Keep on running.
I think if you were to look up perserverance in the dictionary it would say something about one being persistent in caring for and cleaning up your kids after they get sick. Libby threw up all over our bed this morning...again. Needless to say the washing machine has been our best friend as of late.
Actually Perservance according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary means: the action or condition or an instance of persevering : steadfastness.
The Bible talks about perservance in this way.
Galatians 6:9 says, "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."
2 Thessalonians 3:13 says, "As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good."
I know Winston Churchill was talking about something else when he said, "Never, ever give up!" But right now I'm taking those words as encouragement for the moment.
But I do feel weary. Right about now I'd like to be transported to an island and just sit in the sun or should I say sleep in the sun. The troubles don't melt away that easy though. this is life. This is part of the daily grind. I am thankful for the encouaragment I have received from those around me via phone, e-mail, etc. God has blessed me richly in giving me people that care.
My caregroup leader brought us soup and orange juice last night. His wife Lise is coming over for 2 hours today and in her words be my personal "slave". The question is where to start...laundry? Kitchen? Bedroom? Some packing? Questions to ponder.
At times I've felt like life is more than I can bear. I know it's not true but I needed to be reminded again this morning.
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, " No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
So enduring and perservering. That's where I'm at.
Hebrews 12: 1-3 says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted."