Apr 28, 2018

Virtuous & Capable: May Scripture Plan

"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

Apr 23, 2018

I found love


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

Apr 20, 2018

37 weeks pregnant and oh so ready to pop!

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!


I was sick my entire first trimester. My second trimester was so painful with sciatic pains that wouldn't go away and wouldn't let me walk up right. I waddled more than ever because of the pain which I didn't do with my first. And my third trimester was just a hassle. The sciatic pain continues, I'm running after a toddler all the time, we're in the process of moving and I don't ever sleep anymore. I didn't think at all that it would be like this the second time around. But I will say this, feeling my little girl move each time brought my husband and I pure joyment. Mali loves the fact that she can kiss my belly. And I love the fact that every morning she wakes up and asks for "sister" and comes to greet her with a belly rub and kiss right on the belly button.

It's truly been an interesting experience this pregnancy. But I'm grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to carry my second baby girl.

Here are some fun facts about my pregnancy so far!

  • Weight gain: 8lbs as of last week!
  • Food cravings: Pupusas, mom's pancakes, garlic dipping sauce from Venezuela.
  • Stretch marks: No new ones really. My old ones are just more noticeable and maybe one or two have darkened. Thank goodness!!
  • Maternity clothes: I didn't waste any money on maternity clothes this time around. I just held my pants up with hair bands, used dresses and leggings, and used my husband's clothes while at home. 
  • Mood swings: I can't really answer that, lol. To me, I didn't have any. But ask my mother and my husband and they'll have something completely different to say, haha!!
  • Work or Sahm: I worked most of my pregnancy. Actually, I had just started a great new job when I found out I was pregnant a month later. I worked until March. I finally couldn't take the back pains and exhaustion, so my husband and I decided it was time for me to stay home.
I'm 1 cm dilated as of Monday, so wish me luck. Baby girl can be here any day now!

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Are you a mommy of two? How did your second time around differ from when you were pregnant with your first?


Apr 16, 2018

My favorite Fruit of the Spirit

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

Apr 4, 2018

5 Self-Care Tips for the SAHM

I recently became a Stay at Home Mom again since baby #2 will be here soon. It's been a bit difficult because I can't get around as easily as I used to, and having a toddler running around all day doesn't really help the cause, lol. But I do enjoy every minute of it. Being at home with my daughter is the best gift I can receive. Watching her grow and learn new things at home is amazing. I will admit though, sometimes this momma needs a break!!! 

I have to give it up to the moms who have 2+ kids and have been doing this for so long. Being a parent is not easy, but being a SAHM...? Whoooo! It's exhausting! It really is a full time job — a full time job the requires momma to take care of herself as well!  

Here's a list of self-care tips/ideas that I created to help you, Superwoman, take care of yourself while trying to manage a whole household every single day. Remember, you do so much for everyone else, you can't forget to take care of yourself first!

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