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Friday, October 8, 2010

Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are

I received Start Here, Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are by Alex and Brett Harris for my birthday. Do Hard Things is the most encouraging and inspirational book I have ever read. I was really excited about reading Start Here and it's good. It shows you how to go about doing hard things and how to handle the hurdles that may come your way. My favorite part about this is the testimonies and stories from other young people.

Here's an excerpt,

"Somewhere in the middle of doing hard things, almost everyone asks, Is This worth it?
At those points, we often need to examine our hearts for the sin of impatience. It sounds silly when you think about it, but our tendency can be to get impatient with God--as if he doesn't know best, is too slow, or isn't paying attention.
When our motivation for doing hard things is to grow, to obey God, and to glorify Him, we can persevere when faced with obstacles, delay, and even failure. When our response is to get impatient, that's a sign that our expectations rather than God's have crept in.
Impatience shows that although we want the benefits of doing hard this, we are not willing to pay the price--"

Doing hard things is difficult, I mean after all they're hard, but even when we feel we are too weak Christ is strong and will the give us the strength we need.
This is one of my favorite songs by Tenth Avenue North called By Your Side


Why are you striving these days?
Why are you trying to earn grace?
Why are you crying?
Let me lift up your face
Just don't turn away

Why are you looking for love?
Why are you still searching?
As if I'm not enough?
To where will you go child,
Tell me where will you run?
To where will you run?

Chorus:
Cause I'll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
Please don't fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Look at these hands, at my side
They swallowed the grave, on that night
When I drank the world's sin
So I could carry you in
And give you life

Chorus:

Here at my side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
Please don't fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you
And I, I love you
And I want you to know
That I, I'll love you

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