Sisters In Christ

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Sisters. Blood sisters can be very close; if you are truly blessed you may have a blood sister that is also a sister in Christ. I have a blood sister and love her dearly although she is not my sister in Christ. I have been blessed to have many sisters in Christ just within my own church. Recently have become most excited with what the Lord is accomplishing in my relationship with one such sister. As a matter of fact she is also my sister-in-law (and lives with me!).


What a blessing, as I have come to see it, it is to have such a strong and faithful sister so close to me! Now I'm not saying that this relationship has been perfect or is even perfect right now, but there has been growth here that I have not experienced before. At times before it almost felt like when we would talk and Christ would be in the centre of conversations, but behind a wall of our own sin. These walls of sin had gotten so high, you could barely tell he was there at all!


One afternoon we sat down and just let everything out. Let me tell you... it was a painful conversation. I don't think anyone wants to see their sins just laid out on the table like that. It was awakening to the sins of my own heart. I mean I know I'm a sinner, but to clearly see the pride, bitterness, anger, frustration, jealousy, strife and lack of self control was shocking to say the least. Secretly I was hoping only my husband would ever see that side of me.


Thanks be to God... she loves me anyway. It was my prayer then to not just have the relationship restored, but refreshed with Christ truly at the centre. How awesome it is to be able to say, that He is good and has been answering my prayer.


She has become a true blessing in my life. I have been witness to much grace in her, I think I was blinded before. She is a wonderful encourager, not just in how to be better a mom or wife (which are great things to be), but an encourager to be actively pursuing God. God has gifted her with the ability to strive after the true heart reasons for our sin. She actively seeks out truth so that she might know her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


I believe that this is how true sisters in Christ should be: encouraging in Christ, accountable to one another, loving, kind, easily forgiving (because you were forgiven), self-contolled and of primary importance actively seeking after God.


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Well, I thought that maybe I could be the first one to comment on your lovely blog, however I see that your husband beat me to it! I should have known.

Just wanted to say that I love you and I am so thankful that the Lord has given us this time in our lives together. It's been amazing to have someone to spend the days with, chat with, scrapbook with, cook with, and pester when I'm bored, It has also been great to have the kids get to share this season of their lives living together. Mostly though, I'm thankful that we've been able to encourage and admonish one another in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! I love that we have true fellowship. I love that we can confess our sin to one another, speak with one another about what God is doing in our hearts, challenge one another, and witness one another grow in grace. Thank you for all that you've been to me, my sister! Thanks for being a help to me and a shoulder to cry on when I need one. Thanks for letting me borrow things and for picking stuff up for me when you do errands. You've been a great minister of grace to me in my own life and I truly admire how hard you work and your servant heart. I have been so encouraged to see God's grace at work in your life, as I've seen you desire to grow and serve and love Christ more! I don't tell you these things enough!

Much love to you, as I thank God for you.


Verse of the day

"who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,"

  Psalm 103.3 (ESV)


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This page contains a single entry by Janis published on June 25, 2008 10:11 AM.

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