Friendships and relationships and doing life with others

The Widow Painting

…we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18

When you see this painting, what do you see?

A widow?

A busy mom?

A hard life with purpose?

Or, perhaps a silly woman who took on too much?

This painting hung in my home since the 1990’s when it was handed down to me from my uncle’s collection. It always seemed to bring me thoughts of my grandmother, or of life’s sometimes difficult journey.

Until I lost my husband.

Then suddenly I only saw a widow. That lonely woman among the tall trees burdened with that pile of sticks on her back. I saw her bent over, no longer upright and proud like she must have been in her marriage.

Funny how I never thought of the woman as a widow until I became one. And then the painting became “the widow painting” in my mind. I found it more beautiful than ever because I identified with her quite more robustly than ever before.

It’s been years since I lost Tom, and I still find myself seeing “widow” in the painting. It’s like the illusionist sketch of the old lady and the young woman—once you see it one way, your brain wants to return to that image.

So I got curious. What if I asked four married women what they see in this painting? Their reactions helped me to begin seeing the woman without automatically thinking loss.

Reaction 1: The Beautiful Heart of a Mother

I LOVE this picture. What clever imagery it offers! God doesn’t want us to carry our burdens alone. She looks like a Russian woman going home through the beautiful birch woods after gathering the fuel needed to make her home warm and fix the meals to provide for her family. God never promised it would be easy, but He does promise to share the load and walk beside us!

Reaction 2: The Overly Busy Mother

She’s alone. I think of all the times women are faced with so much to do—kids, carpools, teenagers gone prodigal, bills that can’t get paid, stressful jobs, husbands we love but let us down. Where are the other women in the picture? Why aren’t they stepping in to help her? Did she push them away? Did they never help? Funny thing, I don’t imagine men coming in to help her, but sisters.

Reaction 3: The Hard Life is Worth it

Oh, that is so me!!! I work grueling hours, and I’m tired all the time! After putting everything into raising kids, we have no retirement savings and even share one car! This painting reminds me­ we aren’t promised ease, but we are promised joy. I wouldn’t trade my life nor the decisions I’ve made when they honored God, for anything! Thank you, Jesus!

Reaction 4: Silly Woman Works too Hard!

I see the woman and wonder why she would take so much on by herself. I simply don’t do that. I remarried after being widowed, and maybe I just recognized I needed a partner in life. I was fortunate enough to meet a godly Christian guy who does well with me. But if I hadn’t married, I would make sure I didn’t take on more than I could. This woman is taking on too much.

Why are their responses of interest to us? Because I want readers here to remember there is a whole world beyond widowhood, and while grief is a journey we must fully experience, eventually we must see ourselves outside the lens of widowhood.

These women aren’t widows, but they have their own life challenges like job loss, marital tension, a grown child who has completely gone prodigal, waning health or physical exhaustion.

Can you begin to imagine that woman in the woods representing these burdens rather than widowhood? When I began to look around me at so many burdens that so many carry, my heart went out to others. I felt a community of fellow Christians carrying each other’s burdens. And that’s a community that grows us all stronger!

Lord God,

You ask us to see our lives through Your eyes, not through the lens of our own limitations. Help us walk this journey honorably, knowing that others walk equally difficult journeys. Encourage us to hold our heads up with our gazes upon Christ and no longer feel the shame of our widowhood.  Amen.


Kit Hinkle is an author and speaker. She was an original writer of A Widow’s Might in 2008, and after four years with that ministry, expanded it and founded A New Season Ministries, Inc. Once the ministry became established, she turned the leadership over, yet continues to contribute articles while she focuses on her finest career as a mother to two high school boys, two boys in college, and a grown son and daughter whom she helped her husband raise before he passed away. She has lived through corporate careers as a chemical engineer and a management consultant, but now enjoys walks on the beach with her chocolate lab.  She loves to sit with another who is walking through her tough road and show that woman Christ. It’s an honor to participate in His kingdom.

If you are interested in having our team speak, please contact us via email at: admin@anewseason.net

Check out more posts by this author at- Kit Hinkle.

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The Widow Card

When the Shoe is on the Other Foot

Fake it Till You Make it–No!

