by Hannah Keeley
You can ask any mountain climber about the crux of a climb. The crux is the most difficult portion of an ascent. If you can make it through the crux, then the mountain is yours. But that’s a big “if.” The crux is that portion of a climb that weeds out the winners from the wannabes. The winners make it through and look at the world from the peak of the climb. The wannabes gripe and complain that the climb is too difficult and just hang out at base camp. Sometimes, those peaks can be quite elusive.
But life is not meant to be easy. It is meant to be lived. There are going to be some awfully severe cruxes that will threaten to keep you from living in the peaks. But when the climb gets tough, the climber focuses only on…
her very next step. She knows in the back of her mind that the little steps add up and that the peak is there waiting for her. She doesn’t think about how many feet she has to go before she reaches the top. She concentrates on getting a good hold and inching forward. Even if the movement is small, it is not insignificant, for she is not letting go.
But we have to remember that as a believer, we are especially anointed for difficulty. We have an edge! When others fold under pressure, God strengthens us to keep going!
“For who is God except the Lord? Or who is the Rock save our God, The God who girds me with strength and makes my way perfect? He makes my feet like hinds’ feet [able to stand firmly or make progress on the dangerous heights of testing and trouble]; He sets me securely upon my high places.” Psalm 18:31-33
There are plenty of cruxes in a mom’s life, times when the winners are weeded out from the wannabes. It’s important to see that even on those days when we feel as if we have made no forward movement, we still continue to hang on. Don’t try to focus on the end of the road. Just focus on your very next move. Make it a positive one. Even if it is inch by inch, you will make it through those times and come out on the other side stronger, more confident, and more determined than ever.
Remember that every positive motion is building you into the mom and the woman that you were designed to be. This is your shot. It’s your life. Don’t waste any more time at base camp. The view is better and the air cleaner when you live in the peaks. No, it won’t be easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is. But can you think of anything more worthwhile than you? Your home? Your family? It’s in your hands. It’s your turn to climb – and to win!
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
Check out Hannah’s Website Here!