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When You Want to Quit

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Café Menu for Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Today’s Special is: Press On!
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Jill Beran
Main Ingredient:

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:14 NIV

Entrée:

A messy house.

Disobedient children.

Unmet expectations.

Relationship struggles.

I felt like a failure in the game of life.  The combination of all these struggles left me feeling like I wanted to quit.  A few days passed and a new storm took place… an accident, cancer and death.  I felt pain and didn’t know if I could go on.

Thankfully in the midst of my pain, God spoke to my heart and reminded me of three important truths.  Friend, regardless of the size of your storm or the damage it creates, this lesson is one I, and perhaps you, need to remember.

When you feel like you can’t go on, remember to keep things in PERSPECTIVE.  Our vision is limited… only God sees all and knows all.  Jeremiah 29:11 tells us He has a plan… it’s one for good and has a purpose.  Trust Him.

When the desire to quit comes from feelings of failure, will you join me in letting go of PERFECTION?

Friend, there is one Perfect Person and it’s not me or you.  Jesus is Perfect and though we should strive to be more and more like Him every day.

We must not let our “failures” cause us to quit.  Our struggles, shortcomings and setbacks can lead to growth… if we let them.  Through hard times, our faith gets stronger and God’s Perfection is clearer.

Finally, when we want to quit (regardless of the reason) we must PERSEVERE.  Faith is not a one-time thing… it’s a muscle we must exercise daily.

We also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance character and character hope.

Romans 5:3-4 NIV

God doesn’t expect us to arrive overnight, but He did create us to press on through the pain and endure the trials.  When we do, He will strengthen our faith and bless our obedience.

As a basketball player, I always thought “Quitting is not an option!” and friend, as believers I pray you and I will say, and more importantly live, the same thing!

Take Out:

When are you tempted to quit?  What role leaves you feeling defeated?

Pray and ask God to help you in these situations.  Ask Him to help you persevere.  On a note card, write today’s main ingredient and put it in a place where you will see it! You may also add,

But thanks be to God!  He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV

Dessert:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Lord, sometimes life is hard. Hard things happen, the tasks You give are difficult and relationships can be challenging… in those moments help me persevere.  Help me press on.  Help me keep things in perspective, let go of perfection, and persevere.  May I remember through YOU I can do all things. Help me live out my faith and as I endure, make it stronger Lord.  Thank You Father for being faithful, so that I can be full of faith.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

May Mandisa’s Press On encourage you in the moments when you want to quit.

For more encouragement, visit Jill at Titus24U where you will be encouraged to connect with God and other women.

© 2015 by Jill Beran.  All rights reserved.

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5 Comments

I'm facing this overwhelming situation at this time...thank you for sharing your words of encouragement and love!

Linda,
Jesus loves you!  He is with you and He is for you!  I'm praying God reveals His love for you in a very special way to you.  In His grace, love and mercy, Kim

Linda, I'm thankful God led you here for encouragement and Truth from His Word!  I pray He will continually give you, and me, the desire to press on!  This life is hard and it can be overwhelming, but I pray you will lean in to God and remember who He is!  A good, loving Father who can and will provide all you need!

Your words, "I wish I were dead" and comment about them took me back in time...you see once I was the girl who wished I was dead.  I too battled depression, but thankfully God changed my plans and is now helping me live out His.  Linda, He has a plan and a purpose for you as well!  Keep seeking Him!!  I will be praying for you!

You can read more about that here - http://titus24u.blogspot.com/2011/10/who-am-i-girl-who-wanted-to-die.html

Oh Linda.  I am so sorry for the trials you're enduring.  I had no idea the depth of pain that is associated with mental illness until it came upon the man I love more than life.  My heart absolutely aches for you.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Linda.  Thank You that You've given her the strength to endure the days.  Lord, You weep at her struggles.  Your heart is intertwined so deeply with hers.  Please break through the chains of her mental illness.  Tender her heart and her mind to fully absorb Your unending love.  Help her medically and spiritually to bring her complete healing.  In Jesus' Name, Amen.

So much love to you dear Linda... xo

Good Afternoon Jill.

Most of the posts I've seen from here speak directly to whatever it is I am dealing with.  I've also been printing them out so I can go back and read them.  Thank you for that.

Today's post speaks to what I am going through at the moment.  I suffer from various mental illnesses, and when my depression gets too much, the stress gets too much, and I don't see a solution or a way out, my brain automatically kicks in to "I wish I were dead".  I know it's awful and I know it's not a solution.  I'm trying to "retrain" my brain to think differently when faced with unending trials.  For the last few weeks I have been hearing one phrase over and over "press on".

My problems and trials are small compared to what others are struggling with, but with my mental illnesses, it just makes thing seem insurmountable.  But I will remember those words "press on".... one foot in front of the other, a day at a time.

God Bless.

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