I’m honored to be over at the lovely site, I Love Devotionals.  I first met Wendy, the founder of the site, via our mutual involvement as writers for iBelieve.com.  I quickly felt a connection with her, as she is South African, and has had to walk the journey as a cancer caregiver.  Wendy’s husband was diagnosed shortly after their wedding, and much of her writing and the devotions on her site have been inspired by her experience.  Click on over and check out her beautiful site!

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We were having a Ladies Coffee Morning at our church, and I was the MC. To be honest, I can’t even remember what the topic was for the morning.

I just remember her testimony.

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I had asked a friend of mine, a college student at the time, to share her story. She stood up to the podium, and the microphone amplified her voice throughout the church hall.

She told us how her mom had died recently. 

Suddenly. 

Unexpectedly. 

And how, when she had heard the news, she didn’t know what she was going to do. 

How she was going to cope. 

How she would ever make it through this deep, dark valley.

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Join me over at I Love Devotionals for the rest of this post?

4 thoughts on “when you’re going through a deep, dark valley

  1. Thank you, thank you Kate for these lovely, truth-filled words. My father died from cancer at Thanksgiving last year, and as fall draws near, I’m filled with memories of his last days. While much of that time is a blur, I remember that grace met me there and carried me. Sometimes I marvel that we made it through Christmas, but the truth of God With Us was more real to me than ever. He is with us in the valley. Thank you for sharing so honestly and giving glory to our Grace-Giver!
    Gratefully,
    Renee

    • Renee, thank you so much for your comment. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. I can relate to that “seasonal” grief as well .. Crazy how certain times of the year can make the grief swell even greater in our hearts. Grateful for your testimony of how the Lord’s grace has been sufficient in your own life.

      I also wanted to share this post I wrote a while ago, called an Open Letter to Grief. I pray it will be a blessing to you:

      http://katemotaung.com/2013/07/13/a-open-letter-to-grief/

  2. This is an awesome piece. I left a comment at “I Love Devotionals” (a beautiful site indeed) but wanted to comment here too.

    God has carried me through more horrific times than I can relate in a combox. Repeatedly, I find that my fears are the spaces He uses to draw me in. My faithlessness becomes deeper faith when I just let Him carry me through.

    I so sorry for your loss, so sorry your heart has been shredded. And I’m glad that God has brought you closer to His side and pray He will do so more and more. His grace is extravagantly sufficient for us.

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