Moving Forward

Do you remember looking at lists of ‘stressors’ and seeing your problems? Life happens. “Yes.” It is there. It’s OK to be upset or almost unglued, because ours is a common and real problem. That was yesterday. But here we are today, a widow. (I still don’t like the word.) Numb, puzzled, vulnerable, sad, frightened, angry, yet laughing at things most don’t find so funny. What has happened? We have experienced the top of the list item, ‘death of a spouse.’

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Featured Story Susan Wood

That is just what I did, and for twenty-five years our love song played sweetly. As we faced the challenges of life together, our love song had many tunes.  Some songs were romantic and sensuous as we carved out time for each other on date nights and on weekend bed and breakfast trips. Other songs were nursery rhymes and theme songs from Saturday morning cartoons, playing as we raised a blended family of six children.  Some were exciting and lively as we traveled on mission’s trips together, acting, clowning, and dancing our way across places like Russia and Belize.  But the last song was a song in the night as we faced the horrors of cancer.  Singing our battle song we fought hard for ten months. Like a diamond, the quality of love is tested under pressure; it is refined and caused to shine even brighter.   As I cared for my husband, my lover, my friend, during those ten months, I experienced a love for him unlike I had ever know.  His once six-foot-two , two hundred pound  muscular body now fragile and paralyzed,  could no longer hold me, caress me, protect me and yet as I  bathed him, dressed him , pushed his wheel chair, the love I had for him filled me to overflowing. It was the most beautiful song of all, the song of unconditional, eternal love. A love given by God.

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Power without love

Martin Luther King Jr stated that power without love is reckless and abusive.  How true.  In my families experience with orphans, the incarcerated, widows, and the poor, my heart breaks at the abuse of the voiceless.   King also stated that love without power is sentimental and anemic.  This organization, Widowconnection, seeks to combine love with appropriate support, harnessing resources of those of us who have voices, jobs, and can help with real direct needs of those without.   One simple project is to buy treadle sewing machines for widows in Africa, hire sewing trainers, and help these young women who […]

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Proverbs 18: 11

I’m Miriam  Neff-with STARTING OVER FINANCIALLY,-and I’m Valerie Neff Hogan, and we’re here to talk about money   M Its tempting to think that wealth is a protection.  Comfort, no hunger, access to courts if needed, and influence to control one’s surrounding. But does wealth guarantee all that?     V  Proverbs 18: 11  The wealth of the rich is their strong city; in their imagination it is like a high wall.  Note:  that wall is imaginary.  .    In the news we have all heard of those whom were wealthy and powerful at one time and then lost it all. Their […]

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