First off, we just want to say that your prayers have truly been appreciated during this time. The amount of encouragement that has come in for Doug & his family over the course of the last few weeks has been nothing short of extraordinary. However, sadly, Doug's mother-in-law passed away last week and the funeral happened this week. While we ultimately know that she is in a better place right now reunited with her Heavenly Father, we continue to ask that you pray for Doug & his family as they mourn and grieve this huge loss.
Mark gives his advice on how to grieve after losing his daughter Breklyn only 10 hours after she was born: Grieve in your own way and in your own time. He also talks about how he and his wife Corchele look for Breklyn everywhere (pennies, their Brek bear, and white butterflies), and how they started Because of Breklyn, that raises money to buy unstuffed Build-A-Bears for families of stillbirth or infant loss. Hear Mark's birth story of Breklyn here: https://youtu.be/dVHWjPx0XGs Hear his wife Corchele's birth story of Breklyn here: https://youtu.be/0fGC788ngjk Hear Corchele's advice episode here: https://youtu.be/GUX_hZf62o8 Request or adopt a Because of Breklyn bear here: https://becauseofbreklyn.com/ DONATE $5 (aka "buy us a coffee/hot cocoa") to support the continued production of these stories. We appreciate all the help toward production and hosting costs. Or if you want to purchase an "Always a Part of Us" Legacy Gift for $20, you'll be providing to one of these families that shares their story, full transcriptions, mp3s, and mp4s of the recordings of their baby's birth story and advice episodes for their family history records. You will also get a shout-out on an upcoming episode. Thank you! Donate: https://ko-fi.com/stillapartofus Time Stamps: 00:00 Welcome 00:36 Tattoo 01:33 One important advice 04:00 How I remember Breklyn SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more birth stories from families who have experienced a stillbirth or infant loss. We're grateful that you're part of our community! https://www.youtube.com/stillapartofus SUBSCRIBE to our podcast Still A Part of Us, wherever you find podcasts. Links (some of these links are affiliate links, which means we may get a small commission off your purchase, at no extra cost to you): Website: http://stillapartofus.com/ Grief Support Groups: https://nationalshare.org/ #becauseofbreklyn #kissesfromheaven #buildabear #birthstory #infantloss #infantdeath #babydeath #stillmychild #podcast #birthstories #babyloss #mybabydied #bereavedmother #bereavedfather #infantlossawareness #dadsgrievetoo #mamasgrief #pals #childloss #lifeafterloss #saytheirnames #babylossawareness #breakingthesilence #grievingmom #grievingdad #bereavedparents #pregnancyandinfantlossawarenessmonth
Emily Thiroux Threatt is an author and lecturer with extensive personal experience in the grieving process. She has created a unique program called “Writing Your Way Through Grief” to help others through the grieving process. She holds a master's degree in English with a concentration in writing and taught writing and composition at the college and university level for over 30 years. Thiroux Threatt conducts workshops, speaking engagements, and retreats on transforming from loss to joy on the mainland of the United States and on Maui, Hawaii.
Today's guest, Hans, says he 'prides himself on being a father first and foremost, cherishing every moment of his fatherhood journey.' Before bed each night, his children beg for their dad to make up another silly story to tell them. The stories are always fun and fantastical, including things like dragons, race cars and unicorns. His youngest daughter, Aviva, was not yet one year old and was just starting to appreciate his dad's stories. Aviva was a joyous child who had an infectious smile. She loved to laugh and had a voracious appetite. Aviva also mysterious episodes of illness, however, that would cause her to be hospitalized. Numerous tests could not uncover a diagnosis. Tragically, last November 18th, a 6th and final episode took her life. Hans made a promise to his little girl that night. He promised that he would make her proud. At the time, he didn't know what that would be. What he did know, however, is that he wanted other children to laugh and smile like his sweet Aviva did. This is when he came back to those beautiful, fun bedtime stories that would leave his children begging for more. Now, in his grief, Hans, could have let go of the silly stories, but he did not want Baby Aviva to be remembered in a sad way. He wanted her to be joyful, laughing and playing. An idea came to him then, to create a new character for his stories, one that is carefree, brave and fun - Baby Aviva Orangutan Diva. He then worked with an illustrator and editor to create a beautiful book with a beautiful story that children everywhere will absolutely love. Learn even more about Hans, his book and little Aviva by going to his website, hanskullberg.com. You can get your copy by searching on Amazon or by clicking on this link.
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Parenting can never be described as easy, but parenting when your family is suffering after the death of a child is beyond difficult. Grief is everywhere, surrounding the family in all that they do. Simple tasks are suddenly not at all simple. In many ways, just getting up every day to get through the day is a huge accomplishment. Adding on the task of trying to raise children and guide them through their own grief seems almost impossible. When Michele's almost 7 year old son David died after a long battle with cancer, his 3 year old sister, Deanna, said something that affected Michele deeply. Deanna said, "Mommy, half of me is gone." From the outside, Deanna played as other children played. She did not spend her days crying and staying in bed. Others likely thought she was doing 'quite well', but inside, she was grieving deeply. If she had not said that simple sentence, Michele would have likely not known that she even felt this way. Given the fact that Michele had a background in early childhood education, she knew from that very moment that her mission in life would be to help Deanna grieve the death of her brother. At the same time that she worked through her own grief, she would learn about how to guide her daughter through her own grief as well. Someday, however, she hoped to use her knowledge to help other grieving children as well. Now, many years later, Michele is doing just that. She started Good Grief Parenting in order to help parents and friends and family members who work with grieving children. Her goal is to help people learn that grieving is a good thing and not something to be avoided. Grieve openly with children and show them that you are a safe person to talk to about all of the messy emotions of grief. Sadness is ok; anger is ok, fear is ok, relief is ok. In fact, it is more than just ok; it is necessary to feel all of that in order to really understand and get through grief. These are lessons we can all learn and grow from as well.
