Called Out

Two women were heading to the worst part of the city to pray.  They had a few used purses filled with necessary items that they were going to give to the women living on the streets.  When they first arrived in this part of the city they spent the first while worshipping in a small church in the area.  This had been the habit of these women for some time.

At the end of this time of worship and as they were leaving the church a man came up to them and directed them, urgently pointing,  “You must call emergency services.  You must call emergency services, there is a man who has fallen down.” 

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The Hearts of Humans Meeting the Heart of God

At the beginning of 2009 when it became time to launch what is today Capturing Courage International Ministries I wasn’t sure what to name this thing by which the Lord was leading me so I went to the box of thank-you cards that I had received and kept for the previous decade and began looking to see if there was a common theme. What came through loud and clear was comments regarding courage, “Cyndy when I am near you I have courage to speak my truth” for instance. Again and again people commented on courage and so this is what I named the work I do today.

Yet in the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about this name, wondering if I’ve really explained the core meaning of it, and how it applies to the work of CCIM. In my own heart and mind I know it means the courage to draw close to the Lord and to enter into an honesty and intimacy of which we are often afraid but have I communicated this to others?

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A Powerful Touch

1 Corinthians 4:20 in the ESV reads, “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.”

I love this. As a healing prayer practitioner a big part of my job is leading clients into simple sentences before the Lord.

Words in fact, often get in the way. When we want to hear God’s voice, it is best to make our request, our invitation, with as few words as possible.

“God I know that you are… today I… please if you will… thank-you and…” are all fine prayers for pouring out one’s heart beside one’s bed at night; a sort of unloading kind of prayer.

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Take Courage

Healing our world is possible. It starts with each one of us.

Delving into the black pit of our own lives, the judgments we live on, the failures we’ve tucked away, the heartache we try to bury, is all an invitation to life abundant in Jesus Christ.

Those things, the dark and the ugly, the mismanaged and abused, the depressed and downtrodden, all of it can be a birthplace of much light and life.

If we will enter there.

You see, the cross of our Lord Jesus went down into Sheol. The cross is planted in the darkness of each of our lives. And if we will follow the cross all the way down, we will come to find a banqueting table laid out for us there.

And we will experience the miraculous of God in our own hearts as light drives away the darkness and death is swallowed up in life.

It starts, by finding others who will journey alongside us, by holding the promises and the courage to follow Christ with our own cross, and heading into the scary and the dark.

This side of the threshold this sounds like crazy talk. Like a child afraid to walk ahead into a dark room, we forget that we take light with us, and that as we arrive it will no longer be dark.

But on the other side of the threshold, wow, life abounds. God is love. Jesus is our Savior. And life is good!

Take courage to enter into your darkness and find the light of God there.

Honoring our Men

My journey of ministering to men has been an interesting one to say the least.

It was during my journey of dealing with, healing through, and recovering from sexual abuse that my heart found the Lord’s compassion for men.

While it was difficult, it was not impossible for me to forgive my perpetrators. On the other hand, I came to see how difficult it would be to be a perpetrator and to find freedom and healing.

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