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The Other Side of the Mountain: Walking Through Tragedy

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As we come to the end of year-long season of transition and tragedy I can’t help but be in awe at how the Lord uses tragedy for His glory and our good, if we will allow it.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “If God brings you to it, He will walk you through it.” Several weeks ago a gentleman at church commented on how Brad and I have been though the fire yet we do not smell like smoke, literally and spiritually.  His point was, we did not allow the fire and ensuing turmoil get us down.  We prayed, we relied on God and we took it one day, sometimes one hour, at at time.

As this season ends we can reflect on how far we have come but in the natural and spiritually.  I know through this strange series of events I am closer to God, we have a new house we will probably live in the rest of our lives and I’m now a stay at home mom.

We all face various tragic situations but there’s light at the end of the tunnel.  Below are some real life stories from other women around the blog-o-sphere that will hopefully encourage you and give you faith to press in and rely on the only One who can see you through the fire.

Total loss can take at toll on us especially if that loss is your husband. Trisha from Intoxicated on Life shares her story of loss and praise.

Perhaps your thinking “Well, my situation isn’t nearly that bad but I feel like I’m standing at the bottom of a mountain with no where to go.”

Even things like autism and anxiety and dealing with frustrating food allergies are a struggle but God can get us through it. Adrienne from Whole New Mom shares here stories and I hope they encourage you.

Pregnancy, especially your first, for most women is a happy and expectant time.  But sometimes this blissful season is miserable and maybe even dreaded.  Lexie from Lexie Naturals shares her pregnancy story where she discusses Hyperemesis Gravidarum .

And when you find out your have an ectopic pregnancy it can be a surreal time as Jessica from Smartter Each Day says. But God provides us a way through and support if we choose to see it.

There are few words to describe the pain of a sudden miscarriage but Kristen from Smithsperations wrote a letter to Baby Hopeful that no doubt helped her heal.  If you’ve had or know someone who has had a miscarriage this is a must read.

I could not imagine going through a still birth.  As I type this my shirt is wet from tears as I read Paula’s story of her dear Katie Marie.

The grass can be greener on the other side of tragedy if we allow the Lord to use it for good.  I’m reminded of the life of Joseph.  The enemy set out to destroy him through his own family, his brothers.  But God used his entire life of almost unbelievable trials and tragedy for good (and for His glory).

If you’re facing a trial right now in your life I encourage you to read the stories above.  Your story won’t look the same, none of us have the same story, but I pray that you find encouragement and hope.  If each of these women could sit with you they’d tell you that at the end of the day they are stronger, wiser or closer to the Lord on this side.


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  1. Thanks so much for sharing a link to my story, Danielle! This is an encouraging post!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I am sharing on my FB fan page right now.


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