Joy in Trouble…

Almost sounds like a oxymoron, right? Joy and trouble seem to be natural enemies of one another, surely the two cannot co-exist, right? Well, the Word of God tells us differently:

The Lord and His infinite wisdom gifts us with joy in the midst of our anxieties and worries. Yes, sister, there can absolutely be joy in trouble. Matter of fact, the Lord tells us to rejoice in sufferings! Joy in trouble produces much fruit: Endurance. Character. Hope. (Romans 5:3-5)

Anxiety does not have to be the final diagnosis. Restoration, freedom and healing is available. Trouble is not the end of the story. Trouble don’t last always. Worries do not have to weight us down, there is Someone who will carry the load.

Joy is in the journey! As we progress forward despite the weight of the world, as we seek out healthy coping mechanisms and courses of treatment-there is joy waiting for us. The Lord is waiting for us with arms full of joy. As we seek His face, He is showing us that joy is available for all whom desires it’s fruit!

No matter what we are going through, His comfort can bring us joy. Yes, there is joy in trouble and it’s found in our Father through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Peace and Blessings

Side Effects of Trust…

It can be quite challenging trusting in Someone who we cannot see. Everything in the world tells us to trust in the tangible things and those things we can touch, see, taste, feel, and smell. However, trusting in the tools of the world can leave us feeling empty, discontent, and chasing after the wind.

Oh friends, but when we choose to trust in the Lord, the rewards-the side effects-are greater than anything we could ever imagine. Let’s look at the Word:

Joy. Peace. Overflow. Hope. Power: these are the side effects of trusting in the Lord! Much different than what we hear when we are watching television and the side effects of popular medications are read. The side effects of many of those medications include the possibility of death.

Oh but God! The side effects of trusting in the Lord includes life, joy, and peace! It can be scary to trusting in One whom you cannot see, but the effect of not trusting in the Lord just isn’t worth it!

Distrust in the Lord causes us to be a slave to this world and it’s empty promises. Not trusting the Lord leaves us always wanting more of empty things. Trusting in the world and it’s systems causes us to fear the future.

So let’s be a people who are excited about the side effects of trusting in our Father, He is a place of safety, our shield, our Protector. The effects of trusting in the Lord, our God will save our very lives.

Peace and Blessings

Fill Me Up!

Do you find yourself on empty? (Check out our post from last week Empty Cup…) If so, we want to encourage you to fill yourself up! We best fill ourselves up by sitting at the feet of the Savior. Emptiness is associated with experiencing a drought. Emptiness can be sadness. Emptiness can mean that you are just unsatisfied. But there is good news, we can find it here:

He will satisfy you! You know how you can eat junk food but still find yourself unsatisfied? Or maybe you can have a simple home cooked meal and be full as a tick? It’s all about the content when it comes to filling yourself up!

We want the Lord! Temporary relationships, meaningless work, toxic friendships will never satisfy! Eating the things of this world won’t fill you up! There is satisfaction in Christ! There is contentment in Christ!

Feeling discontent? Feeling sadness? Feeling dry? Seek the Savior and savor His living water! His Word promises to fill us, never to leave us longing again. Cry out for the Father to fill you up! He will fill you with purpose and direction, He will fill you with love and joy, He will fill you with peace.

This isn’t a cliche, this isn’t a momentary statement, this is truth-because the Father said so! If we are not careful, this world will drain us dry! Oh but we have a Father who will love us back to life! We have a Father that will fill us up with Him!

Let this song minister to you as you seek the Father to fill you up: https://youtu.be/LZzets3JTA4

Peace and Blessings

Dear Planter,

Powerful Planter,

You’ve planted the seed and now you are waiting. The waiting can be tough but it is worth it. You may be weary, you may be tired, and you may be frustrated but keep watering. Planter, keep tending to the ground. Oh planter, keep on making sure that the seed receives sunlight.

