Tears and Talk {Part 1}

J. I. Packer says, “Grief is the inward desolation that follows the losing of something or someone we loved – a child, a relative, an actual or anticipated life partner, a pet, a job, one’s home, one’s hopes, one’s health or whatever.”[1] The key words here of course are ‘love’ and ‘loss.’ Grief is the process of adapting to the loss of something or someone that we loved. When a person loses a loved one, we speak of them being bereaved. The word ‘reaved’ means to rob, plunder, or tear away. So the one who is bereaved feels that he/she has been ...

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Share Your Story Saturday {Constance’s Story}

I've been serving as the Creative Director for Hope Mommies since it was established in 2011. It has been a blessing and honor to me as I have met some of the most amazing women with the most beautiful hearts. I have seen the Lord time and time again using trials, grief, and pain to sharpen and refine souls that radiate Him profoundly. Over the years I have been asked why I'm involved in serving Hope Mommies; I hadn't had a loss of my own but that isn't required to love and serve. It was the Holy Spirit prompting my heart to love my friend, Erin, and to use my ...

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One Month until October 15

We are one month away from October 15, the day set aside for National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. It’s a day to remember, to come together, and to hope in the Word. October 15 speaks that we are not alone. I filled some of the first weeks after my daughter went to heaven with hours upon hours of scouring the internet in the hope of finding someone, anyone, who was feeling the same things as me. I resonated with messages about the depths of pain that comes when the one you love and want to mother is removed from this life. I read of others, like me, who ...

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Secured on a Firm Foundation {Part 3}

In the Word is a devotional series through various passages of Scripture. Click {here} to read post posts in this series.  Today we are concluding a three-week series of biblical meditations through Psalm 19, which extols the Word of God as our true and perfect refuge. When the sufferings of this world seem impossible to bear, there is no solid foundation for our souls other than the Word of God through which we are secured. Feel free to revisit this post throughout the week to meditate slowly on the Word of God. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the ...

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Share Your Story Saturday {Sara’s Story}

I have desired to share my story for a while now, but truth be told, I have also been very hesitant because I feel like my story may be too hard for even some loss mothers to bare. Rather than leaving it to my own judgement, I want to choose to let the Lord do with my story as He pleases. Ultimately, my story, our stories, are not our own. They are His to do as He pleases with them. My pregnancy with Katherine was my third. It was also my happiest pregnancy. I had more joy being pregnant with my daughter than I had experienced with my first two children. Maybe, it was ...

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Testimony Tuesday {Choose Hope 2017}

It can be overwhelming for mothers to decide how is best for a Hope Baby to be celebrated. As Hope Moms begin to ponder on how they would like to honor and remember their babies in heaven on October 15, one Hope Mom graciously shares with us multiple ways she honors her Hope Baby on important dates and in her daily life in hopes of giving some ideas: “I sat there all alone waiting for my husband to pull the car around to the bench I was sitting on outside the hospital the day after our son, Hayes, was born. I looked on as other women were also waiting for their ...

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Secured on a Firm Foundation {Part 2}

In the Word is a devotional series through various passages of Scripture. Click {here} to read post posts in this series.  Today we are continuing a three-week series of biblical meditations through Psalm 19, which extols the Word of God as our true and perfect refuge. When the sufferings of this world seem impossible to bear, there is no solid foundation for our souls other than the Word of God through which we are secured. Feel free to revisit this post throughout the week to meditate slowly on the Word of God. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the ...

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Share Your Story Saturday {Jessica’s Story}

On June 13, 2010, I discovered that I was pregnant with our third child in three years. There was a great deal of shock and restlessness as we began to prepare our home for three babies. My first two pregnancies were textbook and without nausea or complications. So, as my third pregnancy began and the sickness ensued, it was even harder for me to accept that this was God’s plan for me. However, God laid Jeremiah 33:3 on my heart and began to transform my thoughts to His thoughts—“Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you ...

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Secured on a Firm Foundation {Part 1}

In the Word is a devotional series through various passages of Scripture. Click {here} to read past posts in this series.  Today we are starting a three-week series of biblical meditations through Psalm 19, which extols the Word of God as our true and perfect refuge. When the sufferings of this world seem impossible to bear, there is no solid foundation for our souls other than the Word of God through which we are secured. Feel free to revisit this post throughout the week to meditate slowly on the Word of God. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the ...

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Share Your Story Saturday {Rachel’s Story}

On December 16, 2015, my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our second baby.  From the first positive pregnancy test, our minds and hearts began to fill with ideas of our new little one—how much we would love this new baby, the kind of sibling he or she would be to our daughter, and how he or she would fit into our family. Around 6 weeks pregnant, we saw our baby on ultrasound, and the doctor reported that everything looked good. Then came the exhaustion, nausea, and vomiting. Everything seemed to be following the same pattern as my previous pregnancy; so, ...

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