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Do Not Fear...

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 4:31 AM Comments comments (40)
 
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but  a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."
2 Timothy 1:7
 
God calls each of us to engage in spiritual warfare at times. Whenever satan wants to come against one of God's children, he does so by trying to intimidate through fear. Have you recently felt as though you have been intimidated by fear? I have..Most of my friends and family would describe me as a strong,driven type A personality gal. Yet, lately I am feeling weak, vulnerable and fearful. I knew when I started writing this Blog off and on that I would have to be transparent to others. It's not easy sitting here writing for all to read about my heart, soul and mind-but I came to realize that this blogging is a very therapeutic way to bring me back to the road that our Father wants me to walk along. If there is one thing I have learned and that is fear can paralyze and torment one's faith.
 
I am going to use David as an example of how God anoints us for accomplishing His mission. Every day is a new day for lessons to be learned through our Father. All he ask for is not just myself but for you to have faith. See David did not weight the risk of failure (death) because his faith was resting totally in God. David put his complete trust in God that he would slay Goliath. Since the  day I was baptized and accepted Jesus as my savior I have been in training with the Lord on how to see the tactics of the enemy going around and instilling fear in God's children. But, even those of us who are not babies of the word can fall into one of many traps that the enemy has.The one thing that I have trouble with is when I am vulnerable, weak and fearful  I will not ask soon enough for prayer so therefore I fall prey to the enemies trap. That is what has happen these past few months. I, yes I did not seek His wisdom, mercy,grace  and more before I stepped out into doing what I thought was best. So by not practicing what He has taught me especially about self discipline and love I have nose dived into a state of depression which for me I have not experienced for over 20 years and am now starting to claw my way up out of the pit.
 
Love, Cindy  
 

Water is life!

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM Comments comments (21)
 
He turned the desert into pools of water and the parchedground into flowing springs (Psalm 107:35)
 
The last few months have been a roller coaster ride with my everydaydehydration and I mean the kind of thirst that when you go to talk you can't due to the mouth being so dry.  Yet, I am having a water retention problem so when you put these two together you have a very dried up feeling of being and looking like the big marshmallow man in Ghost Busters. The doctors say to drink water, water and more water... I already am drinking a couple gallons of water a day and no the doctors said that is not what is causing the bloating. So besides already being a menopausal, bloated dried up 56 year old woman I am also beginning to feel depressed.
 
Being depressed is new to me as I have always tried to find the joy in everything I come across. But, I am not lost as I fall to knees and cry out to God to not let me go down into the rabbit hole that I see. Instead this thought comes to my head "Renew my mind, dear Father, I feel so sluggish and spent." Then about 10 minutes into praying Romans 8:6 comes to mind.To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
 
We all know that water is absolutely crucial for survival and success. Water is needed for survival so one does not die of dehydration. Water also is crucial for our success in our spirituality. We can die unless we drink of the water that Jesus offers us. Like the scripture above in Psalm 107:35 says Christ offers us something that only He can give, and through that He changes the barren desert of our lives into a fertile garden, the burning sand into bubbling springs.
 
Now, even though I thirst for water for my psychical being and the doctors and I are working on correcting this type of thirst my spirituality is being quenched by God's word and daily praying. So let me ask are any of you thirsty, parched, feeling dried up? are you staying in touch with God through praying? John 7:37 says "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink"
 
Go ahead reach for the living water each day and know this --that whoever drinks the water that Christ gives you will never thirst again (paraphrase) of John 4:14
 
Joyfully,
 
Cindy
 

Pray in the Holy Spirit

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (7)
Pray in the Holy Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.
(Ephesians 6:18)
Alot of times it is hard for me to open myself to the influence of the Holy Spirit, so I must be mindful to His guidance, so I will discover that my prayer life will change dramatically for the better. Is anyone out there feel the same way at times?

My Family Reunion and My Now Moment

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (6)
 
I recently returned from spending a week with family members that I haven't seen in years and honestly I was a bit nervous on how everyone would get along. For my brother and my two sisters it has been 19 years since they saw each other. All of us had some baggage that we needed to get over and throw away if that week was going to work out.
 