 

Partnering With Us

Yesterday, we talked about the fact that we all have stories of His love and faithfulness. We believe we need to tell those stories so others can run with endurance. We need to be like the marathon runners, and come back to run with those behind us and cheer them on so they can run the race with endurance.

We believe that God’s word is clear… ministering to widows is an important and worthy calling.

We are looking for those who feel called to partner with us.

If you are called to turn back and help others.

If you feel God prompting you to share your story through writing.

If you have a ministry or book you think would benefit our audience.

If God is prompting you to support us financially.

Then, we want to hear from you!

Please follow this link to find out more: Partner With Us

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing how God can use you to bless others!

We look forward to partnering together for HIS GLORY!

Get on the Roof

 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” Proverbs 17:17

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31 (NIV)

I have friend drama!   Yes, can you believe it?  A woman- a widow- with drama.  It’s shocking, right?

The other day I was sitting with my daughter talking about the journey she’s embarking on as a pre-teen girl, and the friendship roller coaster ride that will last her entire life.

I walked her through some of my good and bad experiences. We looked at what Scripture says about friendship, particularly the three verses above.  I use these as my cornerstones on friendships now.

I reminded her of the key truth:  She has no control over her friends and what they may or may not do.  But, she has complete control of her actions, her words, and how she reacts to those drama-filled, hurtful or hard moments.

She can be the kind of friend she wants her friends to be to her.

I explained to my girl, she will fall short and she will completely fail at times on this friendship roller coaster. Yes, there will be drama. Yet, she is covered by grace and should just strive to be a friend that honors God and loves well.  I even promised her that friendship is one of God’s greatest gifts.

Recently, I needed to remind myself of all this. I got an “in my face” reminder of a lost and negatively-changed friendship, and it stung. My friendships have changed throughout my life.  But in the last five years, many of my friendships have changed the most drastically.  It’s tough to know you’re no longer who you were to some friends.  You can’t be and have some of the friends the way you did as a married woman.

It’s even tougher as I pray and walk this journey when I realize, maybe I wasn’t the friend I wanted others to be to me.  YES!  I do indeed bear some of the burden and responsibility throughout my life for my friend drama.

In the book of Mark there’s a rather brief story where Jesus heals a paralytic.  In Mark 2:5, Jesus forgives and heals the man because of his friends’ faith.  It says, “When Jesus saw THEIR faith,” He forgave and later healed the man.

If you look closely at this story, the men had traveled carrying this sick man on a mat to where Jesus had stopped. When they arrived there was no room for them to enter the home where Jesus was teaching.  So, instead they climbed on the roof and hoisted the man up, then dug a hole in the roof and lowered him down.  This took great time, sacrifice, care, love, commitment, and effort.

They were friends who were willing to climb on a roof for another.

Friends who were willing to get messy and dirty!

Friends who were willing to sacrifice time and energy!

Friends who were willing to be greatly inconvenienced for another!

As I have walked this journey I’ve had a few friends who got on the roof for me, and I’ve had others just not willing or able to go there.

Through my own experiences, I now know I do want to be a friend who will get on that roof every time!

I also realize the challenge is this; in the midst of anything I have going on, I need to strive to be the kind of friend I want others to be to me.  Remembering, I can shine Christ and show grace throughout.  And when I sin and fall short, I can give it to Jesus, be forgiven, and just try again.

Father, I pray for all of my friends- past, present and future.  I thank You for how You have grown me and taught through each friend You’ve brought into my life.  I pray You bring a willing heart to me and every one of my sisters to be the kind of friend that loves well and honors You before others.  Help me lead with love and grace even during the tough friendship moments, and help me to accept the changes with grace, and honor You in every moment.  In Your Precious Name, Amen.

 

295163_1927953164696_1418199297_31839733_2097799_nErika Graham is Director of Operations, and an author and speaker for aNew Season/A Widow’s Might Ministries. She resides in New Jersey with her daughter, twin boys, and her little fluffy puppy. She loves summers at the beach and all things chocolate. She lost her husband to suicide in June 2010. Erika has been called to share the victory she’s experiencing through Christ Jesus over the life God has ordained for her.
If you are interested in having her speak, please contact her via email at admin@anewseason.net.
Other articles by this author: www.anewseason.net/author/erikag
 

Rescue Me From Snakes

aNew Season (Rebuilding after Loss): Friendships

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:30 (ESV)

You know the quality of a friend when she is willing to chop the head off of a snake for you! That’s  Michelle.

