Sunday Encouragement-Winter Is Necessary

The weather has turned cold this week. The leaves are starting to fall and many of the trees are now bare.

Bare trees make me sad. I miss the autumn colors. But winter is needed for the trees to flourish.

Richard Foster says, “Winter preserves and strengthens a tree. Rather than expending its strength on the exterior surface, its sap is forced deeper and deeper into its interior depth. In winter, a tougher, more resilient life is firmly established. Winter is necessary for the tree to survive and flourish.”

Although I don’t love winter, I think I need winter. It’s a great time for me to dig deep into scripture and let my faith grow.

Sunday Encouragement-Winter Is Necessary
Winter prepares me for the year ahead. I want my faith to be strong and my roots to grow deep and that can only be done by spending time in His word.

How deep are your roots? Are you preparing for the year ahead?

This song could not say it any better! Start a fire in us so that others see Christ.

Have a blessed Sunday friends!

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31 Days of Fall Fashion (Day 19)

31 Days of Fall Fashion (Day 19)

This month, I’ve committed to 31 days of fall fashion. It’s been fun to trying to style different outfits and you all have been more than kind.

The hashtag we are all using during this month is #write31days. Everyone who’s taking part in this is posting for 31 days straight about all kinds of different topics. I tell you this because today I’m going to write but if you don’t mind, I’m not going to share a picture.

I’ll share what I wore to church with you tomorrow but today, I want to shine light on Christ.

The song I’m sharing today is amazing. I believe with all my heart someone reading this today needs to hear it.

One of the comments you all often leave is how much you appreciate my “beauty for the heart.” Many times you say that Christ shines through me.

You have no idea how much that means to me. I want more than anything for Christ to shine through this blog.

The title of my blog has grace in it for a reason. Why? Because I’ve been given much grace!

Luke 7:47 says, “Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.”

I love Christ much because I’ve been forgiven much. I don’t take that lightly.

I think someone today needs to know that there’s grace for them. You haven’t committed that one sin, that God can’t forgive.

You see we’re all guilty, we’ve all felt shame but Christ can and will forgive and he will plead for you. He loves you and he wants you to be free. Free from sin, free from guilt.

My prayer for you today, is you will let Christ shine through you. Let go and give everything to Christ.


Have a blessed Sunday!

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31 Days Of Fall Fashion (Day 12)

So thankful to know that Christ is greater and whatever we face in this world, we can live victoriously with Him.

31 Days Of Fall Fashion (Day 12

This is such a great song by Mercy Me. When I hear a song I like, I immediately write it down (or I tell it to Siri and have her remind me to write it down) .

When I listened to this song again, I imagined it this way.

  • Bring your tired, check
  • Bring your shame, check
  • Bring your guilt, check
  • Bring your pain, check check

But it doesn’t end there……grace. Christ has won the war. He’s greater and I’m redeemed, forgiven and free.


Now for Day 12 of my 31 Days of Fall Fashion. I styled this Leopard print blouse from Loft, back in September, this way.

31 Days of Fall Fashion (Day 12)

Today I styled it a little differently. I wore black skinny jeans and black heels. I also added a dressy necklace.

31 Days of Fall Fashion (Day 12)

31 Days of Fall Fashion (Day 12)

Leopard print blouse-Loft//Necklace-Loft//Mavi Black skinny pants-Stitch Fix//Black shoes-Rack Room Shoes

Have a blessed day!

**There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

***Rack Room Shoes provided me with these shoes but all opinions are my own.

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Sunday Encouragement-Life Is Short

It seems I begin many of my Sunday posts with, life is short. I had a stark reminder of this on Tuesday.

Sunday Encouragement-Life Is Short

Wayne and I lost our nephew, Tim Spivey, this past Tuesday in a horrific car accident. Tim hit a tractor trailer head on and was killed instantly. As you can imagine we’ve been in shock for the last few days.

Tim was my husband’s nephew but he had been more like a brother to him. (Wayne’s brother (Tim’s Dad) is 17 years older then Wayne.)

Tim leaves behind a wife and three children and one unborn son that is due March 2015. We are all devastated.

I have comfort in knowing Tim was a believer. Scripture says, “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”

While we mourn the fact that we won’t see him on this side of heaven, we know that we will see him again one day.

So because none of us know what tomorrow holds, let’s hug those around us a little tighter, enjoy the simple moments and if we’re holding any bitterness or anger towards someone, let it go, because life really is short.

I’ve played this song by Mandissa before, but it’s perfect for today’s post.


Lastly, I committed to 31 days of fall fashion so I’m sharing a dress from The Limited.

31 days of fall fashion
The temperatures have dropped this morning and there was some frost on the grass. Yikes!

31 days of fall fashion
I paired this dress with tights and these shoes from Rack Room Shoes. They’re so comfortable and perfect for this time of the year.

black shoes from Rack Room

Have a blessed day!

***Rack Room shoes was kind enough to give me these shoes but all opinions are my own.

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Running The Race

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you feel you’re taking two steps forward and three steps back? You know you’re running the race but you’re always lagging behind?

This verse is for you (and me). Hebrews 12:1 (AMP) says,

Running The Race

I’m drawn to verses in scripture that talk about running the race. Mainly, because I have a very competitive spirit, thanks to my Dad. As a family, we love to watch sports and of course, we like to win.

When I’m having one of those weeks where I feel I’m lagging behind, I read this verse. I’m reminded of the great cloud of witnesses that are cheering me on.

I imagine them saying, “Keep going!” “Finish the race!” “You can do it Cyndi!”

Maybe today, you need some encouragement. Maybe you need to know there’s a great cloud of witnesses cheering you on!

I’m cheering for you too!

Most importantly, Jesus is cheering you on and He’s For YOU.


Have a blessed Sunday friends!!

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The Power Of Prayer

This past week I received 2 emails from women, asking me to pray for their families. I’m always humbled that anyone would take the time to email me and ask me to pray for them. I don’t take that lightly because I know the power of prayer!

One of the women had lost a loved one unexpectedly and the other one had a family member diagnosed with cancer. My heart sank immediately when I read both of these emails.

I want to say something that can heal their hearts and yet I know I don’t have any words that can take away their pain.

The Power Of Prayer
I know what it’s like to get that devastating news that your loved one has cancer. I also know what it feels like to lose a loved one.

Tomorrow will be five years since I lost my Mom.

It’s been 5 years since I heard her sweet voice, 5 years since I held her hand, 5 years since I hugged her. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t long to hug her one last time.

I remember when she had been gone for 2 years. My husband told me this, “Cyndi, you still mourn as if you lost her yesterday.” (I think he was just worried about me.)

He was right, but truthfully there were blessings coming through those tears and those sleepless nights were spent drawing me closer to God. God was teaching me things that could only be learned through suffering.

That’s not the part of the gospel we like to talk about or hear but scripture says, “My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. Your faith will be put to the test. You know that when that happens it will produce in you the strength to continue. The strength to keep going must be allowed to finish its work. Then you will be all you should be. You will have everything you need.” James 1:2-4

Scripture also says that one day, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

I long for that day!

This song by Laura Story has been such a blessing to me. If you’re going through trials I think it will bless you too.


One last thing, many of you have been praying for Bennett especially on the day she has the tape removed from her abdomen because it’s very painful. They now remove the bandages on Monday and I think the family felt the prayers so strong on Tuesdays, they want to make sure they have those prayers coming tomorrow.

The Power Of Prayer
So could I ask you to storm heaven tomorrow for Bennett? I know her family would be grateful!

Thank you for your prayers and have a blessed day!

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