Widow Strong: Becoming a Sanctuary

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Dear Beloved,

Arise my beautiful one, come with me.  See!  The winter is past, the rains are over and gone.  Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come...” Song of Solomon 2:11

I love watching the trees, like giant bouquets from the Lover of our souls, awaken with bowers of blooms in the crisp spring sunshine!

Likewise, buds of hope are beginning to open in our hearts as we seek Him for New Beginnings.

These last couple of months, I’ve been seeking God for His direction for me and our Widow Strong community in 2023. I believe He answered me with a fresh word that brought clarity, purpose, and peace…


It’s so easy for me to fill my life with activity, but it’s something altogether to build Sanctuary.

Sanctuary in Body: health and self-care
Sanctuary in Mind: patterns and habits and
Sanctuary in Spirit: closeness with Jesus
Sanctuary for our Families
Sanctuary at Home
Sanctuary at Work (as best we can)
Sanctuary in Relationships and
Sanctuary at Widow Strong

3 Steps to Sanctuary
Sacrifice: Giving our brokenness to Jesus through prayer, reading the Word, and connecting in authentic community will lead us, with time and perseverance, to beautiful breakthrough!
Esphesians 5:2 MSG
Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

Sanctify: The process of setting aside for a sacred purpose.
Creating healthy boundaries can be painful, but the process also brings peace.
1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

Safety: Trusting God as our place of worship, refuge, and security.
Trust is the foundation of a healthy relationship and of love itself. So that we may rest in His love, God calls us to trust Him with our pain, to spend time with Him in His Word, to stand on His promises, and to open our hearts to His love for us. He is faithful! As we take these steps, we can experience His sanctuary in our hearts.
Psalm 32:7
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Isaiah 30:15
For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest shall ye be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength…

Luke 1:45
Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!

Psalms 68:5
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

Verses about God’s protection of widows and the fatherless:

Our goal with today’s newsletter is to authentically point you to the One who heals our hearts and renews our spirit!

Inspirational Song: Sanctuary


Inspirational Word: Sanctuary


Fast Forward to minute marker 01:12:23 to listen to this powerful word on Sanctuary.

Inspirational Reading:


Pastor Shannon Wooten is the lead pastor at Newspring Church in Springboro, Ohio, home of a Widow Strong chapter. He has a new book called Voices That Shape You. Check it out!
Voices that Shape You on Amazon

Small Groups & Activities:


12Stone Church in Lawrenceville is hoding this year’s BELoved event on Saturday, March 11. To attend click on the button below to take you to the 12 Stone site to register.
Register for Beloved on March 11th

Widow Strong Chapter in Delaware, Ohio!

Leader Testimony from Christy Lehner: Widowed mom and new Delaware, Ohio chapter leader.
“Losing your husband at any stage in life is difficult, but when you lose him at a younger age while parenting children at home, like me, you can feel like a minority in your community with your children having even fewer peers who’ve experienced a similar loss.
After I lost Shawn, I was given the book 180 Your Life- from Tragedy to Triumph by Mishael Porembski (widowed when her oldest daughter was 2 and she was 7 months pregnant with her second daughter). I read and reread it… it gave me hope and made me feel less alone. I even met and spent time with Mishael, whom I now call “friend.” While I was reading her book, I found myself envious of the Widow Strong group that she started in Atlanta. This group of amazing, strong women of all ages/life stages, created a tribe to build each other up, support one another, share experiences, include their children in fun activities and just do life together. It sounded wonderful!
If you are a widow (or know someone… please share), I would love for you to join me at Widow Strong-New Beginnings’ 10 week program. It starts Monday, Feb 27 with free childcare (more info included in the flier). We also plan to set up a Facebook page and other ways to connect and build our own local “tribe” so that we can be encouraged and connected.”

Contact to Join

Stay Tuned for More Events!

More events will be posted on the Widow Strong Community calendar, with information linked as we receive it.

Widow Strong Calendar

As the founder of Widow Strong and fellow widowed mom of teenagers, it is my honor to lead and serve other widows and their children full-time. Together, our sustained support makes a life-long impact in the lives and legacies of widows and their children.
Every prayer, every gift, every offering of service, every act of love and support keeps us going.
We couldn’t do this without you! 

Stronger Together,

Mishael Porembski
Founder, Widow Strong







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