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

The Chief Cornerstone…

The function of a cornerstone: “The cornerstone (or foundation stone or setting stone) is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. All other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.” (Wikipedia)

While this may be the definition for a masonry foundation, this definition must be relevant to the life of a believer or God through Jesus Christ. Christ is our chief cornerstone and without Him, the whole foundation will fall apart.

All that we do, all that we are, all that we will be is because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. Our existence is because He is and is to come. Without Christ, we would not be able to stand.

The strength of our structures will be determined by the foundation. Christ is chief cornerstone of our lives, not our families, our nice budgets, or degrees. The stones, when properly placed, will strengthen our structures.

We have to move beyond placing our life in compartments. Christ cannot be in our careers but not our social lives. We need Him to be in all of our relationships, professional and personal. He belongs as the cornerstone of our finances and families. And with Him as the foundation, there is no trial or tribulation that will crack His foundation.

May all things of our life be filtered through this question: who is our chief cornerstone?

Peace and Blessings

Glued Together Masterpiece.

If you think back to grade school, there is a chance you’ve created something such as this:

You take pieces of colorful tissue paper, crumple them up, glue them together, and create your masterpiece. As time goes on, inevitably some pieces fell off. Perhaps you tried to re-glue them or maybe your caregivers tossed it because inevitably you were going to bring home another one.

Sis, there may have been points in your life when you’ve felt like you were unraveling, coming apart, or just like a hot, funky mess. We are here to tell you that you won’t be thrown away because the glue that holds you together is the One and True Living God!

“And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17

If you feel like you are unraveling, reach for your glue! Feel broken? There is a glue more powerful than gorilla glue! God, through Jesus Christ, has carefully crafted you and will fix you any time you so desire! You don’t have to feel like a hot mess. You don’t have to continue to come apart, reach for the Glue! Reach for the One who “holds all things together”!

Be the beautiful masterpiece that you are in Christ Jesus. You, my dear, were handcrafted by the One who created the very universe! The glue that holds you together is the world’s most powerful version, nothing compares!

Beautiful masterpiece, trust in the glue that is holding you together…

Peace and Blessings

Grace.

Sisters Helping Sisters usually post our devotionals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This past Thursday, we dropped the ball. Instead of beating ourselves down, instead of criticizing ourselves, which is so easy to do, we made the hard decision to show ourselves a little grace.

Grace is making the decision not to condemn yourself, grace is exercising forgiveness, grace is getting back up again. Grace can be defined as “not giving yourself what you deserve” (Author Unknown). The Word tells us that grace is given by the Lord:

And if the Lord can give us grace, why won’t we extend grace to ourselves? When is the last time you showed yourself grace?

Maybe you forgot about that meeting. You burnt dinner. You neglected that obligation. Instead of condemnation, choose grace. Choose to get back up again. Choose to try again tomorrow.

My friend, you are not perfect and that is okay. You can achieve much when you opt to forgive yourself. Grace helps you not to make the same choice again. Be empowered by the gift of grace that the Heavenly Father extends to you each and every day. Trust in His gift, it saved your life (check out Ephesians 2:8-9).

As you propel forward in your day, be strengthened by this exhortation: “May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Peter 1:2 CSB

Peace and Blessings

Possessing the Victory…

The battle has already been won. Christ, the Victor, stands strong. He has conquered death, Hell, and the grave. No longer do we have to wonder if there is life after death, Christ has answered that question for us.

If Christ possessed the victory, why won’t we? If we are children of the Most High and joint heirs with Christ, then why won’t we attach ourselves to the victory that is in Jesus Christ? He is our Savior, He has saved us! In Him we are redeemed. In Him, we too, have won!

Possessing the victory is a mindset. Its transitioning from surviving to thriving. It’s letting go of stinky thinking. It’s speaking life. It’s seeing with our faith instead of our eyes. It’s acknowledging the victory each and every day as we square up against our enemy.

So as we suit up in our armor (see Ephesians 6:10-18), we no longer have to wonder if we are going to win the battle. We can stand confidently knowing that victory is already ours. The armor is for our protection against our adversary. The armor helps us acknowledge our victor, Jesus Christ. In Him, we live, we move, we have our being, and in Him, we always win.

So possess your victory today! Stand firm in the Lord. Be strong and courageous! Know that everything that comes against you will fall because our victory rests in the Lord (Proverbs 21:31) and it cannot be snatched away.

Peace and Blessings

Safety of Submission…

For some, this word is almost like a curse word. Have you ever uttered: “I’m not submitting to anyone!”? Or maybe you’ve heard how degrading, derogatory, or disrespectful submission is suppose to be. Or you’ve heard this phrase: “only dogs submit”.

Maybe people aren’t aware of what submission is or perhaps they are simply echoing the beliefs that others have articulated. Perhaps submission has been used in the improper context. Either way, submission gets a bad rap!

Recently on a podcast about marriage, submission was defined as “being under (sub) the mission of your spouse” (Melissa Fredericks). Whoa! What an simplified, yet powerful definition! That makes the concept of submission just a little more acceptable.

This understanding of submission applies to our relationship with God. Matter of fact, with Him is where submission starts! Before we can think about submitting to our husbands, we must begin with God.

Scripture makes this truth very clear.

Ladies, please do not let the world taint your perception of submission! In it’s proper context, it’s so beautiful! Its not about being a dog or being trampled over by someone. It’s about being under the mission, will, and protection of our Father. There is no other safest place to be!

When you are submitted to Him, you are victorious over the enemy. When you are in agreement with the mission of the Father, you understand why its important to submit to your husband and other authority figures (check out Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13-14, Ephesians 5:21-25). There are promises for you as you submit to God (1 Peter 5:6, Job 22:21). Most importantly, submission is the Father’s design for us!

So submit, therefore, yourselves to God. Let’s not allow the world to distort a concept that was handcrafted by the Creator Himself. Let’s not forget that Jesus, perfect in every way, submitted Himself to the Father. He’s the model, He’s the standard. Cry out that you are under the mission of God!

Say yes to the mission, will and purpose of the Father! Trust that His plan is perfect! Trust that He will protect you and keep you safe. Find safety in submission.

Peace and Blessings

The Weight of Words

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Who has said that before? And now that you are older and wiser, who knows that is not true at all?

Words are designed to have power. God, the designer of every thing good and perfect, which includes this vast Earth, used words to create. Genesis 1:3 tells us that “God said, “Let there be light!” And light began to shine.” Light and life happened because God said so! Scripture also states that there is life and death in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

So, dear friends, while words may not break bones, words can absolutely break hearts, spirits, and relationships. Ephesians 4:29 stands as an important exhortation:

Let everything you say be good and helpful, even the words you say to yourself. Not only the words you say but the words you think to yourself. Self-destructive thoughts will hinder your progress. Self-defeating words will give room to the enemy to come in and encourage the lies you are speaking over yourself.

A wise man once said “you have what you say”. This can be true for you if you aren’t careful for you. The weight of our words extend beyond the physical. Its truly a spiritual matter. Our faith and words are connected. If we are struggling with the words we say, do we struggle with what the Father says?

Are you a hot mess or are you blessed by the best?

Are you a victim or victor?

Are you broke or are you whole?

Are you sick or are you healed?

Before you speak another word over yourself, filter it through Ephesians 4:29. Is it good and helpful? Are your words worshipping the God of all creation or the god you created?

Words bear weight. Choose wisely.

Peace and Blessings