Your heart by Toni birdsong Take Time To Grieve An excerpt from More Than a Bucket List Life is hard. No one gets through unscathed. No matter how “good” a life we live, how much money we have, or how many temptations we manage to avoid— suffering is always just a few blocks away. We lose our pets. We lose our friends, and we lose love. We lose jobs, and we lose loved ones. It’s okay to take a dive into your suffering. God wired us to cry and grieve. Learn to feel the pain intensely and to really grieve. It’s all part of life. God assures us that even our deepest pain will eventually ease (even if that seems unimaginable). Yes, you will hope and laugh again. In John 16:33, Jesus said that in this world, the trouble is gonna come flying at us, “but take heart.” We can find peace in His presence and security in the fact that He has overcome the world—and that includes all the suffering. · Pay attention to your grief. Don’t stuff it down deep or sugarcoat it with lines like “God works all things for our good.” Job shouted at God. He told God exactly what he was feeling. · Openly admit your grief to those who are close to you, and ask for their support. · Try to limit time with people who get in the way of healthy grieving. · Grieve without distraction. · Give yourself time, hold on to hope, and connect with grief support resources. REAL-LIFE CHALLENGE: Study Isaiah 61, knowing that your pain won’t last forever: “to bestow ... a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (v. 3). Everyone dreams about places to see, people to meet, and things to do in their lifetime. But too often we lose sight of those dreams and get buried in everyday busyness and demands. More Than a Bucket List will inspire you to seize and act on a range of dreams—anything from visiting the Holy Land, donating your time at a soup kitchen, learning to climb a tree, or helping a child learn to read. The book also includes ideas to make lasting memories as you marvel at a new sight, laugh like crazy with an old friend, or change a life. The compilation of bucket list items is divided thematically and blended with Scripture and personal stories. Pages at the back allow you to write your own bucket list items. Are you ready to finish this life well and start checking off items from your bucket list? CliCk here for more info and To see a neaT book Trailer. CCMMagazine.coM