Like most of you out there I too have a dysfunctional family and probably I am one of the main characters that can make it start going hay wire. I had a long talk with God before I left for this reunion telling him I don't know if I can do this as I don't want any more fights or hard feelings and I certainly don't want to go back and live in the past. I am one who loves the adventure of each new day and am not a fan of looking back to my childhood at all. So while I am telling God all this stuff (which I knew He knew already) I hear Him say I am not a God of disorder,confusion or hard feelings and you being my child, cannot go to this reunion thinking of disorder, confusion or hard feelings. I know also that none of us can find our spot with God if we not only ignore what His word says but ignore how he tells us to live.
 
Everyone is back home and back to their routines and although I thought a week was going to be too long with my siblings it turned out to not being enough time. I tried to take as many opportunities that I could and just look at their faces and listen to their voices and take every hug that was given out as I never know when I may not see them again. As I sat around and watched, listened and hugged I remembered what I wrote in a previous blog and that is we're not going to get this second back,so don't be a poor steward of this moment. Your now moment.. So as you go about this week with your work, children, meetings, etc... Remember it may seem hard,hectic, tiring, confusing but at the end of the day what we have is good all good cause we have God.
 
My most precious Now Moment this week was when I was watching the grandkids this past Friday night and I went to put them both to bed turned off the TV, covered them up, put the night light on and kiss them on the cheek goodnight. That's when I heard this tiny voice in my head saying you may be tired from being gone to the reunion and sick from the colds the grand boys passed on to me. But if you walk out that door you will have passed up one of our three's favorite Now Moments and that is their bedtime story... When I stopped at their door and turned around to look at them my eyes welled up with tears of happiness. Here are these two precious little one's knowing that I am exhausted and sick and they didn't say a word as to our bedtime ritual being cut short.
 
Well what is a grandma to do - except turnaround jump up on their bed which in turn got them up from being tucked in and told them we must read a story. So there is my Now moment seeing the big smiles and hearing the laughter that Grandma didn't forget to stay a little longer and a little closer together. After finishing that nights bedtime story I got the biggest love hugs and kisses of gratitude and love. I looked up to our Father and told Him thank you for my extra seconds with the grandkids.
 
 
 
Joyfully,
 
Cindy Andrews
 
 
 

Blowing off steam

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM Comments comments (4)
This is going to be one of my sound off blogs.. Some of it joyful and some of it not..
I just finished having my birthday week. I had a small birthday gathering at Hampton Inn on Thursday evening with a very select group of women. I say select group as each woman who came that evening has played a significant role in my life these past 7 years. I had to fight back tears more than once as I sat in the hotel room and listened to all the different conversations that were going on and seeing the faces and smiles of my closest and dearest sisters in Christ.
What makes a true sister in Christ? Trust-- sharing the love of Christ in our hearts--encouragement--honesty and so much more. Over the past two years my heart has been broken, shredded with lies from others to now where my heart is now slowly mending--learning to trust other women again--and enjoying my adventure of looking for a new church home.
Sons- I heard from my son via text on my birthday saying Happy Birthday hope it is a fun day-- This my friends is a big deal that I heard from son. I don't know what happened a few years ago Robert and I were invited to his house for dinner. Conversation flowed, laughter was in the air, food was good, his house is gorgeous and we left on a happy note with hugs and well wishes to see each other more often.Then nothing for over two years so you can imagine how happy I was to have a text from him. As a parent though it sounds ridiculous as I read this back to be so happy over a text but I look at it like this it is better to have a little communication even if it is short and in a text than nothing. My prayer is that one day we will be communicating a few times a week.
Daughters- I am confused when it comes to figuring out what the she wants. This is another strained relationship and again I am the bad cop as to what or how her life is going to end up like. If she only would remember how much fun we use to have all the time. I know as a parent it says in Proverbs 22:6- Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. There is a limit though, not even the wisest, best, most caring, loving, teaching parents in the world can always succeed with upright children. Many parents think – “Teach a child in the way he should go, and when he reaches adulthood he will always be faithful." We as parents have a great responsibility to teach, train, guide and show our children the right way to live, obey God and be faithful. Children – You have the responsibility to listen, heed, obey and follow the teaching of your parents – all of you life. All of us have the responsibility to live as God directs. When we fail – it is our fault. God will hold us personally accountable. So my prayer for my daughter is to step back, slow down and walk cautiously as it is not so bad to wait awhile longer for God's plan.
 
