It’s The Little Things

So I have been trying to take care of myself. Sounds kind-a-like-a no brainer, but we wives and moms, tend to forget that skill while we’re learning how to take care of everybody else.

I had to make some big steps through a Doctor, a nutritionist and trainer, but don’t worry, if you can’t do that – its the little things we add to our daily routine that keep us moving forward.

The water bottle one of my adult children bought me really makes a difference to my water intake. The water tastes so good in ‘Swell’.

The natural thyroid and enzyme supplements I take every morning seem to be helping.

Today I smiled when I decided to get extra water in by drinking a small glass with each supplement, and vitamin. It was a slow process but I purposefully made it that way, no need to rush.

Three or so years ago I cut out specific food groups, which may not be for everyone but it definitely helped me.  One of new favourite cookbooks is called: “Against the Grain”.

Two years ago I made a point to not buy or drink alcohol in my home, regardless if it is considered an acceptable social trend. Who knows I may be able to cut out coffee soon too.

Yesterday I smiled while I took the time to rub cream on my arms.

Last night I smiled while I rubbed essential oils on my face and feet.

I am getting better at making protein drinks when I don’t necessarily feel like eating a meal.

Out of the blue I decided to grow my hair longer.

I bought my first belt in ten years, about one month ago, and now I am on the third notch.

There’s a shirt I wear that now hangs like it was meant to, rather than bunching up on top of my hips.

I am able to lift things easier, and my energy has improved.

Oh yes I bought a diffuser and run lavender oil beside my bed all night long.

Now when I exercise I enjoy the stretching at the end of the workout the best. Several years ago I really enjoyed the fellowship at boot camp, but this time ’round I am enjoying solitude and concentration, at my personal pace.

I keep a journal of the food I eat, and sometimes I forget to write in it, and that’s okay.

I don’t get on the scale and I won’t for at least a year – maybe never.

And goals, I have BIG goals, but I have a distinct feeling success is in the little things.

How to Pray When You are Hurting…..

…specifically when you are suffering for taking a stand for Christ.

  1. Get on your knees “…pray for those who hurt you” (Luke 6:28).
  2. Identify who or what has hurt you (what does it look like spiritually?)
  3. Ask God for help on how to pray
  4. Sit quietly and reflect on someone who may have been in a similar situation (someone written about in God’s Word).
  5. How did they respond?
  6. Look up the related scripture that comes to mind through the Holy Spirit’s leading.
  7. Continue to wait on God, and listen for His response

2 Corinthians 10:4 talks about the ‘weapons of our warfare’. Followers of Christ have effective tools to use in spiritual warfare, tools that are not of this world.

I wondered to myself, the other night as I knelt in the dark, “what are those weapons?”.

The verse goes on to inform us our weapons have “divine power to demolish strongholds”. Verse 5 continues “We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.…”. 

2 Corinthians 6:7 opens the window of clarity a bit further, “in truthful speech and in the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left.”

But again what are those weapons of righteousness? Ephesians 6:10-18 gives us more insight. Verse 12 (in context) reminds us insults may be hurled from human lips but “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against….” (Eph 6:12).

Find a Bible, a Bible app, or use www.biblegateway.com and read on for yourself. A study guide Bible is the best because you are provided with extra explanatory notes below, and other verse references.

The remaining verses in Ephesians 6:10 – 18 continue to describe our weapons, (the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, feet fitted with readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, sword of truth…)

As I waited in the dark I asked God to show me how these weapons demolish strongholds and tear down arguments? I lifted my arms and pulled down an invisible wall in front of me, trying to see if further understanding would come. It did.

I recognized my accuser as someone I loved. Suddenly I understood as we pray God’s power transforms us. We begin to see the situation through His eyes. Just as God forgives, we  forgive. In love and forgiveness we are able to see through the circumstances. We are able to take our thoughts captive and submit to God’s purposes (2 Cor. 10:5).

I recognized I had a choice to wear the false accusations and allow the curse to linger, or to pray and clothe myself in Christ (Romans 13:14).

 

 

 

 

 

Live TRUTH, and combat UNTRUTH

The choice to focus my thoughts on Christ is very personal, and an effective way to live with purpose and meaning, within the relationship we enjoy together. I get very disheartened when friends, and family abandon their faith for some new teaching, introduced by the latest, and greatest guru.  It is perfectly normal to keep our ears open, to listen and learn – but watch out if the teacher’s motivations and messages do not measure up with scripture.

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Tim. 4:3, 2 Tim. 3:7, Eph. 4:14).

 

The Gospel is still the message I choose to believe in, and the person of Christ has made himself known to me in many ways throughout my life thus far. My new worship song is entitled: I Love You Jesus. The lyrics are very simple, but the message means more than meets the eye (discussed below).

You’re so good to me, Jesus (Jesus)

So good to me, Jesus (Jesus)

I give you my whole heart, mind and soul. I love you Jesus.

You’re truthful to me, Jesus (Jesus)

So truthful to me, Jesus (Jesus)

I hide your Word within, You’re life to these limbs. I love you Jesus.

I lift your name on high before all men.

Never to turn away from our covenant.

You’re faithful to me, Jesus (Jesus)

So faithful to me, Jesus (Jesus)

And I have a faithful heart, because of who YOU are. I love you Jesus. ©CindyPalin/May 2018

The first stanza “You’re so good to me Jesus” are words of honour and gratitude, acknowledgement of God’s goodness regardless of my circumstance.  My choice to worship Jesus for His goodness is not based on material wealth and health, but on who He is, what He has done for me, and how He continues to grow me.

“I give you my whole heart, mind and soul” are words of obedience to Christ’s command in Matthew 22:37.

The second stanza declares “You’re truthful to me Jesus, I’ll hide your Word within, you’re life to these limbs, I love you Jesus.” Check out what Randy Alcorn writes about Jesus and the truth… He begins by quoting “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6), and continues to say “Jesus is the reference point for evaluating all truth claims.”   http://www.jesus.org/is-jesus-god/names-of-jesus/how-is-jesus-the-truth.html

The third stanza shouts “You’re faithful to me Jesus, and I have a faithful heart because of who you are, I love you Jesus”. Our faith does not depend on us, but on God’s faithfulness to us.  “So that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Cor. 2:5).

The words “I love you Jesus” are significant. Even believers can struggle saying these words, but they are not based on feelings, or whether we’ve had a faithful day or not. Again these words are a choice. The more we say them, the more we are shaped by them, and the more we reflect Him.

The chorus is a declaration of unwavering commitment.. “I lift your name on high before all men, never to turn away from our covenant.” I am tired of all the psycho-babble out there. To quote another songwriter – “Just Give me Jesus” – Jeremy Camp.

We need to speak our faith in Jesus out loud (and sing it). This is not something I do to convince myself of what my heart already knows, I do it to LIVE the TRUTH, and combat all UNTRUTH.

Song Sample to be posted shortly – Cindy Palin

“Surprise, it’s Me”

Well, it is only halfway through the day and I now know what God had for me today. I arrived at the ‘School of His Presence’ presentation with Eric William Gilmour at CAPSS Conference 2018 in Niagra Falls.  After his first segment we set aside time to focus on Christ, to worship and listen for His voice, to enter into His presence.

I saw the picture of the little girl again (you know the same little girl that jumped out of bed like it was Christmas morning), only this time I was sitting on a beach, and my little hands smoothed out the sand in front of me with expectation.

I waited to see what God was going to say. Perhaps he was going to write something in the sand for me? Maybe a burning bush? A new assignment?And then I saw the feet of Jesus and looked up.

“Surprise” he said, “it’s me”.

How many times as Christians do we leave God out of the picture completely? We go ahead into the fray expecting great ‘things’ from God, when it is HE who is great! We look around us watching and waiting, but we don’t look for HIM specifically.

Listening to Eric’s message reminded me of a time when I was aching inside, and I didn’t know why. I went to the piano (my prayer closet) and sat still. I began to play and enter into Christ’s presence and Jesus answered me with these words…..

“When the silence shouts inside I know I’m overdue, for a cup of water and a living word from You. Oh just for once you’d think I’d meet you halfway, but You’re always first in line for me.”

Jesus knows we need Him. When you are feeling restless and can’t put a finger on what is wrong, it is really your soul missing His presence. If you are constantly aching and feeling like something is not right, it is time for you to call out His name. He will respond.

Today I want to be first in line for You Lord.

You are my surprise everyday, and You are everything to me.

 

Grab Hold of the Days Ahead….

