When we lost our sweet baby through miscarriage I leaned heavily on God.
I wrote about my grieving process with God on my side several months ago. I found it helpful to have a list of scriptures and prayers to turn to when I felt desperate and needed something quickly to reference and soak in. Many of these scriptures cover anxiety, depression, grieving, restoration and peace.
Matthew 6:25 “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (NIV)
This is one of my favorite verses, because so often we find ourselves worried or anxious about things that we need not worry about–God cares for us more than the birds and yet they don’t worry about being fed.
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” (NIV)
Psalm 42:5-6 “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. ” (NIV)
Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (NIV)
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.” (NIV)
Hebrews 13:5-6 “God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we say with confidence. The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (NIV)
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (NIV)
The book of Psalms is a great place to find healing and scriptures on overcoming grief. It’s known to be one of the most beautiful books of the Bible. Many were written by King David. I won’t list them all, but a few that helped me.
Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (NIV)
Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need He lets me rest in field of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water. He gives me strength. He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised. Even if I go through the deepest darkness. I will not be afraid. Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me. You prepare a banquet for me where all my enemies can see me; you welcome as an honored guest and fill my cup to the brim. I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and your house will be my home as long as I live. (ESV)
Psalm 27: 4-5 “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.” (NIV)
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (NIV)
Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (NIV)
The following scriptures were the ones I leaned on the most and still refer to when I think back to that time in our lives.
Hannah’s Prayer 1 Samuel 1:27 “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”
While this isn’t a specific prayer on healing or grieving, it’s a faith-filled prayer in which Hannah, a barren woman, pleads with God time and time again to grant her a child. I leaned on the hope that if I prayed this faithfully that I too would become pregnant again.
Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (NIV)
Psalm 30:2 “O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” (NIV)
Psalm 139:14-16 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (NIV)
I couldn’t understand why God would take our sweet baby at just 9 weeks, but after the fog lifted I rested on this scripture that His works and plans are greater than mine. Maybe my baby wasn’t completely woven, maybe He needed our baby for a greater purpose, regardless He knows better than I do.
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