Hope for a Widow’s Heart on Valentine’s Day (Write the Word)

It's February. All around social media, I've been seeing comments like, "the month of love." During the first few days of this month, I kept seeing people posting about their Write the Word plans for February. It seems that everyone's plans were about loving one another, loving your husband, what the word says about us showing love to other people around us. And it hurt my widow heart a little.

I would love to be showing love to my husband right now. But he isn't with me anymore. I won't see him again until I have gone to meet Jesus, too.


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Don't get me wrong, I love that we are encouraging women to love their husbands. It's good and right. I love that we are encouraging women to love their children and their neighbors. But right now, I am so steeped in grief that it's hard to think about loving others. It's all I can do some mornings to get out of bed.

If I am in this place, I know that others are also in this place of grief with me. A widow views Valentine's Day differently. We need encouragement of a different sort. I need to remember that in this hard time, God is still with me, that He cares, that His eye is on me, and that He will take care of me and my children. And I'm sure there are  other widows who need this same encouragement.


I decided to put together a schedule for writing the Word that would take me to Scriptures that would remind me of God's love and care for me. I dug and searched and found some passages that really spoke to me, and I laid out a schedule.

Yes, I know this is not the first day of the month. Does God need me to start a new plan for reading and meditating on His Word right on the first calendar day of the month? No. He just wants us to start today. Any day is a good day to seek Him and put His Word in our hearts.

So I'm starting today, and I hope you'll join me.


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I put together two (only very slightly) different schedules for #WritetheWord for the next 30 days. They are a free pdf– no newsletter subscription required for my Write the Word Scripture plans. (Download your schedule at the bottom of this post.) If you find them helpful or would like to follow along in my quest for faith, faith in grief and the hard stuff of life, helping children walk through grief, Bible studies (coming soon!), caring for others as we walk the hard stuff, and chasing joy in the every day… then I would love for you to subscribe to my newsletter and be one of my special friends. {grin}




The first schedule is called Hope for a Widow's Heart. If you have a friend who is widowed or recently widowed and mourning the loss of her husband or marriage this Valentine's Day, will you please share this Scripture writing plan with her?

The second schedule is called Hope for a Woman's Heart. It only has only one day's writing that is different from Hope for a Widow's Heart. This schedule for writing the Word would be wonderful for a single woman, a woman who is going through a difficult time, or a woman who needs to remember the deep love of God for each of us.


So what is this Write the Word thing all about?

When I sit down to Write the Word, I like to sit down and quiet my mind. Then I read through the passage for the day. I like to have the whole passage in my mind before I begin writing. Then I just start writing down the Bible verse. As I write, my mind is focusing on the words and meaning in each verse. Sometimes I look up some commentaries or look up original word meanings from those Bible verses. Sometimes I just keep thinking about these verses. Then I pray and move on with my day. I have found that these Bible verses will often linger with me for the rest of the day. It's a simple way to spend time in God's Word– sort of like a devotional time without needing a devotional, just the Bible.




I don't have any fancy supplies. I have my Bible, a plain spiral bound notebook, my favorite pen, and my schedule that I print out and tuck inside the notebook. That is all that is needed.

I don't always get to write the Word every day, but there is grace. I write on the days that I can make myself move, and I'm trying to be gentle with myself right now as I move through grieving my husband.

Simple. Refreshing. Time with God in His Word.

And it's simple enough that even my grief-soaked self can do it.


I hope you'll join me. I'll be posting my Write the Word for the day and thoughts about the verses on Instagram. I'll be using the hastags #WritetheWord, #WritetheWordWidowsHope, #WritetheWordWomansHope. I would love to see yours and hear your thoughts, too!


For what it's worth, Happy Valentine's Day. You have been given the greatest love of all.


To download your Write the Word plan, click the correct image below.

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