Still Climbing

I was raised by a man who was constantly ranting about how this person, or that group, was out to get him, and life just wasn’t fair. I seldom saw him at peace. Unfortunately, his ways rubbed off on me, and I spent much of my life fighting against the world. As a result, I had no peace within my soul.

trees trip quoteI didn’t learn to be at peace, and I didn’t one day figure out how to defeat those I perceived to be against me; God delivered me from my enemies—many of them imaginary—and delivered peace unto my soul. That’s not to say I am in a constant state of perfect peace, but I’m learning to let go of things quicker than I used to and turn to God for relief from the battles—whether perceived or real—of this world.

He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many against me. Psalms 55:18


  1. I often consider how much of “who we are” is affected by our upbringing? The nurture vs nature theme interests me. Do we absorb parenting errors or do they provide a learning experience? A little of both seems the norm.
    But, after 45 years of studiously observing children (many siblings and most from infancy), I believe our God given “nature” is the mightier force that offers us an opportunity to “shine” in spite of any of the influences along the way.

    • I agree. After all is said and done, I think the fact He has a plan and we are a part of it is the reason for all we experience throughout our lives. I firmly believe our lives have purpose, and in most cases we never realize what, exactly, we are supposed to do or even how to do it. But, when we turn ourselves over to Him–and even sometimes when we don’t–we use those things that shaped us to do the things He needs us to do. Thank you, Susan, for all the encouragement you give me. He puts people into our lives for a reason, and you have helped me tremendously. Keep on keeping on, my friend. You are dear to me , though not near.

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