Although it wasn’t a copperhead, the ugly snake twisted in front of me, drumming up anxieties I never realized I had.

Anxieties over loneliness and the longing to be rescued by a husband I no longer had.

Tears welled up. But the tears weren’t really about a snake. They were about me missing my knight-in-shining armor who would rescue me from snakes!

I wasn’t truly in physical danger. I just needed someone at my side as I experienced a rush of missing Tom.  And that’s what Michelle did for me.  Stood by me as we together found a shovel and axed the ugly creature’s head.

Then we stood there, contemplating the oddity of two grown women and a headless serpent.

And I melted into tears.  Michelle understood and offered a shoulder to steady myself.

It’s strange, the new roles you have to fill as you rebuild your life. I suddenly found myself having to be that parent who dealt with the bugs and snakes and backyard! Will I have to handle all those jobs Tom did AND still handle my own?  Will taking on both make me less feminine? I liked the role I had as a wife and mother.  I never signed up to handle Tom’s role too. Thoughts of an uncertain future were enough to want to throw in the towel to discouragement.

But was I really looking at the whole picture of my life?

  1. B. Cowman says to “flee every symptom of the deadly foe of discouragement as you would run from asnake. Never be slow to turn your back on it, unless you desire to eat the dust of bitter defeat.”

Seeing that snake helped me recognize subtle snakes of discouragement that were beginning to form in my life.

Lord, thank you for showing me that snake before discouragement set in. Thanks to You, I recognize that I started to carry my burden by myself, and now I’ve turned it over to You. Thank You for placing Michelle there at that moment as Your Hand, helping to carry the burden. You never fail in Your promises, and Your yoke is light.

I will flee the snakes of discouragement and choose to be honored that You consider me ready for snakes and spiders!

 

017_HinkleKit Hinkle is the Founder and Ministry Lead for A New Season Ministries, Inc., and an author and speaker. She has lived through corporate careers as a chemical engineer and a management consultant, but now finds her finest career as a home school mother to four teen boys–one of them launched in college. She loves Pilates and her best friend’s Bosanova Christian yoga-style stretching, and craves more walks through the woods with her chocolate lab.  Her dream is to live on the beach–and Charleston is just calling her!  She knows what it means to be in a new season. She lost her first marriage to divorce when she was very young and lost her loving husband to a heart attack in 2007.  To sit with another who is walking through her tough road and show that woman Christ, brings joy and fulfillment to Kit. It’s such an honor to participate in His kingdom.
If you are interested in having her speak, please contact her via email at admin@anewseason.net. 
Other articles by this author: www.anewseason.net/author/khinkle

Would you like to read more about friendship?  Here are some articles you might try:

And to Think He Calls Me “Friend” by Kit Hinkle

Friendships–Silver and Gold by Kit Hinkle

Serve Up His Love

Do you see yourself as a servant?

It’s not a title our culture touts as admirable. In fact, the role of a servant seems downright demeaning in society’s eyes. Who wants to define themselves as, ‘one that performs duties about the person or home of a master or personal employer’, according to Merriam-Webster?

Even those of us who realize the Biblical value of softening our hearts into that of a servant, can so easily succumb to the worldly ways of defining success.

The Bible tells us: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)

The world replies: Hurry now! Use your time and talents to succeed in social stature and personal gains. Gather up your riches and reap the rewards! Rejuvenate yourselves and fill your life with your wants.

But what benefits are there in this world when we already know an eternity of perfection awaits? Someday we’ll leave this place so our time serving personal pleasures is worth nothing but dust.

I recall a time I sat with one of my daughters, the independent one who bucks back at me when I ask her to help. There we sat, staring each other down after my simple suggestion to complete her chores before she continued her play. Rather than work as a ‘servant’ in her home, she preferred to serve herself by satisfying her seven-year-old desires. Training up a child to be obedient can be trying!

