Volume 1 Issue 1
with Sissy Reese
Our Premiere Issue
She's Crowned is the monthly magazine from Sisters of the Crown. Each month we will feature viewpoints from different women on a full spectrum of subjects. The purpose of this magazine is to provide you with a resource that will keep you encouraged, challenged and inspired to live a royal life as the Daughter of the King.
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January 9 - 29
Recently, Vicki, Anoushka, and I went on a gift-giving assignment on behalf of the leadership team. It was part of opening our hearts as a team to the beauty of sacrificial giving and bestowing honor. It didn't go the way we thought it would. Our first recipient refused the gift; the second was a whirlwind; and the third reluctantly accepted it.
We left our assignment scratching our heads and wondering if we missed something. Then I heard God very clearly speak to my heart, "They could not receive because of entitlement independence."
Several hours later I had to go to Target and as I was walking underneath the big red Target bullseye I heard the Lord again very clearly speak to my heart, "Ingrid YOU have entitlement independence." I knew my heart had been pierced with a correctional dart piercing the dark places. As I made my way to the back of the store to purchase a light bulb I had a "light bulb" moment!
In my heart I could hear, "Can you honestly tell Me that when I pour out my favor you are fully receptive to everything I have for you? Or do you feel entitled to be independent?" The Lord was right, of course, as He always is. Without hesitation, right in the middle of Target, I laid my independent spirit at the feet of the Lord and repented.
When someone does something for me I do feel guilty because there are so many others in need. When the Father gives generously to me I sometimes feel like I need to downplay His goodness when I'm around others. I feel entitled to make these decisions on my own, in the flesh, instead of submitting my life to being Spirit-controlled in all of my thoughts and reactions.
I've also been awakened to an even greater awareness of giving honor to the giver, no matter the gift or kindness, because that opens my heart up to humility and displays the love of Jesus to the giver. At the end of the day, in all I do I want everyone I encounter to see Jesus, not me.
Lovelies, hands down it is so much easier to give than receive, right? I know the time has come for me to learn to be just as joyful in receiving help, gifts, compliments, time, whatever -- as a gift. I don't want to miss any opportunity to show honor to those on whom the Father wants to bestow honor. After all, showing honor to someone is the greatest gift we can give.
Does this resonate in your soul?
Here's to a year filled with opening up the dark places of our heart, finding honor in those around us, going low so He can be exalted, and living out loud with a heart overflowing with gratitude and joy.
Ingrid Maddock is the Leader of Sisters of the Crown and a loving wife and mother of a precocious canine fur child.
upper room prayer by anoushka riley
Dear Abba Father,
In this New Year, I lay all of my fears before you and I let your All Consuming Fire of Love melt my every thought of fear, set me free from the spirit of fear, and break through the chains and strongholds of fear in my life. Let your freedom reign over my every fear. I lean on your demonstrated love to be my glorious victory over fear. Thank you, my Victorious Champion God that I am an overcomer like you. I love being filled with the Holy Spirit, who has given me the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. I decree that have victory over all my fear of people, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of sickness, fear of loss, fear of death, fear of the future, and any other type of fear. Let your pioneering spirit arise in me so I can fly and soar with you Abba into the new heights you have planned for me as I am being transformed into a fearless, beautiful warrior!!
I pray and declare these things in the Powerful and Victorious Name of Jesus. Amen.
Anoushka Riley is the leader of the Sisters of the Crown Prayer Team. Anoushka meets each month with two other leaders to pray for the sisterhood. She has a heart for intercession and a passion to see all women set free to become everything God has called them to be. Anoushka knows about walking through difficult seasons with grace and deep faith knowing that God has everything under His firm control. She has been tried and tested over and over again. When Anoushka prays she brings Heaven down to earth. She knows the sphere of influence the Lord has given her authority over and she takes that authority mantle and goes to battle against the enemy.
identity by adrienne tietz
I think that understanding royalty is a very important part of being a believer. We, the formerly estranged, are now "a chosen people, a royal priesthood." 1 Peter 2:9. God's intentions towards us are to share His glory, His kingdom, His very lineage. Ironically, the royalty among us (fellow believers) are the real, albeit often undercover, "movers and shakers" of the world. We're the ones who have the heart of the King of Kings and are called to "rule and reign" with Him according to Rev. 5:10. The lessons of "ruling and reigning" begin immediately for believers. We reign from a place of sacrificial love, humility, and servanthood, just like our King.
