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Change Causes Grief
Deuteronomy 34:1-9
“One of worst things we do to ourselves is ignore our feelings of grief. And grief is not just something we feel when someone we love dies, we feel grief when there are significant changes in our life too. When things change, we lose something. Part of change, even the best change is grief.”
GRIEF IS NOT OPTIONAL (v. 8)
 8 The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days,
The people of Israel learned and important lesson when Miriam died (Numbers 20), that not facing our grief leads to:
DESPAIR.
DIVISION
DISASTER.
What major life changes or people do you maybe need to spend some time reflecting upon?
What was great about them/it?
What do you miss most about them/it?
GRIEVING TAKES TIME (v. 8)
8 The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.
“Grief is an essential part of the growth process, and we have to make sure it happens well when helping people grow. The only way it can happen well is in relationship. Someone’s grief should be evident as he or she looks into the eyes of another person. It is a relational process. Get people grieving correctly, with other people and they can get on with life.” ~Dr. Henry Cloud
How much time would say you’ve spent *intentionally grieving losses in your life?
*intentional means you’ve named the person/thing/season you are missing.
LIVING AFTER GRIEF MEANS TAKING NEXT STEPS (V.9)
Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit[b] of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.
TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP YOU HAVE TO TURN THE PAGE. (Joshua 1:2)
TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP YOU HAVE TO STAKE YOUR CLAIM. (Joshua 1:3)
TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP YOU HAVE TO CLAIM HIS PROMISE. (Joshua 1:5)
What “next-step” do you need to take today?

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