When standing ain’t easy

girlieHey, little sister in Christ: I’m asking you to do a hard thing. I’m asking you to go against the crowd, away from the noise of the norm. I’m asking you to move toward Truth in an all-out sprint and then hold on with everything you’ve got. Your very life depends on it.

Promise, I’m not being melodramatic. Every day, every decision, every consequence is real, and it forms who you are: What kind of friend you are now, what kind of mom you’ll be later. One thing does lead to another, and regret can be hard to shake. Believe me, I know.

So I’m asking you—begging you, actually—to do the hard thing: Stand tall with Jesus, even when you’re standing alone. Be His light, even when you’re lonely. Or teased. Or disappointed. It’s difficult, yes. But it’s temporary and oh, so worth it.

Have you noticed that the enemy doesn’t do hard? What’s impulsive, what’s immediate, what’s easy—That’s his trap. And he lies, you know. Says you deserve this-or-that right now. Says so-and-so won’t matter in the long run. Then before too long, you’re caught up in the easy—Easy mistakes, easy guilt, easy emptiness.

Unfortunate. And unnecessary.

But standing with Jesus….Wow. For starters, you don’t stand alone; He helps you do the hard things. And even when it’s hard, you know there’s a reason—a good one. He’ll get the glory, and you’ll feel complete. Believe me, I know.

Is it always hard, standing with Jesus? Not always. Sometimes friends prop you up with encouragement. Sometimes you’re so full of His strength you could stand forever! And sometimes you get a sweet glimpse of what He’s up to—Of your purpose. Of His blessings. So little sister, will you stand with Jesus and me? Let’s do hard together, regardless of the cost.

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“Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:18
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