Today's episode is the audio version of the FB Live: Ask Us Anything video I did with Holly Colonna and Kristin Hernandez of Through The Lens Podcast. We take the time to answer listener submitted questions regarding pregnancy and infant loss. We hope your heart feels heard <3
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Today's episode features Beautiful&Beloved founder, Amber Newberry. Amber opens up her heart and shares her story of infant loss through abortion, and how Jesus met her and redeemed and restored her. Amber's story is special and sacred and a perfect picture of God's matchless grace. My prayer is that this episode will open your heart to empathy, love, and compassion for post-abortive women so that they can know the truth of the Healer of all things.
Heart Lesson: There is no healing without God.
Link to Facebook Live Video here
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Today's conversation features Deb Dougherty, the Perinatal Bereavement RN for the hospital system here in our local area. Today Deb shares her story of losing her precious baby boy, how she serves bereaved mothers, how to distinguish between depression and grief, and shares ideas for keeping your baby's memory alive. So thankful for women like Deb who compassionately serve the infant loss community.
Heart Lesson: God is always there, and there is a reason why things happen. Stay close to Him so that you know what He wants in your life.
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Today's episode features Kristin Hernandez, co-host of Through The Lens Podcast. Today Kristin shares her stories of infant loss and multiple miscarriages. Her honesty and vulnerability in this episode are deeply encouraging for any of us who have had to wrestle with the Lord with the hardest questions of life.
Rest in God's sufficiency. He gives us manna for every day, our daily bread.
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Today's episode features author, speaker, and loss mama Adriel Booker. Adriel shares her story of multiple miscarriages, encourages loss mothers that it is ok to grieve on a wide spectrum of emotions, and advocates to the world for how to tenderly care for bereaved mothers. She also challenges us to allow the Lord to remake our pain into something beautiful.
Heart Lesson: Enter into God's rest and presence, and quiet my mind and heart enough to hear His voice.
What Adriel wants the world to be aware of regarding pregnancy and infant loss:
Pregnancy loss can be such an intangible form of grief, especially for people who aren't experiencing it themselves.
The human heart itself will grieve differently from instance to instance and from circumstance to circumstance.
Love is never safe, it is always risky, and that's hard for our mama hearts.
When you lose a baby you aren't just losing that little one, but you're losing the life you had begun to imagine.
After a mother loses a third baby, what else is there to say?
There is just no one right way to grieve. We're all going to respond differently, even as we find the common threads in the midst of it.
God is not intimidated by our big questions. He is not put off by our humanity. It is our heart posture makes all the difference. Our heart posture should say, "I need you to meet me here and help me understand."
I think the big questions keep us tethered to God because we can't find the answer to those questions without some level of withness with Jesus.
Especially as believers we should absolutely be able to rejoice with people then they're celebrating, but we should also walk alongside them when they're suffering.
What would you do for a new mom, and what would you do for someone grieving a death? It's that complicated and that simple.
Your grief might undo you, but it can also remake you if you are willing to let Christ work with you to make something beautiful happen.
What does it mean to pull heaven to earth right now?
When we tell our stories it gives others a sense of permission to share theirs too.
Other wonderful books for bereaved mothers:
I Will Carry You, by Angie Smith
Grieving the Child I Never Knew, by Kathe Wunnenberg
Holding Onto Hope, by Nancy Guthrie
Just Keep Breathing, by Jordan Tate
The Jesus of My Grief, by Kate Kelty
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