As I was praying for each of these people who have been immediately and intimately impacted by these deaths, the Lord gave me a revelation. I, like so many others, was thinking why! Why did this happen? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does this family have to go through this intense grief?
Why, Why, Why???
It's not about the WHY but about the WHAT.
What can I take away from this situation?
What can I learn from this person's life?
What can I do to make sure that my friends and family know that I love them?
As I was dialoging with God in the shower, cause let's face it, that's where I do my best thinking and dialoging with Him, He went on.
"The why holds us to the past but the what propels us into the future."
This to me was so profound!! When we ask the why questions we dwell in the past, we focus on what could've been, what has been lost. Now, obviously, there is a time to grieve and that time is very important especially to those who are intimately affected by the loss. I'm certainly not down-playing the grieving process. What I believe the Lord is saying is that when you get on the other side, instead of focusing on the past, let's see how we can move forward, how we can make that person's life stand for something.
I was hoping for 20 people to join then I thought ‘why not be brave and pray for 50!’ Well 208 women (and my husband) responded. For 30 days we made goals and asked ourselves everyday how could we be brave. From California to Alaska, England to Russia we shared our goals, our triumphs and encouraged one another on our personal journey’s to get out of ruts, live fully and be brave. Stories that were shared over the course of the 30 days were incredible. Stories of speaking up, volunteering, changing diets, exercising for the first time since motherhood, pursuing passions that had been previously forsaken, not being afraid to fail, deciding to not give up, not settling for status quo, opening hearts to deeper friendships, training for a half marathon, loving on patients in a hospital, forgiving deep wounds. One girl cut off her beautiful hair and donated it to charity! And my favorite, one mother of 4 being Brave and saying yes to adopting another child out the foster care system.
~ Aubrey from a post on the Prayers for Leilah Jubilee Facebook page.
So, I leave you with this. As you find yourself in a time of grief, ask yourself these questions. What am I going to take away? Do I believe that God can use this experience to impact the world around me? And if so, what does that look like?
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