“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 (NIV)
“That one online widows group was NOT for me. I’m deleting it,” Michelle declared. She thought it would be great to connect with other widows her age. Unfortunately, she found very little that was uplifting on its discussion board.
Before I go further, I want to be clear. There are many Christ-focused, online widow support groups. They give wonderful advice and support to widows looking for direction.
There are also some that promote negative venting, sometimes with cursing and vengeful thinking. And some which promote a quick reentry into dating without much support on how to guard your heart from the dangers of giving in to the world’s temptations.
Time and time again, our readers thank us for being uplifting and encouraging. Women can see in the writer and speaker teams at aNew Season a sense of healing and positivity, along with great empathy. And that’s something not always present in other widow ministries.
What Makes Us Different?
What makes A Widow’s Might and aNew Season different from many other widow support groups?
Christianity is about truly surrendering to Christ. If you already have salvation in Him, you can apply His grace not only to your eternity, but to your hurting heart and circumstances.
If You Haven’t Heard the Gospel
If Christianity is new to you, take a moment to read about our hope in Christ by clicking here. You’ll see why our ministry has a hope that’s so different from support groups trying to help grieving widows without Christ.
In a nutshell, God made us in His image, untarnished by sin. But when the first man and woman chose to sin, they brought it into the world. Since then we’ve been struggling with sin, which separates us from a perfect God.
But God is all good and sinless and allows each of us to decide whether we want to be reunited with Him. He provides a way. Because sin had to be paid for, Jesus came to this earth as a humble baby who grew into the perfect, sinless man. He was only able to do so because He is God. Jesus sacrificed Himself on a cross; His spotless life was payment for the debt of our sin, so we can be free from strongholds.
All we have to do is give God control of our lives and accept His forgiveness. To do so takes surrender. Since the dawn of time, the enemy has chased each and every one of us, using the lures of our world to trap us into selfish, sinful thinking. It’s only through admitting we’re sinners and surrendering our own wants and desires to God that we are reunited with Him.
What You Can Do: Three Cs
I hope this short version of the Gospel encourages you. If it’s new to you, I’d like you to do three things.
- Connect to the Our Hope page and read more of why we have hope in our circumstances.
- Consider whether God’s calling you to surrender your trust to Him, so that you can have confidence in an eternal hope. If you are ready, simply pray like this:.
Lord, I’m not perfect. I’ve made mistakes and I know that many of them are with selfishness and sin at the root. I don’t want to carry the burden of my past sins anymore. I want to give them all to You. I want to dedicate my life, my heart, my hopes, and my dreams to You, because I want to trust only You for my future. Would You please come into my heart and wash it clean? Thank You for Your precious gift of dying on the cross so that my sins can be erased. Welcome me as a sister in Christ to all of these other precious widows who stand with You as their Husband. Amen.
- Complete the form below to let us know you’ve accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and you are ready to let Him guide you through this grief process. You can decide which way you would like us to respond. A quiet prayer among our team for you, or for one of our team writers/speakers to contact you to pray over the phone with you.
We’d like to hear from you and where you are in your relationship with Christ. You can let us know by answering these questions below, either anonymously, or providing your contact information if you’d like us to pray with you. If you’re reading this post by email, feel free to click here to scroll down to the bottom of the post where the form is. [gravityform id=”10″ name=”Let us know…”]
God bless you and may the Lord be with you in this journey you are on, protecting you and comforting you.