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I started this blog several years ago as an outlet. To whomever reads my blog, I hope you are encouraged. I do my best to keep it short, so it can be a breath of fresh air.

Monday, November 30, 2015

An Early Present

Today there was a knock on the door and an early Christmas present to me from Bob was delivered. The first time I saw this living room set, I just sat on the couch (whispered a prayer to the Lord)and told Bob that it was my dream set. Of course, I was content with the set I had, because I as thankful to have a couch to sit on. Since it was almost a year since I saw the set, I was surprised when he bought it for me. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have something so pretty in my home. I'm thankful to my husband for buying me something so nice. I'm thankful to the Lord for making a way. Tonight as we said our prayers, we gave thanks for the new set. We dedicated it to the Lord and prayed that many souls would come through our home and be connected to Christ while sitting on the couches. Thank you Lord for my couch and thank you Lord for my husband who did hear me and didn't forget. God is good.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Grammy Time

This week was a week of thanksgiving and spending a lot of time celebrating Grammy. We are so thankful she is doing much better. Her birthday party was a success and she was happy to see family and friends. The icing on the cake for her was having 4 grandchildren at church with her today. She's a walking miracle and we thank God for sparing her life. God is good.



Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cleaning Day

Today was a day of cleaning. The chimney is ready for Santa Clause to arrive on Christmas Eve. I can't believe that we are almost to December. This year has flown by. I'm thankful for family and all the love that was shown to my mother in law this weekend. God is so good. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thankful for 77 Years

Our Thanksgiving feast yesterday was a wonderful one. Today, we celebrated our Grammy turning 77 and gave thanks she is still with us. Many friends and family came to celebrate her. The food was in an abundance and the love overflowing. I'm so thankful for the love showered upon her today. God is good. 


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ready For Thanks

We have been busy preparing for a time of giving thanks with family and friends. I'm amazed at how quickly this year has flown by. Tomorrow, we will cook a feast and give thanks. God is good.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Too Good To Not Give Thanks

The time has come when the sales are advertised and we spend our money on gifting for others. I make it a point to not let the madness get to me. Of course I like a good bargain and yes, I do my best to get the good deal, within reason. As I said last year, no matter how busy this time becomes, I will not lose focus. I too jumped the bandwagon and started listening to Christmas music a while back. However, I have not forgotten the important time of giving thanks that will be taking place later this week. There is a lot of chaos going on in the world right now. No matter how bad it gets, I will still give thanks. In the big things and the small things, God has been too good for me to not give thanks in all things. I pray for America, I pray for France and I pray for my fellow man. I give thanks for the peace that passes all understanding that fills my heart today. God is good.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Uncovered Pop Tart

