Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Do You Have Religion or a Relationship?

Good Evening Friends,
It has been a month since I have written from my heart. Yes, I have been extremely busy with my online shop, creating inspirational and happy holiday items. I asked the Lord for "more" work and He is giving me work--almost more than I can handle. But, isn't that how it works with the Lord? He blesses you abundantly. You need only "believe" and "prepare" for the on-coming flood of blessings. Yep! This weekend, a friend and I were discussing blessings and how many of us ask "without" an expectant heart. Why is that? If you ask your earthly father or mother for something, you expect that they will help you, or at least, try to help you. So, why is it so hard to believe that the Lord, who is much more reliable, loving and powerful, will give you what you need? Because, we are human and tend to believe in what and who we can see. But, saints, I will tell you, right now, that the Lord will give you your heart's desire. This is my testimony to you. 

How do we get to the point where we depend on Him? We need to build our relationship with the Lord. Talk to Him, day-in and day-out. Depend on Him for your well-being. We can beat the church doors down every Sunday and still only have religion. And, that is just not enough. We have to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. We have to let Him in. Yes, that means giving Him precedence in our lives and trusting Him to guide and protect us. In protecting and guiding us, the Lord gives us eyes to see that which is invisible to many and discernment to go forward or turn around. That may sound a little scary, but it is vital in building our ties with the Lord. You see, His Hand is extended and always has been. It's us who must place our hand in His and begin walking with Him. As we grow closer to the Lord, we will wonder how we ever made it without Him--we will realize how empty our souls were---how shallow "religion" is, compared to a relationship with God. Be blessed, saints and carry those blessings forward, being a blessing to all extensions of your existence. 'Til next time...

Scriptures of Praise
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple… My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’  Your face, Lord, I will seek”  (Psalm 27:4, 8).

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.  Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young — a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.  Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you… Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” (Psalm 84:1-4, 10).

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

When the Hand of God Sweeps Across Your Life

Good Morning Saints!
It's a cold morning, here, in Denver, and I love it! Most of all, I love being able to share my innermost thoughts with you. It is a privilege that I do not take lightly. I only post every 2 weeks and in that time, I ask the Lord for guidance about my next topic. Well, the topic of today has not only been on my heart-it has happened in my life. In fact, all of my topics are testimonies that have touched or stormed-through my life.

God's Hand is mighty and powerful. Just recently, I prayed fervently that a certain cup be taken from my lips. I was afraid to pray for this, as I didn't know how "the taking-away" would affect all involved--still trying to control things, even in prayer. You see, I know that God answers prayers and that He wants us to think about what we are asking of Him. We are His children and He has raised us well. Therefore, we need to be thoughtful of our prayers. I'm not saying that God gives us whatever we ask for, therefore we should be careful--No, our God knows what we need, before, during and after we ask. But, as we grow in faith, our eyes become more encompassing, seeing the "whole picture," rather than the "self-picture." We become more concerned about others than ourselves, realizing that our prayers should be in line with His Kingdom. 

After much prayer, sleepless nights, tears, and pure exhaustion, I finally realized that the circumstances were too big for me. You see, I would pray for one thing and then take it back, because that scenario may hurt this person or that person. Needless to say, I had to rely on the Lord and not myself to solve the situation. In total surrender, I asked the Lord to send His Holy Spirit to help me "release self" and allow me to "accept and drink" from the given cup. I not only asked this in my heart, I surrendered aloud and accepted the circumstances. The next day, the cup was taken away and utterly destroyed....

Oh, the relief and deep joy that I experienced was indescribable! My faith has grown and I know that His Holy Spirit will guide me when I am lost. The Hand of God sweeps across our lives every minute and every day, but we are too blind to see, feel, or believe it. We must ask and leave it on the altar. On our way to take it from the altar, we must slap our hands and heart and "leave it there," for the Lord will remove the cup or make it tolerable for drinking. Be blessed saints and pay the blessings forward.~Cynthia

Scripture
Psalm 144:2
He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. 

