Sunday, February 12, 2012

Imagine the Possibilities!

Mark 10:27
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."

"Let's meet for lunch!" Appears the invitation on Facebook from my friend, Kelly, with whom I used to work.

"Great idea! Why haven't we thought of this before?" I reply.

It is almost two years since I left my teaching position. Kelly and I have stayed in touch on Facebook. How silly not to have gotten together in person before this?

We set the date, the time, the place.

I can't wait to see her!

Recently, Kelly has been posting enthusiastically about an exercise program in which she is enrolled called CrossFit. Has it been working for her, I wonder?

As soon as she walks through the restaurant doors, I have my answer.

She looks fabulous!!!

Over lunch, I ask Kelly to tell me more about CrossFit. She readily obliges.

As she explains the routines she goes through, it sounds like boot camp.

Harder than boot camp.

Makes my workouts in the gym seem like a casual stroll in the park.

"Kelly, you're amazing! You really are inspiring me to step it up a notch or two at the gym."

"Do you know, Martha," she says with a twinkle in her eye, "what most people say when I tell them about the program?"

She leans in toward me as if she is about to divulge a deep, dark secret.

"They say, 'I couldn't do that!' And, you know what I tell them?"


"I couldn't either. But," she adds with an earned tone of victory in her voice, "I can now!"
When have you allowed your "couldn'ts" to stand in the way of possibilities?

Will you pray with me?
We know, Father, that in You, all things are possible. Remove from us the fears and doubts which limit the possibilities You present in our lives. Help us to remember that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Amen.

Psalms 66, 67 or 19, 46
Genesis 29:20-35
1 Timothy 3:14-4:10
Mark 10:23-31


  1. I am very rigid about my eating habits. I am an vegetarian and the list of foods and vegetables I don't eat exceeds the list of foods and vegetables I can eat. This is one area where I say I can't.
    Nice post.

    1. Knowing you, Janu, you certainly eat a healthy diet. It is certainly okay to say, "I can't" when you've made a conscious choice for your body.
      Thanks so much for your comment today!

  2. Great post! So true...most of the time the only one that is stopping us from realizing a goal or a dream is ourselves.

    1. Yes, Jessica, we sometimes get in our own way, don't we? :)
      I'll be visiting your latest blog soon!
      Thanks for stopping by and blessings always!

  3. Oh how true Martha...I couldn't bring myself to write anything enlightening at the moment ... so I did as you suggested the other day ~ I sent virtual roses on my friends page and prayed for each one of them as I did. I felt the Spirit doing the work for me.

    I felt light and peace afterwards and that brought me to continue reflecting with you.

    I pray with you... I could only boast of my weaknesses...but I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.

    Thank you very very much Martha :*

    1. That's so neat about your sending the virtual roses, Melissa! I'll bet your friends so appreciated this gesture. :)
      Yes, when we are weak, He is strong. And, through Christ, everything is possible!
      Thanks for dropping in today!
      Blessings always!

  4. Thanks, Martha, you write beautifully. I have found through this experiece that, when pushed, I am often surprised at my abilities. You've reinspired me. Love you!

    1. Thank you so much for the compliment! Glad you found this post inspiring.
      And, yes, when we don't give up on something, often that is when we find we are more capable than we ever thought.
      Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. You really do have to believe to achieve and can'ts do often get in the way. Sometimes it just takes having another person say, "Oh yes you can." Sometimes it is changing your own perception of what is possible. Sometimes it is becoming uncomfortable with the status quo. I've had a lot of can'ts in my life. I'm continually trying to challenge others to move beyond. This is one of my favorite quotes: God is looking for people through whom he can do the impossible. What a pity when we plan only the things we can do by ourselves. A.W. Tozer Don't we see this played out in the Bible... one story after another of God doing the impossible!

  6. So how's that gym thing going LOLOL...I really do love your devotions.. sometimes things can be seen a little closer then they appear....As always.....XOXOXO


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