a sisterhood of hearts burning for Christ
Under his GLORY a fire will be kindled like a burning flame ~ Isaiah 10:16c
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
is birthing inside of you under live worship.
Be sure to s
croll to the bottom for more information
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
As this was
I also had
sense that though my spirit
and body were
fully engaged, my soul was lagging to join in. No particular
owever, I felt
of enthusiasm and joy in my soul.
then that I began to speak to my soul, and
say, "Soul rise up, join my spirit
Who He is!" There was an immediate alignment and agreement.
sense of pleasure and satisfaction
flooded my heart, and
by my total
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
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
an awakening in spirit and soul
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
This is how he describes the stresses that moved upon his soul to keep him
"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?' "
Our lives are full of challenges, distractions and stresses, but we too
call to mind
David did. He spoke
heart-broken soul, and said
, "Take courage. Remember when you used to be right out front leading the procession of praise." Ps. 42:4.
spoke to his
"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.
our souls are
not aligned with our spirits,
we drank deeply from
shared His most intimate thoughts
His unfailing love and
to our hearts.
Because He is
behooves us to
speak to our souls (being robbed
"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
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
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
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
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
unbelievable sense of serenity". In that moment, fear gave way to
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
"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
"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
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
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."
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!