Growing Pains

Growing pains are difficult for the child and the parent. It can be far more than achy legs that wake kiddos at night. Many years ago my kiddo was experiencing some bullying on the school bus. It was a challenging time and as his mom, I was struggling. I wanted to fix it and take away his pain. I remember distinctly during my prayer time hearing God say that it’s part of his story. That didn’t sit well as I wanted to be in control, but I was reminded God was there for him.

The other night he was home sharing about his current struggles with young adulthood. The mama heartstrings were being tugged again. I wanted to make it all okay for him. Learning to be an adult certainly causes some growing pains. We even talked about how much a heart grows becoming a parent and again I was reminded that God has him.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.5 The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:1-8 NIV).

The Lord will watch over his coming and going. I have to trust God’s love. I have to trust God’s love for my kids. The growing pains are mine. It is painful to watch them struggle as they become the young men God has created them to be. God will use these struggles to mold them. I have to let go of how I would do it. I can love, guide and be here to catch them when they fall. The rest is up to God and them.

Have you experienced growing pains? How is God challenging you to grow in love? Where do you need to trust and let go? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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