Rubber Gloves, Paper Towel, and a Bottle Full of Bleach Write 31:Day 23

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Perseverance can be difficult, especially when faced with the troubles this world has to offer. But a crown is promised to those who are able to persist. Keep on! {2 Timothy 4:7}

I wanted to quit.

I’d had enough and the self-preservation part of me was beginning to kick in. I boldly announced – {okay – I screamed}… “I’m leaving home!” Everyone just stopped and stared at me like I had completely lost my mind.

And I had.

Weeks of poop patrol for Lambda – aka the liquid puppy – had driven me to the edge. You know that edge don’t you? The one where you stand there looking over and think “hmmm, maybe it’s not so far down after all.”

I noticed a change in everyone’s behavior after that. Temporarily anyway. Maybe it was the desperate look on my face? In any case, I don’t think the bleach bottle found its way into my hands again – that day. I had been persevering up to that point with the thought that eventually this plague puppy would get better – yes?


We are on week 7 of copious diarrhea, and although there have been small windows of relief for both me and the puppy, I still find myself most days on my knees scrubbing our now bleachy wood floors. {SIGHS}

And I have to wonder: Is there a lesson here?  One I’m not learning? Because, Lord help me, I need to learn it so we can all move on.

Paul says in 2Timothy that for the one who is able to persevere, there will be awarded a crown. The word that sticks out to me most here is ABLE.

I want that crown, the one that is promised.

I want to sit with it perched high on my head, a sign of successfully completing my work here. But I have to tell you, I am faltering. The troubles of my life are proving to be a bit much these days.  I know, I know…it’s just a little poo, right? But that little bit of “poo” spread out over all of our days can serve to wear us down, to weaken our resolve and cause us to abandon what we know is right.

And I have discovered this:

I am not able

I can’t do this anymore, the cleaning up of messes, both mine and those that occur around me. I am just not able.

The good news is that I don’t have to do this alone.

I’m not able, but God is

So, I breathe deeply, steady my nerves, ask for God’s assistance in restoring my resolve. Then arm myself with rubber gloves, paper towel, and a bottle full of bleach.

As I slump into my chair at night, exhausted from the flurry of the day, the liquid puppy comes to sit by my feet, beautiful face sweetly gazing up at me. Her expressive eyes acknowledge her gratitude, and I begin to feel the not so distant impression of a circular weight upon my head. I pat the top of hers and smile my thanks to God – for getting me through yet another day.

2perseveranceDid you like this post? Please consider sharing it with a friend.  Post it on your facebook page, twitter feed, pinterest, or post your colored picture on instagram…where ever you think someone can use a little HOPE.

As a little added bonus: All comments on the write 31 days posts will be entered to win all of the colored cards for this series. These are colored by hand (by me :)and ready to give. Winner will be announced in November. Good luck 🙂

Don’t forget to click on the picture at the top of the page to download the pdf version of the PERSEVERENCE picture.  Color it and share, or enjoy yourself.

God bless your day!


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