Thursday, November 19, 2020

Sister's Supporting Sisters: The Unknown Woman



Sister's Supporting Sisters: The Unknown Woman






"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"
Ecclesiastes 3:1

    There are many different types of seasons and times in our lives. Some of these seasons are filled with joy, peace, and rest. These times are often associated with prosperity manifesting in our lives spiritually, mentally and physically. Things are going well with us. We are in an environment that is compatible to growth. There are also given to each of us seasons not so pleasant, and these too cause us to grow in ways we cannot even imaging. Those times that are filled with sorrow, fear and unrest. Where circumstances and events impact us in what seems to be in a negative manner, seemingly detrimental to our health, wellbeing, and state of mind. Sometimes the threat is so great we can fear for our very existence and that of our families.   We can find ourselves in a place where we may feel like there is no one who truly care about us. and we may even go as far to say that there is no one who is truly sympathetic to our hardships and plights. 

   As individuals, women alone, we are faced with many difficult ongoing challenges. These struggles are daily and may include the responsibility of family care, self care, working in and outside of home, financial stress, home schooling, COVID, state of national affairs, the collapse of societies, the killing of our people, starvation, food shortage and homelessness, just to name a few. These are the very real pressures that we the people of the earth are facing. This is the season where judgement has come across the lands. The time in which we live in 2020 is a season where humanity cannot deny the truth, something is happening. something has changed. We are forced to face the consequences of our collective actions and face the truth about our situation. When we truthy look are where we are it can be overwhelming. The constant pressure to survive, the meeting our daily expectations and cultural requirements often converges into what seems like a single epic event that stress us to the point of change. To the point of recognizing the dire state of our affairs and that they are outside of our control. To the point of where we are forced to seek help and assistance.

Now let's look at the text. 2 Kings 4:1-7

"A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few.  And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”



  The Hebrew text does not even mention this amazing woman by name, she is known throughout the history of her people by the place where she lived. A small village named Shunem. This unnamed woman could be a composite of at lease three different women of this town or a single person, chaptered in history by recording different events that occurred in her life, the text is unclear. She was probably from the Tribe of Issachar, we learn this from Joshua 19:17-18"And the fourth lot came out to Issachar, for the children of Issachar according to their families. And their border was toward Jezreel, and Chesulloth, and Shunem,"

  In the Second Book of Kings, chapter 4 tells, us this village of Shunaam was located between Samaria and Carmel. The and of the town has been associated with the Hebrew word "peace". It is the masculine form of Solomon. Tradition hold that the "Songs of Solomon" which are often read at Passover, which marks the beginning of the grain harvest and commemorating the exodus from Egypt. This song is an allegory of the relationship between Yahweh and his people Israel. Shunammite thus means "double resting place".*(Strong's 07767)


  The woman of our text has been simple called the "Shunamite" woman. She lived during the reign of Jeroboam the son of King Ahab around 850BC. King Jeroboam gave lip service to the the God of Israel but his heart was far from him. He allow the evil to thrive in his kingdom. The Bible tells us that he did evil in the sight of the Lord. He allow pagan religions to thrive while allowing the prophet Elisha the freedom to preach truth in the mists of spiritual corruption. Merging evil principles and compromising righteous is never a good idea. This practice led to the destruction of the people and their land. Second Kings 8:1-6 tells us that there was a famine in the land and a certain woman was forced to moves from her home and land. 

Now what is impressive about this woman written of in the Old Testament is the fact that she was considered to be a noble person, a woman of great character and status. But what makes her distinct and set her apart for her peers was her ability to believe in the goodness of her Creator. Her legacy was was her gift of hospitality coupled with her ability to believe in the unbelievable. In her own way she displayed an amazing response to the most difficult and impossible situations that she faced during her life. By understanding what her journey to freedom, her walk of faith we are given the opportunity to learn many valuable lessons of our father's faithfulness. One being, the importance of remembering, referencing what God has already done for us to increase our faith so that we can move and act in a prompt and obedient manner concerning what he has told us to do. In the "Shunammite woman's testimony we read that her beliefs prompted her to live out a life of generosity, courage, and hope. What we will see  is  this,  her beliefs working through her actions, Now let's get some background history.

When we look at this famine in the Bible we see that God called for this seven year famine during the days of Elisha.


