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Welcome to Pearl Girls™ Mother of Pearl Mother’s Day blog series – a week long
celebration of moms and mothering. Each day will feature a new post by some of
today’s best writer’s (Tricia Goyer, Sheila Walsh, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Bonnie St.
John, and more). I hope you’ll join us each day for another unique perspective on
Mother’s Day.

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Joy Comes from Perseverance by Sheila Walsh


One of the most important lessons I have learned in my own life is the joy
that comes from perseverance.
Eugene Peterson, borrowing a phrase from
Friedrich Nietzsche, wrote his book  “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
…Discipleship in an Instant Society.” He points to the Psalms as the way believers
have always learned to pray what they live and live what they pray but it is not a
short journey. It is an intentional commitment to keep walking even when you
are worn out.


*If we want to see lasting results in any area of life it’s important to keep walking in
that direction.

*If we want to have a better understanding of the Gospel of John then it takes time
and commitment to dig deeper day after day.

*If we want to be thinner this summer than last summer then the work begins now
not then.

So too in our relationship with Christ…..

*If we want to know Him at a more profoundly intimate level, that also takes an
intentional seeking after Him every day.

As a grown woman I have come to love the beauty of this gift. Passing this “mined
treasure” onto my son on the other hand has been an interesting challenge.
We live in such a fast paced, attention-challenged culture where the latest
thing can be delivered to your doorstep by tomorrow for a few dollars more. But, as
you know, by the time it is delivered it has already been replaced or updated!

How do we speak then into the lives of our children to help them understand
and value perseverance?

For me…part of the puzzle meant a large piece of poster board, scissors, some

photos and a bottle of Elmer’s glue. My son, Christian and I spread everything out on
a sheet in the game room as I explained our project. “We’re going to make a family
faith-tree,” I said. “These are photos of family on your dad’s side and on mine. Many
of them have gone on to be with Jesus but the seeds they planted into our family
continue to grow.” Then we wrote down their names and when they came to faith
in Christ (as many as I knew).  It was quite something to see when we were
finished.

“Your life matters Christian. Running your race well matters.”

That night we read these words from the writer to the Hebrews,

We are surrounded by a great cloud of people whose lives tell us what faith
means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up.

Hebrews 12:1 (NCV)
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Sheila Walsh is a Bible teacher, speaker, singer, and best-selling author with
more than 4 million books sold. Sheila Walsh is the creator of the award-winning
Gigi, God’s Little Princess® and her new series, Gabby, God’s Little Angel. Meet
Gabby in Gabby’s Stick-to-It-Day. As a featured speaker with Women of Faith®,
Sheila has reached more than 3.5 million women by artistically combining
honesty, vulnerability and humor with God’s Word. She resides in Dallas with
her husband Barry and son Christian. 
Visit www.sheilawalsh.com for more information about
Sheila, her other books or Women of Faith.




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Child of the Most High God, Wife, Home-schooling Momma of 2. I love Jesus, people and coffee. I am the somewhat eternal optimist viewing the coffee cup as half nothing, it's full...even when I'm chewing the grounds at the bottom.

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