Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Perseverance

I enjoy stopping by "the well" on Mondays but didn't yesterday because I was struggling with the topic.....perseverance! The discussion questions were "What are some ways that you have persisted when you have been knocked down? How have these circumstances brought glory to the Father?"

Honestly, this is something I have been challenged with for several weeks lately. When I am honest with myself, I have to admit that I am easily discouraged...and easily defeated. I see this evidenced in my spiritual life, my social life, my personal life (think exercise!), and so on. I have tried to make excuses for myself but keep coming back to the bottom line....Lord, this is something I want to work on in my life - but I certainly need your help!

Stumbling blocks, difficulties, trials...and many other (big and small) things that side-track me and ultimately defeat me - can, indeed, bring God glory...but only if I will persevere, push through and allow God to give me victory. I have been challenged. I am making purposeful plans to allow God to help me in this area.

James 5:11 "Behold, we count them happy which endure...."
More thoughts on this subject in a few days. Last week, I mentioned exciting news!!! Be back tomorrow - Wordless Wednesday - and on Thankful Thursday!! And check back on the Lady Farmer's blog - in the Sewing Room - for another give away! She made it herself!!

8 comments:

  1. Perseverance is something that I, too, struggle with. I'm so good at starting something...but finishing it--well, that's a different story. If it's easy, or if it's hard, thank you, Jennifer, for reminding me that perseverance is worth it! Imagine what we could accomplish if we just persevered through to the end!

    I hope you have a great day! I really like your new background.

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  2. Perseverance is always a challenge...being able to stick with something when you want so badly to toss in the towel. However, when we do persevere, we become much stronger than we were before. What a great post, my friend!

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  3. Jennifer~
    Don't look now, but you are not the only one who struggles with this! I need to choose to 'take up my cross' daily and to be honest, sometimes it seems too difficult. But with the Lords help, baby steps and one day at a time!
    Thanks for mentioning my give away here and for your very sweet comments. I do appreciate them!
    :~}

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  4. I too struggle with perserverance. I just had a little victory though today.

    Through some circumstances I have just been feeling really "put down"...like I am not good enough. Not worthy enough. you know.

    It was effecting every areay of my life today. From the way I was treating the kids, and everything.

    Finally I realized that these were lies from Satan, and I went to my room and yelled as loud as I could that Jesus died on the cross for me, and that MAKES me good enough. And I *AM* a good mother, and I *AM* a good wife! Then I prayed and told the Lord that I was sorry for believing Satan's lies.

    You know what? About 90% of my discouragment left me. The "problem" was still there. And even it is now here. BUT, I was able to go on through my day with hope, and *peace* in Jesus Christ.

    So that is how I perservered through this tough day, and ended up victorious. ;-)

    To answer your question about The Family Grain Mill/Flaker.

    I have it linked. I think it is about $150 for the hand-cranked one. I would have to check though.

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  5. Ooops the Mill/flaker with the hand crank base is $200.

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  6. I definitely struggle with it too. Maybe we can all help each other! Can't wait to hear your exciting news!

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  7. My dear friend,
    I do believe that we ALL struggle with this one. I think as women, we tend to struggle with it even more so since we're so hard on ourselves to begin with. I often have to remind myself to just keep pressing on to the goal, ya know?

    Looking forward to hearing your exciting news!

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  8. What a great post, I love how we can share together honestly and seek the Lord and His wisdom. Perseverance is such a tough thing! But I loved how you shared, it is moving forward and pressing through! Thanks for sharing today and for your kind and encouraging comments on my blog!

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