You may say, I’m no gardener. You may believe you don’t have a green thumb-but you do! Your seed you’ve planted for your business will sprout. The seed you’ve planted for your marriage will grow.

Seeds are so many things-your prayers, your tears, your faith, your money, and your time. You’ve sowed money into developing your non-profit. You’ve sowed time in spending time with your children. You’ve sowed intentionality into your relationships. Planter, you will reap what you sow!

Planter, we are declaring and decreeing right now that your non-profit will prosper! Your relationships will flourish! Your children will declare the name of Jesus! Your marriage story will be a testimony! You may be sowing tears of sorrow but joy is coming! You are sowing prayers into that dream, it will manifest!

Powerful planter, be encouraged. Keep fasting, praying and seeking the Lord-the Lord is increasing your harvest right now! Powerful planter, the generations come after you needs your seeds. Powerful planter, your work matters-the harvest is coming!

With love,

Sisters Helping Sisters

Peace and Blessings

If you don’t know Christ as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer with us:

“Father, forgive me for my sins. 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!

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

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

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

False Sense of Security…

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord.” Isaiah‬ ‭31:1‬ ‭

Horses and chariots aren’t necessarily our cup of tea nowadays. Many of us don’t possess those items and if we do, they aren’t for war or fighting. Now, our horses may substituted for our home, cars, or life insurance. Now, our chariots may be considered our salaries and our degrees.

No one is saying that you shouldn’t try to obtain these things. We do have earthly needs. However, our sense of security should not be found in these things. If we lost our jobs, many of us would struggle with feeling secure. If we lost our cars, we may have a difficult time adjusting without it.

Horses, cars, chariots, and jobs offer a false sense of security. These things will not save us. These things are not our salvation. Just because we have a job, does not mean we are any better than someone who does not have a job. Our nice car does not give us a heavenly advantage over someone else.

Our possessions does not mean we will win the war. Do not find your worth, self-esteem, or confidence in things. They are temporal. They will fade and pass away. You can be decked out in jewels and designer brands and be failing spiritually.

Friends, let’s find our security in the One who is greater than anyone or anything this world can offer. Our security must be anchored in the One who defeated death, hell, and the grave. Let your possessions be what they are: just temporary, just materials, just things that will fade and rust.

Our treasure, our security is not found here on Earth.

We must look up: “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew‬ ‭6:20‬ ‭

Heaven contains our hope, our security, and our salvation. May we look to the Lord for our security, our joy, and our peace.

Peace and Blessings

Abound.

Abound: exist (or have) in large amounts or numbers.

Have you ever said to yourself? This day will be the pits and it turns out to be a pit-full day. Have you said that your job is stressing you out? And it turns out, you are stressed. Maybe you say the statement, hoping that it would not come to pass. However, it will only because you have spoke it.

What you say, will abound.

What you speak over your life, will exist in large amounts or numbers. When the Lord spoke, life abound. It existed in large amounts. Go back to Genesis 1 and see what His words produced. Now, because we are were created in the image of God, what you say will simply be. Your words have power! Your words will produce life and death! Your words will abound.

What do you call cursed? It will never bear fruit. What do you call a failure? You will never see it succeed. What do you call dead? It will never see life. What you say will abound!

What are you speaking over your life? The fruit will tell it all. You have what you say. We must watch what we say, for it will grow and manifest. Declare today what will abound in your life! If the Lord chooses to use words so that grace, mercy, and blessings abound, what don’t we? If the Lord chooses to use words that promoted life to exist in large amounts, so should we!

This isn’t prosperity gospel nor is this about naming and claiming, this is about us realizing that our words have power! This is beyond material possessions and worldly treasures. This is about ensuring that we have the promises of God abounding in our lives.

What you say, will abound. So here at Sisters Helping Sisters, for everyone who encounters this devotional, here is what we declare over your life: May grace abound. May prosperity abound. May love abound. May peace abound. May joy abound. May kindness abound. May patience abound. May healing abound. May favor abound.

Peace and Blessings