Counting joy in the hard things of life releases strength and faith. Look beyond the trial and embrace the wholeness that settles in with after-effects of endurance.
Perfect (whole) and complete, lacking in nothing–this is the joy of perseverance.
Sometimes we poke our head out of the crazy rush of life and realize this: I’m not where I want to be. We all have goals. Even the most unmotivated of folks have things they want to accomplish. In essence, we don’t want to stay where we are…like we are.
The cost of discouragement is more than we can afford. In many ways, discouragement is a strength zapper to perseverance. When discouragement presses down hard, we want to give in and give up. Success no longer seems worth the effort. In these moments, fears and condemnations circle with the tenacity of vultures diving for their prey. God’s Spirit whispers to our hearts,
Persistence brings greater faith as we act on faith to persevere and keep asking. Persistence in prayer and perseverance carry us forward and are necessary in difficult circumstances because it is easy to become discouraged, give up or turn back.