Friday, December 1, 2017

Know this, You can start over each day!

Know this, You can start over each day!
By: Cindy Feeman

Growing up with all brothers, I had to learn to adapt to playing what boys wanted to play. I learned the art of baseball, basketball, and tackle football. I could climb trees with the best of them, ride skateboards and wade through the creek catching craw dads. I was s fast learner and got pretty good at all of it. 

The only thing I struggled at was how to ride a bike. I was 7 1/2 and still hadn't got it. I was fearful of falling (wasn't fearful of falling from being tackled or falling from a tree) and I would overcompensate while trying to steer. My oldest brother would try to help and encourage me but to no avail, I just couldn't get it. Two of my younger brothers were already riding and I was sure I was the only 7 1/2 year old in the entire universe that couldn't ride a bike. 

Frustrated, every day I would go in the house crying and venting my failure to my Mother and she assured me to start over again tomorrow, you'll get it! A new day came and I was out there trying again.

Many times throughout my life, through disappointments, failures, struggles, heartache, grief, etc. I could still hear the echo of my Mothers words, "You can start over again tomorrow."

The Bible declares in Lamentations 3:23, "God's mercies are new every morning". Those words now echo in my ears! How thankful I am for that! I know I am not the only one who gets frustrated with myself, when I get discouraged or feel worthless, hopeless. When I've struggled with pain, failure (sin) and heartache. Just hold on till morning and that darkness will appear and you will feel the warmth of His new merciful day flooding your soul... great is His faithfulness. A fresh new start... A new beginning. A opportunity to put that darkness in the past with new determination to strive for the prize... to share His light... His love and... His mercy. 
So know this, you can start over each morning!

And by the way, my Mother was right. Just starting over each day with the mindset that I could conquer that bike... I did. I mastered it before my 8th birthday... and rode off like a boss!

Friday, November 24, 2017


By: Cindy Feeman

This is a title of a song by the Whisnants. I have sung it many times as a special and I came across it again the other day. What a perfect time of the year for this song. I remember the first time I heard the song, how much it spoke to my heart. I love it still today and I've been playing it over and over. I hope the words will bless you and allow you to see how blessed we are for the things He took away!

Lord I come today to thank you
But not for things I've ever mentioned here before
Not for blessings you have given
or the Joys you promised are in store
So As I bow before you
Give me the words to express my deepest thanks
Not for what You've given
But Lord, for what You took away

You took my guilt and shame
and all my sinful blame became as yours
You opened wide your hands
and as a guilty man you wore my crown of thorns
You took the death I'd earned
and all that I deserved on Calvary
Lord thanks for what You've given
but most of all
thanks for what you took from me

Father please forgive me for all the times I failed to mention this before
I've been so concerned with treasures
Went so far as to even ask for more
But you've shown me lord what's precious
are not the things you've given me today
For their worth to me is nothing when compared to what you took away

You took my guilt and shame
and all my sinful blame became as yours
You opened wide your hands
and as a guilty man you wore my crown of thorns
You took the death I'd earned
and all that I deserved on Calvary
Lord thanks for what You've given
but most of all
thanks for what you took from me

Friday, November 10, 2017

An Attitude of Gratitude

By: Cindy Feeman

I love Thanksgiving! It causes me to think about all the special things and people in my life and expressing gratitude for them. If you are like me, you wish this feeling could last all year long (and it really should). Just imagine feeling proud, thankful, and joyful on a regular basis, not just during the Holidays. 

How can we keep an Attitude of Gratitude? We need to make it a habit to express thankfulness ans appreciation in all areas of our life, on a regular basis, for both big and small things, alike.

Author Lewis Howe stated in his book, "Attitude of Gratitude", that "life is better if we developed an attitude of gratitude". He also stated, "if we concentrate on what we have, we will always have more. If we concentrate on what on what we don't have we will never have enough". It is a tough mindset to always have a grateful attitude. Here is a menu of tactic he endorses to help develop this mindset. Just pick a few.

