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

Empty Cup…

“You cannot pour from an empty cup.” Author Unknown

For those in helping professions, you may have heard of this quote before and it’s true! It is hard to serve when you aren’t full. It usually points to a need for self-care.

This quote is also relevant for believers. We cannot minister from an empty cup. And yes, it usually points to the need for self-care. The world tells us that a nap, exercise, and massages will refill our cups and we can get back on the job. However, for us who follow Christ, self-care means something a little different, it means that we must run to the feet of the Savior. Let’s look to the Word:

Before you go and take a nap, before you hit the trail, and before you schedule the mani/pedi-seek the kingdom! Ask the Lord to fill your cup, let Him know that you are running on empty. He longs to meet the desires of your heart. He wants to see you full of strength and power to run the race well.

When we are weak, He is strong! The Lord is the Living Water-when we are thirsty, if we seek Him, we don’t ever have to thirst again. Let’s stop wiping the droplets of an empty cup, hoping that it will suffice-it won’t. We need to seek the Lord, He is the best way in which we can care for ourselves!

Seek the Savior so you can truly enjoy that sweet rest. Seek the Savior so that He can power you for that amazing workout session. Seek the Savior so that you can truly have a clear mind as you take that mental health day.

Fill that empty cup with the sweetness of the Savior!

Peace and Blessings

Trailblazer…

It’s Black History Month and we are learning about African American trailblazers. Those folks who were the first to do something, those who broke societal ceilings, and those who weathered the racial climate to achieve their goals. One may say that the season of the trailblazer is over, we say, quite the contrary!

Those African American pioneers were making the way for those coming behind them! They may not have even been aware of what they were creating-all they knew is that the job had to be down-and they said yes! So the season of the trailblazer is far from over! There is so much more work to be done.

You are a trailblazer! The generations behind you are waiting for you to make the path, the generations behind you need you to achieve your goal, those behind you need the barriers to be broken so that they can walk through the door. That may be a scary thought, but know that you are not alone-the Father is with you! The Word says so:

Yes, the first stoplight has been created. Open heart surgery has already been done. Integration has already been done. You may not have your name in history books but you may have your name in your family’s story as the first marriage that didn’t end in divorce. You blaze the trail by getting deliverance from that trauma of your past. You make the path for those behind you by saving, budgeting, and investing. You set the trail by become healthy and whole. Your name may not end up in lights but you can be a light in dark places.

Trailblazer, you are making history! By accomplishing the will of the Lord, you can make a difference! By not yielding in your faith, you can turn the generations towards the Lord! By operating in the power of the Holy Spirit, you can light the path that points others towards the Lord!

Be the trailblazer, you are not alone!

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

The Mission…

Most professions have a mission statement. Doctors have the Hippocratic Oath. Police officers are sworn to protect and serve. Each branch of the military have their own mission statement. Every position within the organizations has been created to serve the mission of the agency. Think about your job or career? It is in line to serve the mission of that organization, but does it serve YOUR mission?

No matter your profession, your lives have a purpose. We have been created for a mission. What is your mission statement? Is everything in your life crafted around your mission statement? The beauty of the body of Christ is that while our operations may vary, our mission is same: to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And why do we minister? It’s found here:

Each our ministries are beautiful and unique but all exist to elevate Christ and to submit to the Lord our God. Your blog can disciple. Your artwork can disciple. Your nonprofit can disciple. Your hobbies, your integrity, and the way you care for your family can disciple.

Everything in our lives must draw us and others to Christ. Your self-care gives you the energy you need to illuminate Christ. The food you eat serves as fuel so that you can continue to do the work of the Lord-so that you can make disciples. The clothes you wear can disciple as well.

The mission cannot be forsaken and we must be vigilant about the mission. We must evaluate and dispose of anything that does not represent the mission of Jesus Christ in our lives. We must ask the Lord to help stay true to our assignment in Him.

So, my friend, what’s your mission statement?

Peace and Blessings

SPS with SHS!

It’s that time again! Check out the video for information on our Saturday Prayer Sessions with Sisters Helping Sisters!

We are continuing to taste and see just how GOOD the Lord and His Word is! We are continuing to spend time in His Word, standing on His promises. We will also lift up our sisters and others in prayer! Feel free to join us! The call is happening at 11:30am EST, this Saturday, January 09, 2021! Do you have a promise of the Lord that you want to share? Please feel free!

