devotions

Always Sisters, Always Friends

August 2, 2017

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

I grew up with a sister, and even though we would argue all of the time, we quickly made up because my mother didn’t tolerate strife in her home. Mom would always make us hug, apologize and say, “I love you”, and then we were back to playing again like nothing happened.

This is what true sisterhood looked like to me. It was ingrained in my mind that even though sisters fought they always loved and forgave each other no matter what because they were sisters. So when I became older and God blessed me with my sisters in Christ, I just knew that if anything went down, and if there were ever any misunderstandings, we would always hug, apologize, say “I love you” and we would go back to playing again just as in my childhood. And when this didn’t happen with a friendship I treasure, I was devastated.

What we don’t realize is that we are all uniquely made by God and none of us are replaceable, no matter how much we try to make the other person feel like they are.

The truth is, we live in God’s house and He is our heavenly Father. And if my mother didn’t tolerate strife in her home, I know our Father doesn’t tolerate it either. He commands that we love one another as He has loved us. He doesn’t suggest it or say to only love when it’s convenient. He commands it. Our sisterly love is all we have to show this world that we are truly His disciples.

Prayer: Yes, Lord. Thank You for speaking to my heart. Forgive me for not loving my sister like I should. I ask that You show me how to love her the way You have loved me. Give me greater understanding of her and how she feels. I pray You bring a spirit of love and unity in my relationships that nothing can break. I need You Lord to heal my wounds and any wounds I’ve caused. Help me learn to love my sisters in a way that glorifies You. And if I see my sisters at odds, help me Lord to be a peacemaker and not an idle bystander. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read Romans 13:13; Philippians 2:3).

devotions

Stay true to who you are.

August 1, 2017

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Years ago, while making a life map, I began to write down the areas of my life that God had given me to be a blessing in the earth. I listed: women’s ministry, family, music, art, books, and business. Then my daughter came and sat next to me, “Mommy, you forgot to add ‘Friends’”, she said. “God wants us to spend time with our friends.” Then she instructed me to write it at the very top. Tears began to well up in my eyes because I knew she was right. What she didn’t know was that I didn’t forget. I excluded it on purpose. The Lord was using her to minister to my heart because I was beginning to give up on one of the most meaningful areas of my life—friendship.

When things happen, it can cause us to change into what we hate. Don’t let negative situations change who you are. You will be miserable if you do. Stay true to who you are.

I had to make a decision to stop trying to change myself based on experiences, and be who God made me to be—a gifted encourager and a friend.

No matter what the enemy has tried to do in distorting your views based on your experiences, take a firm stand against him and be who God made you to be.

Prayer: Father God, thank You. You always know how to minister to me right where I am. You see into my heart and know the hidden desires there. Thank You for caring for me as much as You do. I love You. Forgive me for trying to change who I am. You created me, formed and fashioned me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made by You. I pray that You renew my mind and correct every distorted view I have on life. Help me stay true to who I am in You. In Jesus Name, Amen.