End of Year Blogging Break

by Cynthia Cano, 3:58 AM
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!

with lots of Love, Cynthia

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 focused 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. I want to share with you two things that you need to know in order to continue to grow in who God wants you to be without looking back to your old mistakes and life. Today is your new start, my friend.

We all pretty much know how the story goes so here's quick bullet-type summary:
  • Lazarus was sick
  • Even though Jesus knew he was sick, he didn't go heal him
  • 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. There, you'll find more details on the trajectory of this story. Now, moving into what I'm so anxious to share. There are so many ways to interpret what's going on here but there are two specific points that I want to focus on.

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




DEATH DID NOT CANCEL HIS IDENTITY

I couldn't help but wonder, why did Jesus call him by name if Lazarus was dead? I mean, in all honesty, He is God; so if He was going to raise someone up from the dead, He could've just said "get up," and Lazarus would've gotten up just as fast. But Jesus was direct with Lazarus. He called Him by name. Why though? It was a question I had to ponder long and hard about, until finally it came to me... Even though Lazarus had died, his never lost his identity. He was still who God said he was even if his body laid there, lifeless. He still had a purpose and that is what Jesus was calling. He wasn't calling the lifeless body, He was calling out the identity and the purpose inside of that body!

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 we were put here on this earth or question if Jesus actually did call us into ministry, but I want to remind you of your 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 is calling you, right now, in this very moment. Yes! Jesus is calling you!


THE CALL TO MOVE FORWARD

Now, in 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," or "Lazarus, come here." He specified in what direction He wanted him to go. I'm sure if He wouldn't have given Lazarus a direction, Lazarus would've woken up, looked at his surroundings, and sat there, confused, thinking about what had just happened and how it happened. But with clarity on where he needed to go, he walked on out of that tomb and into the arms of the one who called him!

Jesus is calling you to move FORWARD! Stop looking back! Stop 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. Jesus is clear on where He wants you to go. He wants you stop thinking about all the possibilities, stop thinking about the how's, the why's, the who's and walk out of your dry space and into the life He has predestined for you!
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The story of Lazarus is one we can learn so much, but if you learned anything today, make sure you remember the no matter what goes in this world, in your life, your identity is and always will be centered in Christ and it's time to move forward into the divine calling that is over your life.

Xo, Cynthia



[Blog last updated: 6.23.2020]



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. 
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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SHARING IS CARING!!!





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.
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.
The moment I found out I was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on all the resources I
could to learn about this incredible gift, responsibility, and privilege of being a mama. While I
know it’s true that simply reading books can never fully prepare you for the momentous life
change of welcoming a new baby into the world, I also know that, depending on your personality
type, this kind of preparation can truly help you feel a little less overwhelmed and a little more
like you know what to expect when your world turns upside down upon seeing that beautiful little
new face!
Eleven years ago my life changed forever. My son came screaming into the world. Really, the child came
out crying. All the movies that I had seen up to that point gave the impression that babies had to be
slapped before they cried. But nope, this one came out screaming as if to say, “How dare you disturb
me!”

Over the past decade or so I’ve learned a few things about what it means to be a parent. I’ll share five of
them with you:
My husband retreated this past weekend and I couldn't help but feel a little lonely. I had my daughter with me, but with daddy away, it just felt too quiet. Before bed, I decided to get some reading done. Initially I was going to grab my personal book, 'You Are Free' but instead, something prompted me to grab my daughters children's Bible.
Self care is a dirty word, isn’t it? When you are a mommy, there is just no time for yourself! We have
kids to comfort, husbands to love, dishes to wash, laundry to run, bathrooms to clean, dinners to cook, a
perfect image to keep up….. Well, here are a few things you need to know about self-care and some
easy ways to put yourself back on top again.
I feel like most mothers have lost their temper with their children or have become frustrated with them from time to time. Along with the frustration comes the guilt of feeling that way towards our children. Have we ever wondered why we may be so hard on ourselves as moms? After all, everyone has a bad day every now and then right? That's probably why you may be feeling guilty because as moms we are supposed to be practicing what we preach, but when our children are having a bad day, and they snap. How do we typically respond? Normally it goes like this. "Stop the attitude I am not dealing with this today." So when are we going to deal with it, mom? When are we going to realize that sometimes there is something deeper going on behind the attitude? Just like with us on our bad days, when we react in a way that we shouldn't a lot of times there is more to it then just irrational behavior. It's the same way with our children. So what makes us so much better than them? If God and others show us grace on our bad days, then we should be able to extend the same grace to our children. It's what we want them to do for us. So don't they deserve the same? I would like to show you how we can extend grace to our children, just as our heavenly father gives grace to us. "But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6
In my blogging career, I've written primarily devotions on this blog but after becoming a mom, I knew I wanted to share more about motherhood. Little by little, I've been doing so but this time, I wanted to host an event with some of my mommy blogger friends, where they'd be able to write their own posts on motherhood to be featured of this blog. Finally, God gave me the courage and the opportunity to do so and that's what the next 9 days will consist of!