What a sermon today by Bro. Jonathan Walker! There has been a theme for the past few Sunday's and it's clear the Lord is trying to get a message across to us. We need to get right, because he is coming soon. I always like Bro. Walker's sermons. True to form, he preached another masterpiece of a sermon. He preached from Psalm 61:1-4 with an interesting title of, "The Uncovered Pop Tart". While he was preaching he had two boxes of pop tarts on the pulpit. People in this generation are looking for the same core needs. We all come from different backgrounds, but there are two needs we share in common. The first is to feel accepted. We want people to like us and feel secure with other people. Everyone wants to feel accepted and not rejected. The second is we want to be genuinely loved and valued. These two needs are always there and never go away. Happiness is a temporary emotion, there are good years and bad years. They do not have the capacity to bring everlasting joy. We read in Isaiah 12:1-3 that God feels us with everlasting life. He is the well that never runs dry. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Jesus is the only one who can meet and fill the two basic core needs we have in our life. We are sons and daughters of the King of Kings. In this day and age, we do not need to be trying to fit in, we need to be Apostolic and be different. Holiness matters to God. If it matters to God and we are his children, we need to live a holy life. We are not promised tomorrow and this is not a time to be playing church. It's very easy to make up excuses and try to rationalize what we are doing. The word of God is very clear. Sin is sin. Temptation comes our way, how we respond is up to us. We think we are strong enough to handle it, we are not. Sin is sin. Sin leads to death. Romans 6:23 proves this to be true. What is sin? It is engaging in anything that does not line up with God's word. If you are in a relationship/deep friendship with someone that is not living a Christ-centered life, you are on a path towards death. This does not mean that you stop talking to others. You can have friends that do not have the same beliefs as you, you just can not be yoked with them. The closer you are to someone, the more like them you will become. Broad is the path to destruction, narrow is the path to salvation. The gift of God is eternal life, why choose something else? Sin will separate and build walls. The fruit of the spirit is filled with love, joy and peace. Sin stinks and leaves a bad smell in the nostrils of God. God hates the sin we participate in, but loves us even while we are in our sin. Rationalizing everything we do, is our not taking ownership for our decisions. We need to be accountable of God for what we do. Who you associate yourself with, who you connect with is the greatest predictor of your future. Show me your friends and I will show you your future. 2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us to not be unequally yoked. Who you are bound to in life, will determine the direction you will go. Make sure whoever you connect yourself with is on a path you want to be on. Bro. Walker then touched on a subject, you never hear talked about in church. He talked about pornography and the hold it has on those who look at it. For those who struggle with this, you need to realize that you are engaging in a spiritual attachment that takes place. You may not be doing anything with what you are watching, but it does have an impact that leaves you feeling empty when it's over. The same goes with sexual relationships. This act is a blood covenant. You become one. Keeping Christ first and foremost and resisting the activities that lead to death of your soul, is liberty! There are no regrets when you put Jesus first. He then held up a bag of Dorito's and talked about how he purchased it and when the got home, he realized that the bag had only air in it. He never opened the bag. He showed us that it was flat, since all the air had come out of it. This is what sin is. It looks good and sounds good. But, when you go to partake of it, there is nothing but air, it's not what you thought it would be. Then, he explained why he had Pop Tarts out. The box showed you a super frosted Pop Tart. When he opened the bag, to toast his Pop Tart, he was dismayed to see that the Pop Tart had almost no frosting on it. It was an uncovered Pop Tart, and nothing like what was advertised. We have a choice in life. We can choose the way of Christ that has been tried and true. The way that leads to life, joy and peace. Or we can make the choice to follow the pleasures for a season of sin and end up empty and dead. It was a sobering sermon, one that made you search your heart. I want all of Jesus. I don't care if people think I am strange. I don't care if they don't agree with me. I give all of my life to Jesus Christ. I put God first and he gave me "all these things" added unto me. Nothing and no one is worth losing my soul for. What about you? God is good.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Garvies Point

Today was a daddy day. Bob and RJ attended at Thanksgiving event at Garvies Point. They came back with lots of stories about the Indians who were from Long Island. The Algonquin was the tribe from this area. It's always good to know the history of where you live and where you are from. I was told that there are many nice trails and that even though the museum is small, that it was really neat place to visit. I wish I could share photos with you, but none were taken. Over all, it was a very nice daddy day and they found a new favorite place to visit. God is good.

Friday, November 20, 2015

BYG Thanks

Tonight, the Bethel Youth Group is having their annual Thanksgiving feast and fellowship. As I prepared a side dish to be shared, I gave thanks for the BYG. This world is becoming so dark and then, I see the BYG. I see a group of teens/young adults who are trying to be a light in the darkness. I see a group that have opened their arms and hearts to my nephew and watched him grow in so many ways. Yes, today, I give thanks for the BYG and their leadership. The world is just a bit brighter because of them. God is good.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Positioned For Thanksgiving

Tonight Bro. Will Cook taught a lesson entitled,"Positioned For Thanksgiving". His main text was taken from Psalm 121:1. Good communication skills are a foundation for a good relationship. If you do not have successful communication, you will not have a successful relationship. There are more ways than one to express yourself. Most communication expressed is not verbal, but it is non-verbal. Your body language truly does speak louder than words. If you are filled with pride, your eyes are lifted up. If you are humble you are looking down. When you greet someone with a nod, you are indicating they are your equal. When you greet them with an uplift of your head, you are indicating that you are above them. It's is good to have humble spirit and attitude. God does not like pride. To have an attitude of thanksgiving is powerful and pleasing to the Lord. Most people do not know what it means to have an attitude of thanksgiving. Many do not even know what Thanksgiving is about. They do not even say a prayer or give thanks before they eat their turkey dinner. We need to have a heart full of thanksgiving with we come to the Lord. It is important that we realize where "everything" comes from. When we come to the Lord, it needs to be with a heart of thanksgiving. It's good to remember where our help comes from, it comes from the Lord. It's important that we not lose focus and start to make it all about "me". We need to have an attitude of gratitude. This thanksgiving, remember to give thanks to your creator, who from all blessings flow. God is good.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Indian Ant

