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I’ve had the honor of listening to thousands of stories on the Bridges set.

I’ve learned that every story is both unique and sacred. When I talked with Kim Peacock about the tragic loss of her daughter Nicole, I heard her grief and the sorrow. I was also able to hear that despite the that tragic loss, God gave Kim a passion for  living Victoriously.

“There are still hard days. I long to see Nicole and hear her voice. I think about her every day. Even when it doesn’t show on the outside, she is on my mind.

I am still a work in progress, and you are too. I don’t know what depths of grief your heart has experienced, whether it is the loss of a child in death, the loss of someone you never imagined living without, or if it is the loss of a dream. But I will tell you that you will make it through this. The scars, on your heart or on your body, are reminders. They are reminders to others and to ourselves. We are more than survivors. We are conquerors in our battles. We are Victorious.”

Victorious Heart by Kim Peacock

As I read those words by Kim Peacock, Author – Victorious Heart I am encouraged to acknowledge my grief and losses and to also live victoriously. Here are a couple of truths that Kim shared on Bridges:

Acknowledge and Embrace Your Grief

Acknowledging and embracing your grief is a part of the journey. The journey is different for each of us but holding onto God and finding community is critical  to the grieving process. As believers in Christ when we grieve – we grieve with hope.

13Now we do not want you to be uninformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life]. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [as in fact He did], even so God [in this same way—by raising them from the dead] will bring with Him those [believers]

who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 AMP

Find Community

It may be helpful to talk with other believers who have experienced a similar loss or challenge. When we see how others face loss and/or challenges with victory it encourages us. It demonstrates to us that we can face hardships and loss and still walk in victory. It is important that we encourage each other.

Be happy with those who are happy, and weep

with those who weep.

Romans 12:12 NLT

Everybody has a story. Your story may be the loss of a dream. Perhaps it’s the loss of a relationship, an untimely death,  or loss of a job. We all experience grief, hardships, and loss, yet we can still with God’s help live victoriously.

I Would Love to Hear from You

What’s your story? Have you faced a loss or hardship and found victory? I would love to hear how God has worked and is still working in your life. I am sure your story will encourage me – and others.

Today’s Secret from the Studio: We all face losses and hardships but with God’s help we can live victoriously and help others do the same.

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