Faith Beyond Me: September 17, 2019 Email

Hey ladies!

I have two things to say to you today: American Ninja Warrior and Blogging.

Yeah, I know, the two have nothing to do with each other. But they do, they so do!


First: American Ninja Warrior. I have boys so, of course, this is THE show right now. If you haven’t seen it yet, imagine the grown up version of every playground challenge we ever gave each other in elementary school performed in a time limit and over a giant pool of water. Oh, and then you have to climb a 100 ft climbing rope (yes, just like the one from gym class).

There are a whole lot of people who do these competitions, trying very hard to reach the final million dollars (yes, if you climb the rope you get a million dollars) but only one has done it in the last 10 years or so, until last night.

Our house was rocking as two ninjas (as they call them) climbed the rope and one of them won a million dollars!

But it wasn’t the one who won who stood out to me. It was one of the almost-but-not-quite competitors. He made it almost to the very end and then fell. His interview after falling was amazing. He stood there sopping wet and smiling, obviously exhausted and said “I entered (the last obstacle) with nothing but faith.”

At first that struck me as odd. Was he leaving faith until all of his strength ran out?


He entered the course with strength AND faith and when all of his strength was done…FAITH was left.

Now lets move on to blogging. Blogging does not seem like something that requires strength or faith, but for a perfectionist like myself, it has required both. Yes, I am starting a blog at

If you go there, you will find a single page that I am very proud of, that has taken me FOREVER.

But soon, with God’s help, there will be menus leading you to blog posts. Just give me a little longer to figure it all out, lol. (Also, let me know if there is an old email you would like me to include on the blog.)

I tell you this for two reasons: Now that you know, you can hold me accountable to get it finished and also, if I am honest with you about how much of a challenge this has been for me, you will see how faith can move a mountain. 

It’s hard to tell about our faith moving a mountain if no one ever sees the size of the mountain.

Let’s look at what Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 when things were not happening for those closest to him in the way they expected:

“He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.'”

God brings us to our mountains and asks us to have a very tiny amount of faith to move them.

Your mountain may not be the same today as it was yesterday.

Your mountain will not be like anyone else’s mountain.

Your mountain will be hard for you.

Your mountain will scare you (they like to do that).

Your mountain may look like a loved one hurting.

Your mountain may look like you hurting.

Your mountain may look like losing.

Your mountain may look like more accomplishment than you think you can handle.

Your mountain may look like more failure than you think you can handle.

Your mountain is nothing compared to the tiny seed of faith you have been given by God.

Love you all,


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