The Power of Sisterhood

“But Ruth replied to her, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from following you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God.” (Ruth 1:16)

In a world riddled by reality shows like “Love & Hip-Hop” and the “Real Housewives”, where envy, competition, jealousy, and drama rule the relationships between women, there is something to be said about women truly helping other women, truly supporting other women, and truly celebrating other women. It speaks volumes when women are like-minded; we can lean on each other during life’s greatest challenges AND we can celebrate each other in life’s greatest joys! It glorifies God when we are women who are there as accountability partners for each other, understanding that our sister may have flaws, but still choosing to love her anyway; understanding that she will fall many times but holding her up anyway; understanding that she’s not perfect but still seeing her through the perfect eyes of Christ anyway! It pleases Him when we are women who pray fervently for each other just as we would desire for someone to pray for us, when we don’t wrongly judge or criticize, but correct each other in love when needed, and when we push each other towards destiny with words of hope and courage.

I have been blessed to serve Bethany’s dance ministry for 18 years, which has been rooted in this power of sisterhood. I have overcome life’s darkest hours through the power of support and prayer from this great network of women. These special sisters honored the tears of pain that I shed during the dark hours because they understood the depths of my broken cries and submersed me in love and prayer. I have also celebrated life’s greatest joys in the midst of genuine cheers from this same network of women. The same love that covered me in my weakness leaped for joy in my strength. Now THAT’S power! This bond of sisterhood has indeed sown a seed of gratefulness in my heart that will last a lifetime.

If you find that your life is missing this connection, this bond to a genuine circle of women that will release this type of power, it may be time to come out of your shell and allow this great gift from God to find you. Your network of sisters is closer than you think. If you already have a network of sisters, make sure you nurture those relationships! They are a special gift to you from God Himself, designed to support you, celebrate you, rebuild you, and renew you. Power is knowing that we are all sisters and that we all need each other!

— Hawa Johnson

Reflect and Respond:

1. What if every time you looked into another woman’s eyes, you chose to look beyond what you see and you chose to truly SEE into her? Now use your power and extend it to her.

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7 thoughts on “The Power of Sisterhood

  1. I am so proud of my leader. She created a powerful women’s ministry within our dance ministry. I always told her this was a training ground and that she was always called to do greater. Happy I am around to see the manifestation of His word in her life! To God be the Glory!

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  2. As always, spoken eloquently, earnestly and powerfully leaving the reader with insightful, thought provoking self reflection. I love it! God bless you Hawa as you continue to glorify His “Word”!

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  3. As always, spoken eloquently, earnestly and powerfully leaving the reader with insightful thought provoking self reflection. I love it! God Bless you Hawa as you continue to glorify your His “Word”!

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  4. Hawa, this is so true. I am so thankful for the network of women whom I lovingly refer to as my sisters. They expand outside of the walls of my local church. All I have to do is say a word, and they’re doing all that they can to help. It’s the seeds that we sow in their lives that warrants the relationship. Nurturing the bond of sisterhood & friendship is essential.
    Great insight!

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  5. AHMMAZING article!! So glad to have a beautiful circle of sisters. I’m learning and actively working to be a loving, trusting and non-judgemental, praying woman focused on operating in love!! Thank you for the motivational message!

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  6. This is an awesome testimony that I’m so proud to be a part of. We are our sister’s keeper, and the strength, love, and support stand true for those who will trust and believe. I am thankful for the 18yrs. of leadership, friendship, and sisterhood while looking forward to many more. Love you Hawa, continue to write effortlessly for the Lord, I believe it comes out just the way He intends it to. 😉

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  7. As always, spoken eloquently, earnestly and powerfully…leaving the reader with insightful thought provoking self reflection. I love it! God bless you Hawa as you continue to glorify His “Word”!

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