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IN THE SPIRIT

of Sisterhood

Join us for Monthly Manna

A moment of meditation and prayer to guide us through the month.

1st Sunday evening of each month at 8:00pm

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June 2017 Monthly Manna

Devotional by Dr. Lillie Stokes from Clinton Alumnae

May 2017 Monthly Manna

Devotional by Soror Katrina Smith from Loudoun County Alumnae

April 2017 Monthly Manna

Devotional by Dr. Trish Harleston from Durham Alumnae

 

March 2017 Monthly Manna

Devotional by Soror Jalita Johnson from Delta Xi

 

February 2017 Monthly Manna

Devotional by Dr. Trish Harleston from Durham Alumnae

CHAPLAIN'S COUNCIL

Trish Harleston
Durham Alumnae - Committee Chair

 

Vicki McCain
Greensboro Alumnae

 

Alycia Marcena - Durham Alumnae

 

Schrendria Robinson
Richland County Alumnae

 

Katrina Smith - Loudoun County

 

Jacque Hood Martin
Loudoun County

 

Lillie Stokes - Clinton Alumnae

 

Carolyn Marks - Smithfield Alumnae

 

Karen Wicker - Sandhills Alumnae

 

Tayon Dancy
Western Wake Alumnae

 

Bemedicia Mangala - Iota Rho

 

Micaela Gladney - Pi Omicron

 

Jalita Johnson - Delta Xi

 

Hilton Cooper - Florence Alumnae

 

Patty Smith - Shelby Alumnae

 

Cassandra Evans
Knightdale Wake Forest Alumnae

 

Debra McKoy - Raleigh Alumnae

 

Kim Johnson
Newport News Alumnae

 

Lydia Simmons - Portsmouth Alumnae

 

Tammy Wheeler - Lancaster Alumnae

Commit to the LORD whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3 NIV

It's Not Without Purpose

by Rev. Trish Harleston
South Atlantic Regional Chaplain

Periodically we will encounter days when we have to remind ourselves that our work serves a much greater purpose than we are often able to conceptualize. I believe that our minds are incapable of fully comprehending the purpose for which the Lord desires to use us.  It is for that reason that we must commit to trusting God even when we don’t understand His plan.

 

The exhortation presented in 1 Corinthians 15:58 encourages us to “be steadfast and immovable in the work of the Lord for our labor is never without purpose (not in vain).” This text not only serves as a reminder to remain loyal and faithful when situations seem unfair but also it serves as encouragement when we are struggling to stand with stability upon a foundation that feels unreliable and unsteady.

 

The Word of God says that we must not waver in our efforts to get the work done.  Even that work that frustrates us, or in the environment that discourages us or during those situations that attempt to distract us from the goal – none of it is without purpose.

 

We must learn to embrace the idea that even when our labor does not feel as if it is yielding result, it is still serving a greater purpose. For this becomes the motivation that keeps us moving when retreating seems to be the easiest and most logical answer.

 

Therefore, remain steadfast and immovable – and keep doing the work.  Nothing that you do to serve others is ever wasted – it is never without purpose.

 

When you have given it all that you have to give and it just wasn't enough; even when you've encountered your toughest trial or received your most discouraging report  - hold on, hang in there and keep doing the work. 

 

For, in God's time, you will see that the work and the purpose far outweighs the pain.