1 & 2 Timothy and Titus: Day 16

Keep the Faith

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Today's Text: 2 Timothy 4:1-22, Deuteronomy 31:6-8, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4:1-22, Deuteronomy 31:6-8, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

I’ve run exactly one marathon—actually, a half marathon. It was the winter of 2012, a mild winter, and most mornings, I could survive my five-mile training run with no more than leggings, a long-sleeved shirt, and a hat to keep the wind off my ears. The online guide I’d printed out for first-timers alternated short runs with longer ones, and as I checked the calendar, I realized I was about to hit a new milestone: six miles. I’d never run that far in my life. Every time I passed the five-mile marker, I started walking. That was enough right? Why go further?

My mind told my limbs that it was too hard, too boring. And so I stopped. Nashville has a renowned running club, which offered half-marathon training, and I knew if I had any chance at hitting my goal, I needed help.

The following Sunday morning, I showed up to the running club, amazed that there were so many, like me, who needed the help of others. A short Indian man led my pace pack, and when I fell out (at mile five, again) he fell back with me, using his watch to push me to run for a minute, walk for a minute, until my body overpowered my mind. Within a few weeks, I was running seven miles, then ten. And though I was slow, I persisted.

Running is such an easy metaphor because it is so applicable to our life as Christians. Living a life of self-control and faith can leave us asking, “Why?” What’s the point of waiting until marriage, when there’s so much romance and sex to be had now? What’s the point of trusting in God, when things aren’t going the way you’d planned anyway? What’s the point of staying married, when the days blend together, one never-ending drone of laundry to wash, messes to clean, and cooking to complete? The mundane rhythms of a faithful life are like the pain of a solitary run—one foot after another, breathing, willing yourself not to stop, or to be diverted to another path. It’s not easy, and most of the time, it’s not fun. But it is worth it.

Paul tells Timothy not to grow discouraged in his particular race. Persist, he says, whether it is convenient or not. In fact, I’d venture to say that persistence is most evident when it’s not convenient. When life gets boring and painful, like a long and solitary run, we are so quick to turn for relief, for permission to stop, for a detour. We itch to hear some new truth that indulges our desire for comfort. But our comfort isn’t in the race ending; our comfort comes in the form of great partners, running at our side.

For a while, Timothy had Paul by his side, like my friend in the running club, offering advice, encouraging him onward. But Paul knew his race was nearly finished. As death lingers in the near future, Paul tells Timothy that he will have to go on alone. But even alone, we are not alone. Paul tells him, “Everyone deserted me, but the Lord stood with me” (2 Timothy 4:16).

I do not know what particular race this day holds for you. This month. This year. Perhaps you are staring at the uphill climb of divorce, a valley of infertility, or the flat plains of our mundane world. Run, my friend. Run slow, if you have to. Enjoy your Christian running mates, if and when they are there. And when they are gone, run, knowing that Jesus is by your side.

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Claire Gibson is a writer whose work has been featured in publications including The Washington Post and Entrepreneur Magazine among many others. An Army kid who grew up at West Point, New York, Claire is currently growing roots in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Patrick, their son, Sam, and their dog, Winnie. Her debut novel, Beyond the Point, will be published next year.

  • Hannah Glick

    As an athlete continually training and running, but trying to encourage family members in the Christian life, this reflection was a great encouragement :)

  • Courtney Moyer

    The mundane things throughout the day are what gives the speed for momentum to face persistance going up the hill. The top of the hill isn’t a resting place but rather a great “photo spot” to see the things left behind that allowed one to reach the top. The valley is what reveals the need and motivation to for the “picture spot”

  • Denise Powers Fabian

    What a beautiful reflection…and so timely. Most day are “the flat plains of our mundane world” these days. The passages today had a common theme of self-control and seeking relief in unhealthy ways when things get tough. Much to reflect on and pray about.

  • Monica Davis

    Keep the faith. Run the race.

  • My best friend has lost her faith and literally replaced it with running and marathon training. I wish she could read this.

  • Emily Bennett

    I enjoyed reading this so much! My boyfriend and I have been talking about having a more serious relationship and getting engaged soon. Because of this, sexual sin has started to creep up on us. For us, sexual sin has been a struggle that I wish we didn’t have. Verses like these remind me why we are running the race and keeping the faith.

