Wow. I’m so blown away by each of your comments from Monday’s No Quitting Giveaway. I wish I had time to respond to every comment because they all deserve a response!
As I was reading the comments, I saw a common thread amongst us…
We are each in process.
This morning I did not want to get out of bed. In fact, I laid there longer than I usually do. I told God all the reasons I didn’t want to get up and writing this blog post was one of them.
Because I wish I was a woman who was finished with this process and was able to cheer each of you on to success. But what I am instead is a woman who is dog-tired of the cycle of defeat.
So I climbed out of my bed, made it, put on a pot of coffee and began another new day. Because its a new 24 hours. And this is my process.
And so today I hold tightly to this promise from our God found in my process:
“Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” – Matthew 5:8
While I’m no Bible scholar, this verse speaks deeply to my process today. Because the journey to fulfilling the vision God has for our lives is very tiresome. But if we hold tight and keep believing, our hearts will stay pure.
And my friends…together we will see God.
We will see God heal.
We will see God restore.
We will see God extend mercy.
We will see God give passion.
We will see God give Life.
I get 24 hours. You get 24 hours. It’s what we get today on our process. And I pray today we each hold these hours as if they are one of the most valuable things in our lives.
While almost every comment from Monday’s post was worth winning the devotional book and posting on this blog post, I had to choose 3. It was so hard but I pray you are encouraged by these next 3 thoughts from readers:
Laura H. is a single mom.
She said, ”While Sundays and reading the Bible definitely fill my cup, I can’t help but wonder “why is my journey like this? what did I do to deserve this?” while all my friends have families and are stay at home moms.
Her encouragement for other single moms was this:
I’d like to encourage other single moms who don’t have anyone to never give up. Days may turn into years, and tears and longing, and sadness, but there are moments of joy. There are times where it feels good to be a mom who works hard, and I feel like if I can keep it up just a little longer, I might meet someone who loves Jesus and will run the run with me. So don’t give up, stay in the race. Find things you are grateful for, like food, or an apartment, or clothes. Don’t let Satan win.
Ellen is a writer struggling with confidence:
She said, ”My need for encouragement always revolves around confidence. Am I enough? What can I write that would be of interest to anyone? Does what I do matter? Finding my confidence is a constant battle for me.”
Her encouragement for others is:
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard. God is the inventor of brand new endings…
Jennifer is a teacher, struggling through the exhaustion of the classroom:
She said, “I need encouragement to not quit trying to reach the children in my classroom. Today was completely exhausting and fruitless. The guilt of spending too much time with other people’s children and not being there to get my own off the bus is suffocating. I need to remember that I clearly heard God’s call for my life 17 years ago.”
Her encouragement for others is this:
“I need to remember that the gift of teaching and creativity were given to me by my master Teacher and Creator. I need to remember that I asked God to divinely hand-select the little ones that need to experience His love the most and that I am to be His love to them. I need to remember that this year’s smaller paycheck is nothing compared to the treasures being stored in heavenly places. I need to remember not to wear a white knit sweater when painting orange pumpkins!”
O God, help us to fill these 24 hours today with thoughts that reflect Your promises in our lives. May we will seek you in each moment. May we become sensitive to Your presence. Help us to not give up and make today count in our process. Lead us away from the things that waste our time, our energy and our efforts. Keep our hearts pure God so we can indeed…see You.Read More
Today I feel blessed to share words on the Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotion. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, please hop over there so you can know what we are doing on the blog today.
There are so many voices this Monday morning tell me to quit, give up and just walk away. Not just from writing as I shared on the devotion. But many, many areas.
And today, I thought it would be amazing for us to develop a little community support system to start our week off with a NO QUITTING Giveaway.
So here’s how it will work:
1. In the comment section [at the very top of this post], leave a comment sharing ONE thing you need a little encouragement to not give up on right now. Maybe its a thought process, a goal, a dream, or a relationship.
2. Then, in the same comment, leave a thought, prayer, quote or something motivational to inspire someone in our community today. So for example, here’s what mine would say:
Hi guys, I need a little encouragement to not quit on my dream to write a book. And because I want each of you not to quit too, here’s a link to an amazing video message by Eric Thomas that has inspired me to not quit today:
3. On Wednesday, I’ll select 3 of your motivational comments to share on the blog. AND the 3 who are selected will win a copy of the new P31 Encouragement for Today devotional book!
I can’t wait to read and be inspired by all your amazing comments!Read More
It was a beautiful Fall afternoon as I drove through the pre-school carline. My then 4-year-old Kennedy Grace’s teacher opened the van door to let her climb in.
The teacher told Kennedy good-bye and said to me, “Kennedy told us the exciting news that she got baptized this past weekend!”
I tilted my head to the side and looked at my Kennedy as her face turned fire-engine-red.
Not wanting to embarrass her I smiled at the teacher and said, “No, we didn’t get baptized.” She winked and nodded her head, “Oh ok…”
As I pulled out from the carline I looked at Kennedy as she buckled her seat belt, “Why would you tell your teacher you got baptized?”
She started to cry, “I did get baptized.”
In my mind I replayed the weekend’s events tying to understand what could cause this confusion for her.
That weekend our church had baptized thousands of people and Kennedy was able to watch many of them. During the baptisms, Kennedy expressed her desire to be baptized but she didn’t really understand what it meant. So her daddy and I talked about how one day when she was able to understand, she would be able to be baptized too.
I thought we were all on the same page about it…apparently not.
“Kennedy, help me understand this…how did you get baptized?” I said to her.
She shouted on the top of her lungs, “I did it myself!” She then paused and said quietly, “In the bathtub, last night.”
I mean, how do you even respond to that? [smile]
I told her I was so sad I wasn’t there with her to experience it and maybe one day her whole family could all celebrate her decision to get baptized. [wink] She agreed.
And then, 3 years go by. This child learns more about the great big God she loves. She decides to follow Him for the rest of her life.
And then…she tells the world.
And we are all there.
I’m so proud of this little girl. She is 100% sassy but deep within her she truly loves God.
Her face glowed as she stepped into the baptism water. Raised to life…newness in Christ.
This is her God-journey and oh my…its beautiful. [tears...]Read More
1. She gets up each morning and follows through with her commitments despite how she feels.
Her feet are firmly positioned into the day’s tasks. While quitting may seem like an option she refuses to become someone others or God can’t count on. Her heart understands that she must be found faithful in the small steps to be trusted with the big steps.
2. She approaches the Word of God with reverence.
She opens God’s Word and believes each day He has something to speak to her about. There’s no questioning spirit when a friend texts her a Bible verse. She listens to sermons and teachings and doesn’t think of the friend who needs to hear that message, she knows there’s something there just for her.
3. She longs for the grace of refinement rather than the grace of relief.
She doesn’t have a personal agenda to fulfill when she faces steps of refinement. In fact, she longs for the grace of refinement rather than the grace of relief because she trusts the process of refinement. She accepts the perspective godly people offer her in difficult situations. And she embraces the process of becoming better through her mistakes.
4. She chooses to infect the world with joy.
Though life seems to frequently dump on her, she chooses to not dump on others. In fact, she thrives on being emotionally generous towards others. The spirit of generosity that oozes through her infects joy into a seemingly miserable world. As a result, when darkness seems to gloom over her she can easily shoo it away by giving joy.
5. She has a spirit of unbreakable determination.
Though she may feel a little [or a lot] bent many days, she never lets her bending turn to a broken dream. She refuses to break her perseverance towards the things God has placed her on this earth to do. In the midst of her rejection that attempts to break her she thrives by standing firm on this verse:
“Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”