Walk The Talk

WALK ITIt’s easy to say, “I accept Christ in my heart.”

What’s hard is to actually live out what you proclaim!

Walk your talk and live the Gospel out loud.

Ruth Strait
Vice President
Thread of Hope, Inc.


What God Calls Evil Is Evil

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.   For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” -Galatians 5:16-24


The Word of God has ONE meaning with MANY applications. Don’t twist the Word of God to make it fit your interpretation and fit your personal lifestyle. The Word of God can be used to apply in many ways, but it cannot be made to mean what you think it means.

Let’s take for instance Jesus sitting, drinking, and eating with the sinners. Yes, he did. However, He spoke to them against their behavior and sin. He did not participate in it. Nowhere in scripture will you find Jesus getting drunk or sinning. No, it’s not a sin to have a glass of wine.  It’s getting drunk that’s the issue and the problem. It’s engaging in things that will get you into trouble while you’re drunk.

Let’s talk about some of those stories. Zacchaeus the tax collector was the worst of sinners. Yes, Jesus told Zacchaeus to come down from the tree Jesus would eat with him at his home. Immediately, Zacchaeus repented and gave half his money to the poor and gave back the money to all those he cheated. In fact, all those he cheated received back their money plus four times the amount to make up for his sin. To the prostitute, Jesus told her to go and sin no more. He didn’t use her. He saved her from the stoning. To the woman at the well, Jesus told her to stop living with her unmarried husband and showed her what real love was by sitting with her, not by using her. Jesus had compassion for her, not disgust. To the religious leaders he told them to stop their pretend living, and to those who were disrespectful to in the LORD’s house, Jesus overturned their tables. He had no pity for them. Their hearts were cold as stones; they did evil before God by their double lives as they believed one way but acted another way. They were pretenders and had no intentions of living right before God and then would persecute those who were doing what they were doing in secret.

He constantly spoke against injustice, prejudices, and hate. He showed us how to stand for truth, love, and respect others. He in no way showed us or taught us to accept sin, condone it, or hide it. We have never been given the right to judge anyone. We have been given the right to know right from wrong and act appropriately. We love people, but we don’t engage in their sins. Simple as that. Love, and don’t engage.

Let me bring it home clearly. I’m not going to hate those that go out drink, get drunk, and then engage in doing stupid and harmful things to themselves and others. At the same time, you will not find me anywhere near their presence. This does not mean I’m not going to help anyone who wants to change their behavior and turn their lives around. I’m in to help in any way I can. They will never hear me say I approve, condone, or will ever participate with them in that behavior nor will I allow myself to be manipulated by them. They will hear me say I will help them, but they must give up their drinking and get their lives straightened up. This means getting a whole new set of friends who are not engaging in sinful behaviors. They need to stop the negative behavior and change their mindsets.

Please understand clearly the difference between loving people and agreeing with behaviors God says are sinful. Jesus preached about love, but He never allowed those who came in contact with Him to continue in their sin. He told each one, “Go and sin no more!” I cannot and will not agree with sin, or those who willingly want to continue in their destructive ways. Imagine a judge allowing someone who drinks and drives to continue willfully driving while drinking. It’s nonsense! No judge, even a corrupt one, would ever allow it.

Please understand the meaning of scripture before posting and sharing things that promote lies, hate, and prejudices. We are all held responsible before God on what we say and what we do.

Stand strong in truth, love, and justice. We have the highest judge looking at us from Heaven. We love people, hate the sin, and pray for those who are caught up in false understanding, knowledge, and false teachings coming from pulpits and religious leaders as in Jesus’ days who manipulated and distorted truths for their personal gains.

Jesus was not understanding and kind to them. He overturned their tables and called them snakes. This is what He had to say to those evil religious leaders, “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

Can you say, “Ouch?” Be very careful what you say and do. My personal rule. I love, respect, and do good to all who come in contact with me. However, I will not condone, hide, or accept sins in any way or form. This is my lifestyle. I choose better for myself and model right living for my children and those who watch me.

Be strong leaders by words and actions. Don’t be manipulated to do wrong and evil. So many people are hurting. Some at the hands of evil people, others by choice. Whoever comes in contact with you, lead by the word of God and by the power of His Spirit living in you. We are to bring hope and a desire with them to seek after the God who loves them and desires to fill them with real joy, love, and peace!

Teresa Allissa Citro,
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Youth Devotional #2: A Divine Plan For You… Jeremiah 29:11

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” -Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)


Devotion by:  Justin Noah Citro

JUNE – Daily Bible Portions


ONLINE BIBLE (Multiple Translations Available):




1 Samuel 18–19, John 5:25–47, Psalm 66:1–5

Proverbs 13:8–9


1 Samuel 20–21, John 6:1–25, Psalm 66:6–11

Proverbs 13:10–11


1 Samuel 22–23, John 6:26–40, Psalm 66:12–20,

Proverbs 13:12–14


1 Samuel 24–25, John 6:41–65, Psalm 67

Proverbs 13:15–16


1 Samuel 26–28, John 6:66–7:13, Psalm 68:1–6

Proverbs 13:17–19


1 Samuel 29–31, John 7:14–39, Psalm 68:7–15

Proverbs 13:20–22


2 Samuel 1–2, John 7:40–8:11, Psalm 68:16–20

Proverbs 13:23–25


2 Samuel 3–4, John 8:12–30, Psalm 68:21–26

Proverbs 14:1–2


2 Samuel 5–6, John 8:31–59, Ps 68:27–35

Proverbs 14:3–4


2 Samuel 7–8, John 9:1–12, Psalm 69:1–5

Proverbs 14:5–6


2 Samuel 9–11, John 9:13–41, Psalm 69:6–12

Proverbs 14:7–9


2 Samuel 12:1–13:23, John 10:1–21, Psalm 69:13–21

Proverbs 14:10–12


2 Samuel 13:24–14:33, John 10:22–42, Psalm 69:22–27

Proverbs 14:13–14


2 Samuel 15–16, John 11:1–20, Psalm 69:28–36

Proverbs 14:15–16


2 Samuel 17:1–18:18, John 11:21–46, Psalm 70

Proverbs 14:17–19


2 Samuel 18:19–19:43, John 11:47–12:11, Psalm 71:1–7

Proverbs 14:20–21


2 Samuel 20–21, John 12:12–26, Psalm 71:8–14

Proverbs 14:22–24


2 Samuel 22, John 12:27–50, Psalm 71:15–24

Proverbs 14:25–27


2 Samuel 23–24, John 13:1–20, Psalm 72:1–3

Proverbs 14:28–29


1 Kings 1, John 13:21–14:6, Psalm 72:4–10

Proverbs 14:30–31


1 Kings 2, John 14:7–31, Psalm 72:11–20

Proverbs 14:32–33


1 Kings 3–4, John 15:1–17, Psalm 73:1–3

Proverbs 14:34–35


1 Kings 5–6, John 15:18–16:15, Psalm 73:4–10

Proverbs 15:1–4


1 Kings 7, John 16:16–33, Psalm 73:11–15

Proverbs 15:5–6


1 Kings 8:1–53, John 17, Psalm 73:16–20

Proverbs 15:7–8


1 Kings 8:54–9:28, John 18:1–24, Psalm 73:21–28

Proverbs 15:9–11


1 Kings 10:1–11:13, John 18:25–40, Psalm 74:1–6

Proverbs 15:12–13


1 Kings 11:14–12:33, John 19:1–15, Psalm 74:7–13

Proverbs 15:14–16


1 Kings 13:1–14:20, John 19:16–42, Psalm 74:14–23

Proverbs 15:17–19


1 Kings 14:21–15:34, John 20:1–18, Psalm 75

Proverbs 15:20–21



Our Response Can Only Be


For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.”  -Romans 5:10

He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”  -2 Corinthians 5:15

Our chains are gone, and we’ve been set free.  We’ve been bought with a high price; That price being Christ dying on the cross, shedding His blood for us.  Since Christ made the ultimate sacrifice, His sacrifice is infinitely greater than any sacrifice or offering ever made.  Before God, we stand redeemed, are reconciled to and restored by God.

After all the Lord has done, our response can only be, “Thank You, Lord, for setting me free to live for You.  I’m Yours, O Lord.  Do with me as You will.”

Linda A. Knowles

Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.




I can’t even express how proud I am to make this announcement.

