Coalminer’s Daughter

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Loretta Lynn…  A Coalminer’s Daughter…

I can remember watching this as a child with my dad.  It is basically a story about her life and struggle to become what she is most famous for:  A coalminer’s daughter…

Honestly, I am not a fan of her taste in music but I loved the movie because of one key lesson:  Determination is everything!

This morning I sat thinking of the coalminer’s daughter – I think about how no matter what outside forces pressed against her – she pushed back – until she was victorious.  There were times when she should have given up…  The people around her said she was crazy for continuing to fight but she knew something they did not – she knew the dream and could see the end of the story.

She fought…
Against the masses telling her she wasn’t going to make it… Against those closest to her who thought she’d never amount to anything… Even against herself, stuck between knowing where she was from and where she was going.
But she continued to fight…

This morning God said, “Did you know that you are a coalminer’s daughter?”

No Lord, I’m the daughter of a carpenter and an electrician…

“Quit looking at it physically…  You are a Coal Miner’s daughter!”

He began to show me how He is that Coal Miner – Yes, He is all dirty with soot and grime.  He is a little grungy from working in the mine all day – but He knows just how much a piece of dirty, grimy coal is worth – He sees its potential.


A coal on the surface seems pretty miniscule but with pressure, a change begins to occur.  This is no ordinary pressure.  It is so great that it is just shy of utter destruction.   Do you ever feel like that?  Like you are just going to explode under the weight of the world?  Yeah… me too!

As the pressure builds, the coal must hold on for dear life.  In trying to stay intact, it must choose what is important and what can be done away with.  The coal begins to pull the purest elements inward while simultaneously letting go of the black grime it knows so dear.

When the dust settles and the smoke clears what is left is not a coal at all but a stunning diamond – shiny, beautiful and valuable…   What we tend to forget is that the coal itself is just as valuable as the diamond – We see the finished product as costly but the miner knows the coal is just as treasured.

So today I want to encourage you: You are a CoalMiner’s daughter or son…  The pressure is not meant to destroy you but it is meant to change you into your fullest potential.

I think back on Mrs. Loretta Lynn – had she not been a coalminer’s daughter, she would have never understood that determination and patience are key in unlocking potential.   Determine that you will overcome the obstacle in your way.  Determine that you will stand against the pressure that is trying to defeat you.  Be patient in knowing that your Daddy knows what’s best, even when it hurts…

Push back against the tension, embrace the seclusion of the press and let go of the dirt that you have been holding on to.  Begin to allow Him to transform you under the weight into what you were meant to be…  Allow Him to change your coal into a diamond!

Diamond and piece of coal



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