Hope In Tragedy

Our family lives in a small town.  You can’t go to Walmart, the grocery store, or basically anywhere without running into someone you know.  On Monday, tragedy hit.  A child at one of the schools ended his life.  Unfortunately, this is not the first our town has been rocked by such sadness.

I didn’t start this post to bring sorrow to your day but to bring hope.  We are talking in my bible study about simplifying life.  The world tells us to have possessions and that it should be the best of the best.  But do these things make you happy?  Can they fill that void that you are truly longing for?  What about doing things just so you don’t hurt someone’s feelings? The answer is no.

So often we are busy with our life that we forget to check in on the hearts of our children or even our spouse.  We aren’t asking them questions that get to how they are really feeling.  Sure, we may ask how their day was and what happened but that does not get to the root of their heart.  I think so many of us this day and age are lonely.  Social media is wonderful as I get to share pictures with family and friends all over the world.  But over Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat you aren’t really having a true relationship or at least with the authenticity that we crave.  And I think that’s a problem.  The life we have over these platforms is fake.  Through social media we are allowed to hide behind a computer screen instead of being face-to-face and being vulnerable.

I bet if we all looked deep into ourselves, we would find a hole in our heart where there is a void.  Maybe you were raised by your mom and your dad wasn’t in your life.  Maybe you were adopted.  Maybe your parents were too busy with careers that you felt like they weren’t around.  Whatever your situation is, I’m sure you can find a time when you were lonely and that left a little hole in your heart.

So here’s the hope that I promised at the beginning.  There is only ONE thing that is going to fill that void in your heart…that’s God.  Trust me, I know from personal experience.  I tried getting attention from guys for a good portion of my life to fill a void my father left on my heart.  But nothing I tried worked.  Well, that is until I went to see a counselor who showed me how to heal.  I did this by inviting God into that place in my heart.  It wasn’t easy and there are definitely times I am triggered.  But I am not the same person I was the first 30 years of my life.  I am still a work in progress but I am much stronger today than ever before thanks to that hole being filled from God’s love and grace.

If you are struggling today and need someone to talk to please go to our Contact page and send us a message.  We would love to hear from you and help you any way we can.  Or ask someone you trust to pray for you and help you through this situation.  You are not alone.  God wants to come in and help you be complete.  You have to open your heart and mind to Him and once you do, you will feel so much better.

Praying for each of you as you read this.

Xoxo,
Shannon

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