    • Susie

      Stay strong! That’s such a tough fight but it’s worth it! Praying for you and your boyfriend.

    • Samantha Rogers

      Leaning into God’s strength to refrain from sex is vital to this tough race. My husband and I chose not to have sex before we married although we had been with other partners in our past. Although tough, it’s the best decision we ever made. We have been able to enter into marriage with a strong foundation of trust and communication. When you are able to communicate, that makes for a much easier sex life and marriage in general. Good luck to you as you enjoy engagement! Lifting you today!

  • This post makes so much sense in relation to everyday life! Thank you for sharing!!

  • The race is not given to the swift nor the strong but unto them that endure to the end!!!! Stay persistent in THIS season that God has you in. Like Paul, he was in a season that only he could endure. He knew that because of his faith in God, he would be stronger than ever. And he also knew that God would never put more on him that he could bear. (1 Corinthians 10:13). We have this ultimate power to be great at everything and ALL things. We must continue to run past the limited mark of what the enemy THINKS we are only good for. We are women of God.. Strong, Courageous, Powerful, and Enduring! I was on the edge of a lot of things last week, but I was so glad the Holy Spirit reminded me that the BLOOD STILL WORKS and it NEVER loses it POWER.

  • Heather N (MNmomma)

    I am a day late in getting to this study….and man does it hit home. I am a runner….well, I still say that even though it has been just shy of one year since I have been able to walk let alone run. I have had severe complications following an injury sustained while teaching a cross training class and subsequent surgery. I can now walk, without a walking boot, for about 5 minutes at a time….then rest for a couple of hours and then attempt again. My marathons (full and half….and even a triathlon) of the past have helped me with the mental and physical pain…..I keep reminding myself of that with each obstacle….each setback….I have literally felt God’s arms holding me and sustaining me. The days are rather lonely – I am no longer able to work….my kids are all at school…all of my friends work and we live in the middle of no where……BUT…..BUT GOD….He has come to me in ways I could never have imagined before….I never slowed down before…my life was lived at breakneck speed (and I loved every second)….I have a contentment I never imagined I could have…..and time, so very much time to spend in the word, in prayer and in song…..He is the best running buddy ever….I just can’t wait until we are able to hit the back roads together <3

  • Rebekah Wood

    “ For Demas in love with this world has deserted me …” wow! Is that me? In love with this world? Or am I “running hard” after God?

  • Rebekah Wood

    2 Timothy 4:10 I don’t ever remember this verse standing out to me the way it did this morning.

  • Jessica McCreary

    I enjoyed reading this and the comparison to being a runner. It makes it so much more applicable and now I can take this not just in my life in running but in my marriage and day to day living as a reminder of the Lord and His encouragement that He gives me

  • Courtney

    “Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint”

  • Natasha Watson

    We need to not focus on the circumstances of right now but look to the end when we face our Savior. Can i say to Him I have fought the good fight and kept the faith or will I face him with my head hung low in disappointment.

  • Erin King

    “We are so quick to turn…for permission to stop.” I think I seek this most in areas where I don’t start out “perfect”. It’s so much easier (and more comfy) to just quit and just try something else. Growth isn’t always in new, adventurous opportunities, but in discipline day in and day out. What a gentle reminder this was to keep going, keep running, keep growing with Jesus- even in the little things that maybe require more endurance than natural ability.

    • Deborah Craytor

      “Growth isn’t always in new, adventurous opportunities, but in discipline day in and day out.” Thank you for this, Erin. I have been struggling more and more the last couple of years at my job; it’s just the same old grind, day in and day out, with no new challenges or opportunities for advancement on the horizon. One of Pastor Steven Furtick’s sermons a while back had suggested that if you had lost interest in something you used to enjoy, that might be God telling you it was time to move on; I grabbed onto that idea with both hands and eagerly started looking for that new opportunity. Nothing has appeared, though, so I need to accept, and find joy in, the truth that, for me, this is a season of persistence.

  • Miranda Sorensen

    SRT-would you consider adding a feature to mark “favorites”? All the devotionals are great, but once in awhile there’s one that just hits home (like this one) and it would be nice to be able to save them to look back on.

  • Melissa Dean

    As a runner and as someone who suffers from depression, today’s reading and scriptures hit home for me. In fact, the way I celebrated my one year fight with depression was to run the 30km Around the Bay Road Race in Hamilton.