Doctors- I know God created man which in turn some become doctors, and I just need to vent my frustrations that I have faced since January 3rd of this year. It's no ones fault that I have Lupus, arthritis, Fibro and probably a few other things that havent even been discovered. It just doesnt seem right that they all act so non-chalant about my illness. When they ask what brings you here today and you say blah, blah, blah they tell me there is no way you can feel that way. Let's give you another prescription or take you off a medication that you have been on for 9 years. Does any of this make sense to you? or is it just me getting fed up and being sick and tired of being sick and tired.
 
Husbands- NO WAY am I going down this road...
 
On a joyful note I am the daughter of the King and He loves me uncondtionally and shows me love, grace and mercy without hesitation. So thank you all for reading my frustrations and yes a little bit of anger but seriously writing my blog once a week has been the best free therapy anyone can have.
 
Love and Joy to you all!!!
 
Joyfully,
Cindy
 
 we are to train them up

Offering His Holy Spirit

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 2:19 AM Comments comments (2)
The Lord offers you His Holy Spirit if you surrender yourself to Him. It is His Spirit who gives you the ability to handle life's problems successfully in the certain knowledge that He will not forsake or abandon you. Paul wrote in Romans 8:31 "If God is for us, who can be against us?
 
Whatever your circumstances my be, remember that Jesus is constantly at your side to guide and help you. Please place your trust in Him as He leads you, and remember that He is guiding you toward God's eternal kingdom where there is only harmony and peace...
 
 
Joyfully,
Cindy

Total Commitment

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM Comments comments (3)
“TOTAL COMMITMENT”
 
If you want God's best, don't just think about how to invest your money, think about how to invest your life. Jesus said, "If you know these things...happy...are you if you...[do them]." Living this way means:
 
Imagine how honored you would feel if a president or prime minister decided to visit you and spend the night at your house. You wouldn’t leave dirty dishes piled up in the sink, clothes strewn across the floor, and a ring around the bathtub. No, you’d give the place a radical makeover! And you wouldn’t make them sleep in the garage, the box room or the attic; you’d vacate the master bedroom and give it to them. Your goal would be to honor them in every way because their presence has honored you. Now read this: “You have declared today that the Lord is your God. And you have promised to walk in his ways, and…do everything he tells you. The Lord has declared today that you are his people, his own special treasure, just as he promised, and that you must obey all his commands. And if you do, he will set you high above all the other nations he has made. Then you will receive praise, honor, and renown” (vv. 17-19 NLT). Let’s take this a step further.
When Old Testament priests entered the ministry they went through a rite called “consecration.” From that moment on they belonged exclusively to God and were committed to obey Him in all things. You say, “What does any of this have to do with me?” A lot: if you want God to use you, to honor and promote you, you can’t marginalize or compartmentalize Him. You must commit yourself to doing His will! And that includes your time, your talent, your treasure, your body, your mind, your spirit, and your all.
God wants “total commitment.”
Bob Gass Ministries

Finding Your Joy- Letting Go Of Yesterday

Posted on August 4, 2012 at 11:28 PM Comments comments (2)
  Sometimes we have our joy, only to misplace it. There are as many ways for joy to elude us as there are personalities in the world, but one way we lose it is by not being present in the now. We spend so much time thinking about where we should have been, where we need to be, what we need to do, and how we're going to do it that we forget about right now. We're not going to get this second back, so why are we such poor stewards of this moment?
 
