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Perhaps some of you are familiar with Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest. It’s a daily devotional that Randy and I read together every day. It’s a wonderful daily reminder for us to keep our minds and hearts centered on what’s most important. It’s amazing how each entry can speak so directly to a situation in our lives!

One of the resent entries especially resonated with us. Chambers introduced it by saying, “Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling.” He then closed the entry by saying, “If our hopes seem to be experiencing disappointment right now, it simply means that they are being purified. Every hope or dream of the human mind will be fulfilled if it is noble and of God. But one of the greatest stresses in life is the stress of waiting for God. He brings fulfillment, ‘because you have kept My command to persevere…’ (Revelation 3:10). Continue to persevere spiritually.”

I believe there are two categories of dreams in life. There are the little dreams that would simply be fun and cool (ie my dream of owning a Vespa), and then there are the big dreams that we know we are here to fulfill (ie my dream of having a family). The latter is a dream that I feel God has planted in me, whereas, obviously, the Vespa is purely a want instead of a need. There is no guarantee that we will get what we want in life, be we can be sure God will always provide us with what we need. It just takes patience and perseverance to see it through. We must rely on His strength, not ours. These lessons are easily applied to photography too. There are the little dreams that would be awesome if they happened, and then the big dreams that we know we are destined for. In our situation, both are requiring patience and perseverance at this point in our lives. Perhaps others of you are experiencing the same thing?

– She

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