  • Natasha Reyes

    Shout out to the mamas here! You were the focus of my prayers today. I see mothers as fighting a battle more than running a race, and boy does it look like a tough one. You are God’s warriors!

  • Natasha Reyes

    2 Timothy 4:7 is one of my favourite verses! This devotional made it even richer for me, because I’m reminded that God is running the race right beside me. And I am so grateful that he has put so many amazing people in my life to run with me at different stages. It can get boring, difficult or uncertain at times, but as long as God is with me, I know I’m on the right path!

  • Reading this made me think of growing up and breaking the vow I made for myself for ‘no sex before marriage.’ I was at an age where I craved attention because my dad has told me to leave the house and I wanted to feel important to someone. As I believe I use that as a crutch, I sinned and I made that decision myself. I’m thankful that the Lord forgives me of my sins and makes me ‘white as snow.’

    • Skye

      His forgiveness is precious. His love is enduring. Hope you have a friend running this race with you so that you can encourage each other to press on. Blessings!

  • This was so spot on. We just found out we’re pregnant for the 5th time. I am gearing up for criticism. In the world’s eyes, “why??!” Motherhood is hard and generally under-appreciated. I hear the siren call that I could be doing more “important” things than spending a large portion of my time changing diapers, making meals, training little ones. Life is a gift, and I surrender to the life giver and the daily race of raising up the next Jesus-followers. Even when it’s hard, unrecognized, unglamorous or criticized. Hmmm sounds like Christ…

    • Stephanie

      Congratulations, JP! Many prayers for rest (now while you can haha) and endurance for when you meet your new blessing!

  • Gema Muniz

    Love today’s message. As the mother of two, fear crawled into my heart as the day grew near when my second son was due to be born. My experience with my first born was extremely challenging. My husband and I had recently relocated and I didn’t have any friends or family close by. I felt challenged as a first time mom and we were unsure how we would pull through financially with just one person working. I felt isolated and lonely and there in those lonely moments God met me, he pulled me through it and allowed me to grow spiritually from it. Now with my second child, God provided me with running partners. I have a group of Godly women I can confine in and seek when in need. But I still grow anxious time to time and grow tired of running the race. What a great reminder to never give up and to always keep my eyes on the finish line. May we never grow tired of seeking God. God bless you all ladies.

  • Kimberly Wanzer

    Thanks for this it made me cry…because it is so very true…I have fought very hard to be the woman I know GOD wants me to be …I fail so miserablely daily…I count on His live and strength every day to get me through….I have given out truth as I know it from scripture withive in my heart for others but when that truth is regected it’s hard to run that race but He has always been withe through it I am going through a rough patch but with Jesus at my side I know that race will end with seeing His face and I know it will be worth the struggle!!!!

  • Claire, your posts are always so enlightening, full of perspective and wisdom! Thank you for yet another wonderful depiction of the Word and our God. Bless you!

  • Just like the author today who by the way did remarkable amazing job and touched my heart. I love to read devotions i can relate. I to run a marathon eight years ago. I remember those along side me pushing me and telling me I can do this. Five hours and 45 minutes later I crossed the finish line on that cold March day where there was wind and rain. Today, I’m facing so many hardships, hard aches, and hard times yet I have amazing women, my running partners, running alongside me. Pushing me. Encouraging me. Telling me I can do this through Christ who gives me strength. So grateful for these godly women who are running the race with me today.

  • Oh this resonated with me on so many levels this morning. I’m literally in the middle of training myself, in the middle of a crazy season of life and spiritually. These feelings are so real, on all the levels. Thank you for fleshing them out for me. Thank you for running along side me this morning. :)

  • Such a good word. Thank you for the encouragement today!

  • This definitely resonates with me. Some days I am on my knees crawling ten feet when I want to be sprinting and winning. But the Christian life is not about winning the medal, it’s about persisting. Im praying the Lord will give me strength to run this next leg of my race, which will be challenging (moving to a new state, new job, with three kids under six). Lord help me when I want to collapse and give up.

  • Caralee Lilly

    I want so desperately to run as confidently as PAUL did, assured that he had run the race well and with all his might. I don’t want to squeak in by the simple prayer of salvation but with sweat on my brow knowing I have done all He has asked of me. My days seem to be surrounded by brick walls. I feel visionless and a little deaf in hearing a His voice. Yet I know it’s not Him that has moved or built walls or ceased talking.

  • Dear Claire,
    You hit the nail squarely on its head for me this morning – thank you for this great reminder. I will be rereading it throughout my day. Blessings to you and your family.

  • A M Jackson

    So about 5 years ago I was so miserable in my marriage. No physical or emotional relationship existed. We both knew it. I didn’t care, he did. I had grown weary of trying. I stopped running that race. Then, I had an affair. I fell madly in love with him. He was married. I had convinced myself since he and I were both miserable it was Gods will. Giving up on those long races in our lives is so easy. It feels so good. But God was faithful to go before me to lay out a path of restoration and then stay beside me as I walked down it. It wasn’t an easy path by any means, but God did extend his hand of mercy and understanding over my situation allowing my marriage to be reconciled. Now as I sit here having my quiet time I am reminded that although marriage is difficult, I have been given a great partner to run beside me. One who loves me despite my past transgressions and all my flaws. Much like God does. :)

    • Sarah Marshall

      Marriage is definitely a marathon!! It is such hard work, but for me, it’s made me rely on God that much more. There have been so many times in my marriage where I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore, not because it was bad, but because it was tiring work. But the Lord knew what He was doing when He put us together and I am so thankful He did!!! God constantly reminds me that I have Him to be my cheerleader and support when things get to be too much.

    • Janet Caldwell

      Thank you for sharing AM Jackson. Beautiful story of restoration

    • Amber Myers

      What an awesome example of God’s restoration and the beauty of marriage❤️
      Thank you so much for sharing; it was a great encouragement to me!

  • Eustacia

    … “and though I was slow, I persisted.” Thank you Claire for those precious, simple but powerful words. I was being hard and critical on myself and come to the reality that in some areas of my life i’m still moving at a good pace, but in other areas that I would glide through, I’m finding that As I’m getting older and seasons of my life are changing, (my roles are changing and I’m having to rediscover “me”. I now have adult children and grands and all of that…I get to focus on me, my husband and ministry) it seems to take me longer to get things done or I don’t do them like I used to, but the fact that I’m moving, pursuing Him and persistent in it, although slow, or different than what I’m accustomed to, I persist! Through it all, I persist. I love God and thank Him for his love, patience and faithfulness to me, and His Word the gives me the life and strength I need to keep the faith!

  • As I wade through the trials the Lord has set before me in 2018, and most likely into 2019 too, I was reminded this morning that God has outlined a “good fight” for us to participate in!! I need to finish the race he put before me while keeping the faith. We are living in that time where sound doctrine isn’t tolerated and people itch to hear untruth. They have turned aside…But if I can accomplish what God put before me in his power and using sound doctrine, I will have a testimony about him for others!!! That causes excitement!! The road can be so hard, but we can do it!!

  • tears! <3

  • Jana wright

    Thank you Claire! You always encourage me with your writing! You have hit the nail on the head again sweet girl!

  • Michelle Martin

    What a great encouragement to this stay-at-home mom whose daily work often feels mundane and trivial. Keep running towards the goal, Christ Jesus. The impact is not just for me, but my kids and the next generation. Thank you for this reminder to be faithful in all the little things.

    • Kate Wells

      Yes! I feel the same way. Motherhood was a huge upheaval of the career and life I was used to. I have to constantly remind myself that this job is valuable too. Working 70 hrs a week to cooking and cleaning up play doh was a jolt to my self value barometer. But we are raising children, teaching them values, teaching them about Christ! What could be more important.

  • Kelly Chataine

    Fighting the good fight by taking care of my husband, opening our home up to our grown son and his wife, and keeping my eyes on Jesus. When I begin to feel discouraged I turn to God in prayer. When I hear those lies in my mind I praise Jesus. When I am afraid I turn to God’s Word. God convicted me and helped me realize that I was basing all my moods on my circumstances. Now, when lies creep into my mind I praise God out loud, pray, turn to the Word, or recite a few Biblical truths out loud.
    I am a Child of God. I am an heir with Jesus Christ. I am greatly blessed and highly favored by the King of Kings. I am a conqueror in Christ Jesus. I am the head and not the tail. I am above and not below.
    Praise God!!!

    • Gina Glennon

      Yes Kelly! And one day, that crown of righteousness and those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant” will be yours!

  • Mallie Griffin

    It can’t be a coincidence that today, the first time that I decided to go to the gym in years, is an encouragement to run! Lol. Thank you Lord for the encouragement to persist in our goals!

  • Katalina Gonzalez

    This was absolutely beautiful… thank you so much for for writing this devotional <3

  • Carrie Greus

    Thank you so much for today’s reading. I was exactly there this last few weeks, even as I continue with my duties at my church and life in general… I was struggling with why do I even bother. My sons are drug addicts and it looks as there is no end in sight, but I see miracle after miracle of others being miraculously healed and their lives forever changed!!! When will it be for me what He does for others. I am truly loosing it with this battle and it is effecting my walk with the Lord! And I am therefore so afraid, because my relationship with my church and Father is the only thing that has gotten me through these 15 years of watching my sons destroy their lives. I believe today’s reading is the catalyst to get me back in the race. The prize is so important to my family!

    • SB Taunton

      Carrie, I’ll be praying for you. I have found great comfort and support in al-anon. I would encourage you to try a group if you hadn’t! It’s nice to feel not alone. Everyone story is different but somehow the same!

      • April MaeJackson

        Carrie, I can relate. My brother struggles with addiction. My mother has been broken for many years over this and has recently received a word from God to give her peace. Just remember our timing is not his timing.

    • Melissa Williamson

      Hang on Carrie! I have never been in your exact situation but I have struggles of my own. I have found it helpful to remember that God sees the big picture. Stay faithful, rely on Him, and you will be stronger in the end. Look for people God has put in your life to help you. God bless.

    • KayLyn EspeFox

      Praying for you and your boys Carrie!

    • Kelly Chataine

      I have been going through a difficult time, feeling discouraged, and depressed. Waiting on healing for my husband. God convicted me on this one point. I was focusing on my circumstances and letting them drive my moods, steal my hope, and jerk me around emotionally. Whenever I feel that happening, I focus on Jesus, the Word, and God’s Promises. I set my mind to do what I know is right and keep pressing. Carrie, I will be praying for you and your sons. I write all these words with love and out of my recent experiences.

    • Chris Gruhlke

      Hi Carrie! I’m in the same struggle with my son. It is a pain you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Just when you think you can endure something else happens to pull you into darkness. I’m holding on, but only by a thread. That thread is my relationship with the Lord. I will pray for you and your sons as I hope you will for me and mine. You can endure this ugly race with the help of so many of us running alongside you. May God grant you peace, blessings to you my friend.

    • Tanis Stewart

      Carrie thank you for your open heart. I pray healing over your family right now. Reminds me of Natalie Grant’s song about wanting the Healer more than the Healing. It gets me every time I hear it. Surrender your sadness to Him. He can carry what you cannot. TheY are His children too and first just as you are. I am praying for them. Lord come quickly no reveal yourself to these precious sons. In Your name. AMEN

    • Kate Wells

      Ladies, I pray that the Lord would give you the nudge of inspiration, the kind word, or the miraculous change that you need to stay steadfast to his promises and will. We don’t always understand our struggles, Father. But we trust that it is in your good plan for our lives and those we love. The spirit of addiction is devastating to those affected by it and to those around them. I pray in Jesus name that you would break any strongholds in the lives of these women and their families. There is power in the name of Jesus, to break every chain! Thank you Jesus, amen.

    • ~ B ~

      I’m not going to pretend to know what you are fighting or to think for a moment that any of my difficulties would give me the right words for what you are enduring as a mother, they won’t. My heart hurts for you in this and because of that I will gladly run along side you, lifting you up as we go because this I know I CAN do.

      Carrie Greus, may the Lord lift your spirit today, may He provide you with a peace that can only come through Him and may this portion bring you personally closer to Him. Lord, I lift up Carrie’s sweet sons. They are yours and so I know that you ache because of their trappings, so Lord I ask that you would bring a swift redemption. That you would run into their hearts and war against this for them. Please open their hearts to fully receive you, so that their days can be filled with a life only you can bring. We know that you have already won, but in his weakness the enemy would like us to believe otherwise, to forget the great work you’ve already done and so, as Carrie stands sidelined to other’s miracles, bring a knowing that YOU are with her, that YOU know her pain and that YOU will not forsake her. I ask all of these in your Miraculous name.

