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Topic: WIN (02/14/19)
TITLE: Climbing Mountains
By Joy Bach
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But the mountain didn’t care if they were mismatched. It was there to be conquered.
I understand about climbing mountains. I’ve climbed a few in my life. But mine weren’t made of snow-covered earth and rock.
I found myself at the foot of a mountain when my ex-husband left. I surveyed what I faced and wasn’t sure I would make it. It seemed too treacherous and I had no confidence. For two years I struggled. Part of that journey included pursuing a different kind of God than the one I had been indoctrinated with.
One day my brother, Bob, arrived at my door. We had never been in each other’s lives, but he saw a need and drove 500 miles to be there for me. Just as Tenzing guided Hillary, he guided my thinking to a whole new level of understanding. Bob helped me make the choice to move to a different state and begin a new life. He asked the questions that changed my thinking forever.
Climbing in that car for my trip west was terrifying. I was so new at giving my life to God. But when I arrived in Idaho, I had conquered a piece of myself … and it felt good!
Another mountain presented itself when I was asked out on a date. Since my first marriage was arranged at age fifteen, I had never dated. Those uncharted waters were frightening. I looked at my situation and wasn’t sure I was willing to even try. But I had made a deal with God that I would no longer say “no” to things outside my comfort zone. I would choose to live the abundant life He offered. I turned to some very unlikely guides, my teenage daughters, to help me with the process.
That mountain brought me to the absolute ultimate peak of love and happiness.
For years, one mountain had been barely visible in the distance. I longed to write … perhaps even a book. But life just kept getting in the way. And I had no confidence in my ability. Who would want to read what I wrote? I began with baby steps … a blog. Many guides showed up along the way with words of encouragement. God walked beside me. I contacted a publisher and explained my desire to compile my blogs into a book. More baby steps as I was guided along the path.
My first book was published on my 75th birthday! And I’m working on book two.
Climbing mountains is scary and exhilarating. Hard work with times of enjoyment. Falling back, picking myself up and scaling to a new height. A growing faith in God. Each time I reach a new peak, I have conquered more of myself.
I am a winner.
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