The definition of the word Perseverance is: the ability to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.  It's not fun, it's not expected and it's certainly not easy but the ability to persevere is truly a blessing.  We all work for it on some level and some of us are forced into it against our will but the ability to do it comes only through grace.  Sometimes it's awarded, sometimes the reward comes just in the relief that your difficulty or struggle is over.  We've tried to instill this virtue in our children and even though my heart aches when they are in the midst of trial, I am so proud to see them come through on the other side.