Today, RJ's class (the 3rd grade) put on an Native American Play. They focused on the tribes that originated on Long Island. I learned a lot today about where we live and I enjoyed seeing the kids dressed up as Native American Indians. RJ has some Cherokee Indian blood in him, so this was very exciting for him. Of course I'm going to be biased when I say he was an adorable Indian and the cutest Ant I have ever seen. I was impressed with the fact they the children did a costume change in the middle of their presentation. They knew all their lines and did a great job of teaching us, the audience, about the Algonquian Indians. I love RJ's school and found myself once again, giving thanks for the education he is receiving.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Group

Tonight's Bible study group was a Thanksgiving celebration. Tonight was an example of how the church becomes your family. As I write, we are sitting together and sharing the goodness of God. Our bellies are full from the feast we all put together and now our hearts are full from fellowship with one another. I love my church family. God is good. 



Monday, November 16, 2015

Fear Not

So, the news and social media has been filled with the ISIS threat. If you are not careful, you can become overwhelmed and fear can grip your heart. Do I think some crazy horrible things are going to happen? Yes. I think all the things that have happened this year are just the beginning of great sorrow. I have a word for you. Fear Not. If your life is truly placed in the hands of Jesus, you have nothing to fear, not even death. This is where perfect peace comes in. Fear is not welcome in my house. I lift my hands in praise and worship to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I look forward to the day of Jesus' soon return. I will not walk in fear, I will not live in fear, I will not speak in fear. I will build up and not tear down. I make the choice to walk in peace, love and trust. The greatest battlefield is the mind. If you can win the battle over fear in your mind, you will overcome and walk in peace. I place my trust and hope in Christ alone. I want to share a song called "No Fear", by Hillsong. you can listen to it here. Fear Not! God is good.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Alter

Today we had a guest speaker who happens to be one of my favorites, Bro. Steve Smith. He preached from Geneses 13:1-7 with the title of, "Alter". There is something special about our first consecration with God. It's important to remember those moments, to go back to them and remember the promises we have made to God. In this present day and age, we need to stay close to God. Abraham and Lot were traveling together. God was blessing Abraham. Lot was following Abraham and partaking in the blessings that God was giving to him. Abraham walked with God and Lot walked with Abraham. Abraham erected alters, and Lot erected tents. There is nothing wrong with having an Abraham in your life, you just need to make sure you are building your own alters with the Lord too. There comes a time when you need to be able to have your own walk with God. When things became too crowded for Lot and Abraham together, Abraham offered Lot a choice of where to go. The wise thing to do was to let Abraham make the first choice. Instead Lot had already been looking towards the well watered land of Jordan. He made the choice on what was best for him and not thinking of what was best for others. Abraham sought God first in all he did, Lot did what he felt was best for him. Lot walked towards the things that were not like God. Abraham sought God first and everywhere he walked was given to him. Lot looked toward Sodom, he moved to Sodom and became an important person in Sodom. He became more and more like where he was looking. Abraham kept his eyes on God and he was blessed. The Alter is a place the changes you. The outcome depends on how you approach God while at the alter, James 4:8. You can be flawed like King David and make major mistakes, but when you come before the Lord in brokenness, God responds in mercy. God will resist the proud, he sets his armies against them. To the humble and broken, he gives grace. You decide your approach when you come to the Alter. Bro. Smith, then told a story about a man and a chair. This man was a wealthy business man and his pastor told him he needed a place where he prayed daily. The man was upset about this and walked away. After time, the man started to make some changes in his life. When the pastor asked him about it, the man showed him a chair he had in his living room. He said, he took the pastor's advice and would sit in the chair and talk with God. Those moments with God were changing him. Over his lifetime, God began to do many things in his life. Each huge change came to him while in prayer in the chair. When the man passed away, his wife told the pastor that the chair had changed her husband's life. He became a better husband and all around better person. He had an alter with God. We all need to have a place where we meet God. We can not make it just on a Sunday service. We need to meet with God daily, even if it's only for 5 minutes. Time spent with God, will change you. In this present day, we must be connected. If we want to be an Abraham and have the blessings of God in our life, we must have an alter with the Lord. God is good.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Still I Will Trust

