By Osundara Mayuri 

Faith is receiving what God has revealed. Faith is trusting and not doubting, that what God speaks in His word is truth, believing it will come to pass.  Faith is believing and receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior. Faith is confidence “that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”(1 John 5:14-15)  Faith is the revelation that God carries you through life’s encounters, tribulations, unexpected outcomes, failed relationships and gives you strength and wisdom to endure.  It is the belief that you will have a victorious outcome no matter how it looks.

It has been the unrelenting faith of our mothers, fathers, and ancestors that has brought us this far.Their belief that God will heal, empower, and see us through the hard times.   They believed that if we lean on the Lord, He will deliver. He will provide and never leave us or forsake us. That in Him, we can be conformed to His will, which is the will for us to live in peace and favor.

Faith is great expectations.  Knowing that with the help of God, I can break free of all things that hinder me or comes against my victory in Christ.  That if I speak the word of God it will not return to me void.  It is a letting go of fear.  Mainly, the fear to

agree with God.  Praise God, for His goodness endures to all eternity. May He be glorified in all that we do.

This poem is a tribute to the faithful women who came before us, who “held their hands to the plow,” pressed forward to the high calling and kept their hearts steadfast in faith.

Photographer: Muldoon

Who Are These Unsung Women

Who are these women

Resisting like flares

against the darkness and the unseen

Who are these flames

triumphantly melting the weights of despair

like blazing summers

Firecracker Women penetrating

global hailstones

of  bitter suffering and the blues

Who are they

that dare not wilt

moving like ripples of no regrets, ultra violets,

sunbeams in cold-blooded battlefields

Who are these Unsung Women

Who are my mothers

Who are my history

Who are these faith-filled women

Who are these gentlewomen

c. 2012  Osundara Mayuri  aka Verano LaRue

c. 1975  Verano LaRue

Copyright 2012 by Osundara Mayuri – Author, The Book Of Mayuri: Why We Can’t Have Peace and How We Can Have Peace -Westbow Press, 2010

All rights reserved. Unless otherwise indicated. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.        Contact: 

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