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Mary Lauren is a social worker turned mother turned blogger who's pursuing a career as a writer and looking for the lesson in each MOMent.

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  1. Ah, yes–purpose in all, even the pain. Seeing this is a gift. And sharing it is your worship.

    Rich blessings as He leads you closer to Him and shows you ways to share Him.

  2. You certainly have a way with words!@

    Everyone needs to hear: Purpose in pain! God sends trials to everyone to test us & refine us like gold!

    Just pray that all peoples everywhere would open their eyes & palms to see & receive the wonderful grace & mercy God can hand out so generously!

    Great post!!

  3. You post is right on. As a mom who over 13 years ago moved to Haiti with a 1 year old and years later returned with a 4 month old I totally agree. It is hard to make sense of tragedy but in many ways Haiti is better for the earthquake. People turned to God. The first night after the quake, just arriving to Port-au-Prince from northern Haiti I listened with tears as 40,000+ people sat under the stars singing praises to their Lord. Most had lost everything but their lives yet they praised their Lord. Amazing. The Haitian people continue to teach me how to praise the Lord through the hard parts of this life. They look forward to meeting Him and having Him dry their tears.

  4. Beautiful post. Motherhood has taught me some incredible lessons and helped me understand infinitely more about our Father’s Love for us. In the trials and heartbreak, there is so much to be learned.

  5. Thank you! This is a beautiful way to remind those who ask, “God, where are You?” that He is right there, holding them and simply waiting for them to turn to Him.

  6. “My prayer now is not for God to arrive in places of pain, but for the hurting to open their palms and receive Him.” Unclenching our fists to receive Him is so difficult to do but so freeing and healing. He’s there, we just need to rest in His arms, and let the pain go–the best way to live! Beautiful prayer!

  7. The parallel lines of motherhood – joy and pain, hope and fear. I feel that bone deep, just like you. Thank you for articulating the redemption inherent in that juxtaposition. I love your heart and learned from your thoughts. Many blessings.

  8. Becoming a mother has made me more sensitive to pain. Fear. Loss. It’s almost as if I’ve developed a sixth sense that’s every bit as powerful as sight. The sense of empathy for mothers and children who are hurting.——-

    That statement is so true, so very true. I could not help but think back to our first after 12 years of marrige and 6 miscarriages. Like all first time mother I was not prepared for the fear that comes in after that rush of love hit us as we kiss that child who has been incased inside a body designed by God to protect that child. It’s a fear that even when your child is an adult comes in to steal the joy of having children. Only a continual turning them over to Him who knew them even before we knew they were growing in the womb drives the fear away. Children give us just a little touch of insight into that pure love God has for us. Great post…