Every once in a while we have those brave moments when we openly share our struggles with others because we are so very desperate to overcome.
I shared previously about my fat girl insecurities, and then again earlier this year about setting some personal goals for myself, especially learning how to persevere in this weight loss journey (this isn’t a post just about weight loss, so hang in there).
Yesterday I stepped on the scale for a weight check, hopeful yet worried. I haven’t been able to work out consistently for the last few weeks because a summer cold flared up my asthma. So, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.
After taking a deep breath, I looked down to see The Number.
And promptly burst into tears.
It’s not quite what you might be imagining because these were happy tears, thankful tears. Tears that meant I really could persevere at this weight loss journey in spite of frequent obstacles.
The Number was the one I had been waiting on, the one that put me under a major weight-loss marker, the one that more than solidified my twenty-plus pound loss thus far.
Seeing that number provided positive proof that the lies I used to believe were just that – lies meant to keep me enslaved.
So when I saw the Number my heart just filled up to overflowing with gratitude. I was grateful for a God who never gives up on me, one who continues to work in my life to free me from myself and my own sin.
See, it’s really not just about the weight for me. It’s about knowing my Father is looking out for me, helping me along the way. It’s about believing that I can persevere because He’ll help me!
I can lose weight.
I can choose to eat healthy foods.
I can live a healthy lifestyle.
I can get back on track over and over again, after obstacles get in my way.
I can do all of this and more, not by own might, but by the strength that comes from abiding in my Father God.
I can persevere.
How to Persevere in Life
Yes, remember that word from earlier this year that I didn’t really want? Well, the Father is showing me in a multitude of ways that I can persevere despite incredible difficulty. I know how to persevere because of the power of Christ in me.
Even more, I can persevere because of His faithfulness.
The best part is that all of those things are true for you, too, my sisters in Christ. If you have that personal relationship with Christ, then you have the power of Christ in you to finish your race well.
Recent world events might have you fearing for the future.
Life circumstances may be weighing you down.
A loved one may have betrayed you in the worst possible way.
Your family may be struggling just to survive.
But it doesn’t have to remain that way, friends.
We are capable of living victoriously even in the darkest of times because of the great Hope we have in an All-powerful God.
It’s a Hope that never fails, a Hope that remains steadfast and true.
A Hope that tells us we are not alone.
We can learn how to persevere by saying “I can because He did.”
How Persevering Leads to Overcoming
Earlier this year, I wanted a word that sounded a little less like hard work and a little more like a mountaintop experience. To me the word persevere meant “get ready because more trials are coming down the line!” But to my Lord and Savior it meant, “get ready to see the work I’m doing in you and wait hopefully for victory!”
I failed to realize then how close the connection is between persevering and living the victorious life because truly, one leads to the other! When we learn how to persevere, we are learning to live in victory, to claim our very own Promised Land right here on Earth.
When we persevere, we develop the character we need to be the overcomer God meant us to be from the very beginning!
Listen to what the Scripture has to say about persevering, friends!
“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Rom. 5:3-5 (NASB)
Are you low-down and desperate for real hope today, friends? Are you stuck on a plateau, believing the lie that you’ll never find your way forward? Have you wasted so many years that changing now seems downright impossible?
Read it again. “[H]ope does not disappoint.” Hope is never wasted, no matter what the enemy tells you.
Lift your head and see the Hope before you.
Persevere and watch His mighty hand at work!
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Congratulations, Jen! Good job persevering. 🙂 Loved your statement here: “When we learn how to persevere, we are learning to live in victory, to claim our very own Promised Land right here on Earth.” ~ Live in victory…I like that. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. ((blessings))
Thank you, Brenda – it’s only by the Father’s grace and mercy that keeps me going! 🙂 I read a book a while back about how we often live in the wilderness without realizing it instead of having an attitude that leads to our everday “Promised Land.” I’ve loved that analogy ever since! Thanks for stopping by and leaving some encouragement here.
Melanie Redd says
What a great word of hope, Jen!
I love this post, and I’m going to share it today on my Facebook wall!
This line is such a good reminder: “We are capable of living victoriously even in the darkest of times because of the great Hope we have in an All-powerful God.”
Thanks for the reminder to keep walking – keep going. Don’t give up. You have encouraged my heart today!
I came over on Grace and Truth to find your post.
Hope you have a blessed weekend~
Hi, Melanie! Yes, I’ve been to your blog a number of times and always find encouraging words there, as well. 🙂 I’m so glad you found words of hope here. He deserves all the glory!
First of all congrats on your weight loss. And I’m so glad that you can hold on to the fact that we can have victory !!! Thanks for the encouragement this morning.
tanya w says
I too have this struggle and got to a number that made me so happy! Alas, I am back at a number that doesn’t, thank you for sharing, I find it hard to write about this. But I will try to reverse he scale and persevere. Congrats on your journey. Stopping in from Tellhisstory
Hi, Tanya! I have a long ways to go still, so I know I’m in this journey for the long haul. But I think my attitude has changed after this past year to believing that I can stick it out for that amount of time. I feel more confident in that than I ever have before. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
This was just as good the second time around. 😉 Thank you for sharing so transparently, so that we can be encouraged to press on. Not because we can earn victory, but because He has already won it. I’m so glad you linked this with G&T!
Thank you for these kind and encouraging words, Jennifer!