The Many Faces of Grief: the Holidays

When you've lost someone you love, the holidays can be a difficult time. This is the time you spend with people you love, and when one is missing, it feels empty. It's just not the same without him or her. This will be my second Christmas without Jake. It's not easier, but God has made me…

The Many Faces of Grief: Introduction (Part 1)

In one of my rehab counseling classes, we have to do an advocacy project: we can advocate for an individual, a group of people, or the profession of rehabilitation counseling. Well, guess which group of people I selected? You guessed it.... people experiencing grief and loss in their life. So, I decided to do a…

Reflections…

Dear Jake,Has it really been a year? In some ways it feels much longer than a year and in other ways it still feels like yesterday that you were here on this earth being your goofy Texas self. Oh, babe, how I miss you. I miss everything about you. And I still love you so…

The Dash

The Dash--it's the small dash between the date of birth and the date of death. How do you sum up a person's whole life with such little space? Better yet--how do you sum up Jake Rush's life and who he was in just a few words? Well... here's the outcome...Jake Rush was a Husband, Son,…

Here in the Power of Christ, I’ll Stand!

I love the devotional song, "In Christ Alone." I've always loved singing it--I first heard it when I was at Harding (in chapel probably). Such a pretty song with some powerful words! This song has a deeper meaning to me now than it did at Harding, though. (I've noticed that A LOT with songs I've…

Lines in the Sand

We arbitrarily draw lines in the sand. We think to ourselves that God shouldn't and can't cross those lines. Comfort. Love. Friendship. Happiness. Family. God, if you give me ____ (fill in the blank), then I'll do your will. I'll do anything for you God, but I have to have ____. In my case, I…

My Journey

Jake was the best thing to ever happen to me. He made me a better person and child of God (and I'm sure he would say the same thing about me). God blessed me with an amazing, adoring husband. June 24, 2011 was the best day of my life--I married my best friend and love…