Last night while trying to claw my way up out of the many piles of laundry waiting to be done, I started thinking about how since I’ve become a mom, I’ve acquired many “full time jobs.” Maid, cook, gardener, the list goes on. For the majority of people in our world today, working a full time job is necessary to have what we need to get by day to day. Pile a corporate workload on top of all those jobs at home and life can feel chaotic- this is something I experience at least every other day!
So often I catch myself wiped out at the end of the day. I put the baby to bed and usually go throw myself on my own bed just because I haven’t even sat down for the last few hours. After a busy day of work life and mom life, I feel guilty that I’d rather scroll on my phone or watch tv rather than read and study my Bible. It’s not that I don’t want to, I just want to be a vegetable and do something that requires no effort, especially mentally. Y’all feel me?
As I was putting away my clothes and pondering all of this, I had a thought come into my mind and no doubt it was the Lord. “Faith is repetitive.”
I never really thought of it that way, but in reality, Faith is a full time job. It is repetitive in the way that in order to maintain a strong faith in God, we have to continually pray, read the Word, and communicate with God.
That includes the times that you don’t want to. That’s when you really should. Perseverance is persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. That means pray when you’re tired, when you’re sad, when you’re mad, even at God, despite whatever obstacles you are facing, you have to work at maintaining your faith. Faith was never intended to be easy! Which reminds me of the words to a song I’ve heard for years called ‘Through The Fire’ sung by Jason Crabb.
He never promised that the cross would not get heavy, that hills would not be hard to climb. He never offered a victory without fighting but he said help would always come in time. So just remember when you’re standing in the valley of decision, and the adversary says give in, just hold on, our lord will show up, and he will take you through the fire again.
So cue the title of this blog – perseverance and repetition – and there you have it, a good foundation to help maintain the full time job that is Faith. Faith takes hard work especially during the woes that life throws at us; financial stress, marriage struggles, addictions, physical pain, the loss of loved ones. Be repetitive. Make a habit of prayer and/or bible study. Even if it’s just a few scriptures a day and a prayer before you fall asleep, make time for the Lord, keep your foundation strong.
Help will always come in time.