Beyond Borders

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Thirty-one Days Walking Through Darkness Day 7 :: It’s a Choice


I20121007-192055.jpgt’s a choice. This thing called grief. Not a choice of experience. But a choice of full on facing it. Embracing it. Walking through it. Or… ignoring it. Pushing it deep down in the dark. Facing the world with I’m fine smiles and wanting to believe it yourself.

Embracing the idea that you have lost something or someone. Whether a loved one or a dream, a home or pet. It’s all loss. And it all brings grief. Grief… A natural response to loss, a deep anguish. It can send us spiraling, turn us inside out. Bring out the worst in us or the best in us… But there is healing. And the healing only comes by walking through.

There is no special formula, in dealing with grief, no timetables, no magic pill to swallow. It ebbs and flows like the tides of the ocean. Unique to each of us. A journey. And that journey ends in joy.

God, are you there?
I’m here. I am right here.

Author: Shelly Richardson

A stay at home mom, married to my best friend, who loves like Jesus. Together we have four beautiful daughters. One biological, one adopted and two by way of marriage. Our 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome when she was 6 years old and our youngest was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. I have dealt with chronic illness most of my life and at times has been debilitating. It is through this illness and the special needs of our children that drew us closer to God. Beyond Borders is the place where I write out my story of living beyond my borders. A place to share of God’s love and grace, His mercy and sovereignty, and what that looks like in my own little world of chronic illness and autism. A place where courage and faith intersect and He moves me to action. My hope in writing is that you find something that inspires you. Encourages you. Makes you smile.

6 thoughts on “Thirty-one Days Walking Through Darkness Day 7 :: It’s a Choice

  1. This post really spoke to me. I am feeling a lot of grief today. And I don’t think it brings out the best in me. One day though, I know I will be on the other side of this!

    • Laurel, grief is like a roller coaster sometimes, for me anyway. Good days and bad days, and brings out the worst in me a lot. And yes, one day we will be on the other side, keep walking, close to Him. He will lead you through.

  2. this is such a beautiful post…it found buried pieces of my soul and made me \sk if i did truly walk through!

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  4. I can honestly say I have no way of imaging that I will find joy at the end of this journey but I will give God the glory if that miracle would happen.

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