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Oct 7, 2018

End of Year Blogging Break

Hello my lovies! It's been two months since I last posted anything new on the blog and you're probably wondering why, if you haven't already saw why on Facebook. With being so busy with full time job, being a full time mommy and wife, and working in the leadership of my church, I've let my blog sort of slip through the cracks. Maybe I just had really high expectations for my blogging career and I failed to achieve what I wanted this year because of that, but next year should be better.



For the rest of this year, I've decided to take a break from blogging and pretty much everything that has to do with my brand. I need to refresh, mentally and spiritually if I want to keep blogging with a purpose. This end of year break is a good thing, though. I intend to connect with God more than ever and be led by the Holy Spirit to some great material for 2019. A few days ago as I was driving to work, I told God, God, I don't want my blog to be about quantity, but quality. My focus is not how many readers I get, or how many posts a week I publish, but who is actually reading and am I making an impact in their lives? I literally went through facebook and unfollowed blogging groups that help you promote your posts for more views. It's not about the views! I want to make a difference in someone's life, even if it's just one person. I may not have super proper words, or the best way of writing, but who cares. I'm me and I'm real with what I blog. All I ever wanted for this blog has been transparency. Whether or not I have accomplished that, I don't know, to be honest. But I'm praying that when I relaunch this blog in January, you can see through me to Christ.

I just want to thank each and every one of you who have blessed this ministry by reading, commenting, and sharing. You guys have no idea how much you have helped me grow this blog. Thank you for all your support!

Love you guys,
Til next time!



Aug 28, 2018

Two Things To Understand from the Story of Lazarus

This week has been a week where I have definitely been able to hear God speak to me through His Word. Last Sunday's preaching was on Lazarus, which is a very well known story but this week I have been able to dig in deeper and allow God to speak to me through it. Today I want to share with you two things I learned that you should also understand from the story of Lazarus.

We all pretty much know how the story goes so here's quick bullet-type summary:

  • Lazarus was sick
  • Jesus didn't show up right when he was sick-he showed up after he died
  • Jesus calls him out of the tomb
I'm going to keep it really short, but if you want to know and study more, go to the Gospel of John, chapter 11 verses 1-43. Now, moving into what I'm so anxious to share. 

There are so many ways to interpret this story but these two specific points are what ministered to me the most these last couple of days. Lets focus on one specific verse for a moment:

And when he had thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus come forth. - John 11:43 ASV 



IDENTITY EVEN AFTER DEATH
After reading this small portion of the story, I couldn't help but wonder, why exactly did Jesus called him by name? I mean, in all honesty, He is God. So if he is going to wake someone from death, He can just speak it without having to be so direct. But He was direct with Lazarus. He called Him by name. Why? Because even after his death, Lazarus had an identity. He didn't lose who he was because of death, he was still Lazarus and still had the same purpose he had before his death. And that is what Jesus wanted to wake.

In the same way, Jesus calls us directly by our names because we have an identity in Him. We are not dead spiritually. Our passions are not dead. Our desires are not dead. We are who Jesus says we are. There is purpose in our lives. Yes, there are moments when we stumble and question why were we put here on this earth or question if Jesus actually did call us into ministry but I want to remind you of that identity. You are a child of God and you have a purpose. Don't let nothing and no one try to shake you from that promise. Listen to His voice and hear His call because He sure is calling!


THE CALL TO MOVE FORWARD

If we move onto the second part of the call, Jesus tells him to come forth. He called him into a certain direction. He didn't just say, Lazarus wake up. He specified what direction He wanted him to take!

Jesus is calling us to move FORWARD! No more looking back. No more questioning whether or not you are called. He's calling you today, to move forward, forget the past, and walk into your purpose which lies before you, not behind you. A lot of times, we are so quick to reference the past that we cannot accept what our future holds for us and Jesus is calling us to forget our past, to come out of that dry place and pursue our destiny. The more we focus and live in the past, the further we get to our purpose. No more of that!
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The story of Lazarus is one we can learn so much from but if there are two things I can help you understand, it's that you have identity even at your lowest point and that Jesus is calling you to move into your destiny. He doesn't want you to sit there, stuck in the darkness. He wants you to shine. He wants you to tell the world what He has done for you. He wants you to take the band off of your eyes and know that you are here for so much more than you think and He wants you walk towards Him, every single day.

With Love, Cynthia.
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Aug 10, 2018

The Christian Momma Event: Can Christian Mom's Have It All?, Guest Post by Jessie Synan

As I am trying to type this post on my phone (both my tablet and my laptop aren’t working, and I haven’t even come close to finding time to try to get them fixed) I have my phone in one hand and my four month old in the other. She’s getting teeth, so she there is drool dripping into the hand I’m using to hold her. I have a 3 year old son jumping up and down in front of me asking me for a snack even though he has a perfectly good lunch at the table. 

This is how I usually write blog posts, about one sentence at a time throughout the day (okay...week),but by the time I polish it and show it to the world, the audience never knows.

How often do we do this as mothers? We are trying to handle everything and balance everything. Kids, cleaning, jobs, church activities, sports, laundry...the list goes on and on. It’s so unfair too- the minute I get ahead in one category, I fall behind in all the others. No one knows that I’m multitasking like crazy in private, I try to put my life together so the minute I leave the house I seem like I can do it all, and can have it all. 

As Christian Mother’s...can we have it all? 
Can we find the key to having it all and having a balanced life?

I have seen so many pins on Pinterest about “how to have a balanced life”, or “how to have it all”. While they all have amazing intentions, many times I can keep up the tricks for a week or two, and then it feels like I drop a ball in the juggling act of motherhood again and then it all falls apart.

Should I try to aim for the question “How to have a balanced life?”



Let’s face it. As mothers, we have too much on our plate, and we are fighting everything to have a “balanced life”.

Pastor Brad Barbour of Soul Church in Raleigh, NC said that the idea of trying to have a “balanced life” is all wrong. We are not supposed to have a balanced life, but a prioritized life.

Life is not about doing it all. It is about doing it all for Him. 

How to start living a prioritized life:

By making it all about Him. All the big things, all the trivial things, we need to put Him first and then prioritize everything after that. More often than not, if we put Him first, He will actually prioritize the rest for us. It’s amazing the things we are trying to have “all together” may not be God’s plan at all.

If we start our day in prayer, whether it’s an hour at the table Bible journaling or it’s 30 seconds while under the covers in shock that the morning came so quick, by placing Him first, we can handle whatever life throws at us because we know what our priorities are. 

Before, I felt like I was trying to find this work/home balance. I was trying to find a way to “do it all” as a mom and “do it all” at my job. I felt like I was failing at both.

When I made a commitment to give the first minute of each day to God, that minute changed everything. I prayed “this is our temporary life. Please help me to prioritize loving you, and loving my neighbor as myself”.

I found out that the prayer that I was praying was not a two-part thing, it was a three-part thing. This life isn’t about me, it’s about Jesus. However, to prioritize loving Him, then loving my neighbor as myself, I also had to add a third part: I had to love myself. I had to accept that God loved me enough to give me a specific mission in life, and most likely it wasn’t going to go the way I planned. I was going to have to say yes to Him a lot more, and I was going to have to say no a lot more to this balanced life I was trying to have.

Now my life is without balance. It’s messy. I know who I am. I’m not the Pinterest mom. I’m the Pinterest-fail-so-hard mom that it can’t even be shown on #pinterestfail. I’m also a child of a mom that wasn’t a Pinterest mom, but she had a deep knowledge about life and helping people, and that’s what she passed to me. And that’s what I want to pass on to my kids.

I don’t remember any craft my mom had me do, or how it turned out. But I remember her pulling me out of elementary school early one December afternoon because getting the last present for the “Angel Tree” at church was so much more important than whatever I was supposed to learn at school that day. That’s the day I started to accept Christ in my life, even though I wouldn’t be saved until 2017. My mom had a prioritized life, and I am so thankful for that. I still thought she could do everything and could do no wrong.

So can we have it all? 