Motherhood is truly a blessing. I am a mother of two little girls and I absolutely love it. But the truth is: it's not always easy. That is why having the guidance of God is very important in this journey! In the next few days, you'll read some great posts from some amazing writers that I have the opportunity to work with this month.


Here's a list of whats to come!

  1. Lauren Smith | Momma From Scratch | How to make God a priority as a busy Mom
  2. Ashley Guntle | Legos & Leftovers | Self-Care for Mommies: Easy ways to make yourself a priority
  3. Cynthia Cano | Amor Vincit Omnia | Reasons why you should read Scripture to your toddler
  4. Aminata Coote | Hebrews 12 Endurance | 5 Experiences you'll have as a Parent
  5. Traci Street | Choosing Better | Faith-filled reads to encourage new Mamas
  6. Brianna Martin | Disciple Mama | 3 Lessons for Mamas from the story of Hannah
  7. Cynthia Cano | Amor Vincit Omnia | Your Influence as a Mother is powerful
  8. Jennifer Keathley | Psalms 34:18 | Prayers for your Children
  9. Jessie Synan | One Lost Coin | Can Christian Mom's have it all?

Are you ready to be blessed? I can't wait. For the next 9 days, I encourage each morning to grab a cup of coffee with us and dig into what these ladies were given from God. 

Be sure to come back tomorrow!


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SHARING IS CARING! 


For the month of August, I wanted to study about intentionality (is that even a word? well, you get me!). I wanted to study this specific topic because, I don't know about you, but a lot of times, I find myself wanting to do something that I never actually get to do. I dream, I plan, I brainstorm but when it comes to putting those intentions to actions, sometimes I fail.

My hopes with this scripture plan, if you are like me, is that you will find the strength to get up and actually do what God has placed in your heart to do. It's not always easy, but at the end of the day, it will be rewarded back to us - not by man, but by God. And there's no better reward than that!


I encourage to wake up every morning before work or school, grab a cup of coffee and sit down with a pen and paper and just write whatever comes to mind as you're reading. God wants to reveal so much to us and I feel this strongly, especially with this topic. It's time for something new! Time to stop living like we don't have a purpose or that nothing matters. It's time to be intentional and get the good work done! No more excuses. Come'on guys!





When Tiffany from Hope & Joy in Christ posted about her marriage event this month, I knew I wanted to be apart it. I've shared openly on my blog about the troubles I had in my marriage our fist year and how God restored our relationship two weeks before finalizing our divorce, so of course I wanted to share with you guys some ways to reclaim joy in a christian marriage. It took a devastating process in mine for us to reclaim joy in ours. I've learned many things since the restoration of my marriage, but the main thing that has helped us til this day has been prayer. As a result of having healthy prayer lives, we have been able to see God's grace, mercy and love in our relationship and family, and we have been able to rejoice even in midst of being processed. That's the beauty of prayer! 

To have a happy marriage, you have to be intentional. Everyday wont smell like flowers which is why you have to put in the effort to maintain a healthy relationship. Here I share with you, 3 biblical reasons why you should be praying along with your spouse.



Prayer brings unity into your marriage....

Prayer brings clarity into your marriage....

Prayer brings submission into your marriage....


TO CONTINUE READING HEAD ON OVER TO Hope & Joy in Christ





Your Home is an Embassy of The Kingdom

in , , by Cynthia Cano, 12:49 AM
Recently I finished a Bible plan about how your home is an embassy (hence the title of this post) and it was a true blessing and eye opener for me. I never thought of my home as nothing else than, well, my home. I mean, we built this house for us not for anyone else, so how can my home be an embassy?