Most of us know this, but in the grit and grime of everyday life, sometimes we forget and need to be reminded. Lies and battles might cause us to grow weary. Sometimes, weariness or seasons of prolonged battles create interference that tries to diminish our royal roots and royal callings. That was what made the Sisters of the Crown coronation meaningful to me. It was a poignant reminder that no matter what season I find myself in my identity as a Beloved Royal Daughter doesn't change. It doesn't matter if circumstances around me appear royal or not; inside me there is a royal lineage that is now expressed and one day will be fully expressed.
I am encouraged by the "sisterhood" aspect of Sisters of the Crown. Throughout my life, this bond with other sisters in the faith has been a wonderful gift. We get to remind each other of who we are before Christ, and we get to call each other to walk in the fullness of those identities. At different times and in different seasons, we are daughters, sisters, mothers, and friends in the faith. We would be stunned if we could fully see the glory of God deposited in each of us. For now we get glimpses, and that is also amazing!
Adrienne Tietz is a licensed professional counselor with a passion for women and children. She has a heart for deep intercession and worship. Adrienne also is the mother of two very lively, spunky feline fur children, Lewis and Clark.
Each month in She’s Crowned, we will feature a prophetic declaration and/or act for you to have as a resource for encountering God in a deeper way, and to use as a tool for breakthrough and warring in the spirit.
Exactly what is a prophetic declaration? Very simply put, it is taking truth that has been spoken or revealed to you, or about you or another person, as well as circumstances, and then speaking that truth out loud for the soul to hear and to be released into the atmosphere around you. A prophetic action is similar to a prophetic declaration. It is a truth you physically “act out” or “ move to.” A simple action can have a domino effect in the spirit.
Sisters of the Crown, at its core, was founded on the prophetic. The very act of placing a crown on your head was the prophetic action, affirming your value, your identity, your authority, your calling, and your value as a Daughter of The King. At the same time, you most likely had Truth spoken over you...prophetic declarations. As Royalty, we have the authority and ability to change atmospheres, circumstances, mindsets, and even nations through what we declare and do. We have that much of an effect on the world around us.
James reminds us that our tongues are powerful—and that what we speak out of our mouths has power to direct our lives. (James 3:3-5.) The tongue has the power of life and death. (Prov 18:21.) What we speak will have consequences.
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prophetic by vicki sandage
As a young unsaved woman, I did not have many female friends. I found I was much more comfortable in friendships with men. In fact, when I was getting married, I only had two female friends to invite to the wedding.
Fast forward to when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I found that it was not acceptable as a married woman to have only male friends. It was as if a light switch came on, and God showed me that it was not healthy for me, and He started dealing with me regarding my issues with female friendships. As I was thinking about this topic, I realized there are many reasons why we can struggle with this. I am only going to discuss two of these reasons.
The first reason that came to me was the competition that is among women. We do not like to admit it, but we are bombarded with worldly things that result in our competing with each other. Everything from our looks, to our houses, to our families can be perceived as competition. Then there is the added pressure we put on ourselves to be good Christian women, to appear to have it all together, to be perfect, to be wise, to gain attention or positions, and any number of other areas. We may not even be aware of this competition. To recognize that competition is impeding relationships, it is necessary to take an honest look at ourselves. Often it is not easy, but it is the only way to get to the healing process. Ask yourself if you feel the need to compete, or if you are intimidated in your relationships. The Lord will be faithful to show you if you ask Him to reveal the truth in your heart. At the root of most competition is insecurity. Allow the Lord to reveal your insecurity. The Lord is so good at moving us into understanding ourselves and then changing us to see ourselves the way He sees us. The Lord will move you into His love, and as you experience His acceptance and love, you will find that insecurity will fade.
The next issue I see that hinders our relationships with other women is jealousy. Jealousy is closely related to competition. When we see from the outside that others seem to have perfect lives, we can allow jealousy to arise.
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women wounding by karen martin
encounters by mary summers
"And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this!" I love the story of Queen Esther. She was just a normal girl, an orphan girl in fact, but God had big plans for her. He raised her up to be beautiful and placed her in the right place at the right time so that she would fulfill her destiny. It's such a beautiful story of amazing courage and humility.
I recently met with my friend Vicki (most of you know her as Queen Victoria) to discuss the book of Esther for our January Esther Destiny. We met on several occasions in Vicki’s cozy family room in front of her fireplace, one of my new favorite places to be. I expressed that I have a genuine fear of missing an Esther moment and I have a longing in my heart and soul to be ready when God calls on me "for such a time as this." I loved my friend’s response. She said that although Esther’s calling was very significant, that was her destiny and not all Esther moments will necessarily be as profound.
I’m sure if we look back over our walk with Jesus we all have fulfilled Esther moments, I like to think of them as moments to shine! Not for others to see but for our Heavenly Father to see. I just know that He’s looking down adoringly saying, "That’s my daughter, isn’t she lovely? I made her that way." Just know with confidence that whenever we follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit we will make an impact. Whether it’s being a listening ear to a friend in need, extending love to a stranger, feeding the homeless, or whatever situation He places you in, it’s all about obedience and listening to that still small voice when He says, "Will you come?" If we have a heart to put love into action, God will give us opportunities to rise and fulfill our destiny. For who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this!
Mary Summers is the compassion leader for Sisters of the Crown. She is the mother of two and adores her grandbabies. Mary hails from a large, upper midwestern family. Everyone who meets Mary loves her instantly. She is a rare gem.
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As I was reading and preparing for my part of the Esther Destiny Journey, I saw how it related to my own life. After being saved, I learned that the Lord has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us. Our very own “such a time as this.” I am discovering that the one thing that prevents us from fulfilling our purpose is ourselves. We all suffer from trauma of varying degrees. This trauma either shapes or masks our true identity. I believe for most of us, our identity is masked/buried beneath our wounds. We have inner narratives that are born out of the trauma that contradict who God says we are, therefore limiting us. They take up residence within us causing us to make decisions that validate the lie, making it harder to believe truth.
The easy part is discovering the lies that we believe. The hardest part is finding freedom from them. It is possible though, only with the help of the Lord. We have to be willing to yield ourselves to the Lord and give Him access to every part of our lives. There may be parts of our past that we would rather not deal with, those are the parts that need the Lord's touch the most. This process is not glamorous by any means. It's hard, real hard. On the other side, there is a freedom you have yet to know. I can tell you from my own journey that it's totally worth it. The Lord is ever so loving and gentle as He takes you through the healing process, which by the way, never ends. Some areas are like onions, there are many layers that need to be healed so it may resurface again and again. Don’t lose heart.
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continued from page 8, victoria sandage
Recently, during my journey through the Book of Esther, I was discovering more of my part in the kingdom, as queen (Victoria) for “such a time as this.” I implemented both prophetic declarations and actions during my time of reflection [a few of these can be found in the Esther Destiny Journey].
This month (January 9-29), Sisters of the Crown is offering the Esther Destiny Journey, which include devotionals, meditations and prophetic acts and declarations. If you are interested in this free resource, register here.
Are you ready, as queen, to take the opportunity to use your authority, your position, and your influence to affect your own soul, your relationships, your community, and your nation? You were born “for such a time as this”!
Queen V (a.k.a.) Victoria Sandage is the Prophetic Declaration leader for Sisters of the Crown. Vicki lives in a place of hearing God speak to her in creative ways on a regular basis. She is a gifted photographer and writer who taps into the creative side of her Royal Daughter status and translates God in unique, transforming ways. Vicki is the Joy-bearer for Sisters of the Crown. Where fun abounds, you will find Queen V. She keeps all of us looking for the essence of joy in our lives! She is a mother of three wonderfully gifted children and an adoring grandmama.
Today, I respond to the invitation to begin declaring Truth over my life and the lives of those around me. I have a significant part to play in the earth and a vital role in bringing the Kingdom of Love everywhere I go. I am delighted in and loved by God. I touch others with His kindness, compassion, and grace.
