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Relentless Pursuit

Relentless…I never understood the impact and weight of this word until I was faced with the trial of my life.

Four years ago, I became a single parent. My husband, at the time, moved out and filed for divorce. I was relentless (persistent) in the fight for my marriage. I knew God could turn it all around and soften his heart. Yet after all was said and done, my marriage ended. From that moment, my life and future changed forever.

Like anyone who has ever had a trial in their life I felt attacked from every side. I was discouraged and wanted to throw in the towel. I couldn’t understand why this was happening to me. I soon became relentless (insistent) in my search for answers to the question, “Why?”.

We don’t know when or why trials will enter our lives. We don’t know what our mindset will be when hard times come. We really don’t even know how we will respond until tragedy is staring us square in the eyes. But when those times come, we are all faced with the same choice: Will we walk away and give up on our faith in God or will we be relentless (unyielding) to trust and depend on Him more? I chose the latter.

I clung to the word of God to get me through when I didn’t understand and felt lost. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight,” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

I held His word close to my heart as I prayed, cried and prayed some more. “Weeping may endure for a night. But joy comes in the morning,” (Psalm 30:5).

I praised him during my storm. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

I “stood” on His word, claiming His promises. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand,” (Isaiah 41:10)

In the end, my relentless (adamant, persevering) pursuit .of Him, allowed me to honestly say:

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him … ” (Job 13:15).

It is our relentless pursuit of God during times of suffering that creates resilience in our lives causing us to become stronger and providing the endurance needed to run the race.

So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation,” (1 Peter 5:10).

Today, I continue to be relentless in my pursuit of God. I’m closer to Him than I’ve ever been and I completely trust in His every promise. During the storms of life, I resolve to be relentless in my pursuit of Him. Will you join me in this pursuit?

About Tracey

Tracey Lanza resides in Northern Virginia with her 11 year son. Currently she works as Registered Nurse in an office that specializes in allergies and asthma. Tracey loves The Lord with all her heart and seeks to live a life that brings him glory and honor. She is very involved in her church and serves weekly on the worship team. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and writing songs. Her prayer is that her writings will inspire, motivate and bless every reader.

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  1. Very inspiring!
    So many believe that we Christians have the perfect little lives – or that we SHOULD have perfect lives since we try to be so ‘good.’
    Many don’t understand it is our relentless pursuit of God that comes first – (the rest, our lives, our family, our work) we entrust to Him.
    Great post, thanks for sharing!

  2. A much needed article to help and encourage everyone who reads this. We need these reminders for we all face upheavals in our lives. Thank you, Tracy for your experience through a major one you encountered. The Lord is the only anchor we can trust in for those storms.

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