Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fatigue Failure

I am sure you are looking for this week’s question on the Infant Step Series. I am sorry to disappoint you. It will be up next week. Today I have a message for someone in particular and I cannot help but share it. Also, Greg and Anonymous, I will still respond to your questions in the last post on the Infant Steps Series.

Have you heard of fatigue in materials? Those who know the science of materials and metals can easily relate to this. I will try to make it simple here.

Do you know what makes a bridge that has been carrying tons of vehicles suddenly collapse one day when a bicycle is on it? Or do you know what makes a structure that has withstood the storms collapse one evening under a cool breeze? It is failure due to FATIGUE.

Fatigue failure is the tendency of a material to break by means of a PROGRESSIVE cracking under REPEATED ALTERNATING or CYCLIC stresses of intensity considerably smaller than what should normally break it. Example, there is palm kernel that Hulk Hogan can break with one hit of the stone. For you, you may have to hit the nut many times before it breaks though without using as much strength as he would. The number of cycles required to cause the failure is quite large, but it decreases as the stress is increased. Still on the palm kernel example, though you may have to do it many times before it breaks, it will become easier if you put in a little more effort.

Why I am talking about fatigue today? I am speaking specifically to someone who is saying “God, I am tired. I cannot do this anymore!” You have been praying, studying, praising, confessing the Word of God, hoping, believing, having faith, and yet you do not see the results. I want to tell you not to give up. You are almost there. Sooner than you think, you and everyone will see that so-called mountain brought down to nothing. Your prayers, praises, confessions, seeds and faith have been working. You have been applying stress on that mountain and all you need is a little more perseverance in what you have been doing to see the “failure due to fatigue”.

I leave you with these words
“Do seize, hold fast and retain without wavering the hope you cherish and confess and your acknowledgement of it, for God Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.” [Hebs 10:23 AMP].

Remember the key words in fatigue failure:
Progressive: - gradually increasing in severity. Keep increasing your time spent in the presence of God through prayer, worship, praise, study and meditation on the word of God.
Repeated: - occurring again and again. This is not the time to stop doing what you have been doing.
Alternating or Cyclic: - changing direction, occurring in cycles. It does not mean you should stop praying and then continue later :-). At regular intervals, take time to do something special with your prayer (like fasting), sowing new seeds, etc.

Are you going to hold on tight to see the "failure" due to the fatigue your prayers and perseverance is causing?

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26 comments:

Honey gi said...

First

doll said...

nice one

Trybes said...

God bless your soul for this words of encourament...you just made my day!

Thanks..

Trybes said...

Encouragement*...my bad...lol

akaBagucci said...

Why did this not come p just before my Structural Analysis exam?

It's a whole new way of looking at it.....

Afronuts said...

Deep. i hope the stressed out ones will learn from this.

It also pays to know how to manage it.

Telekinesys said...

Word!

Olamild said...

God bless u
I mean really ...God bless u
that was just what I needed.

Blowing Blessings Your Way XOXO said...

Wow...I just stumbled upon ur blog and its as if God wanted me to read this post! Thank you so much, I really needed those words of encouragment! God bless u

pink-satin said...

i so needed this post

chayoma said...

i really needed this.
thank u

Olufunke said...

Thanks for this!
A very good reminder and fresh perspective to life.

Also learn t something about fatigue
God bless you

Lil Miss Thang said...

Very inspiring Rita, you seem to have the right words at the right time. Thanks & stay blessed hun!

Geebee said...

Perseverance is indeed the word. I once heard a story about six strong men who were trying to bring down a wall. They tried for days but couldn’t and in frustration, they all left. A few days later, a little boy happened to walk by and playfully threw a stone at the wall. The strong wall came crashing down . . . if only those men had persevered just a little more . . . You never know when you’re almost there until you get there. Inspiring stuff, Rita. God bless you.

Rose said...

Food for thought Certainly...Thanks
Hope you have been well Rita??...

~Sirius~ said...

The facy That I hear the same message from different people within the same time frame- means something is definitely about to happen.

Thanks Rita

It's so hard sometimes, that giving up seems like a better plan than waiting.

I guess the end of the tunnel is near.

Thank you again for your words of encouragement.

Have a blessed week!

Doja 2.0 said...

Cheers!

Kafo said...

i needed to read that verse today


thanks
stay blessed

Myne Whitman said...

This is so encouraging, an reminder too. Thanks

David C Brown said...

That sent me straight to my knees to pray for the two biggest things I have been praying about for years!

leggy said...

nice

Emilia said...

thank you rita for those timely words

Buttercup said...

Perseverance is one of the hardest things to do. It take the grace of God. Thanks for the encouragement, Rita!

Have you any wool said...

I learnt a lot from this. this is an uplifting blog.

sunnyside said...

this is the best thing i have heard today. you are blessed 4 being a blessing.

StandTall-The Activist said...

it's being a while. I will try and talk to you soon. Pardon me my lady.