Tag Archives: believe

Doing The Impossible

“Come on up. You can do it.’

My brother looked down at me from high up in the tree.

I swallowed a lump in my throat.

Sure, I wanted like anything to climb that tree

so that I could look down at everything from on high


my fears were great and doubts loomed.

Like what if I fell.

My eyes followed the thick trunk up to where it branched.

Could I possibly pull myself up to there?

And then how would I ever know where to put my foot next?

No, tree climbing was not my thing

I, at six was much more comfortable staying on the ground playing with my dollies.


I looked up high again.

Way high and I saw my eight year old brother grinning down at me.

“Come on, silly. I’ll help you.”

Relief washed over me at those words.

If my brother helped me I had nothing to fear.

He’d been climbing that tree like a cat for weeks

and knew exactly what branch could hold his weight

and where to climb to go even higher.

Suddenly I heard the sound of scrambling

and watched as he lowered himself to just a little above me.

“Now ya just put your foot up here,” he pointed.

My fears were great

but my trust in my brother to help me was even greater.

So I stepped closer to the tree and began to climb it.


one step at a time courage

refusing, absolutely refusing,  to look down

following the voice of my brother –coach.

Until  I reached the branch where he told me to sit

and I lowered my young body to a sitting position

and looked all around

and down.

“Wow” was all I could say. I couldn’t believe it.

It was beautiful up there so high in the sky.

That was the beginning for me of many climbs up that tree.

A coach takes you from where you are

to where you say you’d like to be.

A coach not only encourages but also gives you skills and tips on how to do it.

A coach sticks close by your side

cheering you on as you make progress.

Of course, the Master Coach is Jesus

Always by our side

Always directing our steps

And He has marvelously gifted a few people

to coach others

in moving forward in life.

Life is about moving forward.

So what tree have you been wanting to climb?





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When You’re Up Against A Struggle

When the storms of life surround us

and we start to give up …

There is One Who loves and reaches out to breathe life and whisper hope.

Just for us.

Again and again and again.

I’ve been there. Have you?

Years ago, yes many years ago,

my heart was crushed and broken in a zillion pieces. Some thought beyond repair.

I remember clearly one afternoon driving home alone.

My mind wandering in a million different directions; my spirit flat and lifeless.

I did not care. I could no longer feel.

Then suddenly I heard the sounds of music coming from the radio.

It grabbed my attention.

“When you’re up against a struggle that shatters all your dreams…”

Oh yes, my soul jumped in response as my eyes filled with tears.

The music filled the car at that moment and seeped into my painful heart.

I reached over and turned the knob

hungry to hear each word.

Clutching …

‘don’t let the faith you’re standing in seem to disappear.’

That was exactly what had happened.

My faith that I had rested on

that firm foundation I had built my life upon

SEEMED to have evaporated into thin air.

Confusion mixed with pain as I struggled and fought to go on.

Weariness and unanswered questions trapped me in defeat.

But suddenly as the words of that healing music

enfolded me

I knew a peace and a power

and a presence reminding me again

that the victory has been won. I was not alone.

Slowly  my faltering voice joined in song

mingled tears and faith

believing in what I knew but had been clouded in sorrow and deep despair.

One afternoon.

Driving home from work.

Defeat was changed to victory for me.

It might be a song or a simple blog. It might be the words of a friend or a passing stranger.

But listen for it. His Love keeps reaching and reaching to bring us back to Him.


Your day.

If you think you’re going under …

There is One Who reaches out to you breathing


Hope anchors the soul. Hebrew 6:19

A friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it.     


* Praise the Lord by Russ Taff






A Triumphant Song

“Who?  You?”

“You’ll never be able to play the piano again.”

My spirit cringed and I winced as I heard these words.

They were spoken with such finality. God knew how much playing the piano meant to me.

But something inside me refused to totally embrace them.

Not yet.

Not now

Maybe never.

No, it was too soon to tell

and my heart trusted in a Power beyond myself.

It had been a freak accident

that caused a huge hematoma on the back of my right hand.

I had been working in the kitchen preparing a meal of lasagna

and happened to crack my hand on the edge of the counter.

Instant pain had brought tears to my eyes

but of greater concern was the immediate swelling

that occurred before my eyes.

Through that night and into the following days

my throbbing huge hand grew to more than twice its normal size

limiting my activity and forcing me to change my daily routines.

Rest, ice, compression and elevation the doctor said.

But these questions continued to haunt me –

Would  I ever play the piano again?

Would I ever be able to do those runs

up and down on the keyboard? Would I be permanently limited?

I heard the negative word – never –

but I wondered

wasn’t it too soon to make that statement?

I prayed and waited and prayed some more.

I looked at my hand and felt discouraged.

I read in His Word and was stirred to hope.

Today although it’s been three years since that painful accident

I can still remember the battle in my mind.

Meditating on words of power and belief

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20

Battling human reasoning –

glass half empty thinking.

It’s always that way, isn’t it?

We are surrounded by glass half empty thinkers –

Well meaning most of the time

but still not reckoning on the power of God.

When I play the piano today I am thrilled that my right hand

has fully recovered and is limber as ever.

It was not always that way.

No, for a space of about an age-long year or two

I struggled to play the piano.

Even a few notes hurt at first

but I kept playing.

Slowly at first and then with greater confidence.

Healing began to take place

and with the healing

my joy overflowed.

He still works.

He still heals.

He still restores.

Pray and wait and pray some more.

No, He doesn’t always restore here on earth

Sometimes, full healing is for heaven.

But  we can always trust Him to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all we can think or imagine

both now and forever more.

Listen to those words of power and let them sink deep within your soul.

Embrace them with all that you are.

His Power is greater than man can fathom.

His faithfulness is sure.

Believe in Him and keep your eyes on the Morning Star.

He is Who He says He is.

He does what He says He will do.

Think belief.

Talk faith.

Live out your faith with confidence.

His Power for your weakness.

His Power over-ruling everything.

Oh for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise.

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