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

Welcome…

Welcome is a greeting that we often extend to those who enter into our space. We ensure that our space is presentable and inviting. We smile and we exude warmth and kindness as we greet those who come into our space. There tends to be a level of excitement when we get to invite someone into our home or our place.

This level of excitement should be extended to the Lord as we invite Him in. The beauty of the Lord is that He doesn’t require the finest linen. The Lord doesn’t require us to have the best food, the cleanest home, and the best decor. He simply requires a clean heart and a renewed spirit:

Do you long to welcome the Lord? This is how we welcome the Lord into our presence! We humble ourselves and kneel before Him. We seek His face above all us. We don’t have to be perfect to be perfected. As we kneel before Him and seek His face, we will be cleaned and made whole. A willing spirit welcomes the Lord.

As we pray, as we fast, as we read the Word of God-we invite the Lord into our space. As we extend forgiveness and show love, the Lord is invited into our hearts. Our lives and demeanor expresses our desire to be filled and be led by the Holy Spirit. We create a welcoming environment for the Lord with repentance and joy. Praise and thanksgiving creates an sweet smelling aroma for the Lord to let Him know that we desire Him!

May our lives bow before the Father and let Him know that He is welcomed here!

Peace and Blessings

Sound Mind…

Nowadays, mental health is a heavy conversation topic. The isolation that can be associated with social distancing is considered to be a contributor to mental illness. The increasing pressure due to the pandemic has been documented to affect mental health as well.

Good mental health cannot be taken for granted during this season. There are people fighting to maintain a sound mind. It’s important to check on our loved ones in this season, to seek out help, to submit our cares and concerns to Christ, and to lean not on our own understanding. The enemy is out to steal, kill, and destroy and we must remember that our mind is a key target!

So how do we fight the enemy? Not with physical weapons, but with spiritual ones! To maintain a sound mind, we must remember that we rest on His promise:

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind“. 2 Timothy 1:7

As we transform and renew our mind with His word, we can keep a peace of mind:

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

Our minds must be protected in during these times of worries and concerns. We cannot carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We cannot afford to be anxious. And we cannot be connected to anyone or anything that is out to steal our joy! The Word of God provides us the best path in ensuring that we maintain a sound mind:

Our help comes from the Lord! Maintaining focus on heavenly things helps us place the things of this world in their proper perspective. Prayer helps us stay positive and mentally healthy. Studying the Word of the Lord helps replace those thoughts that tear us down with the mighty and powerful truth of God.

May we all keep a sound mind, now and forevermore.

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

The Art of Clinging…

Cling: hold on tightly to…

What are you holding on to tightly? Is it your family? Is it your job? Your marriage? Your friendships? It is important to assess what is in our arms. What are we clinging to? What won’t we let go?

As always, the Word of God always directs us in the way we should go:

There is an art to clinging. In order to cling as the Lord directs, we must be willing to let go. We must let go of the things that weigh us down. We must let go of the people that are not healthy for us. We must release the toxic thoughts and toxic habits.

What is good for us? What is going to cause us to grow? Is it reading the news every 5 minutes or is it reading the Word of God? Is it endless scrolling on Facebook or time in prayer? Is it spending intentional time with those whom we love?

We have to cling to the Word of God, for it is good. We must cling to our prayer time, for it is good. We must cling to quality time with those whom we love, for it is good. We have to cling to the things that build us up, for that is good.

Anything we hold tight to will be exalted in our lives, we must remember that as we examined what’s in our arms, mind, and heart. Are you clinging to your job? Are you clinging to what is in your bank account? Are you clinging to the promises of God?

In this time of division, uncertainty, and confusion, let’s commit to holding tight onto our Lord and Savior. In a world of fake news and questionable statements, let’s hold on to the truth which is Jesus Christ. Let’s hold on to unity, joy, and peace. Let’s cling to the promises of God in a world full of lies. Let’s cling to the Lord’s protection in a world full of danger.

Let’s hold tight to love.

Clinging is perfected when we choose to hold tightly to God, our Father.

Peace and Blessings

The Breaking…

Ever held a glow stick? In order for it to glow, what do you have to do? You must break it!

You, my friend, are no different! For your light to shine? You must break! Break those old habits, break away from those toxic relationships, and break that train of negative thoughts. You must be broken!

When we are broken, we are able to be used by the Lord for His work! Brokenness brings us closer to our Savior. Brokenness is the key to unlock our true purpose in Christ! Brokenness leads us to wholeness. Brokenness guides us to the arms of the Savior. Brokenness leads to humility and allows us to experience God’s grace and mercy!

Dear friend, the Lord does not despise your brokenness, quite the contrary! Your point of humility, that point of surrender that brokenness brings us to positions us to be used by the Father! This is where we shine! Our weaknesses positions us to be used for His glory and our good! In our weakness, He shines! We were at that point of being down and out, we are able to truly experience the might of God’s power!

Surrender your broken pieces unto the Lord. He will mold them together in a way that you could never imagine. Your broken heart will be the tool used by the Lord to increase your capacity to love, to have compassion, and to experience joy.

Do not forsake the breaking, our friend, the Lord is going to make you shine!

Peace and Blessings

The Complexity of Love…

I love you. The powerful words…

The world’s version of love says: what can you do for me? The world tell us that we can make love out of wedlock, that love comes with a certain price tag, and that love never makes us cry. That cannot be further from the truth!

