January 18, 2018

I Press On

Last year ended with a surgery that my husband had to attend six weeks of therapy afterwards. Looking forward to him recovering well and proceeding on, I decided to start my year with a new goal. I’m not one for resolutions, but needless to say, my outlook for the year was to be a year of education.

My husband bought me a new computer; my previous one was on the brink. So I excitedly went through the entire help tutorial. I was on a roll. Not only did I refresh my memory of current knowledge, I learned some new pluses as well of things that were neat, but I would probably never use on a regular basis anyway.

Unfortunately, the trials weren’t over. Again we found ourselves in the hospital. We made it through, but I soon began to see that my year of education was not the textbook learning I was planning. Our family not only experienced another surgery, but a few financial quirks along the way. God decided that my year of learning was going to be of Him and His truths. So, the realization of my pressing on began.

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.”

Philippians 3:12

I needed patience, to be understanding, and to not waiver in my faith. I needed to believe that despite our hardships, God will provide, protect, and carry us through. If I lost my focus, I would panic and worry – become confused and unsure; speaking from experience. It is hard for us to live our lives knowing that His promises will be kept and He is in complete control if our focus is not on Him. Losing my focus complicates my trust in Him. Whatever I believed would soon be lived out in my life – good or bad. So I press on…

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.”

Philippians 3:13

The only thing that keeps me grounded, focused, and at peace is to seek Him. Seek Him in prayer, remember and believe His Word to be true. If I continue to feel sorry for myself and make excuses because of everything that’s happened, I’ll never be able to move on. I would constantly say, “but I can’t…and this happened…and now…and there’s no hope.” If I don’t see any hope, I will live my life as if there is no hope. You will then find yourself stuck in the same mindless circle of life. We must the wisdom of God’s Word and take responsibility for how we are to live as women of God…pressing on.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

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