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Have Faith
We all have faith in something. Faith in an ultrasound and in our doctors. That faith is shown in our hopes. Our hope that the ultrasound is wrong or that there could be a miracle and everything can turn out okay.

In these times, it's hard not to ask "why"? Why me, why us, why now, why this? And "how"? How will we get through this? How will I tell people? "What"? What will people say? What will happen next? As you read on through this page, we are praying for you, your family and your baby. We are praying that you seek God's wisdom, you hear Him speak in your heart, and through God you will find the peace that ONLY HE can give. Have faith in Him, because He is in the miracle business.


2 Cor. 1:9- But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

Exodus 9:16- But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.


Everyone has a purpose. So God might 1) show you His power and 2) have his name proclaimed in all the earth.


Instead of asking “why is God doing this?” Ask yourself, “what purpose do we have?” “We” being you and your unborn child. God wants us to know Him and to feel His love. And, "what are we to learn from this?"


But you might ask, “how is His love being shown through the death of my child?” By choosing to carry to term, you show the world around you the
unconditional, unfailing love you have for your child. That you would do anything for your child. Giving God the time He might need to work a miracle. Whether that miracle be to heal your child or in other ways, by bringing others closer to God. God has unconditional love for us shown through Jesus Christ.

1 John 4:4, 8, 18- 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world [Satan]. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.


“There is no fear in love, but perfect love cast out fear.” Some may think of terminating to protect their families from pain. This feeling of protection may seem like love for the rest of your family, but will it show love for your unborn child? If you show your family how much love you have for you unborn child by carrying him or her to term, you cast out that fear by showing them love that overcomes all.


And as for the “fear has to do with punishment”… terminating a pregnancy might not seem to have a punishment, but it raises many questions and emotions that wouldn’t be there if you carry to term. All the “what ifs?”, guilt, and some may not know if “boy or girl?” You may never have the peace that you did everything possible for that child.


So have the courage to educate your family and children on the process of life and death. Not everyone leads a full life to the age of 90. If you walk around a cemetery, there are people of all ages. They were all sent with a purpose. Will you give your child the chance to fulfill their purpose?


Titus 2:4- “Then they can urge [teach] the younger women to love their husbands and children”


Sometimes LOVE doesn’t come naturally. Some must be urged or taught. Through this experience one learns a deeper love than can ever be expressed in words. 


To Carry to Term:
  1. Shows your love for your child, others are encouraged by that love, the love brings hope.
  2. No Regrets, no worries of “what- ifs”
  3. Parenting, making decisions for your child’s life, birth planning
  4. Community support: don’t be afraid to share, the love will be returned and multiplied.
  5. Gives Time/Moments: Cuddling, bathing a child, dressing a child and inviting relatives to visit.
  6. Shows Selflessness
  7. Tangible Keepsakes: videos, hand/foot prints, pictures, clothes, blankets
  8. Perinatal palliative care support- Please ask for more details from your hospital or from us.

Making memories, celebrating a life. So that you deal with the emotions rather than push them away.

After a termination a person might say they are empty or alone. These feelings may often come up with an infant death at term as well. The child is not inside you or with you anymore. But when one carries to term, the feelings of being alone or empty don’t last as long. Your love that you have shown starts to come back to you, if it hadn’t already. People rally around, give support back. The
natural way of life has come full circle and things are complete, without questions. Some say that there is something missing in there heart, or a hole. That hole isn’t empty, it become full of love. Your child being gone is not the hole, but your child fills that hole in your heart.

John 13:34- A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.


Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for
I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Fear is hard to over come. Fear of the unknown; of this child inside you with what seems to be no hope. This pit in your stomach of confusion, heartbreak and pain. These verses give hope that love is more powerful than fear. When we choose to carry to term, God is
there (we aren't alone) with comfort and strength that prevail.

Phil. 4:6-7- Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.


We may not ever understand, but unless we carry out His will we will never understand. Carrying to term could give more understanding than not doing so and always wondering.


I encourage you to read
Mark 5:21-43
God is powerful! And says, "Don’t be afraid; just believe.”


Once you fully give your fears to God, you gain peace.


John 14:27- Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.


Children are a blessing. Whether here for a short time or a lifetime.


Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.

Deut. 30:19-20- Now choose life, so that you and your children may live
and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.





Do you want this peace and comfort that only God could give? Anyone can have it. How?

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

John 3:16- For God so loved the world that
he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


God knows our pain of losing a child. But what does it mean to believe? Faith? A lot of people believe there is a God… but what do they do with that?


John 14:6- Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”


We have to believe in Jesus, but what does it mean by “through me”?


Romans 10: 9-13- that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”


Sincerity-

Matthew 7:21- “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
 
Mouth Confession? Whoever Calls? Prayer to God to be saved. What to Pray?

Faith, Repentance, Obedience, Confession:


Faith-

Hebrews 11:6- And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


Repentance-

1 Kings 8:47- ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly’


Confession-

Leviticus 5:5- when anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned.

James 5:16- Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.


Obedience:

Romans 6:17-18- But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.


Okay, I prayed a sincere prayer to God that I know I‘m a sinner, I believe that He sent Jesus to save us from our sins and that I want to obey and live for Him… now what?


People put Christians up on a pedestal. But we’re all human. We all still sin. But it’s that Christians try to turn away from sin that sets us apart. We realized we’ve done wrong and our hearts change to do better. We strive to be Christ-like. We obey. We read His word. We feel the Holy Spirit inside us leading us the right way. And we show and tell others about His love.


Show Others:

Baptism by Immersion-

Acts 2:38-Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 22:16- And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.


Matthew 22:36-40- 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


Tell Others:

2 Timothy 1:8- So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord

Matthew 4:18-20- Jesus Calls His First Disciples

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

Acts 1:8- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the
ends of the earth.” 

Mark 16:15- He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."


 

It's easy to believe that our babies will be in Heaven. The question is whether we will meet them there?





If you have read through this page, we'd like to hear from you. If God is working in your heart but you're not sure how to respond, please feel free to contact us with any questions. If you have made that change to accept Jesus in your heart and need help finding a church home, we will do our best to help direct you in this area.

Remember, our babies have a purpose in this world, no matter how short of a time they are here for.




1Cor. 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


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