**This is one devotional day from Honoring Your Temple Through the Holiday Challenge. The challenge includes 21 days of devotionals, weekly focused challenges, and coaching zoom calls. YOU can join the challenge HERE if you're interested in losing 5 pounds DURING the holidays!
I am a rotten pregnant momma! I mean it.
It was the most uncomfortable 27 months (9 mo. X 3 kiddos) of my life. That's the excuse I use.
Unfortunately, it's not a good excuse.
Because discomfort is part of the deal of having the beautiful gift of children. If it's not while you are pregnant, it's during the birth. If it's not the birth, it breastfeeding. If it's not breastfeeding, it's toddler temper tantrums…
You get my drift.
Parenting is a lot of discomfort at every stage.
Here is what I learned from discomfort; my most amazing, incredible, beautiful gifts having come after discomfort.
Obviously, my kids are an example. But think about all others like college or high school degrees, marriage (because dating is not comfortable), fulfilling job, a beautiful home, and a healthy body.
Yes, I had to put the last one in there. Taking care of the temple God gave you is UNCOMFORTABLE.
There are many discomforts to be had in saying no to the free wine, passing on the bread, and walking away from the Christmas cooking platter. Add in some weight lifting, an exercise class, and getting up a half-hour early to walk, you're facing a lot of unease.
But what are the gifts on the other side?
Not only a lighter body, but increased confidence, amplified joy, improved energy, decreased medical costs, healthy organs, and joints, greater intimacy, stronger relationships, and the list goes on and on with possibilities.
So, today, take some time to get clear on what gifts could be waiting for you on the other side of discomfort.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 18:8
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5: 3-5