Our pain, His plan…

Can you imagine the Lord having anything to do with our pain? The lame, the blind, the ongoing issue with blood-all can be used to display the glory of God. Imagine that! Let’s see what the Lord has to say about it:

Let’s start here: suffering is a part of being in this world. Our aches and pains are par for the course. Also, some of our issues are straight consequences of our sin. As children of God, we are absolutely forgiven-hallelujah!-but there are still natural consequences to our sinful actions.

But this does not negate the absolute fact that we can still see the manifestations of God’s amazing work in our lives! The man with the issue of blindness became the very indication that Jesus was here and present. His healing is the Lord’s amazing handiwork! His recovery likely brought someone else to Christ.

Our pains serve as an opportunity to testify about the goodness of God. Listen, we are not oblivious to the fact that pain is tough and troubling, but fret not-the Master has a plan for your pain.

Pain will not win. Pain is not the end. Pain has been defeated, Amen?! Our troubles and trials is an opportunity for Christ to be magnified and glorified. His plan for our life may involve pain-but pain is not our purpose nor it is our final promise!

Our pain is a part of His plan-His plan to show the world that He is Lord, His plan to demonstrate to us that we are more than a conqueror, His plan to show us that we are overcomer, and His plan to prove that we are victorious!

Peace and Blessings

Shhhhhhh….

This can be the hardest task for women. Silence. Let’s face it, we have the gift of gab! Extroverts and introverts alike…we either enjoy talking to many people or our one favorite person, we can go a mile a minute or need a reboot after a conversation, but we enjoy talking. And why not?! The Lord did give us a voice and words to use. Our words and our voice have power!

But there are those moments when the old adage reigns true: silence is golden. While we are not sure where the saying comes from, we do know that the Word of God says it first:

Sometimes we have to choose silence. Oh challenging that can be! We want to say what we gotta say. We want to be heard, especially when we are upset-if we can be transparent-we are ready to speak our mind and stand our ground!

So naturally (well actually supernaturally), the Lord tells us to be silent-the absolute last thing we want to be. Ah, but it is in the silence where the Lord can speak the loudest. And when we are engaged in battle with the enemy, when we are steaming, we need to hear the voice of the Lord. He is the voice of wisdom. He is truth. He is our protector.

As you engage in spiritual warfare, before speaking-choose silence. Your silence will signal the Savior!

Peace and Blessings

Dethroned: Fear

Fear cannot reign nor can it rule. Do you hear the Lord? Fear is not from Him. It can exist but it is not eternal. We all have something we are afraid of but it cannot have authority. Fear may be a natural response but we have supernatural power. The supernatural trumps the natural each and every time.

Let’s not give fear supernatural power, let’s not make fear an authority figure in our lives, and let’s not allow fear to sit on the throne of our hearts! Let’s be bold sisters! Let’s overrule the fear that tries to take root in our lives.

The Lord must be ruler, Master, and Lord over all of our lives. He is the One who frees us, He is the One who determine that power, love and a sound mind shall rule, and He is the One who has all power and authority in His mighty hands. Let’s toss fear at the feet of Jesus. No longer are we afraid! We are free-Hallelujah!

We don’t fear what will come: the future is in the Father’s hands. We don’t fear a repeat of our pasts: it is finished. We don’t fear our enemies: they shall be our footstool. We don’t fear Satan and His schemes: We, in Christ, have the victory!

Dethrone fear sisters! Let’s make sure that Christ alone sit on the thrones of our hearts and minds.

Peace and Blessings

Prepare Him Room…

It is not Christmas. However, this lyric from “Joy To The World”, is found to be very relevant during Holy Week: “Let every heart, prepare Him room…” Holy Week focuses on the ultimate sacrifice Christ made on the cross and his victory achieved in the grave. His resurrection and His defeat of sin should be the primary reason why we must make room for Him.

Friends, we must prepare Him room. There is so much in the world vying for our attention and affection. In order to ensure that Christ is in the proper place in our lives, we have to “prepare Him room”. The junk and clutter must be cleared out: Worry. Anxiety. Comparison. Distractions. Discouragement. Discontentment. Strife. Envy. It all must go!

Submitting our hearts to Him, the very place from where the wellspring of life flows, prepares room for Him. Preparing room for Him gives Him glory!

