The Issues of Life…

The woman with the issue of blood ran to Jesus because of her issue. She knew that Jesus could solve her issue. She pressed her way through the crowd to touch the hem of His garment and she was made whole:

When she left Jesus, her issue stayed at His feet.

Aside from Jesus, the woman with the issue of blood should be role model. When she had a problem, she didn’t run to her girlfriends, she didn’t run to her mama, or her daddy-she went to the only One who could solve her problem!

Let’s be committed to run to Jesus for our issues and leave them at His feet! This is not saying that we shouldn’t attend the doctor or that we don’t pursue wise counsel. However, if we start with Jesus-He will point us in the right direction! When we start at Jesus, He will become bigger than the issue. The woman crawled through the crowd-don’t miss the lesson here! It was an active demonstration of the appropriate position of our issues and problems-at the feet of Jesus!

It’s New Year Eve. Before the watch night service, before the party, before the dinner party with our family and friends, make your way to the feet of Jesus with your 2020 issues. Be determined not to enter into 2021 with those same annoyances. Minimize those problems and issues, they belong at the feet of Jesus.

Let’s walk into 2021 set free and made whole because we chose to trust in the Lord. Let’s be committed to enter into 2021 well!

Happy New Year from Sisters Helping Sisters!

Peace and Blessings

Labor and Delivery…

There may be many terms that define this year:

Unsettling

Unstable

Difficult

Challenging

Rough

And the list goes on.

And perhaps the above terms may describe this year for you. No one can negate that, however consider this perspective: what if the Lord was using this time to birth something within you? What if this tough, rough, and challenging year was your labor pains?

Think about childbirth. Labor, for some, is a hard, exhausting process. And for others, while they may have had some contractions, the laboring process wasn’t as difficult. However, all labor require some pain, some discomfort, and blood or sweat or tears.

The labor, once completed, produces this beautiful child. The labor is worth it, wouldn’t one say?

So what if this year were your labor pains? What if this was your time of discomfort, pain, and tears? Will you trust the Father with what’s coming? Your beautiful “child” is on its way! Maybe for some, it will be the birth of a new business. For some, it may be a rebirth for a struggling marriage. For others, it may be the birth of a book, a new career, or simply a new perspective.

We can’t promise that in 2021, the labor will be over. However, because we are in Christ, we can promise you that it’ll be worth it! The pain will produce a blessing. This pandemic may be a defining moment but it will not define you.

We can guarantee that the Lord, our God, is doing a new thing!

Your labor is not in vain. You are about to deliver a more profound faith! You are about to deliver a stronger relationship with the Lord! You are about to give birth to a steadfast walk in the Lord! You are about to birth your purpose, your mission, and your vision!

My friend, labor on just a little while longer! Pace that breath, P.U.S.H, and hold on to the Father’s hand! Cry out and endure just a little while longer. We know this year has been tough, but the Lord is with you. We know that this year has been unstable, but the Lord is our rock, our firm foundation. We know this year has been uncomfortable, just cling to the Holy Spirit who is our Comforter.

What you are about to birth, won’t compare to the pain you’ve experiencing. Just keeping P.U.S.H-ing

Peace and Blessings

Hide and Seek…

What a fun game! When the seeker hits 10, they are coming to find you. It is the goal to find all those whom are hiding and the true winner of the game is the one who cannot be found. How well are you able to hide? That is the mission of the one hiding. While we are hiding, our ears are more attuned to who is coming. While hiding, we are more alert and watchful so that we are not caught.

In this world that is full of attention seekers, we may struggle to see the benefits of being unseen. We may wonder why we aren’t seen. We may feel like we are missing out. We feel like no one cares for us, so far from the truth! Sometimes God hides us for our protection. Sometimes we are hidden for developing purpose. Sometimes He hides us, so that we can seek Him.

And let’s be clear: This is true in being hidden in Christ, not hiding FROM God! We are not talking about Adam and Eve being ashamed of their nakedness in Genesis 3 and hiding from God in the garden. As believers in the Lord’s sovereignty, we should want to be hidden in God through Jesus Christ!

Think about it, hiding heightens your hearing and strengthen your vision. In Christ, we hide so that we seek Him out the more. We hide so that we can hear His songs. We hide so we can seek. Being hidden in God helps eliminates the distractions and the noise. Being hidden IN God is all about us surrendering to His will and His way. Being hidden in God through Jesus Christ gives Him the room to increase while we decrease. Being hidden in God draws others nearer to Him.

Let’s be intentional about hiding in the Lord so that we can seek Him out.

