How would we survive? My dad was a blue collar guy. He got paid by the hour.
There was no life insurance. There was nothing. And there were six kids to take care of. My little sister was just 6 years old. The needs were great. Somewhere along the line, my mom applied for Social Security survivor benefits.
Seasons of Pain
As it turned out, a month before my dad died, those benefits were granted. Everything fell into place. We moved to the new rental. My mom took a job at a nearby school where she could walk to work and to the grocery store.
The best lessons come from these seasons. The peeling and chatting and laughter ensued.
Gifts of Grace That Will Help In Seasons of Pain
For days! I vividly remember the delicious smell when I would walk in the house after school. The taste of what came from their labor of love was even better. They would make pear butter, pear relish, and when they got tired of all the fine chopping, the slices got larger and they simply canned the pears for pies.
Every spare inch of cupboard space and sometimes spare inches of other spaces in our house would be filled with pear-filled Mason jars. Come harvest time the following year, it was prep, pick, peel and repeat. Does your marriage need help? Regardless of what the outcome of my marriage will be, and even in pain, there is potential for personal growth.
Seasons Of Pain - Grace Andren
I can become better. I can be healthier. When the bottom dropped out from underneath me, my immediate response was to turn to His comfort and faithfulness. He is always enough. As a recovering people-pleaser, doing this has been a revolutionary tool in my life.
And then, when my world collapsed, I had community. Using the model that Jesus illustrated for us, as His inner circle of three widened, and as my circle widens, the information shared widens as well. When my heart was shattered, because I had my trusted tribe already established, I was able to reach out immediately for prayer and trusted counsel. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. Other things I had in place were music, a professional therapist, and the gumption to research other tools and resources that would promote healing.
God was not surprised when my spring turned to winter. Ask yourself what you can do to prepare yourself for the seasons to come?
- Nisekoi: False Love, Vol. 1: The Promise.
- Bernies About North East.
- Alex Van Helsing: The Triumph of Death.
Are you ready for winter? Andrea Stunz has been a Christ-follower from the age of seven. A well-traveled Texan, having lived in Brazil, Asia, and the UK, Andrea finds joy in her family, grace in her friends, beauty in a story, purpose in the sunrise, wonder in her travels, and hope in Colossians Community And then, when my world collapsed, I had community.