Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Best Part of Waking Up!

Good Morning Saints!
Today's topic: "The Best Part of Waking Up," is exactly as it reads. I look forward to reading my Daily Word every morning and searching for extensions to the daily readings in my Bible and other scriptural texts.  I did this when I was working as a teacher/assistant principal and I'm still doing it as I take this new journey with my business: Prayer Notes by Cynthia. I hunger for His Word in my life, as it guides my thoughts, my desires, and my steps. Yep! Give me a great cup of java and The Word and I can sit in healing meditation and anticipation of my Father's guidance for the day. Let's remember to give Him the First Fruits of our day, in times of joy or distress. He is the answer. Blessings, Saints!

Crafts for the Day

Both of these items have been sold and are in the process of being uploaded to my store. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Praying for Our World Leaders

Good Morning Saints!
I hope you had a great weekend! I continued to work on my creations, trying to perfect and better what I bring your way in my Ebay store. This morning, I'm thinking about prayer and how it affects our lives. I know that those who are reading my blog, most likely, believe in prayer. Do you ever pray for the world leaders? I think that we sometimes forget that these are the people that really need our prayers and well-wishes even if they don't  know it or want it;-) If we believe in the power of prayer, we need to pray for the people who make decisions that affect our daily lives. We don't necessarily have to agree with them, but we should be praying for them-asking the Lord to guide them. There have been presidents, congressmen and world leaders that I've disagreed with, but I've still prayed for them. Let's pull together, as believers, no matter what our political beliefs and pray fervently for our world leaders.  They need it, whether they know it or not!

Craft(s) for the Day
This set of Christmas cards was developed this weekend. Santa has glitter of his hat and each card is loaded with embellishments!  Only 26 days 'til Christmas!

Now, these cute coasters were already in my collection.  They are made from card stock, decorative paper, thermal laminate and cork.  I have different sets of these coasters listed  in my store.  They are about 4.25" X4.25"(inches) and are a great portable coaster for home or the workplace. Create your own holiday cheer by taking these to work! 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Gravitational Center

Good Morning Saints!
I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Today, I would like to discuss the importance of having God at the center of our lives. Some people may believe that God doesn't need to be a part of everything. But, I beg to differ. He is our reason for living, our longing for completion, our restlessness for communion.... If you are a believer, you know that He is the gravitational center of our lives. Everything revolves around Him. Does that mean we go about our days speaking only of the Lord in our conversations? No, but He should be at the forefront of our minds when we are thinking, speaking, and doing. Our mouths can say quite a bit, but our deeds show who we really are. We can speak piously and behave devilishly! So, let's place God at the center our lives, seeking Him, before everything and everyone.  Seeking His light for our paths will allow us to "be" more like Him, not just "speak" of Him. Blessings!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Saints!
We have so much to be thankful for this morning! We can be thankful for so many things that are not material:
breath in our bodies; clothed in our right minds; and the ability to listen to or read His Word. That's enough!  Everything else is just icing on the cake! Thank you, Dear Lord! May the Lord bless and keep you! Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Offended by Jesus

Good Morning Saints!
It is cold, here in Denver, this morning! Today, during my reading, I came across Matthew 11: 6-“And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”  To think that we would be offended by Him...  At first, I thought about how ungrateful and ignorant people were to be offended by Someone who was healing, preaching, and bringing togetherness to the people. But, after more reading and meditation, placing myself in their shoes, I found it not so crazy, after all. Take this scenario into consideration:

On Thursday morning, everyone arrived at Dillon High School to find that their principal, Mr. Always, was ill and would be gone for several weeks.  A new principal, Mr. New, was taking over in his absence.  Well, naturally, everyone was a little suspicious of Mr. New, for Mr. Always had been there since they could remember.  Mr. New talked to everyone! He didn't have any history with the teachers and everyone had a clean slate and a voice. He began to change the way business was handled and people began smiling, laughing and accepting each other.  Now, the "old order" didn't like the way Mr. New was treating everyone, as though they were all equal.  You see, many of them had been there since the opening of the school and felt that with all this joy and change, people wouldn't get their jobs done properly. Soon, they began a petition to have Mr. New removed. Those that had been satisfied and happy, felt pressured by the "old order" to sign the petition even though they liked Mr. New. Eventually, Mr. New was moved to another school. However, Mr. Always never returned, deciding to take early retirement.  In fact, Dillon High was assigned a new principal, Mr. My Way.;-)

