August 1, 2019 | View PDF
Have you ever faced a challenge in life that seemed impossible? Boy, I sure have! Weather it’s financial, health, relational, spiritual, or some other area in your life, it may seem like an uphill battle. And, for any of us going through any of these challenges, at the time, it is!
“Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:3-4
During time like these, the word “perseverance” comes to mind. In fact, I have chosen perseverance to be my “one word” for this year. For those of you who read my article monthly, you may remember my article back in January, entitled “Just One Word”, was about this. If you have not read it, I highly encourage you to head over to http://www.AlabamaGazette.com, click the “Women” lab, and click on “Trisston’s Tidbits”.
In a nutshell…for the past couple of years, instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, my husband, Brian, and I each pick one word that centers on character and creates a vision for the future. The idea is based on the book, “My One Word”, by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen.
Now back to perseverance…I think we would all agree that God has called us for more. We are called to continually grow in our faith and in our character. Because we are God’s children and He wants what is best for us. Just like any good parent wants the best for his/her children. God feels the same about each one of us!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
While we live in the world, we are called to be not of the world. Think about that! We are made for more! And when we persevere and grow and develop in our faith, we also shine a little brighter to those around us.
So whatever challenge you may be facing today, remember to persevere and…SHINE ON, beautiful one! Shine On!!