 2 Kings 8:1 tells us:
"Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the LORD has called for a famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years.”

   I dare say it was because of her relationship with the prophet, the living representative of God word, and her relationship to Spirit of the Living God, that placed her in a position to receive the warning of impending days of trouble. With this knowledge she was able to make a decision to prepare and seek refuge to find a place of safety because she was warned about the terrible times where coming on the land, a judgement of God. This woman had a prior history with the prophet and with the God of Israel. A history filled with miracles; the  birth of her son, and later to witness the death and the resurrection of her son. This woman who told the prophet that "All is well." even when her child lay lifeless in his bed. This same woman was told by the prophet of a great famine that would come upon the land and the this famine was sent as an direct effect of God's anger against a guilty people.

Amos 8:11 "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:


It has been recorded in scriptures that the Prophet Elisha travel through her village on many occasion and had numerous encounter with this women, we can read of them throughout the different stages of her life cycle. We can read of at least three accounts expressed in Old Testament of there interaction. In reading of the text we learn that this village was a place where some of Yahweh's prophets and their families lived. Shunam was a small village mentioned in the Bible in the possession of the Tribe of Issachar. It was located near the Jezreel Valley, north of Mount Gilboa. The name of the town according to the "Strong's concordance "7766" means, "Double Peace". Shunam another name for "Peace" the masculine form of the name is "Solomon". Tradition holds that the "Songs of Solomon" are read during the "Passover". The Passover marks the beginning of the "grain harvest" and commemorate the "Exodus" of God's people from bondage in Egypt. We also are aware the the Creator uses his creation to accomplish his will, we can read of these undeniable accounts in Exodus chapter 10. As a result of his judgement against this wicked governmental system and it's people, we read of great natural disaster that breakdown and destroy the economic stability of that land. Those that oppressed his people spiritually and physically also faced oppression spiritually and physically, and was seen through the events that where manifest on the earth in direct relationship to his people. There was famine, sickness, and an atmosphere of death in the nation of Egypt. But this woman we are studying does not worry, dread, or show fear. She has a godly kingdom mentality. She known that she cannot save her self, she has learned to view things from a kingdom perspective. God moving of her behalf. The element of worry, fear and dread have been removed by looking at God and his word. Having a heavenly vison of the end of our difficult or impossibilities situations, by seeing what the solutions is from a different lenses. What the end truly is according to God word.
With this in mind let's direct our thoughts to the "Shunammite woman", a Hebrew; how does her story help us understand a different viewpoint of what God's judgment looks like from the perspective of an unnamed woman? These encounters can be viewed as allegories of the relationship between the creator and his people Israel. We observe through these accounts the ability of our Heavenly Father to provide and protect his children when danger and uncertainty is all around. We should really take note of what is written because we are living in historical times, our current world situation is in chaos, and things seen to be coming apart.
Each of us have been effected in some way by the current events we see today. World wide there are many who are experiencing unheard of hardship.

We must honestly examine our situation as a people who are living on a planet that is currently under the judgement by a holy and just God. We know that there are worldwide fires, earthquakes, and devastating weather events.  There are currently famines, plaques, political and civil failures and unrest all our the world.  Financial markets are collapsing and there is unrest all over the world. Death and destruction is every where...War is on the horizon here and now in 2020. All these events and more are told to Yeshua's disciples in the book of Matthew. There is no hope for us unless that hope is found in the only one who can truly help us.
 
The composite of the "Shunammite woman showcase many important precepts about relying on the promise and character of an unfailing God during trouble and distress. These simple accounts give us an insight into the hardships of everyday life  this women faced during challenging periods in Hebrew history. When we look closely we can find valuable and practical insights to learn and then use in times of our own troubles and distress. When we look our present circumstances those that mimics the things that were written of in the past we can be thankful for the real and practical wisdom left to us in these precious pages when we learn to identify and apply by studying the events of this woman's life. The "Shunammite woman's experiences embodies a few important facts that can often be overlooked. We must observe closely her interaction with the Prophet Elisha and the intimate relationship she had with her creator. We read of her unwavering faith in a trustworthy God. We can read of the importance of her place she held within her household, how throughout her life she embodied hospitality and grace.  Her famous words "All is well." echoes through time as a reminder that Yah is good even in bad times. The gift of hospitality that was evident in her life made a way for her through some of the most difficult situations she lived through. We also see the necessity of believing in the divine power of God and believing in his goodness and then extending to others. We also read of her obedience that fills her with the presence the "oil" of God, his presence, his peace, that supersedes all else that is going on around her. I am reminded of a scripture in Psalms 91:1 "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." This unnamed woman found shelter and source of refuge under the protection of the Almighty". 

