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The Guiding Holy Spirit

Posted on July 14, 2012 at 6:44 AM Comments comments (3)
 
THE GUIDING HOLY SPIRIT
 
 
What does it mean when Scripture tells us the Holy Spirit abides in us?
 
It means you are letting God into your heart and your soul. The Holy Spirit is our helper and counselor. It is His ability that empowers us to resist sin and obey God. He helps us interpret Scripture and enables us to fellowship with the Lord. Without Him, no one can have a genuinely fruitful Christian life. The Spirit can give us the right words to encourage a hurting person, or lead us to do something unusually kind for a stranger. He may even guide us to take a different route. The Holy Spirit is the voice of God in and to us.
We must have total surrender and obedience to the Holy Spirit. We must set our minds on the things of God and trust the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide you, enable you, and empower you to obey His voice. When we are sensitive to the Spirit’s guidance, depend upon Him totally, and obey Him, we have life at it's very best.  
I am a simple woman who has known Christ for only 23 years personally but all my life internally. Even as a young child I never felt totally alone. My daddy's mom - Grandma would pray over me almost nightly and tell me the stories of the bible while kneeling down putting me to bed. I remember her telling me the Holy Spirit will guide me to the truth- God's truth.
 
My final thoughts is this. I am convinced God speaks only to those who discipline themselves to come and stand by Him daily without hesitation which also means we MUST spend quality time with the Lord daily. So we not only have the Word in the bible for us to pick up and read at any time but we have the Word in us through having the Holy Spirit in us.
 
So tell me what does it mean when Scripture tells you the Holy Spirit abides in YOU ?
 
Joyfully,
Cindy
 
P.S. I recommned to everyone to pick up a copy of Pastor Chuck Smith's book The Living Water to further your understanding of the Holy Spirit.

It's Okay- Cry

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (95)
                                                                     It's Okay -Cry
 
When you hurt the worst, it's ok go to your spiritual prayer closet and weep those tears of bitterness out of you. Remember Jesus wept and He also is waiting for you to cry your last tear so He can put His arms' around you.
Jesus never looks away from a crying heart. He said, "A broken heart I will not despise" Psalm 51:17... So go away and cry in your special place, cry until there are no tears left.
Then encourage yourself in the Lord and hand over to Him all your frustrations, anger and bitterness. He only wants your faith, your confidence. Then let the potter begin forming you as He sees you.                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Joyfully,
 Cindy                                                                                                                                             

Respect the Scriptures

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 3:43 AM Comments comments (3)
 
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
 
The Bible is an essential life- manual for Christians. From it we draw guidance, hope,  patience and everything necessary for spiritual development. However the Bible is often abused, even by those who acknowledge it as the Word of God. The Bible encompasses the whole world, but it also speaks deeply to the individual soul. Many believe that we are now living in the "last days" but only God knows when the end will come. None of us should never try to answer divine questionsin human terms. We are God's soldiers who are expected to spread the good news of Christ Jesus.
 
To live well in God's eyes is one of the toughest jobs that I have ever taken on.Being a wife is a lot of work and patience just like being a mom is.. But being a good Christian Soldier is definitely on a whole new level...
 
 
Joyfully,
Cindy

Respect the Scriptures

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 3:36 AM Comments comments (1)
 
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
 
The Bible is an essential life- manual for Christians. From it we draw guidance, hope, patience and everything necessary for spiritual development. However the Bible is often abused, even by those who acknowledge it as the Word of God. The Bible encompasses the whole world, but it also speaks deeply to the individual soul. Many believe that we are now living in the "last days" but only God knows when the end will come. None of us should never try to answer divine questions in human terms. We are God's soldiers who are expected to spread the good news of Christ Jesus.
 
To live well in God's eyes is one of the toughest jobs that I have ever taken on. Being a wife is a lot of work and patience just like being a mom is.. But being a good Christian Soldier is definitely on a whole new level...
 
Joyfully,
Cindy
 
 
 

Congraulations Micah - Grna loves you

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 3:49 AM Comments comments (29)
A Letter To My Grandson Micah,
My dear sweet, sweet Grandson I must tell you that it has been an honor to teach you what you needed to know this past school year in preschool. We had alot of laughs, irritations, high fives and knuckles. I first want to say I am so proud of you and that I learned so much myself this past year by letting you teach me also. There would be days that I just did not want to have school and you would come up to me and say Grandma I want grow up and be smart and confident like you.. That would melt my heart  and revitalize me to get up and hit the school bell and start on math, phonics, spelling and of course my favorite reading time
Micah, dont ever lose your drive for wanting to improve on who you are. Just remember to stop long enough to smell those flowers, lay on your back and make shapes out of the clouds and also remember to tell at least 5 people a day how good they are doing.
What ever you do in life I will love you and be proud of you. It has felt so good to see the light bulb come on in your head when we would learn new things. You are a wonderful, caring, giving soul and one that loves Jesus and would stop me if I was having a bad time and say grandma lets just pray.
 I pray right now that you stay near to God and know He is the one..always and Lord I pray for my grandson Micah to keep his drive, love and honor for others with him. I thank you Lord for taking both of our hands and intwining them with your's more times than I can count. Father I ask for protection from all the snarls that are out there ....
So Micah Ryan Rowley-Ruiz It is with such joy in my heart and love for you that has made this past year one I shall always remember.
Congratulations Grandson as you move onward to kidnegartan
Joy and Love,
Grandma

Deeper and Deeper

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 2:38 AM Comments comments (8)
I love taking time going through one of the many songbooks I have of Gospel Hymns and their stories. On certain mornings or evenings while doing my journaling and reading His Word I still feel as though there is more out there for me to read to get to that feeling of truly worshiping Him. Tonight was no different I read Psalms 40 and actually highlighted verse 8- I desire to do... your will, O my God: your law is within my heart. Just this one verse says so much regarding the desire that each one of us should have in order to do our Lords will. To me I love it when I am totally broken down for it is then that I pick up the Hymn book and read how our worship songs came about.

There was one particular night I fell asleep with my journal, hymn book and bible in my lap. When I awoke I was repeating the words from the Hymn Deeper and Deeper.. Read and meditate on the next couple of sentences. It was when I walked alone with God that I learned the lessons He would teach. I set aside a time and a place to meet Him, and I have never been disappointed.

This is so true! if anyone who reads this particular blog should try reading and applying what the hymn is saying.
One of my most important times in my day is what I call "morning watch". Morning watch is when you are basically the first one to rise and walk out to your patio and take in a deep breath and thank Him for allowing you another joyful day to spread the Gospel.
So, If any one reads this blog and loves it please email me at [email protected] and let me know...
Joyfully,
Cindy Andrews
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Standing before Him

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM Comments comments (4)
Like I wrote on the front page of my web site sometimes things I post will be random.. and this one is...
 
Picture yourself walking among the roses and jasmine and you stop for a moment and that is when you notice the smell rising up into a sweet aroma and there you are once a sinful person is now about to fellowship like none other with God!! Just like Adam and Eve once did walking side by side now here you are walking or perhaps feeling like you are floating as the Holiness of His presence is so strongly captivating and calming.
 
You look up glancing outward and see the trees are budding and the flowers are bursting through the ground.You pause to take in a deep breath and there He is JESUS coming toward you lighting up the evening twilight with HIS radiant presence. Here right now int his moment- as you see Him wearing His new body .
 
How are you feeling right about now? are you breathing slowly and calmly as you are bowing down on your knees not feeling worthy enough to look up at your Savior? Or, is your heart pounding rapidly and your legs are shaking as you are trying to bend a knee but they feel as though they are going to collapse but your spirit is pushing you down as you begin honoring the Lord.
 
You feel a hand on your shoulder and your breath is taken away in awe… You think back to all the scripture you have learned over years of bible studies, devotional readings and praying in spirit..
Then suddenly there is acalmness that no words can describe how beautiful and peaceful you feel. You are feeling the joy raining down from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.. You made it sweet one through another season of your life and are ready to move forward to the next...
 
There is no end now you are linked eternally to Him be proud stand tall and tell everyone that He lives...
Joyfully,
Cindy
 

Devote yourselves to prayer...

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 9:42 PM Comments comments (2)
 
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving: NASB
 
I just love all the different versions of the bible when it comes to certain passages like today's. In the Message Bible it reads: Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Or in the NIV version it says it this way- Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. I chose the NASB version because I like the word attitude which if we are all honest with ourselves we all can have an attitude of some sorts and most of the time it's not one of thanksgiving.
 
The word “devote”means to grab hold of something and not let go. To me it means to hang on no matter what happens. You never give up on prayer even when it seems useless.The dictionary defines devotion as profound dedication; religious observance or worship; a form of prayer or worship for special use. No matter what way you look at just thisword Devote - it still comes out meaning to always be ready to pray. Pray when you feel like it, pray when you don’t feel like it. Pray when you believe in it, pray when you doubt it. Pray when your heart is filled with faith, pray when you do it by habit. Do you ever feel like giving up? Paul says, “Keep at it!”
 
The next two beautiful words are keeping alert which means to “stay awake.” Have you ever noticed how easy it is to be distracted when you pray? Just as you bow your head, the phone rings, or some music distracts you, or you suddenly remember that you have to check the roast in the oven. A thousand things come crowding into your mind. Sometimes it seems as if the enemy's best work comes when we decide to pray. He unloads his full armory of distractions against us. Or perhaps you decide to spend an hour in prayer. So you get on your knees and begin to pray. You pray for yourself, the members of your family, all your friends, the leaders of your church, the missionaries you know, then all the missionaries in the world, then every country in the world. When you feel like it has been close to an hour you look up and discover you’ve only been prayingfor fifteen minutes! Bottom line here is keeping alert to the enemies arrows bythe distractions or by the disappointments you may feel when you continue to pray the same prayer year after year.
 
Then next for this short but powerful sentence is “attitude of gratitude or thanksgiving as stated in the NASB,” First things first and that is first, when you wake up in the morning, take time to give thanks to the Lord for the dayt hat stretches before you. Thank him in advance for all that will happen that day. Do it before your feet hit the floor. Second, when you are tempted to lose your temper during the day, instead of counting to ten, take a few seconds to count ten blessings you have received. You may find that your anger has melted away. Third, when you are interrupted (as we all are every day), instead of being exasperated, remember that God rules over the “interruptions” of life, and what seems an “interruption” to us is really his rearrangement of our plans. So take time to thank him for the interruptions as they come to you. Fourth, when you climb into your bed at night, take time again to review the day, giving thanks for the blessings you have experienced and for God’s protection every step of the way.
Joy to you and may your day be one of true devotion to our Lord...Thank you to Keep Believing Mnistries for your words.
 
Joyfully, Cindy

Is God pleased with your Integrity?

Posted on May 27, 2012 at 3:39 AM Comments comments (2)
"I know, my God, that You test the heart and are pleased with integrity." - 1 Chronicles 29:17a
 
 Now there may be comments back on this but I believe that God does test us in our hearts and looks for the uprightness of ourselves. Even though it may be a struggle on some days you and I can both ask God for His mercy, grace and love when we may have been a bit heavy on our attitude. Our Father also looks to see how we are using our gifts/ giving our offerings to the church and if so is it with a good heart. As the rest of 17 continues it says it brings Him joy...
So for this short but heartfelt message to you all may you continue your path of joy for Him to see our Righteousness.
Joyfully,
Cindy

It Is Well With My Soul

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (49)
 
It Is WellWith My Soul
 
The precise timing of God is always amazing to me. He knows, he sees, he hears and he cares what is going on in every life and in every event that concerns us. He is always near to comfort and renew our spirits, when we feel in need of assistance and to impart wisdom when we ask. The key here is we need to remember to ask Him and to always remember to praise God for His mercies that are new every morning to give us renewed strength and vigor.
 
This year has been particularly hard on me not only physically, emotionally but also spiritually. I would be lying if I said that everything is fine when I have stood in front of my bathroom mirror with tears streaming down my face from either physical pain or from being depressed from the bathroom scale showing yet another pound higher. My medications for my Lupus and fibromyalgia have been changed more than once this year which throws off everything within my body and my mind. What's worse is while all of this upset of changes is going on I found myself angry at Godfor not healing me or stopping the doctors from changing my medicine again and again. It took me from January 3rd of this year until May 1st to stop feeling sorry for myself and to realize again that He does care and He is always nearto comfort me but only can if I am open and honest and willing to ask for His forgiveness from my sin of blaming Him for not healing me or for not allowing the right doctors to care for me.
 
It also was May 1stwhen I heard the song "It Is Well With My Soul"..I had been listening to some old Hymnal songs on the radio that comes from my TV and was so touched by this song and the words that I looked up who wrote the lyrics and what his story was regarding the words that he wrote.  The first verse of the song is When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,It is well, it is well, with my soul.
 
Horatio Spafford author of the lyrics lost not only his only son to scarlet fever but also lost his 4 daughters to the sea due from a tragic accident from the ship they were on along with 216 other passengers. Here, is this man who has lostall his children and yet he can write and praise God for his life. No, myalmost first half of this year is in no way close to what this man had lost or gone through but what it has in common is the underbelly of what we are to do and that is to give it all over to Him and to seek after Him not only in our good times but most definitely in times of sorrow, depression, sickness, anger and much more..All  I am saying is we need to eat carpet when we pray to Him and to remember to ask for renewal of our spirit. I know I am so glad to be on my upward road to the top again and this time make sure that I have Him right next to me.
 
Blessings & Joy to all of you,
 
CindyAndrews
 

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