Yes, just maybe not the way that you’re thinking. If we prioritize correctly, we can have it all because Jesus is all. 
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Meet Jessie Synan


Jessie is a busy mom who plays with her kids during the day and works at night, while blogging on the side. Jessie came back to Christianity after walking away years ago, and now helps people focus on their relationship with God as a priority over their religion. She believes that every story matters. You can always email her at jessie@onelostcoin.com, she would love to hear it!

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Aug 9, 2018

The Christian Momma Event: Prayers for your children, Guest post by Jennifer Keathley

Prayer is so much more than a list of things you ask God for. He isn’t our amazon wishlist.. For real though many times I start to pray it sounds so much the same. When I started to see the pattern in my kids little prayers, the light bulb finally went off bright enough I noticed.



I would start with those who needed healing and help. Followed with what I want from my kids that day. Ending with a thanks God for giving us today remark, and then a casual Amen.

But it was my six year old son who made me see the honest failure I had made. The lackluster way I spoke to God it was a view of my belief in him. Yea.. I believe I need to pray but quickly because I have things to get done. When I heard him beg God in his tiny little voice with all his might to be with our neighbors as the kids had lost their grandfather.

It literally shook my soul. I felt those goosebumps we hear about so often with prayer. The power from this little person was obvious. He was full of trust in God and had the faith to believe he was in a conversation with someone who deeply loved him…

I had been doing it all wrong and God had used my son to show me the actual depth prayer can have. I have begun the slow process of taking the me out of my versions of conversation and how they should be with everyone but most especially with God.

Here is a list of deep heartfelt prayers I pray over my children, these prayers have changed my perspective of what I need from my kids and where I am to guide them. It has changed me and my actions. It has made us closer to God.

10 prayers for your children

1. God’s guidance in their lives
Deuteronomy 32:12 - The Lord alone guided them; they
followed no foreign gods.

2. For the overwhelming chance to bless others
Matthew 5:42 - Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away
from those who want to borrow.

3. For generous hearts
Proverbs 11:25 - The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed

4. For a kind and gentle soul to share God’s truth
2 Timothy 2:25 - Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.

5. For courage to face adversity
Acts of the Apostles 27:25 - So take courage! For I believe
God. It will be just as he said.

6. For purity of the heart
Psalms 86:11 -Teach me your ways O Lord, that I may live
according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.

7. For wisdom
James 1:5 - If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and
he will give it you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

8. To love God
Matthew 22:37 - Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.

9. A focus on forgiveness
Ephesians 4:32 - Instead, be kind to each other,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

10. For Godly obedience
John 14:15 - “If you love me. Obey my commandments.”

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Meet Jennifer Keathley



My name is Jennifer Keathley. I am a 30 year old mother of 11 kids. Number 11 will be here in just a few short weeks. (I didn’t have all those) I am a foster, adoptive, bio, and step mother. I am very happily married, we are taking the time in this relationship to cultivate our intimacy with God first. This has changed everything in my life! I just recently started blogging. I felt called by God to use what’s in my life to reach who I can for him. 

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Aug 8, 2018

The Christian Momma Event: Your influence as a Mother is powerful

Your influence as a mother is powerful. Don't waste it. Little eyes are watching you.
I came across this quote on Pinterest when it sparked my interest and made me dig into my Bible. I never really understood how much power and influence went into being a mother, until now, that I am a mother myself. Even then, sometimes, with everything I do on a daily, I forget how important my role is. But regardless if I remember or forget, the role of being a mother is important.



I want to focus on one word that speaks deeply to me.

INFLUENCE.
Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone. While power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. It's evident that these two go hand and in hand but what impacts me the most about having both in a position of motherhood is the fact that it can change the course of someone's life based on their character and behavior.

Mom's, I want to ask you this because I had to ask myself:

Who are you influencing your daughters to be?

It may seem like such a simple question but according to Titus 2:4-5, there is a lot we need to teach our daughters, because they have a huge position to fill when they become adults.


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Aug 7, 2018

The Christian Momma Event: 3 Lessons for Mamas from the Story of Hannah, Guest Post by Brianna Martin

For the past several months I’ve been reading my Bible carefully, specifically in search of parenting wisdom. It’s definitely been an interesting journey, so far. If you haven’t read your Bible looking through a parenting lens, I would challenge you to do so! I’ve learned so much already, and I have only gotten through a tiny portion of the Bible this time so far. In fact, I haven’t even technically made it to 1 Samuel yet, but I have had Hannah on my mind ever since my husband preached a great sermon about her several weeks ago. He really got me thinking, and when the opportunity to write this post came up, I knew Hannah had to be featured.

