Where are you at in your journey of widowhood? If you are a fairly new widow, you are probable oblivious to what is going on outside around you. You are just trying to get through the day. There are so many uncertain things that come up on a regular basis!
For me, making lists was a big help. However, some days the list seemed way to long. And some days, I was able to cross things off easily. One thing I did discover, was I needed to categized my lists by importance. That seemed the best for me to make sure the important things DID get done. There are times I still do this. Once I was making my lists while listening to a sermon years ago (apparently the sermon was boring and I had to many things on my mind. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever done this). My friend sitting next to me whispered wanting to know what I was doing. I explained I didn’t want to forget the important things that need to be done. She totally understood.
One of the scriptures that gives me hope when I’m feeling uncertain is Romans 15:13 (NIV) which reads: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. I have had to claim this verse time and time again! It is so easy to get discouraged when we are feeling uncertain on what seems to be everchanging in our lives!
This seems to be such a cliché when we say God is always with us. But even when we do not sense he is near, he is! However, scripture tells us in James 4:8A (NIV): “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” Often times we just need to believe this to help us get through the uncertain times. I wish I could wave a magic wand that would help you believe this. But our God does not work with ‘magic wands’. However, the promises we have are amazing. You will be ok!!!!
When we make mistakes, and we all do, God’s grace is sufficient. In Acts 20:32 (NIV), it reads: Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those are sanctified. What an amazing promise! Be quick to forgive yourself when you have made mistakes! Take note of the times you have seen God work in your life. Neither the good or the bad, need to be big things, but just for you to become aware of what you are going through. It’s a way for you to reflect that you indeed are healing.
May I encourage you to take this verse to heart and memorize: Romans 12:12 (NIV) which reads: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. So, in the uncertainty in our journey, there is hope and grace.
My prayer for you is to find hope and grace. May I also suggest you check out The Widow Might Website at: https://www.widowmight.org/. They have a lot of great material on their website. If you have a prayer request, please send it my way! God’s blessings to each of you!