We are often like the "old order"  at Dillon High, wanting things to stay the way they have always been. But, when Christ came to us, He came with hope, love, healing, and forgiveness.  Now, this may sound wonderful and it is wonderful! But, take into consideration how the "old order" must have felt with this New Upstart creating new joy and hope in their house. They were in charge of joy, not Him! Yep, that's the way we look at things and we are very possessive of our environment, whether it's at home, work or play.  Sometimes, we just have to let go and let God have His way, for we tend to be shortsighted, fearful and messy.
Good Day Saints!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Just Your God?

Good Morning Saints!
During my readings this morning, I was struck by the fact that we often talk, think, and preach about the difference prayer makes in difficult situations.  And, I believe it. However, think about the times we pray about a person or situation that is hindering us. When we are asking God for help, do we also pray for the person who has caused the hurt or pain? It's important that we do. You see, our God, if we actually believe He is a miracle-worker, can heal the person that is causing our pain or frustration. As I take the time to look back over my life, I realize that I may have eventually prayed for troublesome people, but it definitely wasn't my first thought or prayer. Let's try to remember to lift those that cause pain, affliction, and discord, for they are sick(emotionally or physically)and they need to be healed, just as much as we need them to become less troublesome. Remember, Christ came for the sick-to renew, recover and reconcile them to His Kingdom. Let's begin to look at our adversaries through Christ's lenses and lift them up in prayer. I'm especially thinking of all of those saints in the workplace who are at their "wit's-end" and trying to keep it together. May you be blessed and the weeds removed from your soul.
Psalm 55:22  Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Richly Blessed
I asked God for strength that
I might achieve.  
I was made weak that
 I might learn humbly to obey. 
I asked for health that
 I might do greater things.
 I was given infirmity that
I might do better things. 
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
 I was given poverty that
I might be wise. 
I asked for power that
I might have the praise of men. 
I was given weakness that
I might feel the need of God. 
I asked for all things that
I might enjoy life. 
I was given life that I might enjoy all things. 
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
 Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.                                                                        ~Author Unknown

Monday, November 22, 2010

Get Up!

Good Morning Saints!
During my readings this morning, there was a scripture from Romans 8: 22-23 that struck a cord of hope and recognition concerning our tiredness and hope for relief.  Believers know that their souls eagerly await to return to the Father-not in a morbid and mournful way, but in total fulfillment.  It is only natural for our spirits to long for rest and fulfillment in the Lord! Romans 8: 22-23 reads:

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

It is wonderful to know that there is nothing "wrong" with our longing for rest.  It is natural! So, go ahead and long, but know that you have work to do while you have this body. There is no time to waste.  Get up!  Get your war clothes on and continue to fight the "Good Fight" of helping and serving others. There will be time for rest, soon enough! Rejoice and look around you for ways to serve His Kingdom.  What are you going to do, today?!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pride in Our Faith

Good morning Saints!
As I contemplated my daily readings, one of which came from Our Daily Bread and 1 Peter 2:9-17, I thought about how easily we are swayed in our beliefs and attitudes by those surrounding us. We, as believers, have to guard our emotions and actions, by thinking and praying before we act or react.  It is simple, yet it is difficult to do--we automatically react, sometimes, regretting what we have said or done. So, what do we do in times of crisis? Stop, be still, pray, act--that "act" can be to give an opinion, walk away, or perform a deed.  How less complicated our lives would be if we followed these steps and "Let God" before opening our mouths.

