Overcomer

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What does it mean to be an overcomer? The definition given by Merriam-Webster is “to defeat something or someone; to successfully deal with or gain control of something difficult.” I always feel inspired when I hear the song Overcomer by Mandisa. Some of the lyrics say, “Whatever it is you may be going through I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you… You might be down for a moment feeling like it’s hopeless. That’s when he reminds you that you’re an overcomer.”

As you journey through grief, there will be times when you feel you simply cannot go on. The emotional toll and physical pain of loss can feel unbearable. Confusion and doubt persistently fill your mind. Everywhere you turn, you see reminders of your current situation. At those times it is important that you not give in to defeat. It is exactly when you feel weakest that you can find a way to survive and even learn to thrive again.

Develop into an overcomer! Realize that your weakness only accentuates the strength of God that is available to you. As you call out to Him for help, cling to what you do have. Remember this acronym and be encouraged –

Open up to others so they can help you.

Visualize the sun coming out the next day and life looking better.

Effort is necessary on your part to work through the process of grief.

Reality can be cruel. However,

Commit to living each day the best you know how.

Offer yourself grace in the days ahead.

Make everyday count.

Even if you only manage to get out of bed on a difficult day, you are victorious.

Remember that you are an overcomer!

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

Until next time –

Karen

Grief Letters is available for you to purchase. Having hope and purpose is not impossible when facing loss and pain. This devotion book is filled with lessons learned from my own journey as well as suggested activities written to help achieve forward progress through grief. Place your order today!

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Grief Letters By Karen Bransgrove, Published by WestBow Press. You can order here.

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

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

E-Book | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869650

Also available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Celebrate the victories

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After dealing with difficulties, sadness, and the numerous challenges of the grief journey, it is important to take time to reflect and see how far you have come. Perhaps your journey is fairly new and you feel it is impossible to see progress or discover anything good. Keep looking. No matter how far along you are in your grief, it helps to celebrate the victories as they happen.

Did you get up this morning? Then you may count that as a victory. There are some mornings that are just hard to face. I understand. Perhaps you were not able to get up today. Then there is tomorrow and you can strive to do better.

Set your sights on a goal and then work for it. Be prepared for setbacks and disappointments. Do not let the occasional difficulty derail you from your plans and your purpose. Use those hardships to shape and sharpen your determination instead.

One of my favorite Bible verses reminds me that God has a purpose for each of us. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

While I do not always like the direction that His plans take me, I trust in the path God has set out for me. Embracing that and moving forward in my grief has been my way of coping with loss. Admittedly, I have not done this well and with grace every single day. Yet, not giving up on the hard days makes the next ones easier.

Begin a list of the little triumphs in your life. Then go celebrate those victories. There will be hard days here and there, but you will see that you still have much to be thankful for and to rejoice about. I have shared a few pictures here from my first book signing party. Grief Letters is certainly one of my victories on this long and arduous grief journey. May you soon see pictures of victory in your own life’s travels.

Until next time –

Karen

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Grief Letters By Karen Bransgrove, Published by WestBow Press. You can order here.

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

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

E-Book | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869650

Also available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.