Thank you all for you loving support and encouragement with my last post. I prayed and cried on the way home from work yesterday and started thinking about this project and just doing it as much as I can, when I can, unless something else comes my way. I even woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep and tossed and turned for quite awhile, praying and trusting God to work out even this mundane part of my life.
I’m still able to do things, I’m slower and not as strong as I once was, but I can still do quite a lot, so I’m not going to give up. I’ve just hit a discouraging snag, but God is my strength and with Him by my side I can do quite a lot yet.
This is all still pretty new and raw for me. Some may think ‘oh you should be getting on with it’, well I am, but a widow’s life gets turned topsy-turvy and she just has to go with what is dealt her each and every day. We are not all created the same, we are different personalities and deal with things uniquely to ourselves.
I visit different widows websites, by widows. They all inspire and encourage me on my journey. Earlier this week I got notification of this post A Prayer for All Widows by Ferree Hardy. I asked her permission to post it here, as it touched my heart and she kindly gave it. May it help you who as you pray for widows you know or come in contact with in the future.
Besides her blog, she has also written a book for widows that was a blessing in my life. The book is: “Postcards from the Widows’ Path—gleaning hope and purpose from the Book of Ruth”.
Here is the prayer.
A Prayer for All Widows
When I bring widows to you in prayer, I know that you hold them close to your heart and are intimately acquainted with all their ways. Would you please help them to know and experience that truth, too? Help each widow to know that you have numbered her days. Death comes as no surprise to you. You knew she would be widowed---and you also know this is not the end of her story. Help her to see that too.
Fill her with hope and help her look forward to the day when she will once again see the good work you began in her. Help her believe that you will faithfully complete her and the work you are doing in her life. It's not over yet.
I pray that her love will rise from the ashes of loss and begin to abound more and more in knowledge, spiritual depth and insight. That she'll be able to discern what is best. In the midst of this sad and confusing time keep her pure and blameless. Fill her with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior. May she grow in you to the glory and praise of God. May she truly live with passion and purpose, showing the world that to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Show her your kindness and rest, Lord. Open fields of opportunity for her. Surprise her with your joy, peace, mercy, generous provision and lavish grace.
May she stand on tiptoe to watch for your work in her life and eagerly look forward to the day of your return. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
In Your name, for Your sake, and by Your Word,
Love and hugs to all of you ~ FlowerLady