But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. ~Luke 5:15 NASB
Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, And gather you from the west. ~Isaiah 43:5 NASB
These things I have spoken to you to that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. ~John 16:33 NASB
There are a lot of troubling things going on all over the world right now. Whether you agree or disagree with decisions being made, I think we can all agree that the current state of affairs is troubling. As we watch events unfold we cannot help but think and worry about the impacts on your personal world. Our families and friends, our workplaces and places we visit all are feeling the effects.
I am in the midst of many changes in my personal life and the decisions often seem overwhelming. However, I trust the one who has the answers even when he doesn’t reveal them to me. I talk a lot about this in my memoir 𝐂𝐨𝐰𝐛𝐨𝐲𝐬 𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐫𝐲 which was just published by Christian Faith Publishing and is available on Amazon.
I have to remind myself that I am not truly alone and there are others struggling with decisions and impacts as well. I think we have a couple of options:
Trust God. This is where our faith determines our outlook and do we believe that God is still in control despite what we see happening all around us.
Reach out in service of others. Those around us who are experiencing similar things, let us help one another grow as individuals and communities.
Shrink back. This should not be an option as this only serves to isolate us more and allows fear, distrust, and distress to grow. (⬅PS – this is exactly what the enemy wants us to do.
Now, what will you choose?
Do not rejoice over me, enemy of mine. Though I fall I will rise; Though I live in darkness, the LORD is a light for me. ~Micah 7:8
Sometimes you just need to slow down and breathe in the moment. It has been a crazy couple of weeks and with everything going on around the publication of my memoir. The other evening I was blessed to go out to the barn with my wife and daughter. It was a quiet evening just the three of us and the horses, those are the times and the memories I cherish.
What about you?
As we approach the upcoming release of my memoir > 𝘾𝙤𝙬𝙗𝙤𝙮𝙨 𝘼𝙧𝙚 𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙎𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝘾𝙧𝙮 as a precursor I encourage you to take a listen to the conversation with Ronit Plank as a guest on her podcast 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗱 last January talking about life, death, grief and healing.
Click on the graphic to go to the podcast episode.
I share my personal journey of carrying grief and healing, while navigating my own personal and the societal expectations surrounding grief that are often placed upon men.
I can’t wait for both men and the women who love their men in their lives, to read it as it is ultimately a story of hope and healing. I also believe my story will speak to some ladies out there as well.
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P.S. Have a nice day! Exodus 15:3
I share my personal journey of carrying grief and healing, while navigating my own personal and the societal expectations surrounding grief that are often placed upon men. #Memoir #CowboysAreNotSupposedtoCry #Healing #MentalHealth
I can’t wait for both men and the women who love their men in their lives, to read it as it is ultimately a story of hope and healing. I also believe my story will speak to some ladies out there as well. #Memoir #CowboysAreNotSupposedtoCry #Healing #MentalHealth
Title page, Part3 – Redeeming the Future from my upcoming #memoir ‘𝐶𝑜𝑤𝑏𝑜𝑦𝑠 𝐴𝑟𝑒 𝑁𝑜𝑡 𝑆𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝐶𝑟𝑦.’
I recently sat late in the evening watching my beautiful wife crying while reading an early copy of my upcoming book. I love her heart and I am blessed. I can’t wait for you to read it also, for it is a story of hope and healing. The cover design has been approved and the book will be published later this summer.
It chronicles my journey of carrying grief and healing while navigating personal and societal expectations around men and grief. Though it is written from a man’s perspective, ladies I encourage you to read it also and recommend it to the men in your life.