1. Wake up everyday and express to yourself and to God what you are grateful for.

2. Tell whoever you are with at the end of the day 3 things you are thankful for. 

3. Tell someone you're with during the day 3 things you're thankful for at that moment.

4. Read God's word and His promises.

5. Start a gratitude journal... noting things you are thankful for that day. 

6. Acknowledge yourself for what you have done and accomplished this week instead of comparing yourself to others.

7. Acknowledge other people and thank them for inspiring, helping or supporting you.

Each day won't be perfect, but focusing on what we are grateful for tends to wash away feelings of anger and negativity. In addition to improving your mood, recent studies show that feelings and expressing gratitude leads to better physical health as well.

So try adapting some of these tactics above into an overall mindset. It may take a little work, but having an attitude of gratitude is one of the most impact habits for a fulfilling and healthy life.

Here's to Thanksgiving all year round!

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Importance of Being Real With Jesus

The Importance of Being Real With Jesus
 By: Julie Hatfield

             I'm so thankful that God is approachable.  When I'm going through something and feeling like I'm failing in life Jesus always listens.  Don't ever think that He doesn't care about you.  He wants you to be open and honest with Him.  Sometimes I feel like I'm too emotional but honestly it's a blessing.  When you hold things inside it causes stress and health related problems.  Learning to open up an talk about things saves you a lot of problems down the road.
            Does Jesus really care about me??  Yes He does!!  That is why in 1 Peter 5:7 it says:  "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."  He want's you to be real and raw with Him.  Whatever is causing you pain or causing you to struggle, open up to Him about it.  Sometimes the only way to get over something is to talk about it and move on from it.  I have learned before I have a conversation with God to plead the blood over my conversation so it will remain private between Him and I, that way the enemy won't know my struggles and weaknesses.  Get away by yourself with God and cry out to Him.  Groaning in the Holy Ghost can speak more to God then any words you can say on your own.

           I use to think that if I allowed myself to get to this point with God that I somehow failed Him or was doing something wrong.  Why is it so hard for us to be so open even with Jesus?  I think we've allowed ourselves to believe that we have to be perfect to live for God.  That's just a lie from the enemy. How is God suppose to lead and guide us if we  haven't completely allowed Him to see us in our most vulnerable moments.  Struggles in life are as common as victories are.  Through my weakness He is made strong.  I'm so glad that no matter if I'm on the mountain top or down in the valley Jesus is always there.  Real communication is not only key in marriage and friendships but it is one of the most important aspects for your relationship with Jesus.  So start being sincerely real with Jesus and He'll start being real with you.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Heaven Will Be Worth It All

"Heaven Will Be Worth It All"
By: Elisha Jane Wells

I've heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
In my opinion, that is certainly true of this painting by John Stevens.

At first glance I was immediately carried to this place where Heaven touched Earth. I could imagine walking up that steep, rocky path and suddenly finding myself at heaven's gates.
I imagined every labored breath and strained muscle as I made the climb. I could feel the stones rolling beneath my feet and the stone bruises on my heels. I felt the stinging burn of scraped knees where I had stumbled on the uneven path. I could feel the rough bite of the bark of a makeshift walking stick on the palm of my hand. I heard the rustle of a breeze in the leaves and smelled the scent of those pines. I saw the beauty of nature and the danger of those loose boulders all in one sweeping glance. I felt the sweat trickle down my face and back as the sun beat down upon me. My shoulders bowed beneath the weight of the pack on my back. I imagined the defeat of feeling that I would never reach the top. That one more step was just too much.

Then, in my mind's eye I imagined raising my head to see the splendor of heaven before me. Suddenly that mountain path didn't seem so steep, the boulders didn't seem so dangerous, and my feet didn't hurt so bad. Suddenly every step, every scraped knee and labored breath were worth it if this was what waited at the end of my climb.

And that was only my reaction to a painting done with human hands.

Along our journey as Christians we face many things, from daily temptations to life shattering situations. We don't always think these things are fair and often imagine them to be more than we can bare. The path is often steep and rocky. Would to God I could say it would always be a smooth, perfectly paved path, but that is not the case. There are many loose boulders we have to face, have to get past, or climb over. We face trials, doubts, and fears. We endure heartache and loss. We go through storms in life we never imagined we would have to face. For every blessing it seems we must also endure a curse. We struggle forward though sometimes it feels like even one more step will be just too much. Sometimes we feel we simply can't go on and in an attempt not to completely collapse we must simply stand.

But allow me a moment to encourage you in your journey.
For one glimpse of Heaven will be worth it all. Imagine the beauty and splendor of this world, of landscapes and overlooks, of sunsets and ocean views. That is a beauty it took God only 6 days to complete. Now imagine what Heaven must be like. He has spent thousands of years preparing that place to be absolutely perfect in all ways for us. The greatest joy of all being that we will be there with Him for all eternity.

So, yes, the journey may seem long.
Yes, the mountain may be steep and rough and we may have to climb over or even dodge a lose boulder or two.
There may be times we can't take a step forward and just have to stand still and take a deep breath.

But in the end, every trial, every temptation, every heartache will be worth it all. When we raise our eyes and realize that at the end of that steep and difficult climb is a view like we could never have imagined. That suddenly laid out before us is an eternity in paradise with our Savior.

So continue to climb. Continue to press.
If you must, take a moment to stand and draw a breath.
But do not back down. Do not give up. Do not give in.
Heaven will be worth it all.

Friday, October 13, 2017

When We See the Harvest

When We See the Harvest
Cindy Feeman

I am a big lover of poetry and I really enjoy it when it speaks to me, and this poem by Susan Nikitenko did just that. It's very timely and it made me say "Ouch and Amen.
I hope you glean something from it.

Friday, September 29, 2017


Cindy Feeman

With a trembling voice, Laura tried to explain to the security guard at the carnival, "My son Timmy was right beside me; I let go of his hand to pay for the cotton candy... and I think he wandered off... I can't find him anywhere!" "PLEASE HELP ME", she cried. "I just turned away for a second. It happened so fast. Please find him," she pleaded. "He is only 5."

Laura, filled with urgency, was trembling as she ran calling Timmy's name. Her heart pounding and tears flowing down her face, she was determined not to give up. The police were called and searching continued, even carnival patrons and workers volunteered to help search. Everyone going in different directions, frantically trying to locate the "Lost Timmy".

One hour, then two. Laura was filled with fear as she realized that time was ticking... night was approaching. Dread and "What if's" filled her heart and mind. What if Timmy is never found... she was frantic. "Timmy", "Timmy", echoed throughout the Carnival. Why can't we find him??? Dusk was upon them now and Laura collapsed to the ground sobbing, "God please help us find him. I know he's scared. Please God!!!"

Suddenly Laura thought she heard someone yell... "I found him"... she listened again and there it was like music to her ears, "I've got Timmy." With her heart pounding, Laura took off toward the voice. Could it be true? Then she spotted his little blonde head coming toward her holding a policeman's hand. She could tell Timmy had been crying. She ran to him with arms outstretched and relief filling her soul, she swept him up and held him tight. Timmy buried his head in her neck crying and mumbling, "I was lost". Now Laura was sobbing with pure joy, she consoled Timmy, "I'm here, I've been searching for you for along time and I got you now."

How many times have we heard stories like this? sometimes they do have happy endings and sometimes the sadly do not. Can you feel the relief of that mother?

Now imagine the heart of Jesus frantically searching for those who are lost. Knocking and knocking on their hearts door. Frantically calling their name. Even more urgent than a mother looking for her lost child. What if Jesus can't reach them in time? What if the prodigal doesn't make it back in time? The urgency of the late mid-night hour rapidly approaching. What if??? He knows some he will reach, but, brokenhearted, some he will not.

Now can you imagine the joy He experiences every time a lost soul is found? With arms outstretched, he scoops them up and takes away the sin, the fear, and heartache. Crying "I was lost but you found me" and Jesus responding, "I've been looking for you for a long time and I've got you now!"
Safe in His loving arms with a promise of eternal life.
He promised life and life more abundantly.

Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest Matthew 11:28

Nothing like being safe in His loving arms!

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Negative Mind Will Never Give You A Positive Life

A Negative Mind Will Never Give You A Positive Life
Sis. Cindy Feeman

Everyone knows at least one "negative person", maybe even a family member.
You know, someone like Winnie the Pooh's friend Eeyore.
(Although I admit he is pretty cute.)
Those that are always sad, stressed, and expecting the worst.
Someone you dread to be around for very long because it can actually bring your spirit down and even make you think negative thoughts.

How can you be sure they are a negative person?
1. They complain.
2. They blame.
3. They defame.

Remember the Hee Haw song?
"Gloom despair and agony on me. Deep dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all. Gloom despair and agony on me."
It's meant to be a funny song but it's sad too because there are so many who have that mentality. It can be debilitating for them and you. The cloud of despair, victimization, and misery.

I'll be the first to admit there are a host of negative things that happen in this world. Seems like something new every day, (Signs of the Times). But how we react to the negative can make all the difference. I have days I worry over things I can't change. There are days I experience fear or loneliness... but I choose not to let any of that take over my heart and mind. God's good always, always outweighs the bad.

Several years back I attended a ladies conference in Newark and the speaker spoke on getting the negative out of your life. I had noticed some negative affects on my spiritual life and I made a decision that night. It was life changing for me. After that weekend I had to eliminate the negative influences in my life.
I know that there will still be some negative things staring me down, but I always try to focus on the scripture Phil. 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Blocking Out Distractions

Blocking Out Distractions
Sis. Cindy Feeman

The number one reason for automobile accidents across the nation is "distractions". Whether it is phone usage, eating, changing the radio or even looking back to check on your children... our main focus is lost, if only for a few seconds. But those seconds can be detrimental and even life changing.
The definition of distraction is "something that makes it hard to pay attention".
I remember when my brother Bob was in first grade and my Mom had went to the school for Parent/Teacher conference.... the teacher had told my Mom that Bob was a wonderful and adventurous child and although his grades were good, he was easily distracted. The example was that she had read a story to the children and was asking the children questions about the story and at one question Bob raised his hand and so called on him for the answer. His answer was "Did you know there is a cat laying in the window over there?"
His attention had been drawn away by a distraction.
Distractions can be both external sources and internal sources.
Worry, anxiety, and daydreaming can be forms of distraction too!

As Christians it is even more important to stay focused on our relationship with God. 
That is an everyday pursuit!
Here are 9 ever present distractions in life:

1. Promise of Tomorrow... Joshua Glenn Clark said "We waste so many days waiting for the weekend."

2. The Pursuit of Perfection... Perfection can distract us from moving forward.

3. The Regret of Yesterday... Don't allow regret from the past to negatively distract from opportunity in the present.

4. The Accumulation of Possessions... More is not the answer. More has become a distraction.

5. The Desire of Wealth... Our lives were designed by our Creator for contribution.

6. The Need for Notoriety... Those who live their lives focused on the need to be recognized for it are usually the first ones to take shortcuts.

7. The Pull of Comparison... Comparing yourself to others will always cause you to regret what you are not, rather than enjoy who you are.

8. The Appeal of Pleasure... Pleasure is a terrible teacher. The most significant lessons are born out of pain.

9. The Pleasure of Indifference... Those who choose to live their lives as a victim will always miss their opportunity.

In our busy lives... it is hard to stay focused on the right things... family, God, health, friends, work, etc... but realizing the many ways the enemy can distract us will help us to block those distractions. Think on Godly things, read the word, pray and keep your eyes on the SON. Distractions can wreck a life!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

5 Ways to Live Victorious

5 Ways to Live Victorious
Sis. Cindy Feeman

I came across these 5 steps in an old journal I had and wanted to share.

1. Refuse to be a victim.
Self pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become "uncomfortable". "A wise woman wishes to be no ones enemy and refuses to be anyone's victim."

2. Forgive. 
"It's the greatest gift to yourself."

3. Reject defeat.
"I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it."
Life will throw everything it has at you, that doesn't mean you can't throw a few things back dig in your heels, and make up your mind to come out the winner. You have the ability to emerge from lives storms, a stronger, better person. But it's going to take equal parts of faith and gumption on your part.

4. Create your own happiness.
Determine to live your life with flair and laughter.

5. Realize your greatness in God....
All of His promises are yours!

A Journey

A Journey
Sis. Cindy Feeman

I recently watched an  old "Gunsmoke" video where Marshall Dillon was tracking an outlaw to bring him to justice. The journey started out very smoothly because the tracks were easy to follow. But the farther he went the rougher the trail got, through rough and rugged terrain, hills, valleys, dry baroness with no sight of any tracks... he continued on through hardness, the doubt and feeling of hopelessness... trusting in the outcome of his destination.

FAITH is just like that journey you have never been on before. You can only trust in the words of experienced travelers before you that have been down that path. Like faith, you won't see evidence that the final destination is worth it until you take that first step.

As you step you will hear whispers of experienced hikers... "Stay on track" .... "Follow the course". Even when its through the rough and rocky terrain and you may stagger and stumble... just keep trusting... climbing those rough rocks will help you get to the top... the victory. 
As the feeling of doubt and hopelessness beats down on you and you may feel weak and tired on this journey... God will be that cool refreshing drink that can restore.

Matt. 11:28 "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."

Acts 3:20 "...that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."

Lord, strengthen the weary and renew our hearts. Revive us when we are dying and make new the dead, the stagnant and the broken. Purify our hearts so that we can find times of refreshing in your presence. We ask that you fill us to overflowing, because we can't pour out if we are empty and dry. Just being with you is what we long for. Refresh us, Lord, as we travel this path.

So continue on your journey, the victory will be beautiful and glorious!

Friday, June 23, 2017

When to keep your Mouth Shut

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When to keep your Mouth Shut
By: Cindy Feeman

When I read this... I immediately thought "how true" for all of us to heed this wisdom.


1. In the heat of Anger    Prov. 14:17
2. When you don't have all the facts.    Prov. 18:13
3.When you haven't verified the story.    Duet. 17:6
4. When your words will offend a weaker brother.    I Cor. 8:11
5. If your words will be a poor reflection of the Lord or Friends. Peter 2:21-23
6. When you are tempted to joke about sin. Prov. 14:9
7.When you will be ashamed of your words later.    Prov. 8:8
8. When you are tempted to make light of Holy things.    Ecc. 5:2
9. If your words would convey a wrong impression.    Prov. 17:27
10. If the issue is none of your business.    Prov. 14:10
11. When you're tempted to tell an outright lie.    Prov. 4:24
12. If your words would damage someones reputation.    Prov. 16:27
13. If your words would destroy a friendship.    Prov. 25:28
14. When you're feeling critical.    James 3:9
15. If you can't speak without yelling.    Prov. 25:28
16. When it's time to listen.    Prov. 18:21
17. If you may have to eat your words later.    Prov. 18:21
18. If you already said it more than one time.    Prov. 19:13
19. When you are tempted to flatter a wicked person. Prov. 24:24
20. When you are supposed to be working instead. Prov. 14:23

Proverbs 21:23
Whosoever keepeth his mouth and tongue, keepeth his soul from trouble.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

There's Just Something About That Name "JESUS"

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There's Just Something About That Name "JESUS"
By: Cindy Feeman

This happens to be a song title of one of my Mother's favorite songs. In 2004, when she was suffering from cancer, this song was a source of great comfort to her. She knew the power that just speaking that name entailed. She totally depended on Jesus. 
We should have JESUS in every area of our lives.

Anything you ask in my name, I will do it.    John 14:14

His name is above every name.    Phil 2:9

At the name of JESUS, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. Phil. 2:10-11

We are to be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins.    Acts :38

There is no other name than the name of Jesus by which we can be saved.    Acts 4:12

The lame can walk in the name of Jesus.    Acts 3:6

Whosoever believes in the name of Jesus shall have eternal life.    I John 5:13

By believing that Jesus is Lord, we can have life through his name.    John 20:31

we give thanks for all things in Jesus name.    Eph 5:20

Where 2 or 3 are gathered together in the name of Jesus He will be in the midst of them.    Matt 18:20

We are washed, sanctified, and justified in  the name of Jesus.    I Cor 5:17

Everything we do or say should be done in the name of Jesus. Col 3:17

Demons were cast out in the name of Jesus.    Acts 16:18 & Mark 16:17

The name Jesus literally means YHWH saves, and Jesus was given that name because he will save his people from their sins.    Matt 1:21

His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.    Isaiah 9:6

His name is the Word.    John 1:1

His name is the Son of God.    Luke 22:10

His name is the Son of Man.    Matt 16:13

His name is the Lamb of God.    John 8:58

His name is the Great I Am.    John 5:58

His name is Alpha and Omega.    Rev 22:13

To Everything There is a Season

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To Everything There is a Season
By: Cindy Feeman

Winter, although it can be beautiful at times, usually represents cold and barrenness. Unlike Spring which breaths a breath of hope and promise. It has the influence of new beginnings, new energies and new efforts.
At some point in our life time we all experience each season in our spiritual walk. we go through the winter wondering if spring will ever come and then it happens. A crocus will peek out through the snow covered hill with the hint that Spring is indeed on its way. a renewing is close at hand.

This past year has been a wintery trial for me health wise. A lot of suffering and pain, some discouragement and at times a feeling of helplessness. Struggling each day to see that crocus peek its head out bringing hope. I knew in my spirit that Spring would come again. 
The SONshining, the of his promise and the power of hope. I see the crocus!!! 
This allows me to know that Spring is arriving. Spring is really a new display of God's presence and power. A renewal which comes forth from divine energy. What He does in the natural world, He also does in the spiritual realm. There are times of refreshing from the Lord, a veritable Springtime. A time of depression and barrenness should succeed by a time of new life and new spiritual energy. The Springtime is a period of renewed joy and hope.
The Springtime should have a message of influence for us and I realized I can't experience that Springtime without first going through the Winter.

Thank God for the crocus peeking through.

Spring Cleaning

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Spring Cleaning
By: Cindy Feeman

It's that time of year again! Time for Spring cleaning. Time to sort, declutter, discard and donate. Cleaning windows so we can see clearly. Clearing out cobwebs, dusting, and scrubbing every nook and crannie.

When Spring cleaning is complete we all enjoy the end result. Everything looks brighter and feels lighter and we have a sense of accomplishment. But reaching that result can be painful and dreaded. At least it is for me.
My Mother actually enjoyed Spring cleaning, I think because it brought back fond memories with her Grandma. If I heard my Mom say this once, I've heard it a million times, "Jesus wants His temple clean from ceiling to the floor. He wants even the little cracks and in behind the doors!"

Since we are temples of the Holy Ghost we too need to Spring clean our spiritual temple. all though it can be painful, the end result is definitely worth it. Spring cleaning, while worth the effort, will only last for a season, but spiritual cleansing could have eternal influence. so dust off that Bible and get the cobwebs out of your prayer closet. The Bible encourages us to draw close to God and allow our hearts and bodies to be cleansed.

This is the first step in our Spring cleaning project. But we must ask God to do the cleansing. Cleanse your heart. Psalm 51:10 says "Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me". Our hearts can harbor a lot of dirty and evil things. Jealousy, envy, hate, lust, guilt... just to name a few. The spirit of God can wash away those sins and cleanse us with pure water.

Step two... Clean your mouth. Spiritual cleansing requires "deep" cleaning. Its cleansing that goes beyond what others see and hear. It's cleansing from the inside out. If your heart gets clean, the mouth should follow. 
"...From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Luke 6:26

Step three - Renew your mind. Take out the garbage. This is a big struggle for most of us. We must feed our mind and spirit with the word of God instead of the garbage of this world. Romans 12:2 states, "Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Repent of hidden sins and get rid of old baggage... release unforgiveness and bitterness. Any sin will weigh you down, but long kept unforgiveness and bitterness is like old baggage in the attic. Sometimes we are so familiar with it we don't realize it's there and how it's hindering our lives. "Wherefore seeing we are compassed with so great a witness, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1

Involve Jesus in your daily life. Let the SON shine in. Let the light of God's presence shine into every part of your temple, and you'll have no need for a yearly spiritual cleansing. Instead, experience daily, moment to moment refreshing of your spirit.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Signs of Advanced Momhood

By: Liane Carter

I'm sure many of you will able to relate! Enjoy!

Maybe it starts when you realize that you are offering to cut up other peoples food. Or you catch yourself ending a discussion with "Because I'm the Mother that's why!" You have reached a new level of Motherhood and you know you have crossed the threshold in to advanced mommydom when:

-You count the sprinkles on each kids cupcake to make sure they are equal.
-You want to take out a contract on the kid who broke your son's favorite toy car and made him cry. 
-You have time to shave only one leg at a time.
-You hide in the bathroom to be alone.
-Your child throws up and you catch it.
-You hope ketchup is a vegetable because it's the only one your child will eat.
-You find yourself cutting your husband's sandwiches into funny little shapes.
-You fast forward through the scene where the hunter shoots Bambi's Mother.
-You hear your Mother's voice coming out of you when you say, "Not in your good clothes."
-You stop criticizing the way your Mother raised you.
-You lose sleep.
-You read the average 5 year old asks 437 questions a day and feel proud that your child is "above average".
-You hire a sitter because you haven't been out with your husband in ages, then spend half the night checking on the kids.
-You say at least once a day, "I'm not cut out for this job" but you know you wouldn't trade it for anything.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"My Mother's Hands"

"My Mother's Hands"
By: Cindy Feeman

(Proverbs 31:10-31)

This is the theme for our Mother/Daughter Banquet this year which will be held on Saturday May 20 at 4:00 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall... 2037 Jackson Ave., Portsmouth, Ohio. Ruth Smith from Hartville, Oh. will be our guest speaker this year. Many exciting things are planned and we hope if you have the time that you will consider attending. All ladies are welcome, even if have no Mother or daughter to bring (like me). I'm sure you will have a great time and you won't be sorry. Why not invite a friend?

What ever your situation with your Mother, I'm sure Sis. Smith will minister to your heart and you will enjoy the fellowship. You may laugh, cry or get too full of food... but one thing for sure you will be welcomed and feel loved. If you would like to attend please let us know by calling the church and leaving a message at 740-354-1108 or you can comment below. 

Mother's are special and need to be honored!

Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath.
Her hands helped guide me as I took my first steps.
Her hands held me close when the tears would start to fall.
Her hands were quick to show me that with Gods help she would take care of it all.

Her hands were there to brush my hair, or straighten a wayward bow. Her hands were often there the hurts that didn't always show. 
Her hands helped hold the stars in place and encouraged me to reach. Her hands would clap and cheer and praise when I captured them at length.

Her hands would also push me, though not down or in harms way.
Her hands would punctuate the words, just do as I say.
Her hands had to sometimes discipline, to help bend this young tree.
Her hands would shape and mold me into all that I could be.

Her hands are now twisted with age and years of work.
Her hands now need my gentle touch to rub away the hurt.
Her hands are more beautiful than anything can be.
Her hands are the reason I am me!

Friday, April 28, 2017

National Day of Prayer May 4th 2017

National Day of Prayer May 4th 2017
By: Sister Cindy Feeman

Hear us... Forgive us... Heal us! For the Glory of your great name!

Why not designate a special time of Prayer on May 4th and help bombard the heavens with prayer for our World, Our Nation, our leaders and for ourselves as citizens. as each year passes, this great Nation waxes more Evil. Things we haven't even imagined are now fabric of our society and it will only get worse. Our nation needs to repent... and what I mean by "nation" is you and I, citizens who have allowed the evil to prevail. we have fallen away as children of God in prayer and dedication to God. But we can start the change. We know that God is in control of all things; and we can see that this world is rapidly coming to an end. If the Lord should tarry His return, what kind of world will there be for the future generations?

But what do we pray? what can we say?
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, and I will forgive their sin and will HEAL THEIR LAND."

We must change, repent and commit, in order for our lands to be healed.

Below are excerpts from a prayer that Anne Graham Lotz prayed last year at the National Day of Prayer:

"We now turn to you as the God of our Fathers. You alone are our Hope for the future. If we as a nation do not get right with you, no one in Washington, or in our state capitols can reverse the downward spiritual spiral that has become a free fall and is provoking your judgement. We approach you now with fear an trembling, as we confess our National sins: we confess national addiction to sex. To money. To pleasure. To entertainment. To pornography. To technology. To drugs. To alcohol. To food. To television. To popularity. To ourselves.

We confess we no longer fear You, and thus we have not even the beginning of wisdom with which to handle the vast knowledge we posses. We confess our foolishness of denying you as the One true God, our Creator to whom we are accountable. we confess our greed, our arrogance and pride. We confess that we have become one nation under many gods, divided and polarized, with license to sin and justice that no longer follows the rule of law.

Therefore, we turn to you with tears of shame and a heart of fear for the judgement we are provoking. we repent of our sins. Please , God, do not back away from us. Do not remove your hand of blessing on us. As we return to you with humility and sincerity out of necessity and desperate urgency... please Return to us! Hear our Prayer. Forgive our sin and heal our land... In your great name... JESUS!"


Friday, April 21, 2017

God Will Take Care of You

God Will Take Care of You
Sister Cindy Feeman

I hope someone is encouraged by these words today!


He Himself has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." Heb 13:5

May your troubled heart find peace and comfort in the knowledge that you are never alone. May God's presence ease your trembling spirit and give you rest. He knows how you feel. He is ever aware of your circumstances and ready to be your strength, your grace, and your peace. He is there to cast the sunlight into all darkened shadows, to send encouragement through the love of friends and family and to replace your weariness with new hope.

God is your stronghold. and with Him as your guide you need never be afraid. No circumstances can block His love. No grief is too hard for Him to bear. No task is too difficult for Him to complete. When what you are feeling is simply too deep for words and nothing anyone does or says can provide you with relief: you need God's understanding.

He is your provider... today... tomorrow... and always. He loves you! Cast all your cares on Him and believe.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Be An Encourager

Be An Encourager
Sister Cindy Feeman

Be an encourager: when you encourage others, you boost their self esteem, enhance their self confidence, make them work harder, lift their spirits, and make them successful in their endeavors. Encouragement goes straight to the heart.

Through my years as a Christian, I can remember many times people have spoken words of encouragement to me, especially at times I really needed to hear it. But, I also remember times that people have used their words to hurt and belittle. Even though we have had those words of encouragement spoken to us, we seem to remember the hurtful words more. You may have ten people tell you that they love your dress and tell you it really flatters you, and you think, Wow I made a good choice... but have one person tell you that they think your dress isn't very becoming on you and you will never wear the dress again.

That seems to be human nature!

The old saying is true and should be practiced more... If you can't say anything nice, say nothing at all!

Just a simple greeting... a smile... a hug can all be ways to encourage. Say to a friend or sister in the Lord, :you look nice tonight" or "I missed you last week" or "I'm glad your feeling better, I've been praying for you"... added with a smile and a hug can make all the difference in the world to someone.

a handshake, a smile and the statement, "we are so glad to have you tonight" makes a visitor feel special, like someone cares.

A card that says I was thinking of you, a thank you card to your Pastor or Pastors wife to let them know that they are appreciated. Or even a card to someone who does a lot for your church, or a prayer warrior, an elder, a young person, co-worker, neighbor, etc. Everyone can use some type of encouragement.

A visit to someone in the hospital or nursing home can brighten their day and encourage them and even random acts of kindness.

If you know someone is going through a trial remind them of God's promises, give them scriptures, pray with them. Call and check on them. and if you off the words, "if I can do anything to help", mean it!

"Gracious words are like honeycomb. sweet to the soul and health to the body." Prov. 16:24

So be an encourager... you will reap what you sew!
Spread some seeds of encouragement!