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Don't Back Off

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Life goes from an organized state to a disorganized state if it is not maintained. Anyone who tries to keep house sure knows that one! It takes constant work. If we take a break for too long it appears that we never did anything. The same thing is true of tracking our foods and exercise. We must stay on top of it if we want to continue to see results or if we want to maintain the level we are now at.
This is also true of our spiritual lives. The Bible tells us to be on the lookout for His returning. He may come in the middle of the night so we must be ready, never letting our guard down. It uses the example of the man whose house got broken into. Had he known it was going to be broken into, he would have laid in wait for the criminal. The enemy waits for our point of weakness. He waits until our guard is down to attack. We cannot allow ourselves to open the door for him. If we do, we are just waiting for him to plunder our lives.
When our lives are busy it is so easy to get sidetracked. But let us not be so busy preparing our lives that we forget to sit at the feet of Jesus. Remember what is most important. So today I will keep my life in focus. I will take time to pray for those whose lives are unmanageable. I will also make sure I track my foods and take time to exercise when I am done. Have a good one!

  
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IUHRYTR 6/30/2010 3:44PM

    Be ever vigilant. Good message. -- Lou

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Bring Out the Best

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

So many of the Spark mails get my thoughts going and give me the ideas for my blogs. Today one of them was asking how you bring out the best in others. Most of us will do unto others as we would like for them to do unto us, though of course, not always. So I will tell you how to bring out the best in me and perhaps it will ring true in your heart as well. I won't have a lot of contact with others today, but I always try to inspire excellence in those around me because when I do, we all benefit.

If you want me to excel there are several things you can do. My attitude will improve if you simply compliment me. It tells me what you expect of me and when I am getting through to others. It tells me I am making a difference and encourages me to continue the behavior that I was complimented for. It also brings a smile to my face. It becomes my very inexpensive reward.

I do well with encouragement too. For someone who has grown up with terrible self esteem it does wonders to me to know that I have someone to stand beside me and that I do not go it alone. If I fall I know I have someone standing beside me to help pick me up and tell me it is going to be alright again. When I struggle it helps to know that someone is there to listen to me and build me up again. It gives me strength I might not otherwise tap into.

I was a communications major in college and there learned the value of communicating. Don't laugh! It is at the center of our lives and marriages break up because of this central problem. I don't mean merely talk at me, but take the time to figure out what makes me tick. If I fail to meet your expectations, find out why and then work with me. Make sure that the words you use mean the same thing to me that they do to you so I have a clear picture of where I am heading. I have told many a person to tell a child exactly what you expect of him because he will give you exactly what you say. This is true of all of us really.

Love covers a multitude of sins. When all else fades away, love will remain. It is the greatest force on earth. It is a life giving force. If all else fails just love me through whatever it is we face together. I can do anything if I know I will be accepted at the end of it all. When someone is grieving a simple hug can mean more than all the words the world contains. Be there for someone else and they will thank you for it. Love them without expecting anything in return. Let love permeate all you do and you will have impacted your world immeasurably.

These are just a few of the things that mean the world to me if I am struggling. I am sure you could add more of your own to the list. I hope this inspires you just a little bit if you see someone struggling. I hope that if you are struggling, this may help you somehow as well. Bring out the best in others and they will be inspired to become something they were not until they met you.

  
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KATIEJO5 6/29/2010 12:00PM

    Great blog, Cindy!

I have been astounded at how big an impact a little encouragement has on others. It only takes a willing heart and a sensitivity to observe those around you.

I will focus more on this in my life!

Thank you!

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The Rewards

Monday, June 28, 2010

The rewards of serving God are so many I would not know where to begin in counting them. I will list here though some of the reasons I am glad I know God. I used to be depressed as a way of life. I had no purpose, no passion in life and very little compassion. I was sad and lonely. I had few to love and was not very lovable myself. I was always wanting more from life and felt shortchanged as I watched everyone around me being happier than I. All that has passed away.
Though my life is not perfect, today it holds far more promise than thirty years ago. I have a family that has survived a drug addiction that would have destroyed an average family. I have found a strength that I never knew existed before. I have peace when everything around me rages. I know that my life matters to others and that I have something to offer them, not because of who I am, but because of who He is inside of me. I no longer feel as a wanderer in this world, but someone with a path laid out ahead of me. My life is filled with adventure and excitement at every turn. Imagine it, communicating with the maker of the universe! I have had conversations with Him in my darkest day that have given me hope for the future. My God is not dead, but very much alive and I have the right to carry on a conversation with Him. His love has sustained me and comforted me. There is no one like Him, no one at all. He is all I want and all I need. I am in love with the One in love with me. Because He loves Me so, I love Him back in gratitude. I want everyone to know my very best friend.

