Encouragement for Today: Jesus weeps with you {giveaway}

If you came over from Encouragement for Today, welcome!

For the 3,000+ of you following week #2 study, we are pausing today to give away a copy of The Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places. We’ll jump right back into our discussion tomorrow!

We’ll also choose a winner of an autographed copy of The Mended Heart from the comments in today’s post.

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For those of you who are grieving a loss, like my friend Amber, may I share something that a new friend said this week?

Claudia is following our study, and she sent me a picture of her sitting in her bed, sticky notes all around her feet, a copy of The Mended Heart in front of her. Claudia lost her husband too young, and her heart is hurting.

photo (1) (640x480)She says, “I’m in chapter 4 (Amber and Callie’s chapter). It is speaking to me and I believe a little piece of my broken heart is healing! I can’t stop underlining and writing comments in the margin. I believe this chapter will be a go-to by which I can measure my progress out of this dark place.”

Writing Chapter Four of The Mended Heart was the hardest chapter to write.

How do you find wholeness after such a significant loss?

Amber and another friend, Jennifer Kennedy Dean, came alongside me, both who have experienced deep and unexpected loss, but who exude joy and peace.

As they told their story they did not diminish their loss, or the place that their loved ones hold in their heart. But both shared that they have come to realize that there is comfort in a Savior who pursues from the cross, knowing in advance that we would all need Him in our hour of unavoidable pain.

If you are grieving today, may these verses be a prayer over your hurting heart. Put your name in them. Make them your own, for they are your safe place to find comfort.

For those of you who are following The Mended Heart study, these verses are also for you. As you heal from the hurt inflicted by people, these are promises of rest, but also renewed life and strength!

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29, NIV)

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. Bot those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31, NLT)

I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27, NLT)

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13, NLT)

The Mended Heart I’ll see those of you who have joined The Mended Heart study right back here tomorrow!

I’d love to give those of you who are joining me for the first time a gift — download the first chapter of The Mended Heart here just for you. It shares three things that you DON’T have to do to find a mended heart.


  1. Chris Dawson says:


    Thanks for those verses. I lost my precious Daddy in October and am still grieving a lot. Looking forward to chapter 4!!

  2. carolyn clifton says:

    I would love to win this book, for a friend who sustained a severe loss. Thank you for the chance to win.

  3. Jada Smith says:

    Thank you for writing your blog and books, for all of us mending in a broken world! 🙂

  4. Ashley W says:

    I would love to win this book. I have experienced pain and loss I would prefer to keep private, but this book this book looks amazing.

  5. Courtney J says:

    I would love a copy of this book! The Unburdened Heart helped me tremendously! I can only imagine the healing words and power that is in a The Mended Heart!

    • Hey Courtney, thank you so much for those kind words. I pray that you’ll consider joining us in the Mended Heart study right here on the blog five days a week. <3

  6. Not waiting for the giveaway! I am ordering two copies of this one for reading myself and sharing with my daughters her in Alabama and the other to send to my sister in Massachusetts. We all have a need for this with the many deaths and trying experiences of the past few years and few months!

    • Beautiful, Judy. I love that. Lord, take these words and the sacrificial gift of Judy and plant hope and healing in the hearts of her daughter and her sister. Thank you for such a thoughtful and kind mom and sister.

  7. Susan Mugumya says:

    I have recently suffered a loss…i lost my 6 week old baby girl. The walk down this road has been very tough. I have started picking myself up and looking out for what I can do to help other mums. You can read one of my articles at

  8. Am thankful you wrote this book. Would love the chance to read it, am so tired of trying to just let go of this loss and move on. Such a struggle for me

  9. Becky Salter says:

    This looks like a powerful book. I’ve experienced a life of loss. I know I need to do some healing. Desperately. Years of depression and anxiety. Anger. I could go on and on.

  10. I too would love a copy of this book. I lost my husband of 29+ years, 1 1/2 years ago, What a joy to join you in this study.

  11. Suzie, I hadn’t heard of your book until just now. I have a copy of The Mom I want to Be, and found it to be very helpful It met me right where I was at when I read it, and now, I am thinking that this book will, again, meet me right here. Four and a half years ago, I experienced the beginning of an emotional healing of sorts, when the inner shell that I carried within myself from a very difficult childhood and extreme dissociation broke open. Along with the enlarging of my heart and a new emotional capacity (that I have needed to learn how to live with, similar to how a very young child learns about living with emotions), came plenty of paranoia, delusion, and denial. It has been quite the rocky and arduous journey from that point to today, as I have pressed into Jesus in search of answers and healing. So many times, the perfect book has come into my hands. Just today, I have been looking at myself and thinking, I still need to grieve. I am so much better, but there is still so much loss from where I used to be, functionally speaking. Grieving has been the key to healing in this strange journey of the soull.

