My Precious Baby: The Grief of Miscarriage

My Precious Baby: The Grief of Miscarriage

Toni was born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma.She graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics.After college, she returned to her hometown to marry her best friend, Charles.Toni is a stay at home mom to their three teens, two boys and a girl, whom God led them to homeschool.Her goal is to raise her children to love and serve the Lord.They live on a farm where they grow produce to sell at several farmers markets.She also plays the piano at church and teaches piano.
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Seems Like Yesterday

It was the day before Thanksgiving 1996 but it seems like yesterday.  After two years of fertility treatments, we finally conceived.  When the doctor’s office called and moved up my first appointment after my initial lab, I knew something was wrong.  I put it out of my mind and headed off to the doctor’s office by myself.  (My husband had a previously scheduled meeting that he could not reschedule.)  As I got closer to her office, I started having a sick feeling in my stomach.

My doctor came in and asked some questions.  She said that she wanted to go ahead and do an ultrasound because I had had so many problems conceiving.  I kept telling myself that everything was fine.  The ultrasound technician asked more questions as she did the ultrasound and then asked if the doctor wanted to see me again.  She went to get my doctor.  They came back in and my doctor took my hand and told me that there was no heartbeat.  I was 11 weeks along.  I had waited for this baby for two years and now my baby was dead.  She was wrong, I told her, and we needed to wait and see.

She sent me home to decide on when to do the D&C.  My husband and I were devastated and cancelled our Thanksgiving plans.  He notified our family.  Later that evening, my sister-in-law called and told me about her previous miscarriage.  This helped more than anything.  Talking with someone that has experienced the same thing helps so much.

Going Through the Week in a Blur

The next morning, Thanksgiving Day, I woke up having cramps (contractions).  I knew that was not a good sign.  I tried to fix dinner for the two of us and that is when I miscarried.  We followed the doctor’s instructions.  I do not remember the rest of the day; the rest of the week was a blur.  I tried to do normal things like work and church but that made it worse.  Everyone had good intentions, but if you have never experienced this type of loss, sometimes it is better for others to say nothing.

So many people told me, “Oh, you’ll have another one.”  But I had waited for two years.  I did not want another one, I wanted that one.   We had tried for two years, and now this.  Or, “It happens more than you think.”  Just because it happens to others did not change my pain.  I knew other people go through this, but I was the one going through this now.  My favorite was, “Well you have another child.”  I did not!  She had me confused with my sister!  Like that would make a difference anyway.  One child is not a substitute for one that has been lost.  I know they meant well but these are NOT things to say to someone who just lost their baby.

Empathy Through Tragedy

I learned so much from this tragedy in my life.  It gave me an empathy that I had not had before.  Now, when I find out someone has miscarried, I say, “I’m sorry.  I know what you are going through.  I’ve been through it.  If you need to talk, I’m here,” then I give her a hug.

Remember the husband; he is grieving, too.  Give him a hug.  It is just as difficult for him as it is for his wife.  Too often, the men get overlooked.  They not only just lost a baby but they feel like they must be strong for their wives.  My husband tried so hard to protect me.  He hated seeing me so upset.

If the woman miscarried at home (not through D&C), she has physically gone through labor.  Many people do not realize this.  I had contractions and went through the entire birthing process.  It was not as intense as a full-term pregnancy, but it was the entire process, nonetheless.  This is still what haunts me.

Some people do not realize that a baby has been lost.

Even some people who are pro-life look at miscarriages as an illness and not a loss.  Miscarriages are not looked at as a death by most.  It is!  Just because we do not get to physically hold our babies does not make them any less real. There is no funeral to help say goodbye and have closure.  We have experienced a loss.  We must grieve.  I tried to ignore what had happened.  That just led to more problems later.  I encourage you to join a support group or seek grief counseling if you have been through this.  I waited over ten years before dealing with it.  This only compounded my other issues of grief.  It was only through grief counseling after the loss of my grandfather, that I realized I had not dealt with the grief of my miscarriage.

My miscarriage still affects me.  I wonder about the child that might have been.  Was it a boy or girl?   Would he be in college?  What would she look like? And, so many other questions.  What I do know is that I will someday see my precious baby in Heaven.  I also know that God has since given me three wonderful children.  I love them more than I ever thought I could.