I’m launching a new jewelry line







All proceeds to benefit rescued women and children.

Last year, I was driving to Melbourne Beach, when I felt God tell me to get off the highway and go to Bank of America. There He showed me a man, who worked there and told me to go speak to him. I didn’t know why. To get the conversation started I told him I was adding the VP name to the account. He asked the name of the account, and when I told him, he said, “So you are the reason I am working at this branch. God told me there was going to be someone coming, and I needed to help them. You are that person.”

He asked how he could be of help at Thread of Hope.

Fast forward to February 2017, I was in Savannah, walking down the street. As I was walking I felt God tell me to go into the jewelry store I was walking by and talk to the man inside and ask if he would be willing to make a piece of jewelry for Thread of Hope. I went in, and he turned out to be the owner of the jewelry store and a designer who made the jewelry himself. He told me he would love to help, but he didn’t have the time. I started to leave, but he called me back. He told me, “I have an idea. Why don’t you call this company,” as he gave me the name, “and give them your logo?”

I immediately got the vision of what the piece of jewelry would be and the design.

I don’t think I heard anything else the man said. I was so excited.

I left the store and told Ruth and my kids I have my design for the jewelry. It’s going to be our logo, and it’s going to be a bracelet! I called Lee to tell him about what happened. He told me, “Well, if you’re looking for a jeweler to make your design I have a friend that designs and makes jewelry.”

First, I can’t believe I’m designing jewelry! I can’t believe I have a complete line of my designs. I can’t believe it’s because I was obedient as crazy as it sounded to get off a highway and go inside a bank and specifically talk to a guy I didn’t know, and even crazier he knew he was there to meet someone he was to help. I can’t believe I was led to a jewelry shop in Savannah to ask a stranger about producing my jewelry in which I didn’t even have a design yet. The only purpose for going in was so I would get a vision of a bracelet as I’m talking to the man. I really can’t believe any of this myself. My children and Ruth lived it so I know I didn’t dream it.

Tonight, I humbly and proudly announce my jewelry line THE THREAD OF HOPE COLLECTION and my first piece in the collection RAHAB’S THREAD OF HOPE. This bracelet is a reminder that we, too, have hope because God loves those who are hopeless. His love is so great, reaching down to those who are hurting and miraculously delivering, restoring, and giving those who have been hurt and abused a second chance at life.

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Please help me help women and children who have been rescued from sex trafficking to have an opportunity at life with new hope. I created this jewelry line for the sole purpose of raising funds to support these women and children who have been rescued from a horrific life. One hundred percent of the profits go to them. This high-end end piece of jewelry, priced according to other jewelry of its kind is stainless steel with PVD gold coating.

Psalm 37.23

In the next months, I will add another piece of jewelry to THE THREAD OF HOPE COLLECTION.  I can’t even express how excited I am to unveil this new adventure God has called me too.

Please know God’s plans for your life are exciting and beyond your wildest dreams. A life of total surrender and obedience is irresistible in the Potter’s hands. I love sharing my life on Facebook to encourage you.  Nothing is impossible when we decide to use our life to help others and live for Him. I hope you will purchase this beautiful bracelet. If you want it in 14k we can get it done too. Thanks for helping those who can’t help themselves. The bracelet comes in a beautiful jewelry box with free shipping within the USA and Canada.

Finally to my wonderful friend and his wife for supporting me from the moment I met him at the bank. The paths of the righteous are led of God. If Lee didn’t believe and obey what God showed him, we wouldn’t be rejoicing at what God did. What an amazing reminder of God’s hand as he leads and directs our footsteps in all our lives. I’m so excited I can’t believe what God’s doing in my life.

Please pray for me and Thread of Hope, Inc.

Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Please God


Please God, not people. We are here with a purpose, and that is to serve God. Serving Him is done in countless ways, and everything we do is to glorify our God. We must realize as well that not everyone will like what we do, how we do it, and when we do it etc… We’re not to be concerned about the opinions others have of us. God knows our character and our hearts, and only He defines whom we are and to whom we belong.

Be bold, Children of God!  Be obedient to God. He is radical, and we must be too. Step up, trust Him, have faith and serve Him to the best of your ability, whatever it takes, no matter what!

Ruth Strait,
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

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