The Parallel Process…

In the world of Human Services (and other professions), the parallel process is stressed. The concept is that as the operation of the agency affects how clients or families operate in their home.

For example, with home visiting, the supervisor is attentive, reflective, and supportive to their staff so that when the staff member goes into the home-they will also be reflective, supportive, and attentive to their families they are serving. In return, the hope is that the caregivers of the family will be supportive, reflective, and attentive to their children.

This parallel process is reflected in our relationship with God as well. God, the Father, loves us freely, forgives freely, and extends grace frequently. He does this as we accept Him. He does this as we ask Him. We, in return, are called to love others freely, forgive others freely, and extend grace to others frequently. As we do these things, perhaps others will do it in return. Perhaps as you love because you are loved, others will come to love God through Jesus Christ.

The next time someone makes you mad, frustrates you, or hurts you-remember the power of this process. Remember how you are loved without reservation. Remember how ALL our sins are forgiven. Remember the grace you freely receive everyday.

We know it’s hard to love and forgive those who are your enemies. It’s hard to extend grace to the same person about the same thing over and over again. But lean on the Lord for that strength, lean on the Lord for that encouragement, and lean on Him because He loves you and cares for you!

The parallel process in Christ helps you tell the world about Christ’s love and power! This process helps us to remember how we are loved and forgiven by the Lord. This process helps His name be spread around the world!

Tell the world about Christ with your love, forgiveness, and grace!

Peace and Blessings

The Issues of Life…

The woman with the issue of blood ran to Jesus because of her issue. She knew that Jesus could solve her issue. She pressed her way through the crowd to touch the hem of His garment and she was made whole:

When she left Jesus, her issue stayed at His feet.

Aside from Jesus, the woman with the issue of blood should be role model. When she had a problem, she didn’t run to her girlfriends, she didn’t run to her mama, or her daddy-she went to the only One who could solve her problem!

Let’s be committed to run to Jesus for our issues and leave them at His feet! This is not saying that we shouldn’t attend the doctor or that we don’t pursue wise counsel. However, if we start with Jesus-He will point us in the right direction! When we start at Jesus, He will become bigger than the issue. The woman crawled through the crowd-don’t miss the lesson here! It was an active demonstration of the appropriate position of our issues and problems-at the feet of Jesus!

It’s New Year Eve. Before the watch night service, before the party, before the dinner party with our family and friends, make your way to the feet of Jesus with your 2020 issues. Be determined not to enter into 2021 with those same annoyances. Minimize those problems and issues, they belong at the feet of Jesus.

Let’s walk into 2021 set free and made whole because we chose to trust in the Lord. Let’s be committed to enter into 2021 well!

Happy New Year from Sisters Helping Sisters!

Peace and Blessings

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

Go Tell It On The Mountain…

“Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere, Go tell it on the mountain, Our Jesus Christ is born…”

Christmas may be over but this song is still relevant. Believers must tell it on the mountain, the valley, on the side of the street, and everywhere! Why? Because Jesus Christ was born! His birth signals the fulfillment of the Law, His birth led to our salvation, and His birth positions us to have a relationship with the Father.

This charge of “going and telling on the mountain” about the arrival of Christ is much more than a song for December 25th. This song title should point us to the Great Commission:

His birth was just the beginning! He IS the Gospel! He IS the Good News! We must go and tell about Him! We must go, the Word says so! The mountain is a great vantage point, you are high and your voice can echo loudly, but don’t forsake the valley. If someone is in the valley with you, chances are, they need to hear the Good News about Christ.

Our lives, our work ethics, how we love and care for those entrusted to us, and our conduct are all “mountains” we can stand on and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And those mountains can be used to tell the Good News about Christ. Christmas is but a day, His Good News leads to eternity.

So, my friend, go on ahead it on the mountain-over the hills and everywhere-that our Jesus Christ was born, lived, served, died, and rose again for you and me!

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

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