June 29, 2023 - Walk Through Grief

It has been a while since I have written, so I thought I would share an update. All is well, as I tell a close friend, “It’s gooder than good!”

It has been an incredibly busy and demanding season. I have finished year one of two in the Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership program at Life Pacific University. The studies have gone great, lots of reading and writing and thankfully no arithmetic. Going back to school when you are my age has its challenges. My granddaughters cannot understand why I am still in school, they thought I already knew everything, haha!

Life is good, the family is well, the church is doing great, and God continues to show Himself faithful every moment of every day.

I am told there is no end to the grief journey, but God does turn our mourning to joy. I have been experiencing that, a new joy that is growing deep in my heart. There are so many wonderful things happening in my life, but now is not the time to share all of it. Somethings I continue to ponder in my heart as God reveals His plans and purposes for my life one day at a time. I know that I am living “God’s plan A” for my life. He knew what my life would look like, and I am not on a detour or an alternate route, it’s not the plan I had, I have learned that “God’s ways are not my ways, nor His thoughts my thoughts.”

There is so very much to be thankful for, God is good, and His mercies are new every morning, great is His faithfulness. He continues to expand my heart as it grows around the pain of Shari’s death. There will always be a place in my heart that belongs to her, and there she will always be alive in the memories of the life we shared.

Recently a pastor friend asked me, “How are you really doing?” I am doing really well, I told him, and I am. Life is full of joy, laughter, service and ministry, five beautiful grandchildren and their equally wonderful parents, wonderful friends, people who love me and care for me, new opportunities to serve God and others, seeing God’s hand directing my steps, and much more. “Gooder than good!”

The death of a loved one is not the end, it is the beginning of a new season, not an easy one, but a season God has planned for your life. A season He has prepared you for and a season prepared for you. A season that is no less wonderful and filled with God’s grace, mercy and richest blessings. Walk in peace, comfort and hope as God continues to fulfill His purposes in your life.

Blessings to one and all!

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