decision number seven

Jules —  April 25, 2009

We are knee deep in this decision. Persist, persist, persist!! It is exhausting and at times I feel like I’m going to lose it, but that’s life isn’t it?

It takes a great deal of effort to raise children and teach them to think of others before themselves. We want our daughters to grow into kind and generous young adults. It’s hard to imagine with all the fighting that goes on! I had no idea how hard raising children would be! Nothing can prepare you for that responsibility!

We want to have an extraordinary marriage – way above and beyond ordinary. What a task! We’ve committed nearly nineteen years to our marriage! The energy level it takes to continually be students of one another is a great challenge! Love, respect and selflessness are not always easy things to demonstrate, especially when we are tired and stressed.

Our desire is to prosper financially through a healthy, thriving business. That kind of persistence leaves James with dark circles around his eyes! He is working so hard right now in this area that I believe at least 85 percent of his waking hours are devoted to this cause. He is constantly studying and working. That’s what it takes to build a strong, successful, prosperous business.

We will persist without exception and it’s worth it every day! When one of the girls chooses to do something kind for their sister, I smile really big inside. PERSIST! When James and I get some time alone and share our hearts with one another and cheer each other on, it’s worth it! PERSIST! Every week when James is able to make payroll and more work is coming – the future is bright because he is increasing his knowledge of business and it will pay off BIG someday! PERSIST! We will persist without exception! We will never, never, never give up!

The Persistent Decision

I Will Persist Without Exception.

Knowing that I have already made changes in my life that will last forever, today I insert the final piece of the puzzle. I possess the greatest power ever bestowed upon mankind, the power of choice. Today, I choose to persist without exception. No longer will I live in a dimension of distraction, my focus blown hither and yon like a leaf on a blustery day. I know the outcome I desire. I hold fast to my dreams. I stay the course. I do not quit.

I will persist without exception. I will continue despite exhaustion.

I acknowledge the fact that most people quit when exhaustion sets in. I am not “most people.” I am stronger than most people. Average people accept exhaustion as a matter of course. I do not. Average people compare themselves with other people. That is why they are average. I compare myself to my potential. I am not average. I see exhaustion as a precursor to victory.

How long must a child try to walk before he actually does so? Do I not have more strength than a child? More understanding? More desire? How long must I work to succeed before I actually do so? A child would never ask the question, for the answer does not matter. By persisting without exception, my outcome—my success—is assured.

I will persist without exception. I focus on results.

To achieve the results I desire, it is not even necessary that I enjoy the process. It is only important that I continue the process with my eyes on the outcome. An athlete does not enjoy the pain of training; an athlete enjoys the results of having trained. A young falcon is pushed from the nest, afraid and tumbling from the cliff. The pain of learning to fly cannot be an enjoyable experience, but the anguish of learning to fly is quickly forgotten as the falcon soars to the heavens.

A sailor who fearfully watches stormy seas lash his vessel will always steer an unproductive course. But a wise and experienced captain keeps his eye firmly fixed upon the lighthouse. He knows that by guiding his ship directly to a specific point, the time spent in discomfort is lessened. And by keeping his eye on the light, there never exists one second of discouragement. My light, my harbor, my future is within sight!

I will persist without exception. I am a person of great faith.

In Jeremiah, my Creator declares, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” From this day forward, I will claim a faith in the certainty of my future. Too much of my life has been spent doubting my beliefs and believing my doubts. No more! I have faith in my future. I do not look left or right. I look forward. I can only persist.

For me, faith will always be a sounder guide than reason because reason can only go so far—faith has no limits. I will expect miracles in my life because faith produces them every day. I will believe in the future that I do not see. That is faith. And the reward of this faith is to see the future that I believed.

I will continue despite exhaustion. I focus on results. I am a person of great faith.

I will persist without exception.



8 responses to decision number seven

  1. What a great post, Julie! It was very inspiring. :-)

  2. Thanks, Sarah! It’s good to hear from you!

  3. Good words/thoughts to live by. More married couples should read this blog or just be around you and James and experience how you two STUDY/WORK at your marriage.

  4. Marilyn alias(Punkie) April 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    This lesson is “Right On”. I thank God for the partner He gave me.

  5. Thanks, Kandis! James and I have been through a lot of tough times together. We’ve been able to work through them and come out the other side stronger than ever. I think working together with a team mentality is one of the most important aspects in a marriage. That and being grounded in faith together and being surrounded by a good support system. When the kids were littler and things were super busy we got the working together as a team thing down quite well. We constanty bartered parenting duties! “I’ll get the kids ready for bed, if you’ll clean the kitchen” I also think it’s important to be cheer leaders to one another. You’re on the same team and should be constantly cheering one another on. Rah, rah, ree!!!

    You got a keeper Aunt Marilyn!

  6. What a great post! I was nodding all the way through your intro there. I can understand what you are saying and I feel like I am right there with ya. Lately, with all the stress, I find myself shutting down and I have started quoting Habakkuk 3:19. (amplified version)

    The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk, not to stand still in terror, but to walk, and make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility!

    I remember a Beth Moore conference that I attended and she made us memorize this verse that weekend and I’m glad she did. I find myself saying “I will not stand still in terror, but WALK”. Keep moving….PERSIST!

    Thanks for the post!

  7. Wow–I REALLY needed this post today. It’s been a bit of a rough week (mostly me being extra tired and feeling like every thing’s falling apart around me). Thanks for the words of encouragement.

  8. Girls, bless your hearts! If I can post something that encourages you, I am very honored. Hang in there!

    Karen, thanks for that scripture. I am going to write it on a notecard for my bathroom.