Joyce Webster

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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Lessons Learned

        It started as a dream and ended in a lesson.        A boy came to me and said, “May I come into your class because a new person is going to teach mine, and I don’t know him.”        I woke myself up answering him out loud and philosophizing. I said:         “Why don’t […]

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Rearranging

Crash! I jumped to my feet and hurried in the direction of the sound, afraid that I already knew what happened. There on the floor of my closet lay the 6 1/2-foot shelf on top of my clothes with the shelf contents spilled into my bedroom. As the eleven years piled up since my husband’s […]

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