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Perseverance Pays

And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My nameís sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life. óMatthew 19:29

In the early years when we were building our ministry, Dave and I went through a lot of difficult tests. I needed to work on my attitude. We needed to work on our marriage and how we handled money.

For six years I bought my socks and underwear at garage sales. We were totally brokeóand I was teaching about Godís abundant provision in our lives!

Not only that, it just wasnít popular for women to preach back then. We lost friends and had family members who didnít want anything to do with us.

It was just hard, and sometimes I wanted to quit. But today I am so glad I stuck with God because there are people all over the world who have been helped because of our ministry.

Scripture tells us in Matthew 19 that we will have to leave ďimportantĒ things behind for the sake of following Him. We didnít have everything we thought we needed back then, but the trade-off ended up being more than worth it.

Persevere in your walk with God, even when itís hard. Stay focused on Him, and it will all pay off when you experience the victory He has for you.

Prayer Starter: God, sometimes itís hard to persevere in the Christian life, but I know that the perseverance will pay off. Thank You for giving me the strength I need to keep going. I will follow You alone, because You are all that matters.


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