The Quiet Place…

The silence can sometimes be deafening. It’s challenging to simply sit in quiet. The whistling of the wind, the creaks of the room, and the noises of nature can be too much to bear at times.

And we humans find ourselves enjoying the distractions and chaos on some level. Think about it: who has music playing while they are working? Who has the television going while you are preparing a meal? Who has the radio or a podcast on while attending to daily tasks?

And these are not bad things at their core, many people have had lightbulbs appear as they listen to a great podcast. Others have specific worship songs that have ministered to their souls. A good show can produce that hearty laugh that’s needed after a long day.

But the quiet place can be transformative, the quiet place can be the very place where you get the energy you need to power through to the next step. Let’s look to the Lord:

In Luke 5, just cleansed a leper. He just finished ministering-so withdrew to pray. He went to that quiet place to refuel. He went to the quiet place to receive their power He needed to move forward. The quiet place is needed and necessary for the people of God.

The quiet place can be scary. The quiet place can be loud. Oh but it is in the quiet place where you develop the mind of Christ. This place is where you get the Holy Spirit power to be an ambassador for Christ. The whistling, the creaks, and the chirps are symphonies used by the Lord to soothe our weary souls. Being with the Father in the quiet place is the sound we need to hear His gentle and wonderful voice.

Peace and Blessings

The Sound…

Mothers, when you are in a room full of children, are you able to recognize the sound of your child’s voice?

Children, are you able to recognize the sound of your parent’s voice in a room full of adults?

Wives, imagine you are in Walmart, are you able to recognize the sound of your husband’s voice as you are on one aisle and he’s on another?

As we build relationships with our families, we recognize their voice-we hear when our names are called, we recognize their laugh, and may even be able to recognize their cry-if they are hurt or are in pain.

And just as we attune our ears to our loved ones, the Father has attuned His ear to us. The Father knows when we are hurting, He knows we were are in pain, and He knows when we are in need. The Lord knows when we are speaking from our heart and when we are speaking from the flesh:

Sister, the Father has heard the sound of your voice and He is coming! Matter of fact, He is already here. The Father knows that you’ve been crying, He knows you’ve been hurting. We are here to tell you that your prayers will be answered!

This is not prosperity gospel or about naming and claiming it, this is about knowing that the Father knows the sound of His child’s voice! This is about the Father knowing that your heart is crying out. This about getting more of our good, good Father and training ourselves to hear our faithful Father’s voice!

If you are wondering if the Lord is speaking, go to His Word. The more you soak yourself in the Word of God, the greater confidence you will gain in learning the Father’s voice. His voice is gentle, His word produces life, and His tone will draw you to Him.

Do you recognize the sound you are hearing? It may be the Father calling!

Peace and Blessings

The Art of Stillness…

Imagine being nervous around bees. It’s hard to stand still. You may find yourself running away, shrieking or swatting them away. Being still is the last thing you want to be. You can substitute bees for whatever creepy, crawly things that frightens you. Or think about when you have company over, most of the time-we aren’t still. We are serving guests, straightening up, and moving around to ensure everyone is comfortable.

There is an art in being still, it requires skill and practice. You have to be calm, cool, and collected. You have to learn how to be fully present. You have to train yourself to simply enjoy the moment and endure the process. Being still can be quite challenging.

If you train yourself to be still around a bee, you will learn that the bee isn’t interested in you at all. If you learn to be still when you have guests over, you can hear the heart of the person in your presence. And if you learn how to be still before the Lord, you will see just how powerful and mighty He truly is.

Stillness requires confidence. You have to train yourself to trust in the Master’s hands and not your own. Being still trains us to learn the heart of God and to hear His voice. If we are still enough, we can experience His hand mending our broken heart back together. Being still increases our faith, softens our heart, and soothes our weary soul.

Be still and know: that He is God, that he is the Lion of Judah, that He is fighting for you, that He loves you, that you can trust Him, and that He is Lord of all.

Just…be…still.

Peace and Blessings

Trouble…

…don’t last always! We all may have hummed this melody time and time again through difficulties. It may even sound a little cliche, but it is absolutely true!

Trouble has a stopping point, eventually things begin to turn themselves around and life gets a little easier, a little less complicated.

Trouble’s stopping point comes when we surrender, when we submit, and when we seek the Lord! He places all things into perspective. He provides a comfort that no one else can give. He is our hope! He has the absolute best track record-His defeat of death, Hell, and the grave is history-making news!

There is no other name under Heaven in which every knee-even trouble’s knew has to bow! We have this assurance in Christ that eventually trouble will fade, the Word says so:

Sin may be present but it is not our portion! Our portion is the forthcoming glory that will be revealed in Christ. Our promise is joy, peace, and power in Christ. Trouble is very present, victory is guaranteed!

Knee deep in trouble? Stand in your authority and tell trouble that it won’t last always!

Peace and Blessings

Your Way or Yahweh?

Have you ever tried to get to a destination off of memory? You rely on landmarks, you jog your memory, and you end up lost. Eventually, you find yourself turning on Google Maps and then you get re-routed and back on track.

While this scenario is applicable for traveling to a physical destination, this is also true for a spiritual destination. When trying to figure out the best way to go, we will talk to our best friend, seek out a self-help book, and even talk to our Mama. And while our friends and family may have the best intentions, they should not be our first resource. We have to surrender the way we think we should go, we should give up trying to go our way and try Yahweh.