I remember before moving in, my husband said a prayer: that if this was God's will and He really did bless us with this huge opportunity to be homeowners, he would open up the doors of our home to our church, family, and friends to be able to do God's work. I won't lie, at first, I kind of paused and said wait a minute, this is my house and I won't have it, but God revealed something to me through this reading plan. 

When God blesses us, we are to bless others with that same blessing.

Of course, we all want to enjoy our blessings ourselves. But think about how important it is to share the blessing that God gave you - it gives hope and inspiration to others.

Here are some key points of how your home is an embassy and how to open your doors to those who need just a little bit of Jesus from you.




WELCOME WELL
So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!" - 2 Corinthians 5:20
The Bible tells us that we are ambassadors of Christ, which in fact makes our home an embassy to those needing an encounter with Christ! As ambassadors of the Kingdom, we are to welcome visitors, whether announced or unannounced like if they are a gift from God (which they are). Our greetings should be genuine, from the heart. When our visitors walk through that front door they should feel like this just walked into a place of refuge.

WHEN HOSPITALITY ISN'T YOUR THING
Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! - Hebrews 13:2
Meet new people and invite them home. Yes, I completely understand the fact that we can't invite just anyone into our homes, especially if we have children. But it really is good to meet new people and cultivate relationships with them. Not only is it good for you, but it's good for them. Sometimes, all it takes for someone who is new in this walk, to see how you live behind closed doors to decide they want a little of what you have.

Its ok to be careful, but it's a great feeling when someone you are just getting to know, leaves your home with a smile and a positive outlook on who you are in Christ. Remember, this is all about bringing people into the light of Jesus. And that light needs to be showed through your home!

HAVE AN OPEN DOOR POLICY
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. - 1 Peter 3:15
Funny story: I've never been a person to have big gatherings in ours homes - I wasn't raised that way and I carried that into adulthood. My husband and I never hosted any gatherings when we lived in our apartments. So with moving into this house, I told my husband that we wouldn't have any gatherings here either. Our front door doesn't have a peep hole but our office window faces our front yard, so I told my husband that if someone ever rang the doorbell without calling us first to see if we were available, I would literally stand at the front window and just stare at them until they slowly walked away, lol. Kind of creepy, I know, but it was a joke, kind of. This story is literally what made this reading plan speak to me. Because it was taking me out of my comfort zone as I read it.

Like I mentioned before: we are to welcome visitors, whether announced or unannounced. Why only welcome someone into your home when it's planned? Yes, it's good to plan gatherings with your family and friends but through those unannounced visits, God can move in tremendous ways. You never know if that unannounced visit is so God can work through you to speak life to the person who walks through your door.

USE YOUR HOME FOR INFLUENCE
They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity. - Acts 2:46
Positive influence, of course! Our homes should be a place of gathering outside of the churchs four walls...

My husband and I talked about how we wanted to incorporate the Kingdom of God into our home recently and one thing we want to do is prayer services. Prayer is so important and to have that moment of prayer and worship in your home holds so much power in it . Maybe you're not into doing prayer services at home, but think of other ways your home can be of positive influence.

When inviting friends over, make sure the setting is positive. It starts with you. Keep out any negative comments or gossip. Let it be a peaceful gathering!

DECORATE WITH MEANINGFUL TRUTH
 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. - Deuteronomy 6:9
I love to decorate my home. I'm always on Pinterest, searching up different ideas for the living room and the kitchen, so when I seen this was part of how my home can be an embassy, I loved it! One thing my husband always tells me is that he wants Bible verses posted around the house. Some might think it's corny or cheesy, but if you think about it, its speaking life into your home. And it might even speak life to one of your visitors. Imagine the impact the word of God can have on someone needing to hear a word of encouragement, and to see it posted on your living room wall might be exactly the inspiration or encouragement they needed. Without saying a word, you just sowed something beautiful in your guest!



These were 5 simple ways your home becomes an Embassy of the Kingdom, but they hold alot of power in them. I learned it recently when we held our first small group in our home a couple of weeks ago. I met a few people I didn't really know or have spoken to before, but after the class, we were all able to sit, talk, and cultivate beautiful relationships which have shown til this day!

Do you have any tips or thoughts on how your home can be an embassy of the Kingdom? Comment below, i'd love to hear from you! 


We'll be welcoming a new month in just a few days and you know what that means! A new scripture plan to go with the new month. Today we're releasing our God, my Father plan for the month of June.


