More Than 1

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.

1 year ago, on International Widows Day, God and I launched More Than A Widow on Facebook and Twitter

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).

More Than A Widow began when I heard Jon Acuff speak and then read his book. 

More Than A Widow began when I heard Jon Acuff speak and then read his book. 

When Jon Acuff encouraged me to punch out fear, he literally gave me a place to do that at his “Start” Conference in Nashville!

When Jon Acuff encouraged me to punch out fear, he literally gave me a place to do that at his “Start” Conference in Nashville!

Launch Day for More Than a Widow, June 2015. “We who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our sous” (Hebrews 6:18-19). (Photo by Jordan Hansen)

Launch Day for More Than a Widow, June 2015. “We who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our sous” (Hebrews 6:18-19). (Photo by Jordan Hansen)

Smooth sailing? Not always. But God is my pilot on the rough waters and the calm waters.(Photo by LarryDavisPhotography.com)

Smooth sailing? Not always. But God is my pilot on the rough waters and the calm waters.(Photo by LarryDavisPhotography.com)

With God’s help, I’m moving forward into Year 2 of More Than A Widow, a ministry for widows. More exciting adventures, connections, and learning ahead! 

With God’s help, I’m moving forward into Year 2 of More Than A Widow, a ministry for widows. More exciting adventures, connections, and learning ahead!