Ignorance Meets El Shaddai


The hand of GodThese are challenging economic times and, aside from the expected mechanical defects, my 20 year old car would run a lot better if I could afford to keep the tank even quarter full.

It was getting late and as I sat in the office contemplating my departure, my mind queried whether I had enough gas even to take me to the nearest gas station to top up with the $300 in my pocket, let alone take me home.

A co-worker, who had left from mid-afternoon for a meeting, entered the office and I was momentarily distracted by his return. I couldn’t help wondering how stupid it seemed that he was so accustomed to working late that he just had to return. As I packed up and left, I didn’t even tell him ‘bye’ – he just seemed crazy to me.

At the car, my fears were realized – I had barely reversed to pull out when the engine stopped – I had no gas! I walked to the gas station – a mere 5 minutes away – and got the $300 gas, put it in and then anxiously began priming the carburetor with the few drops I left in the bottle.

But the engine wouldn’t turn over – no gas was coming up in the pump. And it seemed like the starter wasn’t kicking in and the battery was weak.

A car came and parked close by, but the occupants remained inside. I thought of going over to ask for a jump-start, but my pride got the better of me – so I continued fiddling with the car doing every thing I had learnt from the countless times this episode occurred (the gas gauge doesn’t work).

Finally I thought of my co-worker! Maybe I could go back and ask him for a jump start. To my surprise, as I looked up – there he was heading to his car. Yes, he had a jumper cable and yes – he could give me a jump start. Praise God! But, even with the cars hooked up – my car just wouldn’t start.

From out of no where appeared the male occupant from the parked car. “You need to give it time to warm up,” he said. Who would imagine, he was a mechanic! But with all his efforts it wouldn’t start until he figured out that a wire had pulled out of the starter. He fixed that problem, but by then – the battery was weaker and I would need more gas to further prime the carburetor. More gas – and no money.

Let’s move the story along. I was about to give up when I called my usual mechanic, but he was too far away to help. But he confirmed that more gas and further priming of the carburetor should get it to start. Cut a long story short – my co-worker offered to provide the money and to go and get the gas. He came back, we applied the remedy with another jump start and voila – the car started.

He offered to wait until I drove off, but I told him I was fine and thanked him for his help. I wanted a little time alone to give God thanks for His provisions before I drove out. A mechanic to fix the problem with the starter; and a co-worker who was willing to do whatever it took to get my car started. Oh yes, the same co-worker that I had abused in my mind, in my ignorance, for his apparent stupidity in returning to the office at that late hour. Little did I know that he was sent back to be my miracle by El Shaddai [the God of more than enough].

I was still giving thanks as I took the long way home (no money for toll – but certainly with enough gas to take me to my destination) – when I misjudged the traffic signals and ran the red light. “Holy Jesus!!!,” I muttered as I saw the flashing lights of the patrol car behind me.

“Yes, Officer – I know I broke the red light; but I didn’t want to stop in the intersection and obstruct the traffic coming from the other side.” Calmly he responded, “but Mr. McCarthy, it’s a $800 ticket to obstruct the traffic and a $4,000 one for proceeding through the lights – which one do you think makes more sense?” I was stunned, I didn’t even know that!

He asked me a few questions; looked at me with a puzzled look as he pondered whether he should give me a ticket … was apparently impressed that – with more than 10 years of driving experience – I had never received a ticket – and smilingly bade me on my way with a warning that I should continue to be careful on the roads.

As I drove off, the radio refused to play and so the gospel CD kicked in … “I’m next in line for my blessings…”

I wept … and slowly made my way home as the tears streamed down my face…

Oh, and if you thought this was a pity party – think AGAIN! “Send [up] Judah first!”

Hallelujah!!!!!!

Walk good, ’til next time …

 

 

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INNOCENT, but Guilty | Twenty Years to Life


gavel_1The verdict and Decision in two recent high profile cases in the local Courts sparked a discussion between my Lady and I. During the discussions, I reiterated that there is a difference between being ‘Innocent’ and ‘Not Guilty’. She wanted to know the difference; so I pointed out that being Innocent is an issue of FACT; but being declared or found ‘Not Guilty’ is a matter of LAW; and recounted the following:

Michael and Winston had a verbal argument one evening, which escalated into a physical fight. Winston won the fight, which utterly humiliated Michael. In a fit of anger and shame, Michael openly swore “Mi mus kill yuh bwoy!”.

