GOD Forgives You, Will You?

Today Greg shares inspired words written by Minister and Author, John Eldredge about GOD’s forgiveness and reminds us to be GOD-honoring by our kindness and gratefulness. And to remember to take care of yourself!

Eph 1:1-8 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

Heb 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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Walk by Faith Not by Sight

Sherry Mathely continues sharing wisdom she gained as she processed the grief of having been shot and left to die by her husband.  Grief is the normal and natural emotional reaction to loss or change of any kind.  She had to learn that accepting the loss or a change is the first step to healing.  It’s okay to hurt.  It’s necessary to grieve. 

2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we live by faith, not by sight. 

Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

When Your Mason Jar Breaks the Shelf

Sherry says it well:  “Imagine you continue to take your grief and stuff it inside a Mason jar, tighten the lid and place it on a shelf.  Eventually, the jar will break the shelf.”  That’s what Sherry found she had been doing.  It was time to start dealing  with it before the shelf broke.

Resources that helped Sherry:

My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging
by Rachel Naomi Remen

Bluegrass Care Navigators (formerly known as Hospice of the Bluegrass)
https://www.bgcarenav.org/

Genesis 16:11 – . . . for the Lord has heard of your misery.

Exodus 3:7 – The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out . .

Psalms 34:18 – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 23:3 – . . . he refreshes my soul.  He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Sherry’s Grief

On August 6, 2003, Sherry Mathery’s life changed forever.  After removing herself from an abusive husband and home, things were looking more positive.  Until that fateful day when she returned to her husband’s home requesting he sign the divorce papers.  He had been drinking heavily and did not want to sign them, nor did he want her to leave.  So, he tried to stop her with a bullet to her head.  When he saw what he did, he turned the gun on himself.  The shot to himself was fatal, but not to Sherry.  She survived and shared her story with Greg in January 2018 (Click Here to Listen to Her Previoius Interview).  It has now been 15 years.  How did she grieve?  Listen to Greg’s interview as she discusses her journey of grief.