We all deal with loss in different ways.

Some want to commemorate the loss and appreciate when a friend remembers with them.  For some, it is a private matter that they want to remember alone and move on.  For others still, it is a combination of things.  If you know someone that has had a miscarriage, just ask them if you can do something.  They will let you know where the boundaries are.  I do not mind talking about it, but be prepared for me to cry.  Do not let the tears make you uncomfortable.  Sometimes all we need is a hug and the knowledge that you are there.

If you have experienced a loss, please share your thoughts, experience or how others helped you?

You may also commemorate and honor your child here.

Witnessing Christ in Action

Witnessing Christ in Action

I’m Lana, a native Oklahoman. Married 17 years to the first boy I ever dated. Mama to two amazing, darling girls. I’m a coffee-drinking, book-reading, home-educating night owl! An accountant in my life B.C. (Before Children), my dream job would be getting paid to read all day.And if you’re into Meyers-Briggs personality tests, I’m an ISTJ. Most important of all, I’m a follower of Christ.
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Witnessing The Hands and Feet of Christ

This past week, a terrible tragedy struck the congregation where I grew up.  A young mother of two suddenly passed away from complications of a rare blood disorder. Waves of shock and grief quickly rippled through her circle of family and friends.  But in the midst of this horrible event, I have been witnessing the church living out their calling to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

When the news first came out that this woman was fighting for her life, I saw a call to prayer go out all across social media.  I saw Christians immediately respond, both with written and spoken prayers.  I saw people drop what they were doing and drop to their knees, pleading with the Father on behalf of someone they didn’t even know.

When word came that she had lost her physical battle, again I saw many praying. Anguished prayers of hurt and sorrow. Intercessory prayers for comfort for her loved ones. Joyful prayers of thanksgiving that she would receive her heavenly reward.  Hopeful prayers that God would be glorified through this trial.

I witnessed her friends comforting each other.  Older women encouraging and mothering the younger women.  Acquaintances sharing memories of how she had touched their lives.

And I saw the church spring into action, stepping in to help care for her children, to bring meals, to provide for whatever the family might need immediately and in the days to come.

“Mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15)

On Sunday morning, I sat in the pew, surrounded by fellow Christians.  As we sang, prayed, and worshiped our God, I saw the pain on faces around me. But once again, I witnessed what it means to live in community, to let Christ shine through their compassion on each other.

Hands and Feet of Jesus

Men prayed for this family.  Tissues were passed to wipe tears away.  Scriptures were read, reminding us all of the hope we have of heaven.  Friends shared hugs, husbands tenderly consoled their wives, and parents cuddled their children just a little longer that morning.

Later, I witnessed elders and other men of the congregation surrounding this young man who had just lost his wife.  They laid their hands on him, prayed over him, and wept with him.

Perhaps the most touching sight was a young teen who left her pew and went to where the children sat.  As tears streaked their faces, she hugged them, wiped away their tears, and stayed with them for the rest of the service.  At that moment, the authenticity of these Christians’ faith struck me.  Their compassion was evident to all, from the oldest members to the youngest.

In the midst of a terrible situation, I have witnessed the church, both near and far, act as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.  From physical needs to emotional support to spiritual comfort, these people made manifest the true work of the church.  As 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT) says:

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

Spur One Another On

Although I did not personally know this young mother, her passing has impacted and influenced my faith.  By witnessing how the local church stepped up and ministered to her family and friends, it has given me a greater desire to likewise minister to those around me who are hurting.

I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide each of us to consider how we may encourage one another and that we, the body of Christ, may become his hands and feet, spurring one another on toward love.

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Witnessing the hands and feet of Jesus
The Voice of the Martyrs

The Voice of the Martyrs

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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Have you ever had a series of experiences that started to change your perspective until a shift happens and you never want to go back to the way you were before?

Because of what other’s have been honored to live through, my perspective has shifted.  My hope today is that this post might be the start of a series of events that will do the same for you, especially in regards to persecution.

Persecution is an honor and a blessing! (This does not come from my own lips but from testimony after testimony of those who have lived through it.)

