Tuesday, April 19, 2011

We Can Do ANYTHING! :)

Hey Friends!!!

Woo Hoo! I made it! And I didn't even wet my pants! :)

In case you are wondering.....what in the world are you talking about?!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post ~ last night I had an opportunity involving video taping, lights, and our Monday night Bible study.
(I also shared that "little Cindy" grew up not wanting to talk in front of people and would wet her pants all the time at school because she was so shy!!!)

However, I'm sick and tired of allowing my old fears to impact my new days!!

Anyone else???!!!!

So can I fill you in on a secret??

A few weeks ago, I was invited to meet with a local, very well-respected, international ministry about pursuing a project with them. I know ~ I'm as shocked as you are! :)

I'm absolutely humbled, in awe, prayerful, and can't wait to see what God is up to. It's one of those things that is so exciting that I start to cry when I think about it ~ but, on the other hand, I don't want to get my hopes up, in case this isn't God's plan.

So I just pray. :)

A few weeks ago, this amazing ministry asked if they could come in and videotape me teaching at Monday night Bible study. At the time I said, "sure, why not?!". Soon after, you have to know every insecurity, lie, and fear that I've ever wrestled with came plunging at me in full strength.

It may or may not be true that I called last week to reschedule due to my fears. Thankfully they said, "no thank you". :)

So last night was the taping. Here's proof I did not run in the opposite direction....

(Me pointing to the map of the 7 churches in Revelation....)

(...and picture above of volunteers representing the Lukewarm Church)

I am GRATEFUL to say not only did I get through it ~ I made it through VICTORIOUSLY!!! YIPPEE!!!

Now please know, I am not saying I was perfect. We all know me better than that!

What I am saying is that I did not allow the lights and camera to distract me from focusing on the Word and the lovely, awesome women I have the privilege of journeying with each week.

And most importantly, as much as I wanted to run and hide and not show up ~ I clung to God's promise that we can do ALL THINGS through Him. God has NOT given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, love, and a sound mind!!! (And that is some Good News!!)

What is it God is calling YOU to do???

Are you allowing your fears to get in the way of His plans??

How have you stepped forward in faith and courage into the dreams God has for you??

I'd love to hear from you!!!

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! Have an amazing, power-filled, lovely day!!

P.S. A HUGE note of thanks to.....

* My dear Magnificent Monday girlfriends for their love, support and prayers

* My family for their grace (and John for listening to my teaching over and over again)

* My prayer team (from around the world) lifting up the night in prayer

* My special friend April for sharing her red pen

* My friend L.C. who came just to sit in the room last night and pray the whole time

* My special neighbor who called to pray scripture over me

* And for Julie, for being who you are, and for helping us to the end the night right...

I could barely sleep last night I am so overwhelmed by the Lord's mercy, grace, and kindness ~ shown through you all. My heart is full ~ and I am grateful. God is so good, isn't He?! :)

P.S.S. I'm linking up today with Jen and friends at Soli Deo Gloria. Be sure to check out this amazing sisterhood of women! :)


Unknown said...

This is amazing! I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to see what your project is all about.

And, I'm so with you on the NO FEAR thing. Way to go!

Amy Sullivan said...

Your first sentence cracked me up. . .

Am I letting fear get in the way of God's plans? What if I said sometimes? I feel Him telling me things and calling me, and I'm only paying attention to the 50% of it that I want to hear right now. Yep, I need some work.

Unknown said...

awesome! i love that someone came to sit in the room to pray the whole time. when i grow up i hope i can have such focus!

Michelle said...

I am so happy to see how God is blessing you this season. You have been inspirational to me and to other women with sharing your journey. I can't wait to hear about the further opportunities that He is bringing your way.

PS: Will the rest of us be reading RED HOT soon? Can't wait.


Ok, I just have to say this . . . you look adorable up there teaching . . . pointing to the 7 churches, next to the lukewarm church. I want to come to your Bible Study.


Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

What an exciting time and I look forward to hearing what the Lord has "up His sleeve" for you. Blessings this Easter week as we celebrate our Risen Lord!

Anonymous said...

I just want to thank the Lord for helping you, my sweet friend Cindy! I'm so thankful for your awesome "report." Love, Jenny C.

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Looking forward to reading more about whatever big news you have to share when you are able to!!

Unknown said...

So excited for you! Glad it went well.

I've been feeling God call me to speak His word, rather than just writing it. But I'm nowhere near ready for that yet.

I'm hoping He's just giving me a nudge in the direction He wants me to go and isn't asking me to start speaking NOW, cause I'm afraid I'd be one disobedient child of His if that were the case.


barefootoffering said...

What a blessing in the Christian life that we do not have to doubt God. What a blessing that is! Praying with Erica for more increase and for God to remove all limits! When you kneel to pray, double tie those tennis shoes, Cindy...He is calling you to RUN the RACE that is set before YOU, the path He has prepared friend. Christ has overflowing cups of "living water" ready to hand you along the way...and I got pom poms! :)

Sharla Fritz said...

What a blessing you are Cindy! Congratulations on stepping out and trusting God!

Maggie S. said...

Great for you!!! Public speaking is a "bear'.

Funny, I used that verse today, too.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

My heart just broke a little when I saw your She Speaks button and know that, barring a miracle, my health will not allow me to attend this year.

So proud of you, sweet friend, for stepping out of your comfort zone in His strength!

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