In June we celebrate Father's Day in honor of those dads who work hard to care and provide for their families, so I created this scripture plan in hopes that you get to know God more and recognize him as your Father as well. If our fathers here on Earth are to be celebrated and recognized, how much more our Father in heaven who loves us unconditionally and never forsakes us?

My hopes with this scripture plan - for you and for myself - is that we can get a better and clear understanding of  who God is as our Father. I pray you are ministered throughout this plan and that you may find healing and comfort in God if you have lived a life without a father figure present.



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Run to win

in , by Cynthia Cano, 1:31 AM
You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally. I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.  - 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 MSG
 As I read this passage, I could feel the Holy Spirit speaking to me. That very last part is what struck me the most; I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. In another version, NLT to be exact, the verse finishes with I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.



After reading this, it occurred to me that a lot of us are living this life and going day by day without purpose. Not that we don't have a purpose, but that we chose to live it outside of it. We have chosen to live in accordance to what our flesh desires; fun times and whats convenient to us rather than living out our fullest potential and running with what God has deposited in our hands.

So many of us, and I say us, because I too have found myself in this position at times, have forgotten who we are in Christ and the mandate that He gave to us. Yes, we go to church and post Bible verses on our Facebook pages, but what are we doing when no one is watching?

Are we running to the streets to speak to those that need a word outside of the church walls?

Are we running to our knees when a friend finds themselves in hardship?

Are we running to God when we have lost strength and courage in this walk?

I fear that the church of God has gotten too comfortable where it's at. And I fear that just as this verse says, after preaching to others we might still be disqualified from entering the gates of heaven. It's time to train our flesh to want and desire Kingdom work. It's easy to get caught up in our daily lives,  but what reward are we going to get when the trumpet sounds for staying busy in this world with and for material things?

Are we running this race for mere satisfaction of saying that we are present? Or are we running this race to win eternal life in heaven with our father?

It's something to meditate on.

xo, Cynthia Cano


Are you ready to get to know a new blogger? I hope you are, because today's interview is with Netta Marie Woods who writes over at Modern Hadassah. Let's get going!




1. What's your favorite book? Who would you recommend it to?

Right now; Villette, by charlotte Bronte.  Women who feel like they are outside society or like old novels. It's beautiful!

2. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? Or both? 

Mostly tea. Coffee when I'm in the mood. 

3. Do you prefer hand writing or typing? 

Hand writing mostly, but since blogging I'm beginning to love to type. 

4. Whose your favorite music artist at the moment? 

I don't know! Honestly. I thought way too long on this one and still can't pick. Old country, new pop, rap, funk, crooners, whatever the mood is I guess. 

5. Any fun facts about yourself that you'd like to share?

 I'm a stay at home, homeschooling, mother of four who has a passion for Gods word. 

6. What is the meaning behind your blog title?

 I chose hadassah (Ester) because I think she is a great picture of the paradox of womanhood. To be necessary, yet a secret. And that's how I feel about my writing. That it's "for such a time as this" in our modern setting, even if I can't see how it will all play out right now. 

7. What's your niche? What type of audience do you wish to attract? 

 Christian biblical application. Christian women, I suppose.

8. What inspired you to start blogging? What inspires you now to keep going?

 A love for Gods word and writing. I have always been a writer. A hope of publishing a book about women and scripture. The fire burns in me for it!

9. Where do you see your blog taking you in the next 5 years?

 I hope book writing!

10. What's your favorite social media platform for promoting your posts and interacting with your readers? What so special about it?

Facebook has been the best so far! They have the greatest resources for connecting. 

11. What's most challenging for you in being a Christian writer?

 So far when I share my heart and pain I've experienced and I'm blatantly attacked for not having a "socially appropriate" view. Persecution can come in the strangest forms sometimes!

12.  What changes has God done in you since you began your blogging career?

I started out so scared. I was afraid that all the people who have never believed in me were right. That I had nothing to give, nothing to say. God has helped me to see all I can give and who I can help through this. He has blessed me and my family. 

13.  Have you ever experienced writers block? If so, how do you overcome it when it happens? 

Not so much, but if I'm having trouble coming up with something I go to a list that I add to when I'm not writing to give me inspiration. It has quotes and topic ideas, scripture and perspective. 

14. What are you favorite blogs to keep up with? 

I'm honestly really new to the whole realm of blogs and reading them. I can't say I have favorites yet, but I am really enjoying exploring all that is out there! 

15. What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out or thinking of starting a blog? 

Just do it. I put it off for YEARS because I was overwhelmed and scared and I wish I had just started! 
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Our blogger interviews are back! I'm so excited to be able to meet and network with these beautiful women of God who pour their hearts and souls out on their blog, and I'm eager for you to meet them too!

Check out today's interview with Dionna Sanchez!



1. What's your favorite book? Who would you recommend it to?

My favorite book is a true story called "Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 days in the Columbian Jungle - By Marc Gonsalves, Tom Howe, and Keith Stansell and Gary Brosek. It really gripped me what these men went through.

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading biographies or true stories.

2. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? Or both?

Neither! I'm a hot-chocolate girl. :)


3. Do you prefer hand writing or typing?

I prefer to type. Hand-writing is fun, but when I'm writing, my hands can fly a bit quicker on the keyboard to keep up with my mind and heart.


4. Whose your favorite music artist at the moment?

Oh, gosh! I have such a wide variety of music tastes. Carrie Underwood is always a favorite... and right now I lean towards music by Sia, Halsey, and Fleurie.


5. Any fun facts about yourself that you'd like to share?

I'm terrible at questions like this. Umm... fun fact.... fun fact... fun fact.... I type on my phone with my fingers instead of my thumbs How about that?

6. What is the meaning behind your blog title?

I originally had another name for my blog and renamed it after my grandpa passed away. It seemed like a lot of my writing and posts came out of hardships or tough moments, and how God is faithful, and you can find purpose and meaning through those times. So, my blog became, "Beauty in the Storm."


7. What's your niche? What type of audience to you wish to attract? 

A lot of people struggling to find purpose in their lives. People who want to know they aren't the only ones who question their faith, or have gone through certain feelings and thoughts. I think people can resonate with my posts, because I strive to be authentic and honest in what I write.

8. What inspired you to start blogging? What inspires you now to keep going?

I used to have a newsletter for moms when blogging became big. It was just another way to reach people, and I fell in love with it.


9. Where do you see your blog taking you in the next 5 years?

Honestly, I don't know. I write from my heart and let God do the rest. I used to write posts every other day, and now I post once a week - yet, I'm still going. I've gone from being a mom of young girls, to one facing the empty nest. As long as I have something to write about, I will write!


10. What's your favorite social media platform for promoting your posts and interacting with your readers? Whats so special about it?

Facebook! People have gone from commenting much on blogs, to commenting on facebook. Whether it's a link to my blog, or an excerpt I post, I love to hear feedback from others. As I seek to encourage their hearts, they in turn, encourage mine when they take a moment to share and respond.

11. What's most challenging for you in being a Christian writer?

Not being "preachy." I am just like everyone else. I cry, I mess up, I wish I hadn't said something, (or I HAD). But I'm very passionate about people not walking in mediocrity with their faith. So getting people to be on fire with their walk in Christ, is what I desire, without sounding like I have it all together and they should be like me. Because they shouldn't. But, God has a mission for each one of us, and so many of us aren't fulfilling it do to fear, battles with "image," or whatever.


12.  What changes has God done in you since you began your blogging career?

What changes HASN'T He done? HA HA - God is ALWAYS stretching me! I'd love to live in my comfort zone for awhile! My kids have grown up, we've moved states, I've aged, I've had to face braces for the second time in my life and am facing jaw surgery. Life is always evolving.


13.  Have you ever experienced writers block? If so, how do you overcome it when it happens?

Yes. I find I face writers block more often when my life is really busy. My energy and focus tends to get a little "distracted" and "overwhelmed" so that my thoughts don't pull together as well, or become clear enough to pour into an article. For me, I need to take time to be "quiet." Time without noise. Rest. And listening to some of my heartfelt favorite "pouring out" type songs. Then one article will eventually come. Then another. And another. And I pull myself out of the rut.


14. What are you favorite blogs to keep up with?

I don't keep up as much as I used to. But I still love to peek in on Holley Gerth, Lisa Whittle, Marc and Angel Hack Life, Incourage, and Living Proof Ministries Blog.


15. What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out or thinking of starting a blog?

Write about what moves your heart. If it's sewing, write about sewing. If it's being the mom of an ill child, write about that. That is how you will find your audience and how they will respond and relate to you.
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"Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies." — Proverbs 31:10 NLT
May is sneaking up on us! It's literally right around the corner, which means... Mother's Day is coming up!


