The Ache of Sorrow is very deep, but the Presence of God is very real. What do you do when your world turns upside down and inside out? How do you respond when you lose someone or something that is precious to you? The loss of any person, position, or thing that we value triggers grief. This book is not just for those who are grieving because of the death of a loved one. It is also for those suffering loss from a broken marriage, rebellious children, betrayal, financial downfall, unemployment, chronic illness, or any other kind of situation that shatters one’s hopes and dreams. What if you are so distraught that you cannot even pray? You breathe. Breathe a single word to the One who promises to hear every word. Breathe in God’s presence. Breathe out your fears and anxieties. Say a breath prayer. Then be still and know that God is God, and let His Spirit renew your spirit. Be Still and Know is a book of breath prayers written by Lois Hoogeveen during her first year of life after her husband’s death. This book contains fifty-two breath prayers, giving you the option to focus on one word each week for one year. Space is provided at the end of each chapter for you to write a personal breath prayer. The comfort, strength, and solace of these prayers provide hope for anyone who struggles with any kind of loss.
There is no survivor’s handbook for a person who loses a loved one. Praying breath prayers to her Father in heaven became Lois Hoogeveen’s survival strategy after her husband went to his eternal home. Lois is blessed with three children, their spouses, and seven grandchildren. She lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Lois is a life coach and leadership trainer.