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Romans 15:13

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!

Photo was taken by my friend  Nicole  from  Loyd Photography . Adorable succulent planters are from my friend Natalie at  NS Pottery .

Photo was taken by my friend Nicole from Loyd Photography.
Adorable succulent planters are from my friend Natalie at NS Pottery.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

| ROMANS 15:13 |

I used to sell custom prints on Etsy and a customer requested Romans 15:13. It was one of those scriptures that I'm sure I'd read and heard many times before, but I think it was the first time I'd heard it since my first miscarriage and it instantly resonated with me. 

I absolutely loved the way it described God as THE God of Hope. My hope comes from no other source; all of my hope ultimately points back to God! And that sounds really sweet when life is going well, but when you suddenly find yourself in the midst of a fiery trial, it becomes a test.

When my heart aches with disappointment, is my hope still anchored in the Lord? Do I still believe that in the depths of affliction God is my ultimate joy Giver and peace Bestower? Answers to those questions that once seemed so sure can be shaken to their core in a season of grief and suffering. 

But when you cling to the Lord during those hard times you will find how true and real this promise is. In the face of despair, He can infuse any situation with hope. When you wonder if you'll ever be happy again, He showers you with joy as you read His Word and abide in His presence. John 15:11 promises us that we will find hope in His Word:

"These things have I spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." 

True contentment is only found in Christ. I desire to have a child so deeply, but I must desire the Lord's will for my life even more. I must place my hope in the only One Who's presence alone will satisfy my every desire for joy and peace in this life. It may not be in ways I would choose, and it can be so hard, but He is so faithful.

My sweet friend  Hannah  sent me this photo around Mother's Day. 

My sweet friend Hannah sent me this photo around Mother's Day. 

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!