10 Questions with Michele Howe

10 Questions

Excited to share the interview with Hendrickson Publishing on my new book, Empty Nest, What’s Next? Please take a moment to click on the link below to learn more about why I wrote this book and what I learned along the way. (Then do me a big favor and share it with your friends and family.)

10 Questions with Michele Howe.

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Mourning: A Right Response


Reminding myself that mourning is at time the best and only first response to tragedy.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

heartinhand“Let mourning fulfill its function. Don’t fear it, but embrace it, use it, and baptize it for God’s glory.”
Gary Thomas in Authentic Faith

When the phone rang, I felt clueless as to why my nineteen-year-old daughter was sobbing uncontrollably. As she tried to communicate to me what had happened, she alternated between drawing in short staccato-like breaths and trying to speak. All the while, my mind raced from one possible scenario to another. None of them good.

After a few minutes, she was able to tell me that her dear friend had been killed earlier that morning in a traffic accident. He was only nineteen. The same age as my daughter. As soon as the words sunk in, I felt like someone slammed me against the wall. It hurt, physically. Unable to wrap my mind around the full implications of this young man’s sudden death, I urged my daughter…

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Get Out There – Where the Magic Happens


Exiting my comfort zone on a daily basis…

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

wherethemagichappensLast week I entered a television studio for the first time in a long time.

Even though I know (and love) the show’s host, I felt some level of angst. At this point in my life, I’m real comfortable with radio interviews and honestly enjoy them. I like the live interchange between the host(s) and myself. There’s an energy there that I find well, energizing.

Not so with television. I’m out of my comfort zone on many levels.

Still, when a media personage invites you to be on their show, saying no isn’t an option.

So I went.

Am I ever glad I did.

I had so much fun.

Was the interview perfect? I’m confident it wasn’t.
Did I flawlessly present myself and my book? I’m sure I didn’t.
Will viewers watch and say to themselves, she’s not a professional? Probably.

Guess what? I don’t care.

For me, the whole…

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All Kinds of Goodbyes and Why They Hurt So Much


Goodbyes always make my throat hurt. And yours?

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:


A few weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to my nearest and dearest (in my heart) cousin whom I hadn’t seen in years. It was so good seeing him again.

We laughed.
We caught up.
We reminisced.
We even got a little teary-eyed.

Then it was time to say goodbye and my throat hurt.

I hate goodbyes.

I would much rather say, “See you later.”

Somehow saying that phrase includes the hope and promise that I will indeed see that person again. Soon.

Goodbyes sort of stink and I don’t think I’ll ever get used to saying them.

There is, however, another sort of goodbye that makes my throat hurt for a very different reason.

Goodbyes to bad attitudes.
Goodbyes to regrets.
Goodbyes to lost opportunities.
Goodbyes to unhealthy relationships.

While these kinds of goodbyes still make my throat hurt…it’s for completely different reasons.

Good ones.

I realize how…

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Have a Little Heart – Showing Compassion for Your Caregivers


Even with all the “yuck” in medicine today…I’m still giving thanks for my wonderful physicians who truly are in the business of helping folks feel better.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

Recently I was reading about the newest studies on the importance of Vitamin D in our diets and somehow I ended up on the mailing list of one particular research company.

When I received their newsletter, I clicked on the link intending to unsubscribe, but an article title caught my eye so I kept reading.

Am I ever glad I did.

The author of this article is a medical doctor with over twenty-five years of experience so I paid attention to his thoughts and his findings.

Did you know that over 1/2 of doctors feel burned out?

Maybe you did, but do you know why?

A substantial portion of U.S. doctors suffer from burnout on the job, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Of the nearly 7,300 doctors who participated in the survey, nearly half had at least one symptom of burnout; 38 percent had…

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I Am Safe Because…

rainExcerpt from Paul Tripp’s A Shelter in the Time of Storm.

For He will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble. Psalm 27:5

I am safe, not because I have no trouble, or because I never experience danger. I am safe, not because people affirm me, or my plans always work out. I am safe, not because I am immune from disease, or free of the potential for poverty. I am safe, not because I am protected from disappointment, or separated from this fallen world. I am safe, not because I am wise or strong. I am safe, not because I deserve comfort or have earned my ease. I am safe, not because of money or power, or position, or intellect, or who I know, or where I live. I am safe because of the glorious mystery of grace. I am safe because of the presence of boundless love. I am safe because of divine mercy, divine wisdom, divine power, and divine grace. I am safe, not because I never face danger, but because You are with me in it. You have not given me a ticket out of danger. You have not promised me a life of ease. You have chosen to place me in a fallen world. I am safe because You have given me the one thing that is the only thing that will ever keep me safe. You have given me You. I am safe from the evil in my heart and this shattered world, not because I can escape them both, but because in the middle of temptation and trial, danger and disappointment, sickness and want, You give me everything I need to fight temptation and avoid defeat and to point others to the safety that can be found only in You. So, I will wake up tomorrow and face the anxiety of not knowing the fear of my own weakness, and the reality of the fall. I will live with faith, courage, perseverance, and hope. And when danger comes, and it will, I will whisper to my weakening heart, “Emmanuel is your shelter; you are safe.”

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ETC…End of Thinking Capacity (Enter Faith)


Way past “thinking capacity”….

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:


Confession time.

This caption is right where I’m at…ETC (end of thinking capacity.)

Time for faith to kick in (and trust and peace and a good dose of relinquishment for extra measure.)

Are you there too?

Then let’s all get busy-waiting.

Here’s how.

When today’s season of life is immeasurably sorrowful or burdensome, is it any wonder that many folks often wonder how they’ll survive?

Looking ahead can be a daunting prospect to be sure. And still, everyone needs the reminder that as the writer in Ecclesiastes says, “…For everything there is a season…a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” So it is with great hope that those who are now mired in any kind of pain can rest assured; it is only for this season of their lives…not the sum total of their life’s existence.

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