As I struggled out of my furry jacket at ladies Bible study, my bracelet caught inside my sleeve, snapped, and showered beads everywhere.

Like my life snapped and flew apart when Warren died, kind people gathered around to comfort me. So several of the ladies scrambled to gather the beads as they bounced and rolled.

When I returned to my table, after opening Bible study with a quote, song, and a prayer, the beads from my favorite bracelet lay contained in a platic bag.

The quote that day read, “‘God prepares us today for our tomorrows.'” Later, I realized the truth of it. God prepared my life for the mission that He had for me. My husband’s goals and visions no longer held my life together. Now, I must decide those for myself.

It began when questions popped up like, what do I do now? What’s next?

The best advice I can share with you? Give yourself time to think in a rational way, only make necessary decisions, and rest when you can.

The Lord loves us and wants to give us good things. Although, when we are a new widow, we don’t always see life that way.

He expresses it well in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of poeace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.”

Dear widowed friend, how are you preparing for tomorrow?