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YOU ARE a Pioneer!

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Did you cross the plains? NO.  Did you  sail the ocean in a ship powered only with sails and only a trunk filled with your possessions? Probably not.  So how could YOU or I be a pioneer? Let me explain. 

Where I live, this week celebrates those who oftentimes left behind material possessions, family and friends for a purpose higher than themselves.

As I pondered their courage, it occurred to me though we may not have to push a handcart or drive a team of oxen, or forge new paths in a wilderness; yet we too must make extremely difficult choices and selfless sacrifices to have valued principles in our own life, which brought me to the realization that……

YOU ARE a Pioneer!

Usually we think of a pioneer as someone who settled a new land, moved to unpopulated territory, walked across untamed plains or crossed treacherous mountains.

When the word pioneer is considered, it refers to someone who left the comfort and routine in their life, for a promise and hope of something better.

Terms in the dictionary that made me realize why we ARE pioneers.


  1. To develop or be the first to apply a new method or an area of knowledge.
  2. To be a pathfinder, initiator, a trailblazer.
  3. One who goes before, showing others the way to follow.

Application  of the work pioneer in our life:

  • If a tradition or attitude in your family has been perpetuated, of any kind, that is detrimental, whether physically, emotionally or spiritual, and you purposefully and with clear intent break the cycle – you ARE a pioneer.
  • If abuse, of a physical or emotional nature is the ‘norm’, and you bring it to a stop – you ARE a pioneer.
  • If sarcasm, put-downs, bullying, intimidation or self-pity are the norm of communication and way to get attention; yet, you are determined to exchange coercive methods for healthy relationships with others – you ARE a pioneer.

I truly honor those who pioneered long ago to make a better life for those that followed, namely us, as their life was grueling and oftentimes harsh.

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However, I consider that our life today is every bit as difficult and demanding, even possibly more in some respects than times long ago.

Those who were past-times pioneers, usually fought the same problems: such as weather, enemies, persecution, etc.  While today’s pioneers (you and me) are oftentimes fighting our own battles, imperfections and weaknesses seemingly alone.

It is the plan that we have our own conflicts. temptations and trials, which may not be known or understood easily,  yet, we are never, ever alone. We have each other and principally God to turn to.

I believe, with all my heart, that each and every one of us have been purposefully set in our family, this time in the world’s history, and the setting we are in; as all these components are critical  factors, for our own sake to grow AND be a pioneer.

It is our duty and obligation to be praiseworthy and pioneer to change wrongs, to persevere in righteous ways, and to be a trailblazer carving a path that is worthy to follow.


By learning correct principles, practicing moral choices and becoming a trusted shadow for others to follow.


  • Because these elements are among the most important purposes we have to accomplish while on this earth. 
  • We CAN break new ground by going forward with courage and optimism, one step at a time; all the while beckoning others to come along with us in our remarkable journey of life.   

You and I ARE pioneers!

Did you ever wonder what children and adults did for entertainment back in the 1800’s? 

For my post on Pioneers Games, actvities and Fun, Click HERE

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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  1. Beautiful message here and I never quite thought of the term pioneer this way or to include myself, but still love how you made it possible to indeed think this way about ourselves, Carrie 🙂

  2. Diane Roark says:


    I have never thought about being a pioneer, but we really are. As Christians we pave the wave for our children, grandchildren, and future greats everyday which most of the time seems impossible in todays society.

    You made me think!
    Diane Roark

  3. Elizabeth says:

    We are pioneers, just in different ways! Thanks for the post! Loved it. I am thinking about doing a post on pioneers this week as well!!

  4. Carrie, this is so inspirational! I really enjoyed reading this and your Pioneer Series! Thank you for sharing with Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! 🙂

  5. Julie V. says:

    Thanks Carrie! I will have to look at your games, especially since I am the children’s chorister at church. I was out of town last Sunday, so we’ll celebrate pioneers next Sunday.

  6. Bobbi says:

    Thank you so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday last week. You are very much appreciated. Hope to see you again this week!!

    Have a great week!!!

  7. Kind of cool to think that we are all pioneers in some way.

  8. Tasha says:

    Great message Carrie. I never thought of myself as a pioneer but since you put it that way it makes perfect sense.

    • YOU are a pioneer Tasha as a remarkable woman setting the example for your family and all those around you. I am continually amazed at how you exceed as a person, mother, wife, friend and in very aspect of your life. I am so glad I know you.

  9. Diane Roark says:


    I loved reading this post again. It is encouraging to think of myself as a pioneer. I truly appreciate all the people who came before me. I bet they did not think of themselves as pioneers but we know they were.

    I love your pics too and following the latest about your son’s engagement.

    Many blessings,

    • Diane, what a great influence over the years you have been as a blogger and friend. You have helped me ‘pioneer’ my own way in blogging and I thank you in countless ways for your generosity and kindness.

  10. I love this, CArrie!
    Thanks for the encouraging words!!

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