Growing up in church, you hear sermons about the last days. When I read my Bible, I read of things that will happen before the Lord's soon return. I have been saying for some time, that Jesus was coming. My soul rejoices and my heart breaks at the same time. This world is becoming so dark and I want to be a light wherever I go. I read the reports on what took place in Paris and like many, I prayed. My heart hurts, I can't shake it. I hurt for France, I hurt for the families. I hurt for what is to come. I find myself whispering under my breath for Jesus's soon return. I look at my sweet boy who is happy and oblivious to what has taken place. I ask myself, how much longer before it comes here, to where we live. Yes, we had 911. Yes, we have had a horrific attack in NYC, so did France. What happened yesterday is a foreshadowing of what I believe will take place all over the world. I have a choice to make. I can live my life in fear, or I can live it with love. I can make the choice to love those around me. I can make the choice to love my enemy. Hatred brings death, love brings life. My prayers for France will not end when the news stops reporting. My prayers will continue. I will pray for God to have mercy and protect my family and loved ones. No matter how dark it may become, still I will trust in Jesus. Still, I will pray. God is good.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Weep For Paris #prayforparis

When I read via twitter that there was an attack going on in Paris, I immediately began to pray. My next reaction was to find out of people I knew were ok. Once I learned they were well, I sat in dumbfounded grief as I learned via social media the horror poured out on France. My heart cried out and it broke for the people of France. This is what hatred does, this is what the root of bitterness does, it kills. Of France, I cry for you. I cry for the loved ones who are dealing with great loss. I cry for those who experienced such horror. I weep for what is to come. America, we are next, it's only a matter of time. I do not live in fear, I will not stop living my life. I know who my redeemer is. My trust is in Jesus Christ. And still, in the middle of all this, I cry out to those who teach hate. I say to you, this is not of God, this is not what we are put on this earth to do. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Oh, France, I weep for you tonight! I pray that if there are more waiting in the shadows to bring more pain and sorrow, that God almighty sends Angels to stop them. I pray that France will be able to mourn and pick up the pieces. I pray that Paris, will find peace in the middle of great sorrow. Even in this, I shall still say, God is good.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Lost Voice

I woke up this morning with no voice. I was sad about this because it's the day my mom was leaving and no voice meant, talking would be difficult. I didn't want to drop her off at the airport and was wishing I could keep her here. It's hard saying goodbye,especially when it's to your mom. Unfortunately, we said our goodbyes and she headed home. Due, to a lack of voice and not feeling well, I stayed home from church. My hope is tomorrow, my voice will be back and I will be up and running again. For now, I will look at pictures from this week with my mom and have happy dreams. God is good.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Whale Of A Pastry

First I give honor to all our Veterans. Due to it being Veterans Day, RJ did not have school today. My mom and I have been battling a cold, but didn't let that stop us. We bundled up, took some medicine and went out on an adventure. RJ really likes to go to The Whaling Museum, so we decided to go there. There were some new exhibits and we had a lot of fun. On our way home, we stopped at Carlos Bakery and picked up some yummy treats. Her trip here was a short one, but a fun one. Tomorrow,she heads back home. We are going to miss her a lot. It's always good to have mom around. God is good.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Peace Flows

Tonight's care group lesson talked about the peace of God. When the lesson was finished, we all had a time of prayer. The peace of God was so sweet that it made me want to close my eyes and sleep. I love it when the peace of God flows like a river. It's been nice having my mom here, RJ is enjoying time with Grandma. Since there is no school tomorrow, he's staying up late to be with her. Me, I might just bask in this peace and fall asleep. God is good.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Yay Mom

I'm super happy to have my mom here for a couple of days.  I let RJ stay home so he could surprise her at the airport. Just having mom around makes things good. We stopped by Hicks Nursary to see the beginnings of the Christmas decorations. They always do a great job. We were not disappointed. Her trip will be a short one, I'm just glad she's here.God is good.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

The Old Paths

Pastor Davis preached a fervent sermon today from his heart. It was one of the sermons that did not tickle the ears of the listener. My notes are choppy for two reasons, RJ was asleep on my lap and it was pretty intense at moments, that I just stopped writing. He preached from Jeremiah 6:16-17 with the title of," The Old Paths". Pastor first started talking about the parkways and paths we drive upon. These parkways were at one time, pathways that were forged a long time ago by animals. They had learned the paths that worked the best in order to get to their destination. In this present day, many claim a desire to forge new paths. Sometimes the old paths are the best paths to take. In the days of Jeremiah, the children of God had fallen into spiritual wicked ways. God was not happy about this. He is a jealous God in the sense that he wants to be the only God in our life. He wants all our praise, love and obedience. We are to worship God only. We must be so careful that we the only time we worship God is on a not just on Sunday and the rest of the week, he is not in our life. If anything gets in the way or takes our time away from God, then it's become a idol in our life. We are to serve only one Lord. Jeremiah warned the people, God sent many prophets to warn the people, but they still didn't listen. When they refused to listen to the warnings to not have any other gods in their life, they were put into captivity. Even during this time, God was reaching out to them, hoping they would once again turn their hearts back to him. We stand at a crossroads and God is standing there begging us to chose the old paths. The path is narrow and hard to find at times. It may feel like you are the only on walking this path. You are not alone when you walk it, Jesus walks it with you. There is only one way to heaven. Only one Lord, One Faith and one Baptism. Pastor said he was the prophet sounding the trumpet for us to hear. Jesus is coming so soon. We need to make a choice. Will we walk the path that leads to heaven or the path that leads to hell? Change is not always good, it's not always the best way. Staying the course and not giving up. We don't need to conform to the new ways of society. God's word does not and will not change. When you know what your destination is, you will not be looking for something else. The Acts 2:38 message is not irrelevant in this day and age. It is still important and needs to be preached to all who will hear. It's time to stop playing with the world and give your all to God. We are living in the end times, be ready and be sold out to Jesus. I can't even read my notes because I was crying and praying and they are unreadable. I can't explain to you what the atmosphere felt like. It was like Jesus was crying out through Pastor's voice today. He was begging us to wake up and stay on the old paths set long ago. There is so much pressure in this world to conform. Pressure to hide the fact that you are a Christian. In this day and age, we need to be a light for Christ. Do not be ashamed, stand for the ways of God, even if it's not the popular way to live. Jesus is coming soon, are you ready! God is good.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Life Cycles

I was thinking tonight about the cycle of life. My cousin recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. We are thrilled at this precious miracle of life. Mixed in this is the knowledge that out Grandpa had cancer. Life and death intertwines. We are still praying and believing for God to heal our beloved grandpa. I told RJ the good news and the not so good news. He took it in stride and he made something beautiful and peaceful for grandpa to look at. I don't like cancer. I told the Lord this. I know God has all things under control and I trust in Him. He does all things well and in everything I will give thanks. God is good.

Friday, November 06, 2015

West Coast Fall

If it were not for the beautiful colors bursting forth on the trees around me, I would have thought I was in California for the Fall season. My mind said to dress one way, but my body told me it was way too warm for a "Fall" outfit. I actually like the East Coast Fall weather, but I am enjoying the warm weather. Who knows maybe it will be a mild winter. We shall wait and see, for now, I'm enjoying the warm sunshine. God is good.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

For The Love of Mali

Today was a whirlwind of a day. The beginning of the day started with a wedding and ended with a church service. Tomorrow, I will talk about the wedding. Tonight, I want to focus on a missionary family who spoke from their hearts to Bethel. We have missionaries all the time. I love it when they come. There was something special about tonight. The Sarsfield's are newly appointed missionaries to Mali. I don't know how to explain it. When they spoke I wanted to weep. If you know anything about my husband and I, our heartbeat is missions. I felt such an urgency. I believe God is coming back and this sweet young couple is giving their everything to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to a nation that is predominately Muslim. You would have to have been living with your head in the sand to not know what this means. Christians are dying for the name of Jesus in nations that are predominately Muslim. Despite all this, there is a church in Mali. A church with a small group of saints who are not afraid, who share the love of Jesus with all who will hear. In the last days, all will hear this beautiful truth. Please keep this couple in your prayers, please keep the Christians of Mali in your prayers. Bro. and Sis. Sarsfield, both spoke to us from their hearts. When Bro. Sarsfield finished his sermon, the presence of God was strong. He preached from Luke 14:25-35 about loving God more than anything. We can say we love God and mean it. What type of love is it that you have? Is it Agape love? Agape love supersedes all love. It's the highest love you can have. Do you really love God? Is he your everything? Is there something that is more important to you than your walk with the Lord. The Sarsfield's are giving their life for Christ. They are sharing the love of Jesus everywhere they go. I can't shake this burden I have for them and for Mali. I have been moved so deeply for them. God is going to do a mighty work through them, of this I have no doubt. God is good.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