 

The 1st experience that Opened My Eyes

About 16 years ago, I was studying in Vienna, Austria with several others from my university.  One night, I went to watch several of my friends sing where some refugees from across the middle east were staying.  God worked it out and I ended up studying the Bible with a few of these refugees.  I’ll never forget when Ali decided he wanted to become a Christian.  We had only been studying for a handful of weeks, so I wanted to make sure he understood the commitment he was making.  He looked me straight in the eyes and said,

“I know the sacrifice of becoming a Christian.  If I ever return home, I will be killed.”

Ali had fled from Afghanistan.

From that moment on, I started to grasp that the persecution that happened to Jesus, the apostles and Jesus’ disciples in the New Testament was not confined to the times written about between the pages of the Bible.

Persecution is furiously alive, but the persecution only fans the flames of faith for those who love the Lord.

I have never had to even think about my life being threatened simply because I am a Christian, but for Ali and many others, it is an absolute reality of life. Choosing Jesus can mean choosing instant physical death.

 

Giving a Voice to the Persecuted – The Voice of the Martyrs

The Voice of the Martyrs was founded by Richard Wurmbrand, who himself was imprisoned for 14 years in a Romanian prison because he refused to keep silent about the complete truth of Christ and choose not to exalt the communist government and allow them control over the churches.

As a preacher and disciple of Christ, he encouraged worshipers to gather in his family’s home and preached the truth. Even while he was in prison, he never allowed the torture and the beatings to deter him from the only thing that can set us all free.  While in solitary confinement, he was able to communicate with a prisoner next door via Morse Code and led that prisoner to Christ.  Later, Richard had the opportunity to be in the same cell with this man and learned that man had been a former communist who had done many bad things, but was now saved by God’s grace!

The hands wearing chains can bless well! (1)

Isn’t it amazing to think that in the deepest, darkest dungeons of prisons throughout the world, the Lord is working?

The courage and the hope Richard had in Jesus Christ sustained him to never waiver in his faith.  And more than that, it encouraged and inspired others to follow the Lord, who could give a soul such strength and peace! Even now, it instills courage in the hearts of other Christians when they hear his story and so many other stories that are like it.

 

The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) upon Hebrews 13:3:

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

VOM gives a voice to the many persecuted believers so we can know how better to pray for and help them.  It also encourages us to seek God’s will and seek opportunities to share the gospel boldly with people around us!

 

Blessing and Honor in the midst of the Persecuted?

At first, it was hard to understand how one could feel like persecution was a blessing, but that is why it is so important to listen to the stories of those who have been persecuted.  To see how God works in these moments to bring about miracles and courage and hope so that these trails are seen as an honor and blessing.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
– Jesus, Matthew  5:11-12

I can’t really explain it any other way than to say it is awe inspiring and you must listen to these stories yourself!  God is amazing in how He brings other prisoners, guards and witnesses of persecution to Him through these persecuted experiences. This stories will help reshape your heart and thought process about what living for Christ looks like!

That is why we are so thrilled to be able to partner up with The Voice of the Martyrs to give you a chance to win this “i am n” curriculum.  It is set up as a small group study and will encourage your heart to boldness as you see how God is working in the lives of persecuted Christians.

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This engaging video curriculum presents true stories of Christians facing Islamic extremists around the world. Ideal for small groups, campus ministries and churches, the I Am N Curriculum Kit includes

  • the I Am N book,
  • a participant’s guide,
  • a facilitator’s guide and
  • a 6-session DVD.

Each 15-minute video includes interviews with persecuted Christians as well as commentary and teaching by leaders from The Voice of the Martyrs and other leading missions organizations. As you explore the six themes of sacrifice, courage, joy, perseverance, forgiveness and faithfulness, you will be inspired to grow deeper in your relationship with Christ and witness with boldness and joy to your friends, family and co-workers.

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 “We have lost everything but have gained Christ and that gave us a joy!”

 

What can you do to help?

Pray!
  • Use VOM’s Prayer Map to learn more about the restricted, hostile, and monitered countriers.
  • Pray over specific prayer requests.
  • Download the VOM Pray Today App for an iPhone or an Android.

