About a month after I was widowed, a letter arrived from my Aunt Imogene. She was a military wife like me & also a widow. She offered some great advice & included an article by Miriam Neff called The Widow’s Mite.
This article caused me to research other writings by Mrs. Neff. Her husband, Bob, worked with Moody Broadcasting for years.
Bob was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gerhig’s disease. Miriam was his primary caretaker until his death. She wrote a book within the first year after called From One Widow to Another: Conversation with the New You.
I found great wisdom and comfort in this book. The Bible says we are to “Comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have been comforted with.” There is no one human who understands as much as someone who has already walked the road we are now on.
I keep copies on hand to give hope to those newly widowed. I journal my own experiences, & relate how I have seen God show up in my every day.
Mrs. Neff wrote a second book I recommend to anyone who has experienced loss of any kind. It’s called Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change. Along with my daily Bible reading, good books like these have helped me think through decisions & look at situations from a godly perspective.
When I was pondering the next step after Greg’s death, a verse in Mark 5:19 said by Jesus gave me direction, “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath compassion on thee.”
Of all the places we had been stationed during our military service years, Dayton, OH felt the most like ‘home’ to us. The Lord opened a very unexpected door just one year later-this radio segment!
Special thanks to my Aunt Imogene for that ONE SMALL ACT that has had such a ripple effect. I’m sharing her recipe for Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup. It’s been fun to connect with her daughter, my first cousin Mary, on social media. (We didn’t live close by during our growing up years.) She reports this soup “is a mainstay at our house, perfect for using leftover chicken or turkey. It’s what I take to people who are sick or who are grieving because sometimes if you can’t do anything else, you can sip a cup of soup. Mother thinks that the grated lemon rind should not be overlooked nor omitted–she thinks it greatly contributes to the quality of this recipe.”
Telling of the great things the Lord has done for me….
Aunt Imo’s Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
1 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 large onion, chopped
3 cups chopped, cooked chicken
approx. 48 oz. of chicken broth
1 (10.75 oz) can of cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 (10.75 oz) can of cream of chicken soup, undiluted
6 (SIX) oz thin spaghetti, broken into 1″ pieces
3 ribs of celery, chopped
6 medium carrots, chopped
1 tsp grated lemon rind
2 cups milk
S&P to taste (I use white pepper)
Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and saute til tender.
Stir in chicken, chicken broth, and soups (I use a big whisk in order to mix well.)
Add spaghetti, celery, carrots, and lemon rind. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in milk. Return to simmer, then remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Sprinkle each serving with grated cheddar cheese
Note-The first time I made this I saw the ‘6 oz spaghetti’ & converted it to six-TEEN oz in my head. I realized my mistake when the soup was really thick early on. I ended up doubling the ‘soupy’ ingredients and adjusted the seasonings. (I didn’t double the onions, carrots, or celery as I was too lazy to chop any more.) *grin* Delicious!! And I had enough to share with others. WIN-WIN!!