Say “Hello, Blossy” to our newest member of She Blossoms! She’s walking a tightrope in this drawing, and I suspect she’ll be even more adventurous as she blossoms.
Blossy was born during my week of solitude over the Christmas break — though her seeds were planted weeks ago. Maybe months. She’s my mascot/mouthpiece, my creative girl, my Blossomy way of sharing encouragement, hope, and faith.
She’ll bring you a new message every week. If you join our She Blossoms Facebook Group, you’ll see her every day.
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On the serious side
A reader emailed me last week, sharing a little about her sister’s death. It was a tragic loss that is incomprehensible and heartbreaking. My reader said she’s having trouble finding resources to help her understand why God doesn’t step in and prevent terrible situations.
In Why Doesn’t God Intervene to Protect Us?, I share ideas that help me cope with loss and grief.
Email me if you know of any helpful books or websites that might help — or if you have suggestions for coping with a tragic loss. I’d be happy to share this with our group next week.
And, I recently realized that sometimes we know things deep down, but we don’t want to admit or accept them.
Sometimes we know things about a marriage or relationship, a parent or child, or even our own health or bodies (especially after a calorie-rich holiday season!). Knowing is one thing…and facing the truth is a whole different beast.
Next week I’ll share tips on how to actually face the truth about something you’d rather avoid. If you have a story or advice to share, feel free to email me!
On the bright side
What are you looking forward to? What’s happening in your life that you’re excited about or scared of?
Remember that God brought you this far, and He’s not done with you or your life yet. You are part of His plan, and He has a purpose for you. He may not tell you everything — and He certainly won’t protect you from problems or pain because that wouldn’t be good for you.
But God loves you, and He won’t abandon you now. He’s never left you yet, has He? Even though you don’t always know what He’s doing, or why, or how, or when. Yours is not to question, little one. Yours is to trust, believe, and have faith in the God who created you.
Laurie & Blossy
Laurie's "She Blossoms" Books
Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back offers hope, encouragement, and strength for women walking through loss. My Blossom Tips are fresh and practical - they stem from my own experiences with a schizophrenic mother, foster homes, a devastating family estrangement, and infertility.
How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets (and Practical Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is filled with comforting and healthy breakup advice. The Blossom Tips will help you loosen unhealthy attachments to the past, seal your heart with peace, and move forward with joy.
When You Miss Him Like Crazy: 25 Lessons to Move You From Broken to Blossoming After a Breakup will help you refocus your life, re-create yourself, and start living fully again! Your spirit will rise and you'll blossom into who you were created to be.
Previous Blossom Newsletters
- The Winner and Puppies – Blossom Tip 15
- Which Do You Prefer? Blossom Tip 14
- Believe in Open Doors – Blossom Tip 13