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! 


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