After my Son’s Suicide, Now Available In E-Book Formats

After my Son’s SuicideDear Friends,

I wanted you to know that, After my Son’s Suicide, my book of comfort for those who have lost a loved one to suicide is now available in every e-book format. You can find it an Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook Books, and everywhere that SmashWords sends it. I’m so hoping those who are hurting will find it. And that you will pass the word along. Thanks so much!

Darla Isackson

The Connection Between Forgiveness and Freedom

Any of you that haven’t yet read my latest Meridian article, The Connection between Forgiveness and Freedom,” might want to check it out on ldsmag.com.

I believe that Stan Winchester’s story is a powerful lesson in the need to forgive and the freedom and peace that comes no other way.

The more I think about this subject the more important it seems!

Darla

Does God Need to Hear from Me?

Does God Need to Hear from Me, to Be with Me?

I wish I heard from my children more often. They are all grown and gone and I miss them! I love the stage of life I’m in, and I’ve grown to appreciate the empty nest, but I still miss them. I can do so many personal projects I didn’t have time for when all my children were home, but today I’m wishing for my children’s presence—to hear their voices, to laugh with them, to hear a word of appreciation, to spend time with them.

Suddenly, in the midst of my wishing I thought, “Have I spent time with my Heavenly Parents today or expressed my appreciation to them? Isn’t it possible that just as I yearn for my children that God yearns to hear my voice in prayer, to be invited into my presence, to spend time?

I remember a quote that impressed me in a book called A New Song, by Jan Karon. The main character, Father Tim, was giving a sermon, and his words really called to my heart. He said, “In the storms of your life, do you long for the consolation of His nearness and His friendship? You can’t imagine how He longs for the consolation of yours. It is unimaginable, isn’t it, that He would want to be near us—frail as we are, weak as we are, and hopeless as we so often feel. God wants to be with us. That, in fact, is His name; Immanuel, God with us. . .”

I realize that His presence is the only presence that truly fills the hole in my soul. This same character, Father Tim, says that each of us have a God-shaped hole in our soul that nothing and no-one but Him can fill. He says that we yearn to have Him with us, yet we are inclined to spend all our time trying to fill the hole with other things that never satisfy.

Father Tim suggests that our unfilled craving inside is “to be with Him day after day, telling him everything, letting it all hang out, just thankful to have such a blessing in your life as a friend who will never, under any circumstances leave you, and never remove His love from you. Amazing? Yes, it is. It is amazing.” (Jan Karon A New Song, p. 394)

 Today I’m going to spend time with the Lord, my dearest friend. Are you?

God Is At the Helm

God Is at the Helm

 An article by early Christian writer Hannah Whitall called “God is in Control,” offers some food for thought on the subject of seeing the Lord’s hand in all things and trusting Him implicitly. Hannah told of how she first recognized this principle in a meeting where a woman told of her difficulty in accepting the idea that God was in everything and we should thank him in all things. After praying for some time about this, she envisioned the presence of God like a light enveloping her in the darkness and she saw that nothing could reach her or affect her unless God’s encircling presence moved out of the way to let it. (And he would let it only when it was for her ultimate good.) Never again did she find any difficulty in abiding consent to His will and an unwavering trust in His care. Hannah concludes, “This does not mean that we must like or enjoy the trial itself, but that we must see God’s will in the trial. It is not hard to do this when we have learned to know that his will is the will of love. Seeing our Father in everything makes life one long thanksgiving and gives a rest of heart. More than that, it gives a joyfulness that cannot be described.”

Hannah continue, “I am afraid some of God’s own children scarcely think He is equal to themselves in tenderness, and love, and thoughtful care. In their secret thoughts they charge Him with a neglect and indifference of which they feel themselves incapable.

“The truth is that His care is infinitely superior to any human care. He who counts the very hairs of our heads and suffers not a sparrow to fall without Him, takes note of the minutest matters that can affect the lives of His children. He regulates them all according to His own perfect will.” She gave examples, such as Joseph of Egypt. She said, “Joseph’s brothers undoubtedly sinned, but by the time it had reached Joseph it had become God’s will for him, and was in truth, though he did not see it then, the greatest blessing of his whole life. And thus we see how God can make . . . All things, even the sins of others, work together for good to those who love God. (See Rom. 8:28)”

Hannah says that when we abandon ourselves to Him in perfect trust that he will lead us into wonderful green pastures of inward rest and beside blessedly still waters of inward refreshment.

I wept when I first read the article several years ago. I saw that these principles, internalized, would wipe away my worries and give me the inner strength and peace I sought. “When the learner is ready, the teacher appears.” In this case, my teacher was a Christian woman who died in 1911–her words of wisdom reached across all those years and touched my heart when I was ready to hear and understand.