Episode 462: Brice Paterik breaks down the Rangers' final series of the season, some surprise stats leaders, and Tom Grieve's announcement about his future. He also discusses why every loss mattered and how Dane Dunning missed a potentially historic season. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline AG There is only 1 place that has you covered and 1 place we trust. Betonline.ag! Sign up today for a free account at betonline.ag and use that promocode: LOCKEDON for your 50% welcome bonus. Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Often our children's first experience with death is the loss of a pet. In the second half of my interview with Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling Sissy Goff, M. Ed., LPC-MHSP, we're talking about how we can help our kids process loss and teach them about grief. We're also offering some helpful tips on how to gauge how well your child is moving through the grieving process and when it's time to seek professional help. Key points from our conversation:
Andrea shares the story of what she describes as a "domino death". One event led to another in a tragic series that ended in her mom's passing. Andrea was intentional about allowing herself to grieve and joined a Motherless Daughters group. Andrea has provided the following information for the items she shares: NYC listeners can request to join NYC Motherless Daughters on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NYC.MotherlessDaughters Staten Island residents may request to join Staten Island Motherless Daughters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/433003657126696 (this is the group Andrea helped start) Link to Andrea's Blog: https://motherlessdaughtermind.wordpress.com You can find Andrea's mantras on Instagram at _morning_mantras_: https://www.instagram.com/_morning_mantras_/?hl=en Andrea's Take-Away: Now that your mom is no longer here, please learn how to mother yourself. Find a way to take care of yourself in a way that you feel mothered. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, as long as you are not harming yourself or anyone else. Grieve in your own way. All of our stories are important! If you have a story to share, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You don't have to be a DWOM to share your story. All are welcome! Would you like to talk about your grief journey? Sign up for a complimentary Connection Call here: https://calendly.com/daughterswithoutmoms/20-minute-connection-call?month=2021-09 For more information on my thoughts on grief, please visit my website, www.yourgriefjourney.com.
It is much more painful to be badly treated by somebody you love than by a stranger, and the Holy Spirit of God is very close to us, given to us by God to abide in our hearts. God continues to give second chances, forgiving all sin against the Son, but we are warned that sin against the Spirit is unpardonable. If we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit and reading the scriptures to learn more about God's way, then He will help us in our walk as yielded vessels. VF-2112 Ephesians 4:30 Watch, Listen and Learn 24x7 at PastorMelissaScott.com Pastor Melissa Scott teaches from Faith Center in Glendale. Call 1-800-338-3030 24x7 to leave a message for Pastor Scott. You may make reservations to attend a live service, leave a prayer request or make a commitment. Pastor Scott appreciates messages and reads them often during live broadcasts. Follow @Pastor_Scott on Twitter and visit her official Facebook page @Pastor.M.Scott. Download Pastor Scott's "Understand the Bible" app for iPhone, iPad and iPod at the Apple App Store and for Android devices in the Google Store. Pastor Scott can also be seen 24x7 on Roku and Amazon Fire on the "Understand the Bible?" channel. ©2021 Pastor Melissa Scott, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved
I'm very excited to announce: beLoved Dec 2-5, 2021, A Women's Wellness Adventure in Sedona, ArizonaI will be co-facilitating w @beleafretreat @abcey @maggieeortlieb a night, 4 day luxe retreat experience for conscious and adventurous women. With the beautiful backdrop of red rock formations, beLoved is a women's wellness & adventure retreat held a gorgeous private home in Sedona, AZ. Spend your days here re-connecting to yourself and others by strengthening your mind, body, and soul. We will focus this weekend's themes on self-love, consciousness, compassion, and gratitude. You will recalibrate the tools needed to walk through life more calmly and with purpose, as well as deepen your understanding of our natural world and how interconnected we all are, all the while having deep discussions with new friends. Shift your perspective on guided exploratory hikes, experience radical self-care, reignite your yoga practice, set your personal self-love mantras, experience a powerful breathwork ecstatic dance, massage, aromatherapy, a cacao ceremony and a sound healing journey, learn meditation & mindfulness exercises, and embark upon uniquely created workshops on nutrition & conscious living. You'll be treated to whole, plant-rich food that includes fresh, nutrient-dense delicious ingredients by renowned private chef @dori_empowered_wellness and take part in a plant-based cooking class where you will learn lots of new techniques, tips and tricks! Unwind at night with a soak in the tub while stargazing, and experience a communal exploration of soul-full healing. Return home having reset and restored your heart, body, and mind, sparked your creativity & purpose, and experienced the quiet, healing power of nature & established a deep connection with other like minded women, making them friends for life. We curate an experience of safety by inviting & choosing a select group of women on the conscious path.Click here to lean more!
