Step 10: Challenge Yourself, “Am I Willing to Persevere?”
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Is your venture worth persevering in, even when it gets hard to keep moving forward? Even when there are obstacles? Even when you don’t see results or an end in sight?
“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” (2 Thessalonians 3:5)
I took these 10 steps almost 25 years ago when God called me to start the Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry, a Bible-based ministry still active today. Initially, I didn't like it that God’s plan was different from mine. But it became clear as I took each step that starting Woman to Woman Mentoring (and later writing a Leader’s Kit to help other churches start a mentoring ministry) was God’s leap of faith for me. I had no idea that God’s plan was so much bigger than mine as He took Woman to Woman Mentoring around the world.
Sometimes fear stops us from proceeding. Fear that we won’t know what to do, or maybe fear of failure. But God says over 200 times in the Bible “Fear not.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Where is God asking you to bravely step out in faith? This could be the great adventure for which you were created. Wherever God leads, He will be in it with you. He will never direct you to go where He won’t be right beside you. It’s been true for me and I know it will be true for you as you take your God-guided leap of faith.
“For we live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Janet Thompson is an international speaker, freelance editor, and award-winning author of 20 books. Her passion is to mentor other women in sharing their life experiences and God’s faithfulness, which is the subtitle of her latest release, Mentoring for All Seasons: Sharing Life Experiences and God’s Faithfulness. Everyday Brave: Living Courageously as a Woman of Faith is due out September, 2019. She is also the author of Forsaken God?: Remembering the Goodness of God Our Culture Has Forgotten; The Team That Jesus Built; Dear God, Why Can’t I Have a Baby?; Dear God They Say It’s Cancer;Dear God, He’s Home!; Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter; Face-to-Face Bible study Series; and Woman to Woman Mentoring: How to Start, Grow, & Maintain a Mentoring Ministry Resources.
Janet is the founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring and About His Work Ministries.
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