32 comments on “Persevere, Persevere, Persevere

  1. Kegs says:

    Thanks, I needed this. The questions are different, not as thought provoking nor in-depth as before. The personal questions are elementary and irritating. But with God’s help and much prayer, I will persevere.

  2. Mary Ashford says:

    Just what I needed to hear. I really needed those encouraging words. I am finding it harder and harder to get my lessons finished.

    Mary Ashford Sent from my iPad

  3. da, Larry says:

    Very Good. Thank you.

  4. Rungirl says:

    Thank you, thank you…I needed this today! I think this time of year gets so busy and our minds are focused on those “things” or for me. Spring is busy with school activities, sporting games, swim and testing…it’s crazy. I’ll be praying for all of to persevere through!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Many of us are in the face of trials and have faith challenged when there is lack of peace. But Jesus is the calm in the storm. Needed to hear this blog today. What’s at the end matters, for He is coming. The concerns here doesn’t mean anything compared to the good to come.

  6. Jesslyn says:

    Thanks!! I appreciate the encouragement. It does get harder to focus and complete a lesson sometimes. I am a noted procrastinator and I do stay on track with the lessons most of the time, but it can be a struggle. Also the harder questions tend to set me back, but….I persevere. I love what Jennifer said too. SO TRUE!!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Studying the bible is about meeting with God. It’s about His Word coming alive for me in that moment. It’s about me being transformed into the woman He desires me to be.

    Yes, there are questions that don’t always appeal to me and there are times when I struggle to get everything finished, but then someone will share either in leaders or my small group and I realize that the question that annoyed me was written for THEM. It was the question they needed to answer or it was the perfect question for the new gal to answer and build her confidence.

    We all have slumps…places in study where it goes slow or seems to drag a little, but I encourage you to examine why you do this. Are you staying in BSF because it gives your blog a voice or because this is where God has called you to study His Word. (and we know it never comes back void)

    I think I mean this in a more global way, of course finishing the year and persevering is important, but where does God want you study over the summer, next year, etc. There are so many options to studying His Word and I challenge you to think about where He is calling you.

    P.S. I’m the person who asked you a while back if you had a mentor who knew you were the author of this blog. You asked what I meant. I’m sorry for the late reply to that question. I think it’s important that we have people in our lives (beyond our spouses) who can hold us accountable for what we say and do. In this platform, you are teaching other women. Before you object, they listen to what you say here, they read your answers and by your own admission use them for their own and you share additional insight and resources on certain questions–teaching. For me when I have placed myself in this situation, I need a trusted woman who loves The Lord to walk alongside me and gently nudge me when I need correction and encourage me to keep doing what God has called me to do.

  8. Deb says:

    Thank you for the reminder and the encouragement!

  9. Mary says:

    Thank you ever so much for this reminder to persevere. I did not need this reminder in regards to doing my BSF lesson but I definitely needed this word to persevere with being a children’s leader and with some issues in my personal life. As a children’s leader, there are days where I think that nothing I do makes a difference. I have a class of 20 3 year olds and my co-leader and myself keep on trying new things to see if those things would help with bringing the more rebellious children in line. Anyway for the last month I have been struggling with whether I needed to resign. Your definition really helped. Since my bsf class is a couple of weeks behind yours I always have an opportunity to check out how you have answered a difficult question. Your blog has been a blessing to me and I have always been encouraged by your writing. May God continue to help you persevere in the things He has called you to do. Your sister in Christ.

  10. larry stirtz says:

    If you did not do this I could not participate because there apparently are no BFS groups that do not meet so the disabled cannot go. Thank you. We receive the results of your efforts.

  11. Kegs says:

    We hold you accountable, Atozmom, but the only person who can keep you accountable is God. I believe that this is a mission you have been given and that you have not placed yourself in this situation. Follow the probing of the Spirit and hold yourself accountable to Him only. If He brought you to it, He’ll see you through it.

  12. Dora Reynolds says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was feeling what you were feeling and felt guilty. But, like you, I continue going to BSF and am blessed daily for it.

  13. Jo Ann Cameron says:

    I know it is hard, but i have learned so much about the Bible. I learned a lot that i had never heard about, even attending church most of my life. You have definitely helped me to understand when I couldn’t figure out what the question meant. I might have given up without you. Just wanted to thank you. Your writing gift is serving as a ministry for your readers.

  14. Sandy says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I have been struggling with the same thing. I have beating myself up and trying to figure out what is wrong with me. I have been feeling so guilty about having to force myself to sit down and do my lessons. God should be first in my life and I need that balance.

  15. gee says:

    Thank you…I needed the push, I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way. I’m done with the cold, snow and long days and nights just dragging and dragging into one. Maybe I need a vacation? A vacation from BSF? Don’t think God ever took one. Must move on and May is looking closer. If it wasn’t for your blog, I would have given up. It’s easy to do. I’m encouraged by your gift in writing and what you share about your life. Thank you. We will be rewarded.

  16. Lane says:

    Well said

  17. jack says:

    Mortals typically lag and flounder in our frail attempts at perseverance. But aren’t we glad that God doesn’t! He aint gonna quit till its done. And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ

  18. Laura says:

    Thanks for putting this awful, dragging, sick of winter feeling into words. I have been actually more than that lately…depressed, feeling sad, melancholy, weepy. My head says, Laura, you have soooooo much to be thankful for. And I do. But my heart just wants melt away, curl up into a ball. I know I want my heart to be full of Jesus, full of His Spirit and I will try to “abide” in him but this lack of interest and lack of energy hurt! I keep thinking about the Woman with bleeding we studied a few chapters back…I just want to touch the very edge of His garment…to feel.

  19. kredmon5120@aol.com says:

    Thanks for the awesome encouragement

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  21. Randy says:

    I enjoy your blog and hope you can finish your book soon so I can buy one. Stay well, calm and sane with all you have going on.

  22. grace evans says:

    Thanks so much I was beginning waver and blame the weather

  23. kimberlyky says:

    Well, it is encouraging, though I am not sure if you are in leadership, but you must enjoy some (extra provision of) time for this sharing!

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  26. Dee Moss says:

    Thank you so much the encouragement!!!

  27. tank17@wowway.com says:

    Thank you!!! 🙂

  28. I just want to thank you for all your study, your answering the BSF questions, and the posts on your blog. The Bible is all new to me and rather difficult. While I am doing my BSF questions I look at your answers in your blog – IT SAVES MY LIFE!!! I would get so discouraged without your help. Thank you for taking the time to post your blog. I would have stopped going to BSF if it were not for the help and guidance your answers give me. This is not easy for new Christians. Please never stop. I believe there are a lot of people out there like me, more than you realize – you are like a tutor for God’s word. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

  29. Joan Holly says:

    You do an amazing job. Thank you. I loved this post. I can relate.

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