Be aware and don’t fear

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2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

As this month is breast cancer awareness month, we wanted to use this feature to empower you our sisters by helping you stay informed and aware.

Isn’t it heart breaking and unfortunate the number of mothers, sisters and friends that we’ve lost to breast cancer? My own dear aunt Judith passed away in May of this year due to this disease.

The bible tells us that God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind! We are not to fear this disease but instead take action, having the power and prudence about how we can prevent it!

Here are some facts from the CDC:

Breast Cancer is:
“The most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity.
The most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women.
The second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.”

The good news is that with early detection the survival rate is as high as 98%.

Here are 6 reminders of how you can fight back:

1. Engage the Spirit’s
power through prayer against this disease. Power up through prayer!
2. Have routine mammography screen every year beginning at age 40. It’s an x-ray procedure that takes as little as 15min and is the most accurate way to detect breast cancer.
3. Begin monthly breast self-exams by age 20. Perform 7-10 days after your menstrual cycle. If you are breast feeding, do on the same day each month after nursing.
4. Ask your doctor for a clinical exam every three years from age 20-37 and every year from age 40.
5. Have genetic testing (if available and affordable) to see if you are a carrier of the BRCA breast cancer gene. Click here to learn more.
6. Eat a healthy balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean meats and fish and exercise regularly.

Let’s also share God’s love with those who may be fighting this disease. Pray for their healing and encourage them, help in any way you can, support local breast cancer foundations or charities and support research efforts.

Sound mind (prudence, self-control, inner outlook regulating outward behavior). Educate and inform yourself about this disease. Here are some useful links:

– A great free app to download (I did!). Early detection plan by National Breast Cancer Foundation.
It reminds you to do your monthly self-exams and keep annual appointments for mammograms.
– This other app is a breast cancer glossary: Breast Cancer Reference by Look It Up 4 Me Inc
– The little pink gift Barbados
The Barbados Cancer Society
Pink Hibiscus Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society
National breast cancer

Let’s stay aware, informed and empowered and encourage our sisters to do the same.

By Carol Angel Jackson


A Life of Sacrifice- Part 1


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Recently God has been speaking to me about being open to His rule in my life. I thought that I was doing pretty good in this area but after reading a book called “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan, I began to realise that I give God drops and pieces of my life when it’s convenient to me.

I have a habit of being quick to say no, not because I don’t want to do something but because I am very busy and barely have time for myself. Yet it seems that God has been challenging me to give my all to him; this includes money, gifts and even my time, the very thing I feel that I barely have.

Total surrender is not easy. It requires us accepting that everything we have been given has been given to us for God’s purpose and to expand his Kingdom.

Total surrender also means that we accept the way God allows life to happen to us. When Paul was in prison, I am sure that it was not easy, especially after being beaten, yet Paul was able to sing praises at midnight to God and say things like:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7

“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ[b] who strengthens me.” Philippians 4: 12-13

We don’t always like the way life has happened to us, we may think God is being harsh, insensitive, or indifferent if we keep praying for particular circumstances and not seeing any change but if we have chosen total surrender to God, we must trust that he has total control of our lives and only has our best interest at heart.

The more we get to know God’s character, the more we will trust Him with our lives. So..what does the bible say about God’s character? Psalm 145:8 says “The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”

Psalm 18:30 (NKJV)
As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

As you go into the weekend, be encouraged and prayerfully ask the Lord to show you how you can take your life, time and resources to the next level in sacrificial giving. Surrender to the Lord and follow His leading knowing that His character and His track record are unmatched.

Next post we will look at some persons in the bible who set the example for us by the sacrificial lives they lived. Have a great weekend.

By Robertha Reid.

Pass It On


Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11

God has blessed me with three children. Ages 4, 10 and 12.  They bring me joy and they bring me…arrrgggghhhh!  There are times when I want to throw up my hands in frustration and walk away. But I don’t.

I think of all the times when God might look at me and go arrrggggghhhh. All the times when I have been disobedient, thick-headed, hard-hearted, close-eared…and the list goes on. Feel free to add your own adjective.

He has not given up on me. Nor will He. Ever.

So I try to remember his undying love for me and pass that on to my children. That they may know that no matter how (insert adjective here) they are, my love ain’t going nowhere.

Pass His love around – home, work, supermarket, gym. Remember, we are all works in progress.

By Marisse Cropper


Walk worthy


Colossians 1:10 (NKJV)
10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing..walk worthy!
It doesn’t matter what everyone else is the godly example wherever you are placed.
You may have to bite your tongue and pray daily for patience but do it for the sake of Christ’s name.

Don’t complain when the pressure piles up, instead ask for joy and a cheerful spirit to make your work light and to brighten those around you.
Don’t just lash out and retaliate when you think you are being treated unfairly. Pray for heavenly wisdom (God gives it generously) and let your words be “seasoned with salt”.

Keep striving for holiness and purity even when it seems like there is compromise all around you.
Be a giver, an encourager, even when it seems like many people are more interested in what they can get.
Keep on doing it!