I encourage you to begin using prophetic acts and declarations as a thriving part of your spiritual journey. You are part of The Bigger Story, the one that brings Heaven to earth!
Now go out and ROCK YOUR WORLD HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS!
continued from page 9, karen martin
Our hearts can be jealous especially if our own lives are full of struggle, and we think that others have it better than we do. This can get into our hearts, and we can start to see everything from a disordered perspective. We all can find ourselves jealous at one time or another. The first step to freedom is recognizing that we are jealous. We must repent and have a change of mind. As we find security and contentment in our relationship with the Lord, jealousy will not have any place in our hearts.
Attitudes of competition and jealousy are often fueled by comparison. When we compare ourselves to others, we may think we do not measure up. We use our own standards to do this not considering that we may have different gifts than those with whom we are comparing ourselves. This also fails to take into account how God views us. When we seek God’s perspective of who we are and see ourselves the way He sees us, we can then move into accepting how He made us.
The Father desires for His daughters to have healthy and wonderful relationships with one another. We must deal with those hidden attitudes that hinder these relationships as well as prevent us from experiencing the fullness of our relationship with the Lord. When our hearts are free from these attitudes our relationships with each other can be fruitful and extremely rewarding. The Father designed us for relationship with Him and with others. Others will know that we belong to Jesus by the love we have for one another. Let us not allow any attitudes in our hearts that prohibit us from having an abundance of healthy relationships.
“The heart is more deceitful than all else, and is desperately sick; who can understand it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds.” Jeremiah 17: 9-10
And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh. Ezra 11:19
Karen Martin is the mentoring leader for Sisters of the Crown. She brings depth of wisdom and insight to women who are struggling to find their path. Karen will have a featured article each month in She's Crowned. Watch for her mentoring series coming in 2021. Karen is recently retired and the proud mother of two amazingly successful children. She is passionate about prophetic intercession and helping women find soul healing.
continued from page 11, sissy reese
Oftentimes, the Lord works through other people to help us experience deliverance/freedom. This is where community plays a vital role in our lives. The Lord did not create us to live life alone. He wants us surrounded by other believers. He wants us to come alongside each other and help shoulder each other’s burdens, weep with those who weep, and rejoice in times of rejoicing. Will this be easy? Of course not. It will cost you something. You will need to be vulnerable, allowing others in to speak life over situations and even correction where necessary. You will need to show up and to sacrifice. It will be worth it though. The benefits always outweigh the costs. Community is where you will grow as you learn from others and where you will impart what you have. We are all created uniquely with something to offer. The body of Christ is made up of many parts/people and all are needed to function properly. Don't underestimate what you have to offer. If you don't know what that is, you will learn in community as others call out in you what they see. Before long, you will be able to see/know what you have been called to. I suffer from this, the inability to see myself as I truly am. Even when my friends tell me how they see me, most times it is hard for me to hear/believe. I am learning to receive with an open heart and allow Lord to do the rest.
If you do not have a community of believers to belong to, create your own. You do not need to wait to be invited, you can do the inviting. As a place to start, invite others into the Esther Destiny Journey with you. If you do not know who to invite, pray and ask the Lord to show you.
I challenge you to find yourself within the Esther Destiny Journey. Be open to going to the deep places within and embrace who you have been made to be. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. After all, your Destiny awaits!
Sissy Reese is a no-nonsense, get-straight-to-the-point woman who says it like it is. Sissy's Straight Talk blog will cover a myriad of topics each month, from identity, to battling the mind, to finding your path to destiny. She has two daughters who live in North Carolina and recently became a first-time nana. Sissy was raised in a military family and eventually found her home in the Greater Kansas City area. Her passion is serving the marginalized and forgotten. And, on the horizon, in God's perfect time, Sissy will be launching her coffee house. You will hear more about that in an upcoming issue!
the power of authentic bonded relationships
It’s better to have a partner than go it alone.
Share the work, share the wealth.
And if one falls down, the other helps,
But if there’s no one to help, tough!
Two in a bed warm each other.
Alone, you shiver all night.
By yourself you’re unprotected.
With a friend you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third?
A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (Message)
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