Brave to Keep Living After Loss

Do you wonder how to be brave to keep living after loss?

Here is a sneak peek of my guest post for the Brave Women Series at where I share my story of how I found the courage and faith to live the life I didn’t want.

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Brave to Keep Living After Loss

Friend, are you facing a life-altering loss today? Or perhaps it is not just one enormous loss, but a myriad of losses that have cumulated over time like a snowball?

Like every human being who has lived at least a couple of decades on this earth, I have experienced many losses. But nothing has prepared me for the tragic loss that came upon me like a hurricane about three years ago.

With one sweep, I lost my beloved husband, my family, my home, and the blissful way of living in the beautiful country of Austria. It seemed that everything that I held precious was cut down with one mighty blow and removed from me.

I felt like Job, stripped down, thrown in the mud, with no future I could envisage. I couldn’t understand why God acted this way in my life. His actions seemed cruel and unfair. Losing my trust in Him was actually the most dangerous loss I could experience.

Courage for the New Life I Didn’t Want

The death of my husband brought death into my heart, too. I simply didn’t want to live in a world in which he was not present. I didn’t see any point to keep going. Life just stopped for me, split into before and after.

I was at my weakest possible and didn’t have any strength or courage to keep living this new life as a childless widow. A life I didn’t like and didn’t want.

But God.

He carried me like an eagle every single day and minute in the loving and powerful embrace of His invisible arms.

Read the rest of the story in the Brave Women Series to find out how God gave me the strength and courage to move forward.

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A Helpful Resource to Comfort You in Your Losses

In this “Book of Comforts” you’ll find comfort when you struggle with unmet expectations, disillusionment in faith, when you are in a season of pain, when your hope diminishes, when life gets hard, and much more. Reflection questions and a guided prayer follow each devotion.

The Book of Comforts

More Encouragement for You

If you need more resources, encouragement, and comfort in handling your losses and grief and moving forward, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.

Draw Near: How Painful Experiences Become the Birthplace of Blessings by Hadassah Treu

Life Changing Stories compiled by Mary Armand (You can read one of my stories here too!)

Life Can Be Good Again by Lisa Appelo

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lisa Terkeurst

Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts by Adam Dooley

Restoration Year – a 365 Days Devotional by John Eldredge

The Deepest Place: Suffering and the Formation of Hope by Curt Thompson

Soul Cry: Devotional Prayers for Wounded, Grieving and Suffering Hearts by Gary Roe

The Grief Guidebook: Common Questions, Compassionate Answers, Practical Suggestions by Gary Roe

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry L. Sittser

A Grace Revealed: How God Redeems the Story of Your Life by Jerry L. Sittser

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8 Replies to “Brave to Keep Living After Loss”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your very personal journey and how to be brave to keep living after loss. This has been a trying year for my family and your story really resonates with me.

  2. Thank you for so bravely sharing your story of how God gave you courage to keep living after your loss. Your openness will be a light to others who are trying to be brave amidst loss as well. I’m grateful that God is with us no matter what we are going through.

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! I hope my story will encourage many who struggle to find the strength and motivation to continue living after a significant loss. Blessings to you!

    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging words. Horace! Blessings on your writing ministry, too! May God continue to inspire and empower you!

  3. Amen! Thank you for the many ways you spread hope and healing to a hurting world, dear friend. You are truly a vessel of God’s love.

    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement, sweet friend! You are such a blessing, so happy God connected us across the ocean…

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