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The Courage to Grieve – Ep. 78

November 02, 2021
00:00 32:51
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**We want to let you know that in this episode we discuss child loss. Please listen with discretion if this is a sensitive topic for you.

Most, if not all of us, are pain adverse. Many of us also hold false beliefs regarding suffering. These things and more can add unnecessary burdens, pain, and anxiety to our grief. In our effort to be a “good Christ-follower” we might pull away from God and our faith community, presenting a filtered version of ourselves. But God can handle our most intense emotions. In fact, He wants us to come to Him, to receive His love amid our struggle and His strength able to carry us through our weakest moments.

In this episode, Wholly Loved’s Chaka Heinze shares her journey of mourning her eleven-year-old son, wrestling with God and her faith, and learning to live again.

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Group Discussion Questions:

1. What resonated with you most in today’s episode?
2. Are you comfortable sharing your most intense emotions with God? Why or why not?
3. What thoughts came to mind when Chaka talked about being mad at God?
4. Why is it important to turn to God when we’re hurting, confused or angry?
5. When have you had someone “rebuke” you for, according to them, not grieving correctly?
6. What are your thoughts regarding Chaka’s statement that death was not God’s will for us?
7. Why is it important to let God guide us in our grieving process?
8. What are some ways trying to rush through our grief might prove damaging?
9. Consider a time when you found yourself intensely wrestling with God over something. What was the result of that experience?
10. Why is it important to place our hope in heaven rather than a pain-free today?

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Jennifer Slattery, founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, is a multi-published author, national speaker, and speaking coach passionate about helping God's children reach their full potential and live fully surrendered to Christ. She is a host on Your Daily Bible Verse and Faith Over Fear. Find her online at
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Carol Ogle McCracken is a fun-loving wedding planner, speaker, Bible teacher, and author who brings to Scripture to inspire a personal, vibrant relationship with Him. Her authentic challenges faced while journeying through alcoholism, raising a child with special needs, and divorce, equip her to teach, entertain and encourage you. Carol currently serves as the Minister of Discipleship at her home church and is a Christian communicator in many different forums, large and small, and especially enjoys teaching at women’s retreats. Her book Wisdom, Where to Find It if You've Lost, Forgotten, or Never Had It was released in November 2020.
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