For a few very hard years this word was my mantra.
The word means
-undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort
-undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear
But the truth is, I was often dismayed by everything that had taken place, and I did battle discouragement. I battled fear and doubts. I hurt and was angry, and sometimes "undaunted" sounded more like a mockery than a mantra, and I was determined to be real about all of it in these posts, thus the name, Undaunted Reality. More than that, though, I was determined to live undaunted, not because I'm so great or strong, but because my God is, and no matter what this world looks like, He is the only reality that matters.
I pray I live the reality of Him beautifully undaunted.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

When You Want to Quit...Please Don't

This morning I was praying for you, for the people who comment and those who don't either because you don't have anything to say or you are afraid others don't value what you say, and I told the Lord...
...if I could give you anything today...
...if I could impart anything to you...
...speak anything into your spirit...

I would say...


I know the road is hard. I know it hurts. I know you want to give up. I know your heart aches more than you ever dreamed it could, and I know you are tired and weary and feel battle worn, and just lying down and saying, "Enough is enough," is so tempting.

I know.

I've been there.

And I am begging you...DON'T QUIT!!!!

You are not here because of some cosmic glitch. You are not here because God saw a blank line on a family tree and needed to put a name there.

You are here because YOU HAVE A PURPOSE.
You have something that no one else in this world has.

If I could look you in the eyes right now, I would tell you,
"You are amazing.
You are beautiful.
There is no one like you. Never has been. Never will be. YOU are beyond compare.
Your dreams have not been forfeited.
You are not a hopeless loser.
You are not beyond repair.
You are not damned to live a life of pain and hurt.
You, beautiful and beloved one, are the one Jesus died for.
You are the one God is pursuing with wild abandon because He sees who you really are.
You are so much more than this world has told you."

And I know some days that is so hard to believe, and I know some days you can't see it. I've never seen a platypus, but I believe they exist. The same God who made that platypus made the incomparable YOU. If you can believe there is a platypus, please--PLEASE!--believe in you...not because of what you have done or can do but because God is reaching out to you, because He woke me up at 5:00 am to tell you this...because He led me through the hell first so I could reach back, give you a hand, and tell you that you CAN get through this.

Please, please don't quit. You are more valuable than anyone has told you, and I'm telling you now. I thank God for you. I thank God that He has answered someone's prayer by giving you life. I thank God that you are more valuable than rubies, that you are more valuable than you have courage to believe. You are priceless.

You...are to die for.

Praying for you....


  1. Tracy, absolutely link to it! To God be the glory!

    And, yes, woman of God, I totally believe it to the core of me. I never did quit. Wanted to several times. Got really tired and sat down for a bit. Hid behind a rock and took a much needed nap...but when pursued by the most amazing Lover the world has ever known or could ever dream...My heart was too drawn to Him to quit...When the ultimate Knight in shining armor catches your eye and calls your name, how could I not I not follow?

  2. Jerri, today would have been the 39th birthday of a friend of mine. She took her life a little less than a month ago. I, too, have been to the dark place where hope seems gone. And after her death, in the midst of this life, I allowed myself to fall into the depths of despair, too. I know what took hold of her...and it is strong and alluring to let go, but God reminded me to look up, to reach out, and there He was--just as He always is. I pray this message will reach beyond the eyes and ears and deep into the hearts and minds of those who need to be freed from the darkness. There's always just enough light for the place you're in...if you seek Him!

  3. Heather, I am so, so sorry about your loss. I have no words...

    " is strong and alluring to let go..."
    Anyone who has never experienced that fight cannot know the peace promised...or desired. And you are right, SO right. The only peace--the ONLY peace--is with Him, in Him, and sometimes it is a fight to get there. Sometimes it is a fight with Him, but He's big enough, and He's not scared because while He is fighting with you, He is fighting for you, and He's never been afraid of a fight.

    I agree with your prayer that "this message will reach beyond the eyes and ears and deep into the hearts and minds of those who need to be freed from the darkness." Ye, Lord God, let it be.

    Blessings, sister!

  4. How timely!

    Its times like this when my daughter is sick that my own will to push through wears thin. I seem to slip in a pity mode, feeling like I am doing it all by myself. I know it seems like it but I know even more that it is never the case! We have a God who will never leave or forsake us and He is not one to lie!

    God bless you, Ms. Jerri!