Jesus, Jehovah, Yahweh, Immanuel-No matter what name we call Him-He is the way, the truth, and the life! We have to surrender our way to Him! We must give up the path we think we know for the path He created for us. His way will lead us in the way everlasting. His way will lead us right to Him! The Lord our God has not left us alone to figure this road called life out, His Word is our guide. The Holy Spirit has been sent to lead us.

As we consider our way or Yahweh, let’s look to the Word for direction:

Peace and Blessings

Saturday Prayer Session!

Good Day Ladies!

Usually every 2nd and 4th Saturday, Sisters Helping Sisters leads a prayer session through a conference line. Today was different and while we could not do it the traditional way, the Lord laid encouraging words and prayer on my heart for my sisters!

The promises of God will always and forever stand the test of time. His promises will always manifest and His Word is living and active!

Be encouraged!

Peace and Blessings

Massage Therapy…

Massages are considered to be therapeutic. They can help one become more flexible, help one relax, and can be a tool to alleviate pain and discomfort. With the right touch and pressure, a stuffy nose can be resolved, a stiff shoulder can move without pain, and a fussy baby can be sent to a peaceful sleep.

Christians need massage therapy. Not in the context of the world’s perception of massages but we need our hearts to be massage. Hearts become heartened for a number of reasons: trauma, failed relationships, toxic friendships, and the list goes on. We are warned about guarding our hearts because from them flow the wellspring of life. How can anything flow from a hardened place? We need some massage therapy and who better than to go to the Kings of King for His loving touch?

Oh how we need the Father to massage our tender hearts with His love and care?! A stony heart cannot be penetrated with the power of God’s Word. A heart of stone cannot produce living water. A heart of stone must be submitted to God for a heart of flesh.

The Lord wants us to love Him endlessly. He wants us to care for others tremendously. And we cannot do that without some massage therapy from the Father. Our softened hearts leads us to being submissive. A softened heart is led to repentance. A heart of flesh facilitates true worship.

Friend, you may have been harden by the ills of this world. You may have been hurt and abused. You may have experienced trauma. Turn to the Father for massage therapy!

Peace and Blessings

Get Up & Get Out!

You may have stumbled. You may have fallen. You may have tripped. You may have even decided to lay down willingly. But now it is time to get up!

Sister, you’ve been down long enough. You may have tripped over that stumbling block. You may have been blocked by that obstacle. You may have willingly laid down from exhaustion. Get up sis! The time for resting is over! Don’t you let the enemy think he’s won! Oh no, only Christ has the victory!

It’s so easy to stay down. Let’s be empowered by Christ! He did not stay down. He did not declare defeat. Remember, in His last moments, God had forsaken Him-not for His disobedience, but for the mission! Jesus had to go down, but He did not stay there! Amen?! He got up! Let His story be your power!

Now it is time for you to rise! He got up and out of the tomb! It is time for you to get out of that funk! It is time for you to get out of your feelings. It’s time for you to stop letting emotions be in the driver seat!

It’s time to get out. It’s time to get out and do the will of the Lord. It is time to get out and follow Yahweh! It’s time to get out and pound the pavement for our soul, for our loved ones, for the ones who are coming behind us!

It’s time to get up and get out “to have demons be subject to us in the name of Jesus; to have authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy,” Luke 10:17, 19.

You getting up and getting out will shake the very foundation your life and nothing shall hurt you.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:19‬. We are waiting for you to get up and out friends!

Peace and Blessings

Thorough Examination…

The annual physical for most includes a thorough examination of the body. Some doctors will even include discussion surrounding mental health, in addition to physical health. The physical can be dreaded at times-for some, they may reveal a problem, for others, it may shine light on preventable health issues, and others it may simply include uncomfortable conversations.

The physical, we know, is necessary. It can begin a course of treatment that is much needed. For others, it may remind them of the changes that they need to make to have a healthy lifestyle. The temple must be cared for.

The spirt is even more important! The body will eventually fade, the spirit will continue on. The examination of our spirit cannot be annual, it must be daily-moment by moment. The spirit stands above the flesh! Our spirit is the source for our eating right and exercising. As trying and as scary as it may be, we must find ourselves like David:

Just like we make our yearly appointments at the doctor’s office, we must make our daily appointments before the Father. The physician will keep us healthy, the Master Physician will make us whole, He will make us healed, and He will complete us! The doctor will prescribe medication, the Lord will prescribe repentance, fasting, prayer, and the reading of scripture. The doctor may guide us towards a long life, the Father leads us towards eternity:

“And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalms‬ ‭139:24‬ ‭

It’s time for the thorough examination, friends, this exam will save our lives!

Peace and Blessings

Your Greatest Sacrifice…

What could we give the Creator of the Universe that would demonstrate just how much we love Him? Let’s consider the scriptures:

Our money, our time-while valuable here, doesn’t carry the weight of a broken and repentant heart. How amazing is the Lord in that He wants our broken and messed up selves? He wants us to take our broken and sin filled selves and lay before Him. We are the greatest sacrifice, the greatest gift we could give the Lord! He wants the nooks and crannies of our lives that we insist on hiding. He wants the destructive thoughts. He wants us-stain filled and all!

From the heart flows the wellspring of life, it’s no wonder that this is our greatest sacrifice! We spend our lives giving our hearts to humans who are designed to fail us, careers that will eventually end, and relationships that cannot save. We have to first start with the One who created us in our mothers wombs, the One who died for us, the One who defeated the grave for us. He wants your heart!

Sisters, let’s lay our broken selves before the Lord God Almighty. Let’s take our weak spirits, our weaknesses, our stinky thoughts and lay them at the feet of Yahweh! This our greatest sacrifice: our beautiful, broken, and complex selves.

Peace and Blessings