    • Leslie L

      All my prayers sent to you and your sons. Addiction is horrible and your sons are so lucky to have a mother like you. Continue to be strong in your faith and keep going!

    • Natasha Reyes

      I am praying for you and your sons Carrie. I remember the fear, pain, anger and exhaustion of the years when my younger brother was a drug addict. It wasn’t easy.

  • Blake Showalter

    Has anyone mentioned that for the past few days the Bible verses aren’t linked at the top of the devotion? If not, just wanted to mention it.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Blake, you may want to try refreshing the page or a different browser. Hope that helps! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Lindsey Bailey

    I am reminded to question myself, for what am I running? Often, although I continue the race, the track in which I run seems to be the wrong one. Instead of the eternal. Instead of running the race that Christ has set before me, my race becomes a race of self-improvement or a race to obtain things this world has to offer. Jesus, make my heart run after the things you want me to run after. Souls. Hearts. People. Jesus, You.

  • Kristine Loughman

    As a runner, the running metaphor always rings true! But the part that jumped out today for me was the “itching ears” that accumulate teachers to “suit their own passions”. It’s so easy these days, through the Internet or social media, to find people who will agree with you, confirm what you want to hear, and make it seem like your way is truth, when perhaps it is not. Lord, give me wisdom to filter what I believe through Your truth, not my own.

  • Elizabeth Alyse

    I am in an internal struggle right now trying to remove the toxic relationships in my life while also loving unconditionally those who have previously provided me support. I pray for guidance right now and he walks with me and helps me decide who to continue to walk with. So thankful that he is always with me

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks for sharing. We’re praying for comfort and guidance during this time. We’re grateful that you’re here! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Praying for your prayers to be answered. Hang in there. God will reward your obedience to Him. May you be filled with His love, peace, and joy each day. In Jesus’ Name Amen

  • Tochi Heredia

    Why am I here?
    Next week, it’ll be six months since I moved to London. I remember anticipating with dread the 3-month deadline I had initially given myself, yet the Lord met me there and helped me to keep going. Right before reaching month 5, I was panicking and thinking I had to go back home because I didn’t have any money left, yet the Lord met me there and provided me with a job.

    Now, it’s been 6 months and I’ve fallen into a rhythm. Everything feels monotonous, boring, unremarkable. But I’m asking God to meet me there. I feel so tempted to stop and give up, since most days are so dull I feel there’s no point in keeping going.
    Yet I know in my heart of hearts that’s not what God wants for me. I’m so thankul for this encouragement today and for Paul’s vulnerability. I can get so lonely, so discouraged, so EXHAUSTED. I pray that the Lord would provide me with running partners to lift me up and that His Spirit be my only source of sustenance and strength.
    And, in the midst of it all, that He’d show me why He brought me here. However long it takes.

    “Persistence is most evident when it’s not convenient.” Wow. Lord, help me fight the good fight.

    • Ashley

      Praying for you and understanding some of your difficulties. I recently moved to France and being in a new location and all of the things that go along with that can be so tough! Way to keep at it and praying that God will surround you with excellent support and full you with joy as you continue in this journey, as He leads you in your next steps.

    • Brandi

      Tochi, I can go back in my prayer journal to the day you asked for prayer regarding this move and trace every request you have shared with us! It’s like we, your sisters are on this journey with you! Though not physically, we are with you in prayer! I’m so sorry you feel lonely. But I am encouraged by what our Father is doing and is going to do through your faithfulness and obedience! I am encouraged by your journey! Thank you sister!

    • Louise

      Tochi, I’m lifting you up. I’m from England but a different part. Hoping you are settled in a good church and that will bring you the running partners you need. Much love.

    • Churchmouse

      You are His Light there though you may not see very far into the darkness. Know that He sees YOU and He is pleased with your faithfulness: a long obedience in the same direction. Stay in His will and all will be well. Not easy. Not fun. But it will be well. Prayers continue for you there from here.

  • Churchmouse

    “… No one stood by me but everyone deserted me. May it not be counted against them.” In the midst of Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to persevere in his ministry calling, we’re given this challenge. We will be misunderstood, ridiculed and abandoned because of our faith. In the face of such betrayal, the response is not revenge or retaliation but forgiveness. It is to be intercessory prayer for them. No. Small. Task. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” What an attitude to strive towards when we are wounded in ministry, when the wounds are from ‘friendly fire.’ Let us pray.

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