1. Jasmine,
    Great analogy using labor, contractions and then the birth and Paul’s words in Romans..such encouragement…what is hard won’t last forever…and God has a plan to reveal more glory to us…such a packed and big concept: Glory to be revealed….

  2. Oh WOW Yes! I’ve not experienced labor but I can totally understand what you mean! “Contractions are pain with a purpose and maybe our struggles are the same.” It made me think of John 16:21 “When a woman is in labor she has pain because her time has come. But when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the suffering because of the joy that a person has been born into the world.”

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this. I think it is No Coincidence that Jesus said this shortly before He went to the cross. Ask any woman-or me-how labor felt. I will tell you, with all the pain increasing I didn’t want to be in my body anymore, and in the end, when I could take it no more and thought I was going to die– my first child was born. There is lots of labor symbolism in the Bible…including creation itself groaning with labor pains waiting for the revealing of the sons and daughters of God (romans 8:19-22). I think women will find out that God is demonstrating more mighty things of the Spirit through them than anyone could imagine. Future post I hope! Love to you from Holland

  3. I love this! And it’s so true that so many of our struggles DO have purpose – and when we keep progressing through the pain, we get there and are so rewarded! Thanks for sharing your heart and thoughts with us!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and reflection! I like this “progressing through the pain”..-makes me think about “…Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on…” (in the letter of Paul to the Saints in Philipi). And the rewards, I believe, will be for Everyone in some way. Hooray!

  4. Nice way to approach it all, like a contraction yes. It’s like these wise words: “this too shall pass”….

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