I admire your diligence. {TGBTL Week #5}

This Week’s Prompt: Tell us about a trait you look up to or admire in someone in your life and why!
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I had to think long and hard about the prompt for this week. It was really tough for me because there are so many qualities I admire in the people around me! I admire bravery, boldness, belly-laughing senses of humor, great cooking skills, tender hearts, free spirits, patience and trendy dressers… but none of those things resonated enough to be the one thing I wrote about today.

So I’ve decided that one trait I really look up to is diligence.

Diligence: a persevering application.
My sweet friend Danielle
I kind of stink at diligence. I’m really struggling to push myself to keep training while it’s cold outside and all I want to do after work is snuggle up on the couch. I’m not very good at initiating long-distance friendships… and when I don’t feel like reading or doing house work, I don’t. I’m sure you can see the theme here: I am not very diligent. 
My beautiful friend, Meg
The cool thing, though, is that I have several good friends who are very diligent. My friend Danielle is awesome at running, even when it’s hard. She’s great at initiating friendships and loving people who aren’t easy to love. My friend Meg is awesome at spurring intentional conversation and loving friends who aren’t nearby. She lead me through many years (and still does!), patiently loving me even when I made stupid decisions about boys (secret’s out! ;)). 
STUD. {photo by Larry Albrecht}
My sweet husband perseveres every day at his job, knowing his dream job is right around the corner. Even harder, though, he persevered when he didn’t know there was an end in sight. And finally, my parents, who have persevered through 27 years of marriage and many rough trials when they could have just quit. That’s the real stuff, folks.
That’s the diligence that makes me kneel and ask the Lord to be merciful, because it’s hard for me. I know that all of those people above would probably tell you the same thing– it’s hard to be diligent. And that’s why their stories of diligence are so encouraging to me.
But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 
It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 
keep yourselves in the love of God, 
waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
-Jude 17-22
The people around me who characterize diligence are so important and encouraging to me because they embody our call to persevere in waiting for and following the Lord. 
What traits do you admire in the people around you?? Can’t wait to read your answers!

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Emily @ Dear Littles!… take a moment to check out her post today and go say hi!
And here is her post that won us over last week!


Wondering what this is and how you can participate? Check out the info here. Each week we will post a new prompt for all of us to write on and link up on Wednesdays. All of the prompts will be focused around the theme of sharing more about ourselves, especially things we may not have mentioned before on our blogs! Hayley and I will choose our favorite post from each week and share that blog as the “Featured Blog” on the following week’s post! We started this link up so that we can all grow as bloggers, get to know each other better, and meet new friends! I hope you will join us! Hayley and I are excited to get to know you!

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