I remember Africa and the journal I kept. A miracle a day was my daily writing task. “Keep your eyes open and watch for what God is going to do, and write it down”, I told myself. I was scared out of my mind and watching and writing calmed my racing heart.

This past Sunday our Pastor spoke from Hebrews, chapter eleven, but began with having the congregation read Hebrews 10:39. “But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”

Sunday night I crawled into bed and asked God how I was to approach the coming week. Monday morning, when my body and spirit were just starting to stir, and my eyelids beginning to flutter – I saw a little girl jump out of bed, and I knew. I was to grab hold of the days ahead like an excited little girl on Christmas morning. Coupled with the verse from Sunday what did it all mean exactly?

My husband drove me to the airport and despite the snow and fog, I was relaxed and felt very content. I should have barraged him with “little girl’ questions like “are we there yet?”

Tuesday a.m. in my hotel room I looked up a few scripture verses on the theme of faith and children, in hopes to glean further instructions. There were a few that stood out, but before I assume anything I am going to jump out of bed like God’s little, faithful child and watch for what He has for me.

(at the CAPSS conference in Niagra Falls, Ontario.)

 

 

An Encouraging Word

The other day I was at the gym. I didn’t feel like going. It was my day off, but I knew I had to be there. Thanks to my hubby, our friend John, Lucinda, and so many others for their faithfulness and steady inspiration.

As I was going around the track an acquaintance told me I was walking at a good pace. I thanked her.

Later on I was on the bike, and she came up behind me and said “good for you”.

As I was walking out of the gym I saw a man who I knew, but could not remember his name. I spoke up and introduced myself, and we were able to connect the dots as to where we knew each other from. We had a pleasant conversation.

As I got into my vehicle I couldn’t help but think about how far an encouraging word goes. I sincerely think if that lady had not encouraged me I would not have had the courage to reach out to the familiar fellow who frequents the gym the same time I do.

Moments later I was waiting to pick up lunch and saw a couple of ladies waiting to order. I normally would have waved from where I stood, but instead walked over to them and had a great visit while we all waited for our food together.

The positive impact of encouragement fills us with joy – and that joy bubbles up and over into other’s lives.

This week at work I asked a couple of colleagues if they would start preparing to facilitate a class. Right away their shoulders were straighter, their chins were higher, their smiles much brighter. When we believe in people, build them up and encourage them – they find their wings and soar.

When we don’t take the time to speak kindness and truth, and encourage one another, we leave others living in the shadows, shrinking. They can break free and become who they are supposed to be eventually, but now is the time to share the joy. Why wait to say and encouraging word?

Cindy

Daughter of Zion

As we prepare for Easter…..

Daughter of Zion your King comes to you.

Gentle and riding a symbol of peace.

Soon to be rescued, when He takes His throne,

but what throne does He seek?

Lay your life at his feet, Hosannah, Hosannah

 

Shout your praise to the King, Hosannah, Hosannah

Son of David blessed be, Hosannah, Hosannah

He has come to be King of your Heart.

Daughter of Zion behold your King

Won’t you let Him in?

Inspired by Matthew 21:1-11

©Cindy Palin 2012

Daughter of Zion, sheet music

Daughter of Zion, chord sheet

The Saviour Complex

One of the most important life lessons – there is only one Saviour. No matter how justified or righteous we may feel, getting in the way of God is costly. Most often it happens because we think He is too slow. If we can just push the envelope, then that person will have the help they need. But will that help last?

God’s plan and His timing gets to the bottom of the barrel and illuminates the real problems that are preventing people from thriving. We have to get out of the way and learn to pray for the Holy Spirit to do the ‘deep’ work.. Then the mess is truly dealt with, and a firm foundation can be built for future generations.

Our Saviour complex is a bandaid approach that gives the appearance all is well, but it only makes us feel better temporarily. These thoughts in no way are to be used as an excuse to do nothing. Simply by asking Jesus to speak to you is the best place to start. And sometimes, like today, the best thing I can do is go to the piano, and listen.

“Run to the Rescue”

Sometimes you ask for just what you get

and wonder why life is so hard?

Layers of bandages fester regrets,

but lets you pretend who you are.

So you run to the rescue,

and help someone else make it right.

So keep telling yourself you’re the Saviour.

Keep pulling the ocean uphill.

