Sunday Inspiration-Just As I Am

Last week I said I wanted to share about how I let my past sins define me and how I’ve had a hard time forgiving myself.

Just mentioning that, I received several emails. Some of you have had a hard time with past sins. (To be honest, I’m sure some reading this are not dealing with just past sins but may be dealing with something right now.)

Thankfully, God is waiting to forgive us, and he wants us to live victoriously. I’m not defined by my past sins and neither are you.

Sunday Inspiration-Just As I Am

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 (NIV)

We’re all broken and wounded. That’s why we need a Savior. We’re guilty but because of His sacrifice we’re pardoned.

This song is a newer version of Just As I Am and I love the chorus.

I come broken to be mended
I come wounded to be healed
I come desperate to be rescued
I come empty to be filled
I come guilty to be pardoned
By the blood of Christ the Lamb
And I’m welcomed with open arms
Praise God, just as I am

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Some Sunday Inspiration-Just Be Held

This past week Wayne and I went to see Casting Crowns. In case some of you haven’t heard of them, they’re a contemporary christian rock band. We both love their music!

Some Sunday Inspiration-Just Be Held

So of course, I’m going to share a song by Casting Crowns with you. It was hard for me to pick which song because I love so many of them.

One of these days I’m going to share about how I let my past mistakes define me. I’ve had a hard time forgiving myself but I’ve finally realized that God has forgiven me and can use my past for His glory. The song they sing that reminds me of this is East to West.

But today, I want to share a song off their latest album. When they played it, Wayne and I both said we could have used this song a few months ago.

The song is titled, Just Be Held. When I shared the post about our family’s struggles, I was overwhelmed with the emails I received.

Many of you shared struggles with me that you’re facing such as divorce, health problems, difficulties with grown children, loss of a loved one, just to name a few.

It was a reminder to me, that we all face struggles. We’re not alone in this. God wants to help us through whatever difficulty we’re facing today.

Here’s one of my favorite lines in the song:

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
Youre not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
Im on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held

 

I hope you know today that God is on His throne and you’re being held!

Have a blessed day!

Sunday Inspiration

Hi friends! Just some Sunday inspiration today. You never know what each week will hold but thankfully I do know the One who holds them and He is faithful.

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I’ve shared with you before that I’m a David Crowder fan. I’ve been listening to his newly released single called, I Am. Just a great reminder that God is holding on to us.


Have a blessed Sunday!

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5 Tips For a Healthy Marriage

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share 5 Tips For a Healthy Marriage. These are tips that Wayne and I believe in and use in our own marriage. Whatever stage of marriage you’re in, your marriage is important and you need to make it a priority!

5 tips for a healthy marriage

After 22 years of ministering along side my husband to couples and leading numerous conferences on marriage I have realized we all have to work at our marriages.

Wayne and I have certainly had struggles but one thing we both know is, we are committed to each other, period!

I love being married to Wayne and we both want the best marriage possible. So here are my 5 tips for a healthy marriage~~

1. Make Christ a Priority-The first thing we must do to keep our marriage healthy is to put Christ first. Many people today try to have a healthy marriage without Him but dare I say more than ever, we need Him.

I’m not talking about going to church every once in a while but I’m talking about a real relationship with the One who created marriage. (Genesis 2:20-25)

Wayne and I hold each other accountable and we encourage each other in our walk with Christ. This is the most important priority and ultimately the most fulfilling way to a strong marriage.

2. Pray together-Wayne and I regularly pray together. For some reason, some couples have a hard time praying together. But let me encourage you to try it. There’s something very intimate about praying together and it’s hard to be mad at each other when you’re praying for each other together. :-)

3. Laughter is good medicine-Marriage is hard and we sometimes disagree, but laughter has always been good medicine for our marriage. There are lots of serious issues in the world but taking a break from them and just finding time to belly laugh has been such a blessing in our marriage.

Today, maybe things are a little crazy around your house. Let me suggest laughter, it really does do a marriage good! “A joyful heart is good medicine” Proverbs 17:22

 4. Celebrate Your Differences-One thing we hear a lot of married couples say is “we have nothing in common”. I laugh as I write this because Wayne and I are complete opposites too.

I often feel like singing the theme song to Green Acres. You’ve heard it right?

{Wayne} Green acres is the place for me. 
Farm livin’ is the life for me. 
Land spreadin’ out so far and wide 
Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.

