Day upon day
night after night
words penned to paper
until they’re just right
Hope upon hope
perseverance pays off
with hard work and diligence
a dream is not lost.
Wendy ❀ 2015
This intriguing and persevering creature lives at the back of my garden.
My poem was inspired by a brief bio I read about the author,
He was a truck driver and ex-marine
who flunked English several times,
but he wanted to write a book–
so he did.
He persevered day by day
until he’d written the best-seller, Exodus.
Here’s a 2 minute video about him:
Perseverance means showing up day after day and putting down the effort.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,
because when he has stood the test,
he will receive the crown of life
that God has promised to those who love him.
Do you have a favorite verse or quote about perseverance?
Blessings of Perseverance ~ Wendy ❀
48 thoughts on “The Power of Perseverance”
Thank you,Wendy. I so enjoyed this. The snail is quite intriguing!
Thank you, Rita. I had to click the picture quickly before the snail pulled into its shell. ❀
I’ve found that perseverance and comfort kind of go hand-in-hand. When we submit to His Lordship we experience a peace that goes deeper than the trials that surround us. I like this verse:
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV)
Praise to the God of All Comfort
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”
Gene, thank you for sharing this powerful verse. And bless you for sharing the comfort you received. Your book is a wonderful testimony of God’s comfort and your faith in action. ❀ I’m over 70% through it already (that’s fast for me).
Amazing background story to Leon Uris. I loved his books.
I’ve yet to read any of his works–so many books–and so little time for a slowpoke like me. 😉 I always enjoy seeing pictures of writers in their creative space. ❀
Wendy, I needed this so much today. I’m so thankful for the way God continually uses you in my life, to encourage me. Thank you. <3
Shelli, the feeling is mutual. You bless me so much. Thank you, sweet friend. ❀
Very Powerful post Wendy! It came at the right time. God bless you!!
Much love. 🙂
Thank you, dear Seyi, for letting me know. It blesses me to hear I was an encouragement. ❀
You always were! 🙂
Wendy, I am always inspired by the spiritual hugs you send our way! You make a day truly beautiful my sister! Thank you for the beautiful blessing!
Thank you for the spiritual hug back, dear Wendell. Writers need each other–especially those of the faith. ❀
Another very inspiring post Wendy. Showing up every day, doing our best and being the best we can be; that’s all we need to do. I say ‘all’, it’s not always easy 😊 x
Christine, you made me smile. <3 Sometimes all I can do is show up. I'm so thankful there are a variety of ways to work on our crafts–whatever they are. There is always something new we can work on or learn. Let's never give up. ❀
Thanks, as always, for so beautifully and sweetly writing the things I need to read. I love that verse! This one encourages me as well: But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:13-14
Marisa, I love your choice of Phil. 3:13-14. It’s comforting to know He doesn’t want us to dwell on our past but to focus on Him. Blessings as you press on, dear friend (& Happy Mother’s Day weekend). ❀
Beautiful and inspiring! Enjoyed this, Wendy <3
Thank you, dear Iris. <3 I hoped it would inspire–as it inspired me. ❀
wow, that’s really interesting about leon Uris. I think God puts stories in us, gives us the raw material, but it’s up to us to do the work to get it out! I love the story about the author of Sea Biscuit, who was so ill she couldn’t leave her house, I think she had fibromyalgia. perhaps her book kept her mind occupied and helped her get through her days with inspiration. Nothing can really deter us, if we allow God to help us. How is your book coming along?
I agree, Linda, that God puts stories in us. And we love to learn about Him, others, and ourselves through storytelling too. Thank you for asking about my book. I’m waiting for feedback on it as I continue learning, writing, and editing new projects. ❀
Fantastic Wendy.If you want something and try and try again. you will win.Nice poëm too
Thank you, Marylou. I continue to enjoy your nature pictures. ❀
Thank you for this awesome post! It’s exactly what I needed to read today! Blessings to you sweet Wendy!
Thank you, dear Rhonda. Blessings on your beautiful artwork. ❀
Love your poem Wendy and that amazing photo of the snail! <3
❀ Thank you, Diana. <3 My husband was surprised to see the snail on my blog since he hadn't noticed it in the garden.
Thank you, Mary. ❀
Hi Wendy, thank you for this encouraging post ♥ Here is a verse that also encourages me: Luke 8:15 “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.” Specifically the last part “with patience” reminds me I must be patient (and persevere!) because fruit takes time to grow. Blessings ♥
Karen, your reminder for patience is excellent. It’s unwise to offer up anything haphazardly done. (Do you have a link to a site of your own that I can visit?) ❀
Thank you. Yes, I believe anything worth doing is worth doing well. Not to be perfectionistic, but “as unto the Lord” in all things. I recently deleted my blog, as God is doing a lot of work in my life (offline). So I don’t have an online presence anymore besides this little profile. But thank you kindly for asking ♥
Wendy, if you are passionate about something, you will persevere. Quitting is not an option, as long as your heart is in it and you enjoy what you do. The journey is its own reward.
Jennifer, how very true. <3 We need to find joy in the journey or we're on the wrong road. I'm so happy for you that your diligent work has found a publishing home. Enjoy the icing. ❀
But I did enjoy the journey too. ☺️
I am so glad I read this post. I was having doubts about my blogging endeavors. This really comforted and encouraged me to continue.
I was thinking about scripture related to perseverance, and two passages came to my mind:
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
“24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 1:24-25
Theresa, I love the reminder that He “is able to keep (us) from falling”. We are going to make it all the way Home.
I’ve really enjoyed the posts you’ve done of poetry with flowers and inspiration. If we blog what we love then it makes it fun and there are bound to be others who catch our enthusiasm. ❀
Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem, the perseverance poster, and the story about Leon. This is one of my go-to verses, Wendy. -> Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂
Great verse, Tracy. It pulls the plug on excuses. Blessings on your weekend too, dear friend. ❀
Thanks Wendy this uneducated soul needed this post today. Have a wonderful weekend I am going to work hard at my dreams this weekend.
Kath, I’ve just read a blog post where a published author sang the praises of editors. I’m so thankful for them too, and I can’t wait to be under the guidance of one. ❀
Beautiful and truthful post as always, Wendy. Here’s my contribution, “Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.” – St. Catherine of Siena
Thank you, dear Angie. Love that quote–so very true. ❀
I’m glad, Wendy. Happy week ahead ❤
Your perserverance will pay off, Wendy. The Lord wouldn’t plant the dream in your heart, if He had not plan for it. Hugs, N 🙂 <3
<3 Thank you, sweet Natalie. ❀ I believe He plants desires in our hearts that will bloom when we delight ourselves in Him.
Thanks for this . I didn’t know this about Leon Uris. How inspiring. Reminds me a bit of Eric Hoffer, the longshoreman who wrote The True Believer. That book became so famous that some people couldn’t believe that a relatively uneducated person could have written it. Ambition and Perseverance so vital, for all of us.
Thank you, dear Cynthia, for telling me about Eric Hoffer. It’s amazing what perseverance and the help of a good editor can accomplish. ❀