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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Be Still And Know That He Is God

Do you ever feel like life is flying by? If you’re like me, your days are filled with a “to do” list.

Whether it’s work outside the home, or work at home. My list is long and every item on the list is not always checked off by the time I lay my head down on my pillow at night.

One day of the week I go to my daughter’s home to babysit Colt. Cici and Colt are “tight,” as we like to call it.

He’s so much fun! But some days I feel like all I do is drag that sweet boy all over town trying to get all my stuff done.

Be Still And Know That He Is God
Oh we take time to feed the ducks, and we read books, and we usually go somewhere and grab a bite to eat. But by the time his nap time rolls around, we’re both wiped out!

As soon as he goes down for a nap, I start answering emails, editing photos, sharing posts on social media and the list goes on. It never ends.

This past week as I was walking late in the evening and listening to some praise and worship music, a song came on from Steven Curtis Chapman. It was simply, Be still and know that He Is God.

Be Still And Know That He Is God

As I was walking, I felt God saying, Cyndi, Be still. Not just physically but mentally. Not just when I’m having my quiet time with the Lord but even when I’m with Colt. Be still.

Are you all with me? As women, we are multitaskers. We take pride in the fact that we can do many things at one time. But we need to be still, physically and mentally.

So this week, I want to slow down and enjoy the simple moments. I want to Be Still And Know That He Is God!

 

Do you ever feel you need to be still? Do you feel like life is flying by?

Have a blessed day!

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Praying For Bennett

Last Sunday, I asked for prayers for Bennett. My heart has been so heavy for Bennett and her family. Bennett has a very rare brain tumor.

I knew I could share her story with you all and you would help me “storm heaven” for Bennett! I specifically asked for prayers on Tuesday. In case you missed it, you can read why here.

Praying For Bennett

Can I just say, GOD IS FAITHFUL!! If you’ve ever doubted if God hears our prayers, I don’t think you will after reading Katie Anne’s last journal entry about Bennett. 

Praying For Bennett

Here is what Katie Anne wrote about Tuesday:

“Tuesday arrived and I felt all of your prayers! I had been dreading this day and it was actually one of the best days I’ve had since our arrival. Bennett was supposed to be put under anesthesia Tuesday morning for a hearing test. I was also dreading that because as I’ve said before, she does not recover well from anesthesia. They arrived to take her to the OR at 7 AM. As a result, she fell into a deep sleep in the holding room and miraculously, the doctor was able to administer the test while she was held asleep! Upon our return to her room, a ninja nurse was assigned to change the dressing and it was not nearly as bad as the other two times. Unbelievably this all happened before noon so we were able to be discharged early in the afternoon.

Please keep praying because I was blown away about how well my Tuesday turned out. It went from being the most dreaded day to a positive one. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me and I was truly thankful. I will close out with some immediate requests that I feel will benefit Bennett.

1. She can continue to eat and drink as her taste is so drastically affected by chemo. During treatments she especially struggles to get adequate nutrition that is critical for her overall healing and stamina.

2. The chemotherapy causes minimal side effects. Because of the number of drugs she is given, the list of possibilities is long and frightening.

3. Her hospital stay for this chemo series is as short as possible. It is so good for Bennett’s mental and physical well-being to be out of the hospital. We are still striving to maintain some degree of normalcy in this freakishly abnormal world we find ourselves in.

Finally, we continue to be overwhelmed at the generosity expressed by so many in support of our sweet girl and family. We are aware of each and every prayer, note and deed and only wish it was possible to immediately reply. Please don’t think that anything has gone unnoticed or unappreciated.”

We now have an address where we can be reached:

Bennett Lester
350 Erkenbrecher Ave Room #40,
Cincinnati, OH 45229

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Friends, I can’t thank you enough for praying for Bennett!! Let’s give all the glory to God!

Many of you know I lost my Mom to gastric cancer in 2009. One of the things she taught me was to “look for blessings.” Mom always called the hundreds of cards she received in the mail each week, “blessings.”

I included Bennett’s address because I thought some of you might want to send a “blessing” to Bennett and her family. You can tell them you’re a friend of mine if you want.

After I read Katie Anne’s journal entry this song immediately came to my mind. I Know My Redeemer Lives!!! My husband and I love the part at the end where she says, He lives, I spoke with Him this morning!

 

Have a blessed day!

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Do You Ever Feel Anxious?

Do You Ever Feel Anxious?

I know many of you have felt anxious before, I know I have. I’ve had nights where I wake up and feel an overwhelming sense of fear. It’s in those moments I cry out to God.

The good news is that Jesus is always waiting, always listening and He is the one who can calm our fears. He can carry us in those times. The truth is we all need Jesus to carry us.

St. Augustine said, “our souls are restless until they find their rest in You.”

Philippians 4:7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

Maybe you’re dealing with something, like divorce, financial troubles, illness, or doubt. Maybe everything is good but you still have fears or anxiety.

He can carry you!

I had heard this song many times, but hadn’t listened to the words. It’s a great reminder of His faithfulness.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Difficult Seasons-Take Another Step

It seems like each week I come to this place and ask why? I know life is a journey and there are times of joy but there are also times of sorrow.

Just this week, a friend found out that her 2 year old daughter has a malignant brain tumor. They operated and removed 95% of the tumor. They will have to do chemo and radiation to get rid of the 5% that was left. My heart aches for this family.

I sometimes wonder how we handle the difficult seasons but I’m reminded of this quote by Oswald Chambers….

Take Another Step

We can’t give up. We have to have faith that God is in control. Do the next thing!

When my daughter found out about this tragedy, she texted me, “Why is life so hard?” My answer was simply, “Because this is not our home. We are here to shine light in a dark world and we never know how long we have.”

We have no guarantees of tomorrow but we have today, so let’s shine His light!

The song, Take Another Step by Steven Curtis Chapman kept coming to my mind.

Basically, the song is saying one minute everything can seem perfect and the next minute there’s tragedy. What do we do? Take another step, and then another, and then another……

 

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

I have a hard time posting fashion pictures on Sundays but since I committed to 31 days of summer fashion I’m going to do it. You know I wasn’t going to get through 31 days of summer fashion without wearing my chambray shirt.

31 days of summer fashion

Chambray Shirt-Cato//Black pants-Stitch Fix//Wedge heels-Macy’s//Earrings-Target

Have a blessed Sunday!

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