I started this blog in May of 2010 on the very day that my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Writing was always something that came easy to me but never something that I focused on. I had many failed attempts at keeping journals and writing on a consistent basis was never something that I felt was important. That all changed when my husband got sick. I started to blog at the recommendation of a dear friend. Calling every friend and family member to give them health updates was impossible so my blog started out as a way to keep everyone up to date. I will never forget sitting in my bed under the covers with my laptop on my lap weeping as I wrote of the news of my husbands cancer diagnosis. Our world was rocked and we had no idea what was ahead of us. Joel came in the room and asked me what was wrong and I told him-oh I'm just writing. As we walked through the past 3 years of our lives this blog has become such a special place for me. It is a place where I come to encourage others and be encouraged by them as well. It's a place where I'm the most honest with myself and with others about my feelings through writing. I'm so humbled at the amount of people who read along with this blog and how God is using it. When Joel was in the hospital, recovering from his first stroke, he made a statement that surprised me. He told me "Babe, I think one day God's going to put me on a stage to tell my story." My eyebrows raised in shock as I replied "oh really?" My husband wasn't one to want to get up on a stage and talk much less share about what he was walking through. "Yeah," he said "because I think when people see me they will know that nothing is impossible for God. Don't you think?" I remember smiling widely as I told him "of course Baby. That's exactly what I think." My husband never got to physically get up on that stage but I believe that God is and will continue to put his life on a stage for all to see. They will see a man who was selfless and fought so hard-a man who loved his family and his God deeply. The incredible part is the way that they are going to see that is through me.
I say all of this to lead into my news that I wanted to share. Through a series of amazing events I have been asked to become a regular team writer for a website for widows. This ministry, A Widows Might, was originally a part of Proverbs 31 ministries which the author Lysa Terkeurst is a part of. It has now branched off to become a sole entity. The director of this ministry is amazing and she has an incredible amount of vision for moving this ministry forward to even greater places than it already is. I now have the opportunity to write regularly and minister to widows, who have walked through what I have, and love on and encourage them. I also have the opportunity to edit and mentor guest writers throughout the year. Also (and this is one of the best parts) I am now meeting other regular team writers who have all walked through the journey of being a widow. I have gone from not really knowing many widows to having a community of 7 amazing women around me to support and encourage me through this season of my life.
When I lost my husband I prayed that God would open as many doors as possible to share his inspiring story with others. I prayed for a platform to minister to others through the story of our families life. That is how my son and I honor his legacy and how we continue the good work that he started. I'm so amazed that in such a short time God is already starting to bring some of these things to pass. I believe it is just the beginning of what He is doing and I know that my husband would be so very proud. It's just that way of God bringing beauty to the ashes-just like He said He would.
If you would like to check out the website before it gets revamped, you can see my bio there under About Us. Click here to check it out.
I will be contributing to A Widows Might in addition to this blog and I can assure you that I will continue to post here every other day as I have been. Thank you, as always, for reading. I love the community that I get to be a part of through this blog and I am thankful for each of you!