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Mar 21 2016

Palm Sunday Thoughts…

Yesterday was Palm Sunday. We were given little crosses made out of palm fronds at church. The liturgy was different. The vestment colors were different. And as I dealt with a 3 year old who threw up all over her church dress and her carseat… and as I bounced a fussy, overtired little 4 month […]

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Mar 02 2016

Photo Challenge, Week Nine

Week Nine: Shadows This week’s inspiration of shadow takes on a visceral, gutteral frame for me. You’ll notice I ended up with a black and white version of my own shadow on a stony path. Shadow is the absence of light. Or at least the blocking of light. I have spent years feeling lost in […]

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Oct 15 2015

Balloon Release, PAIL Day 2015

I can’t remember for sure if we have done this every year or not, but if it hasn’t been an annual tradition, it’s been really doggone close. I remember doing it with Gabriel at our old house when he was only a year or two old, and how the balloons got caught in our neighbors’ […]

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Oct 15 2015

Nine Treasures, on PAIL Day

Today (Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day) we are remembering our darlings in heaven, the nine siblings of our treasures here. While this day does not cut so acutely into my heart as it once did, it is still a day that bittersweetly blesses and affects me. In addition to treasures of glory, of Christ, […]

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Oct 01 2015

Pregnant with a Rainbow, Part V

Anxiety. A very big part of my PAL journey is wrapped up in that one little word. I have been continuing to write weekly entries into a Word document where I am essentially journaling through this pregnancy, mostly for my own sake, but perhaps to share in snippets with others (now or in the future), […]

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Aug 29 2015

Grief Has Become Part of Me

Living through grief takes courage. Looking back at the darkest parts of grief takes courage. Living life after grief takes courage. Looking ahead to see that the darkness isn’t always so thick takes courage. Isaiah 61:3 …to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning,     the garment of […]

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Aug 24 2015

Not Alone in Grief ~ Giveaway!!

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!! This is a first, I think, for Joyful Domesticity ~ a giveaway!! Please share this giveaway by sharing this post’s link, especially if you know someone suffering the grief of miscarriage. …~…~…~… In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various […]

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Aug 22 2015

Comforting Myself in My Grief

Published by under Grief,Suffering

This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:50 There have been times in my grief where I just needed to do something. Partly as a distraction of keeping myself busy, partly as a motherly act of doing something in honor of a child I could not rock or […]

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Aug 15 2015

Reading Gave Me Comfort

Published by under Grief,Suffering

In the midst of some of my deepest sorrows, darkest grief, and most despondent years, the Lord provided many encouragements for my heart through books, blogs, and online forums. Reading gave me comfort, and was always at my fingertips. When I asked how you comfort others with the comfort you too have received, I was […]

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Aug 13 2015

Comforting with Tangible Grace

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2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. A lot of us try to laugh it off when our period starts, saying that it is […]

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