Godspeed Saints!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

First, Mend Yourself (Repost)

Friends, this is a repost. I hope you enjoy the message.

Good Morning Saints!
I hope you are doing well. Today's topic, "Mending Yourself," is a lot more complicated than it sounds.  So many times, we sincerely reach out to others-family, friends, foes-and try to help them through whatever trial they are experiencing. But, it's important for us to look within and ask ourselves whether or not we have taken the time to mend and tend to our daily wounds.  They have to be redressed, bandaged, and cared-for, in order for us to give our personal best to others.  We definitely have to be prayed-up when we immerse ourselves in others' lives.  The Lord can work mighty miracles through those who are open to His Spirit, Love, and Care. In fact, through His love and guidance, we find the courage to use our experiences for lifting others.  We are able to talk about experiences that we have tucked away and find that the mentioning of these trials no longer hurts, realizing that steeping ourselves in His Word has healed our broken places.What a blessing! So, mend yourself, lifting your broken places to the Lord, so that you can help others!

Scripture for the Week

Matthew 7:1-5

New King James Version (NKJV)
Do Not Judge
 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Music for the Week

Crafts for the Week

First, Mend Yourself

Fabric and Vinyl Coasters
Fabric and Vinyl Coasters

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Uplifting Music! Add to the List....

Good Morning Saints!
Sometimes, we wake up with a melody upon our hearts, thanks to the Lord and all of the wonderful gospel artists sending praise and encouragement our way.  This morning, I would like to share some of he music that has seen me through a few rough and traumatic times.  I hope that you will leave comments about your favorite titles.  I will publish your favorite title and your name(let me know if you want to stay anonymous) on Friday's post.  My posts are archived so that people may always refer to these music titles in their time of need.  Have a wonderfully blessed day. Cynthia

P.S. Just click on the title to listen. A few have videos, also. Please, leave me a title or two to add to the list. Blessings!

1. Never Would Have Made It
2. Work It Out
3. Prayed Up
4. Imagine Me
5. You Are the Living Word

I have about 100 more:-) Send your favorites!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hello Saints,
This post is coming to you rather late, as the morning was hectic;-) I'm only going to post a few of my Christmas creations and bid you a wonderful day. Blessings!

Click on any of the photos to visit my eBay store. Take care.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Waiting Patiently in Times of Turmoil

Good Morning Saints!
It feels good to be able to write to you this morning.  It's snowing this morning in Denver, Colorado.  I've come to love and appreciate the snow, which was so unlike me 11 years ago, when we moved here from Texas;-) But, Denver has grown on me and I call it home, with a smile. This morning, I would like to talk about waiting patiently during trials and turmoil. Isn't it difficult to wait on the Lord to move during hard times? We just naturally want these times to pass. All of us can attest to the lessons learned during our valley times, but we are so eager for relief and change while standing in the valley. As I have grown older, I have learned(sometimes) how to deal with "situations" before they bring me down.  I tell myself to be still and stay in His Word and continuously pray, according to Psalm 46:1-3,7---- "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah."

This one of several verses that you can refer to for encouragement.  So, stay steeped in prayer and the mountains shall be moved or toppled.  I can attest to this! Praises and Blessings!

Have a blessed day! You may find these bookmarks in my eBay Store.
Click on photo to visit the store. Have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

To Be Healed, Lord...

Good Morning Saints,
I have had this topic on my heart for the last few years. Of course, writing about it and thinking about it, are two different things. Thinking is personal and can be contained to an audience of you and God. Writing is open and allows the world a glimpse into your soul.  Well, take a glimpse....

Several years ago, I had an opportunity to work with a person who used psychological brutality to beat and defeat others. This was very hard for me to take, and especially difficult to watch when it happened to others. I felt that it was okay for me, but not for others. To make a long story short, this situation took its toll on my life, even after I was removed from the situation. Removal is just the beginning of your healing. To actually heal, you must go back over the situation and think about what you coulda' woulda', and shoulda'  done differently. This gives you ownership of the situation. Next, you have to take all of the, "I would do this, differently" scenarios and place them upon His altar. Why? Well,  the "coulda', woulda', shoulda'," will eat you alive, but it's something you have to go through. When it has been placed upon His altar, you have to leave it there and stop pulling it off into your lap, again. For, soon it will be sacrificed and your soul will find an unprecedented peace--a peace beyond being removed from the situation; a peace beyond feeling guilty for not doing more; a peace beyond leaving others behind; even a peace beyond forgiveness---just this undeniable and unerring peace beyond your understanding. You'll just know that it is yours. You'll know that this kind of peace can only come from God. Then, you can move forward with the healing process and begin to listen more intently to the Lord and His direction. You can finally wipe the mud from your eyes, (just like the blind man who was healed when Jesus placed the healing mud upon his eyes) and see the situation and your new path from the mountaintop. So, go ahead and lament, cry, feel guilty, run-away, hide....  After all, you are human and, guess what? God knows it and still loves you. Just don't forget to hold fast to His hand during your lost time, for the Lord can and will hold you like no other person or thing. Stay steeped in His Word and Presence, as you travel your road to healing, for it will be worth the trip. Amen and Blessings!

Your change will come!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Restored, Rebuilt, Reconnected!

Good Morning Saints,
It's a privilege to be writing this morning! I feel like I've been rebuilt and I am thankful. All day long, I ask to be restored, rebuilt, and reconnected to His Word.  We all need daily, hourly, minute-by-minute communion with the Lord. But, we must ASK! Just do it!

Yesterday, I spent a great deal of time perfecting my eBay listings and thinking about the kind of materials I should be bringing your way.  I'm always trying to improve and perfect my crafts. But, sometimes, it's okay to leave them the way they are...the way God gave them to you...the way they first came to your heart. For instance, do you remember the wonderful and heart-soaring feeling from your first acceptance of the Lord.  It was great and sometimes, we want that feeling back. When I'm feeling like this, I listen to J. Moss' Restored. This beautiful song helps me to recognize my rewards and feel restored.  Today, I'm bringing you a few Christmas coasters that I created.  They are simple and sweet, featuring an African American Mr. and Mrs. Claus. These coasters are easy to slip into your briefcase or purse and take to the office for an immediate "lift." I've also created several God-centered plastic coasters, too--of course, you knew this;-) Check them out when you have time.  Be blessed, restored and rebuilt!. Blessings!

These cute little coasters are available in my etsy and eBay shops. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Virtues of the Spirit-Look Around You

Good Morning Saints,
This morning my emotions are a little stormy. But, I will push forward because I know that I have a Lifter(a precious song by Ted Winn). As I had my devotion, this morning, the reading from Our Daily Bread focused on virtues of the Spirit--the fruit of the Spirit. And, as I think about my family and friends, one special person, Cassandra(Sandy), comes to mind. Her special fruit is "JOY." She exudes joy, praise and thanksgiving. Sandy has been gifted with the fruit of joy. How do I know this? It's in her attitude, her smile, her acceptance, and her cheerleading for others. She lifts others with her joy of life and God. God is a Lifter!  Let's look around us and identify the "fruit" that the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon the people we have in our lives. I bet the fruit is abundant! Blessings!

But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head (Psalm 3:3).

Monday, November 8, 2010

Why Should I Help You?

Plastic drink coasters:  Little reminders that I keep around the house to help me in my walk with Christ. You can find them in my eBay shop. Just click on the image.

Good Morning Saints!
     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!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Following Your Light

Good Morning Saints,
This morning, I was thinking about all of my responsibilities and how they seem to pile up all at once. This time, instead of getting overwhelmed and rushing to get everything accomplished, I just made a list of what I needed to get done and am in the process of a getting it done. Now, why can't I think of this each time I have a thousand things to do? Well, life is a process and I'd like to think that I'm progressing instead of regressing;-), which brings to mind Mary Mary-I GOT IT and Matthew 7:7: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." If you are like me, you run around in circles, sometimes, and forget to A.S.K. Remember to A.S.K. and it will be taken care of by Him. Love all of you.  Many Blessings!

Ask and it will                   
be given to you~
Seek and you
will find~
Knock and the door
will be Opened to you~

Thursday, November 4, 2010

In the Midst of Chaos

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."

Good Morning Saints!
Today, my heart goes out to all of those who are working in a hostile working environment.  I have experienced this and it is not easy.  There is no magic solution or strategy that will improve the disposition of those around you. However, you can control how you react to people who are negative or mischievous. You can pray for them and ask God to create a light in your spirit that protects you and touches others that come in contact with you. When it is time for you or "them" to move on, it will happen. I am a strong believer in what God has for you, is only for you and others may not take it away. They may darken your path, but God will push their darkness aside, so that you may continue your walk.  Thus, Jeremiah 29:11. I hope that these words will help you to continue to let your light shine, in spite of the darkness that may surround you, for you are the seasoning of the world----Matthew 5:13  "Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?...."

Here are a few of my creations that have helped me to overcome people and circumstances. Place "Godly Reminders" in your workspace and your home. We need reminders of his power and grace around us all of the time. To purchase my bookmarks and creations, just click on the photos. Keep in mind, that some of my writings have not been published on bookmarks, cards, etc.  Have a blessed day. Blessings!
Hope and Perseverance Bookmark

Triumph Bookmark

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Our Greatest Need

Today, as I reflected on my reading from Our Daily Bread, I realized that we take our health, families and friends for granted. No, we don't do this arrogantly, but all the same, we do it.  Our lives and circumstances can change within a wink of an eye and we need to take the time to thank God for everyone and everything that brightens our life. Today, I'm thanking Him for my health(mentally and physically), my family, my friends, my ability to praise and give thanks. Here is a Star of David bookmark that I created  in praise and thanksgiving. Take care and many blessings!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Loving Each Other

Good Morning Saints!
It feels good to be writing this morning. My heart is filled with love for the Lord and I want to share that love and compassion with you. If you are wondering why I call you saints, just listen to a snippet of Donnie McClurkin's, We Fall Down.  As most of you know, I love  to write.  My writings are from my prayer notes journal, hence the name of my stores and blog.  Here is a poem I wrote in praise of the Lord:

A Thousand Violins

Dear and Precious Lord,
Jubilation and thanksgiving
are mine, this morning,
as a thousand violins
play a tender and joyous melody upon my heart.
My heart beats for You
and the unchanging love You have bestowed upon me.
My soul sways surely and gently
in the wake of Your Presence.
My mind, through Your anointment, envisions Your angels,
wings fully extended in exultation, praising Your Holy Name.
I bow my head
in humble thankfulness
and raise my hands
in joyful praise,
as a thousand violins
play a tender and joyous melody upon my heart.

~prayer notes~

I hope that you enjoy this poem. It will be placed on my bookmarks and cards in a few weeks. Take care and many blessings!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Just the Beginning!

Hello Friends!
It feels good to have my first blog and first post.  I went back and forth about starting a blog and just decided that it was now or never. I've even changed this post 2 times;-) Every morning, I begin my day by seeking His Word and asking for guidance. This routine is what sets my perspective for the day. Monday's reading from Our Daily Bread, also prompted me to begin my blog. The topic: Stockpiling or Storing? Jennifer Benson Schuldt, the author of this particular article writes,  "We're born empty-handed and we leave the world the same way." As we think about these words, we should try to apply it to our lives. What are we doing, right now? Are we using the gifts He has given us? We just have to pick-up where we are, and start using our gifts. There will never be "a best time" to get started because something or someone will always be in our way. So, step over it or around them, and just start. We may stumble and fall while we are using our gifts, but who cares? Stumble, fall, brush yourself off and keep on moving.  Therefore, this blog and my writings are a baby step in that direction. Be Blessed.
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