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

What would you do if you knew that you cglt photos piano 003 bbbb -florine 015SUITE TESTS PIANO 17-FEV 009 nbouldn’t fail?

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.







If You Never Try, You’ll Never Know~

I stared at the blank piece of paper

wondering where to begin. This was many years ago.

Deep within my heart there was a story that needed to be written;

an article that asked to be created


the very thought

of writing an entire article intimidated me.

You see, I had never written anything before

and I was scared.

Scared of what?

Failing, perhaps.

Doing a mediocre job.

Who knows, but I remember feeling paralzyed.

Then those powerful words came to my mind

and sank deep within my spirit.

If you try, you might fail.

But if you never try, you’ll never know.

So with that in mind I began to write –

I knew that I might fail

But if I didn’t even try I’d never know.

I wrote it in one sitting, slipped it in an envelope

along with a return stamped envelope

and mailed it out.



Peace! Gave it my best !

God must have known what my tentative spirit needed.

In days I received an acceptance letter.

Shining moments all around

The check that I got a few days later was only the icing on the cake.

I was a writer.

I was in His service.

Whether I never had anything else to be accepted for publication

I knew that I had tried and succeeded.

What about you?

If you don’t try, you’ll never know.

If you do try, you might fail.

But isn’t failure more about never trying than achieving a certain standard of perfection.

I never knew that I could ride a horse

until I tried. And then I worked very hard to learn more skills.

If you try, you might fail.

Mail out the manuscript. Click off that story. Write the poem. Create the song.

You never know.

You never know what you are capable of doing

Until you try. You never know what God will do through you until you try.

So let’s try, dear friends.

The time is now.

I’m trying – Will you?


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Shining Moments

mother's day 2013 -4I swallowed and took another deep breath.

Closed door.

Unexpected no.

Disappointment for sure.

So what do you do when you’ve done everything you know to do


the worst happens anyway?

You’ve worked hard

but still fail the test –

You’ve studied your craft

but still get rejections.

You’ve done all that you can do

and the marriage is still difficult.

You try to adopt but at the last minute it fails.

You’ve scanned the sea for days and still see no path.

You want to believe but there’s just this nagging doubt.

So what do you do?

You believe anyway! No matter how you feel.

You keep going no matter how difficult.

Submit the manuscript one more time.

Apply again – take the course again.

Yes, instead of letting yourself become defeated

you push forward


Because God never changes and He is Love.

He knows the future and we can trust Him.

He calls us to place our plans,

our little ways,

and our will

into His Mighty Hand.

So like a child

I reach up again and let Him hold me.

Once more

everything is alright.

“You are never alone,” He whispers.

“Walk with Me.

You can do it.”