by Sandra Allen Lovelace      @SandraALovelace      #WallflowerWomen

There was a lot going on. More than she liked or felt she could handle. Actually, Judi was beginning to wonder if she could keep up. By the end of the day she was short with her coworkers and that evening she yelled at her children. Her head hit the pillow, and the thought materialized. I cannot face another day like that. I’m calling in sick.

We’ve all been there. Life presses in. Our endurance flags. We want out.

When we feel as if we’re falling apart at the seams, God is ready to reach down and hold us together. He offers His active, sustaining love in the face of and right through every stretching, frustrating, intolerable set of circumstances. And by His grace enables us to endure.

Endure is a verb, an action word, with two powerful meanings.
1) to continue to exist with the same value and prominence
2) to remain firm and patient without giving up or avoiding a painful or difficult situation

God can make good His offer of help because He exists eternally in His unchangeable nature and sovereign authority. He continually acts out of His divine love no matter the details on any front—physical, intellectual, emotional, psychological, spiritual. Nothing is too great or small, too superficial or intimate, too negative or positive for His lovingkindness to tend. His love endures in spite of our laziness, confusion, fear, underestimating, inconsistency, unfaithfulness, betrayal, or any other human frailty or failure.

With God’s intervention, Judi could sort out her priorities and carry on. So could you. And so could I.

Judi, you, or I only need to turn to Him and rest in His presence and provision with humility and gratitude. In so doing, we will endure.

Give thanks to the LORD Almighty,
For the LORD is good;
His love endures forever.*

When was the last time you were ready to quit? Today?
Simply ask God to share His endurance with you. He will answer.

 

Sandra

*Jeremiah 33:11 NASB

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10 Comments

  1. Thank you Sandra, we all have days that we just need to stop and pray for His strength to get us through. This was so good! I appreciate you!

    1. Thank you, Gail. I appreciate you too. Your comment reminds me how similar the pilgrim journey is for all of us.

    1. Thanks, Debbie. Your comments mean so much. The only thing I can say is the Lord is faithful. 😀

  2. Such an inspiring post, Sandra. I’m learning to rest in His presence is key in keeping my goals in check. Trusting God with my next steps comes easier if I’m resting (which is also active in all the right ways!)

  3. Your comment is a real encouragement to me, Cathy. Thank you.
    You keep at that tiny house. 😀

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