Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

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Did you know 1 in 4 women go through a miscarriage, infant loss or stillbirth? Pretty crazy, huh? I really didn’t know many people who had a miscarriage/stillbirth before I had my own miscarriage. Shortly after I had my first miscarriage, my good friend had her first stillbirth. It was a hard time for a lot of us.

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Since having my miscarriage I realized a lot of women go through this- that doesn’t make it easy- but it’s nice to know I’m not walking this alone.

My first miscarriage  brought me so close to my Lord. Thank the Lord I didn’t go into depression or struggled too much, even though I was working at a crisis pregnancy center at that time. I love this post of Bible verses for finding hope in miscarriages.

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For those of you who have never gone through this loss- this is a great post on what not to say and how to help those grieving.

Just because we have gone through this loss does not mean we struggle with more than others do. We need to remember to turn to the Lord during any trial we are in and remember our Lord who dearly loves us has placed us in this trial for a reason. “Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.” ~Spurgeon

So, today, we remember those babies who left us too soon. And we pray for those who are still grieving their babies…and struggling with infertility. ❤

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Developing a Passion for the Bible

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Did anyone make my Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie? It’ll make your family super happy! 😉 Anyway, lately I’ve been trying to dig into the Word more often than once a day…to have it be a passion of mine, not just something “I’m suppose to do”, you know? Do you feel the same way? Well, I’ve been reading through Elizabeth George’s book Life Management for Busy Women, and little did I know there would be two chapters on it! Just what I needed! So, today I want to share with you 10 Disciplines for Developing a Passion for God’s Word.

10 Disciplines for Developing a Passion for God's Word

  1. Refuse to miss a day
  2. Pray as you approach God’s Word
  3. Consume God’s Word in various ways
  4. Find a pattern that fits your lifestyle
  5. Be a woman of one book- the Bible
  6. Be accountable
  7. Get up before your family for quiet times
  8. Teach your children, or other young ones around you
  9. Purpose to get up and READ
  10. Aim for more time, each time

This book has been such a blessing to me! I pray all of you spend your first moments quietly with the Lord in His Word.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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A Woman’s High Calling- 10 Essentials for Godly Living

I’ve been reading Elizabeth George’s book “A Woman’s High Calling”, and let me just say….it has been a tremendous blessing to me! Believe it or not, the main passage she works us through is not Proverbs 31…it’s Titus 2. She reminds us that we always need to look for the “older women” in our lives…but we are always to remember that we ourselves are “older women” to someone. That all godly women should be growing in these 10 areas of Godly living. So what are they?

A Woman's High Calling

  1. Godliness
  2. Godly speech
  3. Personal Discipline
  4. Encouraging others
  5. Her marriage- whether single or married!
  6. Loving her family
  7. Wisdom
  8. Purity
  9. Her home
  10. Goodness

Wow! Isn’t that amazing? All of that is in Titus 2. Here is what the King James version says, “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed”.  Sobering, isn’t it? All of us Godly women should be growing in these 10 areas and to reach out to the “younger women” in our lives.

Is there an older woman in your life who you look up to? Have you ever noticed any younger women who follow what you say or do? What can you do today to be an example?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Delay & Suffering- Part of the Blessing

       “Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great substance.”- Genesis 15:13-14

God's Promise

Like I said on Monday….I spent the weekend at home. Actually, I spent the weekend on the couch. No, it’s not four hundred years, but for me, one who doesn’t like staying inactive for very long, it seemed like it. Especially since this was the second time in less than four months. And I was kept there against my will….kind of. Anyway, three days on the couch gave me time to read, study the Bible, pray and think. It was nice to have some quiet. On Saturday, while I was reading my Streams in the Desert vol. 1 I read this:

“God is going to test me with delays; and with the delay will come suffering, but through it all stands God’s pledge: his new covenant with me in Christ….The delay and the suffering are part of the promised blessing; let me praise Him for them today; and let me wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He will strengthen my heart.” – C. G. Trumbull

And y’all, it spoke to my heart. Did it give you chills? It did me while I read it the first time. And it still calms my heart and gives me strength. Whatever you may be facing….whatever trials or suffering you are going through, you have God’s promise through Christ. Lean on that…lean on Him today. And thank Him for the blessing…all of the blessing. Including the delay and suffering. Because it will all work out for His glory.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Be All There

“Wherever you are, be all there.”- Jim Elliott. I’ve always loved that quote. I’ve heard it at so many different places and have read it in so many different books. It sounds so simple- be all there. We get more done and we enjoy life more if we are fully, 100% focused where God has us now.

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What good will worrying or wondering about the future do? It will waste our time right now. And we can’t change the past. What good will come from complaining about it? It’s a hard lesson to learn, but one that we all desperately need. Our Lord Jesus even said “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matt. 6:34. We don’t need to worry about tomorrow! Just focus on today. 🙂
Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

The Lord Proves Faithful in Trials {My Miscarriage}

Have you heard the term “the Lord’s promises”? Ever wonder how He “proves Himself faithful”? Last week, He did just that.

In August, I had a miscarriage. My husband and I weren’t trying- but we were so excited! We were going to have a baby! We didn’t tell anyone right away- we wanted to wait until we could tell both of our families at once. That never got to happen.

