What Does It Look Like to Persevere? | Guest Post

by - August 23, 2019

Hey there, friends! Today, I am excited to present another guest post from another awesome YDubber, athlete, and bloggerFe Eugenie Batoon!

In this post, Fe teaches us what it looks like to perseverewhether in sports, life, or writing.


What does never giving up look like? We’re inspired by movies like Soul Surfer and Facing the Giants, but do we actually know what went into their comeback stories? 


Life knocks so many of us down and getting back up again isn’t glamorous. It doesn’t happen in an hour and thirty minutes with a rockin’ soundtrack in the background. Often, it takes months or even years. 


Life is always changing, and adversity is inevitable. Adversity comes in many formsinjuries, death of a loved one, failure, mental roadblocks, and so much more. 


What does the Bible say about adversity? 
Sometimes, adversity is a consequence of our own sin. Other times, the Lord allows the devil to mess with us so our faith can be strengthened. 


For example, I suffered a neck injury because I refused to rest. And I failed in some projects because I didn't have discipline. 


The past couple months, I’ve experienced suffering in ways I never faced before. I’ve lost loved ones, failed, and cried out in pain each night. 


But things are slowly coming together.


Is life perfect? Not by a long shot.


But am I growing? Am I stronger? Am I closer to Jesus?


You bet.


‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ says, 


“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”


The journey of overcoming obstacles doesn’t always mean that every problem is solved.

But you can have peace. 


“‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’”
‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬


I wish I have a three-step process and poof! You might have peace. But I don’t. 


But I do have some things I’ve done to reset my focus on the One who is in control. And He gives me the peace that surpasses all understanding. 
Meditate on the Bible and pray, pray, pray. 
 David suffered a good deal in his lifetime. Saul sought to kill him but he kept praying to God. He opened his heart to God and was in constant prayer. 


He prayed from a humble attitude and an open heart. He prayed with an attitude of surrender. 


Here are a few psalms he wrote about his suffering:


“I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭6:6-9‬ NIV


In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬


David wasn’t perfect though. He commited sins like adultery and murder. He also neglected his children. 


Here is a Psalm from when he sinned with Bathsheba: 


“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭51:1-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬


God is with youalways. You can be honest about your sin. And your burdens. And your pain. 


“‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Sometimes, I stop in the middle of something and pray. I try to sit in silence and listen for His voice. In those moments, I surrender. I ready myself for life’s crazy twists and turns. And I have peace because I know God is in control. 


Give it to Jesus. He is willing.
Spend Time with Loved Ones. 



My family always makes me feel better. They pray with me. Hug me. Feed me. Laugh with me. And cry with me. 


Sometimes, God encourages me through them. I’m very thankful. 


I encourage you to hang out with your family or church family or some friends that really care about you. You don’t have to carry it alone. 


Do the next right thing. 
I’m a crier. I cry out my sorrows on my bed and seek comfort from God and my family. But after, I have to get up. 


I need to do something. Most often, it’s cleaning my room or getting a good stretch in. 


Other times, I need to get to work. So I ask for strength and get going. 


I love playing and teaching tennis. I could go to the court feeling sour but walk away with the biggest smile on my face.


It’s one of the blessings I cannot stop thanking God for. It’s truly a gift. 


What about you? Do you like to write? Or exercise? Or play an instrument? 


Some look for grand gestures like all of their problems washing away. But God often works in subtle ways. 


He gives us peace when no one understands. He gives us peace when our world shakes. He gives us peace when we’re unsure of the future. 


He gives you peace. 
Look for ways to serve. 
Sometimes, I need to remember that life doesn’t revolve around me. Other people suffer too. And they need a voice of encouragement. 


I pray that this article serves you well. But you don’t need to write an article to serve people. 


You can wash the dishes for your siblings. Clean the house for mom. Give mom and dad some ice cold lemonade when they get home from work. 


You can make someone smile. 
It’s Been Real Y’all. 
Life will never be perfect. It’s always changing. Sometimes, our failures are a consequence of our sin. Sometimes, our problems and trials are a tool of the devil. But we do know that our God is always with us ready to strengthen us and bear our burdens. He is good no matter what happens. 


Your Teammate in Christ, 


Fe Eugenie Batoon

(Verse graphics from Bible.com.)

About the Author

Fe Eugenie Batoon is a 16-year-old tennis player, writer, and homeschooled student. Her passion is to share the love of Jesus through writing, competing in tennis tournaments, and teaching little children. When she's not on the court, you can find her plodding away on her blog, The Unshaken, and engaging with other young writers in the Young Writer's Workshop.




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How well do you persevere? What do you do when you feel like giving up?

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9 comments

  1. Hi Julia! Thanks for having me on your blog!!

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    1. You're very welcome! Thank you for your post, Fe! :D

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  2. Thank y'all so much for this! It was really encouraging. I don't play any organized sports but I run and that's definitely teaching me about perseverance. XD And I'm NOT a crier, so sometimes I have to slow down and cry. "He is good no matter what happens." <3 <3 Sometimes that's hard for me to remember...so thanks for this.

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    1. I'm so glad this encouraged you, Kassie! Yes, running definitely requires endurance and perseverance.
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  3. And Kassie, I’m so happy the post encouraged you! Running may not be as organized as other sports, but it’s defintely just as hard. 😊

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