This is something I wrote around the three year mark of loosing our son Clayton. This is things that we were currently doing at that time, and things that helped me.
God is still writing our story!
On April 19th, 2020 we were still living in Deadwood. This year we neither went to the cemetery, walked out to the accident scene in the woods, watched the picture slideshow from the funeral, or watched the funeral service as we had the previous two anniversaries after our sons death.
It's not that I didn't want to go to either the cemetery or accident or both that day in remembrance of our son but things came up and we weren't able to. I was certainly thinking of him that day though.
I did something different this spring and summer though.
First I did a youtube video over in the woods at the accident spot. I shared our story of loss, gave hope and encouragement, and read some scripture.
Then shortly after that I started a video series called Hope From the Cemetery summer 2020 series. I just wrapped up that series with my last video from the cemetery at the end of October. As well as one more video out in the woods.
In all I did 13 videos from the cemetery over the summer. I'm very thankful for that platform where I was able to give hope, encouragement, and scripture to someone going through grief and loss or other difficult things.
At this point, November 2, 2020, I only have 13 subscribers and some videos only have a couple fews. But I'm still very glad for what I was able to do through those videos and I never know How God will bless those videos and get them into the hands that need it. I also post every video on my blog too, but I don't have much of an audience on there either. So I'm praying to expand my audience and build my platform so I can get my stuff out to more people. The ones that need it.
I'm also trying to diligently look for places to speak at still. Early in the new year of 2020 I was praying diligently for places to speak at and how to find places and at that time I really felt I was to just book a couple halls in our area and put on my message. So I did. Though I didn't see the need to do it so soon so I booked the first one about a month and half later followed by the second one about 2 weeks after that. Well I got my first one in and had about 20 ladies show up. But for the next one it was cancelled when everything got shut down with covid-19 the middle of Mar. Then I waited till August when we could have meetings again and planned one more again for August 27th. And no one showed up.
That was very discouraging for sure. And set me back for a bit thinking I wouldn't plan another event on my own like that anymore and would just wait and look for opportunities to be invited to speak somewhere. Then I contacted a few churches in GP about speaking. They said there wasn't much going on right now with covid-19 but they would check out my website and keep me in mind.
But now we are headed to Texas for a while so I will try to do outreach there and continue to look for places to speak. I'm praying for God's leading, direction, and guidance, and for an open door.
I'm thankful for the platforms I've had via video and online to be able to give hope and encouragement through our story and loss of our son Clayton. It means a lot. And I know that our story is not over yet. I know God's got more in store for us.
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae