Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance

Steve JobsChristian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance! The definition of perseverance says the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult. – http://www.merriam-webster.com/

If we are to enjoy the good things in life that GOD wants for us we all must learn how to persevere. Nothing good in life comes without endurance and hard work. Does GOD really want us to enjoy the good things in life and live abundantly, you better believe he does because he says it in his word. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – John 10:10. However we are not to skate through life and expect to be blessed abundantly. GOD’s word has a lot to say about that also. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.  The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them. The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death. – Proverbs 12:24-28. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. – Proverbs 18:9. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked. He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame. Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot. The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. – Proverbs 10:2-8. A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. – Proverbs 19:5.Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:  Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,  Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. – Proverbs 6:6-11. http://www.biblegateway.com. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

Prayer is the acid test of the inner man’s strength. A strong spirit is capable of perseverance until the answer comes. A weak one grows weary and fainthearted in the maintenance of praying. Watchman Nee. He was a church leader and Christian teacher who worked in China during the 20th century. Christian Books – Donna /Louis – Perseverance.

Our motto must continue to be perseverance and ultimately I trust the almighty will crown our efforts with success. William Wilberforce. He was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. – James 5:11

I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. – Revelation 2:2-3

Below is a collection of quotes on perseverance from people from all walks of life:  past presidents, past prime ministers, philosophers, inventors, novelists, hall of fame baseball player, wwe wrestler, famous musician, son of a hall of fame past football player and coach, physicist and chemist, a king. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness but perseverance all can have. Woodrow Wilson

To persevere in one’s duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny. – George Washington

If you are going through hell, keep going. – Winston S. Churchill

It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop. – Confucius

It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. – Abraham Lincoln

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. – H.G. Wells

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. – Babe Ruth

When things go wrong, don’t go with them. – Elvis Presley

When you get to the end of your rope. Tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Once you learn to quit it becomes a habit. – Vince Lombardi Jr.

Dreams become reality through faith and perseverance. – K D Hanes

Get on top of the obstacles and they become vantage points. – Tom Althouse

I’ve often said a man’s character is not judged after he celebrates a victory, but what he does when his back is against the wall. So no matter how great the setback, how severe the failure, you never give up. – John Cena

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained” – Marie Curie

Who is the wise man? He who sees what’s going to be born. – King Solomon

King Solomon was the wisest man in the world, and even he knew the value of perseverance.

Challenge yourself on a daily basis to persevere and maybe you will come up with your own quote to inspire someone else one day. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration

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Multiple services and the beautiful sunrise service especially designed for all of the early risers and day people.

Coloring eggs, making baskets, and the egg hunts for the young people. Elaborate Easter dinners with family and friends at your home to celebrate the day. Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

Easter Sunday is special because of what it represents historically, biblically, spiritually, and personally. http://www.wickipedia.com

What happens when all of the hoopla is over? When the congregations have depleted and the pews/seating in the church is back to normal? Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

Easter Sunday and Palm Sunday have always traditionally had churches packed. People who are normally too busy for church seem to remember Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. If when you were a child and your parents always took you to church on these special dates you will remember this and attend. Churches make it so easy to attend with the multiple services they offer on Easter Sunday. My church for example had four services with the last one starting at 1:30pm. They also did a wonderful play depiction. Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

Why is it so easy to revert back to our old ways after two weeks? Why are we inclined to feel that it is fine to put GOD and church on the back burner after Easter and Palm Sunday?

If we want GOD to show up in our homes and lives regularly with blessings then we need to show up with praise and worship in his  home regularly! Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor

Picture of FavorChristian Books – Donna Louis – Favor. Favor, what does it really mean? When you receive favor you are getting an attitude of approval or liking. It is an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual.

Has any of these situations ever happened to you?

a) – You pay a bill but then you forgot about it until you see that it has posted to your bank account before your payroll. Miraculously, you don’t get a bank fee charge for overdraft or insufficient funds. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

b) – You’re in a hurry and you’re speeding, the police pull you over. You know the drill license and registration. You forgot your license at home. The police officer asks for your name, address, and date of birth. Now you sit and wait for an eternity as if you weren’t in a rush in the beginning. Miraculously, when the officer returns to your car he says your info checks out, you don’t have any warrants or outstanding tickets so I’m going to let you go with a warning. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

c) – You rush out the house to pick up your child from school but you forgot you left a pot on the stove boiling. You immediately make a U-turn and head back to your home. Miraculously, the pot has boiled out, and the contents of the pot has begun to burn but, no smoke or fire has started. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

THESE ARE ALL EXAMPLES OF THE FAVOR OF GOD! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

Let’s take a look at what the bible says about favor: http://www.biblegateway.com

Thou hast granted me life and favor, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. – Job 10:12

For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. – Psalm 5:12

Lord, by thy favor thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. – Psalm 30:7

For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favor our horn shall be exalted. – Psalm 89:17

So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. – Proverbs 3:4

 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. – Proverbs 11:27

A good man obtaineth favor of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. – Proverbs 12:2

Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor. – Proverbs 14:9

So let’s be mindful when things happen that we know should have turned out in a negative fashion but, instead was positive it’s not a lucky break it is THE FAVOR OF GOD! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect

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La Sagrada Familia Church in Daylight designed by Antoni Gaudi

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect. Antoni Gaudi was called God’s Architect by his contemporaries. Gaudi stated that his very rich and expensive quality of his architectural designs was for the glory of God. His greatest design is the 560 feet church La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona Spain. http://www.wickipedia.com Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect.

