We should always be quick to believe in ourselves and not doubt the
greatness that God has instilled within each of us. We must remember that
God has equipped us with a can-do spirit, but many times we listen to the
negative reports and we become persuaded that we are not “able to”. What
we must realize is that impossibility is not a word in God's vocabulary and
if we walk according to His statutes and commands, then we too can erase
the word impossible from our vocabulary and we can confidently reach forth
towards the goals and dreams that were once so vibrant in our hearts.
If you have been feeling down or discouraged because of the obstacles in
your path, you must stand up again in confidence knowing that you are
promised the victory. You simply must accept it by faith and trust that
God is by your side. Be encouraged to believe in yourself again as God
believes in you and trust that He has your best interest in mind. Remember
that as long as you are alive on this earth, your work isn't finished yet.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to believe in
yourself again and trust that you can overcome that obstacle in your path.
You simply must try again in confidence without any thought of giving in or
AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable,
and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
Recently, for the first time in 5 years I simply went out back, put my cane
down, and started walking. I made it 42 yards.
Today I walked 5 miles.
My medical team had said this would be impossible. My brain could no longer
send the signals for walking because those nerves in my spinal cord had
been destroyed. Though certainly unintentional, my doctors did take
something very important away from me: hope.
A while back, a psychologist pal of mine urged me to try to help myself. I
was angry. I said, “They're four of Boston's leading neurologists. They all
said I'd never get any better.”
“They could have all been wrong.”
“They said there's nothing I can do! No rehabilitation. No physical
therapy. I'm not putting any effort into trying to walk and then be
miserable when I fail.”
“Trying is never failure.”
I'd get steaming mad at people like her. What did they know? They came out
in droves. I heard various things I should try: a soy-based diet, massage,
Yoga, acupuncture, positive thinking. All of these well-meaning non-experts
believed that traditional medical doctors do not know everything about
However, there was a common denominator in my friends' advice. And that
was the word, “Try”.
What made me finally try? The answer is simpler than I'd have ever
imagined. That day I tried walking on my own, I had simply said to myself,
When I walk I have a Frankenstein-style gait. I get embarrassed so I
explain. I met a gal who said, “Stop excusing yourself. Walk proud!” She's
just one of the many who've taught me that if I open my heart to
acceptance, the world is filled with support teams.
I've also resolved to open my obstinate mind and really listen to others,
experts or not. This not only fosters my own sometimes-frail belief in my
abilities; it fosters faith in miracles.
One morning my husband, Bob, said there was a huge present for me in our
driveway. He had researched “bicycles for disabled people.” It was a 300
pound cycle for two. The seats were side by side. He could pedal while I
sat by him and enjoyed the outdoors again.
Um...did I mention it came assembled with a set of pedals for me too?
Now, hundreds of miles later, after exhaustive hours of pedaling along
beautiful bike trails, I only wish that we owned stock in Ben-Gay.
Bob needs a tube a day to keep up with me.
Last week he repeated, “There's a huge present in our driveway.” He led me
outside. “Voila!” he said. “Oh no,” I moaned. Bob dubbed it “The One-Woman
Dynamo Power Bike.”
“Sweetheart? You know I can't bike on my own.”
He laughed sweetly. “I know. And you can't walk either. Then why does the
pedometer I bought you have 74 miles on it?”
And so, I made a now often repeated declaration that I am praying others
will say to themselves as well. “Yes. I can.”
Think I love my bike? You bet. Think I love Bob? Of course. Think I love
life again after cloistering myself in a self imposed no-can-do closet?
Goodness! You have to ask?
How do we find hope when hope seems impossible? Do we simply believe in
our hearts, our minds and our very souls that we can beat the odds?
Christopher Reeve said, “When we have hope, we discover powers within
ourselves we may have never known. Once we choose hope, everything is
His immutable words still ring in my heart and I so hope they will in
everyone else's: “And you don't have to be a 'Superman' to do it.”
By Saralee Perel
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 40:1-4 “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and
heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the
miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He
hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see
it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that
maketh the LORD his trust...”
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 147:3-7 “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.
Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite. The
LORD lifteth up the meek: He casteth the wicked down to the ground. Sing
unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God.”
Psalm 56:9-11 “When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back:
this I know; for God is for me. In God will I praise His word: in the LORD
will I praise His word. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid
what man can do unto me.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry