Sisters Who…Go!

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Jonah is an interesting guy. He fled from God, (this makes me laugh since there’s nowhere you can go to hide from God. Lol) got on a boat, caused a storm because he disobeyed, and ended up in the belly of a huge fish. Then he repents so God gets him to shore safely. On to Ninevah he goes. He warns the sinful people to change their ways and to live for God…and they listened! Jonah saved thousands of people! It’s time to rejoice…right?

Sometimes when we are called to go, it feels easier, better, safer to stay or even run the other way. But you can’t hide from God. He sees you. He sees the good, the bad, and the ugly. There’s nothing you can say or do to make Him love you less.

Sometimes when we are called to go, we go…reluctantly. Jonah finally went but I get the sense his heart wasn’t in it. And he was certainly shocked when they obeyed. In Jonah 4:2 he says to God, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord , when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.”

To me this sounds like, ” I told You so, God. Why did I waste my time? I knew you were compassionate so why did it take me to come here and preach to them? Were you even planning to do what You said You would?”

When God does things in our lives, that aren’t what WE think is best, it’s easy to get upset and ask God why. Why did you let this happen? Why didn’t that work out the way I wanted it to? Why can’t it work out MY way?

Sister, your way is sometimes IN your way. Your way looks good but God has something GREAT for you! If you go when He says Go you won’t regret it! Jonah saw the beauty in what happened but questioned God’s way of getting there. Maybe it seemed much easier to Jonah for God to send a warning flair to Ninevah. Maybe God should have yelled down from Heaven and said, “Stop that right now!”. It certainly would have saved Jonah the hassle of going a long way out of his way. But if God is willing to use Jonah, to use us, shouldn’t we be thankful?

Going is not easy, especially when it’s hard to see the benefit to you. But maybe it’s not about you. God has a much bigger purpose that we can’t see yet. I want to chase that purpose with a grateful heart. Even if it doesn’t quite make sense…to me.

Dear God, please help me to go willingly where you send me. Help me to not run in the other direction or be reluctant to Your call. I know you have plans for me as the Bible says. You know what’s coming and what is truly best for me. Please help me to trust You. Thank you for using me and trusting me with Your plan. Amen.

Sisters Who…Wait

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Have you heard the song Rattle by Elevation Worship? I LOVE this song! I want to put myself in the place of His disciples. The first few lines of the song are, “Saturday was silent, surely it was through”. Can you close your eyes and imagine the devastation of that realization. Jesus was gone. In their human brains, it was over. Right?

Jesus died on the day of preparation. That means the next day was the Sabbath and they weren’t allowed to do any work. In Exodus 20:11 we read, “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

The Gospels don’t say what everyone did the day after Jesus died, except rest. This was their custom. No doubt Mary, Jesus’ mother, and Mary Magdalene were itching to go to the tomb to prepare Jesus’ body. I imagine the disciples prayed and cried a lot in their grief. Their Teacher, Leader, Savior was gone. As we do when we grieve, I think they were trying to figure out what to do now. They had dedicated the last few years to His teachings. They had followed Him wherever He needed to go. And now… and now what do they do?

When God says wait, it’s hard. We want an answer. We want to do something. But God says wait. Waiting is hard but it is also life giving. In those moments of waiting we can reflect and remember all the blessings we have. He has showered us with so much. He is a mighty God and a loving God. He is having you wait for a reason. Saturday after Jesus’ death was a day of waiting. It was a day of reflection. Yes, their Savior was gone, but what amazing things they had seen during His life and ministry! They saw people raised from the dead, healed of leprosy, and many other miracles.

Maybe they were asking, “If he could do all these miracles, why couldn’t Jesus save Himself from death and suffering?” Maybe they didn’t understand the purpose of Jesus’ life, much like we don’t understand the full purpose of ours. The disciples were human just like us. They couldn’t see the future or why things needed to happen. They had to trust that God had a plan.

Then Sunday comes!!

When Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb, the stone is rolled away and the linens folded in the tomb. She ran to tell the others. Of course they came running to see for themselves. A little later, as they went back home, Mary hung back. She was distraught. She began crying and looked one more time into the tomb. She saw 2 angels sitting where the body had been laid. They ask why she is crying and she states, ““Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” (John 20:13). She turns to leave and a man is standing there. She thinks it is the gardener. Then He says her name, “Mary!” She immediately recognizes Him, “Rabboni!” He tells her to go tell the others and she does.

The song Rattle by Elevation says, “Friday’s disappointment, is Sunday’s empty tomb.” The sorrow of Friday melted on Sunday. A great rejoicing rose up because they got to see Jesus again. He was really alive! He broke the chains that hold us to what “should” happen because what DID happen, is something that doesn’t make sense. Why would Jesus come down to earth, from Heaven, to live among us and die on a cross for me? Because He wanted you to experience Heaven. He came as a spotless lamb to become a sacrifice for us so that we would not have to suffer for eternity.

Let’s reflect on that today And let’s wait…because when God says wait, He has big things planned for us!!

Dear God, thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for sending Jesus to take my place on the cross. Thank you for the Resurrection. Thank you for breaking my chains and setting me free. You offer such amazing promises of eternal life in Heaven and I know You don’t break Your promises. Thank You for the waiting. Thank You for the clarity of Saturday so I can fully understand what Jesus did for me. Thank You Jesus, for knowing My Name and leaving the 99 to seek me out. Amen

Sisters Who…Celebrate

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Holy week is a time of celebration as well as mourning. Jesus came down to Earth to become like us. He felt pain and anger, laughed with his friends, felt the dirt between his toes, and had callouses on his hands. He became fully man while still fully God. He suffered a cruel death to make sure we have eternal life. What a sacrifice! Then, in the most important miracle of His life, He rose from the dead! Put yourself in His disciples’ shoes. Can you imagine, your Savior died right in front of your eyes, then He walks in the room where you are sitting and announces He is back 3 days later?! How amazing! 

I love imagining I am walking with the disciples through the last days of Jesus’ life. On Thursday they eat with Him, like they always did, but He seemed different. Maybe more solemn? He washed the disciples’ feet. Simon found this absurd and refused. But Jesus gently reminded Him that it needed to be done. Then Jesus called out the one that would betray Him. And the disciples didn’t understand what He meant. But I wonder, what was going through Judas’ head. Did He know that Jesus knew what he was up to? And if he did, why did he go through with it? Because it had to happen.

As Jesus broke the bread and drank wine, He uttered words we hear so often when we have Communion, ““This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19), “, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.” (Luke 22:20).

To me, those words take on new meaning when I think of myself sitting at that table with Jesus. Have you ever known you are about to go through something hard? You have a whole new perspective on life around you. It’s like you can see clearly for the first time. Jesus knew exactly what was coming and He chose to spend His last night as a free man with His closest friends and washed their feet. The disciples didn’t understand until after Jesus was gone but I’m sure they felt honored to be in His presence as long as they were.

As Friday came, and their Savior hung on a cross, I assume there were a lot of tears. Not only from Jesus’ family but also from the many friends and followers He had along the way. Saturday is a sad day. Full of mourning, the disciples had to gather themselves and figure out what to do next. They followed Jesus and did all He asked for years…now what? Saturday was a long day.

Then comes Sunday. The stone rolled away? An empty grave? How did that happen? It’s a miracle! Hadn’t they seen tons of miracles in their time with Jesus? Were they surprised at this miracle? Even as He appeared to them, they were shocked to see Him, alive! I imagine seeing your Teacher, Rabbi, Savior again after you understood He was gone forever, must have astounded them.

Jesus is alive! Still today. He ascended into Heaven to sit with His Father. He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. When we accept Jesus in our hearts and live our lives for Him, we get to experience this wonderful miracle too.

I love digging into this story. It is so beautiful and full of special lessons. Don’t we doubt when God calls us to do something? Don’t we wonder what He’s up to? Let’s celebrate, Sisters! Sunday is coming!!

Dear God, thank you for sending your Son to save me from the terrors of hell. I no longer have to face the fear of spending eternity in pain. Help me to receive your amazing gift of eternal life with you in Heaven. As I spend time this week worshipping you and appreciating your sacrifice, help me to hear the message You have for me. Thank You for sacrificing Your only Son to save me from my sins. Amen.

Sisters Who…Believe

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I’m reading through Matthew right now and read a story about a man with great faith. Jesus was so impressed, He told His followers about this man’s faith. Jesus tells them He has never seen a man of such faith in all of Israel (Matthew 8:5-13). One of the reasons Jesus was so impressed is because this man was not a Jew. He was a Centurion. That means he was serving the enemy of the Jews, the Romans. The Romans were governing Israel in Jesus’ time. As a Centurion, this man was a leader of around 100 men.

Jesus healed many people in His years of ministry. It is likely the Centurion witnessed them a time or two. The people in Jesus’ time had the privilege of seeing His miracles first hand. We don’t quite have that advantage. Jesus actually says in John 20:29, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” If you believe that Jesus came to Earth and died for you sins, you are blessed!

Believing without seeing is one of the hardest parts of being a Christian. If you see a car accident it feels different to you than if someone tells you about it, right? That’s not to say that you don’t believe it really happened but maybe it feels a little more real when you see it with your own eyes. That’s what I think Jesus is saying here. We, who have not seen for ourselves, and still believe, are blessed because we can’t prove it happened.

I don’t believe in coincidences. There have been several times God has shown up for me and I know in my heart He is real. I asked Him for a sign that our house was meant to be ours before we submitted our offer to buy it. And He Showed Up! The exact thing I asked for, the mortgage lender calling to say we were preapproved, happened at the exact time I asked for it to happen. Of course, when multiple things happened along the way to try to make me believe it wasn’t going to happen, it was hard to keep the faith. But I just kept coming back to God answering that request for me. I believe He was just showing me that this house would be ours but only by His power. I can’t take responsibility for anything that happened during our house buying process. It was ALL God!

If you struggle with keeping the faith, I want to encourage you. God says He will never leave you or forsake you (Heb 13:5). Call on His name when you are struggling. Literally…scream out His name. He will comfort you when you’re hurting and carry you when you’re weak. I have been in both these places and I promise, more importantly HE promises, He will be there for you. When you experience His grace and mercy for yourself it always feels more real. I can tell you how Jesus touched my life, your pastor can share his/her stories, and you can read stories in the Bible. They may all be true but nothing is more true than what you feel in your heart. That’s why it’s so important to have a relationship with God. Go deeper Sister. Dig into what God has for you. He wants to be your Healer and Protector. Just believe He can. God is good…All the time!

Dear God, there is nothing you can’t do. I believe you are the one true God and you have the power to heal. I believe you are my Protector. I believe you sent your son to die on the cross for my sins. Thank You for Your sacrifice for me. Thank you for coming after me when I was lost. Please help me to seek your guidance and peace as I go through life. Thank You God for Your amazing grace! Amen.

Sisters Who…See

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Seeing is believing, they say. So how do we believe something we can not see?

During Jesus’ life, He talked to the Pharisees a lot. They didn’t like what He was preaching because, according to the Law, it went against what they believed. It was hard to believe something that seemed so different than what they were taught their whole life.

In John 3, there is a verse we all know very well, verse 16. But to put it into context, go back and read the whole chapter. Here’s a quick summary. Jesus was speaking to a Pharisee. He was a very curious Pharisee named Nicodemus, that saw the wisdom in what Jesus was doing but needed a practical application. So Jesus spelled it out for him. He compares the Holy Spirit to the wind. We can’t see the wind but we know it is there.

Nicodemus was well versed in the Old Testament but seemed to have no knowledge of the “Spirit”. I believe it was hard for him to wrap his head around something so ambiguous. He never had to sit down and think about the wind. He was taught about wind when he was a child. He just knew it was there. But needing the Holy Spirit to get into the Kingdom of Heaven, this was a revelation.

Then Jesus reveals God’s true reason for sending His Son to the world. It was not to condemn the world but to offer us eternal life. Many Jews believed Jesus was coming to save them from Roman rule. But Jesus clearly states in John 3:17, one of my favorite verses, “God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” He sent Jesus to save us from our sin, not from our earthly enemies. Our earthly enemies will never stop attacking. But God has provided us with a shield of faith to protect us when we rely on Him.

Jesus came to save people. He came to share the Holy Spirit and the truth that even faith as small as a mustard seed can make a mountain move (Matthew 17:20). Just a little faith, believing even without seeing, can help you to see miracles all around you. Trust God with all you are and everything you have. He will bless you beyond measure. I have seen it over and over in my life. When I trust His will, doors open up and mountains move. I don’t always get what I want (thank goodness!), but I have all that I need. You can feel the Holy Spirit wash over you, just like the wind, when you draw close to Him and let Him in.

Dear Lord, I want to draw close to you today. I want to feel the Holy Spirit in my life. Help me to lay my burdens down so I can feel Your presence in my life. Thank you for so many blessings. I know You are always watching over me. Thank you for sending Your Son to die on the cross and save me from my sins. Amen.

Sisters Who…Seek Light

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Even the Devil can recite scripture. When Satan is tempting Jesus in the wilderness, he says, “For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’ ” Matthew 4:6 How does Jesus respond?

He responds with Scripture. We have the same resource to fight the devil in our lives. The more Scripture we know, the more ammunition we have to fight the enemy. Ephesians 6:13-18 tells us exactly how to fight against our spiritual enemies. To sum it up, this passage says to wear the belt of truth, body armor of God’s righteousness. shoes of peace, the shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. I was listening to a podcast and the host made a good point. Only one of these things is offensive. God gave us a lot of things to keep us safe but only one to fight back, the sword of the Spirit, the word of God.

Over the last couple of years I have been reading through a 2 year Bible reading plan by She Works HIS Way. (I highly encourage you to seek them out! They are an amazing group of ladies!) When difficult situations come up, it’s easy to get upset and fall into the devil’s trap. He wants us to be angry and full of fear. That’s how he controls us. The Bible is full of Truth and light. Even when it feels like we’re in a dark pit all alone, He is with us. The Scripture says He will never leave us or forsake us(Hebrews 13:5). Especially when we are being attacked. The more you know the Word, the easier it is to fight the anger and fear and climb out of the pit and into the light.

Jesus saved us by dying on the cross. He continues to save us by offering answers in the Word. The more I read the Word, the more truths I find. I’m not saying to just memorize Scripture. It’s important to build a relationship with Jesus as you study the Word. We see the Pharisees over and over again in the Gospels not understanding Jesus. They knew every Scripture by heart but didn’t know how to apply it. They didn’t get to know Jesus. Let’s get to know Him by reading the Word and then applying it to our lives. There is so much protection for us when we believe and trust Him. Fight the Devil when the best weapon we have, God’s Word!

Dear Lord, Thank you for providing me with a weapon to fight the enemy. Thank you for blessing me as only you can. Please help me to be grateful and see the light in every situation. I know that you are always with me. Help me to read the Word and apply it to my life. Thank you God for your amazing love. Amen.

Sisters Who…Do

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We all have had the best of intentions right? You meant to call your friend and see how she’s doing…but you didn’t do it. You wanted to get a work out in…but it didn’t happen. Intentions mean nothing. Action is what matters.

I knew my friend had been struggling. I didn’t know what she was struggling with but I could see it on her face that she was not ok. I kept meaning to text or call her…but I didn’t. The problem is, she didn’t know my intention. She didn’t know I cared because I never followed through. I didn’t DO anything.

Love is a verb. It is something you actively do. Jesus said to His disciples, “love each another”. You can’t just have intentions to love others. You have to DO it!

So, how can you show love? I love to ask my friends what I can pray about for them. This helps me to know what they are struggling with so I can pray intentionally and it sometimes opens up a conversation. Sometimes people don’t want to bother their friends with their problems. But when you openly ask them what they need, it shows that you care and want to know. People often struggle with asking for help. So when you offer help it could make a huge difference for them!

Random Acts of Kindness are fun ways to show love. I love to buy the person’s meal behind me in the drive thru sometimes. You could also mow a neighbor’s grass or send a friend a note to let them know you are thinking about them. The kicker is, it fills your heart right along with theirs so it’s a win-win!

Loving someone will always cost you something. Whether it is time or money, it will cost you. It cost God His son when He showed us His love. 1John 3:16 says, “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

I made good on my intentions to check on my friend. I called her and prayed for her and we had a nice conversation. She needed an ear to listen and I provided that for her. It cost me a couple hours but to me it was worth so much more because I was able to show my friend some love and compassion.

Dear God, please help me to see opportunities to show others love. I want to be obedient to your command to “love each other”. I know it will cost me something and it will be more than worth it in the end. Thank you for sending your Son down to save us from our sins. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Amen.

Sisters Who…Listen

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Early last year, I started seeing and hearing the word “battle” over and over again. It was in worship songs I listened to, in the Bible passages I was reading, and in messages I heard at church. That word really stuck out to me. I felt this tug on my heart that God was telling me, “something is coming”. He was preparing me for it. But what was it? I was nervous but I gave it to Him and told Him, whatever was coming, I trusted Him. 

In October, my husband started having chest pain and urgently needed open heart surgery. On the day we found out that was the plan, I was standing in my boss’s office telling her what was going on and I felt this overwhelming peace. This is what God prepared me for! This was our battle. I started crying and praising Him for taking care of us in this hard time. I knew, without a doubt, He was in control. 

My husband and I have never felt that kind of calm wash over us as we did during that week. It is truly indescribable. In Philippians 4:7, the Bible says, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” It was a heavy weak. But I felt light. God was shouldering our burden and offering His yoke for us to carry. Gianni came through surgery with ease. His recovery was surprising to all involved. He was up walking the day after surgery and was even discharged from the hospital a day earlier than most. Praise God!

Then the real miracles started happening! Gianni was in church the Sunday after his surgery. He started serving at church shortly after. He even got baptized a couple weeks ago. God is working miracles inside Him every day. It is something I have prayed for over and over again for years. God is SO good.

God works miracles. Listen for His still, small voice. He wants to reach out to you.

Dear God, help me to hear your still, small voice. Help me to hear the plan You have for me. Lord, I want to keep you at the center of all I do. I pray that I will have open hands to be able to accept the blessings you have for me. Amen.

We had a Live discussion about a book by Lysa Terkeurst called Is God Speaking To Me. The link to the Podcast episode is HERE. We are excited for you to hear what women think of this book and learn how to discern His voice.

Sisters Who…Pray Always

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As we are nearing the end of our Prayer Challenge, see our last blog post for more details, I want to encourage you to continue the challenge. Make it part of your daily prayer to pray for someone specifically.

The Bible says to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). For me that means when someone tells me they have a need, I stop and pray right then. I also pray after I read my Bible each morning. I pray whenever I’m in the car by myself. Every quiet moment, even between kids yelling “mom”, I silently send up a prayer to God, usually for patience lol. Whatever is on my heart, I speak to Him. I speak to Him like He is family because He is my Heavenly Father. I speak to Him like He’s riding right along side me in the car. I pray like He is standing in my kitchen drinking a hot cup of coffee with me.

My prayers are not perfect and they don’t always end in Amen. They are said through tears and in the busyness of life. But they don’t have to be perfect. We are not perfect. I love the song, Broken Prayers by Riley Clemmons. She sings,

You want my tears, every messy word
Every scar and every fear
You want all I have
With no holding back
When I’m hurt, at my worst
You meet me there
‘Cause you see the beauty
In my broken prayers

How beautiful. He sees the beauty in our brokenness. He just wants us to come. Just as we are. Not in perfect verses or without saying “um” or without tears. “You want my tears, every messy word”! My prayers are rarely perfectly spoken but He will take them just how they are. Because He loves me and all my brokenness. He loves you too. He wants to hear what is on your heart no matter how messy and broken it sounds. He hears the heart behind your words. There is times that I have simply cried and was not able to form words. He heard that prayer too.

Come to Him with every worry, praise, worship, tear, that is inside you. He wants them all. Never stop praying Sister. He is here for you always! He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He gave you His Word.

This book discussion is a great extension of this blog. Prayer goes both ways. In this book, Lysa, discusses how to discern God’s voice in response to our prayers. We would love to discuss it with you. Join us February 20th at 3pm ET/ 2pm CT.

Sisters Who…Love Others

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Love….February is Love Month!! As we enter the second month of 2021, I am reminded of God’s love. He loves us unconditionally and without question. And He has called us to love others in this way. We aren’t called to just love people who look like us or people we get along with, but ALL people.

There are, of course, several ways to love others. We are going to focus on praying for them. In Ephesians 6:18, the Bible says to pray for “all the Lord’s people”. We are doing a Prayer Challenge in our Book Club next week and we are really excited to see God move. We want to lift up others in prayer and “cast our cares on Him” (1 Peter 5:7).

We will be praying for the lost, for our families, and for our nation. Prayer Changes Things!! Amen? I can tell you SO many stories of how prayer has changed my life. Here is one that happened recently.

My husband started having chest pain on a Friday morning. I was supposed to have coffee with a friend from church but since my husband was heading to the ER, I called her to cancel. She asked what we needed, I said prayer! She called the pastors of the church and added my husband to the prayer chain. I received several messages from other church friends saying they are praying and asking what else we needed, offering to send food to my family while we were in the hospital. My husband ended us having open heart surgery to fix blockages in his heart. He was in the hospital for a week. What did all that prayer do for us? It gave me and my husband peace over the situation. The help of friends gave us peace of mind that our family was cared for. We knew that tons of people were praying for him and we knew God had our back. No matter the outcome, God’s plan was good. He knows what is best and during that week, our church family, and hundreds of other friends/ family praying for us is what was best. We were praying fervently as well and knowing countless others were thinking of us and calling on God to take care of the situation was everything!

So, I want to challenge you today. Make a difference in someone else’s life. Call a friend and ask what they need prayer for. Then pray for them. Do you know someone that is hurting or has a disease they are battling, pray for healing. God hears our prayers. God answers prayers. Will you take the challenge?

Our She Prays Challenge starts February 1st. If you would like to follow along please go to Book Club Sisterhood on Facebook or Instagram. We will be posting there every day with a prompt of who to pray for that day. Praying daily will absolutely change your life and the lives of others. Let’s share God with the world!

Dear God, I ask that You fill me with your Spirit. Help me to focus on others and pray for their needs above my own. Help me to be specific with my prayers. God, help me to turn my eyes to You and what Your will is for my life. I want more of You and less of me. Amen.

Sisters Who…Lay It Down

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When you are enslaved you are forced to serve your master. Your master could be alcohol or stealing or depression or gossip, etc. When you choose to free yourself from what you are tangled up in and focus on Jesus, He becomes your Master. God is the Master you choose to serve.

He is always welcoming you with open arms, you need only to choose His love. So why does it seem hard to turn away from the world and face God?

I am a recovering perfectionist. I felt like a slave to being in control. I thought I could do it all on my own. When it didn’t work out, then I would “try” to give it to God. Of course by try I mean lay it down for Him to take and then snatch it up again. When my son started to limp we took him to his pediatrician who had us get blood work and x-rays. No answers. I prayed and prayed for an answer and still nothing! So I googled…ugh! I am a nurse so googling and the nurse knowledge I have are NOT a good combo! It caused me to have an anxiety attack! We saw an orthopedic specialist and they too were perplexed. He had no pain and could jump and run around. The specialist even called her colleague to come in. She couldn’t give us an answer either.

I had been praying so hard over those couple of weeks asking God to give us answers and then looking for answers elsewhere. I finally sat down one day and cried. Like, ugly cried. I gave it all to Him. I confessed that I couldn’t carry the weight of this anymore. I fully gave it to Him and surrendered.

What a relief! I no longer felt the need for a solution! That changed everything! A solution was no longer my focus. My son had no pain and would even tell me, “look Mommy (while shaking his leg in the air) my leg is fine!”, and then limp away. We never got an answer. He stopped limping within a month or so and we moved on with life.

God took away my need for control. He didn’t fix the limp, he changed my perspective! He shouldered the burden for me.

What are you holding on to that you don’t have to carry? I want to encourage you to lay it down and let God carry it for you. He says His yoke is light and offers it to us without any stipulations. Will you take it?

Dear God, help me to lay down my burdens and let you take control of my situation. I’m not strong enough to bear the weight. Thank you for taking the weight of sin from me by sending your son to die in my place. Amen.

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Sisters Who…Work

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Sisters Who…Work

God offered the reward before the work. How much sense does that make? When we hold it to the world’s standard, it makes NO sense. But when we hold it to God’s standard, it falls in line with His word. There is nothing you can do to earn the gift God gave you, His son. But you can serve Him.  That is what we are all called to do.

So what does that mean? It’s time to get to work! In James 1:22, the Bible says, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” We are called to read the Word….and then DO! We are told to read the Bible (Eph. 6:17), pray (Eph. 6:18), and share our testimony with others (Eph. 6:19). The follow through is the most important and hardest part. When the world is coming at us with much easier tasks and much more comfortable things we could do, why put in the work? Because God called us to. He offered us the life of His son in exchange for our sins. We could never repay that, but we can do what He asks of us.

Serving at church used to feel like something I had to do. It was work. It took me away from my family. This last couple years of studying the Bible, praying, and listening for His voice, has shown me that serving is something I get to do and it excites me! I want to follow God’s lead and do the work He has laid out for me. I am so thankful God has trusted me with the opportunities I have to serve. How has God called you to serve? Pray for direction and listen for His answer. He is so good and worthy of all our praise.

Dear God, Thank you for the gift of your son. I can never repay that gift and I could never earn it. Please help me to see how You want me to serve. I want to share the gift you gave me so that others can be saved by grace through faith. Thank you for your grace. Amen.

Sisters Who…Are Known

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As I read Isaiah 45:3-7, I love that God speaks about things He did, “when you did not know me” (v. 4&5). So even before we turn to Him and believe, He started preparing things for us. He called you by name, before you accepted Him in your heart. He equipped you for battle, even before you knew who He was. “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord” Jeremiah 29:11.

You are important to God. You, (insert your name here), were called to serve Him long before you were even born. God created the oceans, sun, and planets and called them good. He also called YOU good. How amazing is our God! He saw you, with your flaws and your failures, and still called you His. He saw your humanness and found it beautiful!

He also repeatedly states that He is the ONLY God in this passage (v. 3,5,6). Israel frequently needed that reminder and I believe we do too. Where you give your time is an indicator of what is most important to you. Do you wake up each morning and give God your time or do you scroll social media first? I’m guilty of this sometimes too. I like to give Him my first moments of the day. It helps me to be centered and clear headed the rest of the day.

God loves you, without question, without fail, and without regret. You are SO loved. No matter what this world throws at you, remember God loved you before you even knew who He was. Take that with you as you walk through life.

Dear God, Thank you for knowing me and loving me. I want to worship you with all I have. Help me to focus on You and Your will for my life. Please guide my words and my feet as I enter into a fallen world. Help me to shine Your light in the darkness. Amen.

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Sisters Who…Look Up

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It’s common to plan your year at the beginning, set goals, and think of all the great things you can accomplish. As Christians, we sometimes leave out the most important step. Pray and seek God’s plan and goal. Look up!

We are to look forward to what God has planned for us. As a well known verse says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. It’s hard to appreciate this verse when you are going through tough times.

When you are deep into a tragic time you might think, “So did God plan to hurt me?” God does not want to see you hurting. But pruning is not comfortable. That is the only way for you to grow. This earth was not meant to be a place of refuge and safety. That’s what we need God for.

When my Grandpa was on Hospice and we were all around him as he drew his last breaths, I didn’t cry out to God asking why He put us all through this pain. I praised God for the weeks we got to spend with Grandpa at the end. He was surrounded by family all the time. He got to tell his stories again and tell everyone around him how much he loved them. We were so blessed to have him in our home in his last weeks.

No matter what’s going on in life, look up. He’s still there. Overwhelmed? Look up. It’s not in your control. Stuck? Look up. He has a plan for you. Worried? Look up! He is still the same God He was when you were praising Him for all the good stuff. He won’t leave you or forsake you. His promise is the only one that you can cling to No Matter What!

Dear God, help me to look to You no matter what is going on in my life. In good times and in bad times, You are the same God. You have my best in mind even when I can’t see it. Help me to cling to your Promise and know you are always with me! I love you God! I can’t wait to see what you do in this new year! Amen.

Sisters Who…are different.

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Several times in the Bible God tells us to be still and let God work. Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to Be Still.” Human nature tells us to fix it ourselves. That’s why we have so many tv shows based on DIY- Do It Yourself. God works differently. The Bible contradicts many cultural norms. As Christians, we need to be different. If the world says to take care of things by yourself, we should “be still” (Psalm 46:10). If the world says to hate because someone is different than you, then “Love One Another” (John 13:34).

In our world, everything is moving at lightning speed. You can get packages delivered the same day and you can get food from a drive thru in less than a minute (sometimes 😉)I don’t know about you but it is Hard to be patient. My 4 year old is fiercely independent and won’t let me help. He gets to the point that he is crying and upset and I have had to tell him to step away from the task and ask for help. Have you asked God for help? Have you stepped away from the issue with your hands up and said, “Go ahead God. I’m done. My way isn’t working.”? He will take it and He will fix it in a better way than you ever thought possible. Our tiny minds can’t see His infinite resources.

Are you ready to be different? It isn’t easy to go against the grain and ask for help. He didn’t promise it would be easy. But He promised to be with you! Let’s be different than this world Sisters! Be still, be patient, and be kind.

Dear God, help me to see your purpose for my life. Help me to see why you have placed me where I am and how I can bring people to You. Please help me to be still and be patient and trust in your perfect timing. Show me where to go and how to serve. Amen.

