Hope whispers

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The world in which we live can be exhausting, bewildering, and discouraging at times. It is important to remember that as we journey through grief, loss, and sadness, we can find a way to experience joy. Living just to survive is not enough for me. I want to do more than exist – I want to thrive and find real pleasure again. I believe this is possible when I keep holding onto hope.

Remember that when the world says to give up, hope whispers, “Try one more time.” Hope is something that no one can fully take away from you. You may feel like the wind has been knocked out of your sails or that you have no strength to keep going. Listen closely though. In the midst of the noisy battle of daily life, behind all the distractions that try to steer you off course, there is a sweet murmur of encouragement. Not everyone will hear it right away.

Some people will refuse to move forward because the pain is too great. Missing a loved one hurts. However, choosing to sit and wallow in your grief will not remove the pain. Journeying through the hurt and doing the hard work of processing the pain in grieving is the only way to allow your wounds to heal. When you feel you cannot possibly withstand another blow or injury, stop and listen. Hope whispers, “Try one more time.”

Perhaps you have made the choice to rush through the grief journey, running as quickly as possible through the experience in order to get to the other side of the pain and sadness. Instead of giving up, you have resolved to get rid of your grief immediately, ignoring some important steps of remembering and going slow enough to let the scab of pain heal. Your decision to place life on top of an open wound may end up bringing you more harm and pain later on. You have set your goal and nothing is going to stop you from achieving it. Take a moment, and listen carefully. Do not be so busy running from life that you miss the hush. Hope whispers.

There is a balance to walking the grief journey. No one desires to ache for a long time. However, some pain is inevitable as we cross over to the other side of grief. Envision yourself walking across the beautiful bridge I have pictured here for you today. There – just on the other side – if you listen closely you can hear it! Hope whispers, “Try one more time.”

You can do this! There is a scripture that reminds us that God often chooses to talk to us quietly. “After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”     1 Kings 19:12 (NIV) Choose to listen to His whisper hidden within the chaos and mess of grief. You will find your strength and hope there.

Until next time –

Karen

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Grief Letters By Karen Bransgrove, Published by WestBow Press. You can order at link below:

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Author/Default.aspx?BookworksSId=SKU-000980156

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869674

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869667

E-Book | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869650

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