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The Power of Sisterhood by Laurel Bahr

Do you have a sister?  Recently, I was reminded of my sister while visiting a church in Kauai Hawaii!  I loved North Shore Calvary Chapel the minute I stepped through the door.  The people were warm, welcoming, and there was a breeze blowing through the open windows of the sanctuary.   As we stood for the opening song, a young man with Down Syndrome made his way to the very front.  Smiling ear to ear, he gave one bear sized hug after another to everyone in the row, until finally arriving at an open seat.  He looked like he was on top of the world, clapping his hands and swaying to the music!

My sister Debbie (left) and myself (right)

I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.  A lump formed in my throat, tears stung my eyes, as a wave of grief washed over me.  My sister Debbie passed away almost 20 years ago. She too had Down Syndrome and worshipped very expressively.  I loved attending church with her.  

Debbie taught me a lot of things during her 37 years as my sister.  She loved well, forgave easily, and had so much joy.  I would say no one had a bigger impact on my life than she did.   

Fortunately, God has blessed me with other sisters or as this blog is titled “Sistah’s”. Like Debbie, they have loved me at my best, worst and everything in between.  When I’ve been hopeless, my sistah’s are among those that insist my new beginning is right around the next corner.  Sistah’s.  They are more than good friends, they are family.    

Do you have some good Sistah’s in your life?  Could you make room for one more?  We can connect on the My Sistah’s blog!  What can you expect?  All my posts will have a “Before and After” theme. 

For example:

DIY Stories. I love projects.  You’ll see my successes and flops…because we all know you can learn from both!

My Story!   I love what teacher Joyce Meyer says:  “I’m not where I need to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be!”  I’ve changed through the years, and I know some of you have as well.  We can learn from each other.  I’ll be sharing some “before” and “after” life changes with you. 


My Sistah’s Stories! I’ll also be sharing stories of other women I know who have experienced what it’s like to change from the inside out.  

I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure!

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