Sisters Who…Have Peace

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When you live out a verse like this, you realize how true and powerful God is. God literally guarded our hearts as my husband faced open heart surgery and an intense recovery. I felt God’s peace wash over me like a warm blanket letting me know that no matter what happened, He was in control and He would never let me go. So I trusted His promise. No matter what happened during that surgery or during the recovery, God knew what I needed. I needed strength and wisdom to get myself and our family through this time. He gave me patience and grace to figure it out.

I felt fully reliant on God. And for the first time in my life I was ok with that. As a recovering perfectionist (to be clear I will always be recovering from this tendency 😉 ), giving over my situation to God was not something I would have agreed to years or even months ago. God has worked so many miracles in my heart that I may not even see the ripples of those in my lifetime. I did not understand why I felt so free. I did not feel weighed down or overwhelmed about anything looming ahead. I felt at Peace.

God taught me what it meant to Fear the Lord then He showed me what it meant. I am SO in awe of his mighty power. He took my burden and gave me His yoke which was light. I’ve never experienced the peace I did the week my husband was in the hospital. Friends and family came to support us as I supported him. It was an experience I will never forget.

What i hope you takeaway from this is that God is SO good, ALL the time! Especially when it’s hard. God never promised us a life without pain but He did promise to walk along side us when we are hurting. Just look around. He is right there with you.

Dear God, thank you for being my Rock in hard times. When I can’t hold the weight I know you will be there to support me. Thank you for bringing me the wisdom to see You working in my life. You are SO good, all the time. Amen.

Sisters Who…Pray.

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This month we have been talking about our relationships and how to treat each other better. This couldn’t come at a better time with our country in an uproar, a pandemic that doesn’t seem to be slowing down, and families at odds. With all that said, I think our most important relationship to work on is the one we have with God. Prayer is our way to communicate with Him. Let’s look in the Bible to see how we should do that.

Pray Privately. (Matthew 6:6) I used to listen to the radio or a podcast or an audio book in the car anytime I was alone. But I started to feel like I wasn’t hearing from God. With 2 kids running around, quiet time is hard to come by in my house! So I changed it up one day. I turned off my phone/radio in the car and started talking to God. He talked back! I have had so many great conversations with Him on my way to work or on my way home from dropping the boys off at school. It is only when it gets quiet and still that you can hear God’s gentle whisper in your ear.

Pray continuously. (1 Thess. 5:17-18) Bring everything to the Lord so that you can rely on Him. I have been singing Amadeo by Ryan Stevenson in my head, and out loud (unfortunately for my husband…lol), for days. Ryan sings, “no matter what’s in my way, no matter the battles I face, You are still my God, you’re still my Rock, my only hope Lord you’re all I’ve got. In every valley or mountain top, I sing Hallelujah, You’re still my God.” So pray no matter what’s in your way. I think it’s important to say that we are still supposed to praise Him when everything is great too. Sometimes we get in a place where we think, “I’m good. I got this. Things are great!” And we take credit. We stop seeking His goodness. We depend on ourselves. But, it’s still God setting us up for success. You are not in control of what happens to you. We got our new house in July and all logic points to us not getting the house. But God! I know it’s only by God’s grace that it is ours. I look around every day and think, What an awesome God we serve!

Pray with thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:20) This one sounds easy but when you’re having a bad day, lose a loved one, or are struggling with depression, it gets a bit harder. But God has called us to give thanks for EVERYTHING. Without hard times, we wouldn’t be able to grow. The Bible talks about God pruning us for what is to come (John 15:2). 3 years ago we were staying with a family member and they decided to sell their house. It caused us stress and grief to have to move. There were many big decisions to make. It was hard to uproot our lives and not have all of our family move with us. But God told us Ohio is where we needed to be. So we went. We have had so many amazing blessings from God since we moved. Without going through that stressful time, we wouldn’t be in our new house with plenty of space to have extended family stay with us if needed. Without moving to Ohio, my sister and I very likely would have never started our business and this blog would have never happened. Stay faithful through hard times. God has a purpose for you.

Dear God, thank you for so many blessings. Help me to see your greatness even when life gets hard. I know you are always there for me. Help me to pray privately, continuously, and with thanksgiving, for everything you have done for me. Amen.

Sisters Who…Are Thankful

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I start every prayer with giving thanks. I thank God for my many blessings and then I get specific. On days that I’m grumpy or tired or aggravated, it helps to shift my attitude and perspective when I say specific things I am thankful for.

I had some hard conversations with a couple family members last week and it drained me emotionally. I was tired and sad and I felt broken. I decided that I didn’t want to curl up in my bed and ignore my feelings. I wanted to face them and find a more constructive way to deal with them. So, I started praying and telling God all the things I was thankful for. It changed my perspective and allowed me to enjoy my day.

We have talked a lot about perspective in our Book Club, Book Club Sisterhood. Appreciating the little things around you helps you to look for more things to be thankful for. If you are focusing on the bad things in your life then you will continue to find bad things to focus on. I was late to work one day and decided not to let it ruin my whole day. I started naming things I was thankful for. A safe ride to work, healthy kids, having a job, etc. As I named them I realized I had a lot to be happy about and there was no point in focusing on the fact that I was late. Instead, I reminded myself I was salary and I didn’t even have to clock in! I could just stay a little later that day to make up for it.

I know it is not easy to battle depression and anxiety. I’m not minimizing that at all. I also know that God has helped me when I’ve walked through tough days and I know there’s nothing He can’t do. So let’s try to focus on what we are thankful for today and let God take care of the rest.

Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you.

Dear God, please help me to be thankful for all You have provided. Thank you for sending your son to die for my sins. Thank you for my family and my friends, a roof over my head, and food in my belly. Lord, I know I will walk through tough times in this life so I ask You to help me see the good things along the road. I love You Lord. Amen.

Sisters Who…Struggle.

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Psalm 23:4-6 has been a guiding passage for me this last few weeks. I would like to share a bit of my journey through these verses.

When I walked through the valley of my husband having open heart surgery a couple weeks ago, I was not afraid. It is only by God’s grace that we were not scared. I knew God was taking the lead because I felt His peace. It was undeniable that He was guiding us. We clung to each other and to God before, during, and after the surgery. God has provided everything we needed from the beginning.

The morning my husband started to have chest pain, he was walking out of work. I text him to make sure he was staying late as he had told me he was a few days before. He had forgotten and had walked out to his car by the time I text him. He was already having chest pain and had to walk back in to work. Which made the pain worse. If he had gotten into his car and came home, he may not have been able to get to the hospital in time. He had a heart attack while in the cath lab. God interceded so that he was inside the hospital, not on his way home, when the pain got worse.

This year has been challenging for everyone. I have seen God show up so many times in the midst of this though. My husband got through his surgery without any complications and was even discharged from the hospital a day before they normally discharge someone after open heart surgery. Everyone was impressed with his energy and willingness to get moving. He has been in good spirits through this whole ordeal and has grown closer to God as well. Praise God!

This promise keeps me going. I know that He is always with me and loves me unconditionally. There is nothing I could ever do to make Him not love me. And He loves you too!! He saves us a place in His house when we give our lives to Him.

God is SO good….ALL the time! Not just when things are good. Not just when things work out. We need to praise Him IN the storm! Right in the middle of it.

Dear God, thank you for your kindness and mercy. Thank you for loving me no matter what. Thank you for being with me in the middle of my struggles. You never leave me or forsake me and I will cling to that as I walk through valleys in this life. You are amazing. Amen

Sisters Who…Seek First.

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We all say some version of the following… “I love tacos!” “I love (insert favorite sports team here)” “I love the beach!”

When have any of those things loved you back? Yet we make them the most important or sought after things in our lives. I am guilty of this. I have put “things” in my life before I have allowed God space in my life. I have caught up on my social media feeds before praying. I have played games on my phone before reading the Bible. Then, oops, there’s no time for that now. My kids are awake and it’s time to get them ready for school.

Now I don’t always do it perfectly but I have made a conscious effort this year to start my day focusing on God. My morning routine is to wake up before my kids, read my Bible, read my devotion, and pray. And it has made a huge difference in my relationship with Him.

When my husband called me from work and told me he was having chest pain 2 weeks ago, I knew it wasn’t just any chest pain. I knew something was wrong. I immediately started to pray. I asked God to keep His hands over my husband and to heal him. I had an overwhelming peace wash over me that only God can give. And that peace stayed with me over the next, very long, week. My husband had a heart attack and had to have open heart surgery.

It was a busy week to say the least. Not only was I trying to be there for my husband, our kids still needed to be taken to school, our family still needed to eat, and our lives kept moving. We had hundreds of people all over the world lifting us up in prayer. We know God provided for us because no one else could do what He did. Our church family provided meals, friends and family helped with the kids, and we made it through with peace and love in our hearts. Even on the morning of his surgery, we felt calm. The surgeons are very skilled and God lined everything up perfectly so that my husband could get the help he needed. As my husband said, “God wouldn’t get us this far then leave us.” Something that helped me a lot was that my husband stayed calm too. He felt God’s protection that so many people had prayed for.

God provides. He loves us unconditionally. All we need to do is open our hearts to Him and we will see His love and protection over our lives. God has given us the freedom to choose Him. He wants us to choose Him. Seek FIRST His kingdom…and He will provide.

Dear God, thank you for this day. Thank you for your mercy and grace. You protect and provide for me every day. Help me to choose Your love and to see Your mighty hand in my life. Amen

Sisters Who…Let Go

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One morning last year, I sat listening to Rachel and Dave Hollis’ morning show. Rachel began to tell a familiar anecdote. There had been a flood and a man is on top of his roof begging God for help. Another man comes by with a boat and says, “get in”. The man on the roof says, “no thanks, God will save me.” This happens 2 more times with a raft and a kayak. The man again replies, “no, God will save me.” Of course, the man dies. When he gets to Heaven he asks God, “why didn’t you save me?” God said, “I sent you a boat, a raft, AND a kayak!”

At the time, we were struggling financially. My husband was searching for a second job but he has some health issues. I was concerned about a job that he was interviewing for that day. I had warned him against taking it because it would be really hard to get any sleep working 2 full time jobs. I knew it wouldn’t be good for him. When I heard Rachel tell that story I instantly started crying. God impressed upon me in that moment, “Kristie, I’m sending you help. Just let me help.”

So I text my husband and said, “if they offer you the job, take it if you feel it is right for you.” Then I began to pray. Through tears I quietly told God that I trusted Him. If we had to walk through a tough time to make it work, I knew God would provide for us and protect my husband. I had to let go…

Well, he didn’t get the job. But he did start getting overtime at work! It was the help we had been praying for, just not the way we expected it. All I had to do was have faith and trust that God knew what was best for us.

I was never in control. And that’s so hard to hear and to let go of. Jesus is the captain, flying the plane. I have never flown a plane before, so I will let Him fly it. God provided for us in a way I could have never predicted! And that’s the point!

God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. We are His! That’s not a promise He takes lightly. There will be hard times here on Earth, but doesn’t that make Heaven seem so much sweeter?

Dear God, help me to surrender my whole life to you. I want to trust your guidance and knowledge. Help me to see that what I think is best isn’t always right. You have a plan for my life and I need only to trust you and let you fly the plane. Thank you God for watching out for me and never leaving me. Amen.

Sisters Who…Fear the Lord

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I didn’t fully understand what the Fear of the Lord is. If you struggle to understand as well, here is what God shared with me. Fear of the Lord means to be in awe of His mighty power. Nothing can outpower God. The Devil tried that….we know how that turned out!

The word Awe means a feeling of reverential respect (Wikipedia).

We usually use the word “fear” to mean we are scared of something. God helped me see that “Fear of the Lord” is not being scared of Him. My friend, Janine Lansing, uses this example, “if you fear a spider you are giving it power over you”. Obviously a spider has no real power over us, but God does! To fear Him means to revere and respect Him. Fearing Him means to be in awe of His mercy and grace.

The most important thing God did for us was send His son to save us from the evil in this world. We don’t deserve it. That’s mercy. He gave us something we didn’t earn. That’s grace.

To know God better, and have a closer relationship with Him, we must begin by fearing (being in awe of) Him. If you would like to dig deeper into understanding and the knowledge of God, here’s what helped me.

  1. Reading the Bible- I’ve found that the more I read, the more I want to read and see what God has to teach me. There is so much to learn from the stories in the Bible!
  2. Praying- I started praying in the car when I’m alone. I talk to God out loud like I am talking to a friend riding in the car with me. He has shown me some awesome things when I give Him my time.
  3. Putting God first- I get up early, before my kids, to spend time with God. I find that if I start my day with Him, it goes much better!

    Dear God, please help me to understand the fear of the Lord. Please help me to be in awe of your mighty power. Lord, thank you for having mercy and grace with me. I don’t deserve it but you offer it to me without question. I am so thankful for all You have sacrificed so I can be in Heaven with you someday. Please help me to keep my focus on You and to reflect Your light to those around me. You are the Almighty God and I’m so thankful You know my name and have promised to provide for me. I love you, God. Amen

Sisters Who…fear not

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Psalm 46: 1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!”

Refuge~ someone or something providing shelter

Strength~ a person or thing perceived as a source of mental or emotional support.

This year has been full of “earthquakes”, “mountains crumbling”, “oceans roaring”, and “waters surging”. And it’s not over yet. I love that these verses are saying nothing that happens on Earth can change who God is. “He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

God will always provide shelter (refuge) for you. He will always provide mental and emotional support (strength) for you. He wants to be so close to you, you need only to whisper your prayers and He will hear them. We talk about perspective a lot. In the picture below, which is bigger the mountain or the pile of stones? Notice I didn’t say which “looks” bigger. Of course the mountain is bigger but from that perspective the pile of rocks looks bigger.

The stones are small, but because they are so close, like God, they appear large. God is larger than any problem we could ever face. In Psalm 46:9 the Bible says, “He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire.” He can free you from your fears. He is your refuge and strength. Trust God to be your refuge.

Dear God, please help me to focus on my faith in you, not my fear. I want to trust your protection over my life. Please help me to be at peace with You by my side. Amen.

Sisters Who…Have Perspective

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My kids love to look at themselves in their spoons when they eat cereal. They look on one side and they are right side up. They look on the other side and they are upside down. They laugh and think that is so cool!

Do you see your life as upside down, nothing going right, or right side up, full of joy with God as the center? Even when your life is full of sorrow, you can still find joy. It’s all about perspective. We are going to go through hard times but if we keep God as the center of our lives, He will carry us through the rough patches. That’s His promise to us in Hebrews 13:5b, “God has said, ‘Never will I leave younever will I forsake you.’ ”

When you walk through life looking for things to be aggravated about, you will find them. When you walk through life looking for things to be grateful for, you will find them. My kids are doing virtual school this week. (Let’s pause for prayer for all parents, teachers, and students doing virtual school. No seriously, bow your head right now. We need prayer…) Going into this week I have been a little rattled. I am running a business, trying to keep up with house work, work a part time job, and now…virtual school? The changes we have gone through this year never seem to end and that causes me anxiety. I found myself sitting at the table with a 6 year old that didn’t want to listen while his teacher was teaching, trying to work, and wondering how to fit in lunch. I had to walk away. I went outside to sit on the porch and pray. I had to bring God back to the center of my situation and ask Him to take over. I asked him to help me be a great mom, a good business woman, and to follow the plan laid out for me. And I started saying, out loud, what I am grateful for. I don’t think you can be frustrated and grateful at the same time. When you start thanking God for what you have, you aren’t upset anymore. Try it sometime. I have done this with my husband. When I get frustrated with what he is NOT doing, I start thinking about what he HAS done. And I tell him, out loud, what I am thankful for that he has done. It has changed our relationship. It can also change your life if you start offering Thanks up to God every day.

No one counted on this year going the way it has but relying on God has gotten me through and I’m still smiling. Maybe not all day every day but I still smile and enjoy the extra time with my kids and try to do the best I can with what I have been given.

How are you making the best out of the life you have? Do you believe God has this whole thing orchestrated so that you win in the end? I do. How can we look forward to Heaven if this life isn’t challenging? What we do with this life determines our eternity. Find the Joy you so desperately need. I promise, it’s worth it.

Dear God, thank you for so many blessings. You have provided everything I need, not when i wanted it but exactly when I needed it. You give peace and grace even when I don’t deserve it. You love me despite all the times I’ve turned my back on you. Thank you for always being there, close enough to hear me whisper your name. Please guide me through this life so that I may spend eternity with You. Amen.

Sisters Who…Go With the Flow

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There is a flow order you should follow when you are living “in Christ”. (I talked about this in our Monday Motivation last week. Check it out HERE on our page)


The flow is: Your Heart (verses 1-17) ➡️ Your Family (v. 18-21) ➡️ Your Coworkers (v.22- 25) ➡️ Everyone else

I want to focus on Your Heart today. Did you notice, self care is taught first in this chapter? It’s not a mistake that Paul teaches us to take care of our hearts first. So then why do we sacrifice our needs for the needs of others? I feel like a broken record but someone needs to hear this today… You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup! God tells us not to!

Paul show us the dos and don’ts of how to fill your cup in the first 17 verses of Colossians 3. He explains how to live a New Life “in Christ”. He says to turn away from “anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language” (verse 8). He goes on to say, “In this New Life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free.” I want to add… gay or straight, Republican or Democrat, black or tan or white. “Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.” (verse 11). This new life doesn’t discriminate. ALL people have the opportunity to enjoy the New Life God is offering us. There is no room for judgement. You need only to “clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” (verse 14).

When your heart is filled with joy, love, and a deep desire to know God more, you don’t have room for anger, judgement, and contempt. Focus on the God who created you, forgave you, and sought you out to give you New Life.

Fill up your cup and allow God to be in charge of where you are pouring it. Pour into yourself first so that you can pour into others freely.

Dear God, please help me look to You when I struggle with things of this world. Help me to remember that even though I am in the world I am not to be of the world. Thank you for leaving your flock to come find me, a lost sheep. Thank you for the guidance You provide through your Word. Please lead my heart to love, have joy, and seek to know you better. Amen

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Sisters Who…are surrounded

“This is how I fight my battles. This is how I fight my battles. It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You!” ~UpperRoom

This is the song I woke up to the other day. This song kept playing in my head until I finally sat down and listened to the whole song and received the message I was guided to share. I also love to read the Verse of the Day on Bible.com (Also available as YouVersion app on your mobile device). That day the verse was Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” I don’t believe in coincidences. This is a message I was being led to share.

There is a quote from Rachel Hollis, “Maybe you have been given your mountain to show other people it can be moved.” I feel a strong call to share my experiences with women because God needs you to know that you are not alone. We have all walked through dark times. It isn’t easy but it is important to remember that you can ‘t choose to stop going through the darkness. But you can choose How you go through it. We talk about perspective a lot in our Book Club. If you think you’re going to have a good day, you probably will. If you think you’re going to have a bad day, you probably will. Life can be tough, but you have the power to focus on the good instead of the bad.

Here’s an example, I got to work late one day. Then I had to park 8 blocks away…and wait for a shuttle…then ride 8 blocks to work in morning traffic. Did I mention I was already late? So I started telling myself, “this is going to be a terrible day! I’m starting out late, I don’t have time to get coffee and get to my office.” Then I had to stop myself. HOLD ON! I will NOT let this ruin my whole day! So I tried to find something positive in the experience. I reminded myself I have a salary position. That means I didn’t “clock in” so if I was 10 minutes late, I could just stay 10 minutes late at the end of my day to make up for it. Shew…I dodged a bad day by simply getting my perspective in check!

I have done a lot of self care to get myself to a place where my gut reaction is to find the good in hard situations. It doesn’t come naturally for me. When I feel surrounded by my problems, God helps me work through them. I definitely couldn’t do it on my own.

It may feel like YOU are surrounded….but You’re surrounded by a God that loves you and wants to fight for you. You need only to be still and let Him.

Dear God, please help me to surrender to You and give you all my trials. I don’t want to walk through them but I know you have a purpose and a plan for my life. I trust you to guide me through. Thank you for fighting for me when I don’t have the strength. Thank you for your unconditional love and grace. Amen.

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Sisters Who…let love win.

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Let Love Have The Last Word. That’s the title of the book by Common we read this month in Book Club. Every time I think of the name of that book it reminds me of the worship song, “The Cross Has The Final Word”.

The cross has the final word 
The cross has the final word 
Sorrow may come in the darkest night 
But the cross has the final word 

The cross has the final word 
The cross has the final word 
Evil may put up its strongest fight 
But the cross has the final word
 
The cross has the final word 
The cross has the final word 
The Savior has come with the morning light 
The cross has the final word 

The cross has the final word 
The cross has the final word 
He traded death for eternal life 
The cross has the final word 

There’s nothing stronger 
Nothing higher Nothing greater 
than the name of Jesus 
All the honor All the power 
All the glory to the name of Jesus

I started thinking about those phrases. The cross was the ultimate show of love. “He traded death for eternal life“. God let his son die on a cross to give us eternal life. How could anyone show more love than that? If we are called to be like Christ then shouldn’t we be showing love to all those around us too?

So then, how do we show love? In Luke 6 he talks about how easy it is to love those that love us, and to loan money to those that we know will pay us back. He goes on to say, even sinners do this (v 32-34). But in verse 35 he explains how to truly love.

Let love have the last word in your life this week. Do something good without expectations to someone who may not deserve it. Let Love Win.

Dear God, thank you for the amazing gift of eternal life. Help us to show love to our enemies and give without expectation. Lord, please bless and help us to become who you have called us to be. Amen.

Sisters Who…Forgive

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This week we are talking about Forgiveness. Let’s start by digging in to what the Bible says about forgiveness.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (1 Colossians 3:13)

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14)

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. (Mark 11:26)

God calls us to forgive just as He calls us to love. We are to forgive as God forgives. He forgives us even though we disobey, worship false gods, and don’t trust his guidance. All we have to do is ask, and He forgives us.

Forgiveness is not fair. The person that wronged you may not deserve forgiveness sometimes, but neither do we. I am reading a devotional by Rick Warren called Love Forgives on the Bible app. He makes a good point. “We all want justice for everybody else and forgiveness for ourselves.” I had to read that a few times. We want everyone else to pay for what they’ve done but expect others to overlook our wrong doings. Rick Warren also says, “God is going to have the last word….Leave the justice part to God.” We are called to love and forgive. Not to judge. That’s God’s job.

I believe it is ok to take time to grieve and deal with the hurt. Continuing to carry that hurt for a long time and not dealing with it causes resentment. To forgive is not to forget. Forgiving means you let go of that weight you are carrying. It is such a relief to be able to forgive and move on. I love a book we read in our Book Club called The Greatest You by Trent Shelton. He talks a lot about forgiveness and burning bridges. Just because you forgive doesn’t mean you have to let someone continue to hurt you. It’s ok to burn a bridge if that person is not healthy for you or your family. I no longer have a relationship with my Dad because he was not healthy for me to be around. I forgave him long ago, but I can’t let him continue to hurt me or my family. I have worked through my hurt. It is so sad that my kids don’t have their grandpa in their lives but would it be healthy for them to have that relationship? I have prayed a lot about this…

Don’t keep hurting sisters. It’s not worth the pain you are going through. Please find a way to deal with the hurt. We are always here if you need support and a listening ear. Remember that God is just a breath away.

Dear God, please help me to find forgiveness for those that have hurt me. I no longer want to bear the weight of this load. I want to forgive them as you have forgiven me. Help me to feel the weight lift off my shoulders and calmness wash over me. Amen.

Sisters Who…Love

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In Mark 12, verses 30-31, a teacher of the law asked Jesus what the greatest commandment is. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Did you hear what He said? Love. Love is the answer to the greatest question. Our Pastor this week talked about this as well. He said love is one of the languages of Heaven. To speak this language we must understand that we have nothing if we don’t have Love!

Do you know the difference between being “religious” and “spiritual”? You can do anything “religiously”. That just means you do it repeatedly. I read my Bible religiously, i.e. every day. The definition of spiritual is: relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. To have a true bond with God you need to have a relationship with Him. That means you must let Him “affect your spirit and soul.”

As I grow in my relationship with God, I feel His Spirit move in me. I talk to Him like I would a friend. I trust Him to guide me in the right direction so I can do my best work for His Kingdom. This is a special bond I refuse to let go of. That’s what the Greatest Commandment is all about.

The second greatest commandment is to Love Others. God put you here to affect those around you. To choose to love them is to choose Jesus’s path. He knew what the end of His life would look like yet He still chose to love. Share your journey with others and be their shoulder to cry on in hard times. I promise, you won’t regret it!

Dear God, please help me to love others as you love me. Help me to see them through your eyes. I want to build my relationship with you by keeping You as my focus. Please help me to be a light in a dark world. Amen.

Sisters Who…Take Care

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Hey Sisters! I know how hard life can be. Believe me, I have hard times too. But trusting in God is one of the best things I have ever done. The Bible says in Nahum 1:7, “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him”.

My family and I just moved to a new house, while having Covid. We had to reschedule the truck and the movers since we were all in quarantine. We moved 2 households into one and it wasn’t easy! But God has a plan, right? That’s what we are always told. The Bible even says it in Jeremiah 29:11, a very familiar verse;

I have faith that God knows what is best for my life. So when things don’t go as I planned, I know God’s plan is better than what I could imagine. When our move got pushed back a week, it meant we had an extra week to pack, prepare the new house, and get some extra cleaning done. We are abundantly blessed to have this incredible house that meets our needs, and wants, so well. It is the perfect house for us! I want to stay focused on the blessings and not the downfalls of the process. I choose to see this last month as a testament to how much I trust in God to handle every thing that comes my way.

So when something hard happens, choose to take care of your mental and spiritual health and trust God, who loves you unconditionally, to take care of the rest.

Dear God, please help me to take care of me so I can take care of others. Help me to follow what You have planned for my life no matter how difficult this life becomes. I love you so much and I know you will guide me down the correct path as long as I follow your lead. Amen.

Love you, Sisters. have a great week!

Sisters Who…ask questions.

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This week in Book Club we are discussing the last few chapters of Dave Hollis’ book, Get Out Of Your Own Way. In these chapters he talks about getting to know people that aren’t like you. That requires you to ask questions.

When getting to know people that don’t act like, look like, or believe like you, you have to ask them to tell you about their story. We gravitate towards people that look like us because it is familiar. Dave says in his book, “we fear the things that are unfamiliar, that we don’t know.” How true that is!

God says, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16

God will “lead the blind…along unfamiliar paths”. He is leading you out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t say He is dropping you off. He is right there with you! He will NOT forsake you. God wants us to stretch ourselves for His kingdom. We need to reach out to people that are not like us and get to know them. They need to feel God’s love too. That is your challenge this week. Ask questions and become knowledgeable about someone else’s journey. You will learn something new and understand the world a little more in the process.

Dear God, please open my eyes and help me to see the good in people. Help me to see that different is not scary. People just need kindness and an outstretched hand. They need to be understood. Please help me to really listen to their story and to care for them today and every day. Amen.

Sisters Who…are grateful.

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Imagine you have a disease that has NO cure and Jesus walks up to you and says just a few words and heals you. What is your reaction?


In Luke 17, Jesus was walking along and came cross 10 men with leprosy. With just 6 words he healed all 10 of them!
“When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.” Luke 17:14.
What happened next is what God has put on my heart this week. Only 1 of them came back to say thank you. 1!! Jesus then says, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Luke 17:17.

Our family has had a very trying, weird, stressful, bizarre few weeks. Let’s just be honest…it has been a bizarre year! Throughout everything that has gone on, I have chosen to keep my eyes on God and all the blessings He has given us. Chosen…the most important word there. We all have the choice of what to focus on. Do you focus on the negatives or the positives?

I want to challenge you this week to sit down at the end of you day and write down 5 things you are thankful for. They can be as simple as a cup of coffee or it can be something big like buying a house! When you have to go through out your day looking for things to be thankful for, you will find them!

Dear God, as we continue in another weird week in this crazy year, please help me to remember all the amazing things you do for me every day. I am so thankful that you opened my eyes to another beautiful day and gave me breath. I am thankful for the health that I have and my ability to move my body in any capacity I can. Please help me to see the blessings in my life rather than the disappointments. Amen.

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Sisters Who Grow

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Last week I felt a lot of anxiety piling on my shoulders! We are moving very soon which means LOTS of boxes to pack, forms to sign, and things to buy! My step kids are in town for a couple weeks for summer as well! Yay!…THEN, the realtor of our current house, which we are renting, called to say he wants to start showing our house. So not only are there boxes everywhere, extra people living with us, now I have to clean everything, everyday?! Cue the anxiety!

I needed to decompress. I needed to take care of my mental health. I have gotten to know myself pretty well and I knew I needed to go for a walk/run. So I told my husband that I was overwhelmed and needed to get away for a little bit. He told me to go. That alone calmed me down. Knowing that I have an understanding/loving husband helps my anxiety a lot as well.

The next morning my sister and I went for a walk…by ourselves. I needed adult time to talk about everything going on and so did she. There is something so refreshing about going outside and enjoying nature. Sometimes I pray, sometimes I want someone to walk with me, sometimes I need to run. In any case it gets my frustrated, overwhelmed, crazy energy out and I feel better.

Anxiety can overtake you pretty quickly, but getting to know yourself and what your needs are will help you fight off the anxiety. This takes time and growth. You have to feel uncomfortable, and embrace it, to truly become who God made you to be.

In Deuteronomy 30:16 Moses says, For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

“Walk in obedience….then you will live and increase“. Follow the path God has for you, no matter how tough it seems, and you will be blessed with increase.

Let’s pray: Dear God, please show us the path we should go. Guide our steps and hear our prayers. We ask that you will give us the strength to step out into the unknown being unsure of our situation but sure that you will guide us where we need to go. Thank you for all the many blessings you have bestowed on us. We love you, God. Amen.