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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: WASTE




Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.


I recently had the delightful opportunity to record a conversation with my dear friend, Katie M. Reid, for her podcast, The Martha + Mary Show. She invited me to talk about one of my newly released books, Letters to Grief.


bible verses for comfort in grief

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In preparation for our conversation, Katie asked me to share a few Bible verses about grief that have comforted me in the past.

One passage I always go back to that buoyed me up when my mom was dying of cancer comes from 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV)

I don’t know about you, but I frequently feel the physical effects of my body wasting away. Every day it seems I have a new complaint or ache or pain as my body continues its process of aging and decay.

And yet, on the inside, I can remember and trust and hope in the truth that the Lord has never ceased His renewing work in the secret, hidden parts within me.

As I thought about this prompt and what to write, the Lord brought John Piper’s article, “Don’t Waste Your Cancer,” to mind.

And it made me wonder:

Am I wasting the providences the Lord has given me?

Am I wasting opportunities that I’ve been given — either due to fear of man, selfishness, or just plain laziness?

I mentioned in a recent post that my friend’s husband recently passed away very suddenly. They had no indication it was coming. And I keep thinking to myself, “This could be my last day. This could be my husband’s last day.”

How now shall we live?




Bible Verses for Comfort in Grief

letters to grief




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