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

Liar, Liar…

Fake news was a popular term this year, one can say. Fake news isn’t new-it’s been around since the beginning of time. Satan, who is the father of lies, has been spreading them since the garden of Eden.

“But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis‬ ‭3:4-5‬ ‭

Satan has been spreading fake news since time began, we should not be surprised to see it now. Distortion, fuzzy pictures, and downright falsehoods plague people all of the time. However, just like the serpent whispered to Eve, the devil is trying to whisper lies to us.

Ever heard these before? You aren’t good enough. They are talking about you. You would be better if you lost weight. You would be better if you didn’t feed your kids sugar. You are foolish.

And the lies goes on! Satan is a complete liar and we must cast him back to the pits of Hell where he belongs! Rebuke the lies of the devil! Denounce the father of lies!

This is why we must know the voice of the Lord. This is why it is important to know His truth. This is why we must cling to the Word of God. If not, we will fall victim to fake news. We will subscribe to the lies.

Look at the question the Lord posed to Adam and Eve:

We can take out “naked” and ask ourselves that important question: “who told you that you weren’t good enough?” “who told you that you weren’t smart enough?” “who told you that you weren’t worthy of love?”

That is not of the Lord! Rebuke that liar! Whisper the truth of the Lord over yourself. Dismiss those voices that are not of the Lord. Do not allow Satan to have authority to speak to your spirit! The Shepherd’s sheep, know His voice. This is why it is important to cling to the Word of God.

As you start to hear someone speaking, ask yourself: Who told you that?

Peace and Blessings

Discernment.

Discernment is all about judging well, deciphering the difference between varying statements. Discernment is all about understanding the correct way to go. Think about the job searching process. We look for places of employment that align with our credentials, our degrees, and our work experiences. We discern which place of employment is best for us. We use discernment every day in some way, from deciding which brand of detergent to use to what route we want to take to our destinations.

However, the one use of discernment above all else is deciding about what is of the Lord and what is not. This gift of discerning the voice of the Lord will saves you from a road that is not intended for you. Discerning the voice of the Lord helps you understand the way you should go. Discernment connects you to your mission and purpose.

Discernment, as a follower of Jesus Christ, is vital and essential to our Christian walk. Our very active adversary wants you to go his way, follow his path. However, he is a complete and total liar who is out to steal, kill, and destroy. We must be aware of him and his false prophets.

Does the decision you are trying to make align with the will of God? Is that job aligned with God’s assignment for your life? You must have the gift of discernment to know for sure! We must know the voice of the Lord!

And how do we learn that? How do we obtain the gift of discernment? We go to the Lord! We seek His face. We read His Word. We spend time communicating with Him. We fast. We submit. We choose to fall deeper in love with God each and every day. We humble ourselves before Him. We follow His commandments.

This, friends, is how we receive that level of discernment that has us rebuking the false prophets that will come. This gift shields us from the lies of Satan. Discernment has us in line with God’s will. This discernment protects us, guides us, and saves us.

May we all grow in discernment so that we can filter all of our choices and decisions through the lens of Jesus Christ.

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

Show and Prove…

Faith requires action. Have you ever heard yourself saying, “I believe God”? If so, how do you live that out? Are your next steps bold and brave or small and scared? Are you moving beyond “hoping” the Lord hear your prayers to knowing that He hears your prayers? Do you speak His promises loud and proud or nervously?

Faith is an action word. You must say AND do! After you shout, “I believe you God”, you must live out that statement. You must be willing to trust God in a big way! You have to start writing, start filming, and start walking.

Believing God for healing? You must be committed to a healthier lifestyle. Believing God for the business? Start taking those classes. Believing God for a husband? Begin preparing yourself to be a wife. We must show and prove! We actively demonstrate our faith in God by preparing ourselves for the move of God. We must prove that we trust God by beginning to execute the vision He provides.

Without the work, faith is dead. The Word tells us so…

Active faith testifies to the capability of God. Make no mistake, He is GOOD and CAPABLE all by Himself! However, a world that does not know Him will never know just how amazing He is if we do not operate as the ambassadors and high priests we are. Our faith is used to testify of His Good News. Our faith eloquently preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It’s time to show and prove to a dying and fear-filled world! Show and prove by your works! Those steps lead to a testimony of our Father!

Friends, your prayers and preparation tell of your faith. Your focus and drive speaks to the faithfulness of Christ our Lord. Your commitment, no matter what they say and what you see, echoes the message of the cross.

It’s time to show and prove!

Peace and Blessings

The Gospel According To…

A wise woman once said that sometimes people have a tendency to minister from their hurt and pain instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today, friends, we ask you what gospel are you preaching? Are you ministering from your hurt and pain? Or are you telling the world about the good news of Jesus Christ?

Sisters, this post is not intended to discredit your narrative. Nor are we discounting the hurt and pain that you’ve experienced. However, we must consider who is at the center of our stories. Does the event, the trauma, and the experience point to Jesus, to the one who caused the pain, or to ourselves? As believers and followers of Christ, of our lived experiences should point to our Savior. Yes, the hurt and pain is real but Jesus is greater. Yes, that person is wrong for hurting you but Jesus is still on the throne.

