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Stronger Than You Seem

Christopher Robin to Pooh: "Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

I remember starting gymnastics in fifth grade. I came home from my first lesson and cried to my mother.

Me: It's too harrrrrrrrd! (whine) They want me to do backbends! It hurts my back! I can't do it. I'm not going back. (sob)

Meanest Mom on the Block: Yes you can. And yes you are. So quit your whinin'.

I don't remember exactly what happened after that, but I'm pretty sure she went on with her business as if the matter were closed!

Every week after that she drove me to gymnastics and forced me to get out of the car until I finally mastered backbends and eventually back handsprings.

Because I was fortunate enough to have the meanest mother on the block, I learned from that experience that I can do things that seem too hard at first. That lesson has served me well many times over the years.

Whenever we decided homeschoolingwas the education we wanted for our children, even though we didn't know any homeschoolers at the time, I said, "I can do that!"

When I decided to try unmedicated childirth, I said, "I can do that!"

When I decided to sign up to read The Bible in 90 Days, I said, "I can do that!"

I have never wanted to try sky diving or running a marathon, but I if I ever do, I will say, "I can do that!"

I don't have anything special that other people don't have, and things don't come easier for me than for the rest of mankind. I just know when I try to do things that seem too hard for me at first, if I stick to it even when I feel like giving up, sometimes I reach the end... and there I am. I have done it.

Don't get me wrong. There are plenty of times I have felt like giving up on a myriad of attempted tasks, as evidenced by the gymnastics story above.  But, when I am willing to receive encouragement, through friends and family, or God's promises, I often find that I can do things that seem too difficult.

When a mother of five and new homeschooler asked me recently if homeschooling a large family is hard, I answered her honestly, "Yes. homeschooling a large family is hard work." Then I asked her if she thought childbirth produced a worthwhile result. "Yes!" she answered. "Was it easy?" I asked. She replied that since she practiced unmedicated childbirth, it was far from easy.

I told her that homeschooling is like that. It produces a worthwhile result, but it is hard work.

Try to do things that seem too hard. Then stick with it when you feel like giving up. You just might surprise yourself.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

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  1. Connie,
    I LOVE this post! I can just hear you saying “harrrrrrd” since I met you, but I definitely know what you mean about those early lessons. They are what help us to develop our character and fortitude.

    Great reminder for me not to be so slack when Little Buddy is ready to give up on something.


  2. Fantastic post. This is something I work on for myself and something I want to teach my children. There is something about the postiveness of the “I can” thinking. Lately, I’ve been pondering ways to cultivate optimism. This post goes right along with things I’ve been thinking about.

  3. Thank you! I really did need that today. Thanks!!

  4. I love this post! I have seen this to be true many times in my life as well. I think it’s important to remember that we can do even the impossible with Christ.

  5. So true. Diligence is one of the best things we can teach our kids (even though I struggle with it myself!). Our oldest son was born with multiple birth defects and has been through many surgeries – the Lord gave Him the right personality to stick with something and not give up just because pain or difficulty is involved. This may be an extreme example to some moms, but it just shows that God molds great character when we are diligent and persistent – trusting in Him to give us the strength we need! Thanks, Connie!

  6. You know, when I was a kid, I was pretty sure my parents were mean, but I’ve since come to wish they had actually been meaner… They did not pound into me, er, um, I mean instill in me the stick-to-it-iveness that I now so wish they had!! I’ve been fighting an uphill battle trying to train my adult self to stick to it, but fighting I continue, and I’m trying to pass on the lesson to my children, so they won’t have to learn the hard way like me!!

  7. Such a good post. And such a good reminder. Thanks for posting.
    Love, Anne x

  8. I really enjoyed this post. When things get hard, or I think they’ll be too hard, I just want to give up or not even start. I’m working on that, and I think I’m getting better. Beside, as a mom, you can’t always “just give up.” Like those time when a child had an accident on the couch or smeared you-know-what on the wall.

  9. Thanks Connie, That is such great encouragement.

  10. What is that old saying … “the things that are worth having are worth working for”? That is definitely true.

    I can tell you that there were many times in my 23 years of homeschooling that I know I used that ‘it’s too haaaaarrrrrdddd’ phrase but on this end, I can tell you it was definitely worth it.

    On the hard days remember … it’s not really about you at all. It’s about how God can take a heart after his own heart and do amazing things with it.

    Blessings on all of you this day as you strive to seek God and allow him to do amazing things!

  11. I know that we are all about doing hard stuff around here ..it helps that I have very independent boys who WANT to do it themselves. Adding the lesson about things being worth the trouble, even if they are hard is one we will be really utilizing this fall when we start our “haaaard!” own homeschooling for the first time :)

  12. YES!! This is so very true. Sometimes when I feel like giving up I remind myself all things are possible through Christ!! Thanks for the reminder:)

  13. Rachelle R says:

    quite inspiring and found a froggy too!

  14. I found the froggy!

  15. Great Post! I didn’t know you were doing the Bible in 90 Days too. Are you doing the one at Mom’s Toolbox? And I found the froggy!

  16. I found froggy!

  17. I found froggy!

  18. I found the froggy here! :-)

  19. I found the froggy.

  20. I found Froggy!

  21. Yay! I found Froggy hanging out with Pooh!

  22. i found froggy up above

  23. Yay – I found froggy!

  24. Lesli C says:

    Sneaky frog!! Gotcha!!

  25. I found froggy #2!

  26. Anna Cahoon says:

    I found froggy and a new blog- love your work!