As I was writing my recently published book, _Once There Was a Girl: A Memoir_, I thought a lot about my dear, late Mama. And the more I wrote, the more I realized that Mama’s role in my story was more significant than I ever imagined.
I remember that every time I talked with Mama about a problem, she usually told me to pray about it. Pray, pray, pray-that is what Mama said.
I wanted Mama to say more than pray about it. Often, I wanted her or someone to do something about it. When I was being bullied by children in school, Mama said to pray as I complained day after day. Now, please do not misunderstand me, Mama at times told me what to do, and sometimes, she in her own Mama way intervened.
Now, many years later, Mama is no longer here. However, her telling me to pray still echoes in my head as I pray daily for so many things. Note what it says in I Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (NKJV) I encourage you to first pray before running to someone for help. Spend time in prayer asking the Lord to help you. It might seem like praying is not enough. And when you feel that way, pray some more. Blessings.