Q. How did the Rejoicing with Joyce broadcast come into existence?
A. Rejoicing with Joyce first aired on November 17th, 2006 as a 15 minute once-a-week devotional for ladies. It was broadcast live from the Yokota Baptist Church in Tokyo, Japan. The program was entitled, Rejoicing with Joyce in Japan. Current broadcasts are recorded in her home in Washington State and aired on some radio stations. Each program is designed to urge ladies to live a God-conscious life and inspire other ladies to do the same.
Q. How long does grieving take?
A. Widows as this question as if it had a text book answer. It doesn’t. Each journey comes with its own unique properties. So the true answer is it takes different amounts of time for each one (or anyone going through grief) to be able to think about their loved ones or a situation with their loved one and to be able to do so without crying or remorse striking them like lightning. If you or a friend are grieving, understand you each have distinctive dynamics working, and some travel faster than others.
Q. What can I do to make it go faster or so I can recover sooner?
A. There is nothing that I am aware of that actually decreases the recover period. I can list what I did to get where I am today, but that doesn’t mean that they are a “Formula” for you. Here are few tips:
- Try to keep a fairly regular schedule. (If you work outside the home, that helps.) Getting up and to bed at a decent hour is good because it sets your body rhythm to signal that it’s time to sleep or get up.
- Mild exercise as walking on a treadmill, outside, or inside your house each morning helps to wake up your body and send blood to your brain.
- Take short naps when you need the rest.
- Journal your thoughts as you begin your grief journey.
Other thoughts can be found in Good Grief-I Need Relief! A Widow’s Guide to Recovering and Rejoicing.