Cindy is a captivating writer who loves to engage your mind, touch your heart ...and tickle your funny bone.
I’m Cindy Martin and my passion is for people to understand the difference Jesus makes in their everyday lives. A very practical person myself, my bent is always to see what Scripture says and then “put skin on it”. I like to take the ordinary happenings of life and in my uniquely authentic and humorous style, bring the truths of scripture to life. Having experienced several of life’s harsh realities, I dare to ask out loud the questions you’ve only been asking in your head!!
Cindy is an engaging speaker whose authentic style and quick wit is sure to make you smile. (and maybe shed a tear or two)
God had been waiting for me to release control and when I did, I was energized and empowered to “do” my job. My job was to care for the precious life He had preserved.
“Restore unto me the joy of my salvation and renew a right spirit within in me.” (Psalm 51:10) Often times when we’ve been battered by the inevitable hard stuff of life, not only are our minds and bodies affected but also our spirits. Bitterness, hardness, harshness and cynicism can easily take root during an extended season of trial and pain
“God is good all the time, all the time God is good.” We hear that phrase tossed around in Christian circles on a regular basis, but what happens when life takes one of those nasty, unexpected, forever life-changing turns. Is God still good?
My sense of smell was on full alert as we walked through a large grove of cherry trees and I inhaled yet another wave of the aroma they created. I was struck by the emotional response that this triggered in me and for a moment I wondered what had caused it.
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty... He alone is my refuge, my place of safety... He will shelter you with His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid... Do not dread... The LORD says... “I will protect those who trust in My name. When they call on Me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble.” (excerpted from Psalm 91 NLT)
As the heavy dew soaked through my sandals and onto my toes, I was reminded of how God gives us exactly what we need to bountifully grow in Him. Just as the dew nourishes the berries and the soil they grow in, so God brings people, resources and circumstances into our lives to quench the thirst in our souls for Him.
As the adoptive mother of two special needs children, a son with cerebral palsy and a daughter with mild Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, I’m living a life I never thought I’d be living but I’m learning things I couldn’t have learned any other way. Of particular importance, I’ve learned the necessity of connecting with others and leaning into their support. Below are a few ways you can use your expertise as counselors to CONNECT with special needs families.
I find myself wrestling with a new twist on an old issue. I posed a couple of questions to God a while back, “What do You really want me to be doing with my life? How should I actually be spending my time here on earth?” After seeking His heart on a day I’d set aside to ponder these questions with Him, His answer was clear….well sort of.
I am always amazed that even though we as family members may not have seen each other for months or even years, there is a bond of love and acceptance that exists just because we’re part of that particular family. We’re members. We go to the reunion because we belong there. We belong, not because of anything we have done or will do, but by virtue of our last name.
Gifts have been opened, food has been consumed, diets have been started, mistletoe has dried up, and New Year’s resolutions have been promised and some already broken. (kinda sounds like a Charlie Brown Christmas review doesn’t it?) The start of a new year can bring both anticipation and dread.