Reflections: Repurposing Trauma

As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
Proverbs 27:21 (KJV)

This time last year, I was in the labor room. Exhausted and heartbroken. 10 cm dilated but a cesarean section is required.

The pain of unmet birth expectation. It felt like laboring in vain.

The pain of a deep wound overshadowed the joy of childbirth. Pain stole the show momentarily like it did when I first became a mother.

Amid tragedy, it is difficult to imagine that something good can come out of pain or trauma.

Today, I use my experience to comfort mothers with psychological birth trauma. Today, I use my experience to prevent the transmission of trauma from mothers to their children. Today, I get to tell you that God is the source of comfort and I am thankful for all I have been through.

The good and bad refine me. The good and bad refine us. Bad things happen to good people so that good people will not become self-righteous and unempathetic.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ~ Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Would you like to become a member of God’s family? Please say the prayer below and let me know about it here.

Say this: Heavenly Father,
I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe you exist and you sent Jesus to die for me. I receive your love and forgiveness. Reveal yourself to me. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen

Welcome to God’s family!

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Author: Temi Michael-O

Temitope Michael-Olaniran (Fafore) is a wife and #boymom. She is the author of A Christian Mother’s Creed. She created this space to share spiritual experiences of motherhood, provide emotional support to families and develop a virtual community where Christian mothers can share Biblical viewpoints on parenting and other aspects of life.

As a lifelong learner with a passion for mental health, Temi is a PhD student (Infant and Early Childhood Development specializing in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders). She is a Perinatal, Infant, and Early Childhood Mental Health consultant, Certified New Parent Educator, trained Postpartum Doula, and U.S. Army veteran.

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