Peace and Blessings

Go Tell It On The Mountain…

“Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere, Go tell it on the mountain, Our Jesus Christ is born…”

Christmas may be over but this song is still relevant. Believers must tell it on the mountain, the valley, on the side of the street, and everywhere! Why? Because Jesus Christ was born! His birth signals the fulfillment of the Law, His birth led to our salvation, and His birth positions us to have a relationship with the Father.

This charge of “going and telling on the mountain” about the arrival of Christ is much more than a song for December 25th. This song title should point us to the Great Commission:

His birth was just the beginning! He IS the Gospel! He IS the Good News! We must go and tell about Him! We must go, the Word says so! The mountain is a great vantage point, you are high and your voice can echo loudly, but don’t forsake the valley. If someone is in the valley with you, chances are, they need to hear the Good News about Christ.

Our lives, our work ethics, how we love and care for those entrusted to us, and our conduct are all “mountains” we can stand on and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And those mountains can be used to tell the Good News about Christ. Christmas is but a day, His Good News leads to eternity.

So, my friend, go on ahead it on the mountain-over the hills and everywhere-that our Jesus Christ was born, lived, served, died, and rose again for you and me!

Peace and Blessings

The Response…

Remember your mother or father calling your name? Some parents required “ma’am” or “sir”. Some parents required a “yes” not a “yea”. Most parents would not accept a “what”. And most parents would not accept silence. Either way, every call from your caregiver requires a response.

How do you respond to the Lord when He calls your name? Do you say “here I am Lord”? Or do you run and hide? When the Father calls, a response is required. His call is more important than any call you will ever receive in your life. His call warrants you to move swiftly and quickly. His call will be the one that changes your life.

The story of Samuel models our appropriate response to the Lord:

Our response should be that of Samuel. As He calls our name, our response should revere the Father. Our response requires humility as the Lord is about to speak life into our life. Our response should be swift as we hear our name.

Our relationships with earthly caregivers can shape our response to the Father. Depending on our upbringing, the call of our parents can put fear into us, but we shouldn’t be afraid of God our Father. Sometimes the call of our parents was often followed by criticisms and unkind words but our Father will not hurt us with His words. He will sing songs of joy over us. His call will heal us and not hurt us. His call will make us whole.

What will be your response to the Father?

Peace and Blessings

All is Calm…

Christmas time can be quite chaotic. Shopping, drivers on the road, trying to fulfill everyone’s desires-far from calm! It can overwhelm you, if you let it. You do not have to succumb to the noise. You don’t have to be swayed by the chaotic nature of the time. Sometimes in the midst of all the noise, in the midst of the shoppers, drivers, and needs-all can be calm, the Word tells us so:

In the midst of everyone pulling at your coattails, in the midst of the big Christmas dinner you have to prepare, in the midst of wrapping gifts-you can scream or whisper-Peace! Be still! The waves of your life will cease. The storm of your life will quiet down. The noise will lower its tone.

Jesus came so we could experience calmness and brightness even in the midst of the stormy weather of life.

For many, this can be a tough time of the year. And this year is especially unique. However, we as children of God do not have to a slave to the times. When we operate with the power and authority granted to us by way of the Holy Spirit, we can truly understand the lyrics of that sweet Christmas song “Silent Night”: All is calm. All is bright.

And all being calm and bright isn’t simply reserved for Christmas time. We are called to command the times to bow to the Father. We are called to command peace in chaos. We are called to shine in darkness.

All is calm, all is bright when we decree the peace of God which surpasses all understanding to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Peace and Blessings

Freedom…

There are some fights that repeat themselves over and over again-the battle to remain silent when you want to speak, the struggle not to overindulge on that favorite food, the fight to remain steadfast in prayer. And the list goes on.

However, there are some encounters that you won’t have to fight again. Remember when you conquered that fear of speaking in public? Or perhaps that first flight? Maybe you’ve conquered that fear of roller coasters. Whatever it may be, that first fight was the only fight.

There is freedom in realizing that there are some battles you will not have to engage in again. For those whom are married, your season of first dates are over. For those who are mothers and are done have children, those labor pains are done for you!

Let’s go deeper, there are some enemies, there are some things that go bump in the night that you worry about, that you fear-and the Lord has set you free from experiencing those things again. Never again will you have to encounter that one who hurt you. Never again will you want to hurt yourself because you’ve been healed and made whole. Never again will you have to be a slave to a bottle or pills.

The Word tells us so:

Freedom is found in not fearing. Freedom is found in standing firm. Freedom is found in seeing the salvation of the Lord. Your Egyptians are done for! Egypt represented a place of bondage and slavery for the children of Israel. What represents your Egypt? Make it personal and speak that declaration over your life!

