Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sorrow Will End

For the past several days I have been struggling with my emotions,more so than before.This is perhaps quite normal,but still difficult to go through.I have read that grieving is like a roller coaster ride.Well,did I mention that I DO not like roller coasters?
This whole grieving process is exhausting,so today I will just show you some of the pictures I have been playing with.
Learning to use Photoshop CS5 is fun,and a good way to keep my thoughts focused on something other than my loneliness.

I know that God is with me and that gives me the desire to move forward,even during the darkest times.

I am also thankful for friends both those living near me and those of you who reach out and touch my heart via the internet.

I am looking forward to the time when I can be out in God's creation and enjoy the beauty.

I came across this verse today and found comfort knowing that my days of sorrow will end.


48 comments:

  1. I'm sorry Ruth. I wish I could give you a hug. Seeing the darling little chickadee made me think of the lovely song....His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

    This long old winter doesn't help much either. I was just thinking today that usually by now the snow is usually well on it's way to melting off. Not this year, and it seems like winter started early too. Spring will come and I hope that will bring with it more joy for you, your friend, Diane

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  2. Ruth, I'm so sorry for your sorrow. Certainly, it's a necessary process but such a difficult one to endure.

    Your photos are just beautiful. I have a soft spot for wood ducks and chickadees.

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  3. Dear Ruth, As much as our hearts want to relieve you of sorrow and grief, each one of us has to walk through this valley on our own - BUT we are never alone! Jesus has promised to walk beside you and He will hold your hand. I love that the Lord gave you that Scripture verse! Awesome verse! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!

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  4. Hi Ruth, It's okay to feel lonely and full of sorrow. That's just normal after losing the love of your life. Time will help--but that big hole remains for a long, long time.

    I'm glad you are studying and learning things --which definitely can take your mind off of your loneliness... Your photos are fabulous... I'm so proud of you.

    I think Diane is right also. The long winters don't help.. Once spring gets here, you will feel some new life and have some new adventures...

    Hugs and Prayers and LOVE,
    Betsy

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  5. Thanks for sharing your feelings with us. Life isn't always easy but God will never leave you or forsake you. Hopefully the cold weather and the snow will be leaving us soon. The sun is warming up and hopefully we will be smelling and feeling spring is in the air. Love your pictures and continue sharing Gods beauty with us...Susan

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  6. Your little chickadee photo is so beautiful. Grief is never easy but it will get better. I lost my dad 8 years ago this month and the winter months are always the worst for me. My dad was my rock, my best friend and my fishing buddy. He taught me about nature and wildlife and gave me my love of animals. When I can get outside and enjoy this beautiful world God created I feel close to my dad and remember the great times we shared.
    My prayers are with you Ruth and know that God gives the comfort and peace that only He can give. I still feel the loss and the tears still flow but I know God is right there with me. I'm sending you a big hug Ruth!

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  7. Ah the loneliness. I had a flip side these last number of days, since last Friday I've been Miss Socialite. I find it quite exhausting ... I've been so used to cocooning!

    Some good God stories though, where I definitely have seen his nudges as to what to do in given situations. I like it when that happens.

    I'm looking forward to the day when my mourning truly has been turned into dancing. Right now I'm still acting on that scripture in faith!

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  8. I am watching some good friends who are going through a grieving process as you are. I am delighted to see a smile and not surprised by sudden tears. Your description of a roller coaster ride is so accurate. Spring with its new life and renewal will be most welcome. God bless you, Ruth.

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  9. Even in your grief you continue to shine your beauty out to all of us through your photos and the added effects you're learning. And I appreciate you for that. God bless you and hold you through your sorrow. I know I only started following you a short time ago, but I had read in your profile about your great loss. Thanks for still shining your light...

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  10. What a great verse of hope and inspiration, Ruth ! "Your days of sorrow will end" - who else could make such a promise ! Hold on to that through your days of sorrow.

    You've done some wonderful work with PS on these shots (I don't even have PS).

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  11. The verse from Isaiah, so wonderful to go with the last picture. You are an artist with your photography. I especially love the wood duck, right down to that drop of water hanging from his bill and the amazing double head reflection.

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  12. Wow these are gorgeous Ruth! You are very creative. Love the verse! Thank you for sharing.
    After all the sorrows He will make you strong, firm and steadfast.
    Hugs.

