Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Little Girl Who Could

Are you all familiar with the little train who could? It’s the children’s book about the little caboose that saved the day by pushing the heavy train up the mountain to the tune of. “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

This is a chant that resonates in my soul. When I started selling real estate with Andrew, I woke up every morning chanting, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” in my mind.

I later revised my wake up thought but this is the first one I had. Today it hit me why I had to revise my thought.

I’ve often linked this chant to Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Really, this little train’s chant has embodied this verse to me for many, many years.

It’s a verse I’ve known by memory since I was about eleven-years-old and I’ve relied on the power in its words ever since. Believing I can do all the yuck things in life with God’s help. This verse carried me through crazy course loads in college, highly demanding jobs in a high stress environment and the hard times of a newly formed marriage. This verse gave me the “umph” I needed to get up for just one more 2:00 AM feeding in the hardest, most demanding and highest stress job with the lowest pay check. This verse has always just rolled around in my head as I picked myself up by my bootstraps one more time.

Last week I decided that I quoted this verse way too much and I had never really spent any time meditating on it. So throughout  this day in and day out process of radiation, I have thought about this verse. Even though radiation is seemingly easy, it is the everydayness of it that totally wears folks out. I’m not sure if it’s the emotional reminder of what you’re fighting being thrown in your face day after day after day or if it’s just the way it eats up your entire day due to all that’s involved. Nonetheless, I’ve been quoting the “I think I can” verse. A lot.

Today I realized that this verse is nothing like the little train’s sing songy chant. The train only “thinks” he can. The new creation in Christ can. Today I don’t just think I can or think I will, I know I can and I do. It becomes a thinking versus doing thing.

And lots of times I need more doing versus thinking in my life.

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]. Philippians 4:13


Bernie said...

I know you can as well sweetie, so happy you are half way through your treatment.....God is good.
Keeping you in my heart and prayers always.......:-) Hugs

Denise said...

Amen sis. I know you can, I know you can. I love you.

Anonymous said...

I know you can too and adding my prayers to help make the can happen. Your faith is contagious dear woman.

Patrina said...

Lisa, this was so good. Yes we can!! All His promises are yes yes amen! Yes we can - with God's empowering tower of strength inside of us! Greater is He that is within us than he... (or anything else the world might throw at us) ...that is is the world.

Stay strong in the Lord's MIGHTY strength - day by day by day. God is most definitely WITH YOU! His Presence is a breath away.

He is using this horrible sickness to speak strength into the fabric of your being. He is filling you with His strength. As the radiation kills off the disease, He is bringing New life into your body, mind and spirit. Your spirit is being by day by day. I hear it in your VOICE.

I pray that the Lord opens ears to hear your strong voice ~ in the midst of disease and tiring radiation ~ to see that tower of strength as the lord Jesus inside of YOU!

"We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves." 2 Cor 4:7NLT

His PEACE I leave with you
Patrina <")>><
His watchman on the wall

Jan said...

Beautifully said Lisa and ohhhhhh so very true! Praying that every morning when you wake up, "you know you can, you know you can, you know you can :)"

Nana Jul said...

With God you can!!!
He's our Mountain mover, chain breaker...treasures in the darkness-riches stored in secret places God!!
He is mighty and you and God together can scale those walls!
I know you can!
In Jesus Name, AMEN!

Mike Golch said...

Andrea,said you need prayers.I am offering them for you as weel.

Andrea said...

I posted a prayer request for you and several others on arise 2 write.
Hugs, love, and prayers,

Gretchen said...

Isn't it great that He can, so we don't have to. His power is so perfect in our weakness. And, though I agree with you about meditating more on verses, instead of saying them...I think God hide the meaning in our heart with repetition, too. lurve you.

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