For the addiction you see today, you shall never see again if you stand firm, fear not, and see the salvation of the Lord!

For the low self-esteem you see today, you shall never see again if you stand firm, fear not, and see the salvation of the Lord!

The struggle you have with being all that God has called you to be may be visible today, but if you fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord-you shall never have that struggle again!

It’s time to be free, my friend! Leave those “Egyptians” behind and press onward towards the mark which is in Christ Jesus!

Peace and Blessings

Tarrying Tears…

Crying is exhausting. Your nose starts running, your head eventually hurts, and your eyes get red. Usually, at times, after you wipe your eyes and nose, and the crying cease, you get clarity and understanding. After a season of tears, you usually will have a clearer mind and you are able to articulate and express yourself.

There is power in tarrying with your tears. Tears of sorrow and tears of joy both can produce harvest. The tears of sorrow can be therapeutic and the tears of joy can be words you cannot say. There is a harvest for your tears:

In certain seasons, you may have to tarrying with your tears-in your devotional time, in prayer, and in your quiet time with the Lord. Don’t let people write you off as a crybaby or emotional, quite the contrary!

Your tears will reap a harvest of songs of joy! Your tears matter to the heart of God! Your tears will build up your children and your loved ones whom you are concerned about. Your tears are healing your land even right now!

Tarry with those tears. Labor with those tears. Reap those tears-the harvest is coming! It will be plentiful and bountiful! Your weeping is not in vain and the Lord hears the words of your tears!

And as He hears your tears, as you tarrying with them, know that the Lord is coming soon to wipe them all away (Rev. 7:17). The tarry is worth the harvest.

Peace and Blessings

Fulfilled.

When things are dry-they break, they crack, and they split. When you are hungry, you feel pain and cramps. When you are full, you are satisfied. When you drink water, you are quenched. However, eventually you will be hungry again and you will thirst again-the cycle continues until it doesn’t.

Oh my friend, this is not so for our lives in Christ! The Word of God leaves you fulfilled. The Word of God satisfies forevermore. He doesn’t leave you dry nor does he leave you with hunger pains. In Him, you are blessed, fulfilled, and complete.

You won’t be filled chasing after the world’s desires or earthly treasures. You will be left high and dry if you pursue the things of the world. Fulfillment and satisfaction can only be found in the will of God. You are quenched with doing the plan of God. You are filled when you strive to live a life of righteousness. Righteousness is all about staying connected to the heart of God and the things that matter to Him.

Our natural bodies need water and food for survival but our soul needs the Savior. This body will come to an end but our spirit will continue on. Our spirit man needs to be fueled.

When we find ourselves thirsty, may we run to the Living Water. When we find ourselves hungry, may we fall on our knees in prayer. May we experience the flow of water in a dry and parched land. In Christ, may we be fulfilled.

Peace and Blessings

All Growed Up!

“Growed” is not a word, just an FYI. The cartoon “Rugrats” had an episode that featured the babies in Rugrats all grown up and that was the common phrase they used throughout the show. They imagine their reactions and responses to the issues of life as adolescents/teenagers. Throughout the episode, they flashed back and forth between the characters as babies and the characters as teens.

The issues were different as teen, what they thought and believed was different as a teen, and the mistakes they made were different as a teen. As we grow, we change-we think differently, we live differently. If you find yourself thinking and doing as you did as a child-we must begin to examine our maturity level.

This is true as a believer. What tripped us up as a babe in Christ, should not be the same thing that trips us up as someone mature in Christ. Being all grown up in the Lord isn’t relevant to age. If we took the time to listen to a child who belongs to the Lord, we can get some powerful wisdom. And sometimes we can see someone who is older and be able to identify that they need some more maturing in Christ.

Are you all growed up? The Word of God can be used to examine ourselves and our maturity levels:

Oh friends, let’s strive to be all grown up in Christ-standing firm on His Word, standing strong in combating the enemy, and remaining on our knees in prayer! Being grown in Christ doesn’t mean you won’t fall, but maturity in Christ means that you are willing to get back up again! As a woman of God, you will get up faster and faster each time you fall. Being grown up in Christ means that you repent a little quicker, be a little more humble, and serve a little more swiftly.

A child needs someone to serve them their food. A grown up knows when it is time to eat. Being mature in Christ means we run a little faster to our spiritual food. Our thoughts are limited as a child and as an adult we have the capacity to think more critically. Are we limited by just what we see or are we fueled and powered by the One who we do not see?

The more “growed” up we are, the less we look like ourselves and more like Christ:

“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:15‬

May we aim to be “all growed up”!

Peace and Blessings