Perseverance: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
“Life is all about mountains and valleys.” I’ve heard that saying millions of times, especially with having a career in sales. The ups and the downs, the rollercoaster called life, so many different phrases that all have the same meaning- life is full of ups and downs. I’m no different than you. I’ve mentioned in previous posts about feeling like my hormones are off, and they have been for several months. I believe I went through some “post partum depression” after I quit breastfeeding back in March, and it’s never quite leveled out. Most recently I just started gaining weight for absolutely no reason. I’m eating cleaner than I’ve ever eaten in my life, I workout every single day. Nothing changed, nothing was different, and I was gaining weight.
The devil is crafty, he attacks you where he knows it will hurt you the most. I might get a bit preachy, but hear me out… My target spots are different than yours, but the devil knows all of our weaknesses, niches, etc. For me, my health, fitness, children and husband are his target spots. I don’t believe that God causes bad things to happen to us, I believe that there’s a very real devil. The devil is always at work, just like God, but we all know who wins in the end!
So, I’ve always been into health and fitness since a very young age, and become more in-tune with myself and my body as time goes on. I don’t have a good relationship with the scale, never have, but I know I’ve gained at least 10lbs in the last 4 months. 10lbs on a 5’2″ person is a lot. I went from being the skinniest I’ve ever been in my life, to the biggest I’ve ever been in my life (without counting pregnancies) in just a few months. I changed nothing, besides that I quit breastfeeding. I knew I was spiraling out of control fast. I made some calls and a visit to my holistic doctor. It helped for a bit, but I still wasn’t right. A few weeks back when I was able to see him in person again, I told him “I feel like I’m going through menopause or something.” He told me that I was indeed correct. My hormones were straight up burned out. My body hasn’t been good at balancing hormones my whole life I suppose. I addressed some of my issues back in my post “My Journey Towards Pregnancy.” And he told me that my body isn’t good at the baby-making hormone process because my body just doesn’t balance out. Nearly a month into my supplements, I’m starting to feel a bit human again. But it will be a process.
We all go through things in life that have no explanation as to why, don’t seem fair, and are definitely NOT deserved. But I just wanted to reassure you to persevere, because God is a good God and He has incredible plans for you, so many blessings, and many that we may not even see or know of until we get to heaven. If you go back to Genesis, God did not create us to die. He created us to live with Him forever. But because of man’s sins, we’re still living with those consequences today. The reason our minds can’t conceive death, bad news, bad things, is because we weren’t made to have to face these situations. I know people that have turned their backs on God when bad things have happened, and that’s the BiGGEST victory for the devil. That’s EXACTLY what he wants you to do. God doesn’t cause bad things, the devil does, so for you or me to let him have that victory is exactly what we were NOT created for. God’s given us hope and faith so that we can persevere through rough times, through times when we don’t understand. And when we give God the glory through these earth-shattering times when there’s no explanation, He will honor that. He never said it would be easy, but He did say it would be Worth It!
I’ve learned a lot through this rough patch I’ve been going through. I’m learning how I can help people overcome what I’m going through. When women are shaming themselves bc of the way they look, I get that. When you try and try and give it your all and nothing you see changes, that’s frustrating. It’s horrible actually. You can choose to settle with the way that you are and accept it as your card in life. Or you can persevere through it and dedicate yourself to finding a cure, to asking God for help every single day. I promise that if you choose to persevere, it WiLL pay off. God will honor you and bless you. I’ve seen Him do this for me in the past and in the present.
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I have made it a priority recently to put on my spiritual armor every single day. Does the devil still get through? Yes he does. But do you know what? I’m learning his ways, and once I start learning his schemes, I’ll know when he’s going to attack and he will not be victorious. I’ve been reading this book called ‘Fervent- A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer’ by the amazing Priscilla Shirer (her book that’s inspired by the movie War Room). Here’s an excerpt:
“In spiritual warefare, as we detect enemy activity and deploy various pieces of armor, our prayers need to be fervent and specific, strategic and personal, tied to the specific needs arising at that specific occasion. That’s the kind of prayer the energizes the armor of God for maximum effectiveness, prayed “with all perseverance and petition for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).”
God hears your prayers and He will use your story. I’ve always said that if I can just change one person’s destiny with my life, than it’s all worth it. If just one of my valleys in life changes just one person’s eternity, that bad time was WORTH iT!