Happy New Year my SisterFriends💜 you made it to another year with more trips around the sun. When we started 2021 no one new for certainty if we would actually make it past all the turns and curves life was throwing at us. Loss and grief fell like the rain on a spring day slow and steady with no end in sight. Somehow, we were the fortunate ones to live past the pain, death, destruction, and pandemic chaos. Honestly, as we enter into 2022, we haven’t actually lived past it we’ve learned to live with it and to take the lessons we’ve learned from each encounter on our journey through life. Together, I believe we learned to love God well as we learned to love ourselves on this together trek. A SisterFriend shared this thought with me, “We pray for the best as we prepare for the worst” when she said it, I paused in thought for a while because it almost felt anti faith. The more I pondered I was eventually brought to the place of faith without works is dead.
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without [a]your works, and I will show you my faith by [b]my works. James 2:14-18
The pandemic lessons have taught many of us to be ambidextrous in our movements and thinking. The ability became a learned behavior for not just survival but for thriving in an ever-changing society. To be even handed on both sides with accuracy and power has been a life-giving attribute during this season of multiple transitions and paradigms. My sister everything around you said it couldn’t be done, it wouldn’t be done yet God became the wind beneath your efforts, and you saw much accomplished, healed, restored, and strengthened as you stayed connected to God.
The sisterhood you didn’t see became present/known right before you and the size of that sisterhood had no value placed on it, the value was achieved and celebrated in the circle ⭕️ itself and not the size of the circle. As we embark on this new year, I sense a greater appreciation for life, simple tasks, gathering, family, community, shopping, and breathing without masks has been imprinted on our hearts. The imprint has brought us to She is ….Fulfilled! Fulfilled is satisfied, at ease, at peace, content, pleased , untroubled and gratified. How can this be? She is….Fulfilled because He has covered her with His goodness and His goodness has taught her restless heart to be at peace.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So, don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
To truly grasp the word fulfilled you must divorce yourself from the relationship we have at times with words and language. Being fulfilled doesn’t mean you don’t set goals or grasp for new heights , try unfamiliar tasks and accomplishments. Fulfillment truly embodies the wholeness and complete work of the spirit in us and through us thus completely satisfying the wanting our souls long for. I pray 2022 will officially induct you into the
She is….Fulfilled club!
Blogger, Teresa Cooper
Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Pastor Teresa actively travels throughout the country imparting the Word of God in a candid and refreshing way. Teresa is the host and creator of SisterFriends Cups and Conversations, an Internet Talk Show providing a platform for women to engage. www.newcreationfamilychurch.com to learn more.