Spiritual Self Care During and After Miscarriage

In all honesty, typically when women talk about self care I cringe a bit. It's not that taking care of ourselves is bad, but I have seen women raise "self-care" to a level of selfishness. Many times, the ideas found on Pinterest focus on physical care or the relieving of stress from the body. But personally, I believe the most important way we must take care of ourselves is by being deeply rooted in Christ.

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A Personal Story of Loss- Kathleen

One of the rarely spoken about pregnancy losses is an ectopic pregnancy.  It isn't talked about largely because of the strong reactions that are feared from others. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself in a place other than inside the uterus. Most often occuring in the fallopian tube. An ectopic pregnancy is one of those things you hear about and yet, can't even really fathom unless you find yourself in that particular position.  And I did…

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No One Ever Really Tells You the Lasting Effects of Miscarriage

No one ever really tells you about the lasting effects of losing a baby. Regardless of the stage of pregnancy you were in, there are always lasting effects. Maybe for some of you it’s the struggle to hear a baby cry, even months or years after your loss. Maybe it’s the struggle to see the joy in your life. Or maybe it’s the new way you look at your body and you as a woman.  You see it as failing, incompetent, even incomplete. Maybe the effects go much deeper than your environment or the body changes you have experienced. Perhaps you now find yourself struggling with depression, anxiety, fear, anger, or loneliness.

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The Baby Given to the Mom Who Miscarried

Many women are headed into Christmas with deep sorrow in their hearts. Some of us have arms that remain empty and others have arms less full than expected. I should be 8 months pregnant but the reality is, I just lost our second unborn child this year less than 2 months ago. I have a dear friend who was expecting a Christmas baby, but will not be meeting that sweet little, until heaven.

As choirs sing "Joy to the world!" our worlds sometimes feel crushed. But the reality is, our weariness has been interrupted by a thrill of hope--a reason for rejoicing.

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6 Things to Help you Walk Through the Christmas Season

The Christmas season can be such a difficult time for so many. With a season that is filled with so much hope and expectation, it can feel like such a lonely place when you are grieving the loss of your little one. With the advent season among us, I wanted to work through some thoughts I have on how to get through the holiday season as you continue to grieve and figure out what this Christmas looks like with this big hole in your life.

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Binding Lies and the Truths that Set Us Free- A Guest Post by Julia Dembeck

I needed to just get milk, toilet paper, toothpaste and a card. It was supposed to be a simple, quick Target trip. But instead of an “easy” trip, I found myself overcome by anger and bitterness as I saw moms with their sweet babies and all the cute baby clothes displayed. In a few minutes I went from feeling pretty good strolling through Target to being angry and thinking,

"something must be wrong with me, what if I never get pregnant, I probably can’t get pregnant, why doesn’t God care…."

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4 Things I will Never Forget

I guess that’s what happens when the heart heals and life moves forward. It’s not so much that you forget the significance or the preciousness of a life. Its that the Lord heals. He covers our wounds with His love, mercy and grace. Sometimes I think one reason he created the concept of time is so that in our finite minds, we can move forward. We don’t always need to be stuck in one place. That’s the freedom that Christ offers through the cross. Redemption. Hope. Peace. Joy.

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My Story Part 4

This part of my story was written back in 2014. I created a blog specifically for the purpose to writing out what had happened and what was happening in our lives. It turned out that I only ever wrote 3 blog posts. I never finished writing what was on my heart but I guess the Lord knew these were the words He would use one day. He knew I would need them in order to share what my experience was TRULY like with you.

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A Continuation (My Story Part 2)

In my last post, I wrote about the loss of our babies in February 2013. I wrote about the events leading up to it, the emotions I experienced during and days after. I shared the pain and suffering my husband and I endured. I shared that this was my story. It was written for me and I would not change it. I wish I could tell you that is where it ended. However, there is so much more.

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The Story of My Heart (My Story Part 1)

I struggle with where to start in sharing my story. For months I have longed to share my heart and experiences with you but words never seem enough. They never seem to flow.  However, here I am beginning a journey I am not sure I am ready to take, though I firmly believe The Lord is asking me to step forward in this. I pray that my journey and all I have learned and continue to learn would bring comfort and peace. And not for my sake but for the sake of the gospel.

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