Sep 23, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Growing

Linking up again with Lisa-Jo for the most freeing 5 minutes known to this blogger. :) Yes, I'm actually taking the time this week for Five-Minute Friday!

You know the drill: Write for 5 minutes on the topic (Growing) with no editing. Just writing what comes from the heart without looking for perfection.


Growing can be painful. It can cause stretchmarks on a pregnant belly and late night pains on a growing teenager. Scars, broken bones, stitches...all come from growing.

But the end result can be breathtaking!

I'm reminded of the Greek meaning for humility (one of my husband's favorite illustrations). The word literally comes from the idea of breaking a wild horse in. Of learning to use the strength and prowess for more than just yourself. God teaches us to control what He has given us through, well, growing.

Through the trials and the sufferings, through the hard times in the valleys. He teaches, strengthens, and humbles us so that He can use us better.

We've been in a growing season lately. Lately as in the past few years. Yes, it's only gotten harder. But God has also shown Himself in ways that we never would have dreamed possible. And as we've grown spiritually, we've also grown closer to our gracious God, who gives us all that we need in ways we could not have imagined.


What about you? How has God shown you His grace as He grows and humbles you?


Carol said...

What a beautiful piece you have written!! I can most definitely identify with what you have written today!! I am so grateful to have had to go through the "growing pains" when I was a young newlywed and we had to learn how to live and save on one income. Today, 25 years later I am able to teach all of the young people in my life everything I learned and that even though it really seems dark and annoying when you are going through those times, it does get better and it's worth the "suffering" that you think you are going through :) God is always busy working in our lives and we are growing even though we don't realize it!! God Bless and Have a Beautiful Weekend!1


Brittany said...

Such truth here! "He teaches, strengthens, and humbles us so that He can use us better." YES! The purpose of growth is for His glory. Love this.