Guest Post- Climbing the Mountain

Posted July 29th, 2010 by Leah and filed in Guest Blog

Hello friends!  Thank you for your calls, comments and emails encouraging me during the move. Last night marked one week and I am ALMOST unpacked!!  (:

Please savor this beautiful, insightful and encouraging analogy a dear friend of mine from Seattle, Jody Collins, wrote during a very difficult season recently.


The last several weeks have been a significant challenge for me, as my husband and I have been caring for my aging father-in-law, who lives with us.  Managing his care, hiring daily help, working with hospice and doctors, plus dealing with my mother-in-law, who was also convalescing, was very hard, to say the least.  I felt supernaturally protected and strengthened by the Holy Spirit during that time.

One day I read a quote from a preacher, via a very wise woman:

“Honey, if the mountain was smooth,

you wouldn’t be able to climb it!”

I said, “AMEN!” And then these words just poured out of me…

This is for all of us who are climbing with Jesus!  (Dad passed away on the 4th of July).

Climbing the Mountain

by Jody Collins – June 2010


I.  WHAT should I have?  The right Tools and Equipment

Crampons/boots to steady your feet along the path- “feet shod with the gospel of peace”

A walking stickwhat are you leaning on?

The right clothes– to stay warm, protect you- “put on Christ”

Enough food– the Word for your daily bread and living water

A Flashlight/lantern– to light the path

A Map is most important- to know the way

CLIMBINGalong the way

II.  HOW am I going to do it? So I am not overwhelmed- “Man this is a big mountain!”

One step at a time- using the light you’ve been given

Follow the signs-  Pay ATTENTION!

Stay Focused on the path- don’t look to the right or to the left

With the encouragement of others-  “I’m praying for you”,  “God is faithful!”

Rest and Refresh along the way- no reason to hurry

Most Important: Eat, drink and breathe daily-  Read God’s Word and breathe the breath of the Holy Spirit

AT THE TOPTime to Stop

III.  WHY did I climb this mountain?   PURPOSE

To Get God’s perspective – because you can see better from the top!

To Prove you could do it– build your faith

To be strengthened– for the next challenge

To come down and encourage others–  “You won’t believe what I saw!” ,  “If I can make it, so can you!”

Whatever Mountain you face today, Jody and I both want you to know that you are not alone!  We are all climbing together.  Lord, show each of us the “next right step” toward reaching the top and show us who we can encourage along the way.

Have a wonder-filled weekend!  xo   Leah

One Response to “Guest Post- Climbing the Mountain”

  1. I just wanted to let you know that your book really spoke to me and I’ve read it over and over. I also recently just moved and have been decorating our new home. I thought you’d get a kick out of seeing your book incorporated into my living room home decor:)


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