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Good Morning!

By Gillian Henriques – Founder

Sisters in Christ Worldwide

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“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).” Psalm 55:22 (AMP)

This is another scripture that I hold so dear. So much happens in life, good and bad, that I know that I need the security that God’s Word brings to manifest in my life and so I read His Word and claim each of His promises as my own.

One of the things that I love so much about the Bible is that it is part instruction manual on how to live life and part love letter to us from God and each makes me grateful.

God, in His benevolence, loves us so much that He wants to carry our burdens for us. To me that shows real love and so when I read this scripture it makes me appreciate Him all the more.

Burdens, trial and tribulations are such awful things. They really are. Some are so vicious that they leave you wondering if you will ever recover; but I take comfort in the fact that I do not have to carry the load on my own. I can give it to God and He will sustain me through the storm with His love and His peace.

That image alone is enough to make my heart leap.

When I am casting my cares to the Lord, I actually do visualize myself lifting them up and throwing them up over my shoulder until they are gone. Now, I must admit depending on what is troubling me, I may find myself doing this over and over again until I feel the full weight of it gone; but the good news is that I do remain really persistent because I know from experience just how freeing it is to not be tied down by that weight.

Isn’t God good? This promise that He will bear the full weight of my burden if I surrender it to Him just makes me so thankful.

Beloved, if you aren’t already giving your burdens over to God, I pray that you will. I know from experience that He is waiting with arms opened wide to receive them from you.

-Nina Fortson

 

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“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).” Psalm 55:22 (AMP)

 

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A kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s artwork. As she came to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”
The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”

Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing the girl replied,. . . . “They will in a minute.”

 

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Father, thank You so much for wanting to carry my burdens for me. Not only does it warm my heart, but it also continues to serve as a reminder of just how much You love me. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen

 

 

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Good Morning!

By Gillian Henriques – Founder

Sisters in Christ Worldwide

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As Christians, we all have areas along our spiritual journeys that God deals with each of us in. My area is FAITH. Just as Jesus asked the disciples during the storm where their faith was so, too, has God asked me where was mine in the midst of various storms in my life.

Before I go on, let me state I love God with every fiber of my being. I know what His Word says because I continually spend time meditating on it; and I also have been fortunate to see Him operating in my life in many amazing ways. God is real.

However, even with all of that I also will admit that there have been times in my life when I am going through a storm that I find myself starting to question God. I wonder where He is; and before I know it, I am loaded down with anxiety and fear and then I see that my tiny mountain has magnified to Mt. Everest in a matter of seconds and I am left a spiritual mess.

In Luke 8:25, in the midst of a powerful storm, Jesus asked His chosen disciples where was their faith and I also have shared that God has asked that question of me too when my faith starts to waver.

I don’t believe that God asks that as a put down. Rather, it is His way of reminding us of Who we are serving. God is all-powerful and reliable. He will never leave us or forsake us and so it doesn’t matter what comes our way because we are never alone (Hebrews 13:5). He remains there with us in the trenches.

I think that, as humans, we believe that we are going through our issues alone. However, we are not. As children of God, He is there with us through every storm and trial.

And that is the essence of faith. Faith is trusting God to see us through whatever comes our way and knowing that as God’s kids there is nothing that we go through that He is not there with us.

God is faithful to His Word. What He says I am, I have or I can do is true because His Word says so (Philippians 4:13, Psalm 33:4, Psalm 119:160). Therefore, I do not need to elevate fear or anxiety to the same level as what God’s Word says because there is no comparison and that is what faith is.

My faith walk, like all journeys, has been a process and some storms I react better in than others.

I remain a work in progress in this area, but thank God for His love that continues to cover me. I am learning more and more to take God fully at His Word despite the situation, circumstance or trial and trusting Him to work out the solution that is best for me and that will glorify Him in the end and that, my friends, is FAITH.

-Nina Fortson

 

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“Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” Luke 8:25 (NLT)

 

 

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A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them.

Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely.

It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed in between the pages.

“Momma, look what I found,” the boy called out.

“What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked.

With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered: “I think it’s Adam’s suit!”

 

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Loving Father, thank You for always being by side and for never leaving or forsaking me. I am grateful that I can confidently depend on You because You are faithful. In Jesus Name, I pray, Amen.

 

 

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GOOD MORNING!

By Gillian Henriques- Founder

Sister’s in Christ Worldwide

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I’d like to talk about grief. I’ve had a lot of grief in my life and I think many people can relate. I recently lost a brother in law in a car accident. There was no planning or expecting before it happened. It was sudden. He fell asleep at the wheel and woke up in Heaven. I want to ask him, “Why, didn’t you just pull over and call someone to get you?” But God had different plans for him. I know that. I’m sad about it. His wife and daughter even more sad than I. But life goes on and so must we.

The Bible says in Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” We must allow ourselves time to grieve. Not just for the death of a loved one, but for all kinds of losses in the world. If you lose your job, a family member went to prison, a friend is using drugs or alcohol or even a pet that died. Leave yourself room to mourn all of these. It’s ok to seek God during these times. He is sad that your sad. He hears you. He catches every tear. Let Him comfort you. Nothing but the word of God and Jesus Christ can heal you because all the other methods are superficial.

We cannot question why these things happen. Things like these just do. The world is a hard and cold place but the arms of Jesus are warm and comforting. God has a plan, He’s never wrong and His timing is never off. It’s so hard to trust that but it is our faithful duty to do as such. Don’t let things like these make you bitter. Let them make you stronger in your faith so when someone else is going through a loss and they ask you, “How did you get through it?” You can say, “With help from Jesus.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

~Crystal Marina

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“I realized, it is not the time that heals, but what we do within that time that creates positive change.”
Diane Dettmann

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Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed arbiter of the church’s morals, kept sticking her nose in the other members’ private lives. Church members were unappreciative of her activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence.

She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his pickup truck parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon.

She commented to George and others that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing.

George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just walked away. He didn’t explain, defend, or deny; he said nothing.

Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred’s house… and left it there all night!

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Dear God,

Thank you for another day. Help me get through my sorrows with Your loving guidance. I want to lean completely onYou. Please Lord, take it all from me, I cannot carry the burden alone. I trust You and I know You’ll never leave my side.~Amen

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Good Morning!

By Gillian Henriques – Founder

Sisters in Christ Worldwide

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“Then your survivors will remember Me [God] … how I was crushed by their promiscuous hearts that turned away from Me …” (Ez 6:9)

That word “crushed” is the same word used when Moses broke and shattered the first tablets on which God wrote the commandments. God was broken and shattered because of His great love for a nation that spoke words of love to God, but who really only loved themselves. (Ez 33:31)

This verse fascinated me when I read it because I know how long this went on: centuries! Paul said that love suffers long, but MAN God’s love suffered really really long! I was just heartbroken for God when I read this. Like a man whose wife just won’t stay faithful to him, I wanted to wrap my arms around God.

But then I remembered something and real quickly turned to the very end of the book. And then I saw her. God’s bride standing there with her arms outstretched to Him saying, “Come!” No more unfaithfulness. No more running away. He will have a loving, pure bride at His side for all eternity. That’s what God’s perfect love will do to us. It will make us perfect.

And never before have I dreamed of heaven like that: not as a place for my ultimate joy and rest, but of HIS ultimate joy and rest. That hand that He waited so long to win will happily hold His. That heart that His love changed so beautifully will love Him just as zealously in return!

And I know it sounds silly, but I’m so excited for Him!

- Ruthy Hobbs

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son …” John 3:16

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A boy was watching his father, a pastor, write a sermon.” How do you know what to say?” he asked.

“Why, God tells me.”

“Oh, then why do you keep crossing things out?”

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Lord, forgive me for the sins that keep me from You. And thank you for Your great mercy that is greater than my sin! I can’t wait for the day that I will see You face to face. Until then, keep me close to You everyday.

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By Gillian Henriques – Founder

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Inching her way through the crowds, she knew within every fiber of her being that if she could just reach out and touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she would be healed.

She had mustered up her mustard seed of faith and now was her time to put that faith into action.

Anticipation was bubbling inside of her as she continued her walk towards her Healer.

This was it. This was her moment of truth. She had come too far to turn back now.

As she worked her way through the crowds she remembered all of her years of suffering. After seeing doctor after doctor and spending all that she had, she was worse off and the years of sickness had taken a toll on her emotionally and physically.

It was at a great personal cost that she found herself in the crowds working her way towards Jesus. Because of her condition, she was labeled unclean and if anyone touched her they would also be considered unclean. However, even with knowing all of that, she still would not allow fear to permeate her soul. She was determined to be where Jesus was so that she could get what only He could provide.

As she made her way through the crowds, she remembered all that she had heard about Jesus. The stories of the many great miracles He had performed near and wide were forefront in her mind. This Savior, who was healing the sick, restoring sight and sound to the blind and deaf, and raising people from the dead, could also do this for her she reasoned.

Her moment finally came and she reached out. She touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and instantly she felt His power operating in her body and she was made whole.

I always loved this story in the Bible because I believe that it beautifully illustrates faith in action, which is to say that it shows how when we actively take God at His word and reach out to Him believing that He can provide, He shows us He will.

All God wants is for us to take just one small faith-filled step towards Him and then He will do the rest. God is faithful to meet all of our needs. He will provide the health. He will provide the peace. He will provide whatever it is that we are in need of according to His divine will for our lives.

As I take a moment today and reflect on this unnamed, brave woman in the Bible who reached out in faith to Jesus believing that He could and was ultimately made whole, it is my prayer that I use her life as an example and do the same.

God has so many promises that He wants to release in my life. I just have to have muster up my mustard seed of faith to reach out and claim them.

I hope you will too!

-Nina Fortson

 

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She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:26-29, 34 (NIV)

 

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A flood was on its way, forcing everyone to evacuate.

The police rowed up to the most pious woman in town and said, “Ma’am, you have to leave this house! People are dying out here!”

The woman replied, “No, I’m not leaving. God has always helped me before, and He will do it again.”

So as the water started to rise, she went to the second story of her house.

Another boat came by, and the captain yelled, “Ma’am, you have to get on this boat or you’re going to drown!”

The woman replied again, “No, God helped me before, and He will do it again.”

The water rose even higher. This time she went to the top of the roof, where a helicopter came and hovered overhead.

The pilot called into his loudspeaker, “Please climb aboard, ma’am. You are going to drown!”

The women sniffed and again replied, “God is going to save me!” But the water rose higher, and soon she drowned to death.

She went to Heaven, and there she asked God, “Why didn’t you save me, O Lord?”

And God replied, “I did help–I sent you two boats and a helicopter!”

 

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Father, thank You for the lesson of this brave woman who reached out in faith and was instantly healed. May I reach out to You without wavering in faith in all things big and small in my life and watch You move. I thank You in advance for doing what only You can do. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen

 

 

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By Gillian Henriques – Founder

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Moses and Joshua were close. Joshua was Moses’ servant, so he went with Moses everywhere. When Moses went up the mountain to receive the tablets, Joshua was there. When Moses met with God in the Tent of Meeting, Joshua was there. Exodus says that Joshua had been his servant since his youth. No doubt, those two were close.

But their individual reputations among the people were quite different. Moses, unfortunately, was seen as the man who brought his people out of Egypt … and into a desert. In their eyes it was kind of a “demotion” – a step down. And throughout his life the people never really liked or respected him even a fraction as much as he deserved. They were always grumbling, complaining, crying and whining about one thing or another.

Heck, even his brother and sister who at at other times were his truest allies, even butted heads with him in the heat of that desert.

Joshua, on the other hand, led the people from the desert to the Promised Land. Needless to say, he had a lot of fans. He didn’t have to deal with the same whiners, name callers and mutinous men. Heck, this was Joshua – the man who delivered them into the land flowing with milk and honey! In the eyes of the people, he had utmost respect.

And this is where Moses knew, years before Joshua took the reins of leadership, that a little change right then may change some hearts and minds further down the road.

You see, Joshua wasn’t always Joshua. Moses changed his name. What was it before? Hoshea. Why the change? Well, Hoshea means “salvation”. Okay, could you imagine this great, well-loved warrior delivering millions of people to the Promised Land with that name? No doubt people would say, “Just as his name is, so is he. He delivered us to this great land! He is our salvation!”

I wonder if Moses knew that would happen for he renamed Hoshea: Joshua, which means, “Jehovah is our salvation.”

Wow. Such a little change that could bring massive change. Whenever these people stepped onto dry land in the middle of the Jordan River or saw Jericho’s massive walls fall down or conquered an enemy or settled down and built a home after all these years … I wonder if they looked at Joshua. And where they may have been tempted to look at him as their salvation, Joshua’s new name was a constant cry to his people: “No, I am not your salvation – Jehovah is! I am not your deliverer – Jehovah is. I am not the one fighting your battles for you – Jehovah is. Jehovah is the one who has done all these things for you!”

I think I need to rename some names in my life. That tax refund check came in just in time to fix both our vehicles! But that money was not our salvation – Jehovah is. The money was the instrument He used to bless us so kindly.

“Finally, we’re going on a vacation! I needed this so much. I don’t know what I would have done without it!” Let’s do some renaming here and remember: Jehovah is our salvation. “I don’t know what I would have done without Him.

What about you, sister? Is there anything you need to rename? Anything you need a remind of that God is the source of? God is the one coming through for you, not the instrument He is using.

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“Every good and perfect gift comes from above.” James 1:17

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There are two friends at a bar late one night. One holds a cat everywhere he goes. He never wears a watch. The friend finally asks him, “What’s with the cat?”

The man responds, “I use it to tell time.”

As the two are leaving the bar, the second man is pondering how this is possible. He finally asks his friend, puzzled, “So how does it tell time?”

The man gives the cat a hard squeeze around its middle. The cat lets out a long meow, very loud.

Down the street, a woman opens her window to yell, “What’s with all the racket? It’s one in the morning!!!”

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Lord thank you, because I know that every good and perfect gift comes from you! Help me to remember you in those times when all is well and to cling to you in those times when it is hard. You are always there for me and you always know what’s best. Thank you, Lord!

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