Joyce Webster

Clutter-Toss It!

I picked up some notebooks with a stack of papers on top and when I set them on the floor beside my desk, they slid and made a mess. I re-sorted them with these thoughts in mind: Will I miss it if I toss it and will I use it if I keep it? Two, […]

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The Blessing Jar

I empty my Blessing Jar at the end of each year and read the slips of paper. Somethings they bring a second blessing because I remember the way the Lord answered my prayer or even fulfilled it before I asked. Isaiah 65:24 tells us, “Before you call, I will answer; and while you are yet […]

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I Am Thankful

I tend to take things for granted. Things that the Lord has blessed me with, and that I should be grateful for each day. Recently I asked myself, what are you thankful for since you are widowed and live by yourself? These are some things that I came up with. My schedule frees me to […]

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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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