For believers of Christ, God is love. Love is service. Love is priceless. And love requires death. The Word of God tells us that love is sacrificial. Love is not self-seeking. Love is patient and kind, it is not rude. Love keeps no record of wrongs. God’s love presents very differently than the world’s version.

The best example of love is found here:

Yes, John 3:16 is everywhere. Maybe it’s tattooed on someone’s arm, on the back of cars, or on the side of a fast food cup. However, we cannot become desensitized to the truth of this amazing action. This is where love is born-not in a slow song, not by Hallmark, or the most expensive ring in Tiffany’s. Jesus’s finished work is love and that love required blood, sweat, and tears.

Friends, much action is required to love one another. Think about all the work it took Jesus to die on the cross for us! Our Savior is the very reason why love is an action word! This is why we must be concerned about what we can do for others, not what they can do for us. Love makes us feel warm and cuddly on the inside but it takes work, hard work. In order to love, we must die to ourselves.

We proclaim that we love the Lord. A powerful question was posed in a fellow blogger’s post: “Lord, what can I do for you?” This is most powerful demonstration of love for our Father. Our willingness to serve Him, our desire to please Him, and our longing to be near to Him gives us the strength to love others.

When we love Him, He fuels us to love others. This, dear friends, is the complexity of love: Without His love, we are incapable of love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Peace and Blessings

The Hands of the Lord…

Ezra repeatedly mentions how the “hand of God” was upon him as he was leading the third group of exiles back to Judah/Jerusalem.

If you have a little one or perhaps have cared for one, think about why you have your hands on them. Perhaps you are guiding them as they are learning how to walk, perhaps you are teaching them how to do an activity, or maybe you are simply showing them that you care for them. Either way, your hands signified love and direction.

This was true for Ezra and this is true for you. Ezra 7 details how the “good hand of his God was on him”. This hand gave him the confidence to ask for what he needed to get back to Jerusalem. He was provided with confidence, courage and provision for the journey. This is how you know that Ezra was headed in the right direction.

Ezra’s story is also proof on how you will know that the Lord has His hands on you. You will receive the courage you need, you will receive the confidence you need, and you will receive the provision you need for your journey! You will receive the favor of “kings” because the good hand of the Lord, your God, is upon you!

His hands lets you know that you are in His plan.

You are protected with the hands of the Lord. His hands will protect you from the snare of your enemy. His hands shield the fiery arrows that frequently come your way. You are loved with the hands of the Lord. Just like your hand was held by your caregiver and loved one, you are guided by the hand of the Lord, your God.

As you walk in His purpose and plan, you are led by His hand.

Peace and Blessings

The Power of No…

Perhaps you have or had a toddler or know of one. Remember the first time they said “No”? Remember how tight you may have felt and you looked at them like they were crazy? You may have asked them to do something or stop something and they shook their head no or said the actual word. In response, you may have raised your voice, got down on their level, or even laughed at their sass. Little ones get very comfortable with that word and for a while, it becomes their favorite response. They may not know the weight of the word or maybe they just enjoy getting a rise out of us.

Perhaps as adults, “no” should become our favorite word. We must understand the power of “no”. No carries weight and by itself, it is a complete sentence. Try it out: No. The word by itself can stop someone in their tracks.

No can stop Satan in his tracks. Imagine this, the enemy approaches you and asks you to compromise what you believe for a million dollars? No. That friend asks you to cheat or steal? No. The man you are in a relationship with wants to sleep with you and you all aren’t married? No.

No has power! Saying no to something is saying yes to something else. We say no to compromise so that we can say yes to integrity. We say no to sex outside of marriage so that we can say yes to purity. We say no to stealing and yes to honoring the will of the Lord.

Say your no with confidence because you know that God’s way is best. Say your no with power because you know that the Lord is with your every step of the way. Say your no with authority because you are governed by the Holy Spirit.

Say no because you are more concerned with pleasing the Lord rather than pleasing others:

So learn about the power that you possess to say no. Learn about the strength you have in being able to say no. You don’t have to compromise, you don’t have to lie, and you don’t have to settle. Refusing to agree with the enemy’s plan positions you to agree with the Lord.

Simply say: No.

Peace and Blessings

Reaping and Sowing…

We reap what we sow.

What are you sowing? What seeds are you planting? Are you planting the Word of God into your heart? What is the quality of your harvest? Are you trying to benefit from someone else’s harvest?

The Word of God tells us exactly what we should be sowing:

When we sow the Word of God, we reap discernment. Sowing the Word of God strengthens the quality of soil in which it is planted. When we sow the Word, we reap a stronger spirit. Sowing the Word leads us to our purpose and mission.

In order to reap revelation, in order to reap specific promises, direction, and guidance, you must sow the Word of God to build an intimate and personal relationship with God. We have all gleaned from those whom have sowed the Word for themselves: our pastors, our teachers, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, etc. however, in order to reap the harvest, you must sow the Word for yourself.

We cannot exist off of the harvest of others. The prayers of our mothers, fathers and loved ones only get us so far but there comes a time when we have to sow our own tears, moans and groans in prayer. The discernment of others only gets us so far, we must sow the Word for ourselves so that we are able to see who is of the Lord and who is not.

Your harvest should lead another to sow the Word for themselves. Your sowing builds up the body of Christ. As you sow the Word, you are able to fall in love with the Creator of the Universe. Sow the Word, reap joy, love and peace.

We reap what we sow, what are you sowing?

Peace and Blessings