  
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3CATSLEP 6/28/2010 3:56PM

    Hey Cindy! (Somehow I wasn't getting notifications) I've missed reading your blogs!

DITTO! DITTO! DITTO! on your blog today!

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Please Pray

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I got called in for a couple of hours last night to work. Right now I am about the only one not going through major family struggles. I have been where some of them have been and I cannot tell you how much your prayers would be appreciated right now.
My co-worker, Christy has an 18 yr old daughter that just graduated from high school. She is involved in drugs I am sure. She has an older boyfriend that is causing problems. She is defiant and angry and hurting. Mom and dad are not in agreement as to how to handle the problem. They are also not christians so they are handling this on their own without the comfort and strength that God provides. One of our co-workers feels Christy is nearing a mental breakdown. The younger child is now beginning to follow the older one's example.
My other coworker has a sister who has not cared for her children for some time now. There are allegations of sexual abuse. The children have been taken from her , which is, of course, for the best. My coworker is hurting and she misses the kids. There is a great need for restoration of family relationships all the way around here.
My third co-worker, Sonja, has a fifteen yr. old who has never given them any problems beyond the normal teenage stuff. He told them he was leaving for a while and has not returned to the house. The police have been called and there is a bolo out for him. We have requested the help of our police in the past to locate two of our children. They shined a light in the car and went on their way not even realizing they were lo0oking for them. Their rationalization was that they look for twenty kids a night. I was not impressed. Sonja was in tears as I left her last night. They were taken so much by surprise that they don't even know what to feel.
Please pray for all three of these families. Pray that I will be able to minister hope to them and to lead them all to the feet of Jesus. Pray for peace and deliverance. God is near the brokenhearted and there are many of them here.

  
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TONYA_DIMPLES 6/28/2010 12:10AM

    You have a beautiful heart and you all are in my prayers. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/27/2010 11:40PM

    Thank you for caring. -- Lou

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KHDOESMK 6/27/2010 11:31AM

    FATHER please give Cindy the words she needs to offer the comfort these people need. They need to see YOU in her, so give her strength!

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SUNRISE14 6/27/2010 10:25AM

    God is the answer to all these problems and i will pray for them. Most of all if they give their hearts to the Lord things are easier to bare! God will use you just be and say what he leads you to do! May God Bless You ! emoticon

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PANSYLADY2 6/27/2010 9:50AM

    Father, I lift Cindy to you this morning. Give her Your strength and wisdom in ministering to her coworkers. Help Your Light to shine through her so that those she touches know they have met Jesus. May You will be done in each of the lives of the people who she mentioned. I pray, Lord, that all of these individuals, no matter the situation, will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In His precious Name, Amen.

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Older and Wiser

Saturday, June 26, 2010

What is your relationship with your parents? Sadly, I no longer have either of mine. I think I was too much like my mother and we clashed often even in to my adult years. I loved my daddy. I'd sometimes get frustrated when I asked what I thought was a simple question and the answer would take what seemed to be a half hour from him! If they asked me to do something I would rarely, if ever, question them or think of disobeying them. I tried to teach my kids to be the same, but somehow never really succeeded. I always wondered what it was that they did differently.
Our parents have wisdom sometimes just because they have experienced more of life and have hopefully learned a few things as they went along. They offer advice based on their experiences and the wisdom they have achieved. They know the pain caused by not doing things a certain way. They speak out of love for us.
Sometimes, though, you find a child who thinks that they know better than those years of wisdom and trial and error. They do not wish to do things as they are told. Some children can only say, "gimme, gimme." This is not only the very young, but sadly sometimes even adult children. They set their jaw and become angry when not catered to.
Today, though not Father's Day or Mother's Day, tell your parents how much you appreciate all they have done for you as they have led and directed you. Let them know you appreciate the sacrifices they have made. I know not all parents were great parents or showed tons of love towards us, but dig deep if you must. Pray that God would bless them today at the very least. Go find someone in an old folks home to visit if your parents are gone. Listen and learn from those who have gone before you. There is much they can tell us.

  


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