when obedience results in hardship

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When you begin along a path of obedience to the Lord and are met by hardship or persecution, don’t despair. Don’t renege when suffering arises. Don’t panic. Do not doubt His faithfulness:

Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.”

Rather:

Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.”

Because:

“The Lord is near.”

And because He is near, no matter the form your hardship has taken as a result of your obedience, you can:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

(Elisabeth Elliot, I Corinthians 16:13-14 and Philippians 4:5-7)

Painting: Woman Digging by Camille Pissarro, 1883

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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