The 52 Week Challenge –Week 3


Perseverance

Noun: persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

“Medicine is a field which requires dedication and perseverance”

synonyms:

persistencetenacitydeterminationresolveresolution, resoluteness, staying power, purposefulness, firmness of purpose; Reference here.

There are days when I just don’t feel like it – the battling, the trying, the anxiousness, the fear….  Days when the staying in bed is easier than the getting up, when the staying at home is easier than the going to work, the giving up is easier than the carrying on.  But, what God teaches us in the commitment, in the perseverance, in the “hanging in there” is that we trust Him no matter how we feel.  On the day that I don’t feel like it, I can do it because God has called me to honour Him in all that I do.  On the days when it is easier to stay in bed, I go to work because this is God’s plan for my life.  On the days when I feel like quitting, I hang in there, because God has called me to finish this race.

Hebrews 12:1 New International Version (NIV):  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

It’s in the commitment, in the “making it work”, in the desire of finishing the race that God teaches us to trust Him no matter what.  It is in the running of the race and the commitment to what we desire in God’s will that we are then able to throw off what hinders and entangles us, to finish the race – because that is what the race is all about.

There are many days when I don’t feel like being passionate with my husband or for my marriage.  Days when I wish I could follow blissful ignorance and just live my life, unaware of what is truly going on, what the lack of passion does to a marriage.  Sometimes, I would rather just sleep or watch TV than be passionate with my man.  But, God has called us all to a higher standard in our marriages and in our relationships with our spouses and settling for blissful ignorance is not what God has in mind for us.  He wants desires to give us abundant life.

John 10:10 21st Century King James Version (KJ21): The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy.  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

And abundant life comes with fully knowing how much He loves us and wants what is best for us – and how much He desires for us to be passionate about our spouses and our marriages.

It’s the knowing that comes first – the feelings will follow.  It’s the commitment that comes first, the passion will follow.  It’s in the never giving up that the commitment and perseverance follows.

It in honouring your husband and following passion that you honour God, even when you don’t feel like it – because we follow God’s will and His way, irrespective of our feelings.

Victory is pretty much impossible until we learn how to live beyond our feelings.  Joyce Meyer

… and learn to obey God’s call for passion.  It’s never easy – often our feelings or circumstances can be so overwhelming and it takes a lot of discipline to get your head in the right space in order to be passionate…

Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV): Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

But, remember this, your passion towards your marriage and your husband is what God wants.  It is His will that your marriage work out – that your marriage be happy, fulfilling and passionate.  For you and for your man.  And while you may be okay with long, deep connecting conversations with your husband – and only that – your hubby needs passion and intimacy in order to give that to you.  It’s God’s perfect design.

So, always persevere, run the race set before you, never give up – free yourself from anything that will prevent you from being passionate about your marriage, and let God do the rest.  And when you can’t even get that right, remember:

Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV): I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

In today’s key, Pearl speaks about never giving up.

Key 3:

“So, I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you.  Keep searching, and you will find.  Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you,” Luke 11:9, Holman Christian Standard Bible.

 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” Luke 11:9, King James Version.

POSITIVE THOUGHT (positive verbs: ask, seek, and knock)

ask knowing I will receive a greater understanding of my Libido.  I seek the knowledge of the divine mystery, the one flesh nature of my marriage that is God-ordained.  I knock on the door.  I will unlock my sexual desire.

– See more at: http://www.oysterbed7.com/p/unlock-your-libido-2013-challenge.html#sthash.vLI3Y6sX.dpuf

According to my limited research, Luke 11:9 contains the Greek present active imperative tense, which translated most correctly means to ‘make a habit of’ or ‘keep doing it.’  Which goes back to our word of the day, importunity!  Be persistent.

Every beautiful lady has a unique libido.  Let’s figure out what makes you tick!  Ask, and keep asking, God to reveal the secret of your sexual energy and desire for your husband.

– See more at: http://www.oysterbed7.com/p/unlock-your-libido-2013-challenge.html#sthash.vLI3Y6sX.dpuf

Reference: http://www.oysterbed7.com/p/unlock-your-libido-2013-challenge.html

And here’s the thing – in order to persevere, you need to understand, you need to ask, you need to move forward.  Perseverance comes into play when you don’t feel like you’re moving forward, when you feel like you’re stagnating, when you feel like you’re not getting the answers that you need – it is then that you keep on asking, you keep on seeking and you keep on knocking.  That door, as is God’s promise to us, will open.  But you have to keep on keeping on…

Matthew 7:7-8 King James Version (KJV):  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

And I want to keep on asking, because I believe that God has come so that we can have abundant life.  And part of that is having a strong and healthy marriage, of which is vitally important is a strong and healthy sex life.

John 10:10 New International Version (NIV): The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

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