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209. Jessica Satterfield // Life Through Loss

209. Jessica Satterfield // Life Through Loss

Jessica Satterfield has been wrecked by the love of a beautiful Father. She has known the intimacy of Papa God in the midst of the heartbreak of abuse, infertility, and child loss. Because she’s known Him in the fellowship of His sufferings, she’s also known Him in the power of His resurrection. She writes on her popular blog, Grace While We Wait, and is the author of, Partnering With Heaven, her first book. She is the founder of a ministry called The Garden, which connects women on the broken road to motherhood to the Healer. Wife to her life-crush, Brandon, and mama to four (one who now lives with Jesus) through the miracle of adoption and a miracle in her womb. Her days aren’t busy, but rather, full, the very best kind.

Tune into this episode as Jessica shares about her son passing away and how she has navigated life through loss.

Bible Verses:

Psalm 38:9 “Lord, you know all my desires and deepest longings. My tears are liquid words, and you can read them all.”

Psalm 28:9 “Save your people whom you love and bless your chosen ones. Be our shepherd leading us forward, forever carrying us in your arms!”

John 10:10 “A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect —life in its fullness until you overflow!”

Topics Discussed

Zion’s Story

  • While believing for their own biological children, Jessica and her husband Brandon adopted Zion.
  • Zion was the half biological sibling to Micah and Selah.
  • Zion was incredibly smart, brilliant, and always finding adventures.
  • Zion was officially adopted in November of 2019.
  • In May of 2020, the day after Mother’s Day, Zion passed away in a tragic accident while playing.

Walking Through Grief

  • In the midst of grief and loss, you have to sink your teeth into who God is and who you know Him to be.
  • God is good and He is faithful.
  • God will not let your story end in the grief.
  • No matter what you’re going through, God is the same – He never changes.
  • God takes all things and turns them for good.


  • Many Christians don’t allow themselves to become angry because they think it’s wrong.
  • The Bible tells us not to act in our anger, but it does not tell us not to be angry.
  • Anger is a common emotion.
  • When we don’t process our anger, the enemy can come in and create a stronghold.
  • We must take our anger to the Lord and process it with Him!
  • Tell God your raw and real feelings and then thank Him for a character trait you see in Him.

Practical Ways to Navigate Grief

  • Recognize that you only have grace for this moment. Don’t look too far ahead, just take everything moment by moment.
  • Seek counseling.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Go outside.
  • Take a walk.
  • Eat well.
  • Allow yourself time to sit with the Lord in your grief.

Moving Forward

  • For some people, the tragedy becomes their identity.
  • When you have the hope of Heaven, you can fight against that “stuckness”.
  • When you have the revelation that Heaven is not a mystical place that people go when they die, and that it is more real than where we are now, how can you stay stuck?
  • The hope of Heaven is what moves us forward.

Honoring a Loved One Who Has Passed Away

  • It will look different for everyone.
  • Set the day that they passed aside and do something that they loved.
  • Celebrate their birthday in Heaven.
  • Talk about them often.
  • Don’t forget them.
  • Tell stories about them.

Powerful Quotes:

“The key to grief is having a safe place to turn your heart.”  – Jessica

“We have a very hard time sitting with people while they are in pain.” – Jessica

“There is resurrection power that came from the weeping Jesus.” – Jessica

“In the Christian culture, people don’t allow themselves to become angry because they think it’s wrong.” – Jessica

“Because I was able to be angry with God, it opened up a deeper intimacy with Him.” – Jessica

“The spirit realm is way more real than what we can see or feel or touch.” – Jessica


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