Mary sat at Jesus' feet, along with His disciples
"What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough." —Jesus
The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed.....
"But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” —Jesus
Seven weddings, seven funerals
"Praise be to the Lord your God" (1 Kings 10:9)
"The Queen of the South...came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom" Luke 11:31
Looking back was her unwillingness to let go.
"But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.”
People pray with certainty because they know God’s character.
The context for the Persistent Widow is actually Jesus' Second Coming
"...because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice..."
The Persistent Widow and the Unjust Judge
Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin!
Because of her great faith and compassion, Elijah was there when the widow's son died...and the Lord granted her prayer that Elijah bring life back to her son.
Out of her intense poverty, her crushing poverty, the widow decided to believe God and share what little she had.
"'Give me your son,' Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed."
Because of her willingness to trust God, the quiet, simple miracle of meal and oil never running out, occurred in her home every day for three years.
The widow took a big risk, but faith must always take a risk, there must be enough room for God alone to fill, or it isn't really faith.