A Note from Joanne Calderwood:
If you've been following this site, you'll know that there's not been much to follow due to my husband's fight against cancer which began in early 2016. And as many of you know, Steven entered into the Kingdom in July of last year. A tremendous loss for all of us who knew and loved him.
It was ALWAYS Steven's hope that he could join me in blessing MOMs through the ministry of URtheMOM.com. Often he would tell me emphatically, "I can't wait until I'm healed so we both can focus on your ministry!" He had SUCH a giving heart, and he understood my heart which is to be a blessing to my sisters who share this beautiful journey of motherhood. He felt terrible that his illness meant a pausing of what was near and dear to me. Of course, family is nearer and dearer than anything, and I never looked back.
Steven's faith was incredible, and although he did not receive physical healing on this side, he DID receive a depth of emotional healing before being released from the body and going home to be with his Lord. In the days and months since my beloved's passing, I've heard his words echoing through my heart: "You have an important ministry, Joanne." I'm not sure I ever agreed with him when he used to tell me that, honestly. But he always encouraged me sincerely. In retrospect, it *was* hard for me to just shut everything down online, to leave my work. Of course, I would do the same thing again.
In my search for meaning and purpose as a widow with a seemingly long stretch of years ahead of me, I've found peace in knowing that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Being still and drinking deeply from the Word has no substitute. Neither does patience, I'm sorry to have to report. lol
That being said, this past week I clearly heard these words: "Help your sisters." Not audibly, but in an out-of-nowhere kind of voice that took me by complete surprise. Perhaps you've had a similar experience? One where you look around you to see where it came from, but then you realize it came from the Spirit inside you?
So I believe it is time. Time to move forward in obedience and courage. To pick up the towel and a bowl of water and serve as best I can ~ more humbly due to the brokenness of divorce, then widowhood. Complete brokenness, complete surrender. Unlovely ashes from which only Jesus Himself can masterfully create the miraculously new and useful. I long to be a useful tool for building up His Kingdom. Would you please pray for me as I emerge from this cocoon and step up to take flight with tentative wings into the new? To hear only His voice? To shut out the other voices that clamor so loudly?
I'm praying for you as well, Mom. Your calling is irrevocable. You have been chosen to mother a certain child or certain children because YOU are best suited to be his/her/their mother!!! The good news is you don't have to do it in your own strength. You are NOT alone! Please message me if there is anything I can pray specifically for you and your family. Yes, I'm serious! :)
From my heart,
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May this song ENCOURAGE you whenever necessary!
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