Today, Teske is offering hope when grief consumes, plus there is a giveaway! Woot!
There have been times in life when I’ve experienced an all-consuming grief so deep that I wondered whether I’d ever trudge my way out. I’ve hurt so deeply at times; questioning the meaning and purpose of life. Can you relate? Have you ever been consumed with despairing emotions or by dismal circumstances?
A variety of circumstances have led me to such deep despair…
As a teen, I betrayed of my best friend. A betrayal so profound that it ended our friendship for a time. Consumed with shame…
As a young woman, rocked by the untimely death of a step-brother who was killed by a drunk driver. I went for months without sleeping at night because I was too afraid of the nightmares that greeted me in my slumber. Consumed with fear…
As a young mom, pregnant with my second child, only to hear the doctor utter these words at a routine, 20-week ultrasound: “Your baby is going to die.” Chloe was diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality; incompatible with life. Consumed with grief…
It was this experience of grief that directed me to the One who would soon consume my heart and soul. As I contemplate this ordeal; the experience of carrying a baby within who would die, and who did die, just 45 minutes after her birth, I am comforted by Lamentations 3:19-24, which reads:
“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’”
It was God, who lavished His great love upon me that gave me hope. It is His continued, unwavering, unfailing love that gives me hope today. In the overwhelming consumption of grief, amidst heartache so deep, I came to realize that I couldn’t walk that road alone. So I turned to the One who longed to walk me through it…my Father, who knew the pain of grief as He gave His only Son, Jesus. What love! According to 1 John 4:9-10, the biblical definition of love is this:
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
And because of such love, we are not consumed! Rather, there is hope. Hope in living, not merely existing. Hope in Jesus, who is our hope. And as we let His love consume us – every part of us – there is Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow…my new book. And today, we are giving away a copy to one of you lovely ladies. Focused on God’s promises as they relate to the experience of miscarriage or infant loss, I pray that these pages bring you or a friend incredible comfort and consume you with hope.
Teske Drake is a Mommy with Hope to three babies in heaven, mom to two on earth, and wife to her one and only. Above all, she’s a daughter of the King! Her new book, Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow: Finding Light Beyond the Shadow of Miscarriage or Infant Loss, is now available. She shares hope at Mommies with hope.
And as a bonus, Teske is giving away a copy of her brand new book:
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