54 minutes | Apr 14, 2021

057: Navigating Grief & Loss with Rachel Wojo | The Living Room

 “You don’t need to ‘move on’ and ‘get over it’, but you can move forward in Christ!” Are you walking through a season of deep grief or loss? In this episode, author, ministry leader and my dear friend, Rachel Wojo, shares from her personal grief journey. Rachel’s first child, Taylor, suffered from a rare metabolic disorder causing gradual neurological degeneration for many years and went to be with Jesus in 2019. Rachel learned to rely on the sustaining power of Jesus as she walked through the intense heartache beside her daughter for all those years as well as the sorrow of her loss. She is the first to admit it hasn’t been easy and hasn’t always looked pretty, but God has been faithful. Rachel’s testimony is a reminder that our deepest grief and sorrow can actually be the window to discovering God’s deepest love! { USE PLAYER BAR @ TOP OF PAGE to listen to show, subscribe and share } Important Takeaways from Show Grief may not get easier with time, but you can grow stronger in the Lord in dealing with it You can walk and grow through anything with Christ (Philippians 4:13) Increasing your physical activity helps your mind and body during grief Recite the Bible verses you know and allow others to speak God’s Word over you Stay connected to your community throughout your grieving process The first step out the door can be the hardest; pray through it There is not always a linear progression to grief, it can be very unpredictable The rollercoaster of emotions we experience in grief is a call to Jesus You don’t need to have yourself all put together before turning to Jesus God understands your grief, who you are and every emotion you are experiencing There is a beautiful joy paired with the deepest sorrow God is right beside us in the midst of our pain and suffering God captures every tear and takes note of the weight and depth of our suffering (Psalm 56:8) Even though He knew Lazarus would be resurrected, Jesus wept beside Mary and Martha  (John 11) You don’t need to have words to minister to someone, your presence and embrace can speak even louder We should not compare grief because no loss is the same Empathize with someone else by admitting “I can’t imagine what you are going through” God invites us to pour out our hearts to Him (Psalm 62:8) We have hope in the midst of our grieving (1 Thessalonians 4:13) God wants to use what the enemy means for evil and use it for good God can do miracles of the heart in you and through you All the strength, endurance and joy you need is found in Christ (Colossians 1:11-14 NLT) Trust in him at all times, you people;     pour out your hearts to him,     for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 Links from Show Letters to Taylor One More Step: Finding Strength When You Feel Like Giving Up Rachel’s Shop [Disclosure: I make a small commission from affiliate links used in this post.]   Connect with Rachel Wojo Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Connect with Joanna  Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter   Don’t Miss an Episode! We’d love to have you join our special Living Room Podcast email list. Even if you’re already part of my regular list, by applying in the form below, you’ll be notified when new episodes air – and get a special gift for joining (among other things!) I’d love to hear from you… What spoke most to you from Rachel’s interview?
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