The number to call is (425) 436-6200 and the access code is 827208. Feel free to also invite others!

Peace and Blessings

Prayer Warriors Unite!

Operating together is so much more powerful than standing alone. Being connected with someone helps us watch each other backs. Operating together helps the job get done faster. And it is nice to know that you are not alone.

The Word shows us the power of praying together:

Prayer warriors, it is time to unite! This is the intended design of the Lord. Look at what happens what we unite in prayer:

“Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭18:18‬

If what we are seeing in the world, in our communities and in our homes are bothering us, call up your prayer partner and pray! We all like to vent or fuss, but with another believer, we are able to bind and loose! We are able to declare, decree, and rebuke! It’s time to bind those generational curses and loose blessings! It’s time to bind confusion and loose clarity! Unite prayer warriors!

“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭18:19‬

Agreement produces acceptance! When the Lord hears His children crying out in unison, He responds! It’s not about the millions, it’s about the two! Prayer warriors, imagine the prayers that will be answered if we pray with and for one another. The Lord is actively demonstrating the beauty of community.

Unity in prayer produces the presence of the Lord! We were created for relationship and two believers united in prayer will draw the Lord to them. Imagine the Creator of the Universe enjoying the sweet sounds of your prayers as we unite.

Let’s stand together, locked in arms, seeking the face of the Father for healing, peace, and love!

It’s time for us to unite, prayer warriors!

Can we pray for you? Let us know in the comments or send an email here: sistershelpingsisters757@gmail.com.

Peace and Blessings

Preach!

What do you see when you think about a Preacher? Someone holier than thou? A man? Someone articulate? Maybe educated? Perhaps they are only a preacher if they are behind a pulpit or in a church?

And maybe the image we visualize isn’t completely off track. However, we must broaden our vision of a Preacher. We must expand our mind about who a preacher may be. Why, you say? Because YOU are a preacher!

Yep, you.

Let’s look to the Word:

This charge isn’t just for a man. There is a young woman who needs to hear a Word. This isn’t just for someone who is articulate, remember Moses? This isn’t for the educated, the Lord used children to minister, remember Jeremiah?

You, my friend, are a preacher. You don’t need to be a theologian to tell the Good News. You don’t need to be perfect, that’s only reserved for Jesus. You don’t need a crowd, there is someone who needs to hear YOU.

Do not be intimidated by those who may appear to be smarter or more charismatic. Don’t be concerned with those who appear to be perfect. Don’t be nervous about how you may sound. Do you love the Lord? Do you belong to Christ? Then you have all you need to give the Good News!

2 Timothy 4:2 gives it to us plainly, preach the Word, period! You preach with your lips and lifestyle. You preach with your kindness and joy. You preach with the love you show others. You preach when you tell about how the Lord has been good to you. You preach when you serve and serve well. Your preach with your testimony. You preach when you blog unto the Lord.

So preach, Preacher! The world needs to hear the Good News. Preach the Word, my friend!

Peace and Blessings

They that wait…

Food typically taste better when it is heated in the oven. The flavor is preserved. There aren’t those pesky hotspots. The food is crisp. The heat is evenly distributed. But it is the waiting. Ah, the waiting. Our microwave generation selves are not really great fans of waiting. Ah, but the fruit that is present in the waiting is priceless.

And waiting in the Lord? Nothing compares! You may be able to get it done quicker and faster, but the Lord is able to do it RIGHT! Not only does He do it better, there are a few benefits for they that wait on the Lord, scripture tells us so:

They that wait are renewed. They that wait will run and not get weary. They that wait will walk and not get faint. They that wait are able to see the beauty of the Lord. Their patience is strengthened. Their hearts are purified. Their focus is laser sharp.

Will we join those that wait? Will we separate ourselves from the microwave generation and join the slow cooker crowd? Will we wait for the hand of the Lord to show itself? Will we be the ones who trust in the heart of God when we can’t see His hand?

In this seasons of New Year goals and resolutions, wait on the Lord for that weight loss as you strive for a healthier lifestyle. Wait on the Lord as He restores your finances as you budget and save. Wait on the Lord to reveal Himself as you seek Him through intentional fasting and prayer. Don’t give up! Just wait…

They that wait are empowered, encouraged, and emboldened to run on!

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