April 2011

Always Climbing Mountains?

Or does it just seem like it??

climbing mountains

As I was reflecting over my life, and what I am looking forward to in the future the Lord gave me an amazing revelation to share.

As a single lady, I’m often in the mist of married ladies, some in blissfully happy marriages and some in turmoil.

Now, during one of these moments I caught myself listening to a wife that was growing with her husband and things were slightly difficult, yet her strength touched my heart.

As I related her experience to climbing mountains..

Of course I was thinking, “I’m not sure how she does it, which may be the reason why I’m a single mother”.. hmmm.

I know some of you “single moms” out there know what I’m talking about.

My next thought was, “When I get married I’m going to be walking down that mountain with my husband.. NOT up.”

At that exact moment God began to speak to me. He reminded me of this past January when I climbed Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona.

He asked me, “How did it feel climbing up the mountain?” I thought about it for a HOT second, and responded it was hard, smile. Then He asked me, “How did it feel coming down the mountain?” I thought about this question for about two HOT seconds, and responded it was HARD. Smile. Wow!

Are You Still Climbing Mountains?

What a revelation. As I came down Camelback Mountain I was exercising different muscles in my legs then when climbing the mountain. Climbing mountains simply was not what I expected.

I begin to think of all the times I had testified with my tongue that I was continuously climbing a mountain. Never did I once consider that maybe I was coming down from the mountain.

Now scripture is clear on the power of our tongue. Proverbs 18:21 states: The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (NIV) While 1 Peter 3:10 states: For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. (NIV)

All the times I thought I was still climbing a mountain I could have been two steps from coming off it.. yet because I felt pain, I decided that I must still be climbing, my testimony kept me on the mountain instead of bringing me off it.

Sometimes we are going through hard times and the mountain seems never ending.

Climbing Mountains Is Not The Only Way To Feel Pain!

Well, if you haven’t physically climbed a mountain before, I recommend you take a day a climb one.

Going up a mountain or coming down a mountain, are both equally difficult.

If you are in the mist of a trial and it appears as though you will never see the end of the mountain. I challenge you to allow your tongue to speak the truth that you are simply steps away from getting off that mountain.

I remember when I came close to the bottom of Camelback Mountain, I ran to get off, I pressed through.

Versus going up the mountain when I stopped and had some water, ate a granola bar, and relaxed before taking the next steps.

Is it possible you are at the end of your trial, yet your muscles hurt from coming down?

Is it possible that you are two steps from Victory?

Absolutely! So simply Get up and press and get off that mountain, and realize you are not always climbing mountains.

Keep Smiling,
Shalonda Gordon

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