NEVER NEVER GIVE UP!

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    I love a “never give up” attitude!  When my son Jeff, at the age of three, was desperately trying to learn the art of tying his own shoes, I tried to encourage him by saying he had time to learn; there was no rush.  Once I learned Tommy Dinkerdoodle—I’ve learned I’m supposed to change the names of people to whom I refer—could tie his shoes without even muttering to himself, I then understood Jeff’s intensity.

    One morning when the shoe tying effort was especially unrewarding, I thought I’d inspire Jeff with the words of Winston Churchill spoken during some of England’s darkest days during WWII. (I know. . . I know.  Sometimes during my early mothering phase I found myself talking for my own edification.)

    “Jeff, honey. . . when it looked as if England would be defeated by the Nazi soldiers marching across Europe and heading for London, Winston Churchill addressed the people and shouted, ‘Never give up. . . never, never, never!’.”

    Taken back by my dramatic outburst, Jeff walked into the kitchen and asked if he could maybe have a piece of toast.  I decided it would be good if we both had a piece of toast.

     

     

    Hours later I passed Jeff’s room; he was sitting on the floor once again struggling with his shoe laces.  He was muttering over and over, “Never get up. . . never. . . never. . . never.”  The inspirational words were incorrect but his spirit of determination ultimately paid off.  He lives in California; I live in Texas.  I have yet to fly there to help him tie his shoelaces.

    Those of us well-schooled in biblical promises know the words of Philippians 4:13.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJ)  But sometimes I wonder if I truly have an accurate interpretation of that verse.  Sometimes I’m not sovereignly designed to “do all things”; sometimes I need to trust whatever God intends for me to learn when I don’t succeed.  “I can do all things” may mean I will be strengthened as I live through an experience I did not expect or choose.  With God’s enablement I can do it.

    I need to listen carefully to what God may be teaching me, even when I don’t achieve my goal!

     

     

     

    Women of Faith is a global ministry, specializing in the use of all forms of media & technology, as a conduit to connect people to people and exponentially grow friends and community globally and to create disciples 24/7, 365 days per year. This allows Women of Faith to reach more people and to have more impact in growing God’s Kingdom. Women of Faith is also committed to carrying the legacy of wisdom, story and authenticity, by providing various media, initiatives, resources, events, courses, studies, partnerships and programs. These are utilized in delivering spiritual strength, life leadership, real relationships and to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus. Women of Faith's Foundational Voice is Alita Reynolds.

     

     

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    I love a “never give up” attitude!  When my son Jeff, at the age of three, was desperately trying to learn the art of tying his own shoes, I tried to encourage him by saying he had time to learn; there was no rush.  Once I learned Tommy Dinkerdoodle—I’ve learned I’m supposed to change the names of people to whom I refer—could tie his shoes without even muttering to himself, I then understood Jeff’s intensity.

    One morning when the shoe tying effort was especially unrewarding, I thought I’d inspire Jeff with the words of Winston Churchill spoken during some of England’s darkest days during WWII. (I know. . . I know.  Sometimes during my early mothering phase I found myself talking for my own edification.)

    “Jeff, honey. . . when it looked as if England would be defeated by the Nazi soldiers marching across Europe and heading for London, Winston Churchill addressed the people and shouted, ‘Never give up. . . never, never, never!’.”

    Taken back by my dramatic outburst, Jeff walked into the kitchen and asked if he could maybe have a piece of toast.  I decided it would be good if we both had a piece of toast.

     

     

    Hours later I passed Jeff’s room; he was sitting on the floor once again struggling with his shoe laces.  He was muttering over and over, “Never get up. . . never. . . never. . . never.”  The inspirational words were incorrect but his spirit of determination ultimately paid off.  He lives in California; I live in Texas.  I have yet to fly there to help him tie his shoelaces.

    Those of us well-schooled in biblical promises know the words of Philippians 4:13.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJ)  But sometimes I wonder if I truly have an accurate interpretation of that verse.  Sometimes I’m not sovereignly designed to “do all things”; sometimes I need to trust whatever God intends for me to learn when I don’t succeed.  “I can do all things” may mean I will be strengthened as I live through an experience I did not expect or choose.  With God’s enablement I can do it.

    I need to listen carefully to what God may be teaching me, even when I don’t achieve my goal!

     

     

     

    Women of Faith is a global ministry, specializing in the use of all forms of media & technology, as a conduit to connect people to people and exponentially grow friends and community globally and to create disciples 24/7, 365 days per year. This allows Women of Faith to reach more people and to have more impact in growing God’s Kingdom. Women of Faith is also committed to carrying the legacy of wisdom, story and authenticity, by providing various media, initiatives, resources, events, courses, studies, partnerships and programs. These are utilized in delivering spiritual strength, life leadership, real relationships and to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus. Women of Faith's Foundational Voice is Alita Reynolds.

     

     


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