Three Things to Know About Growing Pains

I was skeptical at first. It didn’t sound like a legitimate medical diagnosis — more like the kind of thing moms say, when you’re whining and they want you to leave them alone and go back outside and play.

Sometimes I felt a sharp, shooting pain – out of nowhere. Other times a dull, throbbing ache that just wouldn’t go away. My eleven year-old self was fearful and anxious and worried.

But it turns out my mother was right.

Growing pains.

They went away eventually. We didn’t know it then, but I was almost done growing – almost my adult-sized self. Physically, that is.

I’m still waiting to get there spiritually…

Three Things to Know About Growing Pains

Lately I’ve been experiencing some of that sudden, sharp, shooting pain again – but on the inside this time. There’s also been some dull, throbbing, aching pain. It comes on more gradually, so I tend to ignore until it reaches a tipping point, until I can’t ignore it anymore.

I’ve talked about it with my friends, and quite a few of them report they’re experiencing the exact same symptoms…

As we’ve compared notes, we’ve determined it’s growing pains.

We’ve discovered we’re all in seasons of life where we’re really being challenged to grow.

  • Challenged to see ourselves as we never have before – the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. To embrace grace and repentance. To walk in brokenness and humility – and a commitment to obedience.
  • Challenged to love and give and serve others sacrificially, for the love of Jesus, more than we ever have before.
  • Challenged to endure hardships and persevere though seasons of suffering.
  • Challenged to live in uncertainty, to wait on God for long periods of time, or to work without any signs of reward or result.
  • Challenged to navigate unfamiliar scenery and unpredictable circumstances.
  • Challenged to step outside of our comfort zones and do new things

Leaning Into Easter Light

Guest Post by Lynn Morrissey

Leaning Into Easter Light Lynn Morrissey

Today I’m honored to invite guest Lynn Morrissey to share with us her thoughts on what it means to live in the light of Easter — even when everywhere we look, we seem to see only the the darkness of our hurts and frustrations, our disappointments, pain and suffering. Another dear friend has died. I’ve […]

On An Ordinary Day…

... Miracles Can Happen!

The face of all the world has changed ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quote

We’d been friends for over twenty years, seen each other through a lot of life. A lot of ordinary days. We’d laughed together, cried together, prayed together. Talked for hours and hours on end — neither of us very good at bringing a great conversation to a close. Every now and then, she’d simply say, “On an […]

When Your Heart’s Not In It

... and Serving God Feels Like a Chore

When Your Heart's Not In It Serving God

I was searching the online concordance for a verse on joy, thinking perhaps one of those beautiful verses in the Psalms… Suddenly this verse popped up, from Deuteronomy 28:47. I tried to skip over it – a verse in the middle of a story, and a difficult verse, at that– dripping with pain. Not the […]

Could This (Finally) Be Our Year?

Could This Finally Be Our Year Christin Ditchfield

If you’re like me, you struggle sometimes with the feeling there are not enough hours in the day for all the routine responsibilities of life – let alone our spiritual disciplines, our giving and serving and volunteering. Not to mention our hopes and dreams and plans for the New Year. For some reason we’re absolutely […]

Move Me Closer

When You Need a Better View

Move Me Closer When You Need A Better View Blog Post By Christin Ditchfield

Years ago, I attended an annual breakfast for sixty or seventy Christian women in ministry. We were each invited to take turns sharing a few highlights from the previous year… As I sat there watching and waiting for my turn, I had no idea what to say. I’d arrived feeling like Job, sitting in the […]

Don’t Miss the Moment!

Don't Miss the Moment by Christin Ditchfield

Most of my favorite Christmas movies are older than I am, but there are a few “newer” ones I try to watch every year, including While You Were Sleeping — the movie that most people remember for launching Sandra Bullock’s career. (When it first came out, I was actually more excited to discover the cast included Glynis Johns […]

5 Things You Can Do to Have a Happier (Less-Stressed) Holiday

Five Things You Can Do to Have a Happier Less-Stressed Holiday by Christin Ditchfield

This time of year, it’s easy to feel more stressed than blessed — overwhelmed by all the extra commitments and responsibilities. Anxious, hassled, frazzled. It’s true that some things are out of our control… life happens, even at the holidays. Maybe even especially at the holidays. But there are some things you can do to […]