By leaning on God, we find all we need. We can move courageously and boldly from discouraged to encouraged and persevere by trusting God.By leaning on God, we find all we need. We can move courageously and boldly from discouraged to encouraged and persevere by trusting God. Deborah Rutherford #perservere #encouragement #TrustGod Click To Tweet
Lean on God’s gentle guidance –
I woke up this morning feeling discouraged. My neck hurt as I thought about yesterday’s disappointing email. When propping myself up on pillows to read my Bible, I felt God say, “Rest.” God was with me as I dozed, soothing, and loving me. He was saying it is going to be OK, don’t worry. Your job is to show up every day and do your best. But I confess I just wanted to quit and give up for a moment. Not necessarily forever, just for a moment, but that’s not what God calls us to do.
God says –
After resting, I read Psalm 58 from “Spurgeon and the Psalms.” Although I hadn’t received any instruction or insights from the Holy Spirit, I thought I would move on. But then I felt convicted to read Psalm 58 in my “Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible,” where there are always good study notes to gleam. When I read Psalm 58:11, there I found my instruction and direction.
Throughout the Bible, God promises to reward His faithful people beyond what their deeds deserve.
The study notes point to Revelation 22:12. “My reward is with Me,” Jesus says, “to give to every one according to his work.” Then, in Matthew 6:19-21, we are told we are storing treasures in heaven that no one can ever take away from us.
It doesn’t matter how small our work is, if it may seem insignificant, or if nobody notices. Because God sees. We are part of His beautiful plan, great recipe, and the big picture. Extraordinary relief washes over me, and then, in my mind, I see the word perseverance. I knew right then that God wants me and you, too, to persevere. Persevere by trusting in God. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. And He will give guidance, direction, and instruction.
Perseverance with the One who loves you. God will bring us through our discouragement, problems, or any obstacle. This perseverance sustains us on our sanctification walk leading to eternal salvation.
When we are weak, discouraged, or disillusioned, God asks us to lean on Him. And by leaning on God, I received a nap, which is precisely what I needed.Extraordinary relief washes over me, and then, in my mind, I see the word perseverance. I knew right then that God wants me and you, too, to persevere. Don't give up. Don't quit. And He will give guidance, direction, and… Click To Tweet
GOD’s call –
We are not alone on this journey. We are homemakers, in the office, out in the field, and creatives, all struggling to balance family, work, and faith. Although we may often feel unqualified, we don’t have to be qualified, just willing to follow. We can honor God and push forward with confidence and clarity.We are not alone on this journey. We are homemakers, in the office, out in the field, and creatives, all struggling to balance family, work, and faith. Although we may often feel unqualified, we don't have to be qualified, just… Click To Tweet
God knew I was feeling discouraged, so He lifted me. First, He gave me direction to rest. Then the instruction to persevere. On top of that, He filled me with joy, peace, and relief. And He will do that for you too.
What will you do when life casts defeat, discouragement, or disappointment? From disappointing emails to crushing phone calls to an unwanted change. Will you give up, run away, or lean on the Father God? Will you trust Him?
We can come to God for rest, guidance, and instruction. Let Him fill us with all we need as we courageously and boldly balance and persevere with love for our families, home, and faith.
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