68 In Faith

Growing Pains

Tonight I was putting my son, who is 6 years old, to bed.  He told me that he had a pain in his leg.  He said, “Mommy, I have a growing pain”.  Since I always pray for him before he goes to sleep, I immediately stepped in with authority and faith and began to ask Jesus to take the pain away.  When I was done praying, I kissed him and started to tuck him in.  My beautiful boy, full of wisdom, looks at me and says:

“Mommy, please don’t pray for my growing pain to go away.  If you ask Jesus to take the pain away, that means I won’t grow”.

Oh, out of the mouths of babes!  But in that moment, the Lord began to gently speak to me.  Life hurts sometimes.  There will be pain and disappointment.  There will be times when we feel like we cannot go on, that to have to live through the pain would be unbearable.  But sometimes growth only comes when we allow ourselves to walk through the pain. I am not saying that we should not go after physical healing. But I feel the Lord clearly spoke to me about our journey in general.  Yes, there are times when we must take the authority we have been given in Christ and pray the pain away.  But I also believe there are other times when we simply must embrace our pain, asking the Lord to help us to endure it.  In those times, we grow and we become stronger.  We walk away from those seasons in our life with greater faith and strength for the next leg of our journey.
I will continue to pray and ask the Lord to take away my children’s growing pains.  What mother would put her child to bed with pain and ask the Lord to allow them to endure it?  But there will be other times when my children will have to walk through their pain, and in those times, I will surrender them back to the Lord, trusting Him, and asking Him to help them to walk through it. They will be stronger because of it.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12)

68 Comments

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    Kate
    May 5, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Thank you for sharing this! It's so true!

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    Kate
    May 5, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Thank you for sharing this! It's so true!

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    Kate
    May 5, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Thank you for sharing this! It's so true!

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    Kate
    May 5, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Thank you for sharing this! It's so true!

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    Kristen
    May 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    That is such food for thought this morning. Thank you so much for sharing.I think this is something that's so hard to remember; but also one of the most necessary.

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    Kristen
    May 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    That is such food for thought this morning. Thank you so much for sharing.I think this is something that's so hard to remember; but also one of the most necessary.

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    Kristen
    May 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    That is such food for thought this morning. Thank you so much for sharing.I think this is something that's so hard to remember; but also one of the most necessary.

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    Kristen
    May 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    That is such food for thought this morning. Thank you so much for sharing.I think this is something that's so hard to remember; but also one of the most necessary.

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    JillAileenJones
    May 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    This was absolutely beautiful and it was just what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you for touching my heart and reminding me that the "growing pains" are what make me who I am in Christ.
    Thank you dear friend.
    Love
    Jill

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    JillAileenJones
    May 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    This was absolutely beautiful and it was just what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you for touching my heart and reminding me that the "growing pains" are what make me who I am in Christ.
    Thank you dear friend.
    Love
    Jill

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    JillAileenJones
    May 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    This was absolutely beautiful and it was just what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you for touching my heart and reminding me that the "growing pains" are what make me who I am in Christ.
    Thank you dear friend.
    Love
    Jill

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    JillAileenJones
    May 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    This was absolutely beautiful and it was just what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you for touching my heart and reminding me that the "growing pains" are what make me who I am in Christ.
    Thank you dear friend.
    Love
    Jill

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    Esther
    May 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I love the fact that despite our pain, Jesus is always with us, interceding on our behalf and making himself very present 🙂

    On a side note, my daughter, who is also 6 has had a lot of leg pain. We recently got her orthotics for her shoes. Pain is gone. 🙂 Hope your little one feels better today!

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    Esther
    May 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I love the fact that despite our pain, Jesus is always with us, interceding on our behalf and making himself very present 🙂

    On a side note, my daughter, who is also 6 has had a lot of leg pain. We recently got her orthotics for her shoes. Pain is gone. 🙂 Hope your little one feels better today!

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    Esther
    May 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I love the fact that despite our pain, Jesus is always with us, interceding on our behalf and making himself very present 🙂

    On a side note, my daughter, who is also 6 has had a lot of leg pain. We recently got her orthotics for her shoes. Pain is gone. 🙂 Hope your little one feels better today!

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    Esther
    May 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I love the fact that despite our pain, Jesus is always with us, interceding on our behalf and making himself very present 🙂

    On a side note, my daughter, who is also 6 has had a lot of leg pain. We recently got her orthotics for her shoes. Pain is gone. 🙂 Hope your little one feels better today!

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    Paula
    May 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Awesome post Barbie. God uses my children all the time to speak to me. Praise God!!!

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    Paula
    May 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Awesome post Barbie. God uses my children all the time to speak to me. Praise God!!!

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    Paula
    May 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Awesome post Barbie. God uses my children all the time to speak to me. Praise God!!!

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    Paula
    May 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Awesome post Barbie. God uses my children all the time to speak to me. Praise God!!!

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    Adoption Mama
    May 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    How Profound!!!

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    Adoption Mama
    May 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    How Profound!!!

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    Adoption Mama
    May 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    How Profound!!!

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    Adoption Mama
    May 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    How Profound!!!

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    Tree
    May 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    What a smart little boy! Such wisdom at a young age. 🙂 My boys used to get those awful "growing pains" too when they were small.

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    Tree
    May 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    What a smart little boy! Such wisdom at a young age. 🙂 My boys used to get those awful "growing pains" too when they were small.

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    Tree
    May 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    What a smart little boy! Such wisdom at a young age. 🙂 My boys used to get those awful "growing pains" too when they were small.

