Sisters in Christ Jesus

I spend one morning each week with 5-8 women. We all attend the same church as we worship the Lord. We have been meeting weekly for about 9 months now. We are women of all ages, from 30s to 70s. Some have young families. Some are grandparents. Some live near family. Some live far apart from their parents, children, grandchildren. We live in East Texas. Some are from here. Some are from places far away, such as California, Montana, New Mexico, Louisiana. Our backgrounds are so different. Our arrival to Christianity is unique to each. Some came to Jesus as children, others as adults. Our walk with the Lord is also so different.

Yet, we are the body of Christ…all Christians, all sisters in the Lord.

…so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5

I am amazed at the beauty that God is in our midst. He is faithful to draw us near to Him, the One Who created us, Who loves us so.

Each week, we gather around a table where we sip coffee, tea, juice. We eat muffins, fruit, nuts, other tasty treats which our hostess graciously lays out for us.

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Romans 12:13

One by one, we begin sharing our pray needs, concerns, praises. We each have a journal where we write down what each of our sisters need so as to jar the memory as we pray throughout the week. When the first one wraps up her words, one of us steps up to pray for her in this moment. Outloud. In sweet surrender to the Lord. Laying her at the foot of the Cross.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

We continue around the table, sharing, praying. Sometimes guidance is given. All is in love.

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10

Recently, I shared my heart through God’s prompting. I did not plan this as I am often rather quiet, sharing just things of the surface. But not this particular Monday. No, the women got to know me quite a bit more through words that dug deeply, to the very core of my being. Words that opened up long-ago wounds…wounds that I thought had been healed years ago. As one woman shared in a word-picture: it is healed over, but there is scar tissue all around. By that, there is still pain at times. I cried and cried for it was like it was all right at the top. These precious sisters did not know this history about me. They wept with me and loved me. They prayed for me, loving me through their words to our God, the Listener of our humble and humbling prayers.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15

Each week brings different and similar prayer requests. Each week, there may be all 8 of us, or maybe only 2, 3 or 4 of us. It does not matter for we desire to pray for one another. We have grown to know one another over these months as we barely did when we began. One of the ladies drew us together for the purpose of prayer and fellowship. She chose people of various ages, various stages of life and spiritual walks. I believe God picked us each and let her know just who He desired to have around this table.

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in the Spirit, serve the Lord. Romans 12:11

We open our homes, our hearts, our minds, and souls. Some of us may be more open one week, and others at other times, but we share each week, as best we can.

We want to grow in the Lord as we pray.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

When hard things are going on in a life of a sister, we want to be shoulder-to-shoulder with her. We want to wrap her in the Word, in our love which comes from God, our Source. We want to be attentive to her needs.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:3-5

We want to share with one another what God is teaching us, whether it be through exhortation, a Scripture, arms wrapped around, a prayer lifted up.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:6-8

All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them. Oswald Chambers

As we seek to honor the Lord, we watch the words of our mouth, that they be without gossip or slander so as to not revile His Word. As we desire to glorify His Name, we show one another the love that is His.

Praise You, LORD. You are Mighty God, the Holy One of Israel. You are the Creator of all to Whom I humbly bow. You have given me life in Christ. You have brought me by Your side and into Your Kingdom. You, O God, are my God. You have dealt with me graciously. You have given me these precious sisters of whom I love and respect. They have come alongside of me to be honest, open, sweet and prayerful. They allow me to be this one whom You wove in my mother’s womb, this one whom I am still learning about at this age for I became a new creature only 27 years ago. I am young in You, my LORD. Whatever time I have remaining in this life on earth, teach me, O LORD, teach me. Through these women, I learn. Through Your Word, I learn. Through life, I learn. Teach me for I want to know You, LORD. In the precious Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Photo/Graphic: Sisters in Christ, Forever – https://simplysharingandserving.weebly.com

Heart Graphic: http://www.fbcvan.org/womens-ministry/

Graphics: Romans 12:5 – https://www.amazingfacts.org/bible-study/scripture-pictures/the-book-of-romans

Graphic: Romans 12:13 – https://whateveryoudodowell.wordpress.com

Graphic: Romans 12:12 – https://abbashousetexas.com/2018/04/03/romans-12-prayer-for-refugees/

Graphic: Romans 12:10 – https://www.heartlight.org/gallery/book/romans/2/

Graphic: Romans 12:15 – https://www.heartlight.org/gallery/book/romans/2/

Graphic: Romans 12:11 – https://brightandclean.tumblr.com/post/48796377488/romans-1211

Photo/graphic: Romans 12:1-2 – https://www.heartlight.org/cgi-shl/praying_paul/pwp.pl?047

Photo/graphic: Romans 12:4-5 – http://www.triciagoyer.com/one-body-romans/

Graphic: Dove/Holy Spirit/Gifts – https://the-end-time.blogspot.com/2012/10/are-miraculous-spiritual-gifts-for.html

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Are Your Records Found in the Genealogies?

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The following were those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, 
though they could not prove their fathers’ houses or their descent, whether they belonged to Israel: the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, and the sons of Nekoda, 652.  Also, of the sons of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, and the sons of Barzillai (who had taken a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name).  These sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but they were not found there, and 
so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 
Ezra 2:59-62

I have spent hours researching my family’s genealogy as a hobby.  I was able to find some lines that extended generation upon generation, yet I have some lines that only go back five or six generations.  And then there are two important lines on one side of my family that only go back to my great grandparents and then the lines are dead ends wherever I have looked.

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I felt sad that I could not find more without actually going to Italy to scour through church and government records.

In Ezra 2, we see lists of names where no record of the family heritage could be found.  These were excluded from the priesthood for the time being.

Those people in my family history with no record are excluded from my history record.  They are gone from this earthly life.  I can not bring them back nor make any memories with these people that I would call family.  But these people on Ezra’s lists were there, in person, and could not be accounted for in the records.  Their priestly roots were unknown and there they stood.  I can only imagine that their arms would be open wide, voices calling to God, “But I am here and You know me.  I want to be Your priest.  Help!”  Maybe…   By not being able to find the roots of those who grew into living beings leaves one at a dead end, helpless.

No matter what my personal family tree looks like, how many generations are lost to “no records,” I am here and know of my godly family tree.  I am alive and know that I am so blessed to be connected through the beauty of knowing that I am rooted in God.  He is the Father and I am a part of His Tree.

He created me.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them. 

Psalm 139:16


He is my Father.

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door

and pray to your Father who is in secret. 

And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

Matthew 6:6


I am His child. 

Yet He is actually not far from each one of us, for

“‘In Him we live and move and have our being’;

as even some of your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed His offspring.’

Being then God’s offspring, 

we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone,

an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 

Acts 17:27b-29


I am not lost nor orphaned. 

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,

but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 

Romans 8:14-15


I know His Son as my Savior and LORD.  He is the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father.

For to us a child is born,

to us a Son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and His name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

Isaiah 9:6


I am rooted in Love and know to Whom I belong. 

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God,

and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 

1 John 4:7


I am His.

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION,

A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION,

so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him

who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

for you once were NOT A PEOPLE,

but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD;

you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY,

but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.

1 Peter 2:9-10

Father, I thank You for adopting me into Your family.  Through Your Son, Christ Jesus, I have come to be His sister because I believe.  I believe that He is the One Who died for me upon the Cross.  I believe that Jesus is the One and Only Savior and LORD.  I believe that Your Word is the Truth.  I believe.  I am one who is written in Your Book of Life and on Your family tree.  I do not have to feel afraid or alone for I am grafted into the tree and live because Your sent Your Son for me, the sinner.  Thank You, Father.  Thank You.  In the beautiful Name of Your Son, I pray.  Amen. 


I am…

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Joyful Sister Love

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God-joy … the voice of my little sister.  Although we live thousands of miles apart her sweet voice on the other end of the telephone gives my heart reassurance and encouragement and love. I was almost six years old when she was born.  I took care of her, or so I thought as a six year old!  I was the BIG sister to this new little one.

As we age, that six year difference is really gone… we are friends as well as sisters.  We love each other and care about one another.  She is a jewel in my life.  During the many years of giving care to our mother, she was there, if not physically, emotionally for me.  She guided and supported me through some murky or rocky paths… still does.  We cried together and we  laughed together.  We loved our Mama, each other, and we shared the struggles along with the joys along the way.

But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.  Exodus 17:12

She has been, and still is, my Aaron and Hur.  She upholds my arms and my heart when the weariness overcomes me.

We have very different lifestyles and walk different paths, but we still walk together intertwined in God’s love.  This is for you, sweet A ~

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:14-21

A, my sister, you are such a special person in my life.  I am so grateful to God for giving me the joy I hear in your voice, the exuberance as you live life, the unconditional love I feel from you, the compassion you have for so many others.  When we are together physically, we share hugs and love … eye to eye and heart to heart.  The joy of the LORD is with us.  When we are apart, I know you are there with and for me, as I am you.  I just love you.

For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?  For you are our glory and joy.  1 Thessalonians 2:19-20