And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Ephesians 5:20 (NLT) A couple of years ago, a wind-whipped inferno tore through the town of Paradise, California. On what should have been a typical day of parents going to work, kids going to school, socializing, or whatever was normal for a Thursday, the community was unaware that life would change forever in a moment. Many of us have friends and family who live there. By most media reports, the vast majority of the town burned up in less than 24 hours. Images and videos posted to social media show families fleeing the blaze down roads lined with fire and blowing embers. It looked like a scene straight out of an apocalyptic movie. Even through the heartbreak of so much loss, there is also a moment to pause and be thankful. One of my college friends is a doctor at the local hospital there. He, and several of the medical team were trapped by fire as they helped to evacuate the patients. They weren't sure if they would get out in time. Yet, I was happy to hear from my friend that they all made it out safely and were reunited with their families. Or, there is another of my friends who had only a moment's notice to flee from their family home, yet they all made it out safely, driving through a tunnel of flames, none-the-less. I was thankful to hear her voice on the phone. Even in the midst of tragedy and loss, we can still find things to be thankful to God for. In our life, things won't always go perfectly. Tragedy will strike. Circumstances will not go our way. Bad things will happen. It is a certainty in this sinful world. The only thing we can control is our attitude about it. We can lament – and certainly there is a time and place for grieving – or we can give thanks. Complaining doesn't fix anything. Giving thanks realigns us with our God who does. So, today, and every day, as you face trials, unforeseen craziness, and tragedy, look for the things to give thanks about. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Grieve as appropriate, but seek out what thanks you can give to God.
We have spoken many times over the past two years about the fact that there is no 'right way' to grieve and that different people grieve in very different ways, even if they are grieving the same person in the same family. Archie and Elina are great examples of this very point. From the first days after Garret died in a tragic car accident just over a year ago now, their grief journeys looked very, very different. Elina, Garret's sister felt motivated to do everything even bigger than she did before his death. Birthdays and holidays needed to be bigger and better. She went back to work at her summer job almost immediately, and today is determined to study hard and live a life that would make Garret proud. She even started an Instagram account discussing sibling grief under the name, @garretssister. Garret's mother, Archie, on the other hand, felt completely paralyzed after Garret's death. She felt as if she couldn't even live her life, let alone go back to work. These overwhelming feelings lasted for months and only recently has she felt ready to even enter the workplace. For her, the goal is to just get through each day, not to live bigger. She needed time to mourn quietly before being able to return to more 'normal' activities. You might think that these two different ways of grieving in the same household might cause conflict, and I'm sure in some households, it does. For this family, however, it does not. It is beautiful to me how the two of them are so accepting of what the other needs. Elina does not get frustrated with her mother and her need for time by herself to process. Archie did not feel hurt when Elina jumped back into her life. According to Archie, the key to this acceptance is unconditional patience. Grieving family members need to have patience with each other, and perhaps even more importantly, have patience with themselves. We need to know that no matter how much or how little time we need in certain areas of our grief, our loved ones will accept us. Our friends and family will be there waiting with open arms whenever we need them. That is an amazing lesson for all of us to remember that grief should always be free of judgment.
With the MLB pennant race in full swing, Ben Grieve steps into The Batter's Box for Episode 101! Grieve's 9-year career in the big leagues spanned 1997-2005 and was highlighted by an All-Star Game selection in 1998, American League Rookie of the Year honors, and a 104 RBI season in 2000. This week he revisits his glory days on the field, with some great stories about coming up through the Oakland A's system as a highly-touted prospect and having an immediate impact on his cast. We also discuss the challenges Grieve faced playing the game clean in "The Steroid Era," the memorable 2000 Division Series that was played under the bright lights of Broadway, and even the musical Grieve would most like to star in! Connect with Break a Bat! on Instagram: @break_a_bat_podcast Produced by the Broadway Podcast Network Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. (Ezekiel 37:1-3) 10 And we, after we had our dinner, he said, “I want to ask you a question, Mr. Branham.” I said, “Yes, sir?” And I thought, “Oh, my, here it comes now, Lutheran dean.” He said, “I've been down to the Pentecostals, and see them kick the furniture around, and everything like that.” Said, “I want to ask you, is anything to it?” I said, “Yes, sir, there is.” I said, “It's like a little kid, when he gets a toy, he just falls.” And I said, “Like Ezekiel said, there's a valley full of dry bones. He said, ‘Can these live?' He said, ‘Thou knowest.' So he said, ‘Prophesy to the dry bones.' And when the bones come together, there was a rattling and a shaking, lot of noise. But then, when the skin come on them, the meat come on them, there wasn't much noise. He said, ‘Prophesy to the spirit now.' See? I think that's what's going on. See?” So I said, “They… I see them make a lot of noise.” I said, “I think the bones are coming together.” 11 And so, he said, “We're hungering and thirsting for God.” I said, “That's fine.” Said, “And we want you to tell us how to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost.” He said, “Now,” said, “we believe that—that in, we receive the Holy Ghost when we believe.” And I said, “Well, did you ever read Acts 19?” And he said, “Yes.” I said, “Well, there's some mighty fine Baptists up there, had a good pastor, good preacher; his name was Apollos; he was a converted lawyer. He was proving Jesus the Christ by the Bible.” And I said, “Paul passed through there in the upper coasts of Ephesus, he find certain disciples, and he said to them, ‘Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?' They said, ‘We know not whether there be any Holy Ghost.' See? So after that was done, and they was baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and Paul laid his hands upon them, and then they received the Holy Ghost.” 