Nehemiah was a man, a servant to King Artaxerxes in Babylon, who was chosen by God to rebuild Jerusalem. The city laid in ruins for more than 140 years by the time he was chosen. While rebuilding the city, Nehemiah was met with challenge after challenge, but eventually Jerusalem was rebuilt. We all face challenges, especially when we are working God's vision in our lives. I for one face many challenges on a regular basis. I won't bore you with the details, but will tell you that the message yesterday was uplifting and encouraging.
The Pastor spoke of 2 challenges in particular: external opposition and internal discouragement. To overcome these challenges are best weapon is PRAYER. You see, the book of Nehemiah is not just his personal journal. It is a book written and woven in prayer. Throughout the book, one reads Nehemiah's personal prayers to God.
I remember several paintings we had in our house growing up. One of them is "Grace" by Eric Enstrom.