It’s that time of year. Some days it feels like winter; other days we’re sure it’s spring. The days are getting longer. We see green start to unfurl among the brown of last summer’s burned out grass. Tiny buds appear on tree limbs. Flowers bloom.
We never really got back into a routine after our Christmas break. We make it through each day, abortion doing lessons, logging days, but all the time we wonder how early we can take spring break. How many days left ‘til summer?
Then there are those goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. It seems like a distant memory, the day we promised ourselves we were going to exercise regularly, eat healthy foods, cut out the sugar, get ourselves in better financial shape, make choices about next year’s curriculum that will keep it effective and inexpensive.
I’m behind. Taking small steps toward my goals is hit and miss. Some days I’m so overwhelmed I do nothing. I am frozen by the enormity of the task, by everything that needs to happen for our family to be where we want it to be, where we feel God is leading us.
It’s on those days that I want to give up, that I look for something to hold onto, a promise that God is with me, that we can walk this path. It’s on those days I hear that whisper in my heart: Don’t give up. It’s worth it.
And I remember the verse I have returned to for years, every time life gets hard and I’m not sure we’re going to make it through:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV1984)
We will reap the benefits of all our hard work if we press on and press through the hard times, the times that we’re stuck, the times that we’re sure we’re done for. Keep taking those baby steps. Don’t give up!
What steps do you take to press on when life gets hard?
Jennifer is the wife of one hard-working husband and the multi-tasking mom of two, one with special needs. Read more about how her family presses on and presses through on her blog.