But, her reaction really isn’t so strange, is it?  It’s certainly not foreign for me! For hours I find myself on Facebook promoting my blog posts instead of seeking wisdom in His Word. I roam the aisles of Target a little longer rather than stopping to see a friend in the nursing home. I dedicate my extra minutes in a week to recreation rather than walking a meal across the street to my stressed out neighbor. Too often, I spend my time and skills on seeming personal gains, mindless of my call to serve others.  Am I any more obedient than my daughter was that day?

And really, it’s so simple! We can serve in ALL we do. Even the little things are always etched in an attitude, so why not outline our lives with a servant’s heart filled with love.

 So you see, you’re always serving someone…or something…or yourself. Wouldn’t you rather serve Him?

Now, consider this: Serving really is synonymous with LOVE. A simple servant heart opens a door of God’s love into a world where His love lingers longer than any personal, self-serving pleasure.

Whether it’s the manner you perform your mundane daily duties or you’re tending to the needs of a stranger or someone you love, you ALWAYS hold the opportunity to serve up His love in your very own hands.

Since LOVE is a verb and not simply a descriptive word, what you do during the day and how you say the things you say are all your acts of service spilling out of the life God gave you. Even a sympathetic smile, an outstretched hand offering help or a gesture of encouragement serve up His love through your life.

So, I’m gathering up my extra minutes and using my God-given gifts to achieve success in service and not in the world’s rendition of personal accomplishments. After all, since we’re always serving someone or something, aren’t we really responding to His command to love and serve Him every time we use our lives to show His love?

“And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,” Deuteronomy 11:13 (ESV)

So, see? Seeing ourselves as servants is a blessing when we realize we serve Him as we serve others. It’s His love living through us!

Lord, you’ve given us all unique gifts. Thank you! Move our hearts and use our hands to serve You as we open our lives up as doors, letting your love into a world that defines success differently. Give us eyes to see every opportunity to serve and help us develop the desire to use our abilities as acts of YOUR love! Amen

 

New Devotional Book!

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We are so happy to announce our

newest devotional book

is now available!

 

aNew Season Ministries announces the release of A Widow’s Might latest devotional book, For the Love of HER Life: Spring Edition through Amazon.com.  The Spring Edition has daily devotions to encourage you throughout the spring from March 1 to May 31. Here are more devotionals to inspire and guide you or your loved one along the grief journey.

You may or may not be a widow, but most likely you KNOW one.  If each of you reading this would get one or two copies to give away as gifts to a hurting widow, then this ministry would reach even more widows with the comfort we all have received from Scripture.

We ask you to minister to others as we do.  Here’s a suggestion, have an extra copy in the car to give to someone in need.  How many times have you met someone at the dentist office or the grocery store and wish you had something to give her which would encourage her?

We love our readers and can’t wait to have this new book in the hands of each and every one.

Did you remember to put your Amazon review in on our Summer, Autumn, Winter editions?  Thank you!

 

 Blessings to you from the Writing Team of A Widow’s
Might/aNew Season Ministries!

 

Unplugged, but Still Distracted

My teen stared at his paper.  “Mom, I can’t concentrate.” He’s sharp as a tack and hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to applying concepts in his Honors Geometry class.  But even with Instagram and X-Box taken away, he couldn’t finish his homework. As much as he wanted to apply himself, his mind kept wandering to what he wanted to be doing—anything but geometry.

That’s when I looked in the mirror. Don’t I do the same thing? Facebook, email, text messaging, phone calls. Convicted, I unplugged it all and then sat with him, nudging him through a few of the problems.

Voila, instant concentration!

That wasn’t hard, I thought, rewarding myself with a trip to run a few errands. I’ve done my job—pushed him back in the groove.

But what greeted me when I got home made my victory short-lived. There he was again, staring at a blank page, obsessing over why he couldn’t seem to motivate himself to finish his math.

The back of my neck got hot.  “You’ve got to be kidding me,” I blurted out, forgetting how patient I said I’d be with him.

His college-age brother rounded the corner into the room, stopping me mid-sentence.

“Don’t you remember, Mom?” He laughed. “I did the same thing in ninth grade.”

He was right. Four years earlier I was pulling my hair out while my oldest threw pencils across the room and stomped about in frustration, positive he was going to have to repeat the ninth grade.  He didn’t repeat, and in fact graduated with honors.

Isn’t that just like God to provide exactly what I needed?  A window into my ninth grader’s future stood before me in the form of a nineteen-year-old young man, smiling at us, reassuring us.

