Maria Goff opens up to Simple Grace about the loss of her special Christian retreat she and her husband, Bob Goff, called "The Lodge," in a fire and how she rebuilt her safe place in God. Here is a sneak peek:
The Lodge had been built in a remote region of British Columbia as a place of respite for thousands of people needing to grow closer to God. It was also where Maria had tended rosebushes, where her three children had caught fish and where they'd shared countless happy moments. Now it was all gone. Why did this happen? Maria prayed. It was built for Your glory. It was created to serve others. God's answer was more loving and healing than Maria could have ever imagined.
Shortly after the fire, Maria began suffering powerful trauma symptoms. Terrifying nightmares, racing heartbeat, feelings of panic. She was unable to light a candle or build a fire in her fireplace. “I worried that I was going crazy,” she admits. “Nothing in life made sense.” To help her pick through the rubble of her pain, she sought the guidance of a counselor friend, who asked Maria, “What did the Lodge mean to you?” Without hesitation, Maria admitted, “It was my safe place.” Her friend then asked a question that struck Maria to the core: “When have you ever felt unsafe in your life?” In that moment, Maria found the courage to share a dark secret she thought she would take to the grave.
Read the rest of Maria's story in the May issue of Simple Grace on sale now at Walmart, Barnes & Noble and grocery stores nation-wide, or download it on Kindle and Nook.
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