Psalm 16 Reflections

“Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from You.” As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips. The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my ...

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From the Beginning, Jesus’ Death Was No Surprise

In this series, "Grieve to the Gospel"—we invite you to share with us together in the truths of the good news of Christ. We can tune our grief to the notes and tones we hear in it. We will still certainly grieve, but welcoming the gospel into our minds, hearts, and experience will help us to understand what the Bible means when it communicates that there is a uniquely Christian way to grieve (1 Thess. 4:13). Death laying over those we love is not a welcomed sight; I despised the way it looked on my daughter; the motionless, lifeless character it took within ...

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Share Your Story Saturday {Ana Leigh’s Story}

My story is hard to tell because it holds a lot of regret. When I learned I was pregnant with my little Elizabeth Morgan, my first reaction was, No! I have two beautiful, young, crazy children and I was not planning to have another child. In fact, my husband and I had already made arrangements to make sure that we were done. I had finally felt at peace with the decision and was sure that I was ready to move forward in life. A child would have changed everything. Well, God had bigger plans for me. When I saw a positive pregnancy test, I shut down completely. I couldn...

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Honor One Another {Her Story}

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” -Lamentations 3:24 2006 started off as a year filled with promise.  Wondering if the Lord may choose to add a fifth baby to our growing family and desiring to be open to Him and His blessing in our lives, we pressed on in anticipation that this year would be a year filled with hope. His answer seemed to come quickly and almost instantly we discovered that we would be welcoming a new little one in the fall.  My previous pregnancies had been mostly uneventful, with some complicated deliver...

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Honor One Another {His Story}

It was a startling wake up I wasn’t expecting.  “Ken, I think I lost the baby!”  Quickly our plans for this Easter day faded and the new plan included a trip to the hospital.   The celebration of Easter or Resurrection Day is about life—Christ risen to life after a cruel death, and new life for all because Christ rose from the grave.  Easter 2006 was a celebration of life but not in the way we had expected.  After having four children without major pregnancy complications, and currently at 16 weeks without any issues, a miscarriage was not even on our ...

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Testimony Tuesday: Cuddle Cot in Honor of Hope Babies

I wanted to do something big for my triplets’ 5th birthday. My husband and I decided we wanted to fundraise for a Cuddle CotTM. A Cuddle Cot is a cooling device used to preserve a body while parents say goodbye to their baby in the hospital. Having more time with the baby is a precious gift for parents grieving after stillbirths and neonatal deaths—making the most of those last moments they will spend together here. Cuddle Cots in Honor of My Niece, My Triplets, and Hope Mommies We started the campaign in August of 2014. I imagined a year was a good amount of time to ...

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I See You

To the mama whose arms are empty this Mother’s Day– I see you. I see your pain. I see your emptiness. I see your grief. I see your longing. But mostly, I see your love. I know this is a hard day. A day that reminds us of what should have been and isn't. Or what once was but no longer is. This day acutely reminds us of how very broken this world is. I don’t know your story or your specific loss, but I do know your hurt. I don’t know if you’ve lost a child to miscarriage, still birth, infant death, or sickness. Or maybe your child is still living but for ...

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Share Your Story Saturday {Aimee’s Story}

On December 29, 2011 our world was forever changed in a blink of an eye! This is our story, this is us, and this is our hope! My husband and I have been blessed with three beautiful, healthy girls, and we were beyond elated when we found out we were expecting again. After having three healthy pregnancies, I instantly knew something wasn't right when the ultrasound tech took a deep breath and sat on my bed. I uttered the dreaded words, "Is the baby okay?" and was so scared for the answer; her reply shocked me. She said, “I am going to be honest; I have never seen ...

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Pray For One Another {Her Story}

"Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference." - Max Lucado I’ve always thought of my husband as having a heart of gold. He is my best friend, my soulmate, and the one who always seems to make things right. I could listen to him read Scripture and encouraging words all day if I could. My sweet man has a way with words and I am loved so well by him. When we fell in love and knew we wanted to get married, we both agreed that premarital ...

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Pray For One Another {His Story}

It's been said before, you really can't understand somebody's pain until you walk through it yourself. As men, we are wired to try to fix things. However, the loss of our son was something I could not fix. I remember standing in the delivery room and looking at Nelly as the nurse said, "Your water broke." and called for the doctor. My mind kept racing, "No God! No God!  This is not what we had planned! Corbin is not going to make it! It's too early for him!” With all of our family in the waiting area, we welcomed Corbin into this world on March 27, 2014 at 5:38pm. ...

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