Never Say Never

Never say never!

Words that I’ve heard from as far back as I can remember.

Never say never!

Words that challenge me to keep pressing forward

and go live beyond my finite expectations.

Images from long ago cross my memory –

English papers covered in red

Comments that caused my shy spirit to cringe.

You’ll never be able to write, I thought,

but years and experience showed me how foolish that idea was.

Never say never!

Another acceptance and check in the mail

What God plans, don’t hinder by such negative thinking.

Never say never!

I remember standing in front of my first class of first graders

Me? A teacher?

Never say never! Keep moving forward.

And I read that old children’s story again and again-

The Little Engine That Could

I think I can, I think I can (but boy, I often didn’t feel it at all)

But slowly, God created a teacher in me.

Never say never!

A single parent

While the heads shook and my own legs trembled I traveled half way around the world

To adopt my daughters and then faced the daunting task of parenting them.

Day by day, moment by moment,

Seeking wisdom and grace and an ocean of energy.

Never say never!

Moving into a different career and building my own practice.

Carried by His Strength

Seeking to encourage the wounded and to build hope in the weary.

Never say never!

I gazed at her tired face and saw that look in her eyes.

There is ALWAYS hope! Glorious news.

With the rising of the sun declaring another day, the birds chirp the familiar chorus

Believe,

Breathe ifarm5n

Take heart.

There is more to this life than what you can see

Than what you can feel

There is so much more and He only waits for us to reach out to Him

and ask.

Never give up!

Write it again – don’t falter now.

Finish the manuscript. Make sure that you do.

Go forward in faith no matter how foolish you feel.

Never give up, dear friends!

Never!

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