I found out I was pregnant on a Tuesday. On Thursday morning I was bleeding. My family doesn’t have a history of miscarriages, so when I got pregnant, that thought never crossed my mind. The bleeding got heavier and I was in a lot of pain. I had lost my baby.

I was at my sister-in-laws house, watching her boys during the day while she was out of town. My herbalist gave me a list of herbs to take to help ease my cramps. I layered on the oils. I called my mom and told her. She promised to bring the herbs later. I called my cousin Emily (who, just three short months ago, was my maid-of-honor) and told her, trying not to cry. She gave me comfort, then I went back to watching the boys. My cramps got worse , so I called my mother-in-law to come watch the boys (her grandchildren). She prayed with me, gave me some advice and sent me home to rest.

That was one of the roughest weekends of my entire life. After a while, my tears dried up. My cramps stopped. I didn’t know how to feel. In that short week, I had so many emotions go through me. The Lord was teaching me something. I don’t know what that is yet. But He knows. I’m thankful for that experience He brought me through.

A dear friend from church gave me and Luke a white rose bush in memory of our baby. She said it had already had white blooms on it. By the time I got it, there weren’t any blooms and I didn’t figure it would bloom again this year. I was wrong.

Last week, the bush had a bud. A pink bud. I seriously kept thinking it was just going to change to white. It has to. It’s not a pink bush! That’s so strange. But nope, it kept on opening to the most beautiful soft pink. I had always prayed for a girl first. The Lord answered my prayers! The two words that just kept sticking with me was ‘promises’ and ‘faithful’. The Lord keeps His promises and proves Himself faithful. He really does!

The Lord Proves Faithful in Trials

That’s the picture I posted of the rose on instagram. Isn’t it pretty? The day I posted that picture, I called my cousin, Emily, to catch up.  She was quite amazed at the rose. She said the word that kept coming to her was ‘promises’. Amazing, isn’t it?

During my Bible time last week, I was looking at the OT people and how God was faithful in keeping His promises to them. But we’re called to be faithful to Him and to His word. Here are some of the verses that popped up to me about promises and being Faithful.

*Psalms 86:15 – But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
*Deuteronomy 7:9 – Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.
*2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
*Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Jesus speaking)
*1 Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

That last verse even applies to me in this situation. I’ve known of many girls, very recently, who have lost their babies. Some of them are not looking to Christ in this. They wallow in bitterness, hurt and sadness. To feel like that can be a temptation. That’s not how Christ wants us to live- ruled by fear, sadness or hurt. He is there for us, with us and knew this was going to happen before it happened. Nothing takes God by surprise. Everything happens to help grow us as people. And God won’t give us more than we can handle.

Aren’t you thankful for the God we serve? I am more in love with Him and am thankful for His mercy and grace more each day.

What verses help you in times of sadness or hurt? Did anyone help you see the blessings of the trial you were in?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Praying for Your Husband

I’ve been reading “The Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie Omartian. Wow. This book is life-changing. I don’t say that about many books. But this book really brought me closer to Christ and changed the way I look at Luke. I started reading this book about 2 months after we got married. If you are married- I highly recommend this book! The way I decided to approach the book was to read a chapter a day. There is a section at the back of each chapter that has a prayer to pray for your husband. I decided to write my version of that prayer on a 5×8″ note card. That way each day I say a new prayer for Luke, but also offer up other prayers for different areas of his life. Again, I say, this book is life-changing (for me)! I didn’t come to this book hoping to “change Luke”, but to change myself. No, Luke and I haven’t had any (marital) problems since we’ve gotten married or anything, but I felt very led to read this book. I want to share with you the 30 areas to pray for your husband.

Praying for your Husband
#1- His wife. You! Pray that you will be the wife he NEEDS you to be.
#2- His work
#3- His finances
#4- His sexuality
#5- His affection
#6- His temptations
#7- His mind
#8- His fears
#9- His purpose
#10- His choices. This is a big one. Your husband is the leader and head of your household. But you have a powerful tool. Prayer!
#11- His health
#12-His protection
#13- His trials
#14- His integrity
#15- His reputation
#16- His priorities
#17- His relationships
#18- His fatherhood
#19- His past
#20-His attitude
#21- His marriage
#22-His emotions
#23- His walk
#24- His talk
#25- His repentance
#26- His deliverance
#27- His obedience
#28- His self-image
#29- His faith
#30- His future

Are you still with me? That’s quite detailed, isn’t it? I love it. Such a blessing to your soul, and your husband’s! Here is a quote from the intro of the book that I just have to share. It shows the importance of prayers of a wife for her husband: “A wife’s prayers for her husband have a far greater effect on him than anyone else’s, even his mother’s. A mother’s prayers are certainly fervent. But when a man marries, he leaves his father and mother and becomes one with his wife. They are a team, one unit, unified in spirit.” You are one with your husband! What happens to your husband happens to you. God has brought you two together. You need to pray for grace and blessings upon your husband, and show your husband grace and bless him.

Even if you are not married yet- you can read this book and start praying for your husband now! ” She will do him good, not evil all the days of her life” (Proverbs 31:12). No one is married every day of their life. You have to do your husband good, even before you have met him. Not even for his sake, but because that’s what God has asked you to do.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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*Sharing at a Wise Woman Builds Her Home link-up and Marriage Monday