Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Me and John at Jake's hockey game this weekend. I think our busy hockey schedule is making us loopy!

Hey friends!

I hope you are having a GREAT week! :)

I'll be honest ~ my stomach is in knots, and I'm feeling stressed out. Ugh.

The Red Hot retreat is next weekend (Feb 25th & 26th) and my "To DO" list is long, the deadlines are NOW, and my life is just plain old crazy.

Because of course, this would be the week my daughter comes down with the flu.

Manda was home sick from school yesterday, and then also most of today.

And then, this afternoon I get a call from the school, and one of my dear children has lice.

Are you kidding me???!

So tonight's activities will be washing sheets and hats, vacuuming, checking hair, and combing out lice.


Did I mention my head feels really itchy too?? Please Lord, no! (Don't worry, I just called my mom, and she's on her way to do a head check.)

Thankfully, at this moment, I am running to the Word. Only God can get me through this week and all of the "detours" it is bringing. Diet Coke or chips & salsa just isn't going to cut it. (That, my dear friends, is victory. Woo hoo!)

So while I was joining sick Manda watching the "Anne of Green Gables" series this morning, (Thanks, Leslie!) ~ I started making a list of God's Promises that I can count on....

Genesis 15:1 ~ Do not be afraid, I am your shield, your very great reward.

Deuteronomy 31:6 ~ Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.

1 Chronicles 28:20 ~ Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service (of the temple) of the LORD is finished.

Isaiah 41:13 ~ For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

I can't count on my kids all going to school this week.
I can't count on my computer (although I'm praying for it!).
I can't count on the lice not spreading.
I can't count on not catching Manda's nasty cough.

But I can count on God and cling to His Word. "He will not fail you..." has become my "go to script" this afternoon. God's Word can bring peace and hope and life to the hardest of days.

Yikes ~ I'm itching again. :(

I'm not sure what circumstances you are faced with this week, my sweet sister....but my hope and prayer is that you too will cling to God's Promises. He is for us, and will get us through whatever our days may hold....and victoriously, too, if we will let Him!!

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! May your week be filled with much joy, love, and life-giving moments!

Sweet blessings~

P.S. On a more joyful note ~ may I share with you my Valentine's present from John?? A new CELEBRATE apron! And guess what...it even lights up (it has a battery pack)! Is it not too fun???


Anonymous said...

Love this and love the apron!!! I want one!!

Art From My Table said...

Praying for you my dear friend... I just don't know what to say! But those scriptures really say it all. Hang in there, I'm praying for you daily!!!
I pray that you will be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience thru this... Col 1:11


~Sandy said...

(((hugs))) Sorry you are having such a time. Keep your head up better days are just ahead. ((hugs))

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Cindy, I'm so sorry about what's going on at your house with your kids. I will definitely pray for you to get through this week and the unexpected road blocks that Satan seems to be throwing out at you this week.

Leah Adams said...


Now go back and insert your name into those verses. It is a very powerful exercise and makes such a difference to see your name surrounded by the Word.

Bless you, dear girl. Tough week.


Allie said...

Praying for you, Cindy! Hope you and your family get better!

Unknown said...

ouch. what a week. love the way you turned to the word. praying for you!

Anonymous said...

Cindy, you were on my heart and in my prayers this morning (and will continue to be!). You know what, I think your retreat messages are already working for God's glory - you're walking Red Hot for Jesus in the midst of these HARD days. Thank you Jesus! That's the heart of loving Him - holding onto Him and His word for dear life when THIS life gets crazy!!!! Love U, Jenny C.

Anonymous said...

When I saw you Tuesday, I never guessed it was going to get even crazier for you!! Strange, but now my head feels a bit itchy. I'm sure it's just the power of suggestion!!

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