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There are lots of stories in the Bible that show people who persevered in the face of difficulty.

One of these is the story of Noah which is told in the Old Testament in Genesis Chapter 6.

When the Lord saw how wicked everyone on earth was and how evil their thoughts were all the time,he was sorry that he had ever made them and put them on the earth. He was so filled with regret that he said, “I will wipe out these people I have created, and also the animals and the birds, because I am sorry that I made any of them.”But the Lord was pleased with Noah.

This is the story of Noah. He had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Noah had no faults and was the only good man of his time. He lived in fellowship with God, but everyone else was evil in God’s sight, and violence had spread everywhere.God looked at the world and saw that it was evil, for the people were all living evil lives.

God said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to all people. I will destroy them completely, because the world is full of their violent deeds.Build a boat for yourself out of good timber; make rooms in it and cover it with tar inside and out.Make it 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.Make a roof for the boat and leave a space of 18 inches between the roof and the sides. Build it with three decks and put a door in the side.I am going to send a flood on the earth to destroy every living being. Everything on the earth will die,but I will make a covenant with you. Go into the boat with your wife, your sons, and their wives.Take into the boat with you a male and a female of every kind of animal and of every kind of bird, in order to keep them alive.Take along all kinds of food for you and for them.”Noah did everything that God commanded.

God gave Noah a big job to do. Even though he didn’t live near a lake or ocean, Noah persevered in finishing the job God gave him.

Someday God might give one of you a hard job to do. It might be to do with your work, your family or your friends. God was pleased with Noah’s perseverance and God will also be pleased with you when you persevere in doing what it right.

How we show perseverance at Ashford St Mary's

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Archie showed perseverance whilst completing work he found really tricky.

Sasha showed real perseverance when making ‘gods eye’

Joey has shown great perseverance with developing ball control in games.

Jasmine perseveres in lessons even when it is hard for her.

Nuyem has shown perseverance by improving his attitude to learning, which is now outstanding.

Tilly showed real perseverance when learning the Nativity songs and sang her heart out.

Musa has shown real perseverance learning his sounds and reading. He is working hard to learn English too!

For more ideas about perseverance and activities to try at home, please click here