Early the next morning Winston was found dead; having apparently succumbed to wounds inflicted by a knife, which was left at the scene of the crime.

During investigations, while there were no witnesses to the incident, the Police learnt of the fight between Michael and the deceased earlier in the evening. They also recorded statements which spoke to Michael’s threat on the deceased’s life. In addition, at least one person suggested that the knife which was left at the seen looked like the one which Michael was accustomed to carrying on his person.

Based on the evidence, Michael was named a ‘Person of Interest’ in the case. Subsequently, he was arrested and interviewed. During the interview Michael expressed shock at Winston’s murder, but confirmed that he was in a fight with the deceased hours before his death. He also admitted that he did threaten the deceased and that the knife which was shown to him was, in fact, his property. However, he could not account for how or when he lost the knife and could not give an exact account of his whereabouts during the night.

Albeit that, strangely, there were no fingerprints on the knife and no witnesses to the crime; given that the weapon belonged to Michael and that he had threatened the deceased just prior to his death and that he had no alibi; the Police decided to charge Michael for murder. After all: he had motive (the humiliating defeat in the fight); he had means (the weapon belonged to him); and he had opportunity (his whereabouts when the incident occurred was unknown).

During the subsequent trial, although Michael pleaded Not Guilty, he was found Guilty in a Court of Law by a jury of his peers and sentenced by the Judge to at least twenty years in prison. It might have been more; but it was his first offense and character witnesses told the Court that he had been gainfully employed and was a relatively model citizen in his community.

Why am I bothering to write about this? Well, because the truth in FACT is this:

Stephen, not very familiar to Michael, had a long-standing grudge against Winston and longed for the opportunity to get even with him. After the fight between Michael and Winston, he took Michael to an unfamiliar bar and bought him more than enough alcohol to drown his sorrows. He also paid a waitress, whom Michael was seeing for the first time, to inveigle Michael to go home with her. When Michael was leaving with the waitress, Stephen took his knife without his knowledge and went to murder Winston.

In the morning, the waitress simply left a ‘wasted’ Michael at a bus stop on her way to do her chores.

Michael recounted as much as he could remember of that story [excepting the part about Stephen taking his knife]. But, he did not know the name or location of the bar; or the name of the waitress or where she lived. And he hardly knew Stephen (who denied being with him at all during the night) and could not even describe the colour, make or model of the car which took him to the ‘alleged’ bar.

Oh YES, Michael was Innocent [of Winston’s murder], but Guilty (according to the Law) and is now serving twenty years to life…

How does this make you feel? What are the questions that come to mind?

Walk good, ’til next time …

 

*Disclaimer: I am not an Attorney-at-Law, Lawyer or Barrister and all opinions expressed are my own and cannot be relied upon for use in any Legal context.

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JLP Election Aftermath | Democracy ‘dissed’, Hope dashed?


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“To the victor belongs the spoils” William L. Marcy

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader, Andrew Holness, defeated his challenger, Audley Shaw, in last Sunday’s internal party elections.

The decisive margin of victory [692] was significantly higher than that secured by Portia Simpson Miller [237] when she won her first mandate as President of the People’s National Party (PNP) in 2006. With an even wider margin, Simpson Miller would brush aside another challenge in 2008. However, in the interim, it was always clear that there was guarded unease in the ranks and it took the second election to finally settle the issue. For sure, one would imagine that Peter Phillips, despite his age, still harbours hope of leading the party. But that is for another discussion. For now, the PNP seems to have settled the leadership issue and is concentrating on retaining power – the ultimate objective of all political parties.

Those are the facts as recorded in the annals of our political history.

But this is not about those irrefutable facts; but rather about the actions of the losers in the aftermath of Sunday’s election. The accompanying cartoons appeared in today’s Editions of the two daily newspapers and reflect the essence of the ensuing impasse. They hardly require narrative, but The Gleaner (above) depicts the fractious state of the party in the aftermath of the election; and The Observer (below) depicts the (still) unresolved issue of the complement of the “Shadow Cabinet”.

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The former speaks for itself; but the latter reflects the following:

  • Audley Shaw, who was named as spokesman for Finance and Planning, has declined to take up the position (for now), based on his objection to the Leader asking for the resignation of the entire slate of JLP Senators, as well as the unresolved issue of the confirmation of the nomination of Christopher Tufton as a Deputy Leader in upcoming elections
  • Edmund Bartlett, who was named as spokesman for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, has declined to take up the position (for now), based on unstated unresolved issues and his expressed preference for the Tourism portfolio, and
  • Up to the time of writing, the refusal by Christopher Tufton to resign from the Senate, in accordance with the wishes of the leader – although the Constitution does NOT require him to do so.