Doesn’t the Lord deserve the space in our hearts?! Isn’t He worthy of all our praise?! Shouldn’t we bow to His glory?! Clear the pathway of your heart, the Master commands attention! Let’s transform our mind-the Creator of the Universe needs His space! And He desires to take residence in YOU, hallelujah!

Making room for the Lord, makes Him center stage of our lives. It all begins with our hearts, then it heads to our minds, and manifests into action.

Let every heart, prepare Him room…

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

God of the Impossible…

Impossible is probably a word we use quite often or we will use a version of it: “that can’t be done”, “that won’t work”, “it will never happen”. Our eyes and our minds cannot fathom the impossible. However, if we think about it long enough, we know Someone who specializes in achieving the impossible! Let’s look to the Word:

Our Father specializes in the impossible! Amen?! Oh friends, if we can just imagine how mighty and powerful our God truly is, we would be scaling those mountains instead of bowing to them! If we can just grasp, how God created the universe-we would be able to accomplish that “impossible”.

There is absolutely NOTHING too hard for God! Write it, post it, repeat it everyday-there is nothing too hard for God! He accomplishes the impossible everyday. Will we trust in the One who specializes in the impossible? Will we give Him the dreams we fantasize about? The desire that just won’t go away? The prayer we’ve been praying since the beginning of time? And will we believe that He can do it? Trust in your Creator, He is for you!

“Dream big” may sound cliche but it’s what we are called to do. So go on and dream big! Fight that diagnosis in prayer, trust that life can be produced in a declared barren womb, and believe in the plan you have of being debt free! Put His promise into action. Make His promise the decree for your life. Don’t just shout on this truth, stand on it.

We know, we trust, and we lean on the God of the Impossible!

Peace and Blessings

Salvation is available to all who desire it. Being saved is all about knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you don’t know Christ as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer with us:

“Father, 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 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

The Chief Cornerstone…

The function of a cornerstone: “The cornerstone (or foundation stone or setting stone) is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. All other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.” (Wikipedia)

While this may be the definition for a masonry foundation, this definition must be relevant to the life of a believer or God through Jesus Christ. Christ is our chief cornerstone and without Him, the whole foundation will fall apart.

All that we do, all that we are, all that we will be is because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. Our existence is because He is and is to come. Without Christ, we would not be able to stand.

The strength of our structures will be determined by the foundation. Christ is chief cornerstone of our lives, not our families, our nice budgets, or degrees. The stones, when properly placed, will strengthen our structures.

We have to move beyond placing our life in compartments. Christ cannot be in our careers but not our social lives. We need Him to be in all of our relationships, professional and personal. He belongs as the cornerstone of our finances and families. And with Him as the foundation, there is no trial or tribulation that will crack His foundation.

May all things of our life be filtered through this question: who is our chief cornerstone?

Peace and Blessings

I Want It All!

Being a child of God, we are naturally promised His blessings and gifts. What an honor and privilege that is?! We should rejoice in being able to receive God’s best! We want it all, right?!

However, as we grow in relationship with God the Father and Christ the Savior, we recognize that we are not only recipients of God’s promises, we are also burdened with persecution, trials, and tribulations. We experience the impact of weapons as they are formed against us.

Wanting all that God has for you comes with promises and blessings and problems and persecutions. All that He has for you involves trials and triumphs. And sometimes God’s best is best experienced when we have encountered the pang of a weapon that has formed against us.

We are here to tell you, friend, all that God has for you involves trials. All that God has for you involves suffering. All that God has for you involves some suffering. However, take refuge in the fact that He is not here to beat us down and it does not make Him glad to see us suffer, quite the contrary! He knows that trials weaken the flesh but strengthen the spirit. He knows that overcoming obstacles helps us understand the meaning of victory. He knows that with suffering we develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit as our Comforter.

Should we still want all He has for us?! Absolutely! We may suffer but He promises to strengthen and restore us! We may experience rejection but He knows that He will confirm us and we will be accepted by Him. We may suffer but we are blessed! He knows that the persecution experienced on Earth cannot begin to compare to the eternal glory that awaits us in Heaven.

Let’s want ALL that God has for us! Even if we have to proclaim it with fear and trembling. No matter the weapon, it won’t prosper. No matter the obstacles, we will more than conquer it. No matter the fire, it will not consume us.

Our Father in glory has a crown of life that awaits us.

Peace and Blessings