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TFTD: From pain to the promise
Genesis 3:16 To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband,and he will rule over you.”
John 16:21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
On Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:19 p.m., I gave birth to a healthy baby girl. This was my third pregnancy and completely different from my other two. I experienced various levels of pain and discomfort during my pregnancy, during the delivery and now while I recover. God being Sovereign has a way of speaking to me and allowing His message to become practical.
God showed me that pain, although uncomfortable and sometimes excruciating is not ALL bad. Yes, I said it, pain is not always a bad thing. As it relates to pregnancy, we shouldn’t be too surprised because God told us in His Word that childbirth would be painful (See above scriptures). While in the hospital God began showing me the correlation between birthing a child in the natural and birthing a vision. There is pain when carrying a baby (vision). Discomfort and stretching are inevitable during this process. However, the pain is necessary in order to prepare your mind, body, emotions and spirit to carry the baby (vision). Carrying a baby (vision) requires mental, spiritual, emotional and physical fortitude. God allows you to go through the necessary things in order to prepare you for the large task ahead.
After you carry the baby (vision) to term, you have to prepare to deliver the baby (vision). My actual due date was December 14, 2014 and our new baby girl was ready to enter the world. I experienced pain that I have never experienced before. With my first child, I immediately received an epidural anesthesia, which numbed me from the waist down. I didn’t feel the contractions or when to push. With my second child, I received an epidural between 5-6 centimeters and the medicine didn’t have a chance to fully kick in so I experienced a moderate level of pain. Now for this child, I didn’t receive any medication. I endured as long as I thought I could physically and called for the medicine, but they said I was already 9 centimeters and ready to deliver. This was the most excruciating pain I have EVER experienced and even when I wanted to give up because I didn’t think I could do it physically; my husband, the nurses and the doctor encouraged me and said, “You can do it.” They were right, I could do it and I called on Jesus and gave about three hard pushes and gave birth to a beautiful princess. There is pain when you deliver and give birth to a baby (vision). You have to travail in order to push the baby (vision) out of you, but in the end it’s worth it. God tells us in His Word in John 16:21 that after the birth, you will forget the anguish and have joy because of the new life that enters the world. You may be spiritually pregnant with purpose and destiny for a while yet terrified to deliver the vision, but I want to encourage you to PUSH and allow the pain to lead you to the promise God has given you through your vision.
Now it seems obvious that there would be pain while delivering a baby, but what about when it’s time to heal? There is pain when healing from giving birth to a baby (vision). The body undergoes a traumatic experience and sometimes a mother can experience tearing, cutting, extreme blood loss and more during a natural birth. The contracting of the uterus, healing from a c-section, episiotomy, etc. can be painful, but it’s a necessary part of restoring your body back to its design. God has to restore the body in order to equip the mother to care for the new life that has entered the world. Yes, after you deliver the vision you will experience a new level of pain associated with healing. Don’t run from the process, embrace it.
We see there is pain while carrying, during delivery and even in the healing process, but did you know there is also pain associated with feeding and nurturing the baby (vision). After the baby is born, breast-feeding mothers experience a unique pain to provide adequate food supply to their babies, all mothers endure sleep deprivation, emotionally and mentally you are stretched as you adjust to this new life (vision). A mother’s life is no longer her own because there is this little life who is depending on her for so much. The same is true for the vision God has given you. You will experience pain as you feed and nurture the vision. Now that the vision has manifested you have to put in serious work. You will experience late nights, mental and emotional battles, financial stretching and so much more. Don’t give up and don’t give in. Don’t run from the pain, embrace the process! Your vision is depending on you to LIVE!
God has reminded me that PAIN is a necessary part of the process to carrying, birthing, healing and nurturing the vision. And the blessing is that no amount of pain you endure will negate the manifestation of the promise. The pain you experience won’t compare to the joy you will receive from the promise being fulfilled. Look at Jesus Christ (John 3:16), He endured pain that He didn’t deserve in order for us to experience His promise of everlasting life. Surely, if Christ could endure pain for us, we can endure pain to carry out what He has placed in us to do.
I encourage you not to look at pain as a negative part of life, but a necessary part. While you are experiencing the pain seek to grow closer to Christ; call on His name, study His Word, seek His face, pray without ceasing, assemble with a Bible teaching church and stay remain connected.
I thank God for the reminder. I pray you do to.
What are you pregnant with? How much pain are you willing to endure to get to the promise?
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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