12 He said, “But Abraham believed God, Brother Branham, and it was imputed to him for righteous, because he believed. What more can a man do but believe?” I said, “It's all a man can do.” I said, “You believe and accept Christ as personal Saviour; that's your faith. But remember, God gave Abraham a seal of circumcision as a confirmation of his faith.” That's right. And I said, “Then, and that was the Old Testament. In the New Testament, when we say we believe, God gives us the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which is a seal of confirmation. See? Ephesians 4:30 says, ‘Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you're sealed until the day of your redemption.' See? It's a seal that God has recognized your faith. But if He hasn't give you the Holy Ghost yet, He's never recognized your faith. See?” 57-0115 - "God Keeps His Word" Rev. William Marrion Branham ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Order your own copy of the Family Altar at http://store.bibleway.org Appreciate what we do? Consider supporting us: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/support --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/support
With the many challenges we face daily, you may think that emotional numbness is the best response to pain. It isn't. In this episode, we talk about better ways to cope. Jason Wrobel and Whitney Lauritsen sit down and talk about emotions and how we suppress these, often to our own detriment. We hear about how emotions affect our lifespan, media's effect on us, and the effects the climate crisis and COVID has had on us all. Tune in for an insightful conversation as only Jason and Whitney can have. This episode is sponsored by Embody Me. To receive a free 7-day trial and 20% off your first month, use the code "Wellevatr" at https://embodyme.live.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here's How »Join the This Might Get Uncomfortable community today:wellevatr.comWellevatr FacebookWellevatr TwitterWellevatr Instagram
Shelby Forsythia (she/her) gives us permission to grieve for ourselves and others. As the author of your Grief, your way and Permission to Grieve and podcast host of Grief Book Review and Coming Back Conversations on Life After Loss, Shelby helps grieving people around the world. Furthermore, through a combination of practical tools and intuitive guidance, she helps grieving people reclaim their power and peace of mind after devastating loss. Finally, even through grief, we are growing. Resources Mentioned: Shelby's Website - books, podcasts and how to work with Shelby Your Brief Your Way - Book by Shelby Permission to Grieve - Book by Shelby Connect with Emily on LinkedIn Emily Harman Mental Fitness Program Onward Accelerator Coaching Program Onward: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Onward Movement Facebook Group | YouTube Buy Emily's Best Selling Book Step Into the Spotlight Schedule a Complimentary Coaching Call with Emily Soul Pajamas
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The Sisters discuss how important it is for grievers to recognize that they need to get the old hurt and pain out of their hearts so that they can have a better quality of life. Sadly, people are not identifying that the brokenness they are carrying in their heart is the result of grief. www.healingstartswiththeheart.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/hope.heal.recover.com
We felt very strongly that it was time to talk about Afghanistan. If you or someone you know is struggling please call the National Crisis Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255). As Diane said, you don't have to be suicidal to call them – just struggling. For additional resources reach out to https://hiddenheroes.org/news/lean-on-us/ . Additionally I would like to give a shout out to Theresa Carpenter and her Stories of Service Podcast on Utube. If you like our show, I am sure you will enjoy her podcast also. If you would like to join us live. Please go to https://womenyouarenotalone.com and scroll to the bottom of the page where you can send us a note We would love to have you. Also we are working very hard to get 500 downloads by the end of August, so if you think of ANYBODY who might find the podcast helpful please send them a link. If you don't know how to do that – send us a note – we will help you figure it out.
Content warning: Child loss and suicide This episode is one of the most tender and important I've ever shared on this show, and I am just so deeply grateful to Amy Ortloff for having this conversation with me and letting me make it public. In 2017, Amy Ortloff lost her middle child Ryan to suicide. Ryan was just 17 years old. Less than a week after his death, Amy took to her personal Facebook page and starting sharing every single day. She began by sharing stories about Ryan, family memories and examples of the kind of kid he was. She didn't want her child to be forgotten. As the weeks went by, deep in grief, Amy also started sharing her own experiences of this devastating time she was living through. She shared what she was learning in therapy, she set and shared her personal boundaries for interaction for those in her small town Oklahoma community. Amy's sharing was raw and vulnerable. It was heartbreaking and powerful. I made a point to read her posts every day that first year after Ryan. This episode is about the effects of that real-time sharing during the hardest time of her life, the positive and the negative. Amy was teaching us how to grieve with her, and it made an enormous impact on me long before I ever wrote a book about sharing stuff. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741. Read Amy Ortloff's blog Keep Going Follow Amy Ortloff on Facebook here * Thank you for listening to 10 Things To Tell You. Please share this episode with anyone who might need to listen to Amy's story. Follow @10ThingsToTellYou on IG Follow @10ThingsToTellYou on FB Follow @laura.tremaine on IG Follow @mslauratremaine on FB Join the 10 Things To Tell You Connection Group Listen to SECRET STUFF Buy Share Your Stuff. I'll Go First. by Laura Tremaine
Jennifer Jones Lee hosts your Thursday morning Wake Up Call. Graham Grieve joins the show - he's the Co-Founder of the California-based startup Trace Innovations, which is an app that allows schools and businesses to contact trace with speed and precision to help prevent COVID outbreaks.