Since this month we celebrate all the beautiful mommies out there, I wanted to begin our first scripture plan with the virtuous and capable woman by reading the lovely book of Proverbs. This plan is for all women, not just mother's, because Proverbs is a book that we all can learn from. It's a book full of wisdom with do's and dont's for this life. If you have never read through the whole book of Proverbs, I encourage you to do so. It's truly a blessing and I'm sure God will speak to you as he has spoken to me before.

So grab your copy and begin reading with me on May 1st! You can catch me on Instagram and Facebook with updates on how this plan is ministering to me, and I'd love to hear what it's doing to YOU.

Remember to: 

  • Read through the whole chapter
  • Journal what spoke to you
  • Pray so that you may be able to apply it to your daily life


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I pray that with this scripture plan, we all can continue to learn and grow into the women God created us to be! 

❣️ xo, Cynthia Cano

I found love

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it was the sweetest escape
a beautiful adventure into the unknown
a journey to a place that for so long
i longed to belong in

for just a moment you held onto me
and you whispered so sincerely
like if you had done this before
it was for you, my lovely one

and i knew it was true
i found what i searched for
in my darkest moment
you lightened up my world

in you i found love


© 2018 Cynthia Cano
I just realized I haven't blogged at all about this pregnancy – shame on me!! 

I had my baby shower this past weekend and it finally hit me... I'm going to be a mom of two. My dream was to always be a mother and now that I am, sometimes I can't help but just be amazed at how I became a mom with what I went through with my first pregnancy.

Today, I'm 37 weeks pregnant and ready to pop this baby out!!! Lol. I'll be honest, I couldn't enjoy this pregnancy as much as I did with my first because it was just so different!

My favorite Fruit of the Spirit

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But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! — Galatians 5:22 

Last month my church focused on preaching and teaching about the Fruits of the Spirit, which got me thinking... which one have I grown at the most? To be honest, each one of these has had some growth in my own personal life but there is one that sticks out the most; my favorite:

Self control

You're probably thinking that love should be my favorite fruit because it's the main one the church (worldwide) so often preaches on, but although it is a powerful fruit of the Spirit, self control is the one I have had to work on the most.


If you know me personally, you know 2017 was a trial and error type of year for me. God was lifting me up in ministry and yet I hadn't learned how to execute self control within myself. I was very outspoken, very impatient, and just plain rude! It's not something I'm proud of because I've had to suffer the consequences of not working in the ministry anymore, but I can say it very openly that I was a hot mess last year.

While God was trying to promote me in His Kingdom, I was too busy arguing over senseless stuff and quite honestly being a huge headache to my Pastors over things that really didn't matter – it's embarrassing now that I think about it. Because I was so focused on getting my way and feeling important, I lost focus on what being a godly woman was. I gave myself a bad look, like if I had never matured and growed in my faith and daily walk. But most importantly, I know I disappointed many, including God himself!

Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives' tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. — 1 Timothy 4:7

Entering 2018, I made a choice to be better and be different. I didn't want to keep repeating the same ol' mistakes and not taking things seriously; I mean, seriously, where was my lack of self control taking me? Nowhere!! I was just digging a deeper grave Grace for myself each time I made the mistake of not controlling my tongue and my mind. I was tired of it.

Four months into the year, I can say that the choice I made at the end of last year has been slowly flourishing. I have seen things I haven't liked or agreed on, but I have executed self control in the best possible way I could learn; with my silence. If there's something I don't understand, I stay silent and pray to God for understanding and guidance. There's no better way to do it.

I want to be worthy of standing before God one day and I knew that if I didn't change, I would never seek what I was looking for.

I'm not perfect – no one is – but I try my best each and every day to live a life God is pleased with.

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. — 2 Peter 1:8-9



Self control became my favorite fruit when I realized that because I was lacking in that one, I was failing at all the rest. 

How could I execute love if I couldn't control my anger towards people and situations?

How could I execute joy if I couldn't submit to the decisions being made in leadership?

How could I execute peace if I was constantly arguing over nonsense?

How could I execute patience when I was quick to make decisions out of anger?

How could I execute kindness if I was always rude in the way that I expressed myself?

How could I execute goodness when I was too busy thinking of how to prove myself right?

How could I execute faithfulness if I quit every time things didn't go my way?

How could I execute gentleness if I blurted the very first thing that came to my mind?

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Do you have a favorite fruit of the Spirit? What experience have you had executing it in your daily life?

❣️ xo, Cynthia Cano
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