War Wounds…

Picture it: It’s 1992, it’s raining outside, and you are single digits year old. You are running around a kitchen table with some neighbor friends, even though your mother told you and your friends to stop a million times. She’s talking, you are playing and then SMACK! You run into the corner of a kitchen wall, there are stars and that’s all you remember.

It’s double digits years later and the wound remains! While this story is truly comical, many times our scars are not. For a long time, this scar was not funny. It’s appearance makes one feel self-conscious and although healed, it’s very visible.

After a while, the scar became easier to love, easier to laugh at, and easier to appreciate. Our wounds can teach us a million lessons. For me, it helped me to realize how fun being a kid was, how the corners on walls are super dangerous, and how disobedience has consequences.

What about your wounds? The c-section scar, the scrap on the knee that is now healed, the scar from an abusive relationship. If nothing else, our wounds should teach us that we are survivors! Our wounds should demonstrate that we can overcome. Our scars should speak of the Healer who is greater than any advancement in modern medicine.

For Thomas, the scars of Jesus taught him to believe. As Jesus reappeared after His death, Thomas wasn’t so sure about the whole process. For Thomas, he needed to touch and see that Jesus was who He said. When he saw and touched the scars of Jesus, he knew:

Woman of God, touch your war wound, and be amazed at the glory of God. Woman of God, touch that c-section scar and marveled at the fact that the Lord was with you in that moment. Sister, touch that healed wound from that abusive ex, and be amazed at the Lord saving you from that relationship. Will you scars help you to believe?

Let’s not be ashamed of our wounds and scars! They tell the story of the goodness of Jesus! They demonstrate how He can make beauty out of ashes. Scars yell freedom for some. Wounds build faith for others. It did for Thomas, let those scars you possess do it for you.

No longer be ashamed of the war wounds you possess, mighty woman of God. Because of those scars, you are alive, you are healed, and you are victorious. Let your scars tell a bleeding, dying and wounded world that the Lord, your God, healed you and saved you.

Peace and Blessings

The Road To Well…

The journey to well is one that is complicated, complex, and rewarding. Wellness is the promise of the King for His children. Remember the story of the woman at the well? She came to the well for natural water and left drinking on the Living Water. She came empty and left full, in so many ways. This woman found healing and purpose at the well.

Please take a few months and read her story: John 4:1-31. Her story is a beautiful example of how wellness is achieved in intimacy with Jesus Christ.

During our monthly podcast, From Worn to Well, we take some take some time to explore her story and share a glimpse into our wellness journey. Check out a snippet here:

You can listen to the full episode here: The Journey to Well…

Wellness is the Father’s desire for His daughters! We must pursue it relentlessly! We must obtain the blessing that the Father has for us!

We must repent, submit, and go and tell what the Lord has done for us! The enemy desires to see us hurt and ashamed, God forbid! We no longer have to live in shame, we no longer have to live in sin, and we no longer have to live in defeat.

As we become well, we can lead others to wellness, let’s run and speak this amazing truth: “Come and meet a man at the well who told me everything I’ve done! He could be the One we’ve been waiting for.” The Passion Translation

Let us be compelled to meet the Lord at the well and watch how we become well!

Peace and Blessings

To the Broken-hearted…

There’s a song that asks: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? The songwriter has his own ideas but we know there is only one to way to heal a hurting heart-and that is through Jesus Christ!

Left unattended, the brokenness of a heart can produce bitterness, strife, and jealousy. But when we take all of the broken pieces and give it to the Lord-He’s bound to make us whole again!

Check out a snippet from our podcast, From Worn to Well, that breaks down this very truth:

We know that the Father is near to the heartbroken and that He is waiting for us to run to Him!

Hurting? Clinging to the Father! Need healing? Pursue the Lord! Broken? Let the King put you back together again!

Listen to the whole message here: Where Do Broken Hearts Go? Feel free to like, share, and subscribe to the podcast!

There is good news for the broken-hearted, cling to this truth:

Peace and Blessings

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

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

The Power of Can’t…

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Henry Ford

Have you ever taught a young child how to do something? When experiencing difficulty, they usually say-“I can’t do it” or “It’s not working”. As the adult, you generally find another strategy to use so that they can gain the concept. You may even simply encourage them to try again. And whether it takes once or five more times, they usually get it done.

The usage of “can’t” prohibits us. Saying that we cannot do something limits us. Every variation of cannot limits us and if we think about it, we limit the movement of God. Instead of saying, “I can’t give it up” or “I don’t have what it takes to accomplish this task”, we must switch our language to focusing on what God can do. The moment “can’t” leaves your lips, it manifests! There is life and death in the power of the tongue.

Let’s remove those limitations, let’s take the limits off! May we diminish the power of the “can’t”! May we decrease it’s power and increase the power of the Lord in our lives! The Lord can and will do that which is according to His will and His way! Let’s take our eyes off the “can’t” and put it on the “can” of the Lord! What can God do? He can do the impossible:

The moment “can’t” tries to leave your lips, submit that thought immediately to the Lord. You can lead that business. You can start that company. You can become debt free. You can be healed and made whole. This isn’t about prosperity gospel, this is about acknowledging and submitting to the power of the Lord!

