Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Growing Pains :: Continuing His Work

She tripped in the shower and then a few days later on a kickball serving as a soccer ball. She feels the pain in her legs sometimes at night. Her legs are longer and her body taller.

Ah, growing pains.

Until the last few months, I would have never described Cate as clumsy. But as she's growing she's figuring out how to move and be and live.

Aren't we all a little clumsy when we are adjusting to something new? Our perspective can be skewed and our routines scattered. Knowledge and conviction clutter our minds. Decisions suck up our time.


"Then You remind me You made me from the dust
And I can never, no never, be good enough
And that You’re not gonna let that come between us
I get so clumsy
I get so foolish
I get so stupid
And then I feel so useless
But You’re sayin’ You love me
And You’re still gonna hold me
And that You wanna be near me
‘Cause You’re makin’ me holy
You’re still makin’ me holy,
From where I stand
Your holiness is up so high I can never reach it
My only hope is to fall on Jesus"
{From "Clumsy" by Chris Rice}

We’re going to fall down and mess up and trip over whatever is in our path, especially when we’re adjusting to something new. It's there when our face is on the ground and our legs aching that we remember we need a savior. The bruises fade and wounds heal. The scars may remain, reminding us where we’ve been and just how far we’ve come.

Growth happens over time – and a little at a time. I'm realizing more and more that's so we can adjust with each pain and nudge and revelation.

Even though it seems like my girl has grown up to her 51 inches overnight, it really has been a process. Some days I notice her new height more than others, but I often realize she knows more and can do more with each day she lives.

Cate’s not done growing. Yes, she’s come so far but she still has room to grow. The same can be said of me. And you. And them. Thankfully, God promises us he continues the work he’s begun in us. I suppose that means we’ll have growing pains as long as this earth is our home.

I'm linking up this post with Jennifer Dukes Lee's #TellHisStory, Beth Stiff's Three Word Wednesday, and Holley Gerth's Coffee for Your Heart

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  1. Beautifully written Kristin. How true that we are never done growing in the Lord!!! Thank you for this reminder.

  2. KristinHillTaylor6/11/2014 7:57 AM

    Thanks, Lori. I'm glad it encouraged you.

  3. What an encouragement to us all, Kristin. Thank you for linking with us at #TellHisStory.

  4. KristinHillTaylor6/11/2014 8:10 AM

    Thanks, Jennifer - you always encourage me so.

  5. I am grateful that HE continues to grow me for HIS glory!

  6. It is so fun to watch kids as they grow into their body. Yes, we still do the same as we grow into our faith. I heard of a book this morning that I want to look up, based on the title alone, "Falling into Grace." I love the concept and your post reminds me of that. Thanks for sharing this, Kristin.

  7. KristinHillTaylor6/11/2014 11:08 AM

    Amen. :) Thanks for reading, Rebekah!

  8. KristinHillTaylor6/11/2014 11:09 AM

    That is an intriguing title. It's always encouraging to read your comments here, Lisa!

  9. Sarah Donegan6/11/2014 6:23 PM

    Clumsy is my middle name, spiritually and physically. at least God helps me get up and move on!

  10. KristinHillTaylor6/11/2014 6:24 PM

    Yes, thankfully, we don't have to do life alone!

  11. As I was reading I was thinking about how I (us) still have room to grow so I smiled when I got to the last part of your post. I'm so grateful He is never done with us. I'm grateful where He's brought me and look forward to what's ahead. I love reading about your kids even more now since I've met them in person. You truly have a beautiful family, Kristin. Thank you for sharing them with us. Much love.

  12. KristinHillTaylor6/11/2014 8:17 PM

    God has used these kids to teach me so much and always uses them to bring me back to him. It's all a process though, isn't it? Love you, friend.

  13. we have growing pains at this house too sometimes...and clumsy moments...the kids...and me!

  14. KristinHillTaylor6/12/2014 5:01 PM

    Ah, yes. Isn't it good to know you aren't alone? :)

  15. Love Phil. 1:6! Could have used that on my post today! Great minds think alike!

  16. KristinHillTaylor6/19/2014 1:48 PM

    It's a favorite of mine too. :) Thanks for reading and commenting, Wendy!