Jeremiah 32:17  ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
“I refuse to quit!” I threw my pencil across the room in my rage. I had taken this math class twice already. Both times I failed. This second time wasn’t as bad as the first, but still… Voices in my head reminded me of the people who doubted I could do it. They said, “How many times do you think it will take you to get the grade you need?” The bigger question became, how many times was I willing to try? I made the decision – – how ever many times it took I would succeed! No one was going to tell me I couldn’t do it. So, there I was once again, sitting in Math 080 class. Third time is charm? Right? YES! I MADE it so! Then two more semesters of Algebra and I had FINALLY succeeded! No more math classes! The weight on my shoulders had lifted and I was on my way to graduating with an Associate of Arts degree. See? I DID IT! 

            I am faced with the same challenge in a very different area of my life now. This is something I have tried over and over to accomplish but ultimate success has been extremely elusive. Yet, I. Must. Keep. Trying. Take the passion with which I conquered those math classes and use it to reach this new goal. Today I’ve taken my sword up once more and I’ve gotten back up on that horse. This time is going to be different though. This time it is going to be just between God and I. This battle I’m giving completely to God because I truly believe He is the only One who can really help me do this. Perhaps if I’d let God handle it completely in the first place I’d have been victorious years ago. But we all leave God out of things until nothing else works and I’m afraid this is one of those areas in my life I have done that with. But I am convinced He has forgiven me for putting Him last and He will graciously help me through it this one last time. 

How many times have you gone down this road
have you walked this path
opened your soul?
How many times have you circled this mountain
have you gotten this far
to only turn back?
How many times have you tried again
have you started over
took two steps forward
only to retreat?
Fear of failure
whispers of doubt
have led you here
to where you are now.
You know you can do it if only you’ll try
Quit telling yourself , “I’ll start tomorrow”.
It is time to begin to take a first step
one foot in front of the other
this could be your final test.
Stop worrying stop waiting
stop believing the lies
You know you could do it
You just have to try.
I won’t tell you it is easy
it might be quite hard
it might just be the last time
you will have to go this far.
When you finish this task
when you get to the end
it will all be over
it will be worth it.
You’ll feel freedom and joy
you’ll let everyone know
I did it! I made it!
And you’ll see how it shows!
Giving in, giving up
is so easy to do
but you and I know
you must see this through.
So get started today
and you’ll never regret
this decision you’ve made
it will be your best yet!
Marcell Warner Bridges
©12, February 2009


Dear Friends, whatever you have in life that you feel like giving up on,  ask God to help you try it one more time. 

© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013
Fall Field/Diploma Pictures © Bridgescreations, 2013  



2 thoughts on “IS IT QUITTIN’ TIME?

  1. I remember praying you through math and BIOLOGY!!! But, you did it girl. So proud of you. I love how you incorporated your gift of poetry into your blog post…great idea 🙂


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