  Notice, I didn't say be in the moment. I want you to be in this moment. with your family, your peers at work, your friends. I've found that it is very difficult to be in this moment if we're constantly plagued with thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow.
 
  Living a not so perfect life, I have experienced the consequences of sin--my own and those bestowed on me by others. I have made mistakes that shame me to no end; sins that if I dwelled on them and failed to receive the forgiveness freely given, would send me into a black hole from which I would never return. And I have also experienced sin on the receiving end: abandonment, betrayal, manipulation, and emotional abuse. Accepting my failures, as well as those of others, is the only way to deal with a fallen world. And moving on is the only way to hope.
 
  Don't let your past haunt you now. What happened yesterday, last month, or when you were twelve years old cannot be undone. It happened; and it was probably sad and unfair. Thinking about, dwelling on and reliving the past--one created by you or for you--will only rob you of joy today. Joy is a state of contentment that cannot be affected by outside forces. Remember: yesterday is an outside force.
 
  Are you willing to let it go? Notice I asked if you were willing. Most of us are capable but have become so comfortable rolling around in our tormented pasts that we've come to relish our "victimhood."
       
                        What will you choose? the agony of yesterday or the joy of today?
 
                         "Excerpt from The one year book of Inspirations for Girlfriends"
 

Give your entire life to Christ

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 3:56 PM Comments comments (2)
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.”2Co 5:17 NIV
GIVE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE TO CHRIST
 
The story is told of a man reading a newspaper when he came across a map of the world. So he clipped it out, cut it into pieces and told his little boy to put it back together again. After a while the boy said to him, “I’ve done it!” His father marveled, “As quick as that? How did you do it?” His son said: “I turned it over and on the back was a picture of a man. I put the man together - and the world came together!” You can’t change the world, but Christ can change you, and when that happens your world will start coming together.
The Bible says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” But don’t just give Jesus your heart, give Him your entire life. Yes, the thief on the cross found redemption in his dying moments, so there’s no age limit when it comes to salvation. But J. O. Wilson points out: “Suppose that Paul had been converted at seventy instead of twenty-five. There would have been no Paul in history. There was a Matthew Henry because he was converted at eleven and not at seventy…A Jonathan Edwards because he was converted at eight and not eighty; a Richard Baxter because he was converted at six and not sixty. How much more a soul is worth that has a lifetime of opportunity before it, than the soul which has nothing! Lambs are of more worth than sheep in the realm of souls, as well as in the marketplace.”
 
Devotional by Bob Gass ministries-
 
Joyfully,
Cindy

Pray Continually

Posted on July 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM Comments comments (3)
Pray continually.”1Th 5:17 NIV"devotional- Bob Gass Ministries
PRAYER
 
The Bible says, “Pray continually.” If you can worry continually, you can pray continually; you just have to change your focus! Try to picture this: an enemy army has arrived intent on wiping out Israel. So Moses says to Joshua, “Take your best soldiers and go fight them. I’m taking two men, climbing the hill that overlooks the plains, raising my hands toward heaven and praying for victory” (See Ex 17:8-9). As Moses’ hands stretched heavenward, Joshua’s troops prevailed. But when Moses’ arms grew weary and he dropped them to his side, the tide of battle shifted. Joshua’s troops were being struck down. Again Moses stretched his arms toward heaven, bringing the matter before the Lord. Immediately the battle’s momentum shifted back to Joshua. Then it struck Moses - he must keep his arms outstretched toward heaven if he wants to open the door to God’s supernatural intervention here on earth. There’s a lesson here: if you are willing to invite God to involve Himself in your daily living you’ll experience His power in your home, your relationships, your career, and wherever else it’s needed. But the other side of the equation is sobering: it’s hard for God to release His power in your life when you just put your hands in your pockets and say, “I can handle this on my own.” If you do that, don’t be surprised if you get the nagging feeling that the tide of battle has shifted against you and that you’re powerless to do anything about it. To experience God’s power in your life you must pray continually, pray scripturally, and pray in faith.

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