Devotions from Judy’s heart

In Eph. 6:8 we are told to “Keep alert with all perseverance.”  I have seen perseverance up front as my cousin and her hubby continue to work on their outdoor brick oven.  Just last Sunday when we came from church they were outside in the cold rain laying more brick for many hours. I marveled at their tenacity. If they give up they lose everything. So in order to keep on they must keep their eyes on the goal of a finished oven ready to bake delicious bread. They are intently focused and it makes each row of brick laid a point of victory. We need to be so focused on the Lord and His kingdom, that nothing deters us either. Yes, many times it is difficult like the cold rain but we have so much to look forward to in the future. Sometimes we may even ask the Lord for a whiff of the bread to keep us going. Often He sends us encouragement through others. I sensed gratitude from my cousin when I just came and helped mix cement, and was the Go-Pher for them, while they continued to lay brick. Let us persist and know that what is ahead is well worth the perseverance.   It says in Heb. 10:36 “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”