My guest on the podcast this week is Jessica Kelley. Jess is a dear friend of mine who share with us her story of loss.  When her son, Henry was five years old, he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Within the year, he passed away. Jess share with us that her primary practice of shalom, seeking wholeness where there is brokenness in to share a picture of God in the midst of our suffering that’s altogether lovely, beautiful, and good. Jess and I laugh, we’re vulnerable about our own losses and we cry. It’s just like if we were sitting on my couch talking about being Mamas in a broken world and I really hope you take a listen.

Jessica Kelley is a writer, speaker, and survivor of child loss. She has a B.S. in Psychology, a M.S. in Counseling & Human Development, and experience as a School Counselor. Born and raised in the South, Jessica now lives with her husband and five-year-old daughter in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She survives the absurdly long winters by going to the gym, dreaming about the beach, and eating copious amounts of chocolate. You can find her processing her faith journey at

Shalom in the City Episode 10 Jessica KelleyPeace for the Grieving Mom

We talk about our own grief, yes, but we also talk about how to be a faithful comforter to those around us in grief, and Jess gives us these fantastic “Shalom Steps”


I want to give away a copy of this book. It’s a powerful testimony of God’s love for us when we’re in pain and it’s beautifully written.

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This is our actual copy of, Lord Willing"! Sorry, you can't have ours, but I'll buy one to give away to a Shalom Sista. Just hit me up on Instagram.

This is our actual copy of, Lord Willing”! Sorry, you can’t have ours, but I’ll buy one to give away to a Shalom Sista. Just hit me up on Instagram.

To win your copy of “Lord Willing”, pop over to Instagram, follow me, and on Mother’s Day, I’ll give one copy away.

Shalom my Sweet Sistas,