 

Listen & Read Stories from Persecuted Christians

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Why Support VOM?

I love VOM. After reading their book Tortured for Christ by the found Richard Wurmbrand I was so convicted in how easy it is to be a Christian in America. We whine about things like not having time to sit and read our Bibles or wishing we had the money for such and such. Truly, we are abundantly rich in every way. We have Bible studies, churches everywhere, 3 meals plus snacks and desserts everyday!

I really felt what he went through and took it personally. Living without the freedom to worship, being beaten and imprisoned, practically starving…. he would’ve done anything to have what we have. Or would he?? He willingly went back to continually reach the lost for Christ. I couldn’t “un-know” what he went through.

VOM is built around people like that and helping them. They support the persecuted who live in incredibly dangerous situations, as well as the families of martyrs. How could I not want to be a part of that?! We started giving monthly to VOM after that. Every month we receive a newsletter about what VOM is doing across the globe and ways we can help both financially and tangibly. It’s an honor to support their mission! – Ashley M.

God’s grace is what carries us all through and gives us the ability to stand tall and courageous in the face of extreme situations.  Like the first martyr, Stephen, fixing his gaze intently on Jesus in heaven while being stoned, we too can fix our eyes on Jesus and trust that God will provide for us even in the worst of physical times.

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Grief and Health

Grief and Health

Toni was born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma.She graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics.After college, she returned to her hometown to marry her best friend, Charles.Toni is a stay at home mom to their three teens, two boys and a girl, whom God led them to homeschool.Her goal is to raise her children to love and serve the Lord.They live on a farm where they grow produce to sell at several farmers markets.She also plays the piano at church and teaches piano.
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I thought I would take a break from my healthy living series today to talk about grief because I just learned of the passing of a great man.

Not only was he a friend of mine, but he was the grandfather of a friend of mine.  I’ve known him for about ten years and I think I bonded with his granddaughter because we are so much alike in that we had very close relationships with our grandfathers.  They were so close, just as I had been with mine.

I remember a few years back, I was working with my State Representative to pass a bill for farmer’s markets.  I needed people to attend a meeting at the State Capitol with some of the representatives.  He was the first to say yes even though he lived well over an hour away, and he called me several times to check on the progress and to offer help and advice.  This was a two year process and he checked on me during the entire process.  He would pick up things for me that I needed that were close to where he lived.

As I started writing this, God spoke to me and told me to stay with my series because grief affects our health.  So here is the fourth installment in my series.

Grief and Health

I’m not a counselor but I have experienced deep grief and I know that it can affect one’s health.  I miscarried our first child (I wrote about it earlier) and have lost all of my grandparents, one of which for whom I was the primary caregiver.

I never really dealt with any of this grief until my grandfather passed away.  I didn’t realize I had been carrying around grief for all those years that I had just bottled up, AND it was affecting my health.  While my grandfather was going through the dying process (hospice term), it was difficult for me to admit that he was dying.  I did everything I could to keep him going because I wasn’t ready to let go.

During this time I started having medical problems.  My hormones were out of whack. My neck and shoulder hurt all the time. I lost and gained weight like I was on a roller coaster.

The day of my grandfather’s funeral, I almost passed out as I approached his casket.  I really do not remember that part but I do remember my husband and the funeral director’s wife sitting me down in the car.

I thought this was just part of MY aging process until I started going to a grief support group.  I realized that these health problems manifested themselves because I had bottled up my grief and refused to deal with it.

After quite a bit of counseling, I realized that I had not been taking care of myself.  I had taken care of my grandfather.  I was taking care of my three children.  I was homeschooling my three children.  I owned a small business.  I was a farmer’s wife to a husband who also had a full time job.  I was doing for everyone else, but I was not taking care of myself.

I had even pushed God away.  I was not angry with Him; I just thought I could do everything by myself.  I felt abandoned.  I still went to church and went through the motions.  I was what I always called a “pew warmer.”

Luckily for me, or should I say only through God, the support group facilitator was a very open, wonderful Christian woman.  (She is also the one that convinced me to write.) She helped me to see that I needed to turn to God and that He would help me through this.

