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Sometimes, the best things take time. Lots of time. Even as we hope for those "suddenlies" and miraculous successes, the reality is that God often calls us to persevere for the long haul. It's at these times of seeming inactivity in the midst of the battle that our faith is truly tested. Not the amount of faith, but the kind of faith required to change a generation. It is a persevering faith that contends for something much bigger than the battle at hand.While we can ponder and pray into another word for the Year, God is looking for those with the faith to believe something for the next 10 or 20. Can we champion something that may take years to establish? Can we dare to be the ones who wait before the Lord, patiently keeping the fire burning and the vision alive so that those who follow us can live and walk in the promises we've been given?