Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Different Version of the Twelve Days of Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve Day My Friends,

I was looking on a Christian Ecard site that i subscribe to and i saw this "different" rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas and i wanted to share it with you. It put a whole new meaning to that song for me and made so much sense to me....I hope you will enjoy it.....

The PARTRIDGE in the pear tree was Jesus Christ.

TWO TURTLE DOVES were the Old and New Testaments.

THREE FRENCH HENS stood for faith, hope and love.

The FOUR CALLING BIRDS were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The FIVE GOLDEN RINGS recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

The SIX GEESE a laying stood the six days of creation.

SEVEN SWANS a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit-Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhoratation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.

The EIGHT MAIDS a-milking were the eight beautitudes.

NINE LADIES dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

The TEN Lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.

The ELEVEN PIPERS piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

The TWELVE DRUMMERS drumming symbolized the the twelve points or belief in the Apostles's Creed.

The history of this is:

From `1558 until 1829, certain religions were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a song for these young children. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meeting known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code for a religous reality which the children could remember....

I really like this rendition...I enjoyed reading the "TRUE" meaning of this carol.

I hope you will enjoy it also....

In Gods Love
cindy

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

JESUS REASON FOR THE SEASON.....

Merry Christmas Everyone,

I cant believe that Christmas is almost here....2 days actually....where has the time gone? seems like just the other day we were saying " Only 3 months till Christmas"....

During these busy days, the hustle and bustle of shopping and getting ready to decorate, so many of us have forgotten the TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS....Sure, its nice to go shopping and exchange gifts, get ready for family, but deep in our hearts, what is the TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS?

Its the night that OUR SAVIOR was born.....Its the night when this little babe laid in the MANGER with no crib for a bed, but he still laid down his SWEET HEAD, but the STARS looked down where HE laid, and that LITTLE BABE slept on the hay....Here was this beautiful little babe, sleeping in a manger with only hay to keep him safe and warm.....He didnt care that he didnt have all the BLANKETS to keep him warm and fuzzy....He knew that he was safe....He knew that in the days ahead that he would be showing us how to be SAFE AND WARM, if we only would FOLLOW HIM.....

We need to remember that JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!!! not all the gifts, decorations, and commercialism......

"FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN" and his name is JESUS...A name ABOVE ALL NAMES.....

My prayer for each of you, is that you find the LOVE of JESUS in your HEART during this beautiful season and forever....May the Love of Christ become entwined in your everyday lives....May he ALWAYS be the FIRST in your life....

From OUR HOUSE to YOUR HOUSE Carl and I wish you all a very BLESSED CHRISTMAS and a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR....

In Gods Love
cindy

Sunday, November 23, 2008

LIFE.......

Good Morning Gods Ladies,

That one word LIFE......ahhhh, sometimes LIFE gets ahead of us, brings us a few curves, but God is always there to "Take the Wheel" and straighten the road of Life for us....Thank you Jesus....

I havent blogged in a few weeks....Sorry everyone.....So many different things have happened over the past few weeks that my LIFE got ahead of me.....

many of you know that carl and my dump truck business was going thru a hard time......Thru the SAVING GRACE of GOD we have come thru that with glory.....God provided for us, which is TRULY a GOD ORDAINED thing.....We still are recovering, but each day God is giving us new HOPE and NEW PROVISION, which is one of the reasons that i havent blogged lately.....

God opened a door for me to teach in our churches preschool....For months i had been praying, "Please Lord, please help me find a job, a job that YOU want me to do" and He did.....Ive been with the preschool now for a few weeks and its been busy, wonderful and exhausting....I love our little ones.....They are sweet, but FULL OF ENERGY.....lol.....But, God placed me there for a REASON, actually for 2 reasons.....He knows that i love children (i couldnt have children) and He knew that i was crying out for employment.....So, this is where He said i needed to be.....YAY!!!!

Now, the DEVIL doesnt like when our PRAYERS have been answered.....he tries to take away anything that is good happening in our lives.....Well, I got the flu a week ago....I was out of work for a week, just went back this past Friday.....I had a temperature of 101.8 for 3 days.....I went to the Dr, he couldnt give me anything because it was viral, just stay in bed and out of work....so, thats all i could do.....

During this time of being sick, I also missed a very SPECIAL Womens Event that we were holding at our church Sat, Nov 15th...It was our FALL ESCAPE....we had MARSHA WOOLEY an awesome speaker coming, very SPECIAL to us all who know her.....I was really bummed by that.....But, I prayed that morning that God would touch all the ladies that were going to be there....I found out later there were over 100 women at the EVENT....Praise God.....the day was a beautiful one for the ladies.....I was not there physically, but in SPIRIT i was.....

A few months back i had done a Christian Radio Interview with a wonderful friend of mine, Erin Campbell....We had done the interview via the phone, because Erin is based out of Ohio, and it was being aired this same weekend......Well, the devil couldnt do anything about that.....The showed aired that Sunday.....The feedback has been tremendous.....you can hear my show by going to www.waterthroughtheword.com and click on cindy nelsons story.....this will be a different blog entry, this was very powerful.....

During the time that i was sick, God brought these words to me in a song that i love......God gave me the time to be with HIM.....

LET THE WEAK SAY I AM STRONG, (thank you Jesus for for making me strong in my weakest moments)

LET THE POOR SAY I AM RICH (Thank you Jesus for showing me how RICH i truly am in YOUR LOVE)

LET THE BLIND SAY I CAN SEE, (thank you Jesus for giving me "sight" in my darkest hours)

IT'S WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE IN ME......

HOSANNA, HOSANNA, TO THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN,
HOSANNA, HOSANNA, JESUS DIED AND HE ROSE AGAIN......

thank you Jesus for all that you do in my LIFE.....thank you for STRENGTH, FOR RICHNESS OF YOUR LOVE, FOR THE SIGHT THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN ME WHEN IT SEEMS TO BE THE DARKEST OF TIMES.....Thank you Jesus, for dying for me, so that i may LIVE.....For your Love that you give abundantly and Thank you Jesus for ALWAYS WALKING BESIDE ME and helping me with LIFE.....

I pray you all have a blessed day and week in the Lord.....

Always remember, He will never leave us or forsake us...Cast all your cares upon HIM....

I love you all

In Gods Love

Cindy

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Our WOW Monthly Event is Tonite....

I love the 4th Tuesday Evening of each month.....

This is the evening when all ladies are invited to a potluck dinner and have a chance to "relax" and have fellowship with other women and have the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker and be blessed and ministered too....

Women are so busy in todays world....We are working, taking care of family, doing laundry, etc,. that its so nice to just leave that behind for one evening a month.....

Women need to hear Gods word that is just meant for them.....They need to be ministered to, to be prayed for, to have that SPECIAL time with God.....and this is what we try to do.....

We decorate each month with a different theme....This month we have decorated with an Autumn Harvest theme....it looks so pretty with all the autumn colors....This is one of our favorite months to decorate and the other is Christmas.....

Our guest speaker this evening will be CC Honacker, a pastors wife from the Brandon area...I am very excited to hear what she has to share....

I have been up since 4am......which is not the "norm" for me.....But, my little mind starts working overtime in preparing for tonites event.....i go thru my "mind" checklist....is everything on the tables, dont forget to do the program, make sure all paper work is on the tables, are we going to have enough food, etc....Those who know me, know i am organized and I like things in "order...LOL....may not always work out that way, but I try.

The Lord blessed us with some REALLY COOL weather....so, it really will feel like Autumn tonite...thank you Lord for that....

As I get ready to start my day, I want to wish everyone a blessed day in the Lord..Be happy knowing that our Lord God is with us and he will bless us abundantly.....

In Gods Love

Luv
Cindy

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Autumn...What a Beautiful Time of the Year....

Autumn is the most beautiful time of the year......

Originally from NY, i think about all the beautiful colors that God made for us....the golden yellows, vibrant oranges, reds...It amazes me the colorful pallet he used for this time of the year.....

When we moved to Florida 4 years ago, I didnt even know that autumn was here...i didnt see the beautiful changing color of the leaves or the crispness of the air getting cooler....I kept thinking, wow they don't have autumn here.....

