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So, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Galatians 6:9

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The story is told of a great pianist who was scheduled to perform for a small country town. Everyone in the town was excited since they rarely had the opportunity to hear a famous musician. A young mother was especially excited. Her son had been taking piano lessons and showed great promise. However, he hated to practice. His mother was hoping that if her son saw the great pianist perform, he would be motivated to take his music more seriously.

The night of the concert finally arrived, and it seemed as if everyone in town had come. As the young mother settled her son in his seat, her attention turned to the crowd pouring in. Everyone was dressed in their finest, and a buzz of excitement filled the concert hall. No one noticed the little boy as he slipped out of his seat and made his way down the aisle toward the stage. No one noticed the little boy as he walked onto the stage, climbed up on the piano stool and began to play “Chopsticks.”

The concert hall fell silent as every eye turned toward the stage. People began to yell, “Where is that child’s mother? How did he get on stage? Get him down immediately!” The guest artist was standing in the wings, getting ready to make his entrance when he heard the shouts and saw and heard the little boy. Grabbing his jacket, the great pianist ran onto the stage, came up behind the little boy and placed his masterful hands on the keyboard beside the hands of the small child. The little boy was startled but did not move as the man whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t stop. Don’t quit. Keep going.” As the little boy began to play again, the great pianist began to play as well, composing a beautiful counter melody to “Chopsticks.”

I know some of you are ready to give up and quit. Some mountain is standing between you and the dream you thought was sure to become a reality. You think God has lost track of where you are and what you are going through. He hasn’t.

I know you don’t understand why a loving God would allow so much pain to saturate this broken world and perpetuate such loss and hurt. I don’t either. But God’s ways are so much higher than my ways, and His thoughts are for my eternal good – not my temporary comfort. I am banking on eternity. I am counting on the character of God and His heart of unconditional, unmerited, and undeserved love. God’s forgiveness gives me the strength to get out of bed each morning, and His peace is my comfort in the dark, lonely night. Like you, I sometimes ask God why He has allowed a circumstance to exist. I have questioned His favor and allowed fear and worry to make me doubt His plan. And I have to tell you that I can now look back and see so many of the question marks yanked into exclamation points in my life. I am so thankful He said “no” to so many of the prayers I desperately wanted Him to answer with “yes.” He is God. He is able and He is more than enough.

No matter where you are today, know He is with you and that His heart is for you. Don’t quit. He is not angry with you. You are His daughter, the apple of His eye and His cherished child. Don’t give up. Right now, surrender all of your pain to Him. Shed your tears, knowing He will collect them all and one day pour them back into your life as a refreshing rain of restoration and healing. Keep going. Ask your questions, knowing Heaven is not in a panic and that your God really is who He says He is and that He will do what He has promised to do. He simply waits for you to trust Him.

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to You like a child. My faith is small and my strength almost gone. I am desperate for You. I don’t understand what is happening in my life, and I am ready to give up. I want to quit. Please don’t let me, Lord. Give me Your strength and hope for today. Help me to keep going, trusting You every step of the way.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take” (NLT).

Record these verses in your journal. Circle each action word and then right out the plan you need to follow to trust God.

What “next step” do you need to take in order to begin again and trust God?

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17 Responses to “Keep Going!”

  1. Kim says:

    This was a such an inspiring message. Me, personally get discouraged quite often lately as the past 3 years have been challenging. I had to completely start my life over and become a single mother after 23 years. I’ve read this bible verse before but after reading the message it really resonated. I have and will continue to keep going.

  2. Luanna says:

    Thank you…thank you…thank you. I’m shedding tears as I write this. This is exactly how I am feeling this morning. God bless you for posting this…and thank you God for giving me the reminder I needed.

  3. Abigail says:

    Just the words I needed to hear today. I keep trusting knowing that God will perfect all that concerns my life in His own time

  4. Lori says:

    God uses you to touch my heart, like a window into my brokenness that He speaks through.

  5. Daedonda Saavedra says:

    Just what I needed. God is so good!

  6. roshona says:

    I needed that so desperately! Thank you Lord for willing and obedient servants that convey your message with anointed truth…Your TRUTH Father. Thank you Lord for speaking to me this morning and bless these ladies Father in Christ Jesus Holy name! Amen

  7. julie says:

    this used to be one of my fav verses. and I used to trust God but lately just don’t care anymore. just feel like God don’t have a plan for me it is only for “certain people ” not everyone. think He just skips over people like me

  8. Shauna says:

    I am struggling to see God’s plan – January 2017 we found out our son had sexually molested his little sister. We immediately told him he had to leave our home and could not come back (he is 20) We have watched our daughter deal with the aftermath and what it has done to her mentally. She struggles with depression, anxiety, mood swings, and insomnia – but we have also witnessed her strong desire to overcome. Both kids accepted Jesus into their hearts in their elementary years – but now both are rebelling against God. My heart is broken and tormented. I continue to seek God – but I feel so alone – so ashamed and guilty that this happened on my watch – I trusted our son to watch and care for his 10 year old sister as we went to Bible study – My heart is broken knowing that my precious girl was robbed of her innocence. I love both our children – but our son who admitted to what he did – still doesn’t understand the impact of this act. He blames it on drugs – I so desperately want to release it all to God – but I don’t know how. Please pray for my family. Both children were adopted from birth because I could not become pregnant. I miss my family – I miss watching the silly antics of brother and sister and the crazy family times we once had. It is hard to look forward…

  9. Melody says:

    Julie, God loves you. He knows your pain. Give it to Him. Turn to Him and see His arms wide open. Bask in His love and peace.

  10. Janice says:

    Thank you for this today! I am fighting a health battle and am very weary. This gave me so much encouragement!

  11. Deb says:

    I really needed to hear this this morning. I have been feeling like giving up with all of the hurt around me. But this devotional and those verses (one of my favs)really spoke to me. Thank you for this.

  12. Jane says:

    Mary,

    How so very true your devotional is today! He will collect all those tears and bless you with showers of blessings in His timing. And ohhhhhhh, that timing is so perfect.

    I am saving this to remind me when I start to doubt His faithfulness so I am forced to remember all those times He gave me the perfect answer at the perfect time.

    Thank you!

  13. Tammy says:

    Hey girls, when I reached the point of giving up thats when God revealed himself in a way I will never forget!
    I too thought his blessings were for a certain few Julie, until God literally told me to face a wall and look up, and not at others!
    God emptied my soul of hurt and pain as I cried with a voice that I did not recognize as my own. The Holy Spirit came in and and filled me with such peace I could not explain.
    God loves you and He is no respector of persons!
    Always look up not around!

  14. Hi Mary! This verse from Galatians 6:9 is a favorite of mine. When I feel like I’ve hit a wall and I just can’t keep going, this word from God is always an encouragement. Thank you for reminding me and all of us of it. Praying for those of you who have left comments. May you feel the love and strength of Christ on you today and always!

  15. Joy says:

    This devotional was right on time!! 😊

  16. Priscilla says:

    Thank you for this devotional. I know God is with me in this big storm. I’m not in His perfect will and I so badly want to be…it’s taken Him years to renew my mind and help me understand what His will is for us. Please keep me in prayer. I’m crying out for Him to make the crooked paths straight and light before me—for Him to be my vision and restore to me the joy of His salvation. Blessings.

  17. Sandra Boys says:

    I know this isn’t the appropriate place for this question, but I’m in a bit of a twist. I need information on your two scheduled events: Aug 4 on The Passeo and Sept 15 in Howard, KS.
    Are the events the same? different? how so? Times of meetings? Cost? etc. I have looked on line and cannot find the info. Sorry to b bothering you with this.

    I did love this post. My husband is taking piano lessons at 77> Never give up!, right?
    Thanks, Sandy

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