I like to read, but often the only time I have to read is in the bathtub. I have 5 children (and a husband with a house to take care of), I help with my grandparents, I do this blog and some freelance writing, and I am trying to take better care of myself. I don’t have time to sleep, much less read. I try to read books. Books on writing, books of poetry, The Holy Bible, and even novels. I never succeed. I might read a few pages, or a passage, and then I’m out like a light. So, on occasionally, I read books that are meant to be read one day at a time, like daily devotional books. That way I get my Jesus and some common sense real life application.
As I was laying in the tub reading a Joel Osteen daily devotional book, it hit me: Why isn’t there something like this for widows? There probably is something out there that I haven’t seen, but why haven’t I seen it? Day to Day is what is hard for a widow. Those moments when the kids are in bed and the world is quiet–that’s when a widow doubts, gets lonely, and begs for a different way. Devotionals are typically Bible verses, which I love now, but if someone would have handed me a book about how much God loved me when I was a new widow, I would have shoved it in a drawer. I was still struggling with how a loving God could make me and my children suffer like that. I wanted these devotionals to be wise quotes that really spoke to someone grieving and struggling their way back to living.
Some of these will be from the Bible, because I can’t and won’t deny my faith. I also think in a time when absolutely nothing makes sense, faith is all we have–sometimes we just have to believe things will be better.
Beginning now, I will be doing regular blog posts as well as “365 Days of Motivation for Widows”. The motivational (instead of devotional) posts will have 3 specific tags on each posts so they can easily be searched from the homepage. The tags are: ‘365 Days’, ‘Devotional for Widows’, and day of the devotion (like today is day 1, so would be tagged with a 1). Each post will be less than 200 words and will include a quote that I have identified with. They should be a very quick read that hopefully will stick with you through the day. They won’t make everything ‘all better’, but I do hope they help you get through one more day and closer to being able to live again.