“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” –Hebrews 10:36
Oh my! I don’t know why God decided that I could handle a life-challenging diagnosis. I certainly would not have chosen myself as one who could do so. Yet, I have been working out my salvation in this area for years now. As I think of a list of trials I’ve had to face, I’m glad I wasn’t told ahead of time that I would have to go through them. If I had been told, I would probably have keeled over and gone to my heavenly home years ago.
Like me I am sure you have your own stories of difficult times that showed up on the doorstep of your life. But look at you. You’re still standing. Okay, maybe bent over a bit or leaning, but you’re here. Let’s start there.
I Corinthians 10:13 says, and I remind myself of this often, “…God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
That sneaky temptation can come in the form of wanting to give up. If challenging issues make you want to give up or just end it all, remember God is right here. He says he will never leave us or abandon us, so there’s no need for us to give in to the pressures of the world. Jesus is our partner on every journey, should we choose to take it. We do have a choice, you know. We can cower and decide the assignment is too hard. We can think no one has ever been through what we are going through or we can trust God, buckle up and prepare for the ride. Just throw your hands up and praise God anyhow.
Life has thrown me a few curve balls and I came close to giving up one of my dreams. I dreamed of writing a book, sharing what I’ve learned to help others maneuver the maze of life, a book that could help them overcome and be their best. When I thought about the people that might be helped, I knew I couldn’t just set the ability God had given me aside. I had to keep pursuing the dream. Writing for this blog has served to keep the dream alive.
So I persevered through the pressures of business, the raising of children, their dance classes and sporting events, through political campaigns, an unwelcomed diagnosis, insecurity and more. Was it easy? No. But it has gotten easier as I have grown in my relationship with God and trust his faithfulness.
I’m happy to say that I’m now in the process of editing my first book. It’s only because I chose not to give in to the temptation of giving up. God has blessed me to endure every trial that I have faced and the ones currently surrounding me. That’s the kind of God I serve.
What are you believing God for? Look through the lens of His Word and see it. Persevere. Then one day you will SEE IT.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.