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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)

TITLE: The Swimming Lesson


“Mom! Can we listen to it again?!” I was getting very weary of the tape, but, I was grateful that she enjoyed the vacation bible camp songs. “Ok…just one more time though. I need a break!”

“Whether it rains, whether it pours, wherever I go, I will trust you Lord. In the light of day,
or in the dark of ni---iiii---ight, I will trust you Lord with all my life”

It’s great hearing a 5 year old singing that chorus at the top of her lungs. We’re on our way to swimming class…one of her favorite activities. She’s making great progress, too, and has even been promoted two levels. I’m so glad she’s finally feeling confident in the water.


“I don’t want to come back here anymore.”

“Why not!?“

I knew she was having difficulty diving, and picking up the plastic fish. I didn’t realize how much not being able to do it bothered her.

“I can’t dive, I can’t get the fish, and I don’t like it. I’m scared, AND I‘m the ONLY one who can‘t do it!” The tears begin to flow. Even with her teacher encouraging her and saying she will do better the next time, she digs in her heels. “I’m not coming back” is her final analysis.


Tape cassette blaring….again. “Whether it rains…….”

We’re on our way to the dreaded swim class. I managed to get her to go to class, but, she is reluctant, and tearful, and says she won‘t go into the water. I play the tape, in hopes that some inspiration might come to me…and to give me patience in dealing with her fears.

As the song plays I say a silent prayer. “Lord, please help me guide her and encourage her to work through her fears. Let her see how You will be with her in all her successes and difficulties. Help me encourage this perfectionist child to take time to learn and not be afraid to fail, or succeed. Give me the patience and wisdom to guide her.”

“Whether it pours………….”

Inspiration hits me like a ton of bricks!

“Emily, what does this song mean to you?”

“Well…….I guess it means to trust the Lord in everything you do.”

“Right! Do you think you do that?”

“Oh yes Mommy! I trust Him always!”

“Really? I’m so glad to hear that. Do you think that instead of singing ‘in the light of day, and in the dark of ni---iiii---ight’ you could sing, ‘in the light of day, and in the dark of the swiii--iii--ming pool, I will trust you Lord with all my life’?”

She laughs out loud. Long, and loud, and happy. We ride the rest of the way to the pool just listening to the music, but I know she thinking about what I just said.


We’re in the dressing room now, getting ready for class. I can see that she is still anxious, but not as much.

I ask her, “Do you want to pray with me before you go to class?”

“Oh sure. You can…but I all ready did.”

“You did? Good for you!” (Will this child never cease to amaze me?)

“Dear Lord, please be with Emily during her lesson. Help her find the courage and strength to try all the tasks that the teacher asks her to do. Let her know it’s ok if she can’t pick up the plastic fish, and to just try to do her best. Be with her today, Lord. In Jesus name we pray.”

As she finishes putting her suit on, she bursts into joyous song:

“Whether it rains, whether it pours, wherever I go I will trust you Lord, in the light of day, or in the dark of the SWIII--III---MING POOL, I will trust you Lord with all my life!!!!”

Before she is able to finish the song solo, I join in with her and we sing with laughter on our lips. The others in the dressing room look at us like we’re a bit loony, but I don’t care. My daughter has just found her inner strength, and she has found it in the right person. Her Savior, Jesus Christ. That makes my heart sing for joy!

“Bye Mom! Thank you for the song! See you after class!”, and off she skips to join the other students.

I stand there, fighting back the tears in my eyes. Thank You, Lord, for the song.

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Steve Uppendahl04/28/06
Very nice. I have two girls myself,and I plan on starting my oldest with swimming lessons soon.

Your work made me smile thinking of my own daughter. You're right, they never fail to amaze. Your story is very true to life and parenting. Using moments of inspiration to teach a valuable lesson. Nicely done.
Amy Michelle Wiley 04/30/06
I enjoyed this! Sweet story.
Helen Paynter05/01/06
Yes, lovely. A small child'e fragile confidence is so precious, and you captured that maternal concern very well. Great message.
darlene hight05/01/06
This is beautifully written! I loved the transitions and it fits well within the topic. Great Job!

Jesus Puppy 05/01/06
A cute story and an even better message.. good job.
Jan Ackerson 05/01/06
Such a well-written story! I loved the "ni-iii-ight." Really good; thank you for sharing this.
Sue Dent05/01/06
Yep, I like it too! One girl, one boy. Daughter took lessons, son taught himself. Always a joy to see them find their Inner Strength.
Pat Guy 05/01/06
You captured a mommy moment very well! And an insecure 5yr old moment too!

Very, very good! Enjoyed your story!
Jean Elizabeth 05/01/06
Very well done. The faith of children is so sweet. I really liked the part about singing the song - my kids used to sing the same songs over and over until the tapes broke. Good job!
Rachel Rudd 05/02/06
Very sweet story within the topic!
Carla Feagans05/02/06
Beautiful story, it brought tears to my eyes.

I have an Emily too and could really relate!

I love this story and how it is so simple yet so true of all of us in so many situations - we all at times can have that perfectionist inner child.

I love the locker room singing scene. Great writing.
Linda Watson Owen05/07/06
Oh, what a wonderful story! Some of the very dearest memories I have with my children (now grown) are the songs we used to sing together. They are very powerful influences in children's lives too, just as you portrayed! Thank you for this heartwarming read!
Susiey Brockwell05/08/06
Beautiful Story! I have 2 sons and now raising my grandchild. I prayed to God for years no matter what please allow my children and Grandchildren never fear the water like I do. Your story touched my heart so very much. God truly does speak to us through song. The most beautiful sound in the world comes from that of a child singing God's praises. You are indeed a wonderful Mother and a wonderful gift to your child. My favorite memories as a child remain the ones of our family singing God's praises. Keep writing and singing your God given gifts are truly inspiration to others.