Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.
Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon. Psalm 31:24 (MSG)
I’ve been working on a project for a few years now. It’s been hard work.
I’ve given my free-time to it, spent money on it, poured my heart into it.
This project has been a dream of mine since my late teens. I’ve spent the last two years focusing on it, but a decade working towards it.
In the last month or so I haven’t really had a passion for it. I’ve felt tired. I’ve felt like giving up. I started to consider whether it was worth my time, money, and heart.
Every time I thought I should stop I felt like giving up wasn’t the right route to take.
I was sure that God hadn’t given me this dream for me to give up on it when it felt hard.
I felt like I needed to push through. Maybe I should clarify, I didn’t feel like I wanted to push through, but rather I had a feeling that if I gave up I’d miss out on something beautiful in the future.
So I kept going. Each week I’d wake up and do the tasks that needed to be completed.
I would simply do the next thing.
With each task I would hope that either the passion would come back, or that something would happen to let me see that this project was not without purpose.
On the hard days I needed to remember Psalm 31:24,
Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon. (tweet this)
Then one day last week I opened my mail and there was a message with an opportunity that reminded me why I started this project in the first place.
As I read the email I realised that if I’d given up, when I felt like it a month or so ago, this breakthrough would never have come.
Sometimes it is only in pushing through hard times that I find the things that God has for me. (tweet this)
Ponder: What dreams do you have that feel hard at the moment? Are they worth pushing through for the reward that may come at the end?
Prayer: God, help me to be brave and not give up. I’m expecting you turn up soon and show me the things you have for me. Amen.
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