Thursday, May 14, 2009

Reading Group-Chapter 4

Chapter 4 of I'll Hold You In Heaven is titled "Destiny In The Afterworld".

God wants us to be in eternity with Him. He sent His son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sins.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3:16-17

1) What does it mean to you to know that God loved us so much that He let Jesus die for us?

The Bible tells us that when innocent ones like our children leave us on earth they are taken immediately into the Father's presence.

2) How does it make you feel to know your child(ren) was ushered into Heaven once they left this world?

Losing a child is a great tragedy. Satan will use this opportunity to try and bring you down. He will try to separate you from God. In the midst of our grieving and pain we must seek Him. He can bring you the comfort and peace you are searching for. Satan means to harm you but God will lift you up. Just reach out your hand.

3) When you were most desperate in your grieving who did you reach out to? Who helped you the most? Were there times you felt extremely low with little hope? How did you overcome these low points?

7 comments:

Alyson said...

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MommyIvy said...

1) What does it mean to you to know that God loved us so much that He let Jesus die for us?

I think of my children and how hard it would be to give them up.

2) How does it make you feel to know your child(ren) was ushered into Heaven once they left this world?

It makes me feel at peace(kind of) to know that they are safe in His arms.

3) When you were most desperate in your grieving who did you reach out to? Who helped you the most? Were there times you felt extremely low with little hope? How did you overcome these low points?

Sadly, I didnt reach out to God much. Then one who helped me the most was my husband. He would just sit there and hold me while I cried. I did have lil hope but it wasnt toward God, it was that I wasnt going to be able to carry children.

stitchndeb said...

1) What does it mean to you to know that God loved us so much that He let Jesus die for us? I feel privileged that God would go through all that just to maintain a close relationship with us.

2) How does it make you feel to know your child(ren) was ushered into Heaven once they left this world? It’s comforting to know this even if it’s already an obvious fact to me.

3) When you were most desperate in your grieving who did you reach out to? Who helped you the most? Were there times you felt extremely low with little hope? How did you overcome these low points? I didn’t (couldn’t) reach out to anyone. Nobody who I knew in person ever knew about it till a few months ago. The one person who knows about it now is the one who has helped me the most, my counselor. Yes, for the first year and a half afterwards I felt extremely low and no hope and then again sank in a huge depression after my hysterectomy in 2006. How I overcame it in the ‘80s was that I kept myself busy with a new job, drinking, and one time begging God to take the painful memories away (even though I thought he couldn’t hear me). How I overcame the low point of 2006 when my hysterectomy triggered it, my husband urged me to go to counseling (although he and my counselor didn't know the real reason why I was depressed at first).

Holly said...

1) What does it mean to you to know that God loved us so much that He let Jesus die for us?

Everything!! I know God loves us very much. I don't think anybody can fathom exactly HOW much He does. His love is greater than ours.

2) How does it make you feel to know your child(ren) was ushered into Heaven once they left this world?

It makes the whole experience of losing a child easier to bear because I know my children are in a far better place than I could ever provide for them.

3) When you were most desperate in your grieving who did you reach out to? Who helped you the most? Were there times you felt extremely low with little hope? How did you overcome these low points?

I reached out to God and He has helped me so much with both of my children. My husband has also been there for me through my difficult times. And I have to say my support groups have been absolutley vital. I have never felt really low with Carleigh but I did with Jordan. I wasn't my normal happy self and it didn't feel good at all. After a particularly low day I just had enough of it and I prayed to God to take it all away. And you know what? He was faithful! I prayed to Him before I went to bed and in the morning I felt like a totally new person! I still went to counseling though and that really helped to further the healing that God began.

croleyc69 said...

I think it would have been hard for God to give up his only son, so that we might have life everlasting. That to me shows you how much the Lord cares for each & everyone of us. He loves all of us no matter what.
It makes me feel good that there is a place far better than this world. Where there is no pain or suffering. I remember a part in the Bible where God said Let the Children come unto me for thine is the kingdom of Heaven.
I would have to say my husband Paul. He was great there for me both times I miscarried. He was hurting to & at times we comforted each other. I also prayed to the God & asked for his help. My oldest son when I lost the first one had questions so he helped & we prayed together. I could see he was hurting to. So together as a family w/ God we made it.

Andi Soergel said...

1) It's very hard to wrap my mind around the whole concept that Jesus died for ME! When I think of all the mistakes I make and all the dumb things I do, I am in awe of the fact that God sent Jesus for me.
2) It's such a great comfort to me to know that Haven went from the safety of the womb directly into the presence of God. Despite all the pain and hurt of losing him, we have this bright spot-that he never had to suffer on this earth.
3) I had such faithful and loving friends and family. We also have a wonderful church family. My husband was so good through it all, too. God was the most important factor! After losing Haven and losing my dad, I can't imagine how people make it through such wounding times without God!
I had ups and downs, like everyone else, but I really feel like God just sustained me and carried me through. I didn't go through any major depression or anything. Any time I started to feel seriously low I asked God to remind me all the things I knew-Haven had a purpose and still does, God formed Haven, He blessed us with Haven for a reason, just to name a few!

Carla said...

Just found your blog via the infant loss director. I look forward to popping in once in a while. God Bless you and your beautiful contagious faith! :)

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