So, I’ve been dreaming. No dreams about Sarah, unfortunately, but the kind of dreaming about what I want to do with my life. I’m so incredibly blessed by you all and the way you share and have shown support for the blog. I’ve learned that there is a real need for those of us who are grieving to connect and share. I’ve been blessed with your encouragement and feedback and also want you to know that every comment, like, and share are so appreciated. Your “clicks” do matter. They can help a blog grow and reach more people. It seems more people are grieving right now than ever.
One thing that has brought me comfort at home is to implement meaningful items into our decor that remind me of Sarah or statements of promise that come from scripture about heaven. I need to keep her pictures around me and God’s promises in front of me. I can’t help but think that others who are grieving with hope, must feel the same way. So, a dream that I have had lately is for Grace In Grieving to become a resource for even those types of items. I have been researching and working to set up a Grace In Grieving online shop and to find makers and items to stock it with. I’m excited to reveal to you very soon, some of the things that I have found! I am also hoping to incorporate some handmade floral pieces and a Grief Care box, with some very special items- including a Grace In Grieving signature candle, that can be shipped to anyone to provide some comfort and self-care during their time of grieving. I’m starting out small and it may take me a minute to work out all the website details. So be patient with me. You’ll be able to find the “Shop” menu button very soon! I will offer shipping and local pick-up for those who are in my community.
Honestly, there hasn’t been a lot of innovation in the “bereavement” industry for a very long time and I think it’s time that we find some ways to improve that. Basically, the stuff that’s available seems to be straight out of the 80’s or 90’. Anyone else feel that? I think we can do a better job at finding products that bring comfort and hope, but are also more contemporary Items that will fit right in with the rest of your updated décor.
Grace In Grieving really feels like a ministry to me in a lot of ways. It’s become part of my healing, but I hope that I’m also raising awareness about many things that are related to grieving. I’m not afraid to be honest and share what I’m feeling. Most of all, I hope that it’s evident that I grieve with hope and that hope comes from my faith and love for Jesus. Even though this blog was created out of a situation of suffering from Sarah’s death, He is still working things out for good. He is close to the brokenhearted and He cares deeply for us, while we grieve. Jesus himself grieved and wept when He saw the pain that death caused His closest friends when Lazarus died. He even knew that Lazarus wasn’t going to stay dead, but it still affected Him deeply. The Bible actually says He even felt angry at death. (John 11) Death was never part of His plan for us, but because sin caused death, He came to abolish it once and for all.(2 Timothy 1:10) No matter how long it has been since a loved one has passed, we still feel that sting. It hurts to miss those that we love so much. Until that day comes and death is no more, we will all have our turn grieving for those that have passed. Hoping that we can learn to do that with honesty and grace.
Please keep sharing this safe place with others and I’ll keep sharing my heart.