Back in 2008, I wrote a devotion about a woman who began impacting my life in the quietest way week after week as I went through her checkout line. Lucia passed away last month, and her loss is felt deeply by all those who love her. Her legacy of living brave in the midst of hard circumstances lives on, so I wanted to honor her and share with you.
There’s a woman who works at our local grocery store that just makes my day. She is ALWAYS positive and cheerful. I know that it isn’t easy working with the public and spending long hours on her feet, so today I asked her for her secret. “My secret for bagging?” she asked in surprise.
“No,” I explained. “I want to know your secret for staying so positive.” She just gave a big smile and explained that God is her secret. She followed by telling me that she had to be at work at 6:00 am today, so she got up at 3:30 am to spend time with Him.
Tears filled my eyes as I thought of this precious sister in the Lord rising in the dark to spend time with the Lord so that she could minister to all the people that will pass her at the cash register today. She shares her enthusiasm, energy and smile equally with each customer. She is a beautiful woman, but she doesn’t have the advantage of youth that many of her co-workers have. This woman had gotten up in the middle of the night, spent time with Jesus, and worked an 8 hour shift. She said that it isn’t always easy. “By the 40th hour of my work-week, I’m very tired,” she said. “But He is my secret.”
Our youth pastor sent out a quote this week that has followed me through my days.
“The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came…Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.” ~ R.A. Torrey
Lucia, the checker at the grocery store, is living proof of this quote. She prepares herself with prayer for the battle of each day. She’s an ordinary woman just like me, but she has taken the ordinary and made it beautiful beyond measure.
I’m a “doer”, and prayer does not come easily for me. I want to start attacking my checklist about the time I open my eyes in the morning. Lucia reminds me, though, of this truth that I’ve heard. Prayer isn’t preparation for the work. It IS the work. One tool that has helped me tremendously is a prayer journal. Writing out my prayers helps me to focus and not get distracted so easily. It is also a wonderful record when I want to look back and remind myself of what the Lord has done and how He has answered prayer.
Like you, I’ve got several battles that I’m facing. I needed Lucia to remind me today that time with God is invaluable. The only time I lose is when I miss the time in prayer doing the work before the day starts.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to be ready for the battle each day. Help me to remember that nothing arms me like time with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
If you’re inspired and want to read more stories about living brave today, please visit my friend Suzie Eller’s blog. She has a wonderful post and others are linking their stories as well.
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