What’s in my Little Book Of Big Encouragements

 
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Many of you know that about 4 years ago my husband and I lost our firstborn son Jack to an unexpected fatal deformity. He lived 2 weeks, went through 3 surgeries, but couldn’t make it through recovery. He was the cutest little boy I have ever seen in my life. Holding him as he passed was the worst day of my life.


I knew there was a long journey of grief and, hopefully, healing ahead of me.


I wasn’t sure if I ever wanted children again. Knowing that opening yourself to love is opening yourself to being hurt. After months of grieving, my husband and I decided we’d try again but leave it in God’s hands as to whether or not we got pregnant. He knows what’s best.


In the last 4 years, we’ve gone to the fertility doctor to find out if we had any health issues. We prayed about whether this was the timing for adoption to be a part of our family’s story. We waited over a year, and several times it seemed like adoption would happen, but it just wasn’t God’s timing. We could never have guessed what God had planned.


A few months ago, my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our second. Shortly after our initial joy and celebration, fearful thoughts crept in and I took a sideways glance at God wondering if He would take this child too. We prayed, thanked and praised God for this new life He created, and began the process of casting our cares and fears on Him.


As fears and lies started to rear their ugly heads and invade my heart and mind, a battle began.

Faith vs Fear. Truth vs Lies.

I’d pray about the fears and ask God to show me Truth from the Bible to help combat it.


My husband encouraged me to grab one of my Little Books Of Big Encouragements and start writing Truth Statements and Bible verses for pregnancy and childbirth. This has been better than gold for me! I’ve come back to them several times and have found a haven in the Words of God.


I would like to share a couple of those fears and the truth statements and Bible verses that have helped me.


If you or someone you know has suffered child loss, and you think this article could be an encouragement, please pass this on.


Fear

I won’t be able to keep this baby, just like I wasn’t able to keep my firstborn.


Truth

This baby is not mine but God’s, and he will lovingly care for Daneil with His good and sovereign hand.


Scripture

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”


Fear

I’m terrified of labor and birth. I don’t think I can go through that again and be OK.



Truth

My good and sovereign God is already in those future moments. He’s already determined the outcome, and He’s promised to be with me.



Scripture

Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Isaiah 46:9-10 “Earnestly remember the former things, which I did of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I shall do all my pleasure and purpose.”


 
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