“Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5
I spent the past weekend in the beautiful city of Greenville, South Carolina for the Allume conference. I think of it as a women’s retreat for bloggers. It’s definitely not like any other blog conference I have been to. It’s heavy on worship and seeing yourself through Christ’s eyes and light on SEO and social media tips.
And it was exactly what I needed.
It’s been a month since our daughter left and the grief and shock are just beginning to lift. The hundreds of emails and comments you all have sent have lifted my heart like you can’t even imagine. I read them all and share them with my family and we pray for those of you who are going through a similar situation.
At the conference I got to spend time with dear friends that know me so well. They have prayed over me and cared for me as I walked through this difficult time. What a gift it was to be with them in person and just leave it all behind for a few days. We prayed, we worshiped, we laughed ourselves silly. I even danced. Hip hop. Yes, I am a Diva-in-Training.
I came home with a fresh outlook and today, for the first time in a month, I don’t feel like I am dragging myself through the house pretending to be thinking about something else instead of the grief of our situation.. I truly am finding good in the sadness and I am excited to share the joy with my family and give them something to do besides be steeped in sorrow.
One thing I have realized is that I can’t let someone else’s decisions affect my joy. It would have sounded impossible to me a month ago, but I have learned that I don’t have to let even something this devastating, a break in one of my most valued relationships, tear me away from living a life filled with glory and joy.
I know. Easier said than done. Whew! It’s definitely a process.
I really, really, really want to give you the gift of knowing that you are not alone. In your trials and desperate situations, you are treasured. There is a God who cares about your deepest pain. There is One who you can always turn to.
And you know what? I care too. And so does my family and I am guessing a whole lot of other people.
As I prepare for the week ahead, filled with activity and appointments, I know that I have a source of peace and comfort. Look around you, it’s there!
For instance, just a few minutes ago one of my boys asked me the funniest question and we both laughed so hard. That is the good stuff. My three daughters at home and I have become so much closer through this, isn’t that sweet? My marriage is becoming a testimony of strength through hard times. There is so much good in the bad.
Let us pray for you if you need it. Leave a comment here and many others will pray too. I just know it.