continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.
- Carry on
- Keep going
- Don’t give up
- Hammer away
- Struggle on
- Keep at it
- Stand your ground
- Be tenacious
- Leave no stone unturned
- Go the distance
- Stick to your guns
- Stop at nothing
- Soldier on
- Stay the course
Have you ever felt like you’ve gone your last mile? Like the road rose up to meet you, but not in a good way?! 😂 Like you may have been hit over the head with some of the stray rocks? Or skinned your knee when it knocked you down?
There are two guarantees in this life—
- There will be good days
- And there will be bad.
The word for yesterday’s sermon was on perseverance. It got me to thinking about how many times I’ve had to persevere when I was mentally and physically, completely exhausted. We’ve all had those trials that slammed us hard against the brick wall.
Life has been busy for me for weeks now. I’ve had a mix of the good and the bad. The good news is, my precious granddaughter was born Feb 11, a healthy baby girl! She reminds me of her mom when she was a newborn.
Meet Kylo-Ren 💜💕😇👶
We got the news on the same day that my oldest daughter was to be released to go home, that she was in extreme pain. She had been given 3 injections before they were to send her home. The one in her hip/bottom started swelling. A huge knot bigger than a fist rose up and the pain radiated down her leg like with a sciatic nerve. Numbness in the area and leg. They did a CT scan because they thought it might be a bloodclot.
The hospital staff had never seen anything like it! They finally ruled out allergic reaction or possible blood clot. So they released her to go straight to a dermatologist.
The dermatologist had never seen anything like it either! So, she sent her home with a mild pain reliever. By the time she arrived home, the dermatologist had called her back, after doing research, and told her it could be a series of little blood clots to get to the ER of the same hospital the baby was born ASAP. An hour away.
After she got there and was examined again, they wanted her to go to a hospital several hours away for intravenous antibiotics. They thought it may be Nicolau Syndrome.
She refused to go hours away because she didn’t want to be too far away from her children. How could family help if we all had her children? One was in school. I lived a state away. Lots of little complicated reasons she wanted to stay local.
I got up exhausted on the following day but went on to church. Right before church was over, I got a text from her. I went up for prayer. (I will take the time right here to say thanks to the prayer group I reached out to right here on WP! God bless you for your prayers! 💜🤗)
Have you ever been desperate for a miracle? Here I was again, reaching out for the hem of Jesus’ garment. I know God hears us when we call on His name! My church family gathered around and helped me intercede for my daughter. I prayed in the Holy Ghost.
Leaving the church, I picked up my sister, drove the 2 1/2 hours to get my daughter and take her to a different hospital. It took several more hours to get all the details handled.
While walking up the ramp to the ER, I felt God speak to my spirit that she would not have to be hospitalized. A peace came over me, and I told my daughter and sister that I felt we needed to believe. We agreed.
The ER receptionist bumped her ahead of everyone when told what was going on. Again, the ER doctor and the nurses had never seen anything like it. The doctor examined her. Asked lots of questions, looked over the pics of what it looked like at the beginning. Took pics. He ruled out everything that had been previously thought and said there was no necrosis present, so could not be Nicolau Syndrome.
Of course he said keep an eye on it and come back if it happened to get worse. Sent her home.
She has finally been able to rest, while keeping an eye on the area. I am believing with all my heart that God has touched my girl!
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking 👀 for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1:20-21 KJV
The truth about persevering is its just plain hard at times. Simple as that. During this month, a couple in our church lost everything but the clothes on their back to a house fire. Thankfully, they were able to get out safely with their 5 children. Did they quit God, because it got tough? No. They have kept going.
Yesterday morning, we had a Baby Dedication and a wake/funeral that night. A mix of happy and sad.
This person who passed away did the best he could do to live right. He was human, like we all are, and fought hard battles with drug addiction. He knew how to pray, was well-liked by everyone and had the most upbeat spirit I have ever known. Always a smile on his face. Every now and then, his addiction would get the best of him. He would fall off the wagon again. But he would get right back up after giving in to temptation.
I believe in God’s mercy and grace!!! It will always persevere no matter what! I believe God knew the parts of his brain that the drugs had messed up. When we are weak, He is always stronger! God understands our struggles and scars. He knows that because of past sin, some are working on what they have left.
God is so much more merciful than we give Him credit for.
With that being said, what are you facing today that threatens your perseverance? What are you struggling with? Don’t you know that God already knows? Already understands? Don’t beat yourself up.
If you will not quit, but keep trying, God can work with that!
I will leave you with one of the last post’s Scott put on Facebook. I pray it gives someone the strength to make it THROUGH their own personal battles and struggles.