When I think of pain, I think quite literally of the last moment I felt the greatest physical pain. That has now been 8 months ago and happened after the birth of my second son.

Pains are expected with the birth of a child, but the pains I experienced I did not expect. I was told that the spinal pain I felt occurs in 1% of people who deliver by cesarean.

The physical pain got to a point that I couldn’t nurse my child or even function. In that moment I had so many emotions because I wanted to hold my new little blessing and I wanted to rejoice and I couldn’t.

I prayed with fervor and God answered immediately.

I have believed in the power of prayer since I can remember. But how many times have my prayers been answered so quickly, or how often have I seen some of my prayers come to fruition?

The blessing in that moment, besides the fact that the pain lessened, was that God answered in that very moment. I felt closer to God than ever because he wasn’t just hearing my prayers and whispering in my ear to be patient and persistent in prayer. He was saying I am right here with you and will help you through this and you will know that it is me.

Moments such as this will forever change me. My faith in God is strong, but this gave me something that felt tangible.

Regardless of the severity of ones pain, there are blessings there for the taking.

-Laura Ford

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