“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Is a Growth Spurt Contagious?

first day preschool 4's ~ 2003

Christopher couldn't sleep last night. Which meant I didn't sleep last night. At 1am I began to ramble off thoughts of what was keeping him from the land of nod. Hunger? Sugar? Growth Spurt? He asked me to clarify what exactly a growth spurt was... and then we tried to drift off to sleep.

This morning when I came down for breakfast, Christopher snuggled close to me on the couch and asked, "Mommy, is a growth spurt contagious? Because I want to know if I can play with Collin today."

I hugged him tight and assured him that it was not contagious, but I'm sure Collin... like any boy... wouldn't mind catching it!

first day 5th grade ~ 2009

And all of this growth spurt talk reminded me of another type of growth spurt...

Recently, I asked my FB friends, "Who taught you how to pray?"
Dixie: I would have to say my Mother.
Mark: Jesus

Phil: the parental unit known as Bill & Joy. Saw my dad praying every morning when I got up for 15 years.
Amy: The Lord's Prayer

Shannon: My Missionette leader

Leila: I learned how to pray by going through life situations that made me get real and talk to Him from my heart.

But the response that touched me the most was sent to me privately.
Sheri, no one taught me how to pray and I believe that I do not do it right. Is there a certain way to pray?
And first my heart ached for the one who thought they "do not do it right" but then my heart leapt... because I realized that this question was coming out of a growth spurt! And so I responded:
Great question! But first and foremost... please, don't ever think that you do not do it right. I think perhaps we get to a point in our prayer life where we want to go deeper with the Lord, to know Him in a more intimate way, to trust Him more. Just like when your baby learns to walk... she'll start with a crawl... then an unbalanced wobble... then a walk holding on to things for support... and then... and then... she'll run! And you'd have to admit that she did everything right... in its time.

I think one of the best ways to learn how to pray is by finding prayers in the Bible. Even starting with the Lord's prayer. Seeing how Jesus prays is helpful in teaching us how to pray.

I also highly recommend the acronyms A.C.T.S. You can check out my post on that one and let me know if you have any questions.

The book I am currently reading Too Busy Not to Pray is PHEnomenal! Are you a book reader? It's not too long of a read. I'm taking a chapter at a time so that it will really sink in... He does an incredible job of describing how to use A.C.T.S. If you like, I'll send you a copy?

Another book series is by Stormie Omartian... The Power of a Praying Wife, Woman, Parent. Each chapter talks about something to pray for... gives Bible verses... and then a sample prayer. I've learned a lot by listening to other people pray. But then finding my own comfort zone.

I've also found that our life experiences end up teaching us how to pray. When I was going through a deep depression in 2006... I begged the Lord to heal me immediately. When He didn't, I continued to pray in desperation... I began journaling daily. Sometimes thoughts... sometimes prayers. I continued to seek Him... and to listen to what I was praying. I relied upon Him so much and found true comfort when I would pray that it has become very much part of who I am.

I hope this gives you a place to start. You know to think of it... I've been praying for you for almost six years.

How about you, friend? Have you had a growth spurt lately? Because when it comes to spiritual growth spurts... I actually do believe they are contagious!

So then neither the one who plants
nor the one who waters is anything,
but God who causes the growth.
1 Corinthians 3:7 NASB

11 comments:

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Yes, a huge growth spurt that has been one of the most confrontational ever. Unlike times before, I recognize it, yield to it, asking God to change me because of it.

And yes, I do think our spiritual growth spurts are contagious! I'm ready to catch what others have if it means more of Jesus in the end.

I guess I missed this question on fb. I'm rarely there for any great length of time.

Happy weekend.

peace~elaine

Amy Slater said...

I feel that I am in a continuous growth spurt. As my kids transition, hit major milestones and are constantly learning and growing, so am I. The more they change, the more I change too. And through all of the growth I find that God is consistantly doing a new work in me.

I love the picture of Christopher's first day of preschool - so adorable! :)

Amy

Patti said...

I actually feel like the summer was a major growth spurt for me personally. And YOU were a big part of that! Thank you for helping me use the trials in my life as an opportunity to grow, rather then be bitter or jaded. :)

P.S. LOVE Christopher's pictures....if I ever have a little boy, I hope he is as sweet as your little man. :)

Anonymous said...

Sheri, you are a great and wonderful inspiration.
Love,
Cassie

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Thanks for stopping by....I love your blog and always enjoy my visits...

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

What great advice you gave that reader.

I belong to a prayer group. Recently, the organizer moved and asked me to take over. I don't consider myself qualified so I searched out a local spiritual director with whom I have occasionally consulted, and he agreed to take over our prayer group. Wow! We are all now experiencing a growth spurt. What a blessing!

Deborah said...

I love the pictures of your son. We have a wall where we mark everyone's growth (which I had the wall from our first home showing when they were little). Adam is now 6ft at 15, long passed all the rest of us.

I think what I see in that growth spurt is that you don't really realize that you're having one until you measure yourself or someone says something. You look back on a situation and suddenly you realize that you did okay compared to last time when you couldn't handle it. Or someone notices that you are stronger in your faith and mentions it. It was such a continual thing...it just happened. But the Father always sees and just smiles quietly as we grow.

gideonmommasita said...

For almost two years my oldest son didn't grow...I kinda feel like I am there myself right now...maybe it's what I'm eating.

elizabeth embracing life said...

Growth is often painful for me. I find myself in kind of a tizzy of disorientations only to realize that I was in the middle of being stretched just a little more. I loved your pictures and wonder what pictures of my heart might look like.

a journey of faith said...

Love this post! Your sonny is adorable - in both pictures! WOW has he grown!

Stretching, growing, changing.... a sometimes painful experience, but all so worth it :D

cammy said...

Gracie asked me that very same question the other night. It amazes me that at only 12 years old she is questioning these things.

I love the picture's of Christopher's first day of school. Gosh that transition happened way too fast....didn't it?