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Healthy Tip #4

Take care of yourself.  Take time to pamper yourself, whether it be taking a hot bath, reading a book, watching a movie, whatever is your getaway.

Also, eat properly.  When we are upset, we tend to eat “comfort foods.”  These are generally high fat, high sugar foods that temporarily make us feel good.  Avoid those and try to eat something a little more healthy.

Most importantly, spend time with God.  Do not shut Him out.  It is only through Him that we can get through our grief.

Healthy Recipe

Snack WrapsSnack Wrap Recipe

2 large whole grain tortillas

1 ripe avocado

1 small clove of garlic

Salt and pepper, to taste.

Thinly sliced cucumber, chopped tomatoes, or other vegetables.

Instructions:

Cut garlic in half and rub over tortillas. This gives a great light garlic flavor.

Next smear avocado over tortillas.

Place other vegetables in a line down the middle and roll up.

Cut in half and enjoy.

This makes a quick light lunch or nutritious snack.

Have you ever tried to do it all by yourself? 

Have you ever been physically ill from grief?

Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith {Giveaway} –  Part 3

Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith {Giveaway} – Part 3

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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All of the titles in the Torchlighters’ series are inspiring.  These last few are just as inspiring if not more.  All of the men and women  in this series willingly laid down their lives.  They were selfless in their ambitions and because of their willingness to use their talents for the Lord, God blessed them in such ways that their names will be remembered for generations because they have impacted so many lives.

My prayer is that we will all be encouraged to put on the armor of the Lord, to walk in boldness and courage and be selfless with our lives so that our Lord and Savior may change the lives of many others with his love.

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

John 12:24

 

The Jim Elliot Story

“One track Jim” only has the mission field on his mind. He knows God spared his life several times for a reason and that his purpose is to share the good news with others. He is an example of selThe Jim Elliot Storyf sacrifice.  Willing to go to the ends of the Earth, Jim introduces Christ to a tribe known for nothing other than murder and revenge. He and some other men reach out in love to this tribe and receive spears in return.  The families of these men continue their work by continuing to show love, forgiveness and that revenge does not have to be part of their story. Christ is the best ending to all our stories!

Watch the Jim Elliot trailer.

 

The Eric Liddell Story

The fastest runner in the world in the 400 meters found himself running everywhere.  From the Olympics to cities in China saving lives, Eric Liddell (aka The Chariot of FireThe Eric Liddell Story guy) found himself using his talent for the Lord.  The Lord emboldened him not only to run fast but to share his love in his actions and words where ever he went, even in the internment camp in China where he later died.  Most of us only know him for his speed, but his life of ministry for the Lord is even more impressive than his Olympic records.

Enjoy the Eric Liddell trailer. 

 

The Samuel Morris Story

Prince Kaboo, later known as Samuel Morris, had a Saul to Paul experience.  After being captured and tortured by a rival tribe, he trusted that his father would save him.  As he was being tied and positioedn to be executed, Prince Kaboo called out to his father.  His earthy father was unable to save him, but the Heavenly father he did not yet know did.  Once Prince Kaboo realized who it wasThe Samuel Morris Story that saved him, he took on the name Samuel Morris and never stopped talking about his Heavenly Father and how he saves and changes lives.  You will be inspired by this young man’s journey to bring God to his people and how he changed the lives of so many on the other side of the world.

Get to know a little more about Samuel Morris.

 Be sure to look over Part 1 from yesterday and Part 2.Giveaway!

Now is your chance to learn more about one of these Heroes of the Faith!  Enter our giveaway to win any one of the 14 Torchlighters DVDs.  

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Even if you are not the winner of this giveaway, the whole series is available for purchase here.

This is not a sponsored post.  We did not receive any form of compensation for writing this post.  We are sharing it because we personally use and enjoy this series and believe you will too.  The giveaway is provided by the company.  

Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith {Giveaway!} – Part 2

Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith {Giveaway!} – Part 2

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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 You’ve already been introduced to Robert Jermain Thomas, Augustine, Gladys Aylward, William Booth, & Amy Carmichael.   Now, you get the chance to meet some more Heroes of the Faith who have faced all types of different situations over the centuries but have one thing in common, they serve an amazing Savior and won’t let the world talk them out of it!

