L&LI Re:treat Recap

My first trip to Vegas (for our Leading and Loving It Re:treat) was surprisingly wonderful. I knew the retreat would be outstanding but just had no idea if I would enjoy Vegas.

Not because I didn’t think it would be but because it’s Vegas.

Sin City.

Entertainment Capital of the world.

City of Lights.

But I loved it!

Some of it was a bit off color for my taste, but that’s fine. I may or may not have mentioned a topless woman in one of my sessions at re:treat. My eyes may have seen a thing or 20 that I don’t see in Oklahoma.

But that’s not all you find in Vegas.

You find amazing people like Jud and Lori Wilhite, amazing churches like Central Christian Church, amazing restaurants with mechanical bulls and amazing cupcake shops with one of the best Red Velvet cupcakes I ever have shoved down my throat.

Glory.

Enough of that. I wrote this post to show you some pictures.

Oh, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

AirplaneFlying into Vegas

Slot MachinesFirst slot machine sighting in the airport

High RollerHigh Roller!

FlamingoView of the Flamingo from 550 feet in the air on the High Roller!

Lori SharingLori sharing about her church with the mechanical bull operator :)

Brandi meSeesawing with Brandi Wilson

Trisha meTrisha Davis and me amazed – our first visit to Vegas!

Linda Jenni MeLinda Seidler, Jenni Clayville and me

Women WorshippingThe women worshipping! Amazing!

HosannaHosanna Poetry – spoken word – she is the real deal!

KerriKerri Weems – FABULOUS!

TaraDr. Tara Jenkins – Don’t Make Me Get My Belt!

Steph meVisiting with longtime L&LI friend, Steph Thomason!
Me StageMe speaking from stage

Be A John Witherspoon

If you google “John Witherspoon” you will find that he is a comedian and actor who was born in 1942. I am sure he is a fabulous guy, but that’s not the John Witherspoon I am referring to. This is the one I want to introduce you to:

John Witherspoon

Recognize him? (I didn’t either.)

Until I read an email about him stating who he was, what he did and whom he influenced. And wow.

Just wow.

Here are a few things about this man:

  • He was the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence.
  • He served on 120 congressional committees and was a proponent of checks and balances in the government.
  • He was President at Princeton where he taught 9 of the 55 writers of the U.S. Constitution.
  • He also taught 1 U.S. Vice-President, 3 Supreme Court Justices, 13 Governors, 21 Senators, 39 Congressmen and 114 ministers.
  • In 1789, he headed up a committee in the New Jersey legislature to abolish slavery.

John Adams, our 2nd U.S. President, said this about Witherspoon:

A true son of liberty…but first, he was a son of the Cross.

With all of these accomplishments and this incredible influence, few know who he is.

But now I know and you know.

I bring this to your attention today because many of you are John Witherspoons. You’ve influenced countless people and yet your name is not on a the cover of a book. You’ve taught some of the smartest people out there and there is no article written about you in a magazine. You’ve stepped up to the plate and championed a certain cause but no one has asked you to come do a Ted Talk.

But God sees.

Do you know what He says about you?

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

You are His handiwork, His masterpiece, His workmanship, and He created you IN HIS SON to do good works, good things, good deeds for HIS people on this earth.

And you are doing just that. Without any applause, any lights, any fanfare, any hullabaloo. 

Because you, my friend, are obedient. And while you may not be able to make a difference for everyone in the world, you know you can make a difference in someone’s world.

 

 

 

 

My Towel

Towel“Hey Cindy, I think this is your towel,” Kim said very nonchalantly to me at our Bible Study meeting a few weeks ago.

My eyes merely saw a worn out and stained piece of cloth but my heart immediately transitioned that sight into an emotional moment. A moment from the past. A moment where I was standing in my old kitchen wiping my hands with said towel. A moment where I laid it out on my granite because I was going to let some dishes dry after hand washing them. A moment before the fire that took our home and every material possession that we owned on that June night in 2013.

It was just a towel. Quite frankly, it wasn’t even my favorite towel because it was boring to look at and it just didn’t absorb that well. And who wants a towel like doesn’t absorb? Please. As if.

But it was my towel. A towel from the part of our life that can be labeled “pre-fire”. A towel that reminded me of that life.

Because it was a good life. The life that housed almost 43 years of my being which included some hard times that transformed me and some amazing ones that made my life richer. And I know that sounds awfully strange to say “that life” because clearly, I am still alive and have my entire family to still love on. But, it’s weird because traumatic events typically do that. They separate your life into sections. And since I have very little from “that life” left physically, it feels like a million miles away.

But no matter what events have transpired in my life or in your life, we will overcome. We are MORE than conquerors through Him who loved us. And we are convinced that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Not the death of a loved one, not an abortion, not anger, not infidelity, not a cynical heart, not mental illness, not a haughty spirit, not rejection, not addiction, not a house fire, not selfishness, not envy, not jealousy, not physical pain, not illness or disease, not the loss of a best friend, not one single thing.

Because we are overcomers.

 

Ready or not, Vegas, here I come!

RetreatThis where I will be all week! What an exciting time this is for our team as we get to love on and pour into pastor’s wives and women in ministry from around the country. I just love it.

See ya next week!

Even If He Told You

hab 1-5I love this verse.

It is the essence of God. He is the unimaginable God. His acts are immeasurable. Nothing is beyond Him. And as much as I try to use our English words to describe Him, I will always fall short. He is truly indescribable. And that gives me comfort for who wants to follow a God they fully get? There is peace in serving a God who is never stumped or forgetful. 

I need to truly live as though I believe this. But I often don’t. I don’t want to give God a way out – He doesn’t need me to anyway. What He wants is faith from me. Faith beyond measure. Faith that can’t see the next step. 

May God help our unbelief. May He increase our faith. Again.

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