Who Do You DEPEND on when CHANGE is at your Door?

I have learned that no matter what I face I am never alone. When my parents were going through a divorce and my new husband couldn’t relate to my heartbreak, God could.

When my children left for kindergarten, then graduated, and one has married, no one could get inside of my heart and hold me like God could, and still does.

Now I am facing the third or fourth season of watching our youngest leave for missions, our second born leave for the sixth time for yet another skating tour – a second time in Europe. Our eldest and her husband moved to a different province a year ago this past April, with our two little grandchildren.

Who holds us together when everybody leaves? God does. I constantly turn to God’s Word and read the stories of those who have gone before me, and how God sustained them when they faced change and loneliness. The time I do not have with my family – is time for me to pray for them, and time for me to live a life of example.

Every change, every tearing, all the comings and goings in this world are opportunities for us to watch God’s faithfulness at work.

When it comes to our children leaving the nest, sometimes we can let the tearing overshadow the growth. Rather than focusing on the change, or the empty space, why not focus on the new strengths you see your adult children developing? Why not focus on the new skills they are acquiring? Take a minute and reflect on how you too are growing through it all.

I admire how all of our children are leaders. Each of them have a leadership position of some kind. In some ways I could say their Dad and I have raised strong independent people, but I give the credit to God. There is one thing I want us, and them to never forget…don’t be so independent you forget to depend on God. He will never leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6). You would do well to read the entire context of that chapter to see what kind of change Israel was facing.

It is very easy to talk to God about how our lives radically change over the years. Just find a quiet spot and call on his name. Ask him to reveal himself to you. Ask him to speak to you. Tell him how you are doing, and what you need help with. Wait for answers in the stillness of the night, or the quiet of the morning. Don’t look to the world for the wisdom that only God can give. Don’t turn to the right or the left (Deut. 5:32, 28:14), comparing your life with others perhaps? Don’t reach for the first thing that numbs your pain. Focus on His truth. Watch for Him to show up in the most miraculous of ways.

 

How Far You’ve Come

 

Don’t spend too much of your time looking back, unless it is to recognize how far God has brought you.  Reflecting on God’s work in your life brings joy. Reflecting on your mistakes brings sorrow, besides He’s already forgotten them.

 

 

 

FOURTEEN Things to Do When on a 14 hr Flight

  1. Delete 14 outdated contacts on your phone, pray for the crew, 14 more, pray for the plane….quit at the 1 hour mark, sooner if you don’t have many friends.
  2. 14 ankle rotations, 14 shoulder rolls, and 14 knee lifts (14 minutes).
  3. Find 14 new songs/quotes, that relate to your next presentation, 1 hour down.
  4. Stand up and go for a walk or stretch (14 minutes).
  5. Write 14 notes of kindness (make sure to pack note cards) 1 hour down.
  6.  14 ankle rotations, 14 shoulder rolls, and 14 knee lifts (14 minutes.)
  7. Sleep for four hours (you may want to have ear plugs with you).
  8. Stand up and go for a walk or stretch (14 minutes).
  9. Write a blog post about 14 things not to do on a plane (1 hour).
  10. If you absolutely have to – watch a movie, preferably non-disaster (1 hour).
  11. 14 ankle rotations, wait – where are your ankles? 14 shoulder rolls, and 14 knee lifts (14 minutes).
  12. Eat and then Sleep (two hours).
  13. Refresh clothes, brush teeth, check make-up and hair, etc. preferably in the bathroom (14 minutes).
  14. Memorize and meditate on 14 verses to set the tone for your attitude throughout your vacation (last hour and several minutes).

….AND MAYBE NOT IN THIS ORDER

Painted with the Sinner’s Brush

I came across a song I wrote ten years ago…. Changed by Love

“I hate it how the world creeps in, and tries to take me back again.

Just when I thought my mind was free, they come in through some door

And paint a picture of someone, that I no longer recognize,

with just enough blood on their brush, to bring me to the floor!”

…©Cindy Palin/March 30th, 2007

What kind of “world” creeps in and drags your mind out of His light? Is the world to blame, or are our bad habits and cyclical circumstances a result of our own choices? Has your curiosity left the door open a crack? For some, it is willful disobedience that has swung it wide. What kind of activities consume your days? What programs and games are filling your screen time? What kinds of “nano-bites” are eating away your morality?

Discipline in our lives is crucial. For our body we want to eat the right things and get exercise. How are we taking care of our minds? Our culture is more concerned about the outside, but the health of our mind determines what kind of person we truly are. The Bible is God’s food for a healthy mind, and yet our culture continues to turn to clever sounding manmade mantras.

