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  1. Tears of joy filled my heart, as I read each word gripping onto the next… I experienced her Courageous pain & joy as I too have lived this, knowing that Jesus was holding my hand & leading me to the next chapter in my journey with him.

    KLW ❤️⚓️✝️

  2. This is my story being lived out. My husband is Ill and it’s been a difficult year. Making plans for our future so I can spend more time with him and trying not to feel guilty about it from others points of view.
    So happy to read this and join in the study.

  3. Your story is a beautiful one as well as heart breaking one. To hear of your Husband being ill not nice. Infact watching him ill not nice either. But it is so beautiful to hear your story hear how God took you through it all. Plus gave you the strength to be were you are today and be there for your Husband. Without falling to pieces yourself. You were a strong beautiful person. You know what you are a beautiful Daughter of the king that king is Jesus. We are all beautiful Daughter’s of the King the only king that is Jesus. That is so good to know. No matter what we go through. We are all human too. I bet you had your moments were you cried. Probably said why us. Why my Husband. But we all have moments like that in our lives. But we can know as Followers of Jesus. He gives us the strength to it on to him. Jesus never leaves our side. I have thank you for sharing your story. You are so brave. In life I thank on too God for all he brought me through too. I love you all incourage. I keep you in my prayers. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  4. Knowing God has placed you where you are and chosen you to have influence with those around you, remember not to look to the right or left, wondering what someone else is doing. Instead, let’s be women who stay in our lanes.
    I work as a secretary at a parish church and have always felt that my work here has been more about the ministry I have with the people in my everyday interactions than the “secretarial duties.” It’s the conversations that I have and the fellowship we share that are the most rewarding aspect of my job.

  5. Kudos to you, Dorina, for your courage to write as you grieved, resulting in a Bible study that ministers to others. And praise God for the way he transformed ashes into surprising, glorious beauty!

  6. Thank you for this post – I thought you may like to hear of my own experience through my husband’s last illness and death. This has been printed in my book of Christian poetry – Living and Learning – Poems of Purpose – hoping to be an influence to others, for God’s glory.
    GOD’S GRACE – THROUGH THE VALLEY
    Blessings abundant,
    blessings galore,
    Too many to hold
    in memory’s store,
    God’s been so gracious,
    merciful and good,
    So even through trials,
    we’ve all understood.
    He gave us some time
    to be prepared,
    Enveloped us in love,
    to show that He cared,
    He sent many angels,
    both stranger and friend,
    To comfort and pray,
    and on Him depend.
    And all through the anguish,
    many moments of joy,
    Loving-kindness and humour,
    our spirits to buoy.
    He gave us rich memories
    to hold in our heart,
    Anniversary – family service
    – Lord, how great Thou art.
    12.6.2018
    LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth
    — Psalm 8:1
    After 10 years suffering with dementia/Alzheimer’s, my husband aged 86 suddenly needed to be taken to hospital, tests eventually revealing advanced pancreatic cancer. A 10-week effort to stabilize him sufficiently to die in peace at home was unsuccessful, and the 11th week he spent in Palliative care. It was a tumultuous time in many ways, a roller-coaster of emotions, both sad and happy, tearful and joyous, with so many occasions we remember having had to say “Thank You, Lord” for the blessings He poured down on us. Close parking spaces – (I was in pain, walking) warm weather, multiple meals provided, finding a lightweight but cosy dressing gown for him& so many other, treasured memories.
    The 2nd last line refers to 2 events, (1) our 55th Wedding anniversary, 2 days before he died, but he was able to enjoy his favourite hymns and our special songs in a private room provided, with plenty of seating for the grandchildren. And (2) a family gathering around his bed, after he died, we said the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm and played the sacred music again.
    And the most wonderful blessing of all was when he said a few days before he died, “Thank you for listening to me!” We all realised it was God’s’ perfect timing.

  7. Dorina,

    God uses our trials & tribulations for His glory. Look at Paul. While he was in prison he was praying & singing praises to God. God used that time to help save the Philippian jail guard & his family. He used my trials of aging parents dementia & psych to give me a job as ICU Step down clerical at big hospital & help patients (mostly geriatric), CNAs & RNs. We all have a testimony given us with our trials. We need to use that to help others, tell our story & give God all the glory. May God continue to bless you with your writing & speaking.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. Our family is going through a similar difficult time. My brother in law has metastatic melanoma to his brain. Sometimes it is hard to see His glory. Thank you for sharing