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    Tree
    May 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    What a smart little boy! Such wisdom at a young age. 🙂 My boys used to get those awful "growing pains" too when they were small.

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    Lauren
    May 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    wow!!!! That's one wise little boy!!

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    Lauren
    May 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    wow!!!! That's one wise little boy!!

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    Lauren
    May 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    wow!!!! That's one wise little boy!!

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    Lauren
    May 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    wow!!!! That's one wise little boy!!

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    Genny
    May 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    What a sweet boy, Barbie. And what truth. This choked me up. Sometimes the growing pains really are a pain, but how awesome is it to look back, a few inches (or feet) taller and realize it was all worth it (and necessary)!

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    Genny
    May 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    What a sweet boy, Barbie. And what truth. This choked me up. Sometimes the growing pains really are a pain, but how awesome is it to look back, a few inches (or feet) taller and realize it was all worth it (and necessary)!

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    Genny
    May 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    What a sweet boy, Barbie. And what truth. This choked me up. Sometimes the growing pains really are a pain, but how awesome is it to look back, a few inches (or feet) taller and realize it was all worth it (and necessary)!

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    Genny
    May 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    What a sweet boy, Barbie. And what truth. This choked me up. Sometimes the growing pains really are a pain, but how awesome is it to look back, a few inches (or feet) taller and realize it was all worth it (and necessary)!

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    None
    May 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I love this Barbie….The picture too! You are amazing….Thanks for your transparent life that you share with us! I love you Girl….

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    None
    May 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I love this Barbie….The picture too! You are amazing….Thanks for your transparent life that you share with us! I love you Girl….

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    None
    May 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I love this Barbie….The picture too! You are amazing….Thanks for your transparent life that you share with us! I love you Girl….

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    None
    May 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I love this Barbie….The picture too! You are amazing….Thanks for your transparent life that you share with us! I love you Girl….

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    Janette Wright
    May 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    So, so true for all of us…we all need those growing pains.
    Also so true that as parents we have to let them grow…pains and all. As a mother to four adult children I am seeing that more and more…they have to grow, they have to push into God themselves, I have to be there to pray.
    Thanks…enjoyed,
    Janette

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    Janette Wright
    May 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    So, so true for all of us…we all need those growing pains.
    Also so true that as parents we have to let them grow…pains and all. As a mother to four adult children I am seeing that more and more…they have to grow, they have to push into God themselves, I have to be there to pray.
    Thanks…enjoyed,
    Janette

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    Janette Wright
    May 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    So, so true for all of us…we all need those growing pains.
    Also so true that as parents we have to let them grow…pains and all. As a mother to four adult children I am seeing that more and more…they have to grow, they have to push into God themselves, I have to be there to pray.
    Thanks…enjoyed,
    Janette

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    Janette Wright
    May 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    So, so true for all of us…we all need those growing pains.
    Also so true that as parents we have to let them grow…pains and all. As a mother to four adult children I am seeing that more and more…they have to grow, they have to push into God themselves, I have to be there to pray.
    Thanks…enjoyed,
    Janette

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    bp
    May 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Great thoughts and so true. I like the verse from Romans you ended with.

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    bp
    May 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Great thoughts and so true. I like the verse from Romans you ended with.

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    bp
    May 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Great thoughts and so true. I like the verse from Romans you ended with.

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    bp
    May 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Great thoughts and so true. I like the verse from Romans you ended with.

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    carissa @ lowercase letters
    May 5, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    what a smart lil' fellow!!! i love how the Lord gives us reminders through our kiddos! thank you for sharing.

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    carissa @ lowercase letters
    May 5, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    what a smart lil' fellow!!! i love how the Lord gives us reminders through our kiddos! thank you for sharing.

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    carissa @ lowercase letters
    May 5, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    what a smart lil' fellow!!! i love how the Lord gives us reminders through our kiddos! thank you for sharing.

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    carissa @ lowercase letters
    May 5, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    what a smart lil' fellow!!! i love how the Lord gives us reminders through our kiddos! thank you for sharing.

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    Charis
    May 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    good stuff – i totally agree.

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    Charis
    May 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    good stuff – i totally agree.

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    Charis
    May 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    good stuff – i totally agree.

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    Charis
    May 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    good stuff – i totally agree.

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    Laura The Artist
    May 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Wow Barbie…good revelation, rhema even! This speaks to me…a lot!!

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    Laura The Artist
    May 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Wow Barbie…good revelation, rhema even! This speaks to me…a lot!!

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    Laura The Artist
    May 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Wow Barbie…good revelation, rhema even! This speaks to me…a lot!!

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    Laura The Artist
    May 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Wow Barbie…good revelation, rhema even! This speaks to me…a lot!!

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    Latté Mama
    May 7, 2010 at 5:04 am

    What a sweetie! I love how God speaks to us.

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    Latté Mama
    May 7, 2010 at 5:04 am

    What a sweetie! I love how God speaks to us.

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    Latté Mama
    May 7, 2010 at 5:04 am

    What a sweetie! I love how God speaks to us.

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    Latté Mama
    May 7, 2010 at 5:04 am

    What a sweetie! I love how God speaks to us.

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    Jenelle
    May 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Great moment and thoughts–thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Friday Follow! 🙂

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    Jenelle
    May 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Great moment and thoughts–thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Friday Follow! 🙂

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    Jenelle
    May 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Great moment and thoughts–thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Friday Follow! 🙂

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    Jenelle
    May 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Great moment and thoughts–thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Friday Follow! 🙂

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