Closer And Closer To Glory

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness witheverincreasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Yep. I’m closer today than I was yesterday. Not only because today marks my arrival onto this earth 38 years ago, but also because I am striving, with all that is within me, to reflect Christ. Nothing brings me more pleasure and absolute, unadulterated joy than to hear that I have my Heavenly Father’s heart. I’ve read God’s Word, the Bible, most of my life. Can’t even remember a time when I didn’t attend a church or wasn’t somehow involved in a ministry. I’ve done my share of youth camps and choir tours. Mission trips are on my spiritual resume including a 10-week hiatus to an Indian reservation in Wyoming when I was 20 years old. Leading teenagers with my husband as well as involving God’s people in worship through music are definite high points in my life. Good times. Yet, after all of that, which may not be much compared to others, I am still a student. Still a woman who learns something new about her Savior on a regular basis. Just when I think I’ve learned all I can about the Creator of the universe and His majestic ways, He goes and outdoes Himself again. And again. And again. As I approach living four decades on planet earth, I am filled with excitement. Excitement about what else I’ll learn about my God and about myself, even when hardship enters my path. I don’t want to eat the bread of idleness but I also don’t want to miss the scent of the flowers as I notice them along the journey. So, wherever you are on your walk, I invite you to join Christ. His ways and plans are perfect. His hopes and dreams for you are beyond what you could ever imagine or even plan for yourself, for that matter. He finds such pleasure in you and wants you to know it. He is so good. And do this thing called life with someone. Unpack your heart with a person you trust. Because life is meant to be noticed. And for the record, my mother still thinks I’m 22. (Previously posted on September 30, 2008.)

7 thoughts on “Closer And Closer To Glory”

  1. Cindy… Your mom is funny.

    I agree with you. The LORD wishes to have a relationship with us. He’s an awesome one to lean on in times of need. Amen.

  2. I am realizing that I am still a student also. Today has been an eye opener for me, and when I was feeling low, your words encouraged me. Thank you, and may the Lord continue to show you His favor.

  3. Happy Birthday Cindy! Your post really touched me today. Especially the part about doing life with someone and unpacking your heart. I have had issues with trust for as long as I can remember but I am learning to let go of some of the baggage, even with my husband. You would think that after 24 years, he would already know everything there is to know about me, but it’s not even close. I do know that God brought us together under the most ridiculous circumstances and He did it for a reason. I know that God is teaching me His love through the love of my husband. Eventually I’ll “get” it and trust it.

    Thank you so much for your transparency and honesty and for your love of our Father.

  4. Cindy,

    It was a blessing to my soul to hear your story Saturday. My husband came home one day to tell me his was addicted to Meth and it literally destroyed our family. We lost everything we have ever owned and them some. My children were affected, my trust was broken (work in progress 2.5 years later) and my heart is slowly filling back up from being empty. Your story spoke VOLUMES to me as it seems things I felt about my self and feelings I have you share those same things. Although I cried the whole first half, I learned that it was not my fault and I should have no reason to feel stupid for staying. I never knew (or still do) know why I stayed but all I know is there is a purpose. The most powerful thing you said that touched my heart was that you could not stand to see his face but at the same time you wanted him to hold you…man, that went straight to the heart. I wish you all the luck as you are a strong and beautiful Christan woman.

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