A personal testimony of loss, grief, and healing through an unexpected mission trip to the Philippines.

Testimony: One man’s journey with loss

Reading Time: 6 minutes Guest Thomas Fisher writes: My dear sweet wife and best friend passed. When she took her last breath, she was in complete peace and just fell asleep in the arms of Jesus! What was I to do?

I knew I was broken and not worthy, but I prayed: “Lord use me and send me where you need me and I will go.”

The weeks passed. I had no idea that the Lord had something amazing in store for me… He had reserved me a place as part of a mission trip to the Philippines.

His Encouragement for Your Thursday: Remain steadfast under trials

His Encouragement: Remain steadfast under trial

Reading Time: 3 minutes We should never fear to take our petitions and needs to God because He loves us and is filled with grace and mercy towards us. When we need help — no matter how big or small it may seem in our eyes — we have the privilege to be able to take it to the Lord in prayer. So when you are facing a great challenge or stuck in the middle of a trial, go boldly to the throne of the Almighty for help.

His Encouragement: The Lord is near

Reading Time: 3 minutes I want to let you know that the pain and anguish that you feel in your heart during these times is valid. It is ok to be confused and deeply saddened. It is even ok to question the circumstances and ask God “Why?” The Lord understands our pain even better than we do and He loves and cares very deeply for each one of us. That is why today’s encouragement is from Psalm 34:18.

His Encouragement: The Lord holds their hand

Reading Time: 3 minutes Today I am sharing Psalm 37:23-24. I chose the New Century Version in particular because of the beautiful translation of the last part: “If they stumble, they will not fall, because the Lord holds their hand.” It is comforting to know that no matter what you are going through, the Lord will always be there for us… like a loving Parent holding on to their child’s hand.

His Encouragement: Bless His Name!

Reading Time: 3 minutes I do not know about you, but I find it very hard to stay sad, discouraged, upset, apathetic, hurt or any other negative feeling when I am praising the Lord. There is something about the very act of giving thanks to God, even when it seems we have very little to be thankful for, that lifts my mood, eases my burdens, and floods me with peace. It is not always easy to find things to be thankful for.

His Encouragement: All I could do is sing

Reading Time: 4 minutes There were a few times this past week when we had no idea if Mom would survive. You may have experienced or may be experiencing something similar. It is important to grieve, to deal with the flood of conflicting emotions, to process the current situations (as uncertain as it is) and begin to mentally prepare for the various outcomes. But never lose heart. Don’t lose hope. Even when faced with death. Death is not the end but merely the beginning of a new chapter.

His Encouragement: The Lord of peace

Reading Time: 3 minutes It is not fair. Cancer is never fair. If you are struggling with a devastating diagnosis, of yourself or a loved one, I know what it is like to cry your heart out to the Lord and feel that He is not answering or, even worse, His answer is “No, my precious one.” We cannot see with the eyes of God.