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One Foot In Front Of The Other
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I wrote this poem for a special friend of mine. I say I wrote the poem, but actually, to quote an old friend, I just held the pen while God did the writing. My friend, David, is a young minister and is truly one of the most honorable men I’ve ever known. He has such integrity and character, even though he has gone through some very hard times in the last few years. He was one of the statistics who lost his home, whose business went down to almost nothing, and most importantly, was hurt by another minister. Through it all, David never wavered in what he stood for, never became angry or bitter, but continued to love people, pray for people and work for God.

One night, I woke up in the middle of the night to hear God speak into my spirit. The Lord said, “This is for David. ‘One foot in front of the other.’” I went back to sleep and when I woke the next morning, the words were still in my mind. I sat down at the computer and within minutes, this poem flowed out of me.

David keeps the poem by his bed…and while it is written about a man, it applies equally well to women. When days are so long and you see the long road ahead, just keep putting “one foot in front of the other”…and look to the right—Jesus is keeping pace with you all the way.

One foot in front of the other
      But Lord, it’s such a winding road
One foot in front of the other
      I carry such a heavy load
One foot in front of the other
      But Lord, I can’t see what’s ahead
One foot in front of the other
      Lord, are You sure I’m being led?
One foot in front of the other
      Lord, so many have fallen by the way
One foot in front of the other
      Lord, I fear it might be me one day
One foot in front of the other
      Are you there, Lord, I’m just not sure
One foot in front of the other
      Is this journey really mine or Yours?
One foot in front of the other
      From Bethlehem to Galilee
One foot in front of the other
      No place of rest for me
One foot in front of the other
      As men plotted to destroy my life
One foot in front of the other
      No children, home or wife
One foot in front of the other
      To Pilate’s hall of shame
One foot in front of the other
      As I took all your blame
One foot in front of the other
      From Jerusalem to Calvary
One foot in front of the other
      Nailed to a rugged tree
One foot in front of the other
      Exiting a borrowed grave
One foot in front of the other
      For a hungry soul to save
One foot in front of the other
      My son, it’s always been my plan
One foot in front of the other
      To make an overcoming man
One foot in front of the other
      Until your strength is gone
One foot in front of the other
      I’ll carry you from there on
One foot in front of the other
      Till I set your feet on high
One foot in front of the other
      To your victory by and by
            One foot in front of the other.


— DIANE GOSSETT
Elk Grove, California