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Jeremiah 1:5

Wednesdays In The Word, Faith, MiscarriageJessica ScheksComment

Since I often talk about the importance of getting into the Word, I started a series where I share one scripture or passage of scripture each Wednesday and talk about why it has meant so much to me. I hope it encourages you to get into the Word and to use these scriptures as starting points perhaps, but to also find meaningful things in the Bible on your own as well.

Ever since my first miscarriage I feel like I've been on a roller coaster; highs and lows that I feel are out of my control. But I've noticed there is one thing that keeps me stable, and that is God's Word. Hebrews 4:12 says that it is ALIVE, meaning that we can interact and engage with it! When you open His Word with an open mind, He will fill it as you read and you will walk away feeling encouraged, challenged, peaceful, and joyful no matter your earthly circumstances!

Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations--
that's what I had in mind for you.

| JEREMIAH 1:5 |

[I decided to quote The Message translation above because I love how detailed it is about unborn life.]

The verse starts off by saying before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. This tells me that conception is never an accident. Long before a child is even conceived, let alone known about on Earth, God knows all about that child. It's hard to even wrap your mind around! But it is so comforting to think about God knowing everything there was to know about my two sweet babies before they were even created.

God never intended for babies to die, it is just a very sad effect of the fall of mankind into sin and a cursed world. No matter if your child's eyes opened to the light of day or not, God still has a plan. He specializes in redeeming death and the death of your child is no exception.

When I was pregnant with our second child I was filled with a pretty constant fear that we would lose her, too. I was in the Word, praying, and journaling to help calm my fears daily. One of the biggest lessons I learned during that month of pregnancy was to stop ignoring the scriptures I thought were cliche. I had kind of gotten this holier-than-thou-I-dig-deeper-than-you-and-find-scriptures-you've-never-heard-of attitude and I would skip right past those "Pinterest verses" rolling my eyes along the way. But maybe they're cliche for a reason.

One day during that pregnancy I was very anxiously waiting until it was time to leave for a doctor's appointment. I was at the doctor a lot for only being pregnant for a month, but I was constantly having complications and fearing the worst. On this particular day I opened my Bible to Jeremiah 1, knowing that this famous verse about life in the womb was located in this chapter, I decided I'd read it.

As I read through that chapter I began to feel God's peace wash over me. Anything from His Word can have that affect on you, but I felt like He had me open right up to Jeremiah 1 for a reason that day. I was assured that God knew my baby best and loved her more than I did or ever could and that He would protect her.

Last week was overwhelming and I skipped posting in this series for the first time since I started it. I even had the post written.. just no picture. This week has also been overwhelming but I was able to snap a photo. Thank you for reading <3

Don't Forget!

Remember to check out what my friend Anne Marie is doing over at The Loved Bible Project! She wrote this sweet post about Wednesdays In The Word and how we are teaming up! Each week I will continue to post about a scripture that has helped me in my time of loss and Anne Marie is going to make a free printable that you can find in her Resources page! We encourage you to print it out and spend time soaking in God's Word as you decorate it and then include it in your own Bible or start working on a Loved Bible!