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Romans 8

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!

Photography:  Nicole Nolan  Mug:  NS Pottery

Photography: Nicole Nolan
Mug: NS Pottery

- R O M A N S  8 -

Romans 8 is a favorite of mine because the entire chapter encourages me and reminds of the hope I have in eternity. Some of the verses are cliche scriptures used by people who don't know any better in an attempt to comfort someone who is grieving, and have gotten kind of a bad rep in the loss community. But I hope that through today's post you'll be reminded to look past ill-timed/hurtful comments and see the intent behind the ignorant remarks because these scriptures have so much comfort to offer!

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

| ROMANS 8:17-18 |

These two verses give us hope that our suffering is not in vain! It is so easy to ask, "Why Lord?" in the midst of a trial. And we can still ask that question, but when we look to this passage we find our answer. Christ is not making us suffer, he's calling us to suffer with him. I find it so comforting to know that Jesus also suffered and knows the range of emotions I am feeling. Even he asked God why He had forsaken him. But thanks to him, we know our suffering is making a pathway to eternal glory!

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

| ROMANS 8:28 |

I love this verse. (More specifically, I love this verse when it's used appropriately, not when it's quoted to me the week after a loss and I am sorry if that's the only way you've ever heard this verse used.) Even though it is True, it's not what we always need to hear, but it's something we must know in our hearts. God's character is good! As Psalm 145:9 tells us, "The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works." Sometimes it's hard to believe He is good when your life feels anything but good. But it's in those moments that if you look close enough at the small details, you will see His goodness and tender mercies in your life.

It can be hard to see the good in a miscarriage or other devastating event in life, but it's not that the situation itself is good, it's that we serve a God who redeems broken things and is in the process of making everything good.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

| ROMANS 8:35-39 |

This block of scripture holds a powerful promise. NOTHING can separate us from the love of Christ! Not even death. You are loved by Christ and so is your baby! No matter where you go, his love always reaches further! It goes deeper than any pit you could ever find yourself in, it goes higher than you could ever soar, and reaches beyond the ends of the earth! It reminds me of one of my favorites passages in Psalm 139. The psalmist was asking the Lord where could he go where God wouldn't also be. He mentions places all over the earth, but in verse ten he says, "Even there shall thy land lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." We can't escape His love and that is a wonderful promise to cling to!

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!