In essence, the impasse is tantamount to the losers placing ultimatums on the duly elected leader regarding his right to name a new (or slightly changed) slate of persons whom he believes are in sync with his vision and the direction in which he would like to take the party.

This, to me, is untenable and the losers have obviously lost touch with the concept that “To the victor belongs the spoils”. In addition, it is not inconceivable that, had Audley Shaw won, he would have expected similar courtesies – a clean slate to be able to exercise the mandate given to him by the delegates.

Beyond that, Pearnel Charles, a senior member of the party, expressed it adequately on RJR’s Beyond the Headlines last evening when he said: ‘They could never have tried that with Edward Seaga or [Alexander] Bustamante’ {paraphrased}.

It is obvious, to me, that the losers have yet to come to grips with the facts that (1) they lost; (2) the election is over and (3) there is an undisputed leader.

And let us not mince words – those who supported Shaw would have expected to be rewarded for their support. The fact is, they should have also expected repercussions if Holness won! After all, there are consequences to our actions.

I also do not subscribe to the notion that cleaning house (even of all the Shaw supporters) is a sign that the new leader is not interested in unifying the party in the aftermath of the bitter election. There is not even credible evidence of this – after all, he did name Shaw and Bartlett to the shadow cabinet. The democratic principle is that he should have a free hand to structure his team as he sees fit – that is his right!

In my previous blog on the issue I had urged the party to begin a new era on the Monday following the election (whomever won). It is sad that today – Wednesday – we are recognizing that it is more of the same from a party that seems doomed to relegate itself to the ranks of the opposition for the foreseeable future. Fighting itself, while the country goes begging for a strong Parliamentary Opposition.

From where I sit, all the peculiarities aside, there are some fundamental things to accept, such as:

  • Andrew Holness relenting and capitulating to the demands of the losers will, himself, lose credibility as a strong leader
  • Audley Shaw (or any one for that matter) is not indispensable to the JLP
  •  It cannot be that those who are asked to serve expect to dictate to the leader what they want, and
  • Indeed, even as the leader makes himself accessible, the onus is on the losers to avail themselves to serve

These are not even political issues, but rather matters of principle and reflective of the democratic tradition.

For Jamaica’s sake, I hope they get it right and soon!

Walk good, ’til next time …

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The price of Democracy | I hope HE wins!


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In less than 24 hours the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will have a newly elected leader and Jamaica will, ostensibly, have a ‘new’ Prime Minister in waiting.

The average Jamaican – with no links to either political Party – cannot be faulted for thinking that this is another ‘non-event’ that will hardly change their peculiar circumstances.

But, the fact is that, whomever wins – the incumbent leader, Andrew Holness, or the challenger, Audley Shaw – could potentially be the next Prime Minister. If only for that small matter, it is indeed a big event!

Beyond that, it is also a significant and historic occurrence for the JLP. In my 46 years, I have known 3 leaders of the party – one who couldn’t win against the People’s National Party (PNP); one who came in to win – and did, but lost his way (my opinion); and the incumbent – who was destined to win (according to party stalwarts), but who was “whipped” [according to a recent article in a local Newspaper] by the current Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller.

The first of the 3 was elected, but held tightly to the reins, despite the onslaught of different ‘gangs’ within the party. But, after 18 years in the wilderness, the second (who was tired of waiting and had left the party) was ushered in, unopposed, to secure the win from an electorate that had grown weary of the complacency that was creeping in to the then PNP Administration. But, after 3 years and an increasing lack of credibility, the third was ushered in – almost by proclamation – to ensure a win that didn’t happen. The internal autopsy of that latter dramatic 2-1 defeat was only recently released, with findings that even school children could have predicted.

All of that (perhaps over simplified) has led to this event – the “election” of a leader of the JLP!

For sure, the election campaign has been a feisty – almost bitter one; and whomever wins will have the arduous task of healing wounds and mending bridges. For sure too, the PNP will have a ‘field day’ with the electronic clippings when it comes time for the next General Elections (but that’s for another discussion). But, that is the nature of politics. On the one hand, Team Andrew touted youthfulness and a new type of leadership; while on the other hand Team Audley ‘shouted’ experience and the panacea to give the PNP a “one-term” Administration.

