No Limits

I was inspired by one man’s story as I watched Extreme Makeover Home Edition.  You may have seen the episode too, the Terpenning Family was featured.

I’m not quite sure of all the little details, but big brush stroke — the father was born with Polio in the early 70‘s during the Vietnam war {half American/half Vietnamese}.   He was adopted by an American family and has been in a wheelchair his whole life.  Now, he’s married, a father of 4, and a wheelchair sports champion, and a mentor to disabled Iraq War veterans…

…he is an AMAZING soul!

This story got me thinking about the limits we put on ourselves. our dreams. our passions. {and the limits we allow others to put on us}

This man could have easily become a victim.  He could’ve blamed others, believed what people in the world had told him, “…you won’t ever accomplish much because you are never going to be able to get out of his wheel chair, you are limited.”

But, there was no limit to what he could accomplish.  He’s a fighter.  He had a vision to earn a gold metal in swimming, and he did it!  He set his bar high and didn’t let anything or anyone get in his way, or lower it.

He’s a mentor, he shares his story and his experiences to help others.  He’s a courageous father, sending the message to his kids, living the example for his kids — “be all you can be.”  In his mind, he genuinely believes and has faith that there is no limit for anyone as to what can be accomplished in this life.

Of course, limitations need to be set in many areas of our lives {here’s a short list}:

  • In our relationships, setting boundaries or limits for ourselves and others to maintain healthy relationships is crucial.
  • Cell phone usage – going over the limit can be very costly {I’ve learned that one the hard way, OUCH}
  • Watching TV and/or playing video games can at times be an issue if limits are not set for kids, and adults.
  • Alcohol. Caffeine. Food. intake
  • Spending money.

I often set limits in my mind when I dream about what I want to accomplish, or what I’m called to do.  My two biggest stumbling blocks are fear and lack of faith.  I’ve encountered people in my life who I call “dream shooters” and “negative nellies”  — I’ve learned that I need to take what they say with a grain of salt.  I consider it, pray about it, but don’t let it hold me back.

Are you surrounded by dream shooters or negative nellies?  Unfortunately, they often are our family members and closest friends.

There’s an amazing song by Kutless, What Faith Can Do.  I listen to it often for encouragement.  If you haven’t heard it, check it out here on  I love the words, here are a few…


I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end even when the sky is falling.
I’ve seen miracles just happen.  Silent prayers get answered.
Broken hearts become brand new
, that’s what faith can do


It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
impossible is not a word
it’s just a reason for someone not to try

Everybody’s scared to death
when they decide to take that step
out on the water, 
It’ll be alright.

Life is so much more
 than what your eyes are seeing
you will find your way if you keep believing


If you keep believing…

…faith = no limits

“Believe there are no limits but the sky.” – Cervantes

Question:  With the belief that there are no limits, what does life look like for you?  What can you do today, and the next day, and the following days after that to bring you steps closer to your goals and dreams?  Share your comment by clicking here.

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  1. says

    Great post! Life with no limits for me means moving when God says it and not after I’ve measured it–what’s possible and what is not possible. That’s the freedom I desire!

    • Teri says

      Alisa — with HIM all things are possible, right? With HIM leading and guiding us, we are safe…His plans for us are for good. Living surrendered to Him is freedom. Thank YOU for sharing your comment. =)

  2. Hazel says

    You are just amazing, reading your blogs are like mirroring what I am, think and do. It is amazing that I feel a connection to your heart by what you write. I found your blog just after I started to talk to my two children about godly virtues at breakfast time. I said to my self it would be great to be able to be in contact with other moms who felt and try to do the same because of their love for Jesus and their kids. You were the answer to that silent prayer. It is encouraging and my heart is overflowing with awe, love, excitement and worship for Him who hears the silent cries and bittersweet tears of our hearts as we choose to pick up our cross (responsibilities) and move forward into the darkness. With hope. And not alone.
    Keep doing what you are doing, words of grace, love, truth, peace…all these are of the kingdom of God. He will not forget you.

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