I stopped and regrouped, realizing my impatient reaction wasn’t helping. By raising my voice and predicting doom if my son wouldn’t get cracking on his work, I drove my son further into panic.  That’s how parents exasperate their children, leaving them discouraged (Colossians 3:21).  Hammering at children for something they haven’t yet mastered by painting a picture of the failure sets up a self-fulfilling prophesy—something I never want to do.

And so I chose the opposite.  I encouraged.  I sat with him again.  No matter how busy I was, I set aside the laundry, the cooking, this ministry, my friends who wanted to talk on the phone, and all other distractions pulling me away from encouraging my fourteen year old.

And I just sat. Quietly. Next to him. And watched for where he got stuck. And nudged gently.  Then watched again.

This time, I looked not for what he couldn’t do.  I looked for what he was doing well.  And I encouraged. I let him know the seed of talent I could see in the steps he took and I watered that seed by focusing on what is good.

I love what Paul tells the Philippians: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Phil 4:8)

As time passed, I saw my son’s shoulders relax.  His smile returned to his face, and his pencil started to move more rhythmically.  He was like a newborn child learning the rhythms of life from his momma and ready to start growing on his own.

And the reward?  “Mom, do you have to hover over me?”  Music to my ears.

“No I don’t, Honey,” I said. “God’s got you on this.”

And He does.

 

 

Confidence from the Inside Out

Can you imagine eating lunch with a friend you admire and not worrying about ANYTHING? You enjoy just sitting with them, comfortable in your own skin. You don’t feel like you have to primp yourself, protect your heart’s secrets, or pretend to be someone you’re not.

When they ask how things with the man you were dating are, you’re not afraid to admit, “Well … I kind of liked him, but that one got away.” When your job comes up in conversation, you aren’t worried about sounding boastful when you share a recent success with enthusiasm.

Or how about when a co-worker points out something you could have done better? What do you feel when a friend makes a suggestion that stings? Can you imagine not being hurt, but just hearing the advice—and using it if it’s good and discarding it with a “thank you” if it’s not?

A lady at my church lived this way—free from self-doubt, insecurity, competition, and comparisons. From the moment I met her, I noticed she was unique. She was dealing with criticism from women in a committee meeting with grace. She remained at ease, despite the not so constructive words being tossed her way. Watching her made me want what she had—confidence that came from Christ.

Back then, I was stuck in a corporate world of backstabbers, so I carefully guarded my heart and reactions to co-workers. They were playing the corporate politics game, so I had to play too, right?

This mentor said wrong!

“I don’t play games,” she said. “I simply check my heart and keep submitting it humbly to God, so I don’t have to play games and hide my motivations.”

No hiding motivations. Isn’t that what hurts confidence? You secretly want something you’re embarrassed to say you want. You want someone’s approval or you feel like something was unfair and you want justice. You feel like someone owes you. But you instinctively know that showing these feelings could make you look bad so you hide them, and maybe try to get what you want by playing the games.

What if you just dealt with what’s in your heart and straightened that out? The Psalmist said  Delight yourself in the Lord;
 And He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Delight yourself in the Lord. Not in these motivations of your heart. Truly surrender those motivations to Him, and you’ll find it easy to have all the desires of your heart!

What if you decided you didn’t have to have the approval you so wanted from someone. Would you finally stop pretending you’re okay without having that approval, and experience the freedom to just be yourself? That’s confidence!

What if you chose to really forgive someone for hurting you or getting the better side of a deal? Would you then not feel like you expect anything in return? Wouldn’t you then relax around them? Wouldn’t that edge in your voice disappear? That’s confidence.

It’s what radiated from this mentor—confidence.

You and I can have this confidence too. The secret is to really change our hearts, and that’s hard to do. Sometimes it will take softening and opening your heart. Have grace with others and realize this life isn’t about getting what you want, but it is about loving one another.

Lord of Heavens, can You please open the eyes of the dear sister who needs to hear this message? If she is willing to try to wash her heart of wrong motivations which sabotage her confidence, would You come along side of her to guide her? Help her, every time she feels her heart wanting to react to a sting—a selfish desire, or a hurt. Stop her for a moment, and help her decide to flip it—take her heart and open it and love that person that seems to have gotten the better of her. Amen.