Music: Deliverance

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Take the Time to Study the Obstacle

Happy Friday, Saints!
I'm tired and I'm sure many of you feel the same way. Of course, I absolutely love creating new bookmarks, coasters, etc., for my Etsy shop, but I tend to over-work. So, it's time for a break and my blog is the perfect place for me to unwind and write. Lately, I have felt as though I am swimming against the tide.... As I go about my days staying close to my Father, obstacles(more like boulders) seem to fall on me or in my path. Sometimes, I just take a seat and stare at the obstacle. What am I waiting for? Strength! When you run into a brick wall, it's good to think before backing-up and running into it, again. Yes, this is easier said than done, in a society where there's the "Need-for-Speed."

Now, we all have obstacles thrown in our paths, as we strive to build our faith. The key is to wait on the Lord and ask for patience and strength during the trial.  It seems to me, the more you strive for greater faith and recognize the greatness of our Lord, the more the devil starts to tap-dance on your heart. In the past, I would have thought that my lack of faith is the reason for the devil's dance. But, as I read, reread and study His Word, my thoughts have begun to take a new turn. You see, our work is important to the Lord. He loves us and has gifted each one of  us with special gifts that spread His Word. The spreading of The Word fosters love and care, making this world a more tolerance place. And, this is where the tap-dancing comes in. For, why would Satan stay still and allow you to go about your way without hindrances? He won't! If a way can be found to thwart our efforts, he will find it. Hence, I tend to sit still and study the obstacle in front of me. Is it big, small, easy-to-move, sharp...? What is it that the Lord would have me learn, as I go through this trial? I believe that every trial can be a learning experience if we hold tightly to the Master's hand. Yes, there will be thorns and briar patches, but, as I've said before, the Lord has the balm to soothe our pain. 

And saints, you know what? After much thought, prayer, meditation, and listening, I am finding that I can leap over, swim through, knock out, or sail right by that obstacle.  I might get some bruises, but I harbor a deep joy, knowing that my soul sits safely in the crook of my Father's Arm and the balm for my pain is contained in His Holy Hand. Go ahead, and move forward through your trials, growing stronger and more wise in your faith. Hold on to the Father's Hand, saints, because He is your only "Sure" Light at the end of the trial. Leap,swim, box and sail saints! 

Scripture
Nehemiah 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Why Should I Help You?

Good Morning Saints! 
This is a re-post of one of my earlier blog posts. It seemed appropriate for my current state of mind. I hope it helps you, too!


This weekend, I had the opportunity to help someone in need. Now, this person did not ask for help, but acted as though she expected me to reject her. Here's the scoop: On  a routine visit to the grocery store, I returned to my car to find a mom and her kids parked in front of me with the hood of their car raised.  The mom stood in front of her car with her arms folded and just looked at me. Now, is that any way to behave when you need help? Anyway, I asked if she needed help. Instantly, her expression, body language, and everything about her changed. She was so happy and relieved. Maybe she was used to people saying no. Maybe she was too embarrassed to ask. Maybe...I don't know. She thanked me for the "jump" and we parted ways. As I drove home, I thought better of the situation, thinking this could have been a set-up, a scam, a dangerous situation. Yet, I knew exactly what to do.  This was not of me, but of the Holy Spirit, as I have a suspicious nature.     

Now, how many times does the Lord help us? Aren't we, sometimes, like the mom with her arms folded, in dire need of assistance, but either too stubborn, too afraid or too proud to ask? Let's look at others the way we know the Lord looks at us--with an outstretched hand and compassion. Ask the Lord to help you in discerning your circumstances and situations and you will be led before you know what's happening.  He is real. Blessings!

Scripture 

1 Corinthians 2:15

King James Version (KJV)
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Stumbling and Striving

Good Morning!
It is a very cold morning, here, in Denver. In fact, it snowed almost all day, yesterday. Well, I've been creating beautiful works of art and asking God to anoint my mind, heart, words and hands, as I walk the path set before me. It seems that every obstacle that you can imagine, has been thrown in my path. But, most of the time, I have stopped, observed, prayed, praised, and sought His Direction, before moving on--most of the time.... But, there have been a few obstacles that I have tackled, fought and fell-over, because I sought to fight on my own, without the Lord. Now, I know better!!!  And, I knew better, before I set off on my own!

This will never cease to amaze me--the falling and "hard-headedness" that I have, at times. Whenever I turn a deaf ear and hard heart toward the Lord, I always tumble down a hill and hit boulder. One would think that a jagged scar or two would clear-up any "hard-headedness." I think that we have to go through a few situations, in order to learn and grow. I know, for sure, that we have to experience a few hardships in order to be able to relate to the hearts and experiences of others. So, as I walk this walk, I try to remember that the Lord loves me, knows me better than I know myself, and has a plan for me. He will never leave or forsake me. It is I, that must stay on His path and work on studying His Word and Ways. 

May your days be filled with learning and growing, Saints. And, remember, not to give up when you stumble and fall. Just wipe the dust from your bottom and continue striving on the path He has placed before you, keeping in mind that there is a lesson to be learned and race to to be run.  Blessings!

Scripture for the Week

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV)
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.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

By His Grace, Only

Good Morning Saints,
I hope this post finds you still hanging-on to the Father's Hand. Today, my heart rests upon the storm clouds that seem to rage and persist in the midst of our lives. You know, I have lived almost 50 years and have been privy to my share of storms and tsunamis. Yep, a few of them almost took me home to my Heavenly Father, but I held on....  Sometimes, I held on for the sake of my family; sometimes, for the sake of those looking to me for guidance-friends, students, parents, teachers; sometimes, for the sake of making liars out of those who sought my demise. Other times, I simply held on for my sake, because I wanted to live. But, through all of these various storms, I've learned one thing: Keep holding His Hand and He will lift you out of the pits of Hell. I am a living example and I'm not at all proud of it. Why? Because, I am humbled and awed by the amazing love and power of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Oh, yes, I am here, today, in spite of my ignorance and the ignorance of others. 

Saints, take a purposeful look at the life you have lived...the situations you have survived...the manure you have waded-through...the misplaced loyalties and trust...and, give thanks to the Lord for bringing you through the complexities of life. For, it was only through His Grace that you are still here. Now, for those of you who have been sheltered from the storms, do not be misled into thinking that you were lucky to have not experienced serious storms, and that you have always been safe. Simply said: You were kept by Him, while  walking in the midst of danger and peril.  If you sit quietly and think about the places you have been and the rodes you have traveled, you will realize that it is only by His will that you are here, today. So, be still saints and take the time to send sweet love and tender words of thanks to your Father, for He has worked miracles that you have taken for granted. Be blessed and pay it forward!

Scripture of the Week
Psalms 32:7 

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall compass me about
with songs of deliverance.

Music for the Week
I love to hear children sing His praises! (I've posted this song before.)

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Taking Advantage of Down-Time and Tiredness

Good Morning Saints,
I missed writing last week! Boy, was I tired! But, you know what? I took advantage of this down-time. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, which I can do quite well, I decided to stay steeped in His Word and continuously ask Him to send His Holy Spirit to comfort, confront and correct my life. Now, this was not easy. It felt like thorns in my soul...tossing my thoughts about and confronting all principalities not relating to His Walk. Although I feel refreshed and replenished, I am still a little uneasy--not physically, but on an emotional level. This uneasiness arrives with learning more about myself and how much more I need to grow in the Lord. 

This morning, saints, I challenge you to use your vacation days and down-time to meditate and refresh your soul. You will feel magnificent, but a little uneasy about your "personal truths," as they open your eyes to the core of who you are and who you want to become. All of us are striving, every day, to become more like Jesus and we know that we will fall short in our walk. But, the Good News is: He walks with us every step of the way, allowing us to stumble, but ready to lend His Hand as we reach for comfort. Let us look forward to our time alone and expect and welcome confrontation and correction from the Holy Spirit. Be blessed saints!

Scripture for the Week

Psalm 51

New King James Version (NKJV)
 1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
         According to Your lovingkindness;
         According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
         Blot out my transgressions.
 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
         And cleanse me from my sin.
 

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