Join us for a conversation with Kristin Hernandez, author of Sunlight in December, about wrestling well with God through recurrent pregnancy loss. Kristin shares her story of losing five babies: a baby boy, Ethan, due to a life-limiting condition, and four precious babies to early miscarriage.
In her heartbreak, Kristin discusses with Ashley how she turned to her faith in God and embraced the suffering. She believes that God will meet moms in the storm of grief and show them His goodness. In this episode, we discussed:
Wrestling well with God through loss and pain
What does wrestling with God mean and how do we wrestle in a healthy way?
How to navigate a life-limiting diagnosis in pregnancy
Not having answers for why miscarriage and recurrent loss happens
How grief exposes errors in our theology
The problem with prosperity thinking
Why we should expect and embrace suffering
Finding God's goodness in the messy middle of grief
Why our hope isn't (and shouldn't be) in a rainbow baby
Surrendering our desires for God's will
How we can turn to God even when we doubt Him
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Discussion / Application Questions (leave your answers below in the comments!)
Kristin talks a lot about "wrestling well" with God (instead of turning away from Him). She shares ideas on how to do that in a positive, healthy way. Do you feel that you need to wrestle with God? What advice or wisdom that Kristin shared was most helpful to you that you can use in walking this out in your daily walk with Him?
In this episode, Ashley shared that grief has a way of exposing errors in our theology (i.e., areas in which we are wrong in our beliefs about God). Have you discovered this in your own walk? If so, what beliefs are you wrongly believing? Find Scripture to support the truth your heart needs to hear.
We talk about how as Christians, we should expect and embrace suffering because there is eternal glory that awaits us. How does this perspective shift change your outlook on your loss? In what ways can you choose to surrender your pain?
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Kristin is a writer, podcaster, wife, and mother to six children—one in her arms and five with Jesus.
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Episode 5: Wrestling Well with God through Recurrent Loss with Kristin Hernandez
Ashley Opliger: [00:00:00] You’re listening to the Cradled in Hope Podcast where we believe that the hope of Heaven, through faith in Jesus Christ, has the power to heal our hearts after the loss of a baby