Bad Leg Down; Good Leg Up

  I stood at the top of these stairs this morning looking down.  
Since breaking my hip last March and the replacement of the knee on the opposite leg in September, 
I took a tumble a few weeks ago that makes climbing and descending stairs difficult.
"Bad leg DOWN; good leg UP," I mumble to myself as I tried to remember which leg to lead with.
(I remember my mother staying "Bad leg down to hell; good leg up to heaven"
following her own surgeries years ago....)
I find I have to talk myself into taking the first step up or down.  
Neither leg feels like the GOOD one, so I have to think which one was the most recently injured.
 THEN I take the appropriate first step
holding firmly to the railing.
Half-way down the stairs this morning, I saw a correlation between my current
physical challenge and the method of approaching many OTHER challenges!
The first step is often the most difficult.
Sometimes it takes a strong talking to oneself--a mental adjustment.  
A reassuring of self.
Finally, it boils down to ACTION--beginning with the first step
and holding firmly to the railing!  (That's IMPORTANT!)*
Besides increasing my speed and confidence in stair climbing and descending,
I have a few other goals.
As I identify the "steps" involved in meeting them,
I'll put the observations I made this morning into action.

 *Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, 
but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own,
 that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.
Philippians 3:12


  1. I still do this, especially on the days when pain is the foremost thing I must deal with. Good leg up, back leg down...and then the decision of which hurts the most, which is the one that needs the most tender care that day. I know the struggle you're going through even though my pain is not due to a broken hip or a knee surgery. I keep you in prayer dear, I do. For the past year I've dealt with this sciatic nerve which acts up. Bad flare up this past month, starting Christmas day that had my arm practically useless. It's difficult to face painful days.

    1. Yes, it is, Terri (difficult to face painful days). I find it best to approach "one step at a time"....

  2. Dear Rebecca ~ I pray that this year will be one of healing for you.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

    1. Ahhhhhh, thanks. I must sound like I'm asking for pity. Honestly, I'm not. I am learning so much through it all....(It would be nice to be healed thoroughly, though!)

  3. Pain is a constant companion in my life Rebecca...but I take a deep breath...give thanks to My God that I can move, and take the first step. It will take time dear lady... mari

    1. ....a LIFE time, maybe? And then comes Heaven! So much to look forward to.

  4. Oh, how I'm loving the lessons you're learning and sharing even during the pain. It can't be easy but it shows exactly where you're heart HIM!!!

  5. Praying for healing for you, Rebecca. May your bones be made strong by the Lord and "As your days so shall your strength be." (Deut. 33:25).
    Love you~
    So glad Seth's comment on FB gave you a chuckle. Did me, too! He is such a comic.

  6. It is so easy to forget "one step at a time"! Glad you are doing well and have all fronts covered...and going well.

    1. I think I forgot that one, "One step at a time"! Hello!

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  8. Bless you heart. Your observations can be used for so many things. I can apply it to my own life. Healing and encouragement through the one who makes all things possible through Him.

  9. Oh, Rebecca, I'm so sorry you had a tumble. You've certainly had a time of it with a broken hip and then a knee replacement. I hope each day brings you strength and healing. Thank you for visiting.


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