Destroy the power of “can’t” and allow what the Lord can do in you and through you be made manifest in your life!

Peace and Blessings

Revival…

When you work in a specific field for many years, you may find yourself in need of a boost or a change. For some, it may be all about attending a training or conference to learn new ways to do your job. Others may need a change in job location or a whole new career.

In one way or other, you may recognize the need for revival! The concept of reviving is all about bringing something back to life. It’s all about pumping life into a thing. It’s about reviving something that may be dying or is dead.

Marriages need a revival. Friendships need a revival. Careers need a revival. You need a revival! The Word of God has been sent forth to do many things and reviving our soul is one of those beautiful things:

Listen friends, this world and its woes are draining. Trying to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders is draining. Trying to stay on the right path is exhausting. You must revive yourself! You must refill. You must take some time to go before the Lord.

It’s time for a revival! Fast, pray, sing, dance-exchange that weariness for singing, exchange that sorrow for joy, exchange that sighing for praising. Revive your soul with the Word. Revive your mind with seeking out the Kingdom. Revive your life with a deeper relationship the Lord.

Joy awaits at the end of revival. Witty ideas, strategies and inventions awaits you on the other side of revival. Renewed focus is waiting for you as you revive yourself. Strength, gladness, and abundant life can be seen and experienced as we revive ourselves.

Establish revival for yourself by sitting at the feet of Jesus!

Peace and Blessings

Testify!

At times when a person is on trial, their lawyer may call on a character witness. This character witness gives a testimony about how much of a good person the individual may be. They speak about their good works and they may also give stories about their good deeds. A great character witness can sway the jury or public opinion about the matter or issue.

A character witness provides a solid testimony. Believers are character witnesses for Christ. Our testimony have the power to encourage hurting hearts. Our testimony has the power to plant a seed that will grow someone up in Christ. Our testimony can destroy the works of the devil!

Friend, it is your testimony that proclaims the amazing work of Jesus Christ! Your testimony is living, breathing and active proof that the blood still works! The saints of old are etched into the Bible for a reason but please don’t forsake your powerful story! Your story matters too!

Our lives, once redeemed by the Lord, points towards His salvation, His goodness, and His greatness. Our lives tell of redemption and restoration. Our stories proclaim that what’s lost can be found, that we may have been blind at one time-but now we see!

So go on sister, testify! Tell the world what the Lord has done for you!

May this be our proclamation!

Peace and Blessings

Pruned for Purpose…

“Your setback was a cutback for the harvest.” Pastor D

The end of that relationship was necessary. The layoff from the job was necessary. The temporary illness was necessary. That door closure was necessary.

Your setback was a cutback for the harvest. How can we receive the harvest when our mind, our heart, and our minds are full? The pruning is necessary. Too many distractions cloud our judgment. Too many people speaking our ear affects our ability to hear the voice of God. A great dependence on the things of the world leaves little room for God to move.

The pruning is purposeful. God has to remove the branches that produce no fruit. God has to remove the branches that are too full. God wants to increase the fruitfulness of our branches. He wants to ensure that our branches produce much fruit. In order for the Master Gardener to make us fruitful, He must cut some things away.

So let’s wipe our eyes over the end of the friendship, the Lord is making room for strong women of God to come into our lives to encourage us and hold us accountable. The end of that secular job, is the beginning of that ministry that will bless your community. Your illness increased your faith.

The Father is at work, cutting, pruning, mending for our purpose, His glory, and our good. We have to trust in Him, He is faithful. As His children, He longs to fulfill the desires of our heart. So rejoice, the cutback deserves our praise!

Peace and Blessings

God of the Impossible…

Impossible is probably a word we use quite often or we will use a version of it: “that can’t be done”, “that won’t work”, “it will never happen”. Our eyes and our minds cannot fathom the impossible. However, if we think about it long enough, we know Someone who specializes in achieving the impossible! Let’s look to the Word:

Our Father specializes in the impossible! Amen?! Oh friends, if we can just imagine how mighty and powerful our God truly is, we would be scaling those mountains instead of bowing to them! If we can just grasp, how God created the universe-we would be able to accomplish that “impossible”.

There is absolutely NOTHING too hard for God! Write it, post it, repeat it everyday-there is nothing too hard for God! He accomplishes the impossible everyday. Will we trust in the One who specializes in the impossible? Will we give Him the dreams we fantasize about? The desire that just won’t go away? The prayer we’ve been praying since the beginning of time? And will we believe that He can do it? Trust in your Creator, He is for you!

“Dream big” may sound cliche but it’s what we are called to do. So go on and dream big! Fight that diagnosis in prayer, trust that life can be produced in a declared barren womb, and believe in the plan you have of being debt free! Put His promise into action. Make His promise the decree for your life. Don’t just shout on this truth, stand on it.

We know, we trust, and we lean on the God of the Impossible!

Peace and Blessings

Salvation is available to all who desire it. Being saved is all about knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you don’t know Christ as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer with us:

“Father, I confess with my heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. Thank you Father for saving me. In Jesus’s name, Amen.”

Congratulations, your salvation journey has now begun! If you prayed that prayer, let us know by emailing us at sistershelpingsisters757@gmail.com so we can continue supporting you on your journey!