Episode 127: Natalie Brenner

Natalie Brenner joins me for today’s episode. A mutual friend connected us and I knew pretty immediately that you would resonate with her story. Natalie is wife, mom, photographer and author who is passionate about justice, Jesus and digging into a life of grace. She married young and quickly decided to grow her family through adoption.

While walking through that process, she suffered a miscarriage, loss of dreams and loss of jobs. If you have ever been in a place where you experienced both sorrow and joy, then you will relate to Natalie’s story. She learned first hand what it is like for your prayers to be answered in different ways than expected. We talk about her miscarriage, her adoption, the trauma she experienced in child birth, loss of her husband’s job along with some advice for women who are currently left sitting with expectations unmet. 



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  • Text Groups with friends

  • Pour over coffee

  • Gilmore Girls

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Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • “Your deepest aches and pains are so valid and so worth tending to. In order for us to love other people well, we need to tend to those spaces.” That is such good advice. Sometimes we want to cover up how we feel and we feel guilty for our feelings. Your feelings are valid and worth tending to. They are worth processing through to get to truth. You don’t have to cover them up. Sometimes life just sucks. There is no other way to say it. You have the permission to sit in the sorrow. But sometimes our deepest pain can be connected to our greatest joy. 

  • What is something that you prayed for that God answered in an unexpected way?

  • Do you feel like you have permission to be honest about your feelings? Why or why not?

  • What are you wrestling with God about? 

  • When is a time that you experienced both sorrow and joy?

  • In what ways have you seen how your deepest sorrow was connected to your greatest joy?

  • What is something that you can do today to help see that God is with you in the midst of the hard?

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