React vs. Respond

There is actually a difference between the two!

With reactions, they occur because of a behavior. Think about it, as a parent or maybe you were told this as a child-if someone hits you, you hit them back. We aren’t here to dispute if that’s a good reaction or not-but ultimately, it’s a reaction to a behavior. A response is a reply. If someone hits a child, we tell them to respond by going to the teacher or telling a trusted adult.

A reaction is immediate, a response is intentional. A reaction encourages us to act based off of emotions or feelings. A response encourages us to think before moving.

The Lord exhorts believers to respond. Turn the other cheek. Love. Be slow to speak, quick to listen. These are all responses. These responses draw us to this important truth:

Ultimately, our flesh is designed to react. It is designed to act with emotion. It is designed to feel good about reactions. But intentional responses build our spirit man! Our flesh reacts, our spirit responds.

We know it feels fleshly good to react but we need to respond! We need to respond to the Father. We need to respond to those who are hurting-they tend to lash out. We need to respond to our enemies-do good to those who hurt you. We need to respond to hate with love-love conquers all!

Choose this day, what will you do: Will you react or will you respond? Which choice will let your gentleness be evident to all?

Peace and Blessings

Give It Up!

We can all think of an instance where we decided to just give up. We got frustrated, maybe we got distracted, or perhaps the task we were trying to accomplish got moved down the list due to life’s circumstances. Either way, we just gave up! Consider this however, maybe giving up isn’t a bad thing. Maybe the very thing we decide to walk away from will place us on the path to something better or maybe Someone better.

In Matthew 19 (and throughout the Gospels), we see how the disciples have given up everything to follow Christ: “Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” Matthew‬ ‭19:27‬

The disciples just gave up-their families, their worldly possessions, their fleshly desires-to follow Jesus. What will we forsake for His sake?

We serve a merciful and kind God, who knows that our children and spouses and families are the desires of our hearts. Perhaps He isn’t asking us to abandon them to follow Him, but He is asking that we abandon control and pride to follow Him. He is asking us to forsake ourselves for His sake. He is asking us to serve and care for our families from a surrendered place as oppose to a position of control.

Will you go even if your family does not? Will you renounce the Lord if your sister or your mother does? Are we willing to forsake for His sake? Are we willing to give it all up for Him: the satisfaction of our flesh, the perks of that promotion, that 20 year friendship?

The reward that awaits is so much greater than anything we can ever give up:

Peace and Blessings

The Sound…

Mothers, when you are in a room full of children, are you able to recognize the sound of your child’s voice?

Children, are you able to recognize the sound of your parent’s voice in a room full of adults?

Wives, imagine you are in Walmart, are you able to recognize the sound of your husband’s voice as you are on one aisle and he’s on another?

As we build relationships with our families, we recognize their voice-we hear when our names are called, we recognize their laugh, and may even be able to recognize their cry-if they are hurt or are in pain.

And just as we attune our ears to our loved ones, the Father has attuned His ear to us. The Father knows when we are hurting, He knows we were are in pain, and He knows when we are in need. The Lord knows when we are speaking from our heart and when we are speaking from the flesh:

Sister, the Father has heard the sound of your voice and He is coming! Matter of fact, He is already here. The Father knows that you’ve been crying, He knows you’ve been hurting. We are here to tell you that your prayers will be answered!

This is not prosperity gospel or about naming and claiming it, this is about knowing that the Father knows the sound of His child’s voice! This is about the Father knowing that your heart is crying out. This about getting more of our good, good Father and training ourselves to hear our faithful Father’s voice!

If you are wondering if the Lord is speaking, go to His Word. The more you soak yourself in the Word of God, the greater confidence you will gain in learning the Father’s voice. His voice is gentle, His word produces life, and His tone will draw you to Him.

Do you recognize the sound you are hearing? It may be the Father calling!

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

Let Us Pray! Time for #SPS

You made it through the week, Overcomer, happy Friday! Check out the video below about our upcoming Saturday Prayer Session!

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Has the Lord whispered a promise to you? Are you waiting for a promise of the Lord to manifest in your life? If so, please share that promise with us! You can do so in two ways:

Join the Prayer session! You can do so by hopping on to the call: The number to call is (425) 436-6200 and the access code is 827208. Tomorrow’s call (03/27/2021) will be at 9:00am EST!

You can also leave that promise in the comment section! We will share that scripture on our call tomorrow.

Even if you do not have a promise to share, feel free to join as we hear the promises of God and pray for one another! We are always excited to bombard heaven with our gratefulness, our cares, and our praise!

Any prayer requests: let us know in the comment section or send us an email: sistershelpingsisters757@gmail.com

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

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

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

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!

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