The past 6 ½ months have been a blur, like we have blinked and time has sped up.
6 ½ months ago, we were in the hospital and I had endured 24 complete hours of labor—and occurred every ten minutes from the time it began. Throbbing, terrible pain.
I struggled the entire night to achieve some kind of comfort, realizing it HAD to be the real deal. All night I was nervous that the baby could come any minute but unsure if we should go to the hospital, so we waited.
Nate was able to get some rest while I was up and down every 8-10 minutes. I did everything I could to try to get some relief, but it never came. It only got worse.
The next day around 10am, we decided to finally call the hospital. They said we could come in if the contractions were 6 minutes apart, but that we had plenty of time. All I wanted was the pain to end, and the joy of having my son in my arms.
So to the hospital we went. With every contraction, I thought it surely could not get any worse, but it did. Over the course of the next few hours, the pain became so intense, I thought for sure I was going to black out, and if it weren’t for Nate coaching me through it, I truly believe I would have.
The doctor checked me one last time…he was ready!
Before I knew it, there he was…amazed at what God had just carried me through.
As soon as he was ready, we started to do “tummy time” with Isaiah. I laugh as I think of how much he HATED it! He began by getting tired after a few seconds and not being able to hold his head up. He would fuss and cry, but we had to let him struggle through it. But little by little, he continued to grow stronger. Now I can’t get this kid off of his belly!
What’s my point?
There is rarely accomplishment without struggle.
We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. Hebrews 6:11
Without diligence, we would become lazy, and plateau in our faith. Somehow along the way, we assumed that hard work and struggle is a terrible thing, and may indeed feel that way when we’re enduring it; however, if we look at our struggle in terms of the race we are running, it is the halfway point that gets us to push harder towards the goal. It is our personal motivation.
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope…Romans 5:3-4
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints… Ephesians 6:18
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