Kate said endure
This six-letter word was dropped into my soul (probably) 15 years ago. Holy Spirit-dropped. When The Lord speaks to me like He did back then, I listen with both my physical ears and my spiritual ears. Fifteen years ago, 2005, was a relatively “good” year for me. I had just self-published my very first book, A Pruned Branch, in late 2004. In the first week of 2005 I was permanently discharged from one of the best jobs I ever had when the owners sold the company to a big corporate manufacturer. We packed up some summer clothes and our little fur friend and went to Florida for two months.
You might be saying to yourself, “Sounds great!” And, parts of it were. But the endure began to surface.
Endure hard things
- an addiction in the family
- marital unrest
- overall “awful”
- debilitating sciatica issues
- lawn mower/foot accident
The coming roller coaster
We were on one. Up’s. Down’s. All-around’s.
So much so one early, pre-dawn morning found me on the couch crying out to the Lord, “I’m done God, I cannot go on.”
Sus’ I know but you love Me? Right? Will you trust Me? With everything and everyone you have?
“I do love You, Lord – I really do but I am so tired.”
I will give you the grace to endure.
Unlike any I had ever received up until then or since then.
The journey of endurance began. I tied a great big hope knot at the end of my rope and hung on. It’s been the ride of my life!
I did ONLY because He enabled me and showed me insurmountable grace. I am here today because of HIM – only Him.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16.34
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 2.3
I believe the Church (believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ) are in for the ride of our lives. The next several years are crucial.
Breastplate in place?
Shield at the ready?
Will we be able to endure?
His mercy will endure as long as our hardship demands it to.
Remember that. Do not grow weary. Do not faint. Lift those wings and fly! Isaiah 40.31
*way longer than five minutes but oh so important to tell the (almost) entire story!