Hannah is one of the more prominent mamas in the Bible, unlike other heroes of mine, the unsung Bible Moms. She’s well-known for one main reason, so chances are that when you think of her, you think of her struggle with infertility. Obviously her inability to conceive a child shaped her life immeasurably, and if you have shared that struggle her story probably resonates with you for that reason. Though I didn’t share Hannah’s struggle, I believe that her story can teach moms of all kinds valuable lessons.  Today I’m sharing the top three lessons I’ve learned from studying Hannah’s story, found in 1 Samuel 1-2.



1. Be Supportive
Hannah and Peninnah were not friends. They were both married to Elkanah, but Hannah couldn’t have kids and Peninnah could. Just that would’ve been bad enough, but Peninnah also took great joy in rubbing Hannah’s inability to conceive in her face. This wasn’t any small thing. It bothered Hannah to the point that she “wept and refused to eat.”

In all fairness, Peninnah may have been treating Hannah badly because of her own pain caused by
Elkanah openly favoring Hannah. But, that’s no excuse. So here’s the lesson: as women (and
especially women of faith), we need to be supportive of each other rather than working to hurt one
another out of our own hurt.

We don’t have the right to pick at other women just because we have our own legitimate
problems and justifiable pain. Often, we don’t know the struggles of the other wives and mothers
around us. I think that we can learn from Hannah and Peninnah that we have nothing to gain from
tearing each other down. As Christians, even if we can’t fully empathize with one another, we should
do our best to sympathize and support the women around us.

2. Pray
Hannah started praying for her son before he was born, which is something I think a lot of Christian parents do. However, she took it a step further and began praying for Samuel before he was even conceived. She prayed, not only to HAVE a child, but prayed specifically FOR her child. Obviously, we can’t go back and do this part all over again, but if you’re considering having more kids, start talking to God about them now, and never quit.

We know that we don’t change God’s heart by praying. He wants what’s best for us all the time, whether or not we talk to Him. However, it’s also clear that God allows our conversations with Him to alter the way His plans are carried out. I truly believe that Hannah’s story would have ended quite differently if she had not been so fervent with her prayers for Samuel.

She didn’t stop praying once Samuel was born, either. In fact, one of her beautiful prayers from after his birth is recorded in scripture. Hannah understood that for her son to be fully given to God, prayer had to be the cornerstone of her parenting strategy. Her example as a prayer warrior is something all mamas should take to heart.

3. Give your kids to God
We all know that children on loan from the Lord. Hannah realized it, but she didn’t just think about it in a trite way. She believed and acted like Samuel, her beloved, prayed-over, longed-for son, really belonged to God.

I don’t know a lot of moms who would willingly hand over their kids as soon as they were weaned, especially to someone who was known to be a terrible parent. But, Hannah kept her word and brought Samuel to the temple to live, even though Eli had a horrible track record with his own sons. They were irreverent troublemakers; exactly what Hannah didn’t want Samuel to become.

BUT, It turns out that Hannah’s faith in God was bigger than Eli’s reputation as a bad dad. Samuel didn’t end up like Eli’s sons, despite the fact that he was raised in the temple within reach of their bad influence. Hannah acted on her beliefs and her unwavering faith paid off.

After reading through Hannah’s story many times and praying over these parenting lessons, I have realized that I need to be more intentional about looking at my children as God’s kids on loan to me. When I think of them that way it changes the way I relate and react to them, and it helps me to clarify my parenting goals by putting my focus back where it belongs. I pray that you, too, will be inspired and encouraged by the example of Hannah, a very special Bible mom!
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Meet Brianna Martin


Brianna Martin is a pastor’s wife and an educator. She’s taking a break from teaching to stay at home with her two boys, who are almost 3 and almost 1. Brianna loves reading, has recently begun Bible journaling, and is passionate about family discipleship.


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