Growing Pains

Unfortunately, unlike natural childbirth, the incubation period for our dreams varies.

Unfortunately, unlike natural childbirth, the incubation period for our dreams varies.

When you become pregnant, initially the baby cannot be seen, even though it is there. As your baby begins to grow, you still may not look pregnant–just a little larger. Increasing in size is just the beginning of the growing pains, there are many more discomforts you will experience along the way–nausea, headaches, fatigue, heartburn, constipation, swelling, mood swings and backaches just to name a few.

But, some women manage to go through their pregnancies with grace. They don’t moan and complain about the changes and look as bad as they feel. They exude a radiant glow and have a satisfied smile on their face. What’s their secret? They are expectant mothers.

The expectant mother focuses on the end result–the beautiful baby that’s growing in her womb. The growing pains don’t discourage her. Instead, the growing pains remind her of the miracle that is taking place. The pains are evidence of new life. And she is excited!

God has given each of us a dream and a purpose. A seed of great potential has been planted inside of us. Our job is to nurture that seed and allow it to grow. Eventually that tiny seed turns into something that will go out in the world and impact it for the kingdom of God.

Unfortunately, unlike natural childbirth, the incubation period for our dreams varies. Don’t be disappointed if it takes much longer than nine months to see your dream manifest. Although no one knows exactly when your “baby” will be born, there are signs that let you know how far along you are and how close you are to delivery.

Your Dream–The First Trimester

  • You have an idea. It’s sketchy at best and your not exactly sure what the total picture looks like.
  • The idea makes your status quo uncomfortable. It makes you want to change–everything (habits, associations, old ways of thinking, et cetera).
  • The idea makes you tired. You are hard at work doing the research and laying the foundation to give your dream life.

Your Dream–The Second Trimester

  • The idea has taken on its form – even though it is still very small – all the essential components are there.
  • The idea is affecting all of the other areas of your life (work, finances, relationships, et cetera) because it requires much for growth. People notice that something new is happening with you.
  • The idea is showing! It’s forcing you to get new stuff. What used to work for you, doesn’t work anymore. It just doesn’t fit. You may be purchasing equipment, services and other resources to accommodate your dream.

Your Dream–The Third Trimester

  • The idea is putting pressure on you. It’s getting so big now; you begin making plans to expand. No more working from your home office and you might need to start looking for a new location–just to house your vision.
  • You have just experienced a major breakthrough and you need the help of an expert. You will probably have to acquire the services of a professional to help you deliver the “baby.” This may be a CPA, an agent, an investor or someone who is well acquainted with expansion.
  • The idea is making you push. This is the time where you must help yourself. There is work to be done that cannot be delegated–you must do it yourself. The pain and discomfort is severe, but you are s-o-o-o-o-o-o close. Just one more try, one more phone call, one more presentation, one more (you fill in the blank) and your dream will be born.

Remember, the joy to come outweighs any present pain. The expectant mother keeps her eyes on the final result. Be encouraged. Your dream or vision will come to pass.

John 16:21
When a woman gives birth, she has a hard time, there’s no getting around it. But when the baby is born, there is joy in the birth. This new life in the world wipes out memory of the pain. (The Message)

Today’s Life Principle: Be expectant and stay focused on the end result.

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Valerie Morrow

Valerie Morrow was born-again at the tender age of 5, but has been chasing Jesus and the will of God seriously for about 10 years. She is well acquainted with the struggles and triumphs of Christian women. As a busy (we prefer the word productive) wife, mother, entrepreneur, leader, ministry student and writer, she focuses on being well-balanced, as a necessity in life. Valerie has been a waitress, a secretary, a receptionist, a marketing assistant, an account coordinator, an account manager, a marketing director, a business owner and the "candy lady." She has learned the meaning of being secure in Christ regardless of your position or function in life and loves to share her insights through devotionals, bible studies and "self- improvement" articles from a Biblical perspective. Valerie is the wife of Henry Morrow and the mother of two children. She is an active member of Victory Life Faith Center under the leadership of Pastor Lewis Brown.

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