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!