Saturday, November 20, 2010
A Tale of Courage
Today, I'm making my blog public. This may not seem like a huge deal to some of you, however it will take a ton of courage for me to do this. As many of my friends and family know, Ferrari & I are pretty private people. We don't have facebook and never expected to be bloggers. However, God has been tugging at my heart so hard lately, I can no longer ignore it. I know God wants to take the hardest and most tragic things we have gone through as a couple; and make them useful. You know when there are those things you keep saying you will get to at some point in your life, maybe tomorrow, or next week! Well that is how I've been feeling about this blogging business. All I needed was one more day or one more week to get up the courage to do it, well that is no more! God has made it very clear to me, that I need to reach out and provide support and encouragement for women who are struggling with infertility, infant loss, or grief in general. This past week alone I have been told about 2 women who have lost babies. My heart breaks every time I hear about another family having to go through this terrible struggle. My heart hurts even more when I think about the lack of resources available to these women. Trust me, they don't give you a "how to" manual on dealing with this at the hospital. No one tells you about when your milk comes in and you have no baby in your arms to ease the pain. No one tells you how to plan an infants funeral, or what to say at the grave site ceremony. As hard as it is for me to remember going through all of this in May, my heart rejoices when I think about how I can provide some answers or support for someone that is going through this today. We need each other! I have a group of Bible study girls, we refer to ourselves from time to time as the broken hearted babes :) - these women are such an amazing support system for me. There is something incredible about getting together with women who have endured similar hardships, we thrive on the opportunity to encourage each other! I know not everyone feels comfortable seeking out a grief Bible study, and that is pretty much how this blog came to be. If people can come to this blog to seek hope, then I am thrilled! I'm hoping one day to write a book to give mom's hope and encouragement, but for now I know God will use this blog to touch people's lives. Please leave me comments or email me! I would love to chat!
Posted by Shayla Van Hofwegen at 10:12 AM