Are you tired yet?

endurance

I posted this on our Facebook page this morning, and I wanted to share it with those of you who are not on Facebook as well.

Word of the day: endurance!

Definition: the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially: the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity. From Merriam-Webster.com.

In the effective prayer post yesterday, I talked about praying for and encouraging the “strong” Christians. These are the people who are like rocks—strong, undaunted and seemingly unbreakable—but they are not unbreakable.

Today, I read this passage in Hebrews:

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 

For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

Hebrews 10.35-39, ESV, emphasis mine

You might be under great duress. You may be discouraged and frustrated with all the apathy towards God and His truth. I know that I am.

If you are overseas and under persecution, my prayers are with you. Don’t give up. Have courage: the reward is far greater than the suffering.

Press on, my friends. Press on to know the Lord. Press on towards the goal which is an eternity of knowing God as He knows us. I look forward to that day.

This is a hard race. Pace yourself and run through the pain.

If you haven’t sent a card or email or text of encouragement to the person you are praying for, you might want to include this passage from Hebrews.

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6 thoughts on “Are you tired yet?

  1. gretahartmann August 4, 2015 / 08:54

    These verses are food to a starving girl! Thank you- I know you wrote through God. It’s easy to throw in the towel when life shifts to uncomfortable places. I know we are supposed to have trials- I don’t like the feeling I get get when they arrive, however. This is where encouragement is vital. We strive to stay close to a God and share our ability to encourage and sometimes, the tables turn to where the encouragers desperately need encouragement. They need others who are strong in their faith to allow the Spirit to guide their words (sometimes unknowingly) to lift their fellow Christians from their dark corners.

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    • Elihu August 4, 2015 / 09:20

      I like this phrase: “sometimes, the tables turn to where the encouragers desperately need encouragement.”

      Sometimes just being the encourager is draining! 🙂

      In June, I took my kids to see Inside Out. The character named “Joy” seemed indefatigable. Yet even she started to get tired of dragging Sadness along. At one point she nearly gave up the fight.

      Thank you for your comment, Greta and the encouragement it brought to me this morning.

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  2. Debbie L August 5, 2015 / 06:48

    What a refreshment to step into your post!!! Thank you. I look forward to following you as the Lord leads!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Elihu August 5, 2015 / 07:30

      Thank you, Debbie! I have been blessed by your blog as well.

      Liked by 1 person

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