Christ died and shed His precious blood so that we wouldn’t have to pay the consequences for our sin. He died so that we who were lost could be reconnected to the Father. He died so that we would have a new, wonderful and different way of life, not just another “menu option” to choose from.

So if you’re a woman, man, child teenager, whoever.. struggling with temptation, know you’re not alone! The bible says that everyday we’re all like sheep to the slaughter..but it also says that His mercies are new every morning and His faithfulness is great. He will never let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.

Stand strong in the freedom he has purchased for you. Don’t give up or give in and slide back to the old way. Remember that your sins have all been nailed to His cross and you also have been crucified with Christ and Christ is living in you! So keep up the good fight.

The world needs over comers. Christ is our champion and because of Him we know we too can overcome!
So be encouraged! Walk worthy of His shed blood and your high call as a child of God.

Click the link below to enjoy Victor’s Crown by Darlene Zschech

Have an awesome weekend!
by Carol-angel Jackson


How to make a happening marriage.


In marriage we can take each other for granted forgetting that our relationship is to mirror the one between Christ and His church.
Today’s devotional is re-posted from James McDonald. For those of us who are married, let’s make a godly assessment of our relationships and prayerfully put these things into practice. Have a great weekend!

How to Make a Happening Marriage
By James McDonald

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He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” —Matthew 19:4-6

If there was one key to making any marriage a happening marriage, would you want to know what it is? Live your life in such a way that no other human relationship compares in importance to what you have with your spouse. The person you crawl into bed with every night—make that person number one.

Matthew 19:4-6 isn’t teaching that you should move to California to get away from your parents—or your kids. It is teaching that your parents, your kids, the buddies you had before you got married, the friends you’ve known since college—all of those people put together—don’t add up to the importance of the one person you married. If you fail in that relationship, you are a relational failure, regardless of any other success. God can forgive and heal, but next to your relationship with Him, your marriage is your first priority.

And the goal is oneness.

Jesus shed some light on oneness by saying a man should “hold fast to his wife.” This joining is a strong bonding together, like Krazy-Glu’ing two people. It’s an emotional oneness in which a husband and wife share each other’s feelings, joys, and pains. And His reference to one flesh includes sexual intimacy, the culmination of emotional oneness. A healthy marriage aims for unity in every way.

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Posted by Carol-Angel Jackson


Love your neighbor as yourself

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Mark 12:30-31 (NIV) Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.

We see them almost everyday, wave hello or goodbye at them as we enter or leave our driveways. Sometimes their children and ours play together and attend each other’s birthday parties. Yet, how many of us remember to pray for them or have shared the gospel, or are willing to be there to support them in a time need? When it comes to neighbors, we are to take the bible literally when it says to love our neighbors, as we love ourselves and our own. This may be a challenge for some of us or perhaps we have never viewed this as being important but aren’t we to be the “salt and light” wherever God plants us? I have the privilege of being a part of a neighborhood bible study and evangelism group started by some good friends of mine and I want to share with you, a testimony, they shared with our group. It is an excerpt from “Old Testament Template” by Landa Cope which can be viewed on May this stir in us a desire to be salt and light, sharing the love of Christ in our neighborhoods.

The Kingdom Is Within You

Jesus reduces all of the law into two sentences that capture the whole: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’This deeply personal summation embodies God’s strategy. We are to be the Kingdom. We are to live the Kingdom. The salt and light of our lives, whether we lead or serve, will “salt and light” the earth with the knowledge of God. You and I are God’s strategy. Discipleship, or learning to apply God’s thinking to our daily lives, is God’s focus. As I began to realize this personally, I longed to live in a “neighborhood” to understand how this worked itself out practically. I had discipled students and leaders in their professions for years, and I would continue, but what did the neighbor mandate look like? Was I in danger of knowing God’s message, but missing His strategy?

I bought a home in the southern part of the U.S.A. on a street of 14 houses. I chose a multi-ethnic street because God loves the nations. I got a little house because I am single and travel extensively. God is a good steward of resources. I began to work on my yard, neglected for at least a decade, because God loves beauty and we are to value the material things He gives us. In the first weeks, my neighbors would watch me as they worked in their yards. I would wave and keep on trimming, raking, hauling. After a time, some started to come by when they saw me out working. They would say how nice the house looked and ask my name. We’d talk gardening for a few minutes and they’d be gone. Jesus is interested in what we are interested in and has given plants to us to steward. I would go in the house and write their names down so I would remember, because God knows our names. After more time our “yard conversations” would get past the weather and the trees to what I do. Finding out I was a missionary didn’t lead to much discussion because it was so foreign to them, but we continued to get to know each other through the things we had in common: houses, yards, plants, neighborhood safety, etc.