The Word of God informs us whose gospel we should be proclaiming:

The Gospel and Good News are used interchangeably in different versions of the Bible. If it isn’t clear, we are to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our life experiences should be woven into His story so that others can be drawn to Him. When delivered appropriately, your story is one that speaks of Good News, one that speaks of God our Father, Savior, Healer, Redeemer, and the list goes on.

Your pain and heartache belong under the feet of Christ not at the center of your story. You should proclaim Good News from a heart that has been repaired and restored. Love must be on the edge of your lips. Your voice is most powerful when it reveals forgiveness towards your oppressors. Joy can truly be your strength when you proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Your narrative matters and has the ability to empower but it is only the Gospel of Jesus Christ that saves…

Peace and Blessings

Never Forgotten!

You, our friend, are not forgotten! God remembered Noah, Abraham, Rachel, Issac, Jacob, and the list goes on! Matter of fact, go on ahead and add your name to the list! He remembers the covenant that you were grafted into as you became a believer. He remembers that you need bread, water, and shelter. He remembers your dreams and your desires. He remembers the prayers you’ve whispered and the ones you’ve have shout! Sis, He remembers you!

You are not forgotten by the Lord! You are not forsaken by Him. Will you stand on this promise today?

He remembers your desire to finish that degree, to start that business, and to start that ministry! Be encouraged, He has not left you nor forsaken you. Whatever you’ve done, there is absolutely nothing that can separate you from His love. So praise Him today! Praise Him for remembering your name, remembering your family, and remembering your purpose! Rejoice even now for His memory (unlike ours) will never fail! Rejoice because you know that you are on God’s mind! Rejoice because you are not forgotten nor forsaken.

Sisters Helping Sisters is extremely thankful that the Lord has heard our hearts and that He remembers us! If you are in Hampton Roads, Va, myself, Pastor Tanya Coles, will be featured on The Street Preacher broadcast on WGNT-27, The CW at 6:30am every Sunday morning! I am thankful that the Lord has remembered our ministry and remembered our desire to proclaim the goodness of God to those who lost and in need of encouragement!

This world may say that you are insignificant if you look a certain way, don’t have a degree, or don’t make a certain amount. I, too, was once trapped by the lies of the enemy and believed that I was insignificant. We are here to rebuke the lies of the enemy right now in the name of Jesus! You are not insignificant, you matter to the heart and mind of our Father and Savior! You are not forgotten, your Heavenly Father remembers you!

Etch this truth on your minds and hearts: I am not forgotten. I am not forsaken. The Lord remembers me.

Peace and Blessings

The Beauty of Our Feet…

It’s sandal season right? Even in the midst of COVID 19, women all over the world are making sure that our toes are ready to be shown! There is absolutely nothing wrong with that!

We must remember that our feet serve a bigger purpose than being wrapped in the cutest sandals we can find. Our feet are used to deliver information. Our feet are used as tools of guidance, leading us in the direction we decide to go. Are we using our feet to bless or curse? Are we using our feet for gossip or goodness? Are our feet being used to flee evil or run to it?

Scripture tells us the direction in which our feet should go:

We cannot miss the spirit function of our feet. The Lord in His infinite wisdom have designed our bodies with specific intentionality. How beautiful are your feet? Do you bring good news? Do you publish peace? Do you publish salvation? How beautiful are your feet?

It is our mission to remember the beauty of our feet. It goes beyond wearing designer sandals or making sure that you have on polish. The Word of God reminds us that our feet should be the tools we use to deliver comfort, to promote peace, and to extend joy. We must preach the Gospel and our feet are the tools used to do so!

This extends beyond the physical presence of feet, this is about the spiritual function of our feet! We cannot miss the exhortation, our whole bodies, even our feet, are used to the glory of God. Think about the last call you received from a friend? Did you encourage one another! Did you deliver the good news to one another? Or was it to gossip? Did you promote peace?

How beautiful are your feet?

Peace and Blessings

Empty Prayers…

Empty Prayers may be considered an oxymoron but they are quite possible. Praying requires action. It’s more than getting down on your knees, pacing the floor, writing in the journal or whatever method you may utilize. It requires believing in their content.

A comic once said, “do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” Today, consider that same question, consider the content of your prayers! Do you believe in what you are saying to God?

Do we believe the promise of 1 John 5:14-15?

One way to examine your prayers is in your reaction to the threats of the world. If you’ve prayed for protection, will you trust in your Protector when fiery arrows are sent your way? If you prayed for healing, are you walking in your healing? Will you believe God for the provision you’ve prayed for? We should walk away from our prayer time relieved and free. We believe God, right?!

The Lord tells us that His words won’t return to Him void. Our prayers shouldn’t be void as we send them to Him either. We must believe in the words we pray. We must believe in the God to whom we pray. We must believe Him for His promises. We must believe in who He is! As we pray His will, as we pray His word, as we pray His promises, He will respond!

Do you believe the prayers you are praying?

Fill your prayers with faith!

Peace and Blessings