Resources



BOOKS

Safe in the arms of God – John MacArthur 

Streams in the desert – L.B. Cowman

Empty Arms - Pam Vredevelt

A Grief Observed – C.S. Lewis

As Silver Refined - Kay Arthur

Secure in the Everlasting Arms - by Elisabeth Elliot

Be Still My Soul – Elisabeth Elliot

Loving God With All Your Mind - by Elizabeth George

QUOTES

"There is nothing - no circumstance, no trouble, no testing - that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will cause my to fret - for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is! - That is the rest of victory!"  Alan Redpath 

“Christ did not come to explain human suffering or to eliminate it.  Rather, He came to fill suffering with His presence.” 
Paul Cladel

To those who have had no agony Jesus says, 
“I have nothing for you; stand on your own feet, square your own shoulders. 
I have come for the man who knows he has a bigger handful than he can cope with, who knows there are forces he cannot touch; 
I will do everything for him if he will let Me. 
Only let a man grant he needs it, and I will do it for him.” 
- Oswald Chambers  The Shadow of an Agony

"In the midst of suffering we need to focus not on the explanations of "why" but on the PROMISES of God's Word."
God knows what it is like to have to sit by and watch a beloved only child die.
- Morna Comeau, mother of two infant boys who died at birth 

I do so hope and pray that God may give you grace to exercise a faith which will humble, comfort and cheer your inmost soul.  But if you cannot so believe, at least lay your hands upon your bleeding and darkened spirit, and drag it along the way of duty.  Follow the Master's will, in comfort if you can, but follow it.  He will bring you out into a pleasant place in His own time."
- Bruce, a note to a father who lost his third son to illness
 
Only we who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb can both weep and laugh at the same time, and with hearts that are breaking in pieces scattered all over the floor say with sincerity and honesty that it is well with my soul. 
- Gary J Oliver, who lost both his wife and his adult son within two months
 
I am so weak that I cannot work; I cannot read my Bible, I cannot pray.  I can only lie still in God's arms like a child, and trust."
~ Hudson Taylor

JOURNALING

One of the best tools for walking through grief is journaling.

Whether you use a beautiful leather-bound journal, start a blog, or scratch out your thoughts on scrap paper ... find a way to express what is in your heart.  No one else has to see it.  No one else has to approve it.  You do not have to censor your words or worry about the feelings and thoughts of others.  A journal is a private place for you to cry out before the Lord.

Are you angry?  Confused?  Afraid?  Broken?  Feeling like every other woman on the planet is pregnant but you?   Wondering if anyone cares or even thinks about your baby?  Write it down.  Let it out.  Scream, cry, rage, whimper, whine.  The Lord already knows your heart.  

He knows your weaknesses.
He sees your pain.
He is not surprised by any of your thoughts or alarmed by your emotions.
He made you!
He knows you.
He loves you.

Share it all with Him as you write.  As He walks with you through this dark time and leads you to the only place that brings healing, you will be able to look back and see His faithfulness ~ on the good days, and the painful ones.  Remembering His goodness in the midst of your agony will draw your mind back to Him ... back to His promises ... and you will experience His mercies and His grace.

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:  Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 
Lamentations 3:21~23