe, 902 Lockhart Rd. (Sandy Cove)
J.L. Witterick, Saturday, July 26 3:00-4:00pm
LOL Cafe 3 Queen St. (Cookstown)
He sent his soup back because it was too thick, his steak because it was too well done and his dessert because it didn’t have enough sauce. He caused the staff more work than all the rest of the customers put together and then didn’t leave a tip.
Any person in a starving third world country would have been thankful for any one of those dishes for it might be all they had to eat that day. They would never have said no to any of that food.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:6-7, NIV)
Prayer- Thank you Lord for reminding us that while we have the luxury of saying no, it does mean it’s always right to say it. Amen