In some ways, it’s all about the 1. More Than A Widow, that is.
1 year into this adventure, I’ve learned that everything I do, write, share is about that 1 woman. The 1 who needs to hear, read, see it today.
The more than 1? Well, that’s blessing upon blessing for me.
To get to that point, God had taken me on a four-year journey to my knees.
From a message by Jon Acuff in a chapel service at Olivet Nazarene University.
To a conference called “Start” in Nashville.
To a Facebook group called “Dreamers & Builders.”
To a conferenced called “Launch Out” in Tulsa.
To the day that I literally punched out fear. To the day I said to him: “If this ministry helps only 1 woman, Lord, it’s worth it.” To the day I pushed 1 more key on my computer and launched.
As I look back over this year, I think about the women God has placed in my path. Allowed me to connect and bless them with encouragement, hope, and resources. Helped me to walk alongside them — virtually or in person — so that they didn’t have to walk alone. Showed me ways to show them how to live beyond the label.
I remember …
• The youngest widow, age 23.
• The reluctant widow who opened up to me in private messages.
• The widows who cared for each other.
• The widow who is a supermodel.
• The widow who is a superstar.
• The widow who was arrested as an accomplice to her husband’s crime. After he committed suicide.
• The widows who said thank you.
• The widows who shared their own heartbreak with the rest of us.
• My prayers for each widow, by name, who liked or commented on the Facebook page.
• The friends and family members who encouraged me to start and keep going.
• The spiritual battle with the enemy along the way. But that’s a story for another day.
1 year is definitely a milestone. It’s also a mile marker on an earthly journey that will end in a heavenly place. A place where no one is a widow.
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).