By: Jennifer Murray

On Being Steadfast…

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Oh, Parenting.  You are a different bag of tricks than I had expected.  I’ve been searching for the quick fixes, and happily ever afters, and everyone wins, and they’re not to be found.

Instead it’s the daily race of being steadfast.  It’s being a constant, consistent, calm, steady, gentle, faithful, firm, continual, and grounded in truth.

It’s being quick to ask for forgiveness.  It’s crying over failures.  It’s starting over again and again and again. It’s not knowing the solution, but being determined not to give up, and stay the course (even when you want to run away and throw in the towel).  It’s asking God to help me when I miserably try to do it all on my own strength.

I know that everyone warns me about parenting teenagers with dread and eye rolls, but I think teenagers are made here. This is the groundwork. This is where it counts. Character is made in these everydays of life.

Yesterday our sermon from our dear friend Bryan was on being steadfast from I Corinthians 15:58,

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 

It doesn’t quit, it doesn’t even pause.  It’s a continuous work of love. It’s in our church, in our jobs, and in our homes.

It’s not in vain, My Friends.

In the hard, in the mess, in the fear, in the conflict, in the trenches – This is the LABOR that matters.

 

7 Responses to “On Being Steadfast…”

  1. Laura
    June 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    Thanks for sharing… I needed to hear this today! 🙂

  2. Tami
    June 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Just what I needed to hear today! Thank you!

  3. chrisgharmon
    June 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Perfect words to hear on a Monday. (And every day.)
    chrisgharmon recently posted.. in her own time

  4. Debbie
    June 9, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    I love your posts. I have been so lazy I don’t stop n reflect and mediate on what really matters like I used to…..and believe me I certainly do not have the time constraints of raising 4 boys at once!!!!! Pat yourself on the back…..and thanks for the inspiration

  5. Crystal
    June 10, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    So true. I can’t even think about what lies ahead or I’ll freak out….I can’t be a mother without prayer! 🙂
    Crystal recently posted.. On Who is Captain America

  6. Rebecca Thomas
    June 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Seen you guys at Holiday World on Friday. Your boys are so cute and loved the matching outfits. Wanted to say HI, but did not want to interupt your fun. Been following your blog from the beginning and felt like I was watching famous people from a distance. LOL.

    • Jennifer Murray
      June 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

      You totally should have introduced yourself! Hope you had a great time too! =)

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