"…to the praise of the glory of His grace…" Ephesians 1:6

Finish Strong

The Apostle Paul came to the end of his life and wrote these words: “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

Yesterday, I read a note to my oldest daughter from one of the dearest saints in the world to me (Elizabeth Smiley). Mrs. Smiley is 98 years old. I got to be her pastor for a few years in Texas and I have benefitted directly from her prayers for 15 or more years.

In her note (at 98 years of age) she wrote of how because of her infirmities she wasn’t able to attend church as much as she wished but she was thankful that she was still able to pray, encourage, and love.


At 48 I want to pray more – encourage more and love more and by the grace of God do that all the way to the finish.

As a church – may God help us to PRAY – ENCOURAGE – LOVE and excel still more all the way to the end.

Thank you Lord for the example of Mrs. Smiley.