With family: 1 Samuel 11; Romans 9 1 Samuel 11 (Listen) Saul Defeats the Ammonites 11 Then Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh-gilead, and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a treaty with us, and we will serve you.” 2 But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “On this condition I will make a treaty with you, that I gouge out all your right eyes, and thus bring disgrace on all Israel.” 3 The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Give us seven days' respite that we may send messengers through all the territory of Israel. Then, if there is no one to save us, we will give ourselves up to you.” 4 When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul, they reported the matter in the ears of the people, and all the people wept aloud. 5 Now, behold, Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen. And Saul said, “What is wrong with the people, that they are weeping?” So they told him the news of the men of Jabesh. 6 And the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and his anger was greatly kindled. 7 He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by the hand of the messengers, saying, “Whoever does not come out after Saul and Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen!” Then the dread of the LORD fell upon the people, and they came out as one man. 8 When he mustered them at Bezek, the people of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand. 9 And they said to the messengers who had come, “Thus shall you say to the men of Jabesh-gilead: ‘Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you shall have salvation.'” When the messengers came and told the men of Jabesh, they were glad. 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, “Tomorrow we will give ourselves up to you, and you may do to us whatever seems good to you.” 11 And the next day Saul put the people in three companies. And they came into the midst of the camp in the morning watch and struck down the Ammonites until the heat of the day. And those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together. The Kingdom Is Renewed 12 Then the people said to Samuel, “Who is it that said, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?' Bring the men, that we may put them to death.” 13 But Saul said, “Not a man shall be put to death this day, for today the LORD has worked salvation in Israel.” 14 Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingdom.” 15 So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal. There they sacrificed peace offerings before the LORD, and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly. (ESV) Romans 9 (Listen) God's Sovereign Choice 9 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,1 my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. 6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9 For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion,2 but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. 19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25 As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,' and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.'”26 “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,' there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.'” 27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel3 be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” 29 And as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring, we would have been like Sodom and become like Gomorrah.” Israel's Unbelief 30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness4 did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” Footnotes  9:3 Or brothers and sisters  9:16 Greek not of him who wills or runs  9:27 Or children of Israel  9:31 Greek a law of righteousness (ESV) In private: Psalm 25; Jeremiah 48 Psalm 25 (Listen) Teach Me Your Paths 1 Of David. 25 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.2 O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. 4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. 6 Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD! 8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. 11 For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.12 Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.13 His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land.14 The friendship2 of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.15 My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. 16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.18 Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. 19 Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me.20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. 22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. Footnotes  25:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet  25:14 Or The secret counsel (ESV) Jeremiah 48 (Listen) Judgment on Moab 48 Concerning Moab. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Woe to Nebo, for it is laid waste! Kiriathaim is put to shame, it is taken; the fortress is put to shame and broken down;2 the renown of Moab is no more. In Heshbon they planned disaster against her: ‘Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!' You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence; the sword shall pursue you. 3 “A voice! A cry from Horonaim, ‘Desolation and great destruction!'4 Moab is destroyed; her little ones have made a cry.5 For at the ascent of Luhith they go up weeping;1 for at the descent of Horonaim they have heard the distressed cry2 of destruction.6 Flee! Save yourselves! You will be like a juniper in the desert!7 For, because you trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be taken; and Chemosh shall go into exile with his priests and his officials.8 The destroyer shall come upon every city, and no city shall escape; the valley shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed, as the LORD has spoken. 9 “Give wings to Moab, for she would fly away; her cities shall become a desolation, with no inhabitant in them. 10 “Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed. 11 “Moab has been at ease from his youth and has settled on his dregs; he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into exile; so his taste remains in him, and his scent is not changed. 12 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I shall send to him pourers who will pour him, and empty his vessels and break his3 jars in pieces. 13 Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence. 14 “How do you say, ‘We are heroes and mighty men of war'?15 The destroyer of Moab and his cities has come up, and the choicest of his young men have gone down to slaughter, declares the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.16 The calamity of Moab is near at hand, and his affliction hastens swiftly.17 Grieve for him, all you who are around him, and all who know his name; say, ‘How the mighty scepter is broken, the glorious staff.' 18 “Come down from your glory, and sit on the parched ground, O inhabitant of Dibon! For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you; he has destroyed your strongholds.19 Stand by the way and watch, O inhabitant of Aroer! Ask him who flees and her who escapes; say, ‘What has happened?'20 Moab is put to shame, for it is broken; wail and cry! Tell it beside the Arnon, that Moab is laid waste. 21 “Judgment has come upon the tableland, upon Holon, and Jahzah, and Mephaath, 22 and Dibon, and Nebo, and Beth-diblathaim, 23 and Kiriathaim, and Beth-gamul, and Beth-meon, 24 and Kerioth, and Bozrah, and all the cities of the land of Moab, far and near. 25 The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, declares the LORD. 26 “Make him drunk, because he magnified himself against the LORD, so that Moab shall wallow in his vomit, and he too shall be held in derision. 27 Was not Israel a derision to you? Was he found among thieves, that whenever you spoke of him you wagged your head? 28 “Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock, O inhabitants of Moab! Be like the dove that nests in the sides of the mouth of a gorge.29 We have heard of the pride of Moab— he is very proud— of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart.30 I know his insolence, declares the LORD; his boasts are false, his deeds are false.31 Therefore I wail for Moab; I cry out for all Moab; for the men of Kir-hareseth I mourn.32 More than for Jazer I weep for you, O vine of Sibmah! Your branches passed over the sea, reached to the Sea of Jazer; on your summer fruits and your grapes the destroyer has fallen.33 Gladness and joy have been taken away from the fruitful land of Moab; I have made the wine cease from the winepresses; no one treads them with shouts of joy; the shouting is not the shout of joy. 34 “From the outcry at Heshbon even to Elealeh, as far as Jahaz they utter their voice, from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. For the waters of Nimrim also have become desolate. 35 And I will bring to an end in Moab, declares the LORD, him who offers sacrifice in the high place and makes offerings to his god. 36 Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the men of Kir-hareseth. Therefore the riches they gained have perished. 37 “For every head is shaved and every beard cut off. On all the hands are gashes, and around the waist is sackcloth. 38 On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation, for I have broken Moab like a vessel for which no one cares, declares the LORD. 39 How it is broken! How they wail! How Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab has become a derision and a horror to all that are around him.” 40 For thus says the LORD: “Behold, one shall fly swiftly like an eagle and spread his wings against Moab;41 the cities shall be taken and the strongholds seized. The heart of the warriors of Moab shall be in that day like the heart of a woman in her birth pains;42 Moab shall be destroyed and be no longer a people, because he magnified himself against the LORD.43 Terror, pit, and snare are before you, O inhabitant of Moab! declares the LORD.44 He who flees from the terror shall fall into the pit, and he who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the snare. For I will bring these things upon Moab, the year of their punishment, declares the LORD. 45 “In the shadow of Heshbon fugitives stop without strength, for fire came out from Heshbon, flame from the house of Sihon; it has destroyed the forehead of Moab, the crown of the sons of tumult.46 Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh are undone, for your sons have been taken captive, and your daughters into captivity.47 &am
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Psalms and Wisdom: Psalm 16 Psalm 16 (Listen) You Will Not Abandon My Soul A Miktam1 of David. 16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” 3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.2 4 The sorrows of those who run after3 another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips. 5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.48 I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being5 rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.6 11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Footnotes  16:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term  16:3 Or To the saints in the land, the excellent in whom is all my delight, I say:  16:4 Or who acquire  16:7 Hebrew my kidneys instruct me  16:9 Hebrew my glory  16:10 Or see the pit (ESV) Pentateuch and History: 1 Samuel 3 1 Samuel 3 (Listen) The Lord Calls Samuel 3 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. 2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” 5 and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6 And the LORD called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” 11 Then the LORD said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God,1 and he did not restrain them. 14 Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.” 15 Samuel lay until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16 But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.” 17 And Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the LORD. Let him do what seems good to him.” 19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the LORD. 21 And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD. Footnotes  3:13 Or blaspheming for themselves (ESV) Chronicles and Prophets: Jeremiah 48 Jeremiah 48 (Listen) Judgment on Moab 48 Concerning Moab. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Woe to Nebo, for it is laid waste! Kiriathaim is put to shame, it is taken; the fortress is put to shame and broken down;2 the renown of Moab is no more. In Heshbon they planned disaster against her: ‘Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!' You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence; the sword shall pursue you. 3 “A voice! A cry from Horonaim, ‘Desolation and great destruction!'4 Moab is destroyed; her little ones have made a cry.5 For at the ascent of Luhith they go up weeping;1 for at the descent of Horonaim they have heard the distressed cry2 of destruction.6 Flee! Save yourselves! You will be like a juniper in the desert!7 For, because you trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be taken; and Chemosh shall go into exile with his priests and his officials.8 The destroyer shall come upon every city, and no city shall escape; the valley shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed, as the LORD has spoken. 9 “Give wings to Moab, for she would fly away; her cities shall become a desolation, with no inhabitant in them. 10 “Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed. 11 “Moab has been at ease from his youth and has settled on his dregs; he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into exile; so his taste remains in him, and his scent is not changed. 12 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I shall send to him pourers who will pour him, and empty his vessels and break his3 jars in pieces. 13 Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence. 14 “How do you say, ‘We are heroes and mighty men of war'?15 The destroyer of Moab and his cities has come up, and the choicest of his young men have gone down to slaughter, declares the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.16 The calamity of Moab is near at hand, and his affliction hastens swiftly.17 Grieve for him, all you who are around him, and all who know his name; say, ‘How the mighty scepter is broken, the glorious staff.' 18 “Come down from your glory, and sit on the parched ground, O inhabitant of Dibon! For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you; he has destroyed your strongholds.19 Stand by the way and watch, O inhabitant of Aroer! Ask him who flees and her who escapes; say, ‘What has happened?'20 Moab is put to shame, for it is broken; wail and cry! Tell it beside the Arnon, that Moab is laid waste. 