We adopted this saying “we can do hard things” from our friend Lisa.  I saw it in her kitchen one day written on a chalk board. I kept it logged into my memory especially since my word for this year was CAN.  Then when I began to try to cleanse my diet of sugar, gluten/wheat and diary she told me I was teaching my children that we can do hard things.  I just love that.

Last night Abbie was in tears before bed.  It started because I suggested we clean out her drawers so we could get rid of old and get some new clothes in.  When she began to cry I was confused?  What did I say?  When I asked her what was the matter she told me she was fat.  Of course this broke my heart, I tell her all the time how beautiful she is.  She is funny, quick witted and sings all the time.  In fact she seems full of joy but she is troubled by her weight.  She told me some kids at school make fun of her, they call her fat.  All I could think to say is, first “Abbie you are so beautiful in every way and if those kids are calling you names, then they are not very good friends to you.”  “So I have an idea, you know how I have been eating different this past month?” “Well, you could be my team mate and we could get healthy together, because our bodies need certain things to run right”  She nodded her head and agreed through the tears.  I gave her a big reassuring hug and we prayed.  I told her, we CAN do this, WE CAN DO HARD THINGS. And we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Phil 4:13) We can get active together, we can make good choices together and if we are patient we will begin to see changes in our minds and our bodies.  Today she made a quick sign for our front door, she added the word TOGETHER, and then put a sign on top of that which included all our family members…..WE ALL CAN DO HARD THINGS….TOGETHER.