Thursday, December 27, 2012

Book Review: If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure by Sheri Rose Shepherd

Hello Friends,
I hope your holiday was filled with lots of love and joy. I've just finished reading, If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure, by Sheri Rose Shepherd. This is one of my chosen books to review for Tyndale Publishers. I was pleasantly surprised by Sheri's real-life short stories at the beginning of each chapter. Her "short takes" hook you into reading each chapter. This recipe book is filled with applicable Scripture and tasty recipes. Here is a taste of what you will find in each chapter:

1. One of Sheri's personal short stories.
2. Soul Food: Scripture and how it applies to our enjoyment of food.
3. New Life Recipes: Scripture and ideas about creating positivity and joy in your daily life.
4. Power Up with Prayer: Scripture and a power prayer.
5. Food Truth: A truth to keep in mind throughout the day/week.
6. Recipes with ingredients and step-by-step instructions.
7. A QR code that you can scan with your smart phone, providing more weight loss and kitchen coaching tips from Sheri. (available as a link, also)

Sheri's recipes are filled with mouth-watering ingredients. No bland or tasteless ingredients in this book! If you are thinking about losing weight, maintaining your weight or just eating healthier, this is a great book to help you achieve your goals. 

I received this book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.  is a great recipe book to add to your personal library. It is a recipe book that you will use when in need of an emotional and spiritual lift. It is available in paperback, as well as eReader formats. Happy reading, friends!

Additional Information about the book:
~Recipe index
~Online coaching

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Gift to Behold and Cherish

Good Morning Saints,
I love Christmas and the studying of Christ and His birth! Why? Because of the wonderful gift of God's enduring love: Christ. I think about this Gift, often. And, although the Lord asks nothing of me, other than to believe, I want to honor His gift of life and salvation. Now, I know that my offerings are imperfect, but I also know that the Lord looks upon my heart and not my imperfections(1 Samuel 16:7). Oh, and how my heart jumps in my chest with joy and praise when I think of the love He has for me! I feel the need to dance like David(2 Samuel 6:14)! I hope you feel it, too! So, as I sit in my art studio, writing this entry and thinking about the multitude of blessings that rain upon us, everyday, it is with much joy and thanksgiving that I share my love of the Trinity with you.... May you and yours be blessed this season and every season. ~Cynthia

The Birth of Jesus
Matthew 1:18-25
    This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
    But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
    Music: O Holy Night

    Merry Christmas and Many Blessings to All!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Ready, Set, STOP!

Good Morning Saints,
It has been a while, since my last post. And, oh, have I been busy! My etsy art shop is growing and I am becoming more involved in my art and my prayer time. Isn't it a privilege to be able to take all of our worries and concerns to the Lord? If this is true, then why do we continue to worry and fret over our lives? Well, it's human nature to do so. But, it's not our spiritual nature to do so. The Lord did not give His children a spirit of fear. (Psalm 27:1-2) However, this instinct to worry, handle it on our own or take flight is strong. I can attest to this last alternative, taking flight, in my own journey. There have been times when I have run, instead of staying-put. But, I learned from all my "sprints." I learned that I can run, but the trouble still follows. Or, that I can run, but out of sight, does not necessarily mean out of mind. For, running, only creates a lingering problem or a "what-if " question in your mind. So, it has taken much running, stumbling and doing things my way, to grow me into a person who stands her ground. I might cry or decide to wear the cloak of worry, but I remember that the Lord has inscribed me in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:16) and will hold me in my times of distress. I encourage you to stand strong, and be of good courage, saints. It's okay to worry or run, for millisecond, but stop in your tracks and surrender those negative tendencies to Jesus and He will create, in you,  a strong and courageous heart. Many blessings! 

Psalm 27: 14
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Music by Jamie Grace

Drink Coasters for the Soul

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Book Review: Perfect Lies by Jennifer Crow

Good Evening!
This evening, I am bringing to you, the review of Jennifer Crow's book, titled Perfect Lies.  This book is not for the faint-of-heart. In fact, it takes courage to read this book and place ourselves in Jennifer's place. For, her story touches the lives and lies of every reader. We all have lies we live behind, in order to survive. But, is this the life that Christ wants us to live? 

Jennifer takes us through 9 lies that chip away at our   family relationships, physical health, mental wellness, and our relationship with the Lord. She teaches you about the lie and the ways in which it manifests itself. Here are a few of the lies that she lists and tackles in her book:

1. Perfect Lie Number One: I Am Unlovable
2. Perfect Lie Number Three: I Am Unacceptable
3. Perfect Le Number Six: I Am Not Angry
4. Perfect Lie Number Nine: I Am Deprived

These are just a few of the life lies Jennifer touches upon. This book helps you to figure out why you are living a particular lie and the ammunition to fight back. This book is a "must-read" for everyone and especially, Christians.  

I received this book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers, in exchange for my honest review. Perfect Lies is a worthy read. It is a book that you will go back to, whenever you are "living-out" one of the "lies."  It is available in paperback, as well as eReader formats. Happy reading, saints!

Additional Information about the book:
~Discussion guide for Bible study groups and classes
~Notes section for further study and research
~Availability link:  Perfect Lies 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Obstacles, I'm Blasting-Through!


Ephesians 6:10

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Good Morning Friends,
This morning, my heart leads me to discuss cleansing our "perspective lens" when running this life-race. Sometimes, when we are striving to grow and try-out our wings in new situations, we come across several bumps and obstacles. But, I am here to tell you that we may choose to do the following:

1. Give-up(been there--done that--not going back)
2. Go around the obstacle and stay on course(did that, but didn't learn anything)
3. Or, choose to stop, study, mentally photograph the culprit, and move forward.... (my choice)

I choose the latter, so that I can "run" straight through that obstacle the next time it appears. Why waste time detouring and taking the scenic route? The way I figure it...if I have the Lord with me and am holding tight to His mighty hand, in confidence and assurance (faith), then I will be okay. And, He has never let me down. Every day, my faith continues to grow and I continue to be amazed at the power and love the Lord has for me. Through thick and thin, He stands by my side and guides me. I challenge you to study the obstacles that come your way, so that you may "blast-through" when it plops-down in your path, again. Many blessings, saints!


Crafts of Praise! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Appreciating Freedom

Happy 4th of July Saints!
I have been mulling-over this topic for about a month, trying to pull-together what freedom means.... 

Freedom is very precious, yet many of us take it for granted. Every morning, I open my eyes to a safe and secure home. I eat my breakfast, talk to my kids and husband, tend my flower gardens and work in my art studio. Some days, I run a few errands and phone my friends and family members. And, these are just a few of my daily joys! The biggest joy is being able to praise the Lord! I can sit here and write about praising Jesus on my blog and not fear that the military or government will punish me or my family for believing in Christ. Would I have the same joyful and non-threatening environment no matter where I lived in the world?  Probably not. 

Now, I'm not saying that every day is a holiday. I experience sorrow, pain and grief just like everyone else. But, for the most part, we all go about our business in a relatively safe environment, knowing that the police are a phone call away and that our servicemen and women are keeping a watchful eye on our country's perimeter. Wow! I don't know about you, but I am thankful for my freedom...the freedom to praise, live and enjoy each new day the Lord has provided. So, right now, I want to praise the Lord for every given day and applaud our servicemen and women for working to ensure our freedom. I do not take my life for granted. I try to live each day, as if it may be my last.  Enjoy your holiday and give much praise to the Lord!

Psalm 90:12
Teach us to number our days, 
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

To Accept or Not To Accept...

Good Morning Friends,
I hope this note of hope finds you well and prayed-up! Smiles. Today, my heart leads me to discuss the accepted and unaccepted....  With all of the "things" flying around in the media, it can, sometimes, become difficult to decide what we choose to accept into our lives and what we choose to turn away from. And, just how do we make the choice to keep or dispense of certain ideas and ways of life? I choose to read the Word, meditate on what I have read, ask for Jesus' divine guidance and listen to His directions. That's all! Yep, that's it! And, you know what? I am always led in the right direction or to make the best decision, when I follow the Master's way.  It's as simple as that.  Of course, I could make a "big to-do" about why you should accept or not accept certain "things," but I tend to say less and "live" the example. It's NOT easy and I don't always make the right choices, but I put my best foot forward, everyday, knowing that my Father loves me and will guide me, if only I will ask. May your days be filled with prayer, joy and love, saints, as you walk this walk and run this race. Blessings!


Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Gaining Faith

Good Morning Saints!
Today, it is 93 degrees in Denver! And, this is considered extremely hot for us Denverites:-) You know what else is hot? Trouble! Yep! Trouble is always lurking around the corner. But, I have found that our reactions are totally different when we are steeped in His Word and stepping-out in faith. The calmness that we feel is phenomenal! And, I give Him praise for holding us up when we would rather give-up.

Our faith grows, phenomenally, in the face of trouble and trials. We learn what we are made-of and what we are able to do with the help of the Holy Spirit. Take a few minutes to think-back on situations and circumstances that you have come through....  Was it all you? Were you the rock that pulled yourself through? Nope! It was the Lord and His grace that kept you from falling apart and giving-up. As you go about your way, today, lend a word of encouragement to those who are "going-through." Your blessings and experiences are to be shared with others. Many blessings!


Isaiah 43:2

New International Version (NIV)
When you pass through the waters, 
    I will be with you; 
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, 
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
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