Keep on Keeping on!

This morning I sat in our garden & watched a tiny field mouse climb the tree where our bird feeders is hanging, to get his breakfast. I was astounded by the tenacity of this creature. He had to launch himself from a branch to the perch of the feeder, he misjudged the distance & missed the perch more times than he landed on it, falling all the way back down to the ground.

Then he’d have to start the climb again, a distance that would be the equivalent of a small mountain to me. I’m not joking when I tell you he did this 31 times, falling & climbing back up, over & over again.

The inbuilt courage of this little mouse challenged me. How often we so easily just give up (I know I do anyway).
We become discouraged by ‘stuff’, we get hurt so we withdraw, we are offended, and we hold back – give up, or we have attempted something over and over again and feel, a bit like that mouse, that we fall short- that we keep missing the mark and just aren’t getting anywhere, so we throw in the towel.

If you feel like that today, may I encourage you with some scripture? Underline these in your Bible, read them over & over until they take root and your heart is strengthened and encouraged!

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”  Psalm 73:26

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”  Psalm 37:23-24

“Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

For the lovers of God may suffer adversity and stumble seven times, but they will continue to rise over and over again. ”Proverbs 24:16

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

Jill 💕

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I love getting together with friends and sharing with each other over a cup of coffee what God is doing in our lives, it boosts my faith and lifts my heart. That's the aim of this blog. There's a story behind it; It was inspired after a friend gave me a single mustard seed, saying ‘that’s all it takes Jill’. What my friend didn’t know was that the very same morning God had reminded me of a promise He'd made to me over 20 years before regarding writing. I took the mustard seed home, planted it and watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a large, flourishing shrub at our front door. Every time I look at it it reminds me that our God is always true to his promises. Jesus lives in and works through his people, every single day. It's good to share what he's doing! I love talking about Him and writing about Him.

12 thoughts on “Keep on Keeping on!

  1. Good morning, Jill, thank you for sharing the story of the mouse. Nature teaches us His ways. I agree sometimes we hold back. In doing so, we give the devil an opening to discourage. Thank you for this Scripture. I need to memorize Proverbs 24:16. Have a blessed day, Julie

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  2. Thank you for sharing this story. God gives me many “object lessons” through Nature–especially ones in persistence. He knows how easily I give up.

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    1. Me too, the Lord has taught me so many big lessons from the smallest, simplest things in His creation – from twigs, dry leaves, to sheep and mice 😊 Maybe it’s our artistic way of viewing things? I see that you’re a photographer too (I love your photos) I believe God speaks to each one of us individually in ways we’ll understand. He speaks our ‘language’, no matter who we are. After all, He made us, who knows us better?! 🥰


      1. Like you, Jill, I am surrounded by beautiful countryside. I can’t resist taking pictures of it. I agree God speaks to each of us in whatever way works for us.

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