by Lisa M. Prysock

Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success is the definition of perseverance according to The Oxford Dictionary.  Merriam- Webster states “it is the one quality that allows a person to continue doing something even though it is difficult.”  Following Christ is not easy and I don’t mind being among the first who may admit that.  My life isn’t perfect just because I’m a Christian.  There have been challenges to overcome I never thought I would have to face.  Some roads were so difficult that I know the Lord surely must have carried me through them.  That is part of my testimony.  The Lord sustained me even during times of crisis in my life.  

Though He didn’t promise us a rose garden, He did promise to never leave us and that He would be with us through the trials.  Though salvation is free, there are often many costs and trials associated with being a Christian.  Perseverance is the key.  We must not be “fair weather friends” to God.  We’re in it for the long haul. 

One of my favorite verses about perseverance is the one my grandmother wrote in my first King James Bible, Proverbs 3:5,6 –:   5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.   

Sometimes we look at our circumstances and nothing makes sense.  We wonder why we should continue to follow God if it’s going to be so rough.  Remember Job?  He really had a whopper of a test!  All of his friends turned on Him when he lost everything, including his wealth, children, and health.  In the end, God restored double unto Job.  Why?  Because he persevered through every trial and never gave up His faith in God.  In the end he said, I know my Redeemer lives and at the last day, He shall stand upon the earth.  Job 19:25, paraphrased. 

The Bible promises great rewards for the man who perseveres: 

Matthew 24:13   But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 

Revelation 3:11   Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 

We may also look toward ensamples of the Bible and a number of great men of faith endured afflictions and trials of all kinds.  Obviously, Jesus Christ Himself is our greatest example of endurance.  The Word tells us He endured the cross, despising the shame, for the joy set before Him.  Joshua endured being sold into slavery by his brothers and later, God rewarded Him with a great purpose and a promotion.  King David endured years of being hunted down by King Saul and having to hide in the mountains and caves until the time he became King.  Moses gave up being the Prince of Egypt with every kind of pleasure available to him in order to follow God and suffer affliction with the people of God in the desert.  Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, bore all kinds of suffering and trials to help the early church and write most of the epistles of the gospel.  Most of the twelve disciples were crucified or killed in order to follow Christ.  Mary, the mother of Christ on earth suffered the loss of her Son and had to live with the memories of what they had done to Him.  Mary Magdalene suffered a shameful past and scorn as she carved out a new life in Christ.   

Galations 6:9 reminds us–:  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 

I Chronicles 16:11 gives us a way to persevere:  Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. 

II Timothy 2:12 gives us another promise to hold onto as we persevere:  If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him… 

We are also given Romans 5:3-5 3–: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 

Finally, we are given Joshua 1:9–:  Have not I commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. 

How can I do that, you may ask… only by the quickening and resurrection power of Jesus Christ made available to us by faith through grace, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.  My grandfather spoke these words which I will never forget–: “Do the best you can in the worst of places.”  Be blessed today as you and I link arms together, trust the Lord, and persevere.

Author Bio:

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”   

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room.  “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop.  Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”   

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemakeran Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at: 


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