“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” -Harper Lee
Here are a few quotes to encourage you and help you persevere through the difficult times. Remember that great and admirable accomplishments were always achieved by taking one step at a time. Trust in God’s plan and He will see you through.
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.” -Helen Keller
“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us… While what we call ‘our own life’ remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to Him. What, then, can God do in our interests but make ‘our own life’ less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible sources of false happiness?” -C. S. Lewis
“Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there’s a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan.” -Charles Stanley
Waiting on God’s timing can sometimes feel like an eternity; as if time itself has been stretched to an unbearable length, turning days into years. No one likes to wait, but some things are harder to wait for than others. One of the hardest things to wait on is God’s timing. So many times we pray for people, or events, or needs and yet God seems to remain silent. The only solace you can find when waiting is to learn to trust in God and His plan.
The Bible says, in Psalms 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” (NASB) It is a constant internal struggle to wait on God. Our human nature tells us that we should do things our way; that our timing is best and the God is constantly late.
The truth is that if we patiently wait for God’s timing, we will find strength and joy in Him; sometimes the wait is long and sometimes it just feels long. We just have to keep reminding ourselves that God is all knowing and as Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
As hard as it is to wait, I’d rather walk with the Lord, than try to get out ahead of Him. I’m not trying to be preachy, but rather to encourage all who read this of God’s grace and His love for you. Even when it seems He’s ignoring you or forgotten you, just remember His promises and His love. “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” God’s moments are perfectly planned, and worth the wait.
When life seems unfair, when we feel misused, when every day becomes a burden, our focus tends to shift from others to ourselves. We are beset on all sides by evil, whether we see it or not. I’m not talking about people, but evil spirits tempting us and telling us there is no hope.
There is hope. There is life. There is a future in Christ. But this does not make those who have placed our trust in Him immune to these evil influences. Christians falter and fail too. The only difference is we accept Jesus’s hand and allow Him to help us get back up on our feet.
If we have hope in Him, we should tell others about it and we should keep our focus on Him. Yes life is difficult and brings heartache and pain, but live for Christ and let His joy sustain you.
Bring joy to others’ lives. The tendency for us when we face difficult times is to lash out and spread that frustration on others. Don’t let your frustration with your current circumstances lead you to cause others pain and keep your eyes upon Jesus.
Yes I’m preaching at myself, but I hope you are encouraged by this post.
I actually wrote about this a while back, but somehow life’s lessons continue to revisit me.
I’m currently waiting to hear back from my publisher’s editing team, which means my efforts toward publishing my new novel have stalled as I wait to hear from them. Although I want them to do a thorough job, waiting is not something I am particularly good at.
I find that when I am forced to wait, I turn to my faith in Jesus Christ for solace and peace. The Bible says, in Psalms 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” (NASB) It is a constant struggle to wait on God, as our human nature tells us that we should do things our way; that our timing is best and that God is constantly late. I just have to keep reminding myself that God is all knowing and as Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” As hard as it is to wait, I’d rather walk with the Lord, than try to get out in front of Him. God’s plan for each of us is perfect and, though we may become anxious and frustrated, remember that it is always worth the wait.
The final part of Rad the Pawn has been posted. Click HERE to read and please comment
Saying farewell to a year well spent. I’ve given up trying to summarize so much time into a typical blog post. Instead, I’m going to give you a bit of a preview to what’s waiting in 2016.
At the beginning of December, I signed a contract to publish my novel; more to come on that in January. My entire site will be undergoing a conversion to better promote the novel. Stay tuned for more exciting news surrounding
I have also received multiple rejections on “Rad the Pawn,” so I’ve decided to finally reward my readers by publishing the whole story here over the next five weeks.
(I promise to publish the whole thing this time).
I just want to thank all of my faithful readers. January 1, 2016 marks this blog’s six month anniversary, with visitors spanning ten countries on five continents. Your comments and readership have been an encouragement and are greatly appreciated. See you in 2016!
“One day, a talented lass or fellow, a special one with face of yellow, will make the Piece of Resistance found from its hiding refuge underground, and with a noble army at the helm, this Master Builder will thwart the Kragle and save the realm, and be the greatest, most interesting, most important person of all times. All this is true because it rhymes.” – Vitruvius (Lego Movie)
When I was younger, there was nothing I loved more than spending an afternoon playing/building with Legos. From castles to spaceships, I loved it all. As I grew up, the desire to build never diminished; only the time that I could allot changed. So when they came out with the Lego Movie last year, I had to go see it. I dragged my wife to the theater and experienced Lego magic; though I think my wife had a slightly less life-altering experience.
The choice of the “generic construction worker” desperately trying to find his place in the world speaks to a wide audience.
How many times have you felt like no one at work knows or even cares to know you? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked in to work and wondered if anyone would notice if I didn’t show up and I’m probably not the only one.
How many times would you have given anything to just be included in the group?
How many times have you wished you were “The Special”?
For those of you who’ve never seen the Lego Movie, I would definitely recommend it; especially to those of you who enjoyed afternoons spent creating and building with those blessed interlocking blocks.