It’s been awhile, and I have one thing to say about that, “It’s okay.” Grace is a gift, and I am learning to extend it to myself as well.

A week before Braden’s birthday, I had the honor of speaking at a women’s grief support group – it was the first time I had ever done this. I’ve given my testimony, with Braden at the center, many times, but I had never spoken to a group whose hearts I could identify with – brave and wounded.

As I was preparing my notes, God placed an image on my heart – a disheveled, tightly wound ball of string.

I’ve often related grief to a tangled web of emotions, wound tight, making it difficult to even breathe at times. In that moment, I relived my own journey of unwinding that tightly knit ball, unraveling not only my emotions but myself in the process. It was a process of “unbecoming” something I once was to be remade into something new.

I imagined God taking the end of that string, gently leading me through the process of unraveling, and assisting in the recreation.

Maybe it’s not death that has caused your grief. Maybe it’s the loss of a marriage, job, relationship, or dream. I’ve always believed that grief is grief. In the midst of the unravel, I pray you see God making something new in the process.

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:19


6 thoughts on “Unraveled

  1. Thanks Steph, Got some things going on in my life and it’s a good thought process, unraveling, and also becoming something new. You continue to be an inspiration. Blessings to you my friend.


  2. Steph,
    It always seems that you share inspirational thoughts at the perfect time. This is “unraveling” is so perfect. You will never know who much your words help me (an others). Thank You so very much!



  3. Steph,

    Time and distance have separated us, but you remain special to me. Thank you for sharing this while you remember Braden. You and your heart are beautiful.


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