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this month: perseverance
Sometimes persevering in our faith is about keeping going. Taking step after step, trusting that God has gone before, that He walks beside us, that He will keep us from falling.
His head was full of the clamour around him, but the one thought burned brightly at the centre, driving him on.
The point is this: that perseverance is costly, but that cost breaks out into abundance.
Faith that gives us the courage to stand still in the midst of the battle comes from knowing, like David, that our victory comes from God. So while there will be times when courage brings you face-to-face with Goliath, there will be times when it brings you quiet and still, face-to-face with your Father.
It takes courage to deny them the right to determine our value and our purpose. Courage means standing firm in the promise that our worth comes from something so much greater.
Courage sounds like the thing you need at the start, to take the big step, to make the big move, and of course that is true. But actually, I think it takes a different, deeper kind of courage when you’ve started something that you know is important, and you know it’s right, but it just doesn’t feel like it’s working.
How often do we call on things besides God to give us the bravery we need? We trust in our own strength, our own intellect, our own beauty to help us feel secure and strong, but none of this is enough.
You’ll have noticed that there is a wonder in reading stories to children: truth is revealed in the most beautiful of little tales, and we see old, forgotten things with new eyes. That’s why we’ve created this story, Bear and the Waiting.
We cannot simply ‘trim’ a weed and expect it to disappear for good.
Lord I believe, help my unbelief.
I’d love to say it’s been a while but, even if that was the case, it’d be too soon since we last hung out.
Maybe then, there is a purpose in the waiting. Maybe it is something that God can use.
He is more powerful than our doubts. He is more merciful than our adulterous hearts deserve.
I find more "realness" in the inanimate. The disregarded. The lifeless things. Truthfully, I'd go as far as to say, I relate to them.
He sees beyond the name that I’ve made for myself and knows the truth of who I am. He says to me: you are wonderful.
Like a torch lighting up a dark night and revealing our surroundings, the truth exposes and rids the lies in our hearts.
What if God was a Father?
Not angry but loving, Who looks past our faults and gently undoes them.
Being a dancer, everything has always been about movement. As long as I’m moving or I’ve got something to do then my brain can process it.
The voice of Truth waits patiently for you to let go of the lies, for you to open your eyes to your beauty, your power, your worth.
In telling Him, we do not narrate but we surrender, opening our hearts to the fullness of His saving grace. He unravels us in the most gentle way.
This image series, “He is…”, explores some of the many Truths of who God is. These Truths are what assure us that we can put our trust in Him in all things.