Wow. Did I ever need this tonight! All of it was good, but here is an excerpt I especially liked.
“In Romans 15:5, Paul calls your Lord ‘the God of endurance.’ This title really gets at the center of where your hope is to be found. Let me state it plainly: your hope is not to be found in your willingness and ability to endure, but in God’s unshakable enduring commitment to never turn from his work of grace.”
(New Morning Mercies, by Paul David Tripp)
I’m catching up in my devotional book (thus the January 12th date), and God knew I would need this tonight more than 2 days ago. I have been praying He would help me to persevere.
To be transparent, I’ve been getting discouraged. I’m still losing weight; I feel weak (probably related to continued weight loss) and tired a lot (wake up every night at 2:30 and can only manage to cat nap after that until kids get up); and I can’t seem to find a “diet” plan that works for me. I plan on calling the doctor about it on Monday and doing my due diligence to figure this out.
But I’m also praying that God would help me persevere and be victorious throughout the journey (aka the “murky middle” or “the dip”) to the much awaited next surgery. I don’t want to be so focused on the February 20th surgery (which in itself is no guarantee to an easier path, as we saw with the last surgery) that I miss out on the lessons and blessings God has for me along the way, as well as ways for me to glorify Him. Would you pray with me? Thank you!