From where I sit, this has to, ultimately, be a good thing for the party and for Democracy in Jamaica. There is inherently nothing wrong with Audley Shaw wanting to challenge Andrew Holness – it is his right! And – if Holness wins, he would have received his own elected mandate to move the party in the new direction that he envisions – hopefully without the usual characteristic in-fighting. And – if Shaw wins, he would have vindicated himself and achieved what he had abdicated to both the second leader and Holness as the price for a (possible) party win. Either way, the lead up to tomorrow’s election has certainly rejuvenated the party and brought it back into the spotlight.

On a more somber note, however, Jamaica needs a strong Parliamentary Opposition. It is time for the JLP, which has spent the better part of my adult life in opposition, to rid itself of the in-fighting and find a way to be an effective, cohesive and relevant party to contemporary Jamaica. It is irrefutable that the party does Jamaica – and our democratic traditions – a serious injustice by its constant distraction with internal politics, while the issues of the day go un-addressed.

I hope he wins tomorrow – I hope Jamaica wins tomorrow – and that, come Monday, we will see the beginning of a new era in the JLP.

Which ‘he’? I guess we’ll know in a few hours…

Walk good, ’til next time …

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Sexist Exploitation or Just Double Standards?


The first thing I noticed was the extra short stonewashed low-rider jeans skirt with the ragged edges. She was short, but the length of the skirt gave her long smooth legs. The casual black top was tall enough to hide any skin; but – even without it – she was a very attractive young woman!

I was sitting in an unpopulated area of a fast food restaurant when she walked by. My eyes followed her as she chose the cubicle next to mine, with her back to me. She ate quickly and displayed complete dominance over – what I assumed to be – a less attractive younger sibling or friend. Somehow I noticed every flick of her hair and her random looks around the place, as if she was searching for someone or something. Her hair was processed – and it was hers (I tend to notice these things) – and I recall thinking; ‘high-maintenance’ – any man that ‘won’ her, had to pay!

I finished my meal, but somehow lingered. Finally she was finished, stood and attempted the impossible task of pulling down her skirt, which had ridden up while she sat, as they headed towards the door. Ah, those long legs again – now I know why I lingered…

I reluctantly got up and headed slowly towards the exit. For some unknown reason they stopped, headed in another direction and then promptly turned towards the same exit. I like to think my momma raised a gentleman; so I ended up opening the door for them (the younger one first) and waited as they passed through. She was shorter than I thought (made me feel awfully tall) and she smelled fresh [yes, we were that close].

Slowly I walked behind them as we headed down the pathway to get to the exit from the compound. But, eventually, I said to myself, ‘no more window shopping bro; especially since you have no intention of ‘buying’.’

As I passed her, she glanced in my direction, flashed a – yes – a beautiful smile and said: “Sir, beg yuh ah $100 nuh … Give to the poor!”

I weighed in my mind whether I could afford the $100 and was already reaching towards my pocket when she uttered the ‘poor’ part. Instinctively, I hesitated, dropped my hand and flashed my own smile and said: “you don’t look poor”.  The game was on! She smiled, then made a disappointed, pouting look and said: “no man, seriously”. I smiled, [I knew I had lost] gave her the $100 and walked away without looking back.

I don’t know whether she said thanks, smiled or just walked away; but I knew it was in my best interest to get as far away from her as possible.

On my way home, however, I thought much about the incident. Was there anything wrong with what she did? Was it appropriate? Was it acceptable?

I wouldn’t say I’m neck-turning handsome; but I don’t think I look too bad for my age. How would it look, if I came upon a beautiful lady (a total stranger) – maybe in the same or a similar situation – and I said smilingly to her: “Madam, beg yuh ah $100 nuh … Give to the poor”?

Yet, some – in fact – many women do just that, everyday. Men express an interest in or compliment them and – in turn – they ask for something. As if men have to pay a price/fee for their interest.

Some women also expect/demand favours from men because they know they like them. And it has nothing to do with whether they actually have an interest in the men or not. In fact, they often ask for more from the men that they don’t really have an interest in. They call it ‘hustling’.

My unemployed sister, who has a son to care for, often uses that term. And, I confess that I believed that what she meant was that she would have sex with men to get money. Ah, forget the morality issue – get real, it happens every day (the oldest profession).

Recently, I helped out with lunch money for a couple days and – jokingly – said, she’d have to hustle for the remaining days for the week. A couple days after I asked how she fared and she said, ‘I begged it’.

