Yesterday, I had the honor of attending the funeral of Lillie Mae Fulgiam, the Grandmother of my best friend of 19 years. God had graced Ms Lillie to live to the age of 92. When you live a life as long as Ms. Lillie, you become experienced with death. She outlived 7 of her 10 children, buried a husband and a mother. Can you imagine the countless funerals of friends and relatives that she attended? When you live as long she did, you outlive a lot of people.
As I sat there listening to people speak about her life, I notice one common theme everyone mentioned, she was a praying woman. Many affectionally referred to her as "The General" because of the power of her prayers. One of her sons said because of her prayers, he lived to come out of the streets and become a preacher. People fondly remembered how she loved on children that were not hers and how she was a leader in her neighborhood. After she retired from working at a school, she started a block club and prayer club on her street. I wish there were more grandmothers like her, who focused on making the community better for future generations. If you are a Grandmother, think about how you can impact the world for your grands through your prayers and intercession.
Ms. Lillie suffered much loss but God gave her so much gain. She has left a legacy that will be talked about for years. Her prayers have changed the course of lives for those she went on her knees for. I can't imagine the tarrying and tears that were shed for her seven sons. Raising seven sons in Detroit could not have been easy. Someone said that when she was asked how she managed all she been through, she said, "I know God." Glory to our Savior for being Ms. Lillie's strength!
After the funeral was over, I noticed how peaceful and calm the day was. The sky was a beautiful blue with just the right amount of clouds. It was great day for Ms. Lillie to be with her Savior. As I drove home, I thought about my prayer life and how it was not as strong as it used to be. I have allowed the cares of this world to distract me. My soul yearned to live a beautiful God-focused life as Ms. Lillie did. She stayed connected to her Lord until the very end of her life. I want to be the intercessor whose prayers for others are answered by God. I don't want anything to separate me from the love of God. Romans 8:38,39-For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I wish I could thank Ms. Lillie, for living a life that demonstrated the power of prayer. She may have never prayed for me but because she was a Prayer Warrior, she has inspired me to get back to my post. Today, I put on some praise music and just prayed and cried out to God. I am determined to resume my rack in God's Army. I might never be a General like Ms. Lillie but I will be a name that will be known in the devil's camp as one who steals souls.
I am sharing Ms. Lillie's beautiful story because I hope you become encouraged to get back on the battlefield. Maybe you have disconnected from the Lord and fallen back into a sinful lifestyle, you can repent and get back in your soldier's uniform. No matter where you are in your walk with Christ, you can also live a beautiful life focused and centered on God. Prayer works!
Until Next Time,
Your Favorite Ruby Girl