For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:24-25

December 25, 2014 – Jesus Christ is Born

For unto us a Child is born…

 

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December 20, 2014 – Advice

Something to remember when you know someone who is grieving is that they don’t always need/want your “advice”… they need your time, compassion and love.  So many times over the past four years when we have talked to people about our feelings, or how we have been treated through our grief process, they have given us their take on things or have played devil’s advocate.  We’re sure that they thought they were being helpful, but it has been incredibly hurtful and often times, to be honest, has just made us angry.  So many people just walked away from us, and many of them probably didn’t know what to do or say, so they just did nothing….but remember, it’s not about having the answers, it’s about being there.

Often, the best thing to say, is nothing, just be there.

 

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December 16, 2014 – What Grievers Need to Remember

Following is a recent blog post at Griefminister.com, we have not met him, however we follow his blog and thought this would be helpful to share….
What Grievers Need to Remember This Holiday Season
  • You should not be alone during the holidays.
  • Love does not end with death. Your relationship with your loved one continues.
  • You need to talk about your grief. Don’t be afraid to share what you think, feel & need during the holidays.
  • You need to know & honor your limitations during special days. Set your expectations low…not too high.
  • You should eliminate unnecessary stress. Build in time for yourself & your needs.
  • You need to be with supportive, comforting people. Limit your time with people who are difficult to deal with or who cause you stress.
  • You have an emotional need to mention the name of the person who has died.
  • You need to tell others what is right for you during the holidays…what is comforting & what is painful.
  • You should plan ahead for gatherings.
  • You ought to embrace your treasure of memories.
  • You should reflect on why you & others celebrate these special days. Make them filled with meaning & purpose.
  • You should depend upon the resources available to you through your faith.
  • Mourning in a healthy way during the holidays will help you heal & move toward reconciliation.

Written by Larry M. Barber, LPC-S, CT, author of Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief with Hope and Promise which is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The book is also available for purchase for Kindle and Nook.  Direct purchase can be made of the book from http://grief-works.org/book.php.

 

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December 1, 2014 – Happy Birthday, Hannah!

 

Happy 13th Birthday, Hannah!


Four years ago, one month before her 9th birthday, our precious Hannah went to be with Jesus.  We miss her more and more each day, but with each day we are also that much closer to seeing her again.  Looking forward to that day, and to the fulfillment of our greatest hope, when we meet our Lord and Savior Jesus face to face.

Happy Birthday precious one!

 


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November 7, 2014 – A Shoebox for Hannah

It’s Shoebox time again. We will be packing Shoebox’s for Hannah and sending them out. If you pack a shoebox for Hannah, we would love to hear about it. This last year we received a message from a mother in Colombia, thanking us for the shoebox her sweet daughter received. These shoeboxes really do make a difference in children’s lives! Beyond the toys and other gifts that the shoeboxes are filled with, they also receive the greatest gift there is — learning about Jesus!

Don't Be the New Kid – Pack a Shoebox!

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October 15, 2014 – Remember Them

This week at GriefShare we were discussing how most people are afraid to talk about your child, spouse or other loved one who has died.  It is such an uncomfortable subject for so many people, and I’ve even heard several times that people are afraid to mention Hannah because they don’t want to upset me, make me sad, or even make themselves sad.   I ran across this quote from Elizabeth Edwards, who lost a son, and thought it was so appropriate to share with everyone.

If you know someone who has lost a child or lost anybody who’s important to them, and you’re afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died, they didn’t forget they died. You’re not reminding them. What you’re reminding them of is that you remember that they lived, and that’s a great, great gift.’

We miss our precious Hannah, we talk about her all the time, and we can not wait for the day we will see her again!  Jesus is alive and thanks to him, so is Hannah.

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October 6, 2014 – HOPE

Our Hope is found in Jesus, and nowhere else!  He is the Hope of all the world!

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September 19, 2014 – Every Tear

One day, Jesus will wipe away every tear!

 

The New Heaven and the New Earth

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

 

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August 2014 – GriefShare

Starting this September we will be leading a GriefShare Seminar and Support Group at Friendship Baptist Church in Fairview, TX.  GriefShare is for anyone experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one, and will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm starting September 9th and going through December 16th.  The cost will be $15, which includes a workbook. If you are interested in joining us or have any questions please email us at  griefsharefbcfairview@gmail.com

To find out more about GriefShare you can visit  www.griefshare.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 6, 2014 – Bracelet

Many people who have lost a child (or another loved one) become passionate about fighting the cause that took their loved one from them…it could be cancer, food allergies, texting and driving, drugs, the list goes on and on.  These are all great things to fight against and/or bring awareness to which is admirable and much needed.

Our primary focus after the death of Hannah has been on the life saving relationship with Jesus and our eternity with Him!  In honor of Hannah’s life and a reminder to everyone who knew her here on Earth, we created a special bracelet that we feel she would like while providing a daily reminder that Hannah is with Jesus and one day we will be reunited with her in Heaven!

Shown below are pictures of the bracelet.  If anyone would like one, please email us at thehopeofhannah@gmail.com and we will get one to you free of charge.  We appreciate your support of our family and our ongoing ministry!

 

 

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