As time went on and the next Autumn season came around, a friend had said "Do you see the flowers on those trees changing color, Autumn is here" and i started feeling the coolness of the air, the change was here, but in a whole different way....

This is the way God want us to be.....He doesnt want us to stay the SAME...He wants us to keep GROWING and CHANGING.....He doesnt want us to stay in our COMFORT ZONE.....He's telling us, I want you to CHANGE just as each season changes, I want you to GROW into the purpose I have chosen for you.....I want your eyes to SEE ALL the BEAUTY that I have CREATED.....Most importantly, GOD wants to see our BEAUTY in ourselves and others......He wants us to have that VIBRANT GLOW of the autumn leaves.....He wants us to step out and reach out to those who need to know THEIR BEAUTY.....

I'm saying right now, today, if there is someone you know who needs to know their INNER BEAUTY or needs to hear that they are SPECIAL and BEAUTIFUL, i encourage you, to find that person, it may even be someone you havent met yet or dont really know them that well, God will place you where HE KNOWS he wants you to be.....Encourage them today, let them know that they are BEAUTIFUL in the eyes of GOD and they are beautiful to you.....

Life is short.....JESUS is coming!!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!!! make each day a special day and spread it throughout out your community and the world!!!!

I cant wait for service this morning....Its going to be an awesome day.....

I love you all....have a blessed day....

In Gods Love

Luv
Cindy

Genesis 1:27 "So God created man, in His own image;
in the image of God He created him;
male and female. He created them."

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Encouragement and Strength.....

As i awoke this morning, the sun was shining, my house was quiet. My beautiful pets were still sleeping and carl was snoring peacefully. I got out of bed and went to the kitchen and made myself a nice BIG cup of coffee....I need my coffee when i first get up......As i fixed my coffee, i took my bible out onto my lanai and enjoyed the sound of the birds chirping and just enjoying my gardens and flowers.....Looking at all this i said to myself:

"This is the day the Lord
has given us. Let us rejoice
and be glad in it."

I began thinking of all of those who need ENCOURAGEMENT and STRENGTH.....and a scripture came to me.....Its Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you with my rightous right hand."

What an awesome God we serve. Who else would do this for us? Who else would be there for us at any given moment? God is ALWAYS there....he is never far away from us, as long as we invite him into our lives and obey his word and really listen with open hearts, he will help us and he will give us a strength that no human could ever give us.....

I encourage you today....If you are going thru something and you need strength and encouragement find a place where you can talk to God.....tell him what you are going thru....Ask him for encouragement and strength.....if you talk to him from your heart, he will hear you.....he does not leave us....He is ALWAYS THERE.....

We need to ENCOURAGE and be STRONG for each other.....We need to be there for each other...To LIFT EACH OTHER UP.......If you know someone who is going thru something, go to them and say "I am here for you, let me pray for you"....Even if they havent been saved, pray for them, because God placed you there for a reason....and God will work thru you to them.....

I just pray for you that God gives each one of you STRENGTH and ENCOURAGEMENT for the things that are ahead for you......God has a plan and purpose for each one of us and its HIS PLAN and HIS PURPOSE, so you better be ready for the CALLING, because it is COMING.....

REMEMBER:

"BE BOLD,
BE STRONG,
FOR THE LORD
THY GOD IS WITH ME"

In Gods Love
cindy

Friday, October 17, 2008

All In The Day of CIndy.....

Hello lovely ladies,

I thought i would share an amusing story about myself.....

God loves when we can laugh at ourselves and make others laugh too..... :-)

This little diddy happened awhile ago, but when i think about it, it seems like yesterday.....

Sit back ladies and enjoy this, because i am sure some of you can relate to this.....

I was being a responsible woman and going for my yearly mammogram....I don't know about you, but i really do not like having this done...Dont like the gurls being pushed and squeezed in ways that i didnt know they could go.....i have found our "gurls" are contourtionists.....Well, in i go, they get me ready....they put those round ballie stickers on them and away they go.....dont breathe, breathe...put your left arm this way, put your right arm this way, i wanted to start singing "Do the Hokey Pokey and turn the gurls around".....ok.....its all done, you can get dressed now...fine...yay.....i get dressed and leave and i had shopping to do in Walmart....I do my shopping, nothing eventful....just regular shopping.....I have my receipt out to show the door person, i go to leave and the BELLS go off like im shoplifting something...im mortified, because theres nothing thats not bagged, receipt is checked again, the door person ok go ahead, think its thats simple.....nah not for me....IT GOES OFF AGAIN....the door person has a look of what the heck? she just says go ahead (im also a frequent shopper there, if they had frequent shopper miles i'd be right up there) i start putting my bags in my trunk, and then i felt something scratching me under my shirt, thought something was biting me....had to finish putting stuff in the trunk first....then i look down my shirt and THERE WERE THE METAL BALLIE THINGS STILL STUCK ON THE GURLS.....i started laughing, got them off and i had to go back in to tell the gurl what the problem was...i told her, i thought she was going to split her gut she laughed so hard.....she said "You just made my year".....
MORAL OF THE STORY......make sure and check that all items are removed and accounted for!!!!

I hope you enjoyed this little story....

God is so good.....He has given us a sense of humor......

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend....

In Gods Love
Cindy

Thursday, October 16, 2008

God and Stress

Good morning Ladies,

How many of us are dealing with stress right now? You will probably all say ME.....

My pastor gave a sermon last night that really hit home to myself and I'm sure others as well...We are living in a very stressful world right now....Unemployment is the highest its been since i've been in this world and I have been here for awhile :-)...Families are losing their homes, gas prices are soaring and we all have had that feeling of FEAR and are still feeling it....

Dont let this FEAR take over your lives.....Dont let this FEAR interfere with the Love that you have for God....This is what the devil would like us to do....He is just waiting for us to FALL, but we serve an awesome God, who loves us, who will never leave us or forsake us...He brings us from the darkest valleys and gives us LIGHT.....He will not let us FALL as long as we are FOLLOWING HIM.....

Jesus is telling each one us of right now, in John 6:35 and Jesus said to them "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." We need to HUNGER after Him, we need to BELIEVE in Him....We need to cast ALL our cares upon him....

These are trying times.....These are stressful times.....But when you wait upon the Lord and walk everyday with Him, he will bring MIRACLES to your lives.....Just as he has done in mine.....God, knows what we need, HE knows us better than we know ourselves...

On a personal note....God is my LIFE and I have learned to cast ALL my cares upon him...Its not always easy.....I have been praying for months now, "Lord, please help us financially. You know the struggles that we are having. Please dont let us lose our business...Lord, help me to find a job that You want me to have." i prayed this for at least 5 months. Things were getting worse and worse...Our dump truck had a major repair done, that cost thousands of dollars....That really hit us hard....There were nights that i literally cried out to Jesus and said "Jesus, Jesus, we need a MIRACLE now (and we know that we dont always hear from God that instant), please help us find a way out of this situation." and its thru the TRUST that I have for the Lord and the LOVE that HE has for ME, that 2 weeks ago He found a job for me.....He put me in the PLACE that he wants me to be.....He placed me back in our preschool at our church, because this TIME is where HE wanted me to be......

MIRACLES happen everyday with God. You just need to TRUST, HUNGER and BELIEVE in Him.

As my close friend says and i say it all the time now: LET GO, LET GOD.....

and remember ladies: STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS!!!! WHO WANTS SOME CHOCOLATE.....

Have a blessed day....May you find peace and tranquility in your life today.....

In Gods Love,
Cindy

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

WELCOME TO: IN GODS LOVE....

Good Morning Ladies,

This is my first attempt at BLOGGING.....

A special friend of mine was telling our ladies at our planning meeting last night, about how to start a blog of our own....I've been wanting to do this for awhile, but didnt know how to go about it....

I am hoping that my blog will be an inspiration for women all over the country.....

I will be sharing different things that the Lord has done in my life and is doing everyday....

We serve an awesome God...He is forever FAITHFUL.....

I hope that you will visit often and all replies and advice is certainly welcome....

"This is the day
the Lord has made,
let us be glad and
rejoice in it"

In Gods Love,
Cindy