May 21, 2017

Psalm chapter 27, verse 8:”When You said, seek My face, my heart said to You, Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

The Lord is calling you to seek His face!

Those who seek Him, find Him!  God loves to be found!  🙂

love and prayers from Cindi

May 19, 2017

We’ve sure been getting a lot of rain up here in the Northlands.  It reminds me of a childhood memory.

I remember as a child we lived in the Carolinas in an area where there were no swimming pools, no rivers, and no lakes, so in the spring when the rains came, my mom would allow my brothers and I to put on our oldest pair of shorts and t-shirts and go outside and play in the rain.  It was exciting…and cold…and refreshing to feel the rain upon our skin.  Those times were truly showers of blessings.  Those were the gentle rains.

However, when the hard rains came, the kind that pelted our faces with little stings, and there was lightning and thunder and fierce winds, Mom wouldn’t let us play in the rain because it was too dangerous.  So we would stay in the house with the lights on and find something else to do until the storm passed over and the sun came back out.  The sun was there all along.  We just couldn’t see it for the storm.

When we are in the winter of our soul, we have hope, for we have the promise that after winter comes spring.  In the spring, we may have the gentle rains that lifts up our hearts and cause us to laugh. Or we may experience the hard rains, those cleansing rains that come with fierce winds to tear out the broken and heavy branches that would weigh us down spiritually, but in the end, create new space for new growth.  Both rains are good.

And what comes after the rain?  The sun!

I John chapter 1, verse 7 reads, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

love and prayers from Cindi

May 18, 2018

There’s a lesson in the story of the ten lepers found in the Bible in Luke 17:11-19. I guess I never really paid attention to it before, but it’s there, nonetheless.

Ten lepers begged for mercy from Jesus.  Ten lepers received mercy and healing from Jesus.

Nine lepers were ungrateful and walked away.  Their ungratefulness did not deny them the mercy and healing from Jesus.

One leper was grateful.  He received so much more from Jesus when he returned and thanked him for his healing.  This leper received salvation and eternal fellowship with Jesus Christ.

The other nine lepers kept their healing, but lost out on the amazing love and fellowship Jesus had to offer them.

What a tragic loss.  Their healing was earthly, but Jesus’ love is eternal, and they just didn’t get it……

Do you?

love and prayers from Cindi

May 16, 2017

My mother once gave me a stand-up plaque that reads, FAITH.  Right now it sits on my bombe chest across from my couch.

Every day I read that word…….FAITH.

Jesus was so confident of God’s being with man that He taught faith could remove mountains into the midst of the sea.

Matthew chapter 21, verses 21-22: “So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Assuredly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive’.”

Whatever your mountain is today, God is with you.

love and prayers from Cindi

 

May 15, 2017

ALL I HEAR

This song is about my favorite woman of the Bible….Leah.

I didn’t learn about Leah in Sunday School.  That lesson was always about the love story of Rachel and Jacob.  Then one day I thought, wait a minute, what about Leah?

As I read Leah’s story in the Old Testament book of Genesis chapters 29-49, I saw her character unfold, and I greatly admired her.

Leah stayed the course.  She remained faithful to God Who loved her, and faithful to her husband, Jacob, who did not love her.  She was a true woman of faith.

When Leah passed away, she was laid in a place of honor as first wife, and Jacob was buried next to her when he died, in the cave of the patriarchs next to Abraham and Sarah and Isaac and Rebekah.

When Leah closed her eyes in earthly death, I imagine she opened them in heavenly glory to gaze upon the face of her beloved God, and I imagine she smiled and said, “My name is Leah….”

“MY NAME IS LEAH”

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