Monthly Archives: January 2015

Try It One More Time

Are you ready to give up?

Prepared to throw in the towel?

You tell yourself that it was a mistake to begin with?

You’re beaten. Done.  At the end of your rope.

STOP

WAIT

LISTEN

I know how you feel.

My life too has known pain and discouragement.

But before you give up,

“Try one more time.”

Yes, you heard me.

Just one more time.

I remember a time a few years ago.

Flying back to the states with empty arms and a broken heart.

The adoption I had hoped to complete had failed miserably

leaving me drained in so many areas of my life.

“What are we going to do?” my eight year old daughter asked.

Her troubled eyes met mine and I swallowed hard winter treebegging the Lord to give me the right words.

“I don’t know, honey. We will wait and pray.”

A year and a half silently passed. No sign of hope. No writing in the sky.

When suddenly I got a call, moved  forward in faith

and adopted my youngest daughter from Russia.

It’s too easy to give up and to convince ourselves that we were wrong in the first place.

Yes, too easy to quit and throw in the towel.

Too easy to stop writing when the pile of rejection slips grows.

Too easy to stop submitting

convincing ourselves that it was all a mistake.

When the world and even our own self whispers to quit,

TRY IT ONE MORE TIME.

‘Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.’ Galatians 6:9

Have you been waiting quite a while?

Have all your efforts led to nothing?

TRY IT ONE MORE TIME.

You have no idea how many people quit right before their success.

If they had only persevered one more time.

Trusting God to do what only He can do.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Come on now,

TRY IT ONE MORE TIME.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Peril Of Having Sight But No Vision

Move forward. Yes, keep moving forward.

That’s where the joy is. That’s where the adventure lies.

Keep moving forward.

But in order to do that

you must have a vision.

Without vision people perish. (Proverbs 29:8)

Without vision we stagnate

continuing to do what we are comfortable doing.

Staying in our nice safe box. Doing what we know best.

But life is about moving forward,

stretching and growing

seeking, reaching, sometimes leaping.

So how do you get a vision?

Ask yourself “If you could do anything what would you be doing?”

“If you could meet anyone

who would you want to meet?”

Or “If you could go anywhere, where you would go?”

Or “If you could write anything knowing it would sell, what would you write?”

Those questions and more will begin to give you an idea of your heart’s true purpose

and a vision.

Spend time in prayer seeking His Will for your life.

Work with a coach who is equipped to lead you in your discovery.

Read books of others who are doing what you’d like to be doing.

Keep moving forward

to the Light of His Purpose.

Life is lived forward

not backward.

Yesterday is gone. What we hold in our hands is the gift of today.

Think vision, dream big and listen to those gentle whispers.

“The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision.”
― Helen Keller

Now is the time to set your sails and let Him lead you.

You have no idea what you could possibly accomplish in your lifetime

but He does.

Keep moving forward today.

 

 

 

 

What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail?

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It’s a powerful question and one that I’ve asked myself many times in life.

Somehow as I’ve sorted out the answer from deep within my heart

I’ve tried things that I never in a million years thought that I could do.

I remember like it was yesterday sitting in that first grade classroom

And listening to my teacher read the story “The Little Engine That Could”.

I remember like it was yesterday realizing that I could relate to those other trains –

the ones that refused to help because they didn’t believe they could

and I remember longing to have the spirit and vision that the little Blue Engine had.

I think I can

I think I can

Can I? I wondered.

Deep within my head I knew that the answer for me was a resounding NO.

When I was nine my parents purchased an old, upright piano.

I loved it even though some of its keys were old and a few didn’t even work.

I yearned to be able to play the piano and take piano lessons

but frequent moves continued to block that idea.

One day I walked into the dining room and over to that piano and sat down on the bench.

Quietly so no one could hear, I began to play a few notes.

That was the beginning of my learning to teach myself to play the piano.

I wanted to so much that I spent hours struggling to match the key

with the musical note on the page.

At times I’d get frustrated and push away from the piano

only to find myself coming back and trying again.

But I still didn’t believe that I could play.

No, not for many years.

One day I was asked to accompany the school chorus.

I was drenched in fear that first day

feeling so vulnerable, so exposed.

What if I hit the wrong notes, I thought. I’d be devastated.

But the truth was

I not only hit wrong notes, I hit lots of them.

Somehow life went on and I began to learn that

I was ok even though I wasn’t perfect.

That the Lord Who made me is the only One Who is perfect.

I could trust Him with my successes and my losses.

Slowly my life began to change

as I leaned upon Him and  risked failure.

Well known motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said

that it’s your attitude not your aptitude that will determine your altitude.

Are you letting Him work in and through you?

Are you stretching and growing and dreaming new dreams?

Let the Spirit breathe fresh wind upon your sails today, my friend,

and believe Him.

“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

So what would you do if you knew that you couldn’t fail?

You might be amazed at how your answer could change your life.