{Cyndi} New York is where I’d rather stay. 
I get allergic smelling hay. 
I just adore a penthouse view. 
Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.

We laugh all the time about how different we are. But I think it makes are marriage interesting. Wayne and I give and take.

I go fishing with him (well I go, I don’t actually fish, I take a good book) and he goes shopping with me. It works for us!

So today, celebrate your differences rather than trying to change them. Then try to think of some things you do have in common.

5. Dream Together-Wayne and I love to talk about things we want to do together. Even things we want to do with our grown children. Dreaming keeps our marriage fresh and exciting! So take some time this week to dream together.

This is not an exhaustive list but these are 5 things that we believe has kept our marriage strong and healthy. Wayne and I will be married 23 years this year and we can both say we are more in love with each today than ever before.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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See You In A Little While

Since the beginning of the year, it seems I have attended funeral after funeral. My heart breaks for the families because I know the feeling of loss they are experiencing. The pain is almost more than you can bear.

Many of you know, I lost my Mom to cancer in 2009. Although I may not mention it as much, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her. Oh how I wish I could pick up the phone and call her and hear her sweet voice.

Mom continues to influence my life, not just in the memories I have of her but also by the words she wrote in her Bibles, books and her journals.

I recently found this in the front of one of her Bibles. “Lord, as I gaze intently into your Word, reveal the things in my life that need to be changed. Then grant me the grace to make those changes, so I can live more fully to your glory! Amen”

See You In A Little While
What a legacy Mom has left for her family. She pointed us to Christ while she was living but she continues to point us to Christ even in her death. What a blessing!

This is another song from Steven Curtis Chapman’s latest album. It’s entitled, See You In A Little While. He wrote this song after losing his grandmother and if you know their family story, three years ago, they also lost their daughter.

Mom, I”ll see you in a little while and I can’t wait!


I hold your hand and watch as the sun slowly fades
Far in the distance the Father is calling your name
And it’s time for you to go home
And everything in me wants to hold on
But I’m letting you go with this goodbye kiss and this promise

I’ll see you in a little while
I’ll see you in a little while
It won’t be too long now
We’ll see it on the other side
The wait was only the blink of an eye
So I’m not gonna say goodbye
‘Cause I’ll see you in a little while

And just one more thing before I let you go
Please tell my little girl I love her
Though I’m sure she already knows
And ask the Father to please tell the Son
That we’re ready and waiting for Him to come

I’ll see you in a little while
I’ll see you in a little while
It won’t be too long now
We’ll see it on the other side
The wait was only the blink of an eye
So I’m not gonna say goodbye
‘Cause I’ll see you in a little while

Maybe you’ll teach me all the songs they sing in heaven
Maybe you’ll show me how you can fly
And I’ll hear you laugh again
And we won’t remember when
We were not together and this time it’s forever

I’ll see you in a little while
I’ll see you in a little while
It won’t be too long now
We’ll see it on the other side
The wait was only the blink of an eye
So I’m not gonna say goodbye
‘Cause I’ll see you in a little while
I’m gonna see you in a little while

Have a blessed Sunday!

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The Beginning Of A Beautiful Story

The Beginning Of A Beautiful Story

Last Sunday, I shared a personal testimony about how God has been faithful to our family in the midst of a difficult season. I was overwhelmed by your comments and the emails I received.

So many of you have been where Courtney is today. I loved hearing how God had been faithful to each of you.

Many of you shared Isaiah 61:3 with us, “to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise.”

You also said you couldn’t wait to see the rest of Courtney’s story and how God was going to use this difficult season. (I can’t wait to share her story with you as it unfolds.)

My sister Traci said it this way, I can’t wait to see God’s plan unfold in Courtney’s life. It will be as beautiful as the story God wrote for you as well.”

All week, I kept thinking of struggles that each of you might be going through. We all have difficult seasons!

Your struggle may be different than ours but God wants to write your story too. His story is better than anything we could ever imagine!

I couldn’t wait to share this song with you because it’s all about the next chapter. I was literally jumping up and down, saying, Yes! Yes!!

The Glorious Unfolding by Steven Curtis Chapman


Are you waiting for God to write the rest of your story? Do you know someone today that needs this reminder?

I’d love for you to share this post with them! For more of my Sunday posts, you can go here.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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