Monday, April 2, 2012

Growing Pains

Every once in awhile, the girls stand still with a look of discomfort etched on their faces.

They rub their legs.
And I know.
I remember.
Growing pains.

Lately I've been growing.

I'm still 5'10".
My clothes still fit.

Our church is humming and vibrant. The character of Jesus has been taught to me in new ways, or maybe I'm just "getting it" for the first time.

Either way.

This whole process is a bit like what the girls are going through.

The more I understand about Jesus, the more I see the ugliness in my heart he died to save. It hurts to recognize my sin. It pains me to see how I rebel and betray the one who so lovingly created me. It smarts to see what a jerk I am sometimes.

But the ache is necessary.
And the result is growth.

God gets bigger.
Grace gets bigger.
Love gets bigger. 
“Aslan," said Lucy "you're bigger."
"That is because you are older, little one" answered he.
"Not because you are?"
"I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
~C.S. Lewis in Prince Caspian
Counting my gifts today:

1174. Brynne reaching to turn on and off light switches.

1175. Hadley figuring out how to open doors.

1176. Brynne holding an icepack on Hadley's head.

1177. Dancing in the moonlight with my husband.

1178. The girls' faces white with sunscreen.

1179. Sitting in the garden bird-watching with Brynne.

1180. Sheer awe and delight when Brynne would spot a bird.

1181. The girls insisting that their babies needed a bite of snack before they ate any more.

1182. Brynne checking the lawnmower for gas.

1183. Hadley pretending to plant tomatoes (she is all business!).

1184. Heirloom tomatoes in the garden!

1185. Sprouting seeds!

Linking with Jen


Tesha said...

Hi I am visiting from a holy experience. I love this post I am having growing pains also. Sweet kids you have I love the pics!

ells said...

we are neighbors at Jen's...oh growing pains...I love how you said...God ,grace,love gets bigger. Amen...your girls are so cute. Blessings~

Lyli@3dLessons4Life said...

What a beautiful post! Reminds me of that verse in John that says, "He must increase..." Hope you and your sweet family have a beautiful Easter Week! :)

Alicia said...

Yes, growing pains. Love how you shared this truth. And the sight of a little one "filling her lawnmower with gas" nearly brings me to tears. My littlest boy spent years pushing his plastic mower behind his daddy. Love this time of year- sunscreen, seeds, soil..hope! So nice to meet you today. Found you through Jen!

Miss Megan said...

The girls are adorable, as always!
Love your blessings - dancing in the moonlight with your husband - HOW WONDERFUL!!

Corinne Ritz said...

CS Lewis is brilliant! I feel that you were inspired to think of that quote. It fit so perfectly!