Entries by Kit Hinkle

Golly Gee!

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 (ESV) Golly gee, can people just remember to say one standard line to a widow like, “This is hard. I’m here if you need me.” And can we widows try to remember how hard it is to say the right […]

Secret to Joy

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14 (ESV) I stood gripping the edge of the counter, steadying myself, the memory of Tom washing through me like a flash flood of warm splashes, both […]

Might as Well Do Something

This would be my comfort; I would even exult in pain unsparing, for I have not denied the words of the Holy One. Job 6:10 (ESV) How does he do it? The enemy, I mean. How does satan take a beautiful heart and twist it into his shape, convincing her to reject God and His promises? […]

Pick Up Your Mat

Then Jesus said…, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” John 5:8 (NIV) And just like that—one of my closest friends stepped out of my life. I thought I would be the only widow to say that until I heard it from about a zillion other widows—many here on our pages. The break happened years ago, […]

How Long, Lord?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (ESV) A letter to God after years of single motherhood. It’s been years, Lord. My soul is tired.   My arms and legs are tired. My heart still yearns for what I lost. I’m supposed to trust you, Lord. […]

Unexplainable Joy

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 1 Peter 1:8 How do I explain unexplainable joy? It eases my pain. It gives me strength to walk away every time something tries to […]

Don’t Count the Years!

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. …Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. …Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; Psalm […]

We believe—WE WILL WIN

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV Do you have a battle cry? Athletes understand a battle cry of confidence. They also understand the struggles ahead, and if they are powerful competitors, they know what winning really means—it’s the joy […]