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  1. Wow! What a beautiful post, that I so desperately needed. My Mom passed December 18, 2015 and I have spent my days smiling and pretending that I’m ok. Not wanting to feel the pain, keeping busy doing nothing. I thank God you for this morning. He’s always there just when I need Him. Be blessed.

    • Praying for you Janice for the Lord to continue to bless and carry you, may He lessen your hurt, bring you comfort and a safe manner for you to process the pain. I am very sorry for your loss x

    • Janice, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. Allow your self to feel that pain, knowing that He is there holding you through it. May He bless you so gently today in His healing love 🙂 Here with you, dear sister.

    • Ana, May the Lord bring peace and so many of His kind mercies to you today. Holding you up in prayer today, with you 🙂

  2. Annie, I praise the Lord for this post that He has tenderly given us through you. Moving through pain, facing the pain, is so hard, yet keeping a focus on the Lord help us move forward with joy in the suffering. In Him there is meaning to the suffering. May Jesus tenderly bless all who hurt today in His soft mercies 🙂

  3. This is lovely. A welcomed change from the typical responses one receives when we’re suffering the pain of loss, depression, or other hurts from life’s disappointments. It’s interesting, people don’t really tell you how to deal with it in a healthy way, maybe because most people don’t know how, but they don’t like to talk about it, like it’s bad, but it’s part of life. The great thing is, bible covers it, but not enough people read the bible or know where to find the information. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and explaining it so clearly.

  4. I think if we acknowledge the hurt, it easier to heal. The more we dwell on something the deeper the pain. However deep, God is deeper.

  5. Oh, Annie I’m weeping through this post. In October I found out my husband had been having an affair and then I lost my dear grandmother in November. The past few months have been unbelievably difficult, but like you some dear close friends and my counselor have helped me navigate them. It’s SO very hard to get up and make through each day. Just one foot in front in front the other is all I can manage. Thank you so much for this today! I’ve saved and will read it daily.

  6. Annie, I love that you wrote: “Darkness makes us appreciate the beauty of the light”. As we walk through our dark times, we become stronger as we go through!! I constantly remind myself that I am a work in progress and God uses us cracked vessels to let his light shine through! 🙂 Thank you Annie, for your encouraging post!

  7. Sacred indeed…
    Thank you for penning the words from God’s heart to us. Much needed words for me right now…