Hey Friends –
You’ll never guess where I’m going and what I’ll be doing this week.
It’s definitely another “only God” moment.
But first, some history.
Most of you know, in 1998 my fiance was tragically killed in a freak workplace accident. I’ll never forget sitting on my parent’s hardwood steps, looking at my pastor/friend Rob in the eye and wailing, “Why? Why, Rob, why? Why would God allow this?”
Rob’s response, “Cindy, I just know God is going to use this somehow…someway. He will bring good from this, if you will let Him. I promise.”
Now to be honest, Rob’s well-intentioned words didn’t bring much comfort at the time. I didn’t want God to use David’s death for good. I just wanted David back – whole, healthy, good, alive – not some story to be redeemed someday.
Nothing personal, Rob 🙂
However, I did promise that night that I would give God my pain….every ounce of it. My heart was shattered in a bzillion different pieces, and I couldn’t carry the broken pieces alone. I begged God to make something beautiful out of my devestated, shattered heart.
Since that time, God has slowly mended my broken heart…painful stitch by painful stitch. I’ve watched firsthand as God has used the broken pieces for His good purposes. Through the pain of David’s death and the journey of grief following, we’ve witnessed….
- MANY men, women and children give their life to Jesus Christ (including my Dad!)
- God provide opportunity after opportunity for me to speak and share messages of hope based on my personal and painful journey through grief
- God use my story on the Day of Discovery TV program to transform lives around the world. (Check out where God has taken “He Loves Me” here.) Wow!
Now guess what God is doing?
Tomorrow I’ll be heading to Wake Forest, NC to meet with the amazing folks from Griefshare. Are you familiar with GriefShare? They provide support for individuals and families journeying through grief, and their groups are held in over 20,000 churches worldwide. (Did you catch that – over 20,000 churches?! Wow!)
They’ve asked me to come to be filmed and interviewed for their curriculum. I have 40+ questions I’ll be answering on camera, and my story will be featured in over eight of the teaching sessions. Although it’s not been easy to reflect in intense detail my painful journey through the valley of grief, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to allow God to, once again, taken my brokenness and use it for His redemptive plan.
Friends, may I ask you to pray? The videotaping will begin on Friday morning at 9:30 AM EST.
Author Terry Wardle says, “In His hands, the object of deepest sorrow can become the source of our greatest blessing.”
How have you seen God use your broken pieces to encourage or strengthen others?
Do you have any GriefShare stories to share? I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*!
Cindy! You have spoken at my MOPS group twice and we absolutely love you! My friend recommended I read your blog today and I’m so glad I did. My husband died suddenly in 2009 and we had a 2 1/2 year old boy at the time (now 6). I went through a Griefshare session at Cornerstone Church and, while it was a difficult journey, it was full of healing. I would be glad to talk to you more about that sometime. I made some friends in that Griefshare session that I still have several years later. There is something special when you meet others whose heart aches after a loss and they know what you are going through. Plus I like the spiritual aspect of it, understanding the why and that brighter days are ahead and the faith needed to trust God’s plan. I also personally know Bob Devries and Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, who collaborated on several Grief books, and were part of the Griefshare video series as well. They are wonderful people if you happen to cross their path during the Griefshare project. Bless you in this adventure, Cindy, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to. You are great!
It is my great honor to be praying for you this Friday! May God guide your every word and use them as a salve to the hearts of those just entering into or floundering under the weight of their own journey of grief. Jesus, be huge!
SO FABULOUS!!!! So excited for you Cindy 😀
Peace, Joy & Blessings in ALL you do,
Wow! What a blessing you will be to so many people! Rob’s words ringing true now!!!!
I will be praying that God will use you in a powerful way…..be blessed and highly favored of the Lord …love you
Cindy, we are so excited that you are going to be a part of the GriefShare series. Wes and I attended GriefShare almost 10 years ago and still remain friends with our leaders and some who attended. It was such a blessing in our grief journey! Now, Wes and I are helping to facilitate the GS program at Sunshine and are praising God for His mighty work of healing and comfort in the lives of many who attend. Praying for you knowing God will use you mightily!!
Cindy, how wonderful! I haven’t been by in a while and I’ll have to not let that happen again. What a blessing you are! I went through GriefShare at our church after my Mom died and it is a tremendous study for those grieving. You will be such an asset to the study for sure. Blessings to you this Easter week!