By Kathleen Pfaff Ph.D.

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As a dream counselor, I am often asked why a man or woman would dream of "Labor pains" when pregnancy in nowhere in site?

"Labor Pain" is a metaphor to mean trial and tribulations of which we all experience. To dream about Labor pains is to rejoice, as the end is near and a new life, new beginnings are on their way. (Easier said then done, I know).

Lets look at some Bible references regarding Labor pains...

"Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him"...Hosea 13:13

"Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains"...Matthew 24:8, Mark 13:8

"We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time"... Romans 8:22

ALL of us have and will experience the pains of JOB and other Biblical characters who have suffered the growing pains of life and personal growth. It would be easy to throw in the towel and say "I Quit," but once the process of labor has begun, there is no turning back.

"Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest."
- JOB 30:17 NIV

Some people experience crises because of poor choices. Others experience trauma to develop a stronger faith. The scriptures tell us to rejoice in our tribulations because of the results it will manifest. A new birth is given and knowledge and understanding will increase. You become more aware and less judgmental.

"So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy"...John 16:22

"Not only so, but we [ Or let us] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;" and...so on...Romans 5:3

The trials we suffer today will bring us one step closer to understanding God, the Father.

If you never felt pain, then how would know that God is a Healer.
If you never went through difficulties, how would you know that God is a Deliverer?
If you never had a trial, how will you learn to overcome?
If you never had sadness, how would you know how to comfort others?
If you never make a mistake, how will you understand the value and importance of forgiveness?
If you never experienced trouble, you wouldn't need a savior.
If you were never broken, then how would you know that God can make you whole again?
If you never had a problem, how would you learn how to solve them and how would we teach our children to do the same?
If we never walk through the fire, how will we know that purity waits on the other side?
If God gave us all things, how would we learn to appreciate him?
If we don't experience discipline, how will we learn self- control?
Without experiencing such painful events, we would never learn about the LOVE of God.

"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials"...1Peter 1:6

Keep the Faith!




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