The Widow Wagon

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Standing by her SUV, Joyce juggles her suitcase in one arm, camera and purse in the other. Setting them all down, she opens the back of her car and begins to organize.

Nineteen years have passed since her husband died, and the joy for her Lord and her life continue to mirror her soul. With a last deliberate shove, she rearranges the food box she had put in earlier and standd up to see Marlene driving up the driveway. Joyce grins as Marlene jumps out of her car, ready and raring to go. Marlene, a widow for seven years, never lost her joy nor her energetic excitement for life.  She continues to shine. Oh, how she does shine.

" Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

After loading her luggage and boxes, they grab a chair and wait. These two know Modree all too well. They have time for a glass of sweet tea and a short talk as they wait for widow number three to show up. Modree lost her husband five years ago, and the joy? Well, all I can say is she truly radiates with the joy of the Lord. Within minutes, she drives up smiling and happy. And why not? They are going on a road trip together in the ‘Widow Wagon.’

What’s the ‘Widow Wagon,’ you ask?

It’s a sign placed on the back window saying just that – ‘Widow Wagon’ – announcing it to all who happen to glance at three God-loving women piled in a SUV headed for a fun destination.

Is it silly? Maybe. Is it fun? Absolutely. Does it make God smile? Without a doubt!!!

Do you have joy in the Lord? Do you glow with His love? Do your eyes sparkle with His reflection?

Joyce, Marlene, and Modree have the joy, in spite of experiencing loss, difficulties, health issues, trauma: all that life can dish out. They know their Savior has a plan, a purpose for their lives and until they take their last breath, they will live the joy.

These three ladies are my aunts. I am blessed. I love their sense of fun, joy and laughter as they do life together in or out of the Widow Wagon.

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"  Philippians 4:4

What is the secret to their happy life? Gratitude. Gratitude begets joy.

Are they always happy? Heavens no! All flesh and blood have times of sadness, but these three women search for the positive and they find it, express it, and are grateful for it.

So, if you’re driving down the highway and see this sign in the back of an SUV, just give a big ‘ole smile, wave and maybe honk your horn, because you are passing the presence of joy: the joy of the Lord in their souls all bundled up in one special Widow Wagon. You will be blessed, I promise.

 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  Romans 15:13


Lisa Harris

Living in a home of total testosterone (even her estrogen ran scared!), Lisa spends her days watching her carbs, (then eating them anyway), running her son Luke to school, boy scouts, guitar lessons and everything else an eleven year old does. Lisa also shares the daily doses of healing she receives from the Lord as she copes with the 2009 death of her daughter, Whitney. Part of those doses is working in ministry as a part-time church administrator, occasional speaking engagements, and is a published writer who aspires to always honor her Lord and Savior with her words. For Lisa, the love of sista’hood has been a deep-rooted passion from early on, spurring an eagerness to know and share women’s hearts, and just do ‘life’ together. She and her husband, Tony live in Dallas, Georgia where he is a Pharmacist for Wal-Mart and their oldest son, Joel (25) is traveling his own journey towards restoration and triumph. Lisa can be contacted via email at

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  1. Inspiring post.

  2. Wow!! What a ministry those three have…to each other and to others in the situation they have experienced. What a great post!

  3. I know and love these ladies and I can say with Lisa Amen!  Joyce brings joy to my life. I sure hope when I  become (if he goes first, never know what God has planned) a widow that I can display so much joy for others.  Joyce is always the first one to bring food to sad occations as well as joyful ones.  Love you Joyce. so happy to call you my friend.

  4. Love the Widow's Wagon story!  Widow's with a sense of humor are a delight to be with!

    Happen to know your Aunt Joyce and she is a blessing to all who know her.

  5. This June I’ll be a widow for 5 years but my heart goes out to my 34 year old granddaughter who is a widow 1 year as of Jan 28/2018. Her husband, 32 years old,, ex- Marine, physical 2 months before 1/28/17 went out to run after lunch & next door neighbors found him lying beside road, called EMT & sent to get my granddaughter (they had a 14 month baby boy that they had tried to conceive for 3 years). Airlifted him to Greenville,N.C. from Jacksonville, N.C. as he had a brain aneurysm. She called us & we left going there. Approx. 2 hrs. out of Greenville she called to say,” They’ve pronounced Matt brain-dead and will keep him on life support until all family arrives so go to Jaxville, get baby,clothes, bottles,diapers,etc. and come. What a blow!! Yes, she’s angry at God as she was because she couldn’t get pregnant & now that they had a precious baby boy who looked exactly like his Dad, who adored him WHY would God take his Daddy away??
    Of course, this is understandable that she is angry as it’s part of grieving BUT I need all prayers I can get for her. She is still living in Jacksonville, N.C. alone with precious baby Jack with no family closer than us(Atlanta which is 7 hr. drive) BUT she seems to finally be moving forward “some”! I did get her to go to a Grief Support Group at a Baptist Church there BUT she hasn’t sought out any comfort from any Christians. Pray that God (intercessory prayers) will lead her to the place
    He wants her to be. Jack (2 yrsl old) has just started to a day care WHICH is supposed to be a Christian day care center so I pray that it is . Thank you,
    Marge Henson


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