Yet I Will Praise You {The Life of Daniel}

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had besieged Jerusalem and taken captive Israel’s most skilled, accomplished, and brilliant inhabitants—youth of the royal and noble families—to be taught to serve within his courts.  Among those deported to Babylon was a young man named Daniel. Daniel, along with the rest of the exiled captives, was educated for three years in the language and literature of the Babylonians. During this season of training, God allowed him to excel in everything he was taught. When the time came to be presented before the King, Nebuchadnezzar was ...

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Planned by God

“Imagine a priceless vase or ornament is dropped on the floor and smashed to pieces. The woman who loved it kneels down. She picks up the pieces, one by one. She looks at each one in detail, turning it round, as if to remember where it once belonged. The vase was loved and so when it was shattered, every piece was worth picking up, no matter how small. A grieving person will often want to talk about the smallest detail of their loss. It is as if every broken piece is taken up and wept over. When you listen, you may feel that the detail was small, but it is part of ...

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Yet I Will Praise You {The Life of Moses}

Moses’ life was in danger from the moment he was born. The people of Israel had been living as slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years, and Pharaoh had ordered that every newborn Hebrew boy be put to death. However, instead of obeying Pharaoh’s edict, Moses’ mother placed him in a basket and hid him among the reeds in the river, trying to give him his best chance at life. She risked her life to save his. Moses was discovered and adopted by Pharaoh’s own daughter, and raised as a prince in the land of Egypt. Many years later, Moses was out observing the hardship of ...

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Share Your Story Saturday {Holly’s Story}

Back in the Summer of 2015, my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our third child. By October, we had traded in my sedan for a minivan. Early on in the pregnancy, I had a subchorinoic hemmorage and had significant bleeding. My HGC numbers were lower than expected, and combined with the bleeding, I was certain I had miscarried. My husband and I were shocked and thrilled when we found out I was carrying a healthy baby. The pregnancy was moving along like my previous healthy pregnancies, and I even began to feel regular movement around 15 weeks. In October, I found ...

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Yet I Will Praise You {A Psalm of Asaph}

“I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and He will hear me. In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak…” Psalm 77:1-4 Can you relate, precious momma? In your grief, have there been moments when you were so troubled that you could not even utter a word? When your soul refused to be comforted? When your hand remained stretched out towards God, ...

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Discussions in Grief: Permission to Grieve

Grieving involves new emotions and considerations often too many to numbers. When you find yourself in overwhelming grief, you likely feel buried and lost. In this series, we slowly and compassionately look at one aspect of grief at a time from a biblical perspective for the newly grieving mother. Click {here} to read past posts in this series.  I remember the first time I felt the guilt. It had been a few weeks since Chance’s funeral, my son who we lost at 20 weeks’ gestation, and I was alone, at home, with my two daughters, ages 15 months and 2.5 ...

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Share Your Story Saturday {Liz’s Story}

My husband Andy and I have two beautiful girls, and we were debating whether or not to have another baby. We didn’t really feel strongly one way or another, but wanted to be obedient to the Lord. So we decided to start trying and see what God had in store for us. The second month of trying and bam! Pregnant. It took 5 or 6 months to get pregnant with the girls and the baby that we named Birch and lost at 9 weeks (between our girls), so we were absolutely shocked. As we wrapped our heads around the idea of being a family of 5, our excitement grew. We dreamed of a little ...

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Children Are a Gift

“Imagine a priceless vase or ornament is dropped on the floor and smashed to pieces. The woman who loved it kneels down. She picks up the pieces, one by one. She looks at each one in detail, turning it round, as if to remember where it once belonged. The vase was loved and so when it was shattered, every piece was worth picking up, no matter how small. A grieving person will often want to talk about the smallest detail of their loss. It is as if every broken piece is taken up and wept over. When you listen, you may feel that the detail was small, but it is part of ...

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Testimony Tuesday {Brandi’s Retreat Experience}

My name is Brandi Popke, and I am Hope Mom to Madison and Hannah.  Madison would be 12 this year and Hannah would be 10.  Both of my girls were born full term, but only lived a few hours due to Polycystic Kidney Disease.  It was just this last year that I learned about the Hope Mommies community and the support it offers on social media.  I had no idea the amount of support was so great until I went to the retreat in March. I signed up for the retreat as soon as I came across the information online—completely terrified and excited at the same time.  Other than my ...

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Discussions in Grief: Waves

Grieving involves new emotions and considerations often too many to numbers. When you find yourself in overwhelming grief, you likely feel buried and lost. In this series, we slowly and compassionately look at one aspect of grief at a time from a biblical perspective for the newly grieving mother. Click {here} to read past posts in this series.  One of my favorite memories as a child was going to the coast with my parents. My mother loved to play in the ocean and we spent hours splashing in the waves. When I lived near the Gulf of Mexico, a group of us went to ...

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