endure hardness

In spite of the cold and wind one day last week, I was determined to go on my walk.  My body was saying I needed it.  I simply dressed warmly and then braved the elements.  It really felt good.

Am I (we) as determined to get in our spiritual exercises every day?  Reality is: the weather in our lives isn’t always pleasant.  It isn’t always easy to keep going when the storms of life hit us squarely in the face. We’d sometimes like to curl up in our chair with our cozy blanket around us and sulk in our self pity; hoping the “sky will clear” soon.

I’ve been reading a lot in the Psalms again and have been encouraged by David’s life.  He had so many discouraging things in his life; yet he was always found praising and worshiping the Lord.  Even when down, he knew where to look and that was up–and he exercised his faith and trust in God.

Let me encourage you; even if you are in the middle of one of the worst storms of your life to brave the elements, not in your own strength but in the Lord’s.  Exercise your faith and grow stronger in Him.

“…be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus…..You therefore, endure [persevere] hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”  II Tim. 2:1,3

Be determined not to quit or give up because of your storm.


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