Antoni Gaudi was a man of great pride, great creativity, great spirituality, and great nationalism. Gaudi was quoted as saying, “Enlightened or not, a dictatorship cannot last because it is useful only temporarily. A dictatorship is like a bridge between two ways of ruling. And people do not dwell on bridges, they only walk across them.” Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect.

Gaudi was a devout man. He went to church twice a day. He believed with conviction his architectural ability was a gift from God. He said, “Social excellence can be achieved when everyone uses their own God-given gift.” Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect.

We all have God-given gifts and talents but sadly we let them lie dormant. Dr. Wayne Cordeiro,  Pastor and Author stated in his book, The Dream Releasers, “the graveyard is the wealthiest place in all of creation.” When we were children we used to dream big dreams. We also believed that the world was our oyster. Then we aged some, and encountered some trials and tribulations, and we forgot our dreams and began to settle for what came our way. Some of the greatest people in the bible encountered difficult times. Moses, Joseph, Ruth, and David. Donna Louis – Christian Books – God’s Architect.

Moses – He was a Hebrew who was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter instead of his Hebrew mother. Moses committed murder when he killed an Egyptian slave master because he was smiting a Hebrew. However, God chose Moses to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt under Pharaoh.

Joseph – He was a dreamer, who had several brothers and was hated by them because his father Israel loved him the most. As the story goes his brothers conspired to kill him but, instead just threw him in a pit and took his clothes and dipped them in goats blood and told their father Israel he was killed. Joseph was taken by the Midianites into Egypt and was made a captain of the guard however, a lie was concocted that he attempted to rape Potiphar’s wife, (who was a high officer of Pharaoh) and was placed in jail for 13 years. The story goes on to say Pharaoh had a disturbing dream that only Joseph could interpret and once he did Pharaoh released him from jail and put him in charge of the entire land of Egypt.

Ruth – She was the most distinguished person of the Moabitish race and was also a widow. Ruth stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi and to survive she worked in the fields gleaning corn. Ultimately, she caught the eye of the rich owner of those fields Boaz and went from poor widow to a rich wife.

David – Everyone knows the biblical story of David and Goliath but did you know that he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and then committed the murder of Uriah the Hittite Bathsheba’s husband. Ultimately, however God crowned David as king instead of Saul.

We all have the capabilities to become a designer of some sort for God. Architect, Artist, Author, Teacher, Pastor etc. – Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect.

What dreams do you hold inside of you that you are allowing to die?

Never Give Up, become a designer for God and not a dormant depositor of the graveyards! Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day

 

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day! On this day that couples celebrate love, let us remember GOD who is the ultimate image of love!

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. – John 13:34-35. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day.

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. – Mark 12:30-31. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day.

And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her. – Genesis 29:20. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day.

Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured.  It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

V = Valiant – GOD is strong, powerful, & courageous. Look at what he did by The Red Sea.

A = Amazing – GOD is a wonder. Look how he created the heavens and the earth in six days.

L = Love – Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters Mary & Martha. When Mary fell down before Jesus weeping because Lazarus had died, Jesus groaned in his spirit and was troubled. Jesus wept.

E = Empathy – Our Lord and Savior has empathy towards us. Reference how many times he overlooked the sins of the Israelites in the wilderness when he could have destroyed them.

N = Near – GOD is with us at all times. He is trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit). He tells us that the Holy Spirit dwells and lives within us. – Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? – 1 Corinthians 3:16

T = Teacher – Jesus was the greatest teacher of all time. The investment he made in the disciples and the people where he traveled was all for love. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. – John 8:2. The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. – John 3:2. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. – Matthew 4:23

I = Infinite – GOD’S love for us is immeasurable and limitless. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

N = Navigator – GOD is the one who directs the course of our lives. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Phillipians 4:19 In this bible verse the provision of GOD for his children had its roots deep in the Old Testament. This goes back to when GOD created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden. In the garden Adam and Eve had all they needed. This is the epitome of GOD’S love.

E = Everlasting – GOD’S love for us is everlasting. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) – Ephesians 2:4-5. The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8. The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. – Jeremiah 31:3

So, while you are cuddling with the one you love, dining, watching a romantic movie etc., stop and be grateful, and thank GOD,  that he has given you that special person to enjoy this day with. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day.

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