A Conversation on Suffering and Contentment

May 5, 2024

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A Conversation on Suffering and Contentment with Kristen LaValley

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The Struggle with Contentment and Sorrow

I do know that this month can introduce a variety of emotions and lots of different women, especially as we prepare for Mother’s Day. And for years, it was pretty hard to start the month for me because although I wanted to be a mama, I didn’t have the opportunity. It always felt a little difficult to send out those Mother’s Day text messages to various friends because although I was happy for them, I still felt some sadness.

Now that I’ve gone through pregnancy and labor and I’ve familiarized myself with lots of different research about many different struggles that women experience, as well as experiencing some of those struggles myself or with friends, I am also holding those who are feeling the loss of their children in my heart, as well. 

So today, as we prepare to begin this conversation, we’ll pray for those who hope to experience contentment again despite their pain.

Today, we’re reflecting on Philippians 4:11-13 ESV:

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Meet Shante

Kristen LaValley is a gifted writer whose words provide a refreshing perspective on faith and spirituality. Her writing resonates with those who carry tensions in their faith, offering insights that intersect doubt and belief, hope and suffering, beauty and heartache, complexity and simplicity. With a deep love for the Christian faith and a willingness to explore its complexities, Kristen’s writing offers nuanced conversations that challenge readers to think deeply and wrestle with important questions.

Kristen lives in Massachusetts with her husband Zach and their five children – Jonah, Emery, Anna, Chloe, and Lydia.


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