Persistence pays off. Or so our neighborhood robin keeps telling us with her actions. She is busy with nest building, but unfortunately has decided on a location that is not acceptable. The top of the vent on our porch! It would make for some messy porch sitting. Joel took down her first efforts and put something up top to deter her from bringing more supplies to her decided location. She was not happy, and was not about to change her mind. She flew back several times with materials in her beak. She may now have decided to find a place in the garage. Joel shooed her out of there and closed it up, but I have been waiting to see who's will win out.....Mrs. Robin or Mr. Joel. It seems to be a battle of the wills. Persistence and determination.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible on this topic is found in I Thessalonians 5:17........"Pray without ceasing."
And another verse translated from the Greek ( In Luke 11) says, "Ask and keep on asking.......seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you."
Persistence and determination. There are those who have the belief that praying once is enough. God hears and answers as He sees fit. I agree to a point. But I also believe that there is something to be said for persistence. Especially when speaking to diseases, sicknesses, etc. That business was all covered in the blood shed by Jesus. It is a matter of body, soul, and spirit now. So, we persist in speaking to our mountains...........persist in believing in God's promises.......persist in faith....persist in staying in the shelter of His wings. Yes we do.
We are persisting in prayer for our friend Linny. I would venture to say thousands are praying for her, because, besides friends and family, the blog she has draws a million viewers a year. Faithfully we persist in standing firm for her healing. We lift our voices in prayer and in praise knowing God is with her.
Mrs. Robin has been a reminder to me today to pray without ceasing. Even though I have had to chuckle at her antics. She sat our on porch railing this afternoon and I talked to her from inside the door. She would listen, cocking her head to one side, as I told her she would be better off finding somewhere else to raise her up and coming family. But she would have none of it. She is determined. Sometimes we just know that we know that we know. So we persist in faith. Yes we do.