As I worked on my home, I prayed for my neighbors, their families, our neighborhood. About six months after I moved in, one neighbor made a beeline for me one morning. He said, “My wife’s sister just died. Please pray for her.” Within a week the husband next door saw me in my yard and made a direct path to me and said, “My wife said her job is more important than me and I’m afraid I’m going to lose her. Please pray.” I was astounded. We had never spoken of prayer. We had hardly said anything about God. They knew I was in ministry overseas, but we had not shared any details. Where did this desire for God in me come from, this trust with the most intimate pain in their lives? I can only believe it was the testimony of my yard work and neighborly concern. They saw Jesus in the care of the yard, house, the desire to know and remember each of their names, the willingness to be “one of them” first, the shared concern for all of our homes, families and safety. They saw Jesus in my life and they wanted more of Him in their crisis.

What a wonderful testimony of practical Christianity at work!! I hope it will encourage us to be more aware of our neighbors, stir us to pray for them and to show concern for them and their families. Let us be willing and continually ask God to show us how we can be used to share the light of His Kingdom with those around us.

By Carol-angel Jackson


Part 2- re-evaluating giving at Christmas

ImageHappy Friday everyone!! Here’s the second part of the devotional on giving gifts that matter from Girlfriends in God. Also look out for more meaningful as well as practical suggestions and recipes for Christmas on the Sisters’ Keeper blogsite.

Gifts That Matter

Part 2

Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth

If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you (Luke 6:38, NLT). 

Friend to Friend

Have you discovered the truth that we simply cannot “out-give” God? The more we give, the more we receive. And that truth does not just apply to financial giving. It is really all about the attitude behind the gift. Do you remember the Christmas gifts you received last year? How about the Christmas gifts you gave? What about the gift you gave Jesus? In my last devotions, we talked about several meaningful gifts you can give. Here are a few more for you to consider.

A gift of care

Christmas is a painful time of empty hopes and fierce loneliness for many people. Every loss is magnified. Every wound is deepened. Pray that the Father will give you His eyes to see the broken lambs, crying out for help. This year, do something real for someone who is hurting:

·         Invite them over for a meal.

·         Meet one need in their life.

·         Include them in your family celebration.

·         Take them shopping with you.

Christmas is always hard for me because it is a time when I especially miss my mother who died many years ago. I don’t openly broadcast that fact, but one Christmas, a precious older lady at our church somehow sensed that I was struggling and decided to meet a need in my life. Cards filled my mailbox. Every time I saw her, Miss Marion would hug me and tell me how much she loved me. She invited our children over to bake Christmas cookies and in doing so, became their adopted grandmother. Miss Marion died a few years ago, but her loving care and investment in my life lives on.

A secret gift

Give a gift to someone you know in secret. Dan and I had been married for three years when we first discovered the joy that a “secret gift” can bring. Dan was in seminary, I was teaching elementary school, and we were both serving at a local church. It seemed as if we were always running, always tired, and always broke. At one point, the financial picture was especially bleak. We had ten days of life to go before the next payday – and not a cent to our name. We told no one but God — and waited. One Sunday night, we pulled up to the mobile home where we were living. In front of the door to our home was a small but heavy package wrapped in brown paper. It was a brick. Taped to each side of the brick was a hundred dollar bill. God had provided for our needs through a truly generous heart, someone who had chosen to give a secret gift. To this day, we still have no idea who “bricked” us, but we often think of them and ask God to bless them for their secret gift.

A gift of forgiveness  

The Christmas holidays have a way of resurrecting past hurts. The greatest gift we can give ourselves for Christmas is the gift of forgiveness, because in choosing to forgive someone else, we set ourselves free. Every 60 seconds of anger displaces 60 seconds of joy. Let go of the hurts. Forgive the wrongs and find healing.

Dan sold one of our old cars to a man who worked in the church maintenance department. A payment plan was created, the title was transferred, and the man drove away, never to pay a cent. For months, I was furious, thinking of the man who had stolen our car. To make matters worse, the man then left the church to work at the grocery store — my grocery store. Every time I bought groceries, he was there and he was smiling. Just the sight of him drove my blood pressure higher as my stomach knotted up with anger. Dan finally decided to give him the car. I decided not to give him the car until I realized that I was the only person being hurt in the deal. The next time I bought groceries, I walked up to the man and said, “I hope you like the car. Dan and I have decided to just give it to you as a gift.” I walked away, a free woman, while he stood, open-mouthed and in shock, now holding his own guilt in his hands.

A gift of teaching  

What skill, ability or talent has God given you? Each one is from His hand – to be given away in service to others. Is there a young believer in your life you can mentor? What better time to share your gifts and abilities than at Christmas? You may be able to sew or play the piano, cook gourmet meals or beautifully decorate your home. Each talent and ability is a potential gift. In high school, my choral director gave me a free voice lesson each week. Consequently, I attended college on an academic and music scholarship because one woman chose to share her gift with me.

Get creative! Give a gift from the heart this year. And may this be a Christmas filled with the joy of the Lord as you celebrate His birth and life.

Let’s Pray

May God grant you the light in Christmas which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love; the radiance of Christmas, which is purity; the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth and the all of Christmas, which is Christ.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Grab your Christmas list and set aside some time to pray for each person on that list this week. Do you need to rethink some of the gifts you are giving this year? It is not too late! Ask God how you can best honor His birth by the gifts you give to others.

Posted by Carol-angel Jackson