I must have had an odd expression on my face, so she said, “ah wha, yuh tink mi sleep wid somebaddy fi it?” I said, no! But, she wasn’t convinced (and rightly so). And then she said: “yuh no undastan dis ting. Mi nuh haffi sleep wid nobaddy. Mi just gi ah man ah one talk.”

It dawned on me that men and women [in general] are (often) playing a game! The only challenge is: the men (often) are unaware that they are playing and they’re certainly clueless about the rules.

Imagine how many $100s my unknown beautiful ‘friend’ could make in a day or night from perfect male strangers. And my sister survives – fairly well; although she hasn’t worked a day in years!

But, whether it’s the way of the world; how the thing set up, or a socially accepted norm – it just seems strange to me. It’s a battle of the sexes (sexist exploitation) or just plain double standards; because – based on the same socially accepted norms – men can (or should) never behave like that!

Yes, I know we have our independent women who would never dream of doing those things. And there are even those who take care of their men, with the latter never having to work. And, I mean no offence to those … or anyone else for that matter.

But, I still wonder … was there anything wrong with what she did? Is it acceptable? Or, am I just making a mountain out of a mole hill?

Walk good, ‘til next time …

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Parenting Skills 101: Spare the ‘rod’ | Spoil the child?


“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Proverbs 13:24 [KJV]

If you disobey school rules you are likely to be sent to detention, suspended or expelled. On the job; if you break company rules (however archaic or subjective) you are likely to be fired. In the society; if you break the law (and you are caught) you are likely to be sent to Prison. In all instances – the common fact is that: there are consequences for bad behaviour.

However, we are children long before we become students, employees and citizens legally able to be held accountable for infractions of the law. Who is responsible or who will take the responsibility for teaching children this invaluable lesson?

Ok, ok – you don’t all have to shout at once: The Parents! The tricky question, however, is: What are the appropriate methods for teaching this lesson?

There is an ongoing healthy debate about flogging in schools; as well as whether corporal punishment is tantamount to physical abuse. Many believe that the practice is archaic and retrogressive and should be banned in all forms and arenas – including the schools and in homes.

The proponents of such a ban contend that flogging is a form of violence and the practice teaches violence to our children, which is perpetrated throughout their lives. It instills fear and can scar the victims for life.

Instinctively, I am inclined to agree, especially in such instances where I have seen parents and guardians pick their ‘switches’ from tree limbs; use pieces of lumber; and electric cords, among other vicious devices, to ‘beat’ their children. There is no question in my mind that such acts are tantamount to physical child abuse! Indeed, in many of those instances that I have witnessed in my lifetime, the acts were spurred on by anger and embarrassment and represented a means of venting for the perpetrators, as they abused their power over their victims. Often, in those instances, there really was no attempt to teach the child about the invaluable lesson that they needed to learn.

Alas, I have three children, and whilst for the most part a simple look of disappointment was sufficient to bring them in line; I do recall one instance with my eldest when I was guilty as charged for such abuse – albeit that my instrument of ‘justice’ was a belt. *Note to self: Remember to apologize!

The proponents  also contend that a time out, the restriction of privileges and a good ‘talk’ are sufficient means of teaching children the invaluable lesson. In addition, rewarding children for good behaviour through gifts and special occasions/treats also foster good upbringing.

Whilst children, perhaps by nature, will always seek to ‘push the envelope’ – I believe that children are children; and whether you believe it or not – they want to be children and they want to know that they have a parent/guardian who is responsible enough to take care of them! And that includes teaching them the invaluable lesson.

I recently read on a social media of an incident where a child – in a tantrum – spat on a waitress in a popular fast food restaurant. The mother’s response was simply: ‘yuh see how him rude?’ I am also too familiar with teenagers and young adults being openly disrespectful to their parents and guardians; and often times the response is: ‘yuh see dat?’

Those, however, are but the tip of the iceberg – and I often ask myself, would I even in my wildest imagination ever dream of doing some of the things I see children doing today? The answer is simply – HELL NO!!! You see, if I ever ‘passed my place’ and did any of those things, I would probably be wearing false teeth from very early in life.

Yes – I had my fair share of floggings and I learnt the lesson from very early that: I am loved BUT there are consequences for bad behaviour!

