Throughout my life there have been many people in my life that have walked with me on my spiritual journey. Some I did not realize were sent by God until years later. Then there are the many who came into my life for a season, just at the right moment to walk beside me. Today, I am blessed to have many who walk beside me. Nessie is one such person.
I first met Nessie around 20 yrs ago. She spoke at a woman’s retreat at my church. Through the years our paths would cross where I worked at a Christian Bookstore and other women’s retreats or luncheons. Each time the Holy Spirit flowed from Nessie’s words and we would find ourselves kissed by God.
Last year I had the privilege to meet her again when I began volunteering with Yokefellowship Prison Ministry. Through the year she has become my spiritual mentor and good friend.
She sends us these “nuggets” of diamonds from God of encouragement. With permission she has graciously allowed me to share her diamond nugget with you.
If you are finding yourself in a situation where you want to throw in the towel, pull the covers over your head or are just plain ole tired I encourage you today to take courage and remember Jesus has already “forged the way” for us.
I really can’t believe how fast time is going. As I sensed to send an encouragement to you today, I realized it has almost been a whole year since my last ‘nugget’. I must not let that happen again! “Our times are in HIS hands” and every moment indeed counts. We are to “lift up one another and continue to encourage one another as we see the ‘Day’ approaching.”
Today, I want to encourage you to ‘endure’. This little word has been coming up over and again in my own life and I am certain it has for you as well. It was a JOY to conduct a volunteer training this past week at one of my jobs for Yokefellowship Prison Ministry. Right out of the gate, I mentioned to the new trainees that ‘Endurance’ is a must for prison ministry, for there will be times they might be tempted to throw in the towel for various reasons that I won’t elaborate on right now. Anything that we do that is worthwhile will take endurance. Actually, our entire life’s journey ‘Endurance’ will be a key factor, right? Other wonderful words related to endurance, are persistence, patience, courage, fortitude, perseverance, continuance, stamina ‘to last’, guts, spunk, ‘ride it out’, and stick-to-it-ness…Wow! Sounds like a lot of work. But we can remember and take lessons from our greatest role model, Jesus, who has already forged the way for us! Whew! That takes a load off of us being that we are truly ‘yoked’ together with Him and the Holy Spirit is out front guiding us through ever circumstance of life. I encourage you today that you can do it Beloved ones with HIM by your side helping you to ‘endure’ and cheering you on all the way! Don’t Quit. Stay in the race and see it through to the end. Finish strong!
(PS: I had a test of endurance even while writing this little ‘nugget’ early this morning as the computer suddenly decided to shut down and configure right in the middle of my sentence! But, here it is …I ENDURED.)
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:36
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