“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
When my husband and I decided to have another child, I was suddenly afraid I wouldn’t be able to get pregnant again. In my fear, God gave me Romans 15:13. Encouraged, I thought, If I hope and trust the Lord, our next baby will come. A few weeks later I took a pregnancy test. Sure enough, two pink lines appeared, and I rejoiced in God’s goodness.
Tragically, a few weeks later, I woke up to a nightmare realizing I had miscarried. The deepest grief flooded me in the weeks that followed. I wasn’t angry at God; He was so tender in my pain. But I was confused. I didn’t understand why He gave me hope in Romans 15:13, only to allow such a loss.
I grieved, worshipped, begged the Lord to rescue me, and repeated. His power was unquestionable. His love was ever-present. In due time, those two pink lines appeared again.
As my belly grew, my grief turned to joy. Months later, I blinked in disbelief when God gave me Romans 15:13 again. This time, God revealed the truth of this verse. My hope was not defined by the number of children I had, but by God’s love. HE is our hope, regardless of the outcome. We can have peace and joy by trusting HIS plan. The Holy Spirit offers hope in any circumstance because of Christ.
Sweet mama, if you find yourself walking through loss in motherhood, can I gently encourage you to hope? Can I remind you that God is big enough for your grief, anger, and questions? He will draw you to Himself in those places. He is waiting to carry your burden. He promises to offer you peace. Believe that He is able. Believe that He loves you. Rest in knowing He will never leave you.
Press on, Mama!
P.S. October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. If you are grieving loss (past or present), know that we are praying for you. We are always here to support you if you need someone to talk to. May God’s nearness be evident to you in this season.
More Moments in the Word:
You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever! Psalm 30:11-12
I waited patiently for the Lord, and he turned to me and heard my cry for help. He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and they will trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward, you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:23-26
To Consider this Week:
If you are walking through grief right now, what do you most need from the Lord? Take some time to pour out those requests before Him and wait expectantly for His answer.
If you have walked through grief in the past, where did you find hope in the darkness? Where did you see God working, even in the midst of the pain? Thank God for those moments and share them with someone who would benefit from hearing your story.
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