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!