"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me." - Galatians 2:20

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Friday, May 4, 2012


I lovingly dedicate this devotion to all of my sweet sisters in Haiti. Thank you for filling my cup and refreshing my heart. May our glorious Lord continue to uphold and strengthen you as you grow in your faith and minister to the broken.  I love you, Hester

1 Corinthians 3:10b-11 "But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ."

Even after two years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, parts of the city still lie in ruins. Crumbled buildings, unstable homes, and broken lives fill this town. Debris along the streets masks the desperation in the people's hearts.

God granted me the privilege to minister to the women of Haiti last week at the Port-au-Prince Christian Women's Conference. Native and missionary women in all stages of life came.  We enjoyed a wonderful time of encouragement, prayer, sweet fellowship, spiritual growth and renewal.

God's presence was evident as women openly shared their struggles while seeking encouragement and godly wisdom from others. The Holy Spirit prompted spontaneous prayer; corporately and individually. Hearts were focused on meaningful worship while singing. Many tears and much healing took place through our time together.

Various ministries reach out to the Haitian people and strive to build hope through Jesus Christ; the true anecdote for relief. In my first message to the women in Haiti I shared how true aid will come when the Haitians put their hope in Christ; true help will come when they receive the redemption of our Lord; true relief will come when they rebuild brokenness on the foundation and solid rock of Jesus Christ. 

Building something is easily identifiable because truthfully, we are all under construction. All of us live in destruction without proper construction on Christ. When we receive Jesus, He imparts the necessary tools for constructing a life in Him, through His Holy Spirit. We are all a work in progress. We will struggle and stumble, but the strength of our life depends on the stability of our foundation. 

Whether we are building a garden shed or a relationship with Jesus, we must start with a proper foundation. Matthew 7:24-27 tells us the foundation we build on becomes more stable as we hear His words and put them into practice. 

Building on the Rock means constructing everything in our life on and around Jesus. It also means: Accepting Christ as the authority by which we conduct our lives; dying to self in order to live for Him; trading our will for His will; giving up selfish pursuits to further His Kingdom; putting into practice the truth of His Word and bearing fruit to what we profess.

We can also conclude that Jesus expects total commitment from us; an all or nothing surrender of our lives. We can't partially build our foundation on the Rock. Partial construction on the rock will succumb to destruction. It always costs to have a stable foundation because sacrifice is necessary when forming a relationship with God.

In 1 Corinthians 3:10-14 Paul encountered false teaching being taught in the church. He reminds them, there is no other foundation on which we are to build other than the true doctrine and person of Christ Jesus.  He tells the Corinthians if they build a skyscraper on a faulty foundation it will be revealed for what it is at the proper time and will result in sabotage.

A foolish builder builds on sand, but a wise builder constructs on the Rock because he knows the stability offered will last. Jesus is our Rock. To build our life on anything other than Him is foolish. Only Christ provides the unwavering strength an established life well-built on Him yields.

God is in the construction business. As we secure our groundwork, may we also consider these building blocks we can share with others: 

  • He builds trust where it is broken. 
  • He builds forgiveness where injury is inflicted. 
  • He restores marriages in need of repair. 
  • He reinforces faith that is feeble. 
  • He establishes security that is shattered. 
  • He builds hope from hopelessness. 
  • He constructs comfort for those in sorrow.

Having witnessed such destruction in Haiti, I am encouraged to see the construction occurring in the hearts of the women, which is in turn, impacting the hearts of others. I am reminded of the importance of maintaining a firm footing in my life. And, I am even more motivated to mend brokenness in my area of the world.

Our lives will destruct if we don't construct. A proper foundation is built on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ.

Heart Work:
How can you better build on the foundation of Christ? What is missing? What repairs or reinforcements does your foundation need?

Bless another reader by sharing your testimony in the "comment" section by telling us about the construction God is doing in your life.

Heart Exam:
What brokenness surrounds you? What is God asking you to build or rebuild? 

What other construction is He doing in your life?

What will it cost you to maintain the foundation you are building on?

Heart Changing Word:
Isaiah 28:16 (NIV) "So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: 'See I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.' "

Matthew 7:24-27 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them in to practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

Ephesians 2:10 "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Ephesians 2:20b-22 "With Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit."

Hebrews 11:10 "For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God."

Copyright 2012 by Hester Christensen. All rights reserved.


  1. Thanks again Hester for coming to Ayiti. We were blessed by your visit and are still praying for you, your family and your ministry.

    Jocie Meadth

    1. Jocie,

      Bless your heart and thank you for your comment! I was so blessed to meet you and the other women. Thank you so very much for your prayers and encouragement to me.

      Love to you, Hester

  2. Hester,
    During the ladies conference I was touched by your message. I am convinced God ordained you to come to Haiti to speak into a situation that I have been going through. The construction in my life is that 14 years ago God sent me back to the US. So for 14 years I have waited upon the Lord to send me back. In October of 2011, God reopened the door, and provided everything including finances. I thought at that time God was positioning me to fulfill the the purpose I was created for, only to find out He is not finished with me yet. His thoughts and plans are higher than our own. Thank you for your sacrifice to come and minister to the ladies in Haiti. May God continue to pour into your heart the messages your are ordained to speak.
    In His Service, Cherie

    1. Sweet Cherie,

      It was a delight to meet you. I truly appreciate the extra time we had to share together and pray after the conference. I want to thank you for sharing your testimony with me as I was blessed by your story and have been praying for your family as the Lord unfolds His will to you.

      Thank you also for your very encouraging comment today - you've lifted my heart and blessed me. God blows me away as He brings things together in our lives and how He uses us to minister to one another.

      God bless you as you continue to serve our King! I would love to keep in touch with you - find me on FB when you have time. :)

      I love you, Hester ;)

  3. The work here, is foundation pouring. We're starting over, trying to ditch our ungodly baggage and start anew. It's hard work. And it is constantly refining and challenging me! I thought perhaps at some point there would be a feeling of "getting the hang of it", but there really isn't. There are endless layers of self that God sifts through, instructing us to toss out the bad, and pouring out his good. I pray that my daughters will have this foundation in their lives to build upon, that it is strong and sturdy and will hold many generations after.

    1. Jess,

      I appreciate your openness to share and I really like what you shared - this is what I was trying to communicate through my post today but I think you have done a better job at expressing God's construction work in our lives. Thank you.

      I am so blessed to know you and I really do look forward to getting to know you even more. I pray for God's blessings on your sweet family.

      Love you sister, Hester ;)

  4. Hi Hester!
    What a wonderful report! I especially loved hearing about the spontaneous prayer moments! God's Spirit is so good! Reflecting on your heart questions near the bottom, I would like to continue to sacrifice my life daily. I've been praying for God to give me Jesus' humble heart and I will continue to do that. Thank YOU for sharing...and happy moving! ~ Blessings sister, Amy

    1. Amy,

      Thank you so much for your comment today. Yes indeed His Spirit was moving! :)

      I'm agreeing with you in my need to also die to self daily as well. Humility is definitely the precursor to spiritual growth - well said sister.

      Love to you, Hester ;)

  5. I'm so happy to hear about your sweet time in Haiti, and I know the Lord poured HUGE blessings on EVERYONE there. As for my heart work, I'm still asking for the eyes & heart of Jesus so I can care for those He's laid at my "gate."

    Blessings to you and the guys this weekend!!
    Hugs from VA,

    1. Susan, Thank you so much for your encouragement and prayers over Haiti - it was truly a huge blessing to my life - I would love to go back. ;)

      I need the same heart work as you - to have eyes to see those Jesus has laid at my gate. ;)

      Love to you from WA sister,
      Love, Hester :)