21 “Judgment has come upon the tableland, upon Holon, and Jahzah, and Mephaath, 22 and Dibon, and Nebo, and Beth-diblathaim, 23 and Kiriathaim, and Beth-gamul, and Beth-meon, 24 and Kerioth, and Bozrah, and all the cities of the land of Moab, far and near. 25 The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, declares the LORD. 26 “Make him drunk, because he magnified himself against the LORD, so that Moab shall wallow in his vomit, and he too shall be held in derision. 27 Was not Israel a derision to you? Was he found among thieves, that whenever you spoke of him you wagged your head? 28 “Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock, O inhabitants of Moab! Be like the dove that nests in the sides of the mouth of a gorge.29 We have heard of the pride of Moab— he is very proud— of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart.30 I know his insolence, declares the LORD; his boasts are false, his deeds are false.31 Therefore I wail for Moab; I cry out for all Moab; for the men of Kir-hareseth I mourn.32 More than for Jazer I weep for you, O vine of Sibmah! Your branches passed over the sea, reached to the Sea of Jazer; on your summer fruits and your grapes the destroyer has fallen.33 Gladness and joy have been taken away from the fruitful land of Moab; I have made the wine cease from the winepresses; no one treads them with shouts of joy; the shouting is not the shout of joy. 34 “From the outcry at Heshbon even to Elealeh, as far as Jahaz they utter their voice, from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. For the waters of Nimrim also have become desolate. 35 And I will bring to an end in Moab, declares the LORD, him who offers sacrifice in the high place and makes offerings to his god. 36 Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the men of Kir-hareseth. Therefore the riches they gained have perished. 37 “For every head is shaved and every beard cut off. On all the hands are gashes, and around the waist is sackcloth. 38 On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation, for I have broken Moab like a vessel for which no one cares, declares the LORD. 39 How it is broken! How they wail! How Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab has become a derision and a horror to all that are around him.” 40 For thus says the LORD: “Behold, one shall fly swiftly like an eagle and spread his wings against Moab;41 the cities shall be taken and the strongholds seized. The heart of the warriors of Moab shall be in that day like the heart of a woman in her birth pains;42 Moab shall be destroyed and be no longer a people, because he magnified himself against the LORD.43 Terror, pit, and snare are before you, O inhabitant of Moab! declares the LORD.44 He who flees from the terror shall fall into the pit, and he who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the snare. For I will bring these things upon Moab, the year of their punishment, declares the LORD. 45 “In the shadow of Heshbon fugitives stop without strength, for fire came out from Heshbon, flame from the house of Sihon; it has destroyed the forehead of Moab, the crown of the sons of tumult.46 Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh are undone, for your sons have been taken captive, and your daughters into captivity.47 Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in the latter days, declares the LORD.” Thus far is the judgment on Moab. Footnotes  48:5 Hebrew weeping goes up with weeping  48:5 Septuagint (compare Isaiah 15:5) heard the cry  48:12 Septuagint, Aquila; Hebrew their (ESV) Gospels and Epistles: Mark 15 Mark 15 (Listen) Jesus Delivered to Pilate 15 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified 6 Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. 7 And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. 8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. 9 And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. 12 And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13 And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” 14 And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged1 Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. Jesus Is Mocked 16 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor's headquarters),2 and they called together the whole battalion.3 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him. The Crucifixion 21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). 23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it was the third hour4 when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.5 29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him. The Death of Jesus 33 And when the sixth hour6 had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.7 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he8 breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son9 of God!” 40 There were also women looking on from a dist
End of Life and Grief Doula, Dianne Gray joins us today on Better Together. Her journey in this space, plus her unwavering commitment to improving care for seriously ill children was born from her 14-year experience as caregiver and mom to her ill son. In addition, dedication to her work was sparked from the sudden loss of her father to a heart attack when she was just 9 years old. Today, Maria and Dianne talk about how to cope with death and Dianne shares easy-to-apply tools for those who are grieving. Did you know that we can still connect with those who have passed and actually feel them?!! She also reveals that scientifically, love can never die...!! We learn how to correctly support someone who is grieving through an idea called companioning. Lastly, Dianne reminds us that it is not all about us. Everyone makes mistakes and we are all perfectly, imperfect. We hope you enjoyed this episode and please comment what you learned from it! Plus share with a friend who is going through a hard time and could use this ❤️ DIANNE RESOURCES: Dianne: @diannebgray on Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/better-together-w-maria/support
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My guest today is Ashley Opliger, president and executive director of Bridget's Cradles, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to providing comfort, hope and healing to families grieving the loss of a baby in Heaven. They have donated cradles to more than 1,100 hospitals in all 50 states. Ashley lost her daughter, Bridget, during pregnancy. Ashley's mother knit a blanket for Bridget and made it into a knitted cradle. That was the start of Bridget's Cradles. This discussion is very personal to me, because I have had the horrific experience of losing babies, my sons Elijah and Malachi, during pregnancy. 5:21 – Ashley 101 Ashley lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband, Matt. They have three children, their daughter Bridget in Heaven, and their two sons who are 4 years old and 6 months old. Her life right now is a mix of motherhood and ministry. She had a subchorionic hemorrhage while pregnant with her daughter Bridget and was on bed rest for 11 weeks before losing her daughter. 10:50 – Deep grief Ashley was dealing with deep grief when she came home from the hospital. She fell to her knees in Bridget's nursery and asked God why she had to lose her daughter. She surrendered her grief to God, and she has seen God redeem her grief so she can help others. 