Is it possible to have a free mind? It is difficult to understand what freedom in Christ means, until you experience it. To many, God’s commands and boundaries sound harsh, and unrealistic. Doing what ever “we want”, seems to be the current definition of freedom. The depression statistics in teens is evidence we have not taken godly truth and wisdom seriously. Doing “what ever we want” is leaving quite the bondage wake.

Most of the anxiety our medical charts are reflecting, comes from an unhealthy mind. That anxiety is often a sign of our need for repentance. The gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach may not be anxiety at all, but the muffled voice of the Holy Spirit calling you out of sin. 

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You do not have to remain painted with the sinner’s brush…..

If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin (1 John 1:7 MSG).

For at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to all sorts of desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:3, 4 Berean Study Bible).

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2 NIV).

 

Religious Talk MINUS the GRACE

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This week I was witness to a grievous situation. Much is expected of those who represent Christ, and whom are vessels of his love. Scripture emphasizes that those in leadership, who teach, are judged more strictly (James 3:1). The every day tasks we share together must never overshadow the value of another man’s soul. Our projects, and dreams must always be tested by God’s Word, lest we get a head of Him, and trample all over His children in the process. Do we know the people we are leading? Have we bothered to take the time to get to know them? Have we heard their stories, or have we settled for warm bodies filling chairs, to make it look like we’re doing something right? Are our words reflecting Christ, or turning people away – for eternity?

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When did your vision become the goal?

Who put the ‘holy cause’ before the soul?

History reveals that nothing’s changed,

still marching on – using His name.

Pushing agendas that are worldly sound?

Caring for others, but the numbers count?

No mystery here, a classic case,

religious talk minus the grace.

What were your reasons to believe?

What high and mighty dream got up your sleeve?

Today is all some people have

What face did they see looking back?

Adding a rule or two, to up the game?

When did your faith become more about fame?

Tomorrow comes, it’s not enough,

because religion isn’t love.

Words and music by Cindy Palin ©January 27, 2017 All Rights Reserved

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” (Proverbs 27:19).

 

Winter’s Gift

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We drove through a frosted postcard, with trees dressed in their choral gowns, and the mountains draped in evergreen. Fresh streams hung frozen from rock faces creating tears of teal glass, and white woolen snow on winter’s breath, swirled and danced around us.

It was the day before Christmas Eve, and we stopped for the night at an Inn. There was room for us. The snow was falling hard, and rather than peer at the magic through our room’s window we bundled up and went in search of wrapping paper. Neither one of us had our winter boots on, and our shoes were disappearing in a foot of snow. When we reached a recently shovelled sidewalk, we slipped and slid as if on skates, from the ice beneath the snow’s crust. But it was peaceful, and dark except for the streetlight’s glow and winter’s gift.

We purchased our paper and trundled off back the way we’d come. Distant hums and whines of snowplows and sanding trucks lulled us to sleep, and thankfully bad dreams of closed road signs were not to be realized.

At morning’s light we drove further, and deeper, and higher into the magic of winter, with anticipation of something far greater than the wonder all around us – the wonder of a child, two in fact.

At times our tires crawled with the crunch of the snow beneath, and at times our engine purred as we descended mountain tops. We reached the Ferry at Horseshoe Bay early Christmas Eve, and quietly ached for a place on board. One by one the cars started rolling forward. We were near the end of the line, and we held our breath.

Moments later we had crossed the Straight of Georgia, and were surrounded by one of God’s most miraculous gifts – our children and grandchildren.

More Bitter Than Sweet

The writer of Ecclesiastes knew that justice would never be fully realized here on earth (Eccl. 2:17).

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“More Bitter Than Sweet”, isn’t a song of hopelessness, but one that takes us into the Father’s presence to hear his heart next to ours.

I just want to crawl on your lap, I know you’re busy, but if there’s anyone who cares, it’s gotta be you. Life as we know it has turned out to be tougher than nails, more bitter than sweet. I appreciate your answers but I just need your love. Wanna hear your heart next to mine.

May I come and sit at your feet, this world’s gone crazy and for everything unfair, you know the truth. Love as we’ve shown it has turned out to be colder than steel, more bitter than sweet. ©Cindy Palin All Rights Reserved

 

 

Who Should We Put Our Faith In?

faith in God?I was speaking to someone today about those who are discouraged with “church” in general, burnt out. She told me that she had heard a quote somewhere that said “if you are churched out, you have been putting your faith in people, and not God”.

What are your thoughts with regards to this quote?

Do you think it is important to go to church, and if so, why?

What are we suppose to do when people disappoint us?

What does scripture have to say on this topic?

What has your experience been?

 

 

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