The John Bunyan StoryThe John Bunyan Story

John Bunyan was initially known by his friends as one that would “keep the devil company in hell, ” but once he became a christian he still couldn’t shake the fear of eternal damnation.  It was a constant struggle for him until he found some who lived with an eternal joy in their hearts.  He took on this joy and grace by giving it all up to Christ and no longer carrying the burden of fear.  Once he understood this, he couldn’t keep the good news to himself, even though it was illegal for anyone outside of the “official church of England” to preach.  He shared his new found knowledge with other hungry souls and was imprisoned for 12 years.  While imprisoned he not only continued to preach but also wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, which is the 2nd best selling book of all time behind the Bible.

Watch the John Bunyan trailer.

The Perpetua Story

This is my absolute favorite. Perpetua was the daughter of a very wealthy Roman citizen inThe Perpetua Story Carthage and a mother to a baby boy.  She and her fellow brothers & sisters in Christ met secretly to encourage each other as Christianity was illegal and punishable by death. Once caught in the act of worshiping, she and several others were jailed.  The peace, love, and absolute trust they held in Christ while rejoicing at the chance to suffer for their savior baffled the jail keeper, who worshiped the roman gods.  This jailer witnessed firsthand how they leaned into Christ and rejoiced in the answer to their prayers and then received the answers they had been given.  Before Perpetua braved physical death for a glorious eternal life, she wrote down everything for her son, so he would understand the sacrifice she made and the jailer finished the story of how God protected her and the others in the gladiators’ arena.

Be encouraged by the Perpetua Story trailer.

The Corrie ten Boom Story

This isThe Corrie ten Boom Story my oldest son’s favorite.  He calls it the soldier story and by the end you will know why.  This powerful story of Corrie ten Boom and her family brings to the forefront a love for all life, a willingness to save others no matter the cost, an understanding of what being grateful is no matter the circumstance and what true forgiveness looks like.  Corrie’s family hid Jews from the Natzis during War World II and were sent to concentration camps for their actions.  God promised Corrie and her sister they would be freed from Auschwitz and that Corrie would go on to serve all those who had survived as well.

Be inspired by the Corrie ten Boom trailer.

 

The William Tyndale Story

Would you believe that at one time it was against the law in England to have the ScripturTHe william Tyndale Storyes written or spoken in English? Immediate death came to anyone who broke this law.  Scripture interpretation was held strictly by the church authorities.  Tyndal believed all should have access to Scripture even the most common person.  He chose to do God’s work without the church’s permission and courageously started translating the Bible into English.  He became a fugitive and a lawbreaker in the eyes of England but an obedient follower in the eyes of God. His courage cost him his physical life but within a short time after his death, his last prayer came true.

Watch the William Tyndale Story Trailer.

 

The Richard Wurmbrand Story

IThe Richard Wurmbrand Storyn newly communist Romania, Christians are forced to choose between serving their God or their country.  Richard Wurmbrand stood courageously for his God and continually spoke out to everyone he met even while being imprisoned and tortured for 8 years.  The communist party tried to destroy his family by splitting them up and forcing them into hard labor or communistic thought but through it all their courage and trust in God only burned brighter.  Because of their courage and willingness to take a stand for modern day martyrs, they later moved to the United States and started an organization called Voice of the Martyrs, which to this day reaches out to those being persecuted for their faith.

Be encouraged by the Richard Wurmbrand Story trailer.

 

The John Wesley StoryThe John Wesley Story

John Wesley had such zeal for the Lord, but his zeal was legalistic and very strict.  He does everything he can to be the perfect christian but is at a loss because he doesn’t have peace.  Once he understands salvation by grace and what trusting Christ looks like, his life drastically changes.  Joy takes over and his zeal is enhanced by the power of grace coupled with spiritual discipline.  He shares the message openly for all to hear outside of the church doors and brings salvation to many as well as anger to others who don’t want this message to be spread.  Since this message is not welcome within the pulpits of the churches in England at the time, John and others later found the Methodist movement.

Watch the John Wesley Story trailer.

There are still more faith building videos in this series!  Be sure to look over Part 1 from yesterday and be excited for Part 3 tomorrow.

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