What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, October 04, 2010


by Edgar Guest

Can't is the worst word that's written or
Doing more harm here than slander and lies;
On it is many a strong spirit broken,
And with it many a good purpose dies.
It springs from the lips of the thoughtless each
And robs us of courage we need through the
It rings in our ears like a timely-sent warning
And laughs when we falter and fall by the

Can't is the father of feeble endeavor,
The parent of terror and half-hearted work;
It weakens the efforts of artisans clever,
And makes of the toiler an indolent shirk.
It poisons the soul of the man with a vision,
It stifles in infancy many a plan;
It greets honest toiling with open derision
And mocks at the hopes and the dreams of a

Can't is a word none should speak without
To utter it should be a symbol of shame;
Ambition and courage it daily is crushing;
It blights a man's purpose and shortens his
Despise it with all of your hatred of error;
Refuse it the lodgement it seeks in your brain;
Arm against it as a creature of terror,
And all that you dreams of you some day shall

Can't is the word that is foe to ambition,
An enemy ambushed to shatter your will;
Its prey is forever the man with a mission
And bows but to courage and patience and
Hate it, with hatred that's deep and undying,
For once it is welcomed 'twill break any
Whatever the goal you are seeking, keep trying
And answer this demon by saying: "I can."

  • I *can* grocery shop with four children. (even if it means wearing the baby!)

  • I *can* survive the cross-eyes and stares when the whole family goes to town.

  • I *can* still carve out moments to read my OWN books, even if it is late at night and in bed.

  • We *can* still drink water when the electricity goes out (thanks to the stored water in the basement.)

  • I *can* feel protected, even when it seems the world is against me.

  • I *can* be cherished and loved, if only I let him.

  • God *can* use me to mold my childrens' lives, despite my many failings

  • We *can* trust in His will.

  • We can accomplish all that we ought in school (and enjoy doing it!)

  • I *can* still manage a nice meal every now and again.

  • I *can* happily heat up the kitchen with canning and baking on this brisk, cool, ever-rainy days

  • I *can* still take notes on lectures, even if I am not getting a popquizz on Friday. Learning is never over...not even for me.

  • I *can* find joy in the mundane

  • I *can* take a moment to do puzzles.

  • I *can* find value without dollar signs.

  • I *can* seek truth.

  • I *can* keep answering when the "Why's" keep coming.

  • I *can* still snuggle a 7 year old.

  • I *can* depend on others.

  • I *can* still be surprised by the things he does. (In a good way.)
  • I *can* sing in the midst of tears.

  • I *can* depend on Matt.

  • I *can* be strong.

  • I *can* create.

  • I *can* make mistakes and be forgiven.

  • I *can* lose weight.

  • I *can* be gracious.

  • I *can* be beautiful, being made in His image.

  • I *can* forgive.

  • I *can* be self-controlled.

  • I *can* be content.

  • I *can* be productive.
Becoming what we were meant to be can be hard. It usually is. But aren't the most difficult things in life the most rewarding?

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." phillipians 4:13

So thankful for the possibilities within me and the fresh start I am given each week, each day, each moment. All are gifts, all worthy of a number.

#567 ~ #598 possibilities for me. Thank you, Father.

holy experience


MameyJane said...

Yes, you CAN!! :) I posted a similar post recently. Check it out:

Bonnie said...

And you CAN bring tears of joy to a friend who has just received a box of love in the mail!

Leah said...

Speaking of what I can do - I have always been comforted by this line in Gerhard O. Forde's book, "On Being a Theologian of the Cross" -

"The law says, 'Do this', and it is never done. Grace says, 'Believe in this', and it is already done."

Christ gives us the strength to "can". He does in us what we can never do ourselves.
And when our flesh and our hearts fail us, He is greater than our hearts.

By the way, I found a quote from "Letters to an American Lady" that I think you will like.

Elisabeth LaMouria said...

What a great list and post - could not have read it at a better time! God bless!

Elizabeth said...

This was so good and I hope you don't mind if I post the poem on my blog? I loved all the "I cans" that followed! Amen!

Much love,

~ Elizabeth

Mom of M&Ms said...

Beautiful.. and a much needed reminder.. and the photos?? the ones with the reflection of your daught in the slide! Stunning!

stephaniegiese said...

Thanks! I needed to read something like this today! I *CAN* make it until Thanksgiving without a husband (he's traveling for work) and take care of both little ones while I have a stomach virus. At least I hope I can...

emily wierenga said...

your photos steal my breath.

absolute beauty.

i'm so glad you stopped by my place today, friend. i'm adding your blog to my roll.

Full of Grace said...

I loved your can list. It was a great reminder that yes we can even when we feel like we cannot! Loved the pics of Corynn too although seeing her in person was far better ;)

Riahli said...

Wow I love this post, how inspiring! I've always been a strict inforcer of the no {I can't} policy in our house. :)

...I think I can, I think I can, I can!...

Grocery shopping with four little kids is taking it to a whole new level isn't it...The stares use to bother me, but now I try really hard to just stare right back, smile and nod. And when ever someone says to me "wow you've got your hands full" {which is all the time} I say "yes and my heart" and leave it at that. :)

...they call me mommy... said...

...love it!!

Peggy said...

Thank you!! This is something that I have to remind myself and my children from time to time! What a timely and beautiful sentiment!! Well its off to take a nap so that I CAN get some work accomplished today... I am so thankful for meds that have cleared my ears so that I CAN get up without tipping over! And for children who CAN sleep their illness away! And for a mother and stepdad who CAN come visit!!! :)