I Took A Walk

This week has seemed to have been non-stop. I felt this morning like my head was spinning and the busy bee stuff was infringing on my prayer time. Thus, this morning I decided to park my car on the opposit side of where I needed to be and I took a walk. I focused on the beauty around me and asked Jesus to walk with me. I took my time and his presence was so sweet.  I need my time with my first love. He keeps me grounded when all else is sinking sand. I'm glad that I took a walk, the view he gave me was a masterpiece.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Clouds Outside In

Tonight RJ and I attended a reception at The Tilles Center. An exibit that took about 2 years for the students from RJ's school to complete, was on display. He was so excited about it and couldn't wait to see the clouds hanging from the ceiling. The Tilles Center is a beautiful archeture on it's own. As we were walking to see the exibit, we were greeted with a beautiful site. The clouds were lit up and through the glass windows, the were almost breathtaking. For RJ, seeing something he had a part of on display at a non- school place, was so wonderful. He couldn't stop jumping up and down.  I'm so glad we were able to attend and I give accolades to the students and Teachers who spent hours on creating something so beautiful. God is good.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Little Boy Musings

Tonight, RJ was very chatty. He has been taking a lot about hearing God's voice and trying to listen to what he is saying. He had a dream that he said he knew came from God, but then turned into his imagination. In his dream he was walking with God inside a Temple that had many doors and he only walked through the ones God opened for them. He said they just walked and talked. He doesn't remember what was said, just that it was nice and he knows what he's to do when he grows up. I'm not going to share that part with you because it's special between him and God. RJ is an 8 year old who likes to play and like all boys has his "moments". His walk with God is growing and his love for Him is real. We don't push him and it's a joy to watch it unfold naturally and on his own. When it comes from the heart, it can not be shaken. God is good.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Hold Fast

It's been two Sunday's since we have attended service in Bethel. It was so nice to be "home" today. First I want to give a shout out to our BYG youth who spoke for Missions Sunday regarding their AYC trips this past summer. As pastor likes to say, I'm sanctified proud of them. I always enjoy Pastor Davis' sermon. Today, I left feeling strengthened by his sermon. He preached from Luke 18:1-8 and Hebrews 10:23 with a title of "Hold Fast". He started by showing a picture on the screen of The USS Akron Blimp. In 1932 it made a trip from New Jersey to California. When it arrived it was windy and the crew trying to secure it, were not able to constrain it. As the blimp lifted up in the air, it took 3 navy men up with it, dangling from one of the cords. Two of the men, sadly fell to their deaths. One of the men, Bud Cowart, held on for over an hour. Eventually, he was pulled into the blimp and his life was saved. Because Bud held fast and did not let go, he lived. We learn from the text read in Luke that there was an unjust judge. In the Bible days, a widow was left defenseless and on their own. They did not have anyone to fight for them. This widow in particular had been taken advantage of and she came to the judge for help. The judge did not want to deal with her and he told her to go home. She did not give up and held fast to her determination to have justice. She came back day after day until she pushed the judge to move on her behalf. He became so sick of seeing her and her determination that he gave her what she asked for. As Christians we serve a God who is not unjust. He cares very much for us. When we come to him with a need, he hears us and will avenge us. God takes care of his children. When a situation comes our way, we are to get on our knees in prayer and press for an answer. Many times when we are asking, there is a long waiting period. We can not give up. We must hold fast to the promises of God and do not let go. Jesus wanted to know if when he returned if there would be a church standing for what was right. Would there be a church that held on to the One God message? Would there be a church that stood for holiness? Would there be a church that was holding fast to his words? We must as Christians in the day an age, be uncompromising. No matter what is thrown our way, will be stand strong and not waver? Pick up your sword and fight. How do you fight with your sword? It's on your knees in prayer, it's on your feet in worship and it's hiding the word of God in your heart. Do not give up on the promises of God. Do not give up on praying for a miracle. Do not give up, hold fast! God is good.