One Step at a Time

The hill from the employee parking lot to the building where I work is gigantic. It is long, steep, and, especially when it’s cold outside, the prospect of walking up to work is daunting. Most days I am spoiled because Brennan drops me off at the entrance and then goes to park the van; but, on days when our schedules do not match, I am left to climb the mountain. And I don’t want to do it most days.

The challenge is half psychological and half physical. I’m not in great shape – yet – so that’s part of it. But, when I look at the hill I also have to convince my brain that I can do it because it feels like I will never make it, like I will fail.

What I have found is this: if I focus on my feet and on taking one step at a time instead of looking up to the top of the hill, it is far less challenging. If I take it one step at a time, it’s not that bad! I make it to the top of the hill, a little out of breath, but I can do it. I succeed.


This analogy is a perfect one for our lives right now: we’re nearing the one year anniversary of Tori’s heaven-going; some days it seems like our hearts will never fully heal, that it will be forever before we are reunited with her again. We long to hold our baby girl and gaze into her beautiful eyes once more, and that time (and heaven) seems so far away.

But, when we take the journey one step at a time, focusing on the Lord and on one task at a time, it’s so much easier and we feel refreshed. We don’t feel overwhelmed or tired. We feel at peace and we know that we can take the next step. Why is it so hard to remember to do this?


Whatever your mountain might be today, focus on the next step, not on the entire climb. Allow the Lord to guide you and sustain you; He is faithful and will lead you well.

Give your burdens to the Lordand he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. – Psalm 55:22 (NLT)

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

4 thoughts on “One Step at a Time

    • Ditto..I was going to say the exact same thing!!
      I’ve needed for quite a while.. And I need this constant reminder!

  1. Lesa, thank you for writing this today, I needed it. All through Tori’s journey you continued to encourage us and make us stronger, now we need to be here for you as you and Brennan take one step at a time. God Bless.

  2. Thank you Lesa. I needed to hear this so much, especially today. My mountain is learning to have a purpose without my husband of 50 years. One step at a time until God allows me to see him again. God Bless you , Love, Diane On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 3:47 PM The Adventures of the Brackbill Family… wrote:

    > lesabrackbill posted: “The hill from the employee parking lot to the > building where I work is gigantic. It is long, steep, and, especially when > it’s cold outside, the prospect of walking up to work is daunting. Most > days I am spoiled because Brennan drops me off at the entrance” >

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