187 || Are You Suffering? How to Trust God Even in Your Pain || Ashley Opliger
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**Trigger Warning** When you are hurting, it can be difficult to believe that God would use your pain for good. In early 2014, Ashley Opliger was struggling with her faith, worrying about her unborn child, and wondering why she was not seeing answers to her constant prayers. Ultimately, her baby girl, Bridget, was stillborn at 24 weeks gestation.

Ashley’s mother brought a hand-knit cradle to the hospital, made specifically for holding such a tiny baby, and God used it to shift Ashley’s trust in Him even in the wake of her deepest loss.

Today, Ashley is the President and Executive Director of Bridget’s Cradles, a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Wichita, Kansas. Bridget’s Cradles, serves hospitals in all 50 states and comforts more than 26,000 bereaved families each year. Ashley’s God-shaped dream is for women to find faith to embrace a beautiful, broken life.

Listen as Ashley talks about how God used her suffering in order that other moms and families like hers can also be comforted in their loss. Other lessons to glean from this conversation with Ashley:

  • Trust not in your own wisdom,
  • There is no need to worry about the outcomes of your dream,
  • God doesn’t waste anything we go through, and
  • Our job is to serve Him through small acts of obedience.

Looking for the show notes? You’ll find them right here: https://www.merrittonsa.com/podcast/187



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