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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.

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.

Did you know we have an online Book Club? We do a Live Zoom Call every Tuesday evening at 7pm ET/ 6pm CT to discuss our book of the month. Join our group on Facebook, Book Club Sisterhood, to join our discussions, get some motivation, and enjoy a Sisterhood that will help you become who you are meant to be!

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.

Sisters Who Blog

Hey Sisters! We are so excited to introduce you to our new Blog! For those of you who don’t know us, let us introduce ourselves.

    We are Kristie and Lisa, real life sisters and Co Founders of Book Club Sisterhood. Book Club Sisterhood is an online Book Club and subscription box. Our Book Club is in a group on Facebook. We choose a personal growth book each month that goes along with our theme. Each week we have a live discussion to talk about the book together. We also have a subscription box that ships monthly and includes the book for the following month as well as products that go with our theme.

Now that you know What we are about, we want to share Who we are…

    My name is Kristie McAllister. I am an RN, wife, mom, and entrepreneur. I love to read and when I got my hands on my first personal growth book I thought it was definitely not for me. Then I decided to sit down and actually read it. It. Was. Amazing!! It totally changed my outlook on life. I wanted to do more, be more, and dream more! So I started to make plans for my future like I never had before. It has been an awesome journey and I thought it could be helpful to other ladies as well. That’s why we started Book Club Sisterhood. Let’s Grow!

My name is Lisa, and I am the other co founding Sister of BCS. I love to read and I love caring for others. Our book club allows me to do both of those things! I also find that it’s absolutely essential to my well being to find time for myself every week and our discussions keep me accountable for finding that time for myself so I can be a better friend, girlfriend, family member, and pet parent! I hope to inspire others with my journey, past and present, and to let you know you’re not alone in this world. You CAN do it and BCS is always a safe space. 

It is our pleasure to meet you. We pray that our blog can help you on your journey to becoming the best you that you can be. Our content will grow and expand as time goes on. We are starting out with a weekly devotional for our community. Be on the look out for some good stories, great lessons from the Bible, and some incredible life change coming your way!

See you next week!

Love You Sisters!