This Week's Broadcast: It's a Heart Matter
The widows' survery read, "I plan to treat myself for Valentine's Day by..."...
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Mending Your Broken Widow's Heart
What do you do when you feel like someone numbed your heart with a super-sized dose of novacain and you'll never feel normal again? How long has it been since the love of your life's funeral?
If it's not been several years, ease up on yourself.
How can you move beyond the shock of being called a widow?
- Look in the mirrow and say outloud, "I am a widow." Say it again several times until it begins to sink in. "I am a widow." Do it several times a day until the word doesn't unnerve you.
- Grab a journal or a notebook and start writing down all the happy times you can remember that you enjoyed with your husband. Write and write.
- Thank the Lord for each thing you've written.
- Look around for a needy person, pray and plan how you can better their situation. Execute your plan.
- As often as you feel you can handle it, repeat the project above.
IDEAS TO SHARE HAPPINESS
- Makes some Valentine cookies for a widows group.
- Plant a few spring bulbs in a pot and deliver it anoumously to a widow's front door.
- Tie some heart balloons together and deliver them to someone in a hospital.
- Take a heart wreath to a church shut-in.
- Buy a small gift for your pastor's wife. (Maybe some red kitchen towels?)
- Treat yourself to something you think your husband would have bought you.
"... Ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy"(John 16:20b).
Joyce Webster would love to hear from you. You may contact her at:
Look for her forthcoming books:
Good Grief-I Need Relief!
A Widow's Guide to Recovering and Rejoicing
and a companion journal by the same name.