    Regina

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  13. You are certainly learning many things about Photoshop. Your pictures and frames are beautiful. I seem to have reached a plateau, but I have so many things to do that I don't take the time to study as I should.
    The roller coaster ride of grief will come to an end.

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  14. Ruth dear, you are doing marvels with the photoshop and it is great that it can occupy your mind, but do allow yourself to grieve as well. You know that so many of us hold Jake in our hearts as well. Allow yourself to cry and be angry for having him taken away. God is a God of love and understands your feelings better than anyone else, so let out all the hurt, RANT AND REAVE AND WHEN YOU ARE EXHAUSTED, GOD WILL HELP YOU UP AND LOVE YOU STILL.

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  15. Ruth, Take strength from all the people around the world who know you through this blog! You are in all our thoughts. Bless you.
    Wonderful shots by the way!

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  16. ((hugs)) to you during this hard time. You are doing the right thing by keeping busy and heading toward creativity to keep you happier. I love the one shot you did with the wood duck, it is gorgeous.

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  17. Amen to the last photo with words.
    Roller coaster - and waves on the beach -ups and downs - it is so very hard. Praying for God's comfort.

    We have to be over the hurdle and on to spring soon. Winter can't stay here forever! Your doing a great job with that photoshop. And of course you have spectacular photos to work with!

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  18. Ruth, I wish there was something I could do to keep the rollercoaster of sorrow away...so sorry you have to go through that. (((Hug)))

    Your photos are beautiful...and the verses you share speak to many.

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:18-19

    For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13

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  19. Dearest Ruth...praying for an extra measure of comfort and God's presence in your life today...and may spring be closer than you think. Rest in his love for you, dear friend. Patricia

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  20. I'm sorry to hear it's been a rough week for you. I am sending you tons of e-hugs and wishes for a better day today. You are a very strong woman and I know you will prevail; but I feel so sad knowing that you are hurting so much. you deserve happiness every day and at some point, you will have it again.

    *hugs*
    Krista

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  21. My thoughts are still with you, Ruth. Your photos are lovely, and you did a terrific job in Photoshop with them. The verse is very nice as well.

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  22. Oh Ms Ruth...I am so sorry for your sorrow and your lonliness. My dad has been greiving for the past five years and it is so difficult to watch him go through this day in and day out. I have tried everything in my power to encourage him to get back to living.
    It's a lonely step, but God is right there taking that step with you. I will be praying that your heart will be lifted of the heaviness and that you will awake each new day with a bright shining light to direct your days.
    Hugs and Blessings
    Shug

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  23. wow, you are doing a super duper job with CS5, i forgot to say yesterday how much i like your bird header. all of these are beautiful. Hug through the internet will have to do since I can't reach out to you. hugs and blessings come to you NOW

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  24. What a perfect verse to find and such a promise to cling to. I am also so grateful that He never leaves us or forsakes us. Such a comfort to know He is holding you close even while you endure the roller coaster ride. Your pictures are gorgeous and you continue to encourage and uplift the rest of us. Hoping spring comes soon!

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  25. Ruth
    Even through your sorrow, You are still an inspiration to me.
    When my 3 yr old grand son greets me he always says "Hugs and Patts Poppa"
    Hugs and Patts to you Ruth.

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  26. You shared some very beautiful photos today. I liked all of them, but the flowers are my favorite. Everyone has grief in their lives. Each of us has to handle in our way. What worked for me may not work for you, Time is on your side.

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  27. Thinking of you as you walk through these days ... I admire your attitude in the midst of it all.

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  28. I know it is such a difficult time for you and all your family Ruth. I am so glad you have so many caring friends to help you through this process. Jake would be so proud, and I know he is smiling down from above.Some day you two will be one again.
    Your pictures are just beautiful, and I really like what you have done with them.My favorite is the Wood duck.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Becky

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  29. Sending you hugs, prayers and understanding!