I must also hasten to point out that I have not been scarred for life and I don’t go to my bed each night hating my mother or thinking that she was a wicked parent. In fact, I tried to be good in school (notice I said ‘tried’); I held down a few good jobs and I have never been sent to jail for breaking the law. I can also say the same of my other three siblings.

Yes, we must curb and eradicate physical child abuse and encourage the ‘new age’ parenting skills; but there comes a time – I believe – when a good slap and a flogging administered in love is the best way to teach a child about the consequences of bad behaviour.

No, I am not here to try and convince the proponents for the banning of corporal punishment to change their minds. I am simply giving my opinion on the issue. And, whilst emotions may flare and they shout of the possible disadvantages, I will whisper: look at me – for one – and also compare the society of yesteryear and what we have been facing for the last ten years or more. From where I sit – the future doesn’t look so bright either!

While we spare the rod, we (seemingly) are spoiling the world. Bend the tree before it gets too old — your child may yet thank you for it! By the way, Thanks Mommy!

Walk good, ’til next time …

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The Church Under Attack | Our Women in the “Crosshairs”


Our women of Faith have been targeted by the adversary as a current means to topple the church of the living God!

The story of the battle between the Israelites and the Amalekites at Rephidim (Exodus 17:8-13) tells us that the Israelites (the people of God) prevailed over the enemy only because Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ weary hands with his staff during the battle.

As in that battle, so too the church [the people of God] continues to wrestle with the devil to save the souls of man.

The ‘evolving’ church of the modern era – with an unchanged message –  stands on the shoulders of prayerful, weeping and wailing women who hold up the hands of our deacons, evangelists, pastors, overseers and bishops … many even assuming the roles themselves. Their faithfulness to God in their tithing, attendance and participation in the different ministries represent the heart and foundation of the church, even as the relative number of participating men dwindles.

The number of men in leadership roles in several other areas within the society is also dwindling. Is that a – mission accomplished – for the adversary as he strips the ordained ‘head of the household/church’ of his authority?

If so, well – he’s now turning his attention specifically to the women – the pillars of the modern church!

Not too recently, a family member expressed on her Facebook wall a desire to be able to just ‘let her hair down’ even for a day; without facing the judgment of others who expect so much of her. Much more recently a friend expressed on her Blackberry status a desire to ‘bruk out’ [break-free]; but the blood, her background and her “broughtupsy” [upbringing] keeps her in line. Yet another friend confided in me about 2 weeks ago: ‘can I tell you something? I feel like I want to just run away from it all … the job, the church, everything!’

What is common among all 3 persons is that they are all strong, grounded, women of Faith who influence the lives of many (especially the young) through their Christian walk.

Are you a Christian woman? Have you ever felt like that – like just ‘letting go’ or ‘giving up’ or ‘throwing in the towel?

If you answered ‘yes’ – then I have a Word for you!

You’re not the only one facing this challenge! Many many (too many) women who are grounded in the Word are facing the SAME challenge all over the world. It’s a season of change! A different (though not new) strategy of the devil!

In attacking our women who are firmly grounded in the Lord, the adversary isn’t wasting time trying to refute the truth that: God is; that He sits on the throne; that what you face now cannot be compared to the Glory that will be revealed…

BUT … instead he asks: Aren’t you weary? Aren’t you tired? Just this once? What about you? Yes – it’s real – BUT is it worth it after so long?

He tempts you with temporary pleasures … pent up urges and yearnings … that have life time consequences!

If you’re a woman and you’re seeking to serve God and to make a difference in the kingdom – then, you’re a target. The devil is aiming at you! You’re in his crosshairs and he’s about to shoot!

If you sing on the choir, or you’re a Sunday School teacher, or you’re a preacher, or a prayer warrior, or you work in different ministries and you’re – especially – a woman: then you’re a target of this subtle acquisition campaign. And, don’t be deceived, your very soul is what’s at stake! The devil doesn’t just want to rob you of your joy or take away your anointing or your appointment – he wants your soul! That’s the prize in the battle – to topple the church of the living God … by seizing one ‘living’ soul at a time!

BUT the Word of God is clear: He has not brought you thus far to leave you now!

He’s whispering in your ear through the music of song and the prayers of the Saints – one simple phrase – HOLD ON!!!

That’s all you need to do! That’s your job! Don’t be fooled or ignorant of the wiles of the devil, but – HOLD ON! Hold on to the victory! Hold on to your Faith! Just – Hold On!

The battle is already won; because, when you’ve done all you can – our God will do the rest!

Walk good, ’til next time …

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