Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ain't No Mountain High Enough...

Is there a mountain in your life you want to climb and you haven't figured a way to get to the top? I'm speaking figuratively, of course, but let me tell you a story.

When I couldn't have babies, after several years of marriage, my husband and I decided to choose adoption. We were still young and naive and so defeated with infertility that adoption seemed to be God's answer and take us in a positive direction...a direction that would yield a baby to fill our empty home.

Andy-The day after we came home from Guatemala
We were living in South Carolina by this time, attending a wonderful church, when missionaries came to visit. While the missionary was speaking in our Sunday School class, my thoughts were drifting miles away to the country he was serving. I was thinking, "I wonder if there are any babies who need a mommy and daddy?" So...after class, we posed this question to our missionary who delightedly said, "why yes, I know of a home for children, run by Larry and Claire Boggs. Let me give you their address." I took that piece of paper in my hand and couldn't get home fast enough and wrote the most important letter of my entire life...and waited.

Six weeks later, a thick envelope with the return address stamped from Guatemala appeared in my mailbox. With trembling hands, I tore into the most important letter I've ever received and began to read...and read...and read. Several pages of typed instructions later, I was overwhelmed.

After my meltdown, as I was lamenting, "how will we ever do all that needs to be done?" calm husband, took both my shoulders, turned me to face him and said, "Cindy, we'll do #1 and when we finish #1 we'll move on to #2 and when we finish that, we'll move on to #3. I think you get the picture. Almost nine months to the day of the missionaries' visit to our church, my little Andy was born in Guatemala and made me a momma for the first time. Less than two short years later, we were blessed with bundle number two.

Bailey at two years of age
What is your mountain? I've had many since that one, but I always return to that moment in my mind and my husband's words to me.

Andy and Beau-2013
              Do you have a dream in your life...something you want to do and you can't get started? Don't be like me and be defeated before you ever begin. Recently, I wanted to have a blog and just about let fear stand in the way. I took a baby step, thanks to a wonderful friend who invited me to a writers' conference. The mountain crumbled before my eyes.

God is the giver of all good gifts. I'm so thankful He taught me that lesson all those years ago and my gift was a baby boy, and eventually a baby girl.  Ironically though, we had to go to the top of a mountain to get him, but he was worth the climb. Sometimes, the climb makes the gift sweeter.

Whatever mountain you face, you don't have to face it alone. There is One that goes before you and walks with you on your journey. He said He will never leave you or forsake you. That's always been comforting for me...I hope it is for you.

Blessings from My Little Corner,


  1. One step at a time . . . so hard to remember with that big, old mountain right in front of me! Thank you for this reminder. Eyes on Christ, I'll keep stepping up.

    Enjoy your day, Cindy! And your beautiful family.

  2. I have to keep reminding myself regularly...the mountains keep popping up! Thanks for stopping in and making my day brighter Janet!

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    1. Thank you Jo Ann! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I am glad I got to spend a year with each of those blessings.

  5. For many reasons, I'm so thankful you were their teacher as well Alisa! You may not know this but you taught me too!

  6. Oh my, this is my favorite because I never want to take baby steps. I always want to jump right to the end. Wondeful post connecting the dots, as usual.

    1. Katy, you know my favorite topics to write about are my children and what God is teaching me, so when He uses them together, it's magic for me. It makes it even better when my friends "get it" too!

  7. Cindy, I can't even hear the word adoption without crumbling into a teary mess! Which says a lot because I'm not a cries a lot type of person. This is so much a topic and dream God has put on my heart and Yes, it feels like an impossible mountain to climb. Thank you for speaking hope into this dream of mine! Don't know what step one is for me in regards to this, but I pray about God revealing that to me all the time.

  8. We have so much in common because I'm a crier too! I keep my tear ducts cleaned out most of the time. You can talk to me about steps 1-25 and I'll help you all I can. Step #1 is the most difficult but the end result is so worth it. He'll lead you in the way you should go!