Unspeakable Joy

Joy that is inexpressible or unspeakable joy is that glow that’s on your face that you cannot explain. It’s the smile you wear when everything around you seems to be falling apart. It’s the optimistic you have in a world of pessimists. It’s the peace you have in the midst of chaos. It is not depended upon your circumstances. It is not found in a human being. It is found here:

Inexpressible joy, unspeakable joy is found in our Savior. It is found in the One whom you love and have not seen. It is found in the One whom first loved you. It is found in Jesus Christ, who died for you and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. Your unspeakable joy is found in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

So maintain that glow. Keep wearing that smile. Be the optimist in a room full of negative and hopeless people. Keep focus on that mission, purpose, and goal. Move through discouragement and disappointment.

Let unspeakable joy radiate through you because it will be a blessing to someone else. Let inexpressible joy be the reason that you press on. Your joy points others to His strength. Let your joy manifest in your actions, your movements, and your deeds.

Let your joy speak for itself.

Peace and Blessings

Restoration.

“the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition.”

Renewal. Revival. Reestablishment.

We here at Sisters Helping Sisters don’t know what you’ve lost, what led you astray from that calling, mission, goal, or purpose. But what we do know is that restoration is in God’s plan for your life, for your relationships, for your ministry. Restoration. Renewal. Revival. can all define you and shape you on this last day of 2019 and for the coming year, God’s willing.

It is our prayer that God restores what you’ve lost. It is our prayer that He gently reminds you and revives you to be all that He’s called you to be. As you begin to wonder what’s in store for 2020, may He reestablish and enlarge your territory. May He blow your mind beyond measure, starting today and right now! May He restore your belief in His promises and His Word. May He restore your faith in His ability to work a miracle in your life.

And may this truth manifest for you:

“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.” Joel 2:25-26

Happy New Year!

Peace and Blessings

His Gift.

Jesus. Grace. Mercy. Forgiveness. His Holy Spirit. Love. Your breath. Your spiritual gift. Your loved ones. Joy. Peace. Patience. Prayer. His Presence. Your life.

We could fill thousands of pages and never touch on all of God’s gifts. In this season of giving, we can miss out on the One True Gift which is Jesus. But we must stay focused, He is the most amazing gift! And because of Him, we have access to all of the above mentioned blessings and more.

The gift of His Unchanging Hand is powerful and mighty. His consistency in a forever changing world offers security. His stability on shaky ground brings us peace. His faithfulness is the reason we have not been consumed.

And thank God that we are not consumed! We absolutely should be! Our salvation is an incredible gift! So thank God for His unchanging hand!

Thank God that He has not changed His mind about your spiritual gift, your ministry, your dream, and your purpose. Thank God that when our hands change all the time, His does not! You cannot be snatched from His hand. Thank God that when this world is rocky, His hands are not!

Thank God for this beautiful gift of His unchanging, steady, and secure hands.

Merry Christmas!

Peace and Blessings

The Fruit Of Our Way…

Each and every one of us bear fruit. And it is by your fruit that you will be known. The scriptures rarely (if not at all) use “fruit” in the plural way. Fruit, usually, does not bear an “s”. The intentionality of the Father shouldn’t be missed.

Love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness, kindness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) are all fruit of the way of the Holy Spirit. By this fruit, you will be known as a child of God. By this fruit, you will be a light, pointing and leading others to Christ. This fruit work simultaneously. You cannot choose to bear love one day and not the next. It’s all or nothing.

Sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar are all fruit of the way of our flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). By this fruit, you will be known as someone who is governed and ruled by their flesh. This fruit, also, works simultaneously. Sexual immorality eventually leads to promiscuity and the list goes on. Once again, all or nothing.

What is the fruit of your way? How will you be recognized? What fruit are you bearing? Are you ruled by the Father of truth or the father of lies?

We must choose each and every day what fruit we will choose to bear. The fruit of the Spirit represent life, light and the Father. The fruit of the flesh represent death, destruction, and the devil. What is the fruit of your way?

As we consider the choices before us, let’s consider the guidance and wisdom of our Heavenly Father:

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life…” Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV

Peace and Blessings

The Necessity of Judas

We were created for relationships. Our need for one another is the design of the Father. In order to even be created, we need our mothers and fathers to come together. Then we need our mothers to feed us in her womb. Once born, we need our caregivers to provide love, clothing, food, and shelter. This does not end once we hit that magical and adult age of 18. The need for others just shift…

We are wired to need love, care and compassion in our adulthood. Oh, not to mention the food, clothing, and shelter. Somewhere as we journey throughout life, we will need another person, simply because God wired us that way.

No matter what, relationships with others are necessary. Great caregivers, good friends, and loved ones make for an enriching life experience. Its not the number of people, its the quality.

Peter, John, and James were all keyplayers in the life of Jesus. They were not perfect, but they demonstrate how necessary good people are to our life’s story.

However, our enemies also eqiup us with an enriching life experience. They teach us how to overcome adversity and how to endure trials. They teach us how to suffer. Suffering is a necessary part of the human experience! In the list of promises God gives, suffering is one of them (2 Timothy 3:12)! Without pain and difficulties, how would we know that the Lord heals, that the Holy Spirit comforts, and God restores?

So just like Peter, James, and John, Judas was necessary. His betrayal sent Jesus to the cross. Without His sacrifice on the cross, our sins would not be forgiven and the battle would not be won. Without Judas, our relationship with the Father would be restrictive.

Our enemies are necessary. Our personal “Judas” is necessary. Without them, we wouldn’t have a personal testimony of restoration and healing. Without them, how would we know that we are more than conquerors? Without them, how would we know the fruit that suffering produces?

Appreciate your Johnathan and John. Their love, compassion, and friendship are necessary! Also, appreciate your Judas. Their hurt, pain, and betrayal helps you understand just how close the Lord is to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). They, too, are necessary.

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 Other “g”…

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3 NKJV

This scripture is pretty cut and dry right? And we can imagine what other gods the Lord was speaking of right? Cars, clothes, money, and other material possessions that only have temporary value. We probably are hitting all of the checkmarks there, giving ourselves a good ole pat on the back for not falling for those material things. And we should! So many people fall on their knees for these things, especially that money god.

How about the not so material possessions? How about the spouse we prayed for? How about that child we prayed for? Our parents? Our siblings? Or what about that due date for that bill? Or what about that biological clock that you are reminded of every time you interact with children? How about that medical diagnosis?

Have we given those people and situations “god” status? Are they the object of our worship? Will the world end if we lose those things? Do we, with our actions, thoughts, and words, ask God to bow down to the spouse, kids and biological clock?

An honest and direct introspection by the Holy Spirit may be eye-opening relevation for us all. Perhaps, at one point or another, we have all fallen for one of those other gods. We are suppose to honor marriage. We must honor our parents. We have to care for our children. That medical diagnosis is important cause we want to live and not die. Is it wrong to desire a spouse, a child, or to have our bills paid on time? Absolutely not! God desires to freely to give us all things:

However, those things, people, and situations cannot become the objects of our worship. They do not deserve the place of our Heavenly Father. Love your babies, love your spouse, pursue healing, pursue financial freedom–the Lord wants for us to receive the desires of our hearts! However, He must be at the center of it all. Everything and everyone must rest under Him.

Give your marriage, children, and career to the Lord. Your healing is first found in Him alone. He is the Healer. Medical professions are here to confirm what He does by faith and in the supernatural. Give every obstacle to the One who overcame the world.

Let us be intentional about ensuring that our cares, concerns, calendars, and clocks all bow to Him.

Peace and Blessings

Guard Your Heart.

One cannot minimize the significance of the human heart. Live Science (2016) notes that the heart is the organ that pumps blood to the entire body. The organization notes that its roughly the size of a large fist. This is quite a function for such a small part of the human body! If the heart stops, blood stops flowing, oxygen cannot get to where it needs to be, and essentially life stops. Wow! Our Creator is truly amazing!

So it’s no wonder why believers receive this directive from the Word of God:

This exhortation stands true from the natural perspective AND the supernatural! The heart is delicate and strong in power. If left unattended and unguarded, it stops life-naturally and supernaturally!

Different versions of scripture articulate the power of the heart: The Christian Standard Bible says “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.” The New King James Version says “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”

Do you want to know how well your heart is guarded? Check the issues of life that are flowing from you! Life can get rough and tough, no doubt about that. The issues of life are not always the issues itself, sometimes all about our response. Are you becoming easily angered? Do you find yourself envious? Are you coveting your neighbor’s things? Your heart is probably unguarded.

Sometimes its what we are feeding ourselves. Just in the natural, where our heart can get destroyed by the things we put into our body, the exact same stands for the supernatural. Who are you connected to? What are you feeding your spirit? What’s going into your eye gates? All must be considered as we think about our hearts.

The command of guarding the heart, cannot be minimized either. Our heart is the source of our spiritual life as well! The heart is where the Lord looks (1 Samuel 16:7) and we are commanded to love the Lord with all our heart (Mark 12:30). Our actions and words all began with the heart.

So dear friends, guard this delicate organ, protect this powerhouse at all costs–your very life depends upon it.

Peace and Blessings

Arise!

Life has a tendency to knock us down every once in a while. Sometimes its our actions, other times, its just simply the hardships that come along with being in this world. Being a child of God does not exempt us from falling and suffering. Matter of fact, being a child of God is a guarantee of adversity and suffering.

Even with God directly by their side, the children of Israel encountered the same trials. Much of their troubles came from their choices and we are no different. How many times have your choices gotten you in trouble? But thank God for grace and mercy! His redemptive nature is always available to us!

Have you fallen lately? Take heed to the directive found in Isaiah 60:1!

We will all stumble and we will all fall, but the important thing to consider is what will you do after you fall? Will you stay down and defeated? God forbid! The scripture tells us to arise! This scripture comes after the children of Israel sinned against God (check out Isaiah 59). After being chastised by the Lord, He tells them to arise and shine!

My friend, the same applies to YOU! This is not an outdated directive! The Lord knew we are prone to falling and sinning. He knows we have a tendency to fall to the snares of the enemy. And He knows that we are just plain silly and foolish at times.

However, because of His grace, mercy, and unconditional love, we, too, can arise and shine! The light of the world, which is Jesus Christ, has come! The glory of the Lord has risen upon us which is the Holy Spirit!

So sister, arise and shine! “You are the light that shines for the world to see…” (Matthew 5:14 ERV). Shine so that you can point others to Christ! Shine and reflect the glory of the Lord that rests upon you because of your decision to choose Christ. Arise and demonstrate the faithfulness and forgiveness of the Father! Arise and show the world what perseverance and strength looks like. Arise and stand victorious! Shine and illuminate the beauty and vitaliy of God!

Sis, get up and shine!

Peace and Blessings