    • Father, today I come alongside Diane and thank you for all the celebrations she can hold up to you. She’s come so far. Yes, it’s been painful, but also changing. It’s been rocky, but she’s held on to you the entire time. Thank you for protecting her. For loving her. For walking before and over and behind her, hemming her in with your plan and purpose. Continue this journey. Let Diane celebrate each step forward, rather than how far she has to go, and remind her one more time that she is not alone in this. Thank you for being with her each moment.

  12. I SO want to read this book! Where can I buy it?

  13. I would love to read this book!! My 8 year old daughter died suddenly in 2008, grief visits everyday, but with strength that could only be from God, I continue to find comfort and peace!

  14. Joyce C. says:

    If I win I will give it to a friend who has experienced tremendous grief over the last year and a half. If I don’t win I’ll buy it for her.

  15. Reading this book has aided my journey in sifting through a few past experiences & the impact those have had on my perception of God. Thank you.

  16. I lost the love of my life in June. After almost 50 years together, it is extremely difficult to even think of getting through the pain of each day. I don’t sleep most nights and the memories of all the things we shared play over and over in my mind. I find it almost impossible to do everyday things…read a book, watch tv, go to church, go shopping, because we did everything together. I have never prayed so much in my life and I cry almost everyday. I just don’t know how to move on and I am in hopes that somehow God will send me the answer to start me on the road to get stronger.

    • Father, thank you for Sylvia. She loved her husband much. Thank you that you understand that, and that she has a place to safely mourn with you, but also to heal. May she be surprised by moments of joy, by strength that can only come from you, and from memories that become sweeter by the day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

      Sylvia, I’ve been married for 34 years to a guy I love like crazy. I can only imagine what it would be like to mourn my Richard. Thank you for allowing us to celebrate the love you had with this man for 50 years.

  17. I would love to win this book. I really enjoy reading your blog.

  18. Eileen Shacochis says:

    I would love to have this book as a gift for my friend who is hurting so very much. My dear friend lost her father in July and her husband of 43 years in August. She has such a hole in her heart and she is angry with the Lord. She doesn’t know how to see and feel his love for her.

    • Father, today I pray for Eileen’s friend. Her heart is hurting, Lord. Will you cover her under your wings? Lord, I know that’s such a biblical phrase, but I think of you covering her to protect her, to love her and hold her close, and to let her know that she is not alone. Let her feel and sense your presence as those around her listen, feed her, meet her needs during this hard time, and as she safely mourns this loss. In Jesus’ name. amen.

  19. Karen S. says:

    Even though I lost my husband 4 years ago I still feel like the pain is so raw. Life is just not the same without him. Nothing is the same, I have become a Christian since losing him but still feel lost.

    • Loss is our theme today, but so is hope. Hope that it will get better. Hope that we are not alone. Hope that when feelings aren’t enough, that you are. Thank you for loving Karen right where she is, and treasuring her as your own. Fill the places that are broken, God. Fill her up and over with joy. Surprise her with laughter. Comfort her when it is dark. Thank you that she is not alone in her grief, but that you are with her.

  20. I would love a copy of this book. I lost my husband in 2009.

  21. I absolutely would love to snuggle up with this book and open my hands before Jesus to hear him. I lost my dad in August as he was called Home to glory with The Lord. Although i stand firm in the promise and truth from Above my weary heart aches with every step i take alongside my family. My heart aches for my mom! She lost the love of her life- 37 years!!! i know god understands and is right there with me but would absolutely love to dive into this book. Sending love

    • Megan, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. My heart hurts with you. I pray that your mom senses God close with her, and that the love of such an amazing, thoughtful daughter will soothe her heart.

  22. Would love a copy of this

  23. Lord you see each story, and each face behind that story. Lord, I pray that today every single woman who has bravely shared her loss will sense You near. Lord, may your words soak deep into her heart, and may she feel that flicker of hope and the strength of your sustaining power. We do not dismiss their pain, nor the path they’ve walked, but rather we know that you understand pain. You know loss. You have promised to comfort, to strengthen, to walk with us through the harder moments, and celebrate with us as we remember those we love with joy. May each person who reads these words today know that she is loved. She is seen. She is made whole by your love and power. In Jesus’ name.

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