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We know that suffering produces perseverance; 
perseverance, character; and character, hope. - Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)

During my teaching career I decided to pursue National Board Certification, a rigorous and demanding endorsement. Teachers are allowed only three attempts to pass the certification process. My two young children and my husband 
supported me emotionally and encouraged me.
The year-one results came in; I did not make it....

Today's Prayer
Thank you, God, for giving us opportunities in our struggles to gain character and hope. Help us never to give up, even when we feel defeated. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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Today's Reading
James 1:2-6

Thought for the Day

Whether I win or lose, my perseverance will produce a godly character.

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