17:54 – Cradles Nurses saw the knitted cradle Ashley had for her daughter. They said it would be nice to have those for other babies who pass. Ashley created Bridget's Cradles. Nurses say the cradles are unique and special gifts to give grieving families. 25:16 – Nurses Once the cradles are shipped to hospitals, nurses are responsible for giving them to families. Nurses are the hands and feet of the cradles. 32:25 – Volunteers can knit cradles You can volunteer to knit cradles. They will send patterns, dimensions, yarn type and colors. The cradles are shipped to Bridget's Cradles, and they add lace, ribbon and charms. Every cradle has a cross on the foot. 40:09 – Cradles are for everyone A few hospitals have said no to the cradles because of the religious connection and the crosses on the foot of the cradles. Families can choose to remove crosses from the cradles. The cradles are for everyone. 46:49 – Get to know you Guilty pleasure? Dark chocolate What she's reading? Mama Bear Apologetics FEATURED QUOTES There's nothing wrong or weak about going to counseling. I think it's a sign of strength to be able to go in and have someone help process that grief. – Ashley “My life right now is a mix of motherhood and ministry.” – Ashley ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OR LINKS THAT NEED TO BE INCLUDED IN POST https://www.bridgetscradles.com/ About Ashley Opliger: Ashley Opliger is the President and Executive Director of Bridget's Cradles 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Wichita, Kansas. 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As a supporter, remember that you are a powerful role in the life of someone who is grieving. Don't blow it by not being attuned to the griever's needs. Join Coach Renée as she empowers us to be better supporters during the painful times of loss. FOLLOW Coach Renée on FB & IG: @iamreneeroberts NEED A LIFE COACH?: www.iamreneeroberts.com
The loss of a child can leave many parents feeling there's nowhere to turn. Ron and Nan Deal, along with Brad and Jill Sullivan, share about the While We're Waiting retreats, which minister to parents right where they are on their grief journey. Show Notes and Resources Help for grieving parents is avaliable at https://whilewerewaiting.org/ Find resources from this podcast at https://shop.familylife.com/Products.aspx?categoryid=130. Download FamilyLife's new app! https://www.familylife.com/app/ Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Network. https://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
The Dr. John Delony Show is a caller-driven show that offers real people a chance to be heard as they struggle with relationship issues and mental health challenges. John will give you practical advice on how to connect with people, how to take the next right step when you feel frozen, and how to cut through the depression and anxiety that can feel so overwhelming. You are not alone in this battle. You are worth being well—and it starts by focusing on what you can control. Let us know what's going on by leaving a voicemail at 844.693.3291 or visiting johndelony.com/show. We want to talk to YOU! Show Notes for this Episode Article: Which media have proven sticky as pandemic has diminished? What advice do you have for two single parents looking to blend their families? My son may be diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. How can I help my brother after a terrible car accident? Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief - David Kessler Lyrics of the Day: "Open-ended Life" - The Avett Brothers As heard on this episode: BetterHelp Redefining Anxiety John's Free Guided Meditation Ramsey+ tags: parenting, kids, marriage, relationships, boundaries, bipolar disorder, sickness/illness, substance abuse, anger/resentment/bitterness, family, disagreement/conflict, grief These platforms contain content, including information provided by guests, that is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. The content is not intended to replace or substitute for any professional medical, counseling, therapeutic, financial, legal, or other advice. The Lampo Group, LLC d/b/a Ramsey Solutions as well as its affiliates and subsidiaries (including their respective employees, agents and representatives) make no representations or warranties concerning the content and expressly disclaim any and all liability concerning the content including any treatment or action taken by any person following the information offered or provided within or through this show. If you have specific concerns or a situation in which you require professional advice, you should consult with an appropriately trained and qualified professional expert and specialist. If you are having a health or mental health emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
Joshua Barbeau was 26 when his fiancee, Jessica Pereira, died from a rare liver disease. Eight years later, still grieving, he turned to Project December, a website that allowed him to text with an artificial intelligence simulation of Jessica. The Chronicle's Jason Fagone talks to host Cecilia Lei about his story about love and A.I., and Joshua Barbeau discusses how a chatbot helped him cope with loss. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jay has a medical situation going on that unfortunately comes with gorgeous nurses. Find out what a grieve beave is and what Jacob's own medical issues brought on.Stream "The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson & Dan Soder" for 3 months free on the SiruisXM app! Offer Details Apply: www.SiriusXM.com/BonfireFollow us on all social media @TheBonfireXM@DanSoder www.DanSoder.com@BigJayOakerson www.BigJayComedy.com#CrackleCrackle
It's summertime, the restrictions are lifted and people are ready to travel and see each other. Some friends and families are also taking care of some unfinished business, remembering loved ones lost during the months we couldn't be together.Guest: KUOW reporter Ruby de LunaYou can share a memory of someone lost to Covid-19 with us at https://www.kuow.org/remember
The biblical authors of Lamentations and Psalms invite us to express our grief, anger, and sadness to God. But this is hard. It's so much easier to either avoid pain with numbing distractions or vent out frustrations without ever bringing them to God. But he is patient. He understands how painful our situations are, and he cares and grieves with us. Today, let's practice grieving with him.Bible ReadingLamentations 3:22-33Reflection QuestionsWhat is one specific area you are grieving right now? Notice the sensations you experience as you think about it and take a moment to express each feeling to God. Now continue your prayer to God by asking him to show his compassion toward your painful situation. While you wait on God's answer to your prayers, imagine giving Jesus the weight of your grief and concerns now. What does it look like as he carries it? What do you imagine him doing to show his compassion in your situation?Want to Go Deeper? Check out this episode's Bible study to watch a video and explore more detailed questions for personal study and group discussion. Go to bibleproject.com/study.Show CreditsHost: Cheree HayesMessage: Dr. Carissa Quinn Production and Bible Reading: Dan GummelTheme music: Grant William HaroldBackground Music: "Fluttering" by Marshall UsingerPowered and distributed by Simplecast.