Dealing with the loss of my twins at 17 weeks pregnant has been the single-most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do. There have been days when I just can’t face the world. I’ve had those moments where I question everything, especially God. There have been times were I’ve sworn that I won’t try again. And I’ve even said, “Maybe I’m just not supposed to be a mother.”
But then some faint spark inside of me ignites, and I know that this is not how my story will end. And the flame inside of me burns bigger and brighter with every glimmer of hope I find in the comforting and loving words of family, friends, and yes even strangers.
For those of us who have experienced a pregnancy loss, and for the countless women who struggle with getting pregnant, it’s imperative that we never give up hope, that we encourage others suffering to never give up. I pray you all can find comfort in the little moments, and that you find the strength you need to carry on.
And I hope these words help you do just that.
1. Keeping Faith
Where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith.
2. Facing Fear
Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.
3. Never Give Up
When the world says, “give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”
4. Sing The Tune
Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops… at all.
5. Carry On
The wings of hope carry us, soaring high above the driving winds of life.
6. Be A Phoenix
Hope rises like a phoenix from the ashes of shattered dreams.
7. Trust God
God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us — in the dreariest and most dreaded moments — can see a possibility of hope.
8. Don’t Close The Door
When you say a situation is hopeless, you slam the door in the face of God.
~Charles L. Allen
9. Count Your Blessings
We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.
10. Know Your Strength
I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.
11. God’s Gifts
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.
12. Your Journey
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
13. Become More Beautiful
When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something has suffered and has a history, it becomes more beautiful.
14. Know Your Purpose
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
15. Not Always Rainbows
The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.
~John Vance Cheney
16. Beautiful And Brave
Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
~Rainer Maria Rilke
17. Hold On
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
18. Begin Again
If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
19. Chase Your Dream
There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.
Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.