Warning: This is a story of hope, but also of loss. If you have recently experienced loss, my prayer for you is that my story brings encouragement and light to you. These are hard days, but our Jesus never leaves us in the midst of the pain. I am sharing my story in the hope that it will touch your life at this time. ~Amy
Have you ever had something happen at just the right time that you know it had to have been God? A God-incidence, if you will? Maybe it was a song coming on the radio that you needed to hear? Maybe it was a random encounter with a person that felt like a divine appointment? Or maybe it was an encouraging word or a book or blog post at just the right moment? It is times like these that feel like divine encounters. Like God is reaching out to hand us a special gift or lift us out of a pit when we need Him most. This happened to me recently. I am completely blown away by how our Savior loves us each individually knowing exactly what we need before we even know that we need it. Let me tell you my story…
I was very excited to get an advanced copy of one of my favorite blogger’s new book in the mail. Becky Thompson of Scissortail Silk has a heart for encouraging mothers and God has used her to do just that for millions of women around the world in the last couple years through her blog, www.beckythompson.com. As a blogger, I was able to get an advanced copy of her new book, Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma’s Heart, to review before it comes out on March 15th (read on to win a free copy for yourself!) I was excited about this unexpected perk of being a blogger (I am still quite new to this) and was very happy to read the book since Becky is a wonderful writer. But, I had no idea of the divine appointment God had just placed in my hands as I pulled the book out of the mailbox. I had no idea that I was about to experience one of the most tragic (yet very common) events that parents go through and that God had given me this book for that moment.
When I got the book in the mail a couple weeks ago, I had just come back from my first midwife appointment for my fourth pregnancy. We were very excited about having a fourth kid and I was about 8-9 weeks pregnant. However, the first appointment was disconcerting, not exciting, as I thought it would be. The early ultrasound showed a little baby that was measuring about 3 weeks behind schedule, although there was a nice heartbeat. The midwife was unconcerned, she thought I must have my dates off – I was concerned, I did think my dates were pretty accurate, but I thought she must have mismeasured. I was to come back in two weeks to see how the baby had grown and remeasure…
I tried not to worry too much and life went on… Meanwhile, this book arrived in the mail and I started to read it. It is an easy read, beautifully written, emotional in parts, funny in others, and very transparent about life as a mother today. Becky’s stories bring hope to all parts of motherhood, and as I read it, I thought of so many mothers that would get so much from this book as well. It really is a book that any mother would love – I could not recommend it enough. (And I am so excited to be giving away a free copy – I know that God has someone in mind who really needs to receive it!) I really enjoyed reading it, and I got a lot out of it, but I still had no idea the real reason God had placed this books in my hand until Saturday morning.
Thursday night, I had started to spot a little, just a tiny bit of bleeding. I was definitely concerned, but I had spotted in my first pregnancy (it is very common, especially in the first trimester) and it had been nothing. Friday was my second son’s birthday and we had a family trip to the zoo planned. He was ecstatic, to say the least, and he had been looking forward to this day for months. I was so worried that I would miscarry on Friday and ruin his birthday. I am so thankful that we had a beautiful family day together celebrating my second born. I spotted a little more throughout the day, but still nothing much. Saturday morning, though, I knew without a doubt that God was calling this baby home.
I have a special chair in the corner of my bedroom (I am sitting in it now) that was a gift from God. Yes, I actually asked God for a chair, and it showed up with a “FREE” sign on it along the road later that same day – exactly the type of chair I had pictured in my mind. The chair has become my prayer corner, my own personal “War Room”, and I was sitting in it, crying, and talking to God on Saturday morning. I decided to finish reading Hope Unfolding – I was only pages from the end and the book was a welcome distraction. I picked it up and I read these words, written by another mother, another mother who, like so many others, had gone through what I was experiencing right then.
“Here’s what I want you to do. I want you to imagine Jesus there in the room with you right now. Yes, right where you are sitting. I want you to invite Jesus to come and be present with you. It can be as simple as a whispered, ‘Jesus.’… He comes to bring peace and healing and wholeness. That’s what He wants to do for your achy mommy heart right now.” (Hope Unfolding, p. 194)
And although Becky Thompson had no idea that she had written those words just for me, God did. He made sure that I had a copy of that book in my hands, before it had even reached store shelves, because He loves me… And just like that, Jesus was right there beside me, in my room, by my chair. He always is with us, but it isn’t often that I feel His presence so clearly. And in that moment, as He spoke love over me through the words of a book, I lifted up our precious little fourth baby and placed him or her into His loving nail scarred hands. And I cried (and I’m crying now as I write this) knowing that this little one was being held now by my Jesus and that I would one day meet this precious soul in Heaven.
And do you know what happened next? This was a gift that I was not expecting, but I am oh so happy about – I was flooded with an unexplainable peace. Over the next few hours my body finished miscarrying my little one, but I was not scared. I was not in much pain, and it was a quiet and peaceful process at home. I felt God’s presence with me and was filled with God’s peace. My three children did not know what was going on, we had not told them about the pregnancy yet, but they knew I was not feeling well. Their sweet presence, as well as my husband’s, throughout the afternoon was such a gift. My 21 month old daughter, who is usually too busy to snuggle, wanted to be snuggled and loved on all afternoon and into the evening, which brought me such comfort, as well. The process was strangely peaceful and full of hope, love, and grace.
I had no idea when I asked for an advanced copy of Hope Unfolding to review in an email weeks before that God would use it as an opportunity to usher in His presence and shower me with love on that hard Saturday. But God knew I needed it. For that is who our Heavenly Father is – He is Love and He is Good. He is continually speaking love over us. He is always near to us. But, so often I am too busy to hear Him or notice His presence. Is it the same for you, my friend? Have you taken a moment today to listen to your Father’s loving voice? To feel His presence near you? Because He wants to speak love over you today, whatever you are going through right now… He wants to bring you peace in the midst of the storm that is raging around you because He loves you! All we need to do is ask.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Finally, you have a chance to win Becky Thompson’s new book Hope Unfolding for yourself! To watch a preview video about the book and read the first couple chapters for free, click here. It will be released on March 15th and I hope to have a copy in the winner’s hands as soon as is Amazon-possible! This giveaway will be taking place on both Facebook and Instagram (@amylovesnature). Please click over to either one of those outlets for a chance to win! If you do not have either of these social media accounts, you can send me an email at amylovesnature [at] gmail [dot] com and I will put you on the list! You may enter on any or all of these places for a chance to win! While you are there, please make sure to like, follow, or subscribe to those accounts! This giveaway will be closing at 6 pm Pacific Time, Friday, March 11, 2016. You may enter up to once per day on each of these outlets to increase your chances!
This contest is open to all US Residents for a good old fashioned paperback copy of the book. (I am sorry, I can’t ship internationally at this time.) I will send you a message on Facebook or Instagram or by email if you won and will send you your copy as soon as you send me your address!
If you are a mom, or if you know a mom, this book is for you. It would be an amazing gift for someone (think baby shower?) and will likely be passed around to all your mommy friends – I already have a wait-list for my copy – LOL! The book will be shipped to you via Amazon as soon as it is available on March 15th. I am praying for just the right mama to receive it – I know it will make a big impact in your life, just as it has for me. Blessings to you! Now, let’s get this giveaway started!
To buy a copy of Becky’s book (or pre-order her next one) simply click on my Amazon Affiliate Link: