a sisterhood of hearts burning for Christ
Under his GLORY a fire will be kindled like a burning flame ~ Isaiah 10:16c
February 2018

Dear Sisters,
I don't know about you, but I was very touched by Pastor Jose's presentation of the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:21-28. I had heard the passage many times about the crumbs and the dogs, but I had never really given it much thought. But you don't interpret something three times that it doesn't begin to sink in.
So what's my take away from the Canaanite woman? Persistence, tenacity, endurance, fortitude, and perseverance! What a picture of our stance in the spirit; we have to contend for what is rightfully ours, and we have to take a "stand against the devil's schemes", Ephesians 6:11-19! Together and in Christ, we have the ability and the call to persist!
Take the time to see Yvonne's devotional below about taking ground and speaking to your soul, and read Sue Pincofski's testimony about how she stepped out in faith! You will be encouraged. 

Mark your calendars for a night of creativity, worship and encouragement: March 9th  -  Arts Explosion! 
This is NOT just for the artist or creative woman.   
Come and express on paper or canvas that word
that He  is birthing inside of you under live worship.
Be sure to s croll to the bottom for more information
about our  latest events!
Keep pressing in together,

~ Ester Smith

soul to soul, sharing our hearts

Yearning for God in the Midst of Distractions and Stresses, 
We Are Encouraged!
During one of my morning   meetings with the Lord, I was caught up in a spirit of praise. I was reminded of   His many attributes.   It was clear to me that I was telling the Lord   things He already knew, nevertheless, this   was my heart presentation   to Him.  
As this was   happening,   I also had   the   sense that though my spirit   and body were   fully engaged, my soul was lagging to join in. No particular   cause , h owever, I felt   a   lack   of enthusiasm and joy in my soul.  
It's   then that I began to speak to my soul, and   say, "Soul rise up, join my spirit   in   telling   the Lord   Who He is!" There was an immediate alignment and agreement.   A   sense of pleasure and satisfaction   flooded my heart, and   I knew   then,  that  the   Lord's heart   was   thoroughly satisfied   by my total   and complete   praise   offering   to   Him.   The Scriptures call   us to bring the sacrifices of praise into the presence of the Lord. However, when   it lacks the inner joy and delight of our souls in the Lord, the heart of God is not fully satisfied.
Having this experience and its outcome I was   immediately   reminded of a similar situation in David's life. This is what He said,   "I long to drink of You, O God, drinking deeply from the streams of pleasure, flowing from Your presence. My longings overwhelm me for more of You! My soul thirsts, pants, and longs for the living God. I want to see the face of God." Psalm 42:1-2 (The Passion Translation).   We can agree that   this is a   cry for   an awakening in spirit and soul   (revival).
David was in a dry place in his life. He recalled the joy and pleasures he had in God's overflowing presence. He had   a deep yearning   for the joyous pleasures he would   encounter with the Lord.   But the stresses from the difficulties, hardships and trials upon and around him, caused his soul to be totally   depleted.  
This is how he describes the stresses that moved upon his soul to keep him   distracted,   "Day and night my tears keep falling, and my heart keeps crying for Your help. While mine enemies mock me over and over, saying, 'Where is this God of yours? Why doesn't He help you?' "  Psalm 42:3.
Our lives are full of challenges, distractions and stresses, but we too   must   call to mind   what   David did. He spoke   over his   own   heart-broken soul, and said , "Take courage. Remember when you used to be right out front leading the procession of praise." Ps. 42:4.
Then David   spoke to his   downcast   soul; "So then, my soul why would you be depressed? Why would you sink in despair? Just keep hoping and waiting on God, your Savior. For no matter what, I will still sing with praise, for living before His face is my saving grace!" Ps. 42:4-5.
Like David,   when   our souls are   not aligned with our spirits,   we   too   must recall   the moments   when   we drank deeply from   God's presence,   and   the times   He   shared His most intimate thoughts   of   His unfailing love and   peace   to our hearts.   Because He is   such   a good   Father, it   behooves us to   speak to our souls (being robbed   of joy,   and   lagging behind   in distress),   and   say,   "So, my soul, why would you be depressed? Why would you sink in despair? Just keep hoping and waiting on God, your Savior." Psalm 42:5.  
We too have the call to bring   our distracted souls into   alignment with  the  will of God.

~ Yvonne Eason

the word of the testimony

"Do you feel this too?", I  asked my friend,    Susan, as I finished praying for her outside the entrance to Vida Nova, a church in São Paulo, Brazil.    She had developed a raging sore throat during a ministry trip with Randy Clark's team this past September.  I   had offered to pray  for Susan before we joined the others inside the church.

Being a "science head" by nature and profession, I had often heard of  supernatural healings occurring in abundance during Randy Clark's trips to Brazil, but I   also   found it very hard not to be skeptical.  I needed PROOF, which is how I found myself in Sao Paulo that fall day.   Throughout this trip, I witnessed many supernatural healings; sometimes as an observer and other times as a participant. Towards the end of the 10-day trip, I myself received an incredible healing of my own!!!  That's a story for another time.
"Yes, I DO!" she replied in a hoarse whisper.  At this point,   I could only marvel at the incredible feeling of peace that had suddenly enveloped   us.  The weight of His glory   was SO   tangible   that it caused me to briefly open my eyes.   I saw that others from our team had approached and were now silently standing near, praying with palms extended towards us.  

I was instantly transported back to a Chicago apartment, where I'd stood agonizing over an impending Endocrinology   final, thirty-five years before.   I remembered what I would later come to describe as "a warm, soft blanket   gently floating down and wrapping   me in   an   unbelievable sense of serenity".  In that moment, fear gave way to   instant   peace, and I felt   an absolute assurance that the final exam would go well...I just knew that I knew that I knew it was the truth!    It was. Afterwards, while relating my   experience to a Christian friend, she confidently   had   responded,   "THAT was GOD!"    "But I wasn't praying when it happened,"   I protested to her, "I was freaking out!"    Her response to give God the credit had   puzzled me.  In those days, I really wasn't walking with the Lord.  Nevertheless,   every detail of that tangible experience of   His Presence became seared into my memory.
Bringing my mind back to the present, I silently resolved to "test" what was occurring, by not giving Susan any indication of what I felt or sensed.  After having stood together for what seemed like three to four   minutes, I could actually feel   when   the manifestation   "lifted". Precisely at that moment, Susan's eyes flew open,   "that was AMAZING!!! It felt like we were wrapped up in a love blanket!"  I   had to smile in agreement, thinking it was not coincidence that we had described the Holy Spirit's presence in similar terms.  After all...He IS   our "Comforter", isn't   He?
Since that trip, I have become emboldened in my faith walk.  I've   prayed for patients and parents   in my orthodontic office, as well as for people in stores   and restaurants. While I   have to admit I still experience some hesitation when asking if they would like me to pray for them, I proceed anyway - nobody has declined me yet.  It always amazes me to watch Him "show up" in answer to prayer!!!

~ Sue Pincofski

"We want to harvest the word of the testimony and allow it to grow and multiply in our hearts and in our midst."

Arts Explosion!
Join us for a night of worship and art with Pastor Heather and special guest artist, Joanne Meller from Mellerdesign Studio. Learn how to create your favorite Bible verse or word for the year on canvas or art paper with paints and markers! You can also take some time to journal, so bring your favorite journal as you take note of what God is saying to you!

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 7-9 pm
Where: The Crossing Common Grounds Café
Who: All Women ages 13 and up! 
What: All the art supplies you could imagine, good music and light refreshments
Cost: $20 at the door

The Crossing Women's Retreat
October 26 - 28, 2018
Guest Speaker: Charity Cook, Global Awakening

North East, MD

"Dollar A Day" Jar

Keep on putting 
your dollars and cents 
into your special 
get away savings! Encourage everyone 
in the family 
to discard their change 
into your retreat jar!