Have you ever woken up at 3 am and your heart is heavy with worry? I did last night. My head wouldn’t let me get back to sleep. I was rethinking a conversation… how could I have said it differently? Other worries ran through my brain too. Then I started thinking about my friend who is on vacation and whose heart is broken because her friend committed suicide this week.
My heart was so heavy. After an hour of tossing and turning, I went to the living room to pray. I asked God to please help my heart… it was so heavy. My husband, Jeff, came out and asked me to come back to bed. He put on the movie, “A Few Good Men” that we have watched over one hundred times, knowing that sometimes it helps me fall back to sleep after a few minutes of listening to it with my eyes closed. And it did.
This morning when I woke up, I saw George Kimble’s post which is always at the top of my Facebook news feed in the morning. George wrote, “While sometimes it may appear that life throws more obstacles in your path than you can handle, you can always choose to be HAPPY! Also remember to SMILE and LAUGH and LOVE today!”
Reading his post made me feel a bit better. I have told George that his posts often feel like God is reading my heart and wants me to hear that message.
Then I opened up my email, and I had one from Charlene Costanza! She writes “Today’s Touchstone’s for Living the Twelve Gifts” which I have received every day for years. A little over a year ago, they started ending up in my spam folder. But every now and then, one mysteriously shows up in my inbox. Every time this happens, it addresses a need in my heart I have been praying about… and this morning’s was extra special.
I am attaching a link to this post on her website at the end of this blog so you can read it in its entirety. It will only take you a couple of minutes. It was an Anchor Moment for me because I know God heard my prayer last night, and this was his answer for me, to lift my heavy heart and make it feel whole again. I am not and have never been suicidal, but most of us sadly know at least one person who took their own life. They didn’t know how to lift their heavy heart.
Please share this Anchor Moment with Charlene’s “Today’s Touchstone” in it with your friends. It has great advice on how to lift a heavy heart, which we all experience from time to time. You never know, it may help give someone the lift they need when they feel they can’t hold their heavy heart any longer.
Here is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
It is free and is available 24 hours a day with someone who listens and cares.
If you need a hug, my friend Randy Walters at Wimpy’s Paradise restaurant in downtown Chandler, always has free hugs available.
Often people will come from miles away to get one and on more than one occasion, someone has told Randy they came for the hug even more than for the burger or hot dog.
Sometimes a small act of kindness can go a long way.
Charlene Costanza’s, “Today’s Touchstone”