Thank you so much!!!

Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement. I have needed them more than I can say. The past few days have been filled with lots of tears, sadness and an aching place in my heart and home that Chelsea had filled.

I have never been through such a loss. No one close to me has ever died. I was not prepared for the grief and felt as though it were going to swallow me whole. I know many people may think, “it’s only a dog” but for us it was a member of our immediate family. It was someone we talked to, cared for, loved on and were loved by every day for almost 14 years. I know there are so many greater losses in the world around me, but for a few days I needed to feel what I was feeling. Your love and prayers were part of God’s way of letting me know that it was okay, actually normal, to feel so sad.

Many people have asked how our boys are doing. Andrew is handling it well. He doesn’t want to be sad so he tells us to stop crying because that will make him cry. He doesn’t want to talk about it much, so we try to talk and cry when he is not around. He went to school on Tuesday, but Joshua was so upset that we let him stay home with me. Then JJ decided to stay home from work, too. We all sat in the living room where Chelsea like to stay and reminisced about her.

We took turns being upset and talked about what we miss most. It was good to give ourselves that day to grieve. It’s funny how when someone else is crying, you become strong for them. Then when they seem okay, you feel like you can let your guard down and sob. That is how it’s been here since Monday. We knew we needed to let go but we also knew we didn’t want to let go too quickly. We don’t want to forget how special she was so we celebrated her life and grieved our loss all day.

God is teaching me so much about His constant companionship through memories of Chelsea. He has drawn me so close to His heart for comfort and has reminded me again and again of how much more He wants to be all of those things to me in such a deeper way.

I’m headed back to work today for the first time. I am looking forward to being with my friends there who have carried me through this storm through their love and prayers. Boy do I have an amazing circle of friends who are Jesus with skin on – and you my bloggy friend have become one of them.

Thank you so much!!!!

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

Comments

  1. Oh Renee, you are so sweet and so very tender with your words. I respect that so much!

    Have a great day back at work!

    Prayers and Blessings, sweet friend!

    Rebecca

  2. God’s Word reminds us that He sees each sparrow fall. He knows what you’re going through and I’m so pleased to read that you have experienced Him as your Comforter. He will continue to uphold you. May you be blessed with many happy, treasured memories.

    Love & prayers,
    Joy

  3. People don’t understand sometimes, but I’m glad you’ve felt supported. I think grief is something that comes in waves and then their is the reality that we all grieve differently….

    I hope that today has been a good one for you.

  4. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I shared with my ‘guys’ on Tuesday evening that we need to pray for you and your family. They all remember meeting you in March.

    We pray that each day gets a little easier. I’m also praying for your moving situations as well. May you feel God’s loving presence in a special way today and this weekend.

    Blessings,
    Pearls

  5. Renee,
    I was so sad to read about Chelsea. I have a dashund, too, and they are the sweetest dogs and best companions ever. I’ll be praying for comfort for you and all your guys.

    Much love,
    Amy

  6. Renee,
    I think the idea of faithfulness, devotion, and love come up when we talk about a beloved pet. We get huge doses of such tender love- such “I want to be near you always” when our pet looks us in the eyes. That’s why we ache for them when we lose them. That’s why we remember anew how much God is thinking of us always, to the point that He cares about these beautiful loving creatures He brings into our lives to remind us that He so tenderly loves us.

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