Hope-filled Fridays – Are You Feeling Tenacious?

Tenacity.

That’s today’s word on Hope-filled Friday.

Are you familiar with the word?

According to the dictionary, tenacity is to, “Hold fast; to be persistent, to refuse to give up,” (dictionary.com).

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To be tenacious is to have spunk, to be steadfast, to have chutzpah, to be staunch and to be filled with resolve.

You can find TENACITY throughout the pages of the Bible.

Consider these examples:

~ Ezra was DETERMINED (was tenacious) to know, understand and teach the Bible, 

“Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord,obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.”

(Ezra 7:10, HCSB)

~ Solomon was DETERMINED (was tenacious) about building a temple for the Lord, IMG_3245

“And Solomon determined to build a house for the name of the Lord, and a house for his kingdom.”

(2 Chronicles 2:1, KJV)

~ Daniel was DETERMINED (was tenacious) not to eat unhealthy, non-Jewish food,

“But Daniel determined in his heart that he would not defile himself by [eating his portion of] the king’s rich and dainty food or by [drinking] the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might [be allowed] not to defile himself.”

(Daniel 1:8, AMP)

~ Paul was DETERMINED (was tenacious) to know Christ more and more, 

” [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[a]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]”

(Philippians 3:10, AMP)

And, in each of these cases, their determination and tenacity paid off!

~ Ezra did study, understand and teach the Bible to an entire generation of Jews who knew little of the Word.

~ Solomon did build the temple for the Lord.

~ Daniel did avoid the rich food and stay true to his faith and convictions.

~ Paul did progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Christ.


So, what do you and I need tenacity and determination for?

~ What sorts of things do we need to be tenacious about?

Let me answer that question by sharing this story.

We have two children, and our youngest will turn 20 years old tomorrow. Her name is Emily, and she is an amazing young adult. Creative, artistic, kind, compassionate, hard-working, friendly and genuine are all words that could be used to describe this child. She is truly a gift from the Lord.

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Audrey with my Emily

As I was thinking back over her life and the way God created her, I do remember some moments where she struggled in the area of tenacity. Emily is precious, but she is more “golden retriever” than “roaring lion.”  

She’s more of a laid-back, easy-going sort than a driven, strong or demanding person.

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Emily & Me

From the time she was a little girl, we had to have some “roar” sessions to bring out her inner “roaring lion.” 

(Because sometimes life requires us to “roar” with tenacity.)

These roar sessions were more like pep talks to help her to prepare for something challenging that she was about to face.

I’d get down on her level and look her right in the eyes.

If you were to listen in to one of our pep talks, it might sound something like this:

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Emily & Me at 3

MERepeat after me.

EMILYOkay, Mommy.

MEWe are the Redd women.

EMILYWe are the Redd women.

MEWe are not wimps.

EMILYWe are not wimps.

MEWe can do this because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

EMILY – We can do this because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

ME I can do this!

EMILYI can do this!

ME I can do this!

EMILY – I can do this!

Usually we’d conclude with laughter and a hug. Then, I’d send her out to face whatever giant or issue loomed in her path. I really don’t remember the particulars that challenged her little heart, but I do remember those pep talks. They happened quite frequently during her younger days.

I wonder today if some of you need a pep talk as well.

Maybe your “lion side” is not roaring right now.

You may feel more like that old golden retriever, wanting to plop down by the front door and just rest.

But God is calling you to get out there and face something challenging today.

He is urging you to get back in the fight, to finish the race, to work hard another day, to care, to try, to engage and to not give up.

This is not the day to quit.

No matter what you are facing, He wants you to keep on going.

So, would you allow me to give you a pep talk today:

ME – Repeat after me.

YOU – Okay, Melanie.

ME – We are the deeply loved by Almighty God.

YOU – We are the deeply loved by Almighty God.

ME – We are not wimps.

YOU – We are not wimps.

ME – I can do this because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

YOU – I can do this because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

ME – I can do this!

YOU – I can do this!

ME – I can do this!

YOU – I can do this!

Paul gave this pep talk to the church at Corinth,

“With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends,

Stand your ground.

And don’t hold back.

Throw yourselves into the work of the Master,

Confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.”

(1 Corinthians 15;58, MSG)

Blessings,

Melanie

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3 thoughts on “Hope-filled Fridays – Are You Feeling Tenacious?

  1. Good word, Melanie. It reminds me of a time we were praying for you & one of our beloved girls referred to you as ‘audacious’ when she intended to say ‘bodacious’. I think it may have even tickled God’s funny bone! I looked & neither are synonyms for tenacious, but they should be. Good memories. Please send a Very Happy Birthday to Emily from ‘Those crazy women’! Love ~ Jackie T.

    1. Hey Jackie,

      Great to have you stop by and make a comment today!

      And, I think there is a Thesaurus somewhere that must link the words, tenacious, audacious and bodacious! They all sort of seem alike and sound alike too!

      I have some wonderful memories of those prayer times! Thanks for the reminder.

      And, please pin Emily’s stuff! She would be proud~

      Love you much,
      Melanie

  2. P.S. I’d love to pin Emily’s portrait on my “Sketching” & “Motherhood” Boards if she doesn’t mind. ~ Jackie T

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