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Joyce Webster loves to help widows move forward and transition from sadness to joy. She also encourages widows to grow beyond their self-focus and reach out and help others. She likes to share practical tips rather than philosophy, and helps missionaries with their projects.

Working Through Grief

  After Warren, my husband, died, I didn’t feel like eating for quite a while and I lost weight. Psalm 102:4,5 says it well, “My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.” When […]

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Overcoming Loneliness

Loneliness haunts many who live by themselves, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a couple of ideas to help overcome loneliness and have something to look forward to each week. A widow invited some of her widowed friends over for a game night. We played some board games and enjoyed it […]

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Hearing and Answering

Without asking for the Lord’s help, I found it difficult to live alone after living with my husband, and then my mom for so many years. I believe those widowed can empathize with me. Psalm 100 has so much depth for those struggling with feeling overwhelmed during their time of grief. When I pondered each […]

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Blessed or Coincidental?

Recently I asked a friend to help me assemble a project. When she arrived, I noticed a box of my books on the porch, which I needed to finish my task. Was the delivery date a coincidence? No, it was a blessing. Last year I saw a small Christmas tree on sale that I liked, […]

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Broken Dreams

I glanced at the edge of the paper in the notebook and thought it said, “Broken Dreams.” When I examined it closer, it read “Broken link checker.” All widows can say, “Our dreams have been broken.” And it’s true the Lord knows how our hearts hurt. The plans my husband and I shared disintegrated when […]

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Lessons From A Cucumber

My late husband and I developed a love for Japanese cucumbers while we served as missionaries in Japan several years ago. As I shopped in the States, I was surprised to find a Japanese cucumber plant. I bought it and gave it a new home, a large flowerpot on my patio. Because I didn’t water […]

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Be Still and Know

As soon as my friend left, I felt queasy. The minute my head touched the pillow, vertigo and nausea hit me. “Oh, no, Lord, Please help me, I am alone, and You promised to help widows.” The verse, “Be still and know that I am God,” found in Psalm 46:10, popped into my head. I […]

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Strength

After being widowed for eleven-years, I no longer mourned for my husband. But, when my mom recently passed away leaving me orphaned, I found my grief returned in full force. My appetite waned, and a feeling of lethargy overwhelmed me. My thinking processes slowed because I had difficulty focusing and my decision making became unstable. […]

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A Poor Example

As a couple of widowed friends drove into my driveway, I glanced into the mirror and realized it was too late to undo my neglect. I hadn’t prepared myself for the day as I should have—I looked terrible! Although I had dressed, had my devotions, and thawed the desert I wanted to serve, I had […]

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Scheduling

“Lord,” I prayed, “I need specific directions this morning so I can get my life on a schedule and stop feeling overwhelmed.” The task of going through my personal possessions, an accumulation of eleven-years of living in one house, felt enormous, in my opinion. The Lord seemed to impress me to work for short periods […]

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