Would you like to share your thoughts?  Please join the conversation and contribute a comment to the conversation here.

What is Friendship?

Carry each others’ burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2 NIV

A couple years ago, we had the opportunity to go, as a family, on a missions trip.  It was a joyous experience that made a lasting impression on all of us. On that trip, we met a family who has continued to have an impact on us.

Pastor Rod and his wife Kim come from a small town in Alabama. They have four kids, two of whom were also on the missions trip. The talks we had with them while there were the kind that grab your heart and strengthen your faith in Christ.  I left the week feeling like they would be friends forever.

Through social media, we have been able to keep in touch with this sweet family, learning what is going on in their lives, supporting them with prayer, and watching the kiddos grow via the Internet.  It has been wonderful.

This past spring, I realized just what a blessing this family was…and what a gift God had given us in them.

Another dear friend and his family were having a hard time.  Their middle son was very, very ill, and not expected to make it.  My heart was breaking for them, and I could not get there to be with them, to hug them, to pray with them.

You see, they were in…Alabama.

Desperate to provide some comfort, I messaged Rod, asking how close he lived to them.  Rod said he lived a couple hours away and that he and his family would be praying for our friends, even though they did not know them.

I thought perhaps that would be the end of it.  But I underestimated Rod.  He sent me his schedule, telling me he would be able to go visit on a day later in the week, should I need him to go represent me to this family in crisis.

I cannot express the joy it gave me to know I had “boots on the ground” should anything happen to that sweet little boy. With tears in my eyes, I thanked this brother, knowing that because he loved me as a sister in Christ, and he loved my friends because I loved them.

Isn’t that the way Jesus lived while He was here on this planet?  He healed a centurion’s servant and raised a widow’s son because of the love others had for them (see Luke 7).  He saw the masses and had compassion on them (see Matthew 9:36).  He mourned the death of Lazarus for Mary and Martha’s sake, even though He planned to raise him from the dead (see John 11).  He cared because they cared.

And this Christ-like attitude is what I saw in Pastor Rod.

What sweetness there would be on this planet if we all approached life in that way, loving those who were loved by somebody, even if not by us directly!

The end of the story:  God is so gracious and kind that He healed my friends’ little boy.  Praise Him for that!  And I was able to share that with Rod.  And we gloried together at the works of God’s hand…yet another sweetness of this friendship.

Dear Father, You call us to be there for each other in all sorts of ways and for all sorts of purposes.  We thank You that You give us the example of how to do that.  We thank you for friends who can share our triumphs and our sorrows, whether they are personally involved or not.  We thank You for loving friends like Rod and his family who see our hearts when we meet them and hold onto them when we part.  That is what family of God is about, Lord, sweet fellowship.  Thank You for loving us enough to give us glimpses of it here on earth.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.

 

Are You Excited?

We sure are!

aNew Season Ministries announces the release of A Widow’s Might latest devotional book, For the Love of HER Life: Winter Edition through Amazon.com.  The Winter Edition will run from December through February. Here are more devotionals to encourage, inspire and guide you or your loved one along the grief journey.

You may or may not be a widow, but most likely you KNOW one.  If each of you reading this would get one or two copies to give away as gifts to a hurting widow, then this ministry would reach even more widows with the comfort we all have received from Scripture.

We ask you to join us in ministering to others.  Here’s a suggestion, have an extra copy in the car to give to someone in need.  How many times have you met someone at the dentist office or the grocery store and wish you had something to give her which would encourage her?

We love our readers and can’t wait to have this new book in the hands of each and every one.

Now for some extra news.  Did you remember to put your Amazon review in on our Summer and Autumn editions?  Thank you!   Now we are ready with a drawing to give one of our readers a free copy of the winter edition. We have chosen a name from all the summer and autumn Amazon reviews, and the winner is:  Momof5inAR!!  Please contact our ministry email to claim your free winter devotion.

You can find the book here at this link:  http://www.amazon.com/Love-HER-Life-Devotions-Ministries/dp/1502775115/ref=la_B00KO4AHPU_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416012991&sr=1-1

Blessings to you from the Writing Team of A Widow’s Might/aNew Season Ministries!

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