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Purpose For Your Pain Marie Lofton

Today, we have a story by Marie Lofton from Whispers of a Crazy Mother. This is a difficult read. Marie captures the pain of miscarriage vividly and raw. You are taken through her experience with her, catapulted into her doctors appointments and painful news. Please grab a tissue and be prepared to need a hug, yet to also find such a sense of gratefulness at the end of her story. Don’t forget to connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. She has a great post, When Your Best Is Not Enough that you should also check out after this one. Let’s get straight to her story, and I’ll save her bio for the end. I remember discovering when we were pregnant with our first baby, it was January 20th 2009 (inauguration day of President Obama); we were newlyweds, just married the prior November. We were literally jumping up and…

Purpose For Your Pain Series: Danielle Heckenkamp

Purpose for Your Pain Series continues with Danielle Heckenkamp from Loving These Days. Danielle submitted a perfect story that illustrates the small sacrifices we have to make as mothers. The little things we used to love, like watching our favorite show with popcorn, sleeping, or just eating a hot meal vanish with the memories of childbirth. Danielle really puts the gift of joy into a practical reality, and I encourage you to read her Living In The Moment post after this one! Meet Danielle. She’s a stay at home mom and writer who lives in the beautiful state of Wisconsin with her husband and four children. Danielle Marie is the co-author of Provocative Manners: The Sauce of Life. After owning and operating a floral design company for ten years, Danielle has decided to focus on her husband and four children while completing her first novel. Make sure to connect with her…

Purpose For Your Pain Guest Series: Alyrical from Afromom

Today, we start the Purpose For Your Pain series with Alyrical from Afromom. I received her piece, and I immediately knew this mom is a survivor full of faith and belief. What she has been through, and emerged from is astounding. Can you imagine losing your sight? Well a lot more was in store for her than that, as her story will tell. Alyrical is a mother of courage and strength, who writes her stories on her blog.  She is an open book and loves sharing her family’s life and adventures. She and her family are embracing the abundant life God blessed them with, while choosing creative, family-centered, and  faith-filled living. All mixed in with a little crazy of course. She hopes to make readers feel like they are one of her neighborhood friends visiting with her family. Don’t forget to connect with her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat: Alyricalart.  FAITH AND JOY IN…

There’s A Purpose For Your Pain Series: Angela from Anchoring Angela and Miscarriage

There’s a Purpose for Your Pain continues with another post on miscarriage by Angela Audiss over at Anchoring Angela. Angela is my hero the way she outlines scripture and walks us through finding joy after terrible pain. Angela is a mommy on a mission to bring love and joy to everyone under the sun. What a beautiful mission! She is also mommy to baby boy, Oliver James (one of my favorite names!), lover of coffee with way too much creamer, blogging, books, playing music, family, and Jesus. She originally published her story here, and has given me permission to share it with you all! Don’t forget to connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.  Dealing With Miscarriage Miscarriage is a physical, emotional, and spiritual battle. There are things that I never understood before I had my first miscarriage. 17 days ago, I had my third miscarriage in two and a half…

Purpose for Your Pain: Hannah Bowie-Mclean Blogger at Teacups and Pearls

Its Monday again,and we are continuing, There’s A Purpose for your Pain guest series. Today we have Hannah Bowie-Mclean, blogger at Teacups and Pearls. She is a pastor’s wife, church leader, mum and passionate foodie. She believes that whether physical or spiritual, food is nourishing not only to our bodies, but also to our souls. It brings families together, encourages conversations, is an expression of love and gives us the energy we need to face life with renewed vigour. Along with an abundance of delicious recipes, Hannah’s blog satisfies your soul and feeds your faith – dig in, fill your plate and go back for seconds! Her White Chocolate Cigarello Birthday Cake looks absolutely amazing and you can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Hannah sent me her story, that she originally wrote on her blog, with permission to republish it here for our series. I immediately found myself relating with her story. She…

Purpose For Your Pain Series: Kailey-Michelle at Seeking Grace

I have a surprise Purpose for Your Pain piece to take you into your Sunday! I originally intended on only publishing this series on Mondays, but I stumbled across Kailey-Michelle on Instagram, and her deep, joy-filled caption caught my attention. I perused her blog, Seeking Grace. Kailey-Michelle shares a depth in her faith I don’t see much of. She is raw and rare in her articulation of her intimate relationship with God, and her story below brings to light the heavy weight that painful and unwanted experiences throw on our relationship with God. Its for a purpose, and her story illustrates this perfectly. You can also connect with Kailey-Michelle on Facebook and download her Gratitude Challenge Worksheet. Kailey-Michelle is also a mother,  passionate curator, writer and wife. She’s a visual story teller, where her events are her art form. She’s a follower of Christ, and wishes to share his Grace. She shares her heart.  She is…

There’s A Purpose in the Pain: Xavia Omega at The Messiful Mama

The series, There’s a Purpose for Your Pain is launching with a second guest feature. In addition to Sarah Inman, we have Xavia Omega, blogger at The Messiful Mama. Xavia came to me with the piece below, and I immediately found myself mumbling, “been there,” and chuckling as she walks us through some of her messier moments as a mom. Xavia and I both work to “celebrate the mess,” as she puts it. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram, and please don’t leave here without checking out “‘I’ve Got Glitter In My Panties’ and 6 Other Phrases That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do.” I will let you read her introduction and continue to the feature, where you’ll take a walk with her and her children through some typical, painful moments where you doubt yourself as a stable mother. Hello! Xavia aka The Messiful Mama, here, empowering moms…

Purpose for Your Pain: First Guest Posts! Sarah Inman Founder of Career Renovations by Sarah

I am so excited to launch this series with Sarah Inman’s story. She is the founder of Career Renovations by Sarah, a mom and wife. She has a passion for helping others find the job of their dreams. Her story of pain and joy almost brought me to tears. It is a profound piece that illustrates the struggle, guilt and triumph we as mothers go through. Please read her story below, and don’t forget to read one of my favorite blog posts by Sarah, Top 5 Ways to Show Employees You’re Thankful. Don’t forget to follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest too! I have a confession: I don’t really remember the first two months of my son’s life.  Like, at all. There are a few moments of clarity that shine through now and again, but outside of photographs, I can’t really visualize what my little guy looked like…