By Jeanna White

I am very passionate about being the best Wife, Mom, Leader, and Woman I can be, so I obviously I wake up everyday refreshed, rejuvenated full of the Holy Spirit and ready to tackle anything that comes my way with the utmost of Joy…Not quite.

How many of you have similar stories? You want to do it all, be an amazing best friend that remembers every birthday, a leader in our jobs and a woman that runs after God and leads the best Bible studies. Most of us would love passion to fuel our life and work every day.  But when we are honest, more days than not, what we really want to do is quit!

Whether you’ve felt a call into ministry, you’re starting a new job, you’re toying with a new idea, or you’re even beginning a new relationship, passion gets us out of the gate every time. The problem is that passion fades.  Even when we know we are exactly where God wants us, that we really shouldn’t be doing anything else, it’s hard to keep going when we don’t feel like it anymore.  Give it a season, a year, or (for the ultra passionate), a decade, eventually it just doesn’t feel like it used to or like we think it’s supposed to. That’s when we do one of two things:

  • We look for the wrong ways to renew our passion. 
  • We move on to something different.  We leave what we used to think was our dream calling and hope to find a new one somewhere else.

Can’t get passionate about this job anymore?  Find a new one.

Don’t like your spouse anymore? Trade him in.

So what is the right answer?

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4

Passion has a surprising counterpart: perseveranceSo many people quit what could be a life calling not because the calling dried up but because their passion did.  Purpose is not just about us but what God wants to do through us. God has called you to a purpose and wants you to walk in it!

Sometimes perseverance is the only difference between what you are currently feeling and what you will feel once again. Your emotions eventually catch up with your obedience.  I always wonder how many people quit just moments before a critical breakthrough. GOD – Do I have a breakthrough around the corner?

Guess what the Bible lists as a virtue in 2 Peter, Chapter 1?  Perseverance. You will have days, weeks, even seasons that are characterized by passion for what you’re doing.  And you will have periods of time – sometimes really, really long periods of time – where you will simply have to persevere.

So here’s my reality, this is where I’m at right now! I have to decide to keep going and ask God to help me persevere.  A good friend in my Freedom group recently talked about the significance for the number 5 in the Bible. I’d never heard this before and I loved this! The number 5 symbolizes God’s grace, goodness and favor toward us and is mentioned 318 times in Scripture. (John 1:16)  It’s because of God’s grace for us that he wants to give us perseverance for the next 5 seconds, 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 months, etc.

Maybe the best thing you can do if you’ve got a great idea, a great calling, a great husband, a great work…is hang in there.  You’ll be surprised what you might discover and accomplish.

Here’s the challenge:  list out 3-5 things that you were once very passionate about, but are now doing out of frustration or wish you could stop.  Now pray about these exact things.  God is your creator, He is the one that will fuel you, and He is the one that can renew you.  Ask God to help you where you are RIGHT NOW.  If you are waiting for a breakthrough, ask Him for it.

 

 

Jeanna White

 

 

Jeanna White has been married to Jerry for 20 years and has 3 kids, Easton, Hunter and Schuyler.  A few of the things she juggles are a son in college, lacrosse, cheerleading, college application deadlines, middle school, hosting an exchange student and getting dinner on the table before 8:00 PM!  Jerry is an Associate Pastor at GFC Waters and Jeanna is passionate about her job as the Early Childhood Director for GFC. 

We had a great time at A Beautiful Weekend 2014! Sharon Tubbs shared on being an “Authentic Women” and we truly saw the beauty that God created us to be! We wanted to share some testimonies with you from women who attended and give you a little glimpse of the lives that were changed at the retreat!! We hope they encourage you and inspire you just as much as they did with us!

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“My word was “enough”- I cried the minute I saw my word. Because before when I didn’t feel enough in a previous unhealthy relationship, trying to change who I was, God said to me on September 25h “You are ENOUGH!” My Kind, My Savior, said to me that I WAS ENOUGH! That He LOVES ME as I am! I will forever hold on to this word!”

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“God reminded me of His love and that I can go forward. Angela Bartlett’s group was inspiring because her testimony was like mine so it gave me hope that I will recover. Sharon’s words are always powerful and direct! I heard the voice of God clearly through her message and I have direction to do what I need to do.”

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“I came here at the tail end of a 14 month marital separation that has led to the signing of divorce papers last week. I am crushed, it is unwanted, but God has allowed it. I am without understanding. But…this morning I had closure. 1st the song “You were there”…”You did not forsake me”…then followed up with “Oceans”. He has been there all along- allowed that door to close and now calls me upon the waters. And I will go!”

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“I have been through a hectic year to a year and a half. It is through these times that I have felt God more than ever. This weekend was amazing and exactly what I needed to believe that I AM BEAUTIFUL! For so very long I didn’t like the woman in the mirror and I loved it deep down in me. However, I have been through a transformation these last 9 months with my physical appearance and now, after this weekend, I truly feel in my mind, body and spirit, like the Beautiful woman God created me to be!!”