Hope in Grief: Scriptures to Survive an Unwanted Divorce

Hope In Grief is a space for those grieving to find Gospel Hope.

My friend, Lisa Appelo, recently launched this website on National Grief Awareness Day! She invited some of us to be part of the grief team and help others find a safe place to land in their grief and receive encouragement and Biblical Hope.

My first article is up on the Hope in Grief website: Finding Hope in Your Unwanted Divorce. Below is a short excerpt from the post.

I don’t want to be divorced!

These words flooded my mind as I stood there shocked by what my husband told me. Like a ton of bricks crashing over my body, the weight of his words was unbearable. Each utterance hurt as if a sword was piercing my heart. I wanted to escape, but I felt completely paralyzed.

As though coming face to face with a mountain lion, my instincts kicked in. My choice was fight or flight. With adrenaline pumping through my body, I bolted for the stairs to get away from this giant predatory-sized pain chasing after me.

In the safety of my bedroom, I called my accountability partner, Erin, to share the heartbreaking news. Tears streaming down my face, I knew I would not be able to handle this alone. I needed her help.

As the phone was ringing, I thought back to the weekly walks Erin and I had been taking together the past several months to purposefully pray for healing in my marriage. I was truly hopeful that God could restore us, but now it looked bleak. When she answered the phone, I sobbed as I shared that my marriage of 15-and-a-half years was over.

I will never forget that night.

It was the night when my heart was shattered into a thousand pieces. 

It was the night when my hopes and dreams for my family seemed to die. 

It was the night when my life turned upside down.

I could not see how I was going to get through this. Not only was my life going to completely change, but my kids’ lives would be forever changed too. All I could think about was my two children. Just the thought of them growing up in a divorced home crushes me.

That night, I cried out to God, “How are we going to get through this? I don’t even know what to do!” That evening, I began enduring the hardest year of my life.

Click the link to read the entire post: Finding Hope in Your Unwanted Divorce.

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