Now for the remainder of the study we will examine the portion of text from Second King.

We can read from the text about this women is how as she identifies her need for help, individualized and specific for her particular troubles. This is big, sometime sadly don't recognize that we are in trouble and the trouble is bigger than themselves, and will take heavenly intervention for an earthly resolution.  Secondly she recognized  who was actually able and willing to assist her and provide the help that was needed. Thirdly,  beyond the need for immediate help she  turns her attention to the only source of help. She is not divided in her thoughts on where her hope is anchored. She is aware that there is no help from her government or any other man or natural and spiritual resources that can solves her problems and fill her needs. She moves swiftly into a posture of faith so that she is able to receive from the Lord her God. Fourthly, she calls for the word and power of God to become active in her situation. She stands on the promises of God's word. This woman calls on the wisdom of the prophet Elisha. She seek heavenly help for her earthly situation. 
 We also read in this text that she was facing these troubled times alone, the text tells us her husband was dead and she alone was caring for the well being of her sons. Many of us may be feeling this type of weight and responsible of handling our burdens alone. Like this woman we may be at the of end of natural our capabilities, and we understand that the situation around us is beyond our personal control.

The jewel of knowledge we can get from this portion of text is that we see that when she recognized the direness of her situation she sought help from a source that could actually help her, one that she was familiar with, that had shown her in many ways his ability and power to help.

We are facing times now in 2020, that will make us think and act outside of the box.  How many times have we sought help from people and things that are unable, not capable of tending and filling our needs. Often we seek help from people and things that cannot give us assistance, we must be wise and not put our trust in sources that are bankrupt. They which have no resources, and cannot be of a to help others. The principle we gather from this is that we should evaluate our situation honestly and seek help, suitable help. We must learn who we are and whom is our God. We need to know his name and what he said he would do for his people. We will find that the only source we can draw on is the unlimited source and resource in the ways of our Heavenly Father, and in the way he has provided. He has already placed his provisions for each us before us we just need to accept and follow his instructions. We must learn to hear the message he has given for the now and act on it. Your word is specific to your situation. 

Let's continue with the text. Next we read that her finances are non-existent. Her creditor was coming to place her sons in slavery because of her depts. When she approaches the prophet, he asked her plainly "What can I do for you? Tell me: what do yo have in your house?" So wait!  Reading his response to her request we find thst the answer, that what she needs is already in her house. This woman replies was "I only have a pot of oil".
Sometime we cannot see how valuable the oil is in which we have been given. This reminds me of another historical character where the Father told him to use the rod or stick in his hand, we know this servant as Moses and we can read of many miraculous events and deliverance that occurred involving this simple tool Yah told Moses to use. How this rod was used to deliver and guide a nation to freedom and then to the promise land. So I need to stop here and ask you, "What do you have in your house that God can use and work through?" It may seem small and insignificant to you, but still present it to the Lord so he can have a means to bless you.
 
The woman has oil. This woman who said "All is well." even when her son lay dead, in her home on a bed. What trust we see in this statement. How many of us can look at the death of our situations, the lose of our dreams, the change of things, and can say the same. Not many I am assured, but we can now learn to seek change in ourselves how we perceive and see things. This simple change will affect how we endure the times and the things that we are facing.

Matthew 25:1-10
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut."

We maybe familiar with this passage in the book of Matthew it is full of golden nuggets of truth, one of these I would like to look at is the importance of having the necessary oil for our lamps. In this parable given to us by Yeshua tells us in summary, that all were virgins, all were waiting, some had oil they could not share, and some run out of oil and had none. They were all drowsy and awaken to the coming of the bridegroom. Those that had no oil went away, seeking oil, and missed the wedding.

Our unnamed woman has oil! 

Oil is good, but we see that she also had to follow the prophets instructions. He tells her to borrow as many jars she can from her neighbors. That was what they had, empty jars, and take these empty jars into her house. She was to do this with her family, her sons. Once in her house close the door behind them and pour out her little oil she has  into the empty jars shared and borrowed. She and her son's poured out oil until there were no more jars. The oils continued to flow as long as she had empty vessels to fill. This tells us that there is a unlimited resources in the presence, the oil, of God. In this one act her situation changed. Who would have imagine the change of events that happen that day. She and her family was saved from their troubles and sure death by the miracle of the oil. We see she did not worry and she did not fret. The text tells us that she sold the oil, she set up a business, paid her depts. She then went on with her life. She and her son were able to live off the proceeds from the sale of the oil. She and her family lived in the promise.

Well, what can I say? Positive change can come in a day! How important is it to you to have the oil flowing in your life! Yes, there is help for your situation and for the situations happening in our world. Our Father is on the throne, everything is under his feet! There is a hope, be encouraged!


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Sister's Supporting Sisters: Slave, Wife, Queen: Esther

Slave, Wife, Queen: Esther


We never know how and when Yahweh is going to use us for his divine purposes. What type of vessel is he molding each one of us to be. Will we be vessel of dishonor or will be vessels of honor. We are given many examples through out the text of God's word the one we will be looking at today will encourage you as you go through the many different stages of life.  We do not end up where we start when we are in the flow of Yahweh's plan. The end of the journey may indeed surprise us.

Slave, Wife, Queen: Ester, I came up with this title the other day after reading this remarkable story about this woman named Esther. Now that is not the name she starts with and that is part of her remarkable testimony. Things are not often what they appear to be.  In this historical account will briefly examine a few important principle that will help and encourage us today, tomorrow, and in any future date when we look back and reflect on what we are currently learning.  This blog is just a summary I would encourage you to look up and read the actual words from the Bible, so tat the Holy Spirit may speak directly to your heart and situation.


1.  We will fulfill our purpose no matter what it looks like now.

 There is a book in the Bible call Esther this is where these precepts are taken from. This book open up by explaining to the reader who and what Esther is.  We are told that she is an orphan who is being raised by her loving cousin Mordecai who sits at the King's gate. Her name at this time is Hadassah, which is a direct reflection of her kindred and kind. Hadassah  is a Hebrew captive, referred to as a Jew. This young woman did not know the plans that God had for her, those who observed her as she navigated through daily life never thought that she would be their next queen. She was just another girl but her hidden destiny would save many from a horrible fate. In the Book of Esther we are told that the King is in need of a new wife, so he rounds up the young virgin women in his kingdom to search for suitable candidates.  Hadassah is chosen and taken into the palace for preparation to meet the king. Before she leaves Mordecai tells her not to disclose her ethnicity and faith.

Hadassah now Esther finds favor in the royal residence, everyone who meets her loves her, she has a way about her that people love. She is beautiful, talented and wise.  Her preparation process, of grooming and learning palace protocol lasted about a year. She was sequestered for purified under confinement in the woman's house of the palace and at the end of that time she was presented to the king. As customs Ester and the other candidates where able to choose one complimentary gift from the treasury to bring with them as they went before their potential new husband.  The gift they would choose would speak measure about each young woman's character.
Esther chose to go before the king as herself with only the gift that was given to her by her care taker.

Sometime we as women think that we, in and of ourselves, are not enough. Esther teaches us with the gifts that are given to us of the Holy Spirit are enough to go before the king.

2. The King immediately loves Esther and she is chosen to be his wife. Wow, from slave to royal wife, Esther is cherished, the king values who Esther is, her beauty, wisdom, gifting, and abilities.

Now this part is what amazes me, How much Esther is loved by the king. To get the full detail please read the written account in the Book of Esther.

 Let me continue, a troublesome situation arises in the kingdom where the king is misled by a  man named Haman. He signs an edict that would allow the people of the land to rise up against their neighbors and kill them. On an appointed day  they could lawfully kill the lowest and the oppressed, Yahweh's people the Hebrews, the Jews. Mordecai  hears of this diabolical plan and tells Esther that she must do something for her people and she even as queen would not be able to escape death.That she was placed in her situation to make an impact. She was who she was "for such a time as this!"

She must go before the king. Now here is the problem, you cannot just go before the king with out him requesting your presence. An unannounced visit could result in immediate death. This even applied to the wife of the king. After hearing of the potential extermination of her people,  Hadassah, Esther, Wife: makes a decision to do her part, her tells Mordecai to have their people pray and fast for her, she was going before the king on behalf of her people. She prepares herself. Even for the worst scenario she makes this statement " If I die, I die."
I must take a moment here to encourage all of you reading this, you helpers, you caregivers, all of you who have put others first. You Go! Thank You! You possess the spirit and character of Esther.

3. Walking like a Queen, Esther prepares herself to go before the king, the people of Yahweh have prayed and fasted for three days and now it its time to present herself to the king. She is groomed and dressed inside and out, she is ready. The Bible tells us that she goes to the king and sit in his presence. She waits to be noticed. Not knowing what the kings response would be. When he looks up
and notices his bride, his heart soften and he make this remarkable statement without even hearing Esther's request. He says "What do you want? I will give to you up to half my kingdom." Her responses is one of wisdom. Esther invites the King and Haman to banquet she is to prepare .
This is one of the secret of this testimonial, Esther was the queen in spite of her beginnings and she was highly loved and respected, just because she was who she was suppose to be.

4. Yahweh used the queen to flush out the evil plans of the enemy. The banquet was ready the stage was set the two guest arrived and the feasts was set before them. When their hearts were merry and their appetites satiated, during the feast of wine, the king asked Esther again " What do you want? and he tells her again "Up to half my kingdom I will give you."  At that Esther request that they return the next day for a second banquet. Now Haman leaves the banquet feeling pretty good about himself, but the king that night was troubled. We never know what the Lord is doing behind the scene. Sometime he uses the most peculiar circumstances to use us for work in his kingdom. Esther did not know at the time of her brave action the impact that it would have on her people of that day and for the many generation afterwards. What you do today, may assist in changing the events of tomorrow.

5. Plans of destruction are laid waste, victory is given. In this biblical account we learn that our creator always give us a way out, A way of escape. A way of victory even when we are not always conscious of his plan and his workings. Our queen did what she knew was the correct response to the problem that she and her people where facing.  Her identity, purpose and function all held the solution to positively effect change at the right time in history.  In the text Esther makes a statement that is powerful because this statement acknowledged the moment Esther becomes aware of her divine appointment. The appointed time that she is to do what she was created to do. The time that she is to fulfill her divine function.  She says:Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. Esther 4:16

She is willing to what is necessary risk her life for someone else, this is what makes her:
Slave, Wife and Queen.


I really cannot do the original text justice. Once again I suggest that you that the time to read this wonderful book that is filled with so much wisdom. Wisdom that is needed to navigate and understanding the day and times that we are living in. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Sister's Supporting Sister's: Let's Talk about Hannah

Sister's Supporting Sisters




Let's Talk About Hannah.                                                         March 30,2020


What is everyone talking about in the world today?

Better yet, the question that should be asked is "What are you talking about?"

I don't know if you ever thought about what words actually come out of your mouth each day. How our words often reflect the deep inner workings of our heart, our thoughts, hopes and beliefs are all connected to our tongues. How we process the world around us is reflected in our speech.  What we say is in direct relationship to what we believe.

So with this precept  let us turn our attention to that Woman in the Bible named Hannah.
There are some wonderful things we can learn from studying her testimony in the book of the prophet Samuel.

In Reading the text we learn that Hannah has a problem that she cannot solve, as a matter of fact there is no known help for the medical condition that Hannah has. Hannah is barren and she cannot have children. She has a situation that she nor her husband cannot handle, we read that Hannah is sad and oppressed, her emotions are a reflection the state of her heart. The situation she is in has make her is anxious.

There is a verse found in Philippians 4:6-7 that can be applies to our fears and anxiousness. Hannah did not have this verse written out at the time to comfort her,  but now, the children of Yahweh(God), have been given these words, as a measure, to assist us in our current day struggles. It says: 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends
 all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Our girl Hannah may not have had a convenient book of wise and sayings but she did have this concept written within her spirit. "Take it to God, He can help". So she did and He does.

Each year we are told that Hannah's family went to a place called "Shiloh" to worship the "Lord of Host" there.
Let's briefly examine what these two titles mean.

Shiloh: His Gift, His Peace- A gathering of the people,  The peaceable or prosperous one. The Messiah.

Lord of Host: A military term, Host of the Angel Army, The war in heaven  manifest her on earth. Psalms 84:12 tells us "Blessed is the man who trust in The Lord of Host".

What Did Hannah do in the time of trouble she went early in the morning to the place or the one who was peace expecting that he would help her because he is the one who could help her. The one who holds the power.

Hannah Prayed!

She took all her bitterness of soul and and troubles and cried out, she prayed to the Lord, with all her might, until she lost her voice.

She took her case and situation to the court room of Heaven and pleaded her cause until she was heard by the one who was in charge and held the power to make a change in her situation. She went into God's presence and left his presence, that place of prayer, with confidence that her words were heard.


1 John 5:14 tell us:
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us."

Now from her example we can learn who to pray to,  when to pray, and how to pray.

As I follow social media these days, I am seeing a trend among the people of God, they are having difficulty sleeping. May I suggest to you to use this quiet time to make your request know in prayer.


 We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we are to pray with out ceasing. Be a Hannah use you word in a manner that is most effective. Our prayers are not idle chatter.

It is the place of confession, of healing and of restoration. A place of peace of Shalom.

Prayer can be done in our inner chambers, in secret, each of us calling out to his creator.

When you read the story of Hannah you will see that what she asked in prayer she believed that God would hear and answer her prayer.  As we turn the pages of the holy text we find that God was Faithful to Hannah he did heard her prayer and blessed her with a son and she named him Samuel.


Sisters I can tell you from my own personal experience that these words are true in my life, I too have prayed in faith believing that the Father would answer. And God has answered them. Praise Him! He is faithful to his people.


 So I am encouraging you today to take all that ails you to the throne room of God with the expectation that he will hear you.  

You can overcome all the challenges that you are facing, look up and be encouraged your help is on the way!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sister's Supporting Sister's : 2020 A New Vision March23





I thought it would be a great time to develop an idea that is simple and practical, a platform where we can come together and encourage one another as our world is shifting. There is a new normal and for many it is a difficult adjustment. World events are moving so fast and uncertainty  and fear can become our constant companions. But I felt the Spirit of the Living God tell me that we are to use this time at home with our families to examine ourselves and our family relationships. Each family unit is important to our Creator and we are to use this precious time to change things at this level of society.To come into alignment with what Yahweh is doing.So as individuals we will come out of this situation being more like the created being we were designed to be.

I am going to give you word's of encouragement that are based on what Yahweh has already told us. To successfully navigate through the upcoming days we must be filled with the Spirit Of God, connected to the power source that will sustain, keep, and protect us.

I would like for you to take a moment of your time each day and build up yourself, by connecting -you to you, and  - you to others.

We can support one another with true words, holy advice and strong love. Use this platform to encourage one another, Share your success stories, older ladies take the time to come along side of those younger mothers and single women. Share a smile, share yourself and watch Yahweh do a good thing.  

The other day I posted a Facebook Live I will do one once a week or so, look for them. 
Here are the notes from that first post series. 

God bless,

New Vision 2020  Sister's Supporting Sisters

The First lady I used for an example was Eve, We have all heard of her, she is the first recorded woman in the Holy Bible. 

 What I thought was interesting is the fact she is called "the mother of all living".

As women we to share in the responsibility of supporting and being the bearer of life. We birth children and in this we are like God, we bear his image. It doesn't matter what age we are, we as women, have the ability to support or hinder life. Just think about the responsibility you have been given by God. You have the power to change and shape lives. To make or breaks a home or a relationship. You as a woman can shape the lives of those in your presence, with your wisdom and your words. To your husband, your children, and those in your household speak words of hope, joy and peace. Speak life!

  How are you to do this?

-What we learn from Eve is not to listen to the wrong voice the wrong source, bad advice. When we tap into the negative, we become negative. When we participate in doom, gloom, gossip, and harmful communication we become and reproduce those evil things. We as women reproduce that which is given to us, so we must make a conscious effort to make sure we are feeding on good and wholesome thoughts and words.

In the days that we are living in we have access to all sorts of information. Everyone has their own option of what they think is right or wrong. We have been groomed to go with the crowd and to flow with popular thought never really taking the time to think and challenge what we have been told. Never bothering to seek out the words of life written in the Bible for ourselves, and then teach what we learned as truth to our children. God has given us the guideline to live by. Now is the time to ask God the thinks you have wanted to know. To pray and be in direct communication with him. Ask him to speak clearly to you.

I think we can use some of this allotted time to make sure we are corrected to the one who has made us.

-What we learn from Eve  is that we are capable, we have been created to be a divine helpmate. We have been given the ability to handle any challenge and situation set before us with an uplifted attitude. To be victorious through the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. Eve was given co-dominion with Adam to shape and govern their world. You have co-dominion as a daughter of Eve, ask the Father what that looks like for you.

Each one of us has been given gifts and abilities, talents and gifting that you have yet to tap into. Take the time to find out what you are good at. Then do it. Find that thing that brings you joy and glorified God.

-We also learn from out sister Eve is that even though we are created for the task we have, and even though we are capable by design, that in order to function in our highest state of design we need to walk and be filled with Yahweh's spirit. The Spirit of God will provide all that we need. He will give us wisdom and peace and the strength to endure to the end. 

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Get up!



Get up!
  Finish strong!

 Don't give up!
   You can do it!


Keep going!
   I know it is hard!

  Get up!
Press on!

  You Got this!
Don't quit!

Not just for you!
You got to make it through!

Stand firm just a little while longer!

                                            Help from above is on the way!

Monday, October 14, 2019

The empty cup



As per habit of mine, each morning when I get up I go through this routine that I have come to enjoy. After waking from sleep, I rise and go downstairs to where my dogs eagerly greet me. With their wagging of tails, and bouncing about my feet, I smile. After a few minutes of pet appreciation I let them out to do their business. I find they are always so happy to see me. Those adorable pets of mine greet each new day with such enthusiasm and excitement.  Their zeal for life often reminds me of the blessing of life, what it is to walk in the land of the living, in the current minute, observing and appreciating the moment. Just to take a moment and be thankful, to practice having a grateful heart.

When my dogs return inside the house, I feed them and the proceed to make my self a cup of coffee. With my coffee in hand I go outside and sit on the bench in the backyard.

 Now here's the point.

This morning when I stepped outside and beheld the day it was absolutely stunning to behold. The warm colors of fall greeted me with an array of colors.  Red, yellow, green and orange leaves where  being illuminated by the raising of the sun. It was glowing outside! Multi-colored warmth flooded my soul! I immediately thought "How good Yahweh is!". I walked to the bench and sat down. I proceeded to drink my coffee, as the minutes passed my mind began to think on the possible events that could occur this day and how my heavenly father had already given me everything I needed for this day even before  the day had officially started for me. "His mercies are new every morning, how great is his faithfulness! I was so thankful to be experiencing this moment in time connecting with my Creator.

Then all went silent. The birds stopped singing, and the wind stopped blowing. The moment was prefect. I felt like I was suspended there for a few second in time. I thought of what it meant to appreciate what I have been given.

I reached for my cup of coffee and brought it to my lips;  anticipating the sensation of the smell of the nutty fragrance that would delight my nose. Of the taste and the perfect amount of sweetness because of the honey I added.I was looking forward to warmth of the mug in my hand. I could already imagine the satisfaction I would experience as I drank my coffee. Deep in thought, I brought the cup to my lips but the cup was empty! In that second, right then and there I realize that there was no more coffee in my cup and I felt a deep feeling of disappointment. The cup was empty.  Well, I look at the cup and sat it down alongside of me on the bench. I looked up at the sky. I looked at the trees, and then I took the time to notice one again, to observe the beauty that was all around me. I looked back down at the empty cup in my hand.  I heard my Heavenly Father say in my spirit. "My cup will never run dry". Then I remember a Bible verse I once read in the Book of Lamentations.

  "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion's fail not.They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

Yes, I was gently reminded this morning of the love of God and how each day is a new day full of his unending grace and mercy that he has extended to me and to you. Everything we need and could ever want is found in him. He is "I AM". He is that cup that never runs dry.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Turbulent Waters






Turbulent Waters

Tempestuous, stormy, unstable, unsettled, tumuluous, explossive, conflict, chaotic, full of confusion, violent, wild, lawless. Sounds like life sometimes, but have hope, There is only one who can bring you safely through the waters. Only one who can brings you hope when we are hopeless.
One verse I leave with you.

Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown."