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August 2013

Fresh Starts

Labor Day Monday signals my new year. It simply makes more sense to me to reflect and celebrate a year of change on this date rather than the traditional January 1.

This is the weekend I kiss summer goodbye and set my mind on changes for the coming season. It’s both a sad and a celebratory weekend. I will miss the freedom of summer, but I need the structure the fall season brings.

It’s nostalgic. As we prepare for the coming school year, I marvel that our boys are becoming young men and that our daughter has already spread her wings and joyfully flown from the nest.

It’s bittersweet to catch that whiff of crisp morning air; such a welcome, refreshing sensation, yet signaling the end of a 3-month respite from busy schedules and a whisper of the winter to come.

Whatever this weekend means to you–endings, beginnings, a day off work, “just another weekend”–know that this day and any day can be a fresh start for you because Our Lord has made that promise.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

 

Great is His faithfulness. Don’t forget to praise Him. Therein lies your peace.

Blessings, Cindy

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Be Amazed Today. By Even One Thing.

I love to step through the doors of Ulta. It’s hard to focus on one area because there is so much to take in. Lip color, eye color, nail polish in a variety of colors. C-O-L-O-R everywhere!

I am all about color. I don’t like white Christmas lights, vanilla ice cream or sterile-themed home decor. I thrill at the sight of a vibrant bloom, jewel-toned shirts and rainbow sherbet.

For you “whities” out there who love the cleanness of white walls, the fresh taste of vanilla cake, and have a favorite white T-shirt, we may have different taste, but we all desire the same thing. Beauty. However we define it.

Know that wherever you are today–physically, spiritually, mentally–there is beauty surrounding you. You have only to look to see and be amazed.

I am not Random

It’s easy for me to get lost in life. To feel small, sometimes inconsequential. I all too often forget that God cares about my thoughts, my fears, my heart. I get so caught up in taking care of everyday business that I find life tiring and–honestly–a little pointless at times.

What’s a girl who is a cynic, a pessimist, and melancholy by nature to do?

Put herself last, that’s what. I must flex my mental muscles and make a conscious decision to choose worship rather than whining. When I follow this prescription, the payoff is tremendous. My cares become smaller next to the enormous power of Christ. The urgency I have to list all of my grievances to whoever will listen dissipates. I am restored from the physical and mental weariness that I have exacted on myself by following my “to do” list.

In putting myself last, my true identity is restored. I am not random.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 (NIV)

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. Isaiah 43:1 (HCSB)

You were created on purpose and you have a purpose. The next time you feel like whining (or screaming or crying), turn to your Lord. Praise Him and thank Him for where you are in that moment, knowing that you are not random and He is working all things in your life for His good purposes.

 

And David spoke unto the Lord the words of this song:

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in Him will I trust. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my high tower and my refuge, my savior. Thou savest me from violence. 2 Samuel 22:2-3 (KJV)

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This is true because he already knew his people and had already appointed them to have the same form as the image of his Son. Therefore, his Son is the firstborn among many children. Roman 8:29 NIV

Rest in this: He has known us before the beginning and has made us in the image of Christ, His Son. You are one of His many children, and He is working EVERYTHING together for good.

Hold tight to trust today.

 

 

And we Know

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28 (NASB)

This verse keeps popping up in my daily business, which tells me I need to pay attention.

It’s pretty easy to skip over the first three words “And we know.” In fact, I’m pretty darn sure I’ve been skipping over them most of my bible-reading days. I say I know. I say it out loud. I say it often. What’s being questioned in my heart now is, “Do I believe?”

I am learning day by day through His faithfulness that I can believe. That I can trust that God provides when the way is difficult and unexpected. That though the surface looks like it’s all falling through the cracks of life, it is all being worked together for good. For His good and holy purposes. To bring Him honor and glory.

And that’s enough for me.