Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

       1 Thessalonians 5:11
The purpose of the Sista to Sista site is to spread Christian based information, spiritual growth and sista (woman) to sista (woman) support and encouragement. We focus on positive encouragement, our life experiences and Love of God. We have multiple short stories that are uplifting, motivating and informative.

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Depend on the Lord

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The final step in developing patience is to depend on God. Patience is not merely a matter of human willpower; it is the fruit of the Spirit. You cannot just psych yourself up and say, “I’m going to be patient if it kills me.” It will. Patience is not willpower. Patience is not saying, “He doesn’t really irritate me,” when deep inside you are really thinking, I hate that guy. Patience is not wearing a mask and pretending.

If it is God’s patience you feel, if it is the genuine fruit of the Spirit, you will have a genuine inner peace. Certain situations won’t bother you the way they used to. Why? because you are depending on the Lord.

Patience is a form of faith. It says, “I trust God. I believe that God is bigger than this problem. And I believe that God has his hand in these irritations and can use them in my life for good.” Faith helps us look at life from God’s point of view. Faith helps us to say, “God, what do you want me to learn in this situation?” instead of “Why did this happen?” Because of faith we no longer need to ask God, “Why did I get a flat tire while I was on the way to an important appointment?” Instead, we can ask, “What do you want me to learn from this predicament?”

Excerpt from God’s Power to Change Your Life by Rick Warren

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Is God asking too much of you?

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“Do you feel like God is asking too much of you? As you scan the landscape of your present circumstances, is it hard to believe this is really what life has brought you to? Does God really expect something promising to come of what you’re dealing with, what you’re shackled with, what you’re stuck with? Could anything be more unwanted or undesirable to you right now? If He didn’t have so much meaning and potential and restoration to accomplish in the midst of it, you’re right—it would be a tragic mess. But with everything He wants to achieve through you in this vital yet difficult season, there’s another way to look at it. Consider it a privilege.”
― excerpt from  Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer

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God is in the Tremors

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“It is in the dark that God is passing by. The bridge and our lives shake not because God has abandoned, but the exact opposite: God is passing by. God is in the tremors. Dark is the holiest ground, the glory passing by. In the blackest, God is closest, at work, forging His perfect and right will. Though it is black and we can’t see and our world seems to be free-falling and we feel utterly alone, Christ is most present to us…”
Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

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Praying for Family

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You can (and should) make all kinds of investments in your marriage, your children, and family. Investments of love and time. Physical and emotional support. Carpooling and counseling. Sweat equity and financial generosity. But based on the testimony of Scripture, your investment in prayer on their behalf is the leading, most effective use of your influence. Prayer will help you to better know God while also better knowing each member of your family. They have no better friend or companion in life than a praying husband or wife, parent or grandparent, or whatever wonderful role you’ve been called to play.

Lord, I bring my family before You today – their needs, their struggles, their goals, their concerns, their present, their future. These loved ones of mine are actually Yours, Lord, and You have graciously shared them with me. Help me best express my gratitude to You by never failing to pray for them, to seek Your will for them, and to ask for Your wisdom as I relate in love and loyalty toward them. Give me discernment as to their physical and spiritual needs in each season, and help me faithfully lift them up to You in faith, love, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. May many generations be blessed because of my prayers. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Excerpt from The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick

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Worrying, Wondering, and Wandering

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When we worry, we let our minds wander around from the past to the present to the future, and we wonder or reason about what is going to happen to us, and we lose our peace. God intends for us to keep our minds on what we are doing. I don’t mean to say that we never take time to learn from the past or to make plans for the future. But when we do, it should be something we do purposely, and not the result of a wild mind that never focuses on anything. All these types of thoughts will pressure us, because they are not God’s will. The prophet Isaiah said that God would keep us in perfect peace when our mind is fixed on Him.

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

Isaiah 26:3

The writer of Proverbs stated that the good man would be satisfied with “[the fruit of] his ways [with the holy thoughts and actions which his heart prompts and in which he delights]” (Proverbs 14:14).

Do you want to be peaceful, guarded by God, and satisfied? Then you need to realize that it begins with the thoughts that you choose to think. Your mind is connected to every feeling you have and every action that you take.

If you give yourself over to worry and reasoning, your thoughts may sound like this: How am I going to do everything I have to do? My life is impossible! This is more than I can handle. Instead of worrying about the future, you could think things like: God loves me, and He will take care of everything in my future. He will give me the strength and ability to do each thing I need to do as it comes up.

Excerpt from The Mind Connection: How the Thoughts You Choose Affect Your Mood, Behavior, and Decisions by Joyce Meyer

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