Keep talking to God like he’s needing your favours,

and blaming Him when your plan fails.

I’ll love you in-spite of your blindness,

‘Cause he loves me in-spite of mine,

But what will it take to convince your Highness

playing God’s wasting your time.

Sometimes we’re standing in the truth zone,

and choose to get lost anyway.

Peeling our history back to the bone

is far too depressing to face.

So we run to the rescue

to help someone else find the light.

©Cindy Palin March 17th, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

‘Bandwagon’ Mentality

One of my present major heart aches is the lack of integrity in our speech. It’s everywhere. You expect to see the deterioration in certain circles, where the young are reaching out and discovering the world around them, testing limits, pushing boundaries, but the circle has grown. Everyone and their dog it seems has decided the ‘F’ word is acceptable, and in all conversations.

The argument is that language evolves. Those words that were taboo in the 18th century are common place now. So what’s the big deal?

The big deal? Well….to begin with – RESPECT.

I’m not going to dislike you if you cuss, but I certainly will have trouble respecting you. Whether or not you value my opinion, others will have trouble respecting you as well.

Whether you are reading this as a believer in Christ, or not, I think everyone would agree that our words reflect character, but what kind?

What do you want to be known for? What do you want to be trusted with? Who do you represent?

Our words don’t just define who we are, but those we love. Our words affect everyone around us. Are we building people up every where we turn, or are we carelessly tearing them down? Perhaps the profanity is out of ignorance or  unintentional, but the spirit behind cursing is just that – a curse.

Mike Keepe The Denver Post 03/16/07

Humankind, we’ve got such a ‘bandwagon’ mentality. Just because someone else is saying it, or doing it as in the case of this cartoon – doesn’t mean we should too. You’re not that other person, you’re you. Be the best YOU, you can be, and for your sake, your future’s sake, your spouse’s sake, your children’s sake – question what you are saying and doing all the time.

The Bible is very clear about the power of the tongue, and the destruction it can unleash. My low self worth as a child attests to the power of an undisciplined parent’s tongue. My years of parenting were spent analyzing every word I spoke, and I made mistakes. Today, I continue to analyze what I read, what I watch, and what I say because I want to be a woman of godly character. I want to be respected, and trusted, and loved. I choose to encourage others, and challenge others to wholeness with my words. Most importantly I want to represent Christ, not only with my actions, but my speech as well.

Verses to look up: https://www.openbible.info/topics/our_speech

 

THE VOICE

I suppose one could argue that there are circumstances from which we cannot begin again. I would disagree. My position stands on those seconds, those moments we can seize, and decide differently.

Of anything you are going to hear in your head consistently throughout your life, is the phrase “It’s too late”. This phrase is a close relation to “you’re not worthy”. When these words pound in your temples, tremble in your heart, threaten to paralyze every possibility, give your head a shake. Who is the ‘tearing down’ voice in your head?

There is a voice inside my heart, who continues to show me beginning again is a reality, every single day. His voice empowers me to make strong choices, healthy, and good decisions. He is the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the instructions he gives are difficult, but they always lead to life (John 6:63, Prov. 4:13). This voice builds us up for a purpose greater than ourselves.

The worst line the enemy of your soul, a.k.a voice inside your head, can tell you is “you can do it alone”. My friend, life becomes the adventure it is supposed to be when we ask for help.  And the Holy Spirit is our helper (John 14:26).

” There’s a Voice ”

I come to You, what can I do, You open up your arms (Matthew 11:28)

I crawl right in, a child again, I need some ‘safe and warm’

If I could just go back, before it all began

I wish I could be something good, someone You could love

There’s a voice inside my head who’s keeping score (Psalm 55:3)

Stacked the odds, and made my bed

behind these doors

You lift my chin and look right in, and walk into my heart (Psalm 3:3)

You find the place where yesterday tore everything apart (1 Sam. 16:7b)

You take me by the hand, and I begin again (John 3:1-21)

You pray I can, just as I am, know that I am loved (Eph. 1:4)

You’re the voice inside my heart who’s won the war (Deut. 20:4, John 16:33)

healing wounds and keeping scars (Isaiah 53:5, Phil. 1:29))

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right next to yours

I come to You, it’s what I do, and open up my arms.

©CindyPalin/January 2018   registered with SOCAN

“Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; for I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul” Psalm 143:8  New American Standard Bible