Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Growing Pains

As a young child, I remember telling my parents that my legs were aching.  Their response - growing pains.  I also remember thinking to myself, it sure does hurt to be growing, and I can't even tell that I'm growing!

Just as young children go through physical growing pains, adults go through growing pains as well.  Growing pains in our finances, marriages... even in our spiritual life.

Over the past few weeks, the Lord has spoken these two simple words into my spirit: growing pains.  During the previous month, my mother was diagnoised with breast cancer. 

The day she told me over the phone I was completely shocked.  My mother had been so upbeat on the phone in our previous conversation, and everyone had been praying hard all week. I felt certain when I asked her if she had gotten the results back that it most certainly would NOT be cancer.  She seemed so strong, and I felt like I was the one falling apart.  After I hung up the phone, I criedAnd I cried some more.  I wanted to be with my mother every second of the day!  Amazingly enough, I found my mother was the one giving me strength.  I never cried while I was with her... (except once, weeks later.)

After two days of weeping and not being able to speak the word CANCER, something changed.  I knew we had so many people praying for my mother, for my family, I began to feel the peace from all their prayers.  I snapped out of the panic and fear, and found myself with amazing strength to help support my mother during this time.  I didn't understand at the time, but the growing pains had begun... and I was getting stronger. 

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