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  30. Ruth, you are continually in my prayers. The emotional rollercoaster of losing a loved one is one that eventually smoothes out with only the occasional rolling hill instead of those steep climbs and drops. Having lost my dad two years ago has been a long grieving process and still a "ride". The dreariness of winter can really play into those highs and lows as well. Just know that your blogging friends are hear to read when you need to talk. And from the sounds of things you are blessed with a wonderful family when you really need to talk to an actual person. Praying for you, Christy

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  31. Your Photoshop work is lovely, Ruth. It's good that you have something to occupy your time. The process of grief is definitely one of ups and downs, and hopefully gradually the ups come more often than the downs. Spring will help when you can get out with your camera finding solace in the beauty of nature, and you know that Jake will be beside you in spirit, easing your heart with his love.

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  32. I love the picture of the Wood Duck, Ruth, and your creativity. It'll be so nice when we can go out and look for all the ducks again.

    Sending you a hug and wishing you peace and happiness.

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  33. Beautiful photographs Ruth! You'll keep quite busy learning CS5, thats quite a package and yes your spring will come.

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  34. I am so sorry to hear you are grieving. I'm glad the verse from Isaiah is comforting you though.

    Your photos worked in Photoshop show you are learning well! I'm impressed.

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  35. Your work is so beautiful one would never know it was produced during a time of sorrow. You have some very nice frames and effects here.

    The verse is so meaningful.

    Continuing to pray for you ..

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  36. Hi Ruth, Your post this time is just wonderful. I wish there was something I could do to help you through such a difficult time. Life is so difficult at times. Last May I had open heart surgery but I don't think that comes close to the loss of a spouse. I hope you know that you've had a positive encouraging effect on those of us who have found and enjoyed your blog. I appreciate you and will continue to pray that you will find peace. I also want to thank you for the kind comments you have left on my blog. Sincere best wishes to you and kind regards. John.

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  37. Ruth, the loss you have suffered is great and I am sure it takes some time for you to mourn. Your photos are just beautiful, Ruth.

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  38. Touching photos and words from the heart. I really love the snow on the pine needles. Winter will soon be over!

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  39. Oh Ruth ..... I am sorry that you are on this roller coaster ride. I pray for Peace and Comfort for you.

    Wonderful post. The wood duck is AMAZING!

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  40. Dear Ruth,
    I am so sorry...
    But through it all you keep your humor which has to be a good sign (I don't like roller coasters either... especially not emotional ones)You are so smart to go to your beautiful photos of God's beautiful world for some comfort.
    many blessings for relief in your sorrow...
    Ann

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  41. Ruth, It is very healthy that you can share your feelings with us. This is part of your healing. Dang...you will always miss Jake. We have to accept the loss of a loved one. I know you know this. Hugs!

    Lovely photos!!!

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  42. Dear Ruth, grieving is such hard work. I found that out when I lost my son. It is very much a roller coaster. I am going through it again after losing my mom. I think we will both feel better when we can get out into the sunshine. This winter weather makes things worse, at least for me it does.
    Your chickadee picture is precious and I love the verse you shared.
    Good for you for learning something new! Hang in there dear friend!

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  43. Very, very nice photos Ruth. I'm sorry for all your sorry. Hang in there...spring is coming and you'll hopefully feel better.

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  44. These photos are beautiful, Ruth. And I don't like roller coasters either. (-: Hang in there.

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  45. beautiful pictures and comforting eords Ruth. Your photos remind me of a favourite saying that I rely on when I am a bit discouraged.
    " If you keep a green bough in your heart, the singing bird will come.... an ancient Chinese parable. It fits well with a mutal interest in photographing nature.
    Ann

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  46. That is a beautiful verse, Ruth, full of hope and peace. I am so sorry that you hurt so much....and there's nothing you can do but keep giving it up to the Lord and seeking comfort from Him and from your church friends. I'm glad that you have such enjoyable hobbies of photography and using PhotoShop. And I'm glad that your son lives nearby. Perhaps in a year or so you can become active in a seniors group at church or elsewhere.

    I continue to pray for comfort and peace for you.

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  47. Hello Ruth! Talk about small world! Yesterday you found me, today I found you! As I was visiting the "Mennonite Girls can cook" blog and getting hungry for lemon loaves I recognized your little picture from the comments section! Isn't that something? I didn't know you had a blog too! There was no link to it in the comments you left for me! Any way, it was a very nice surprise, seems after all we have more than love for photography in common! Like you I also love photographing birds, but right now there is just none around! Can't wait till they are back! Take care Ruth and remember that God will hold you close and see you through, because you are precious to him!

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