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Pray A to Z (& Meet Amelia Rhodes)

Amelia & Me

Amelia & Me

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I’m super thrilled for two exciting updates today! Yay!

Blog Button6901. Starting this Wednesday, October 1st - I’ll be kicking off 31 days to Fire Up Your Faith! Woo Hoo!

If you’re tired of being pulled into a swirling, lukewarm routine that keeps you from experiencing God’s best, pull up a chair and join us this October!

I’m looking forward to 31 days filled with free printables, personal stories (including Mary Beth Chapman, Marilyn Hontz, & others!),  fun giveaways, and maybe a vlog or two. Please say you’ll come!

2. Meet my friend Amelia Rhodes & Pray A to Z!

A few years ago I had the joy of meeting Amelia at a local speakers conference. Not only do Amelia and I attend the same church, we share many similar passions and interests. Amelia and I enjoyed coffee together recently, and she was telling me about her amazing new Pray A to Z Initiative.  I love it! I can’t wait to share her idea with you too.

Here’s Amelia……….

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I’m not an expert on prayer, but I do know this: Prayer changes things.
Sometimes it’s just my attitude or perspective that changes. Sometimes, mountains of trouble shrink before my eyes.

When my heart is aching from the latest world news or a phone call from a hurting family member or another friend’s cancer diagnosis, my heart cries for the Father’s help and presence.

As troubles and community crises threaten to overwhelm us, it’s more important than ever that we stay connected to the Father. In Jesus’ darkest hour, He cried out to His Father. If prayer was that essential to His life, how very important it must be for us too!

Yet, I have often struggled to know how to organize my prayer life. How do we remember all the needs around us? My prayer list keeps getting longer and longer, and sometimes it’s overwhelming.

A few weeks ago, I was praying for a few friends who are going through adoption, and I thought: “A is for adoption, C is for Cancer, F is for Foster Families.” Before long, I had an A to Z prayer list covering Adoption to Zero Prejudice, and everything in between.

I made cards for each letter and started adding people to each card to pray for. I think it’s a tool you might enjoy using too.

So, I’ve made them available as a free download. You can get your own Pray A to Z cards here. (Aren’t they pretty? My hubby designed them!)

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I’ve found I’m praying for more people and more issues than ever before, and I’m so excited.

Then I took the idea one step further and asked friends, writers, counselors, even a police officer, if they might share their stories with us. I’ve never been through infertility or been a law officer, but when those who have those experiences share their stories with me, I better know how to pray for and encourage others in those situations.

I will be sharing these stories every Monday and Thursday through the end of this year on my blog at www.ameliarhodes.com. I would love to have you join us as we Pray A to Z for our communities. Once the series is complete, I will offer all the stories together in a free PDF for you to keep and refer back to as you pray.

Let’s rally people to pray for our communities and the issues facing us all. Let’s ask God to breathe new life into our communities and show us how to love those who surround us every day.

Download your Pray A to Z cards, and join us in bringing the needs of our communities to the Father. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #PrayAtoZ. I would love to hear how God is inspiring you to pray for your community!

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Amelia Rhodes lives in West Michigan with her husband and two children. She loves coffee breaks with friends and has a passion for encouraging women to share an authentic life together. Her first book, Isn’t it Time for a Coffee Break? offers women of all ages a fresh perspective on relationships. She is also published in four Chicken Soup for the Soul titles.
Connect with Amelia at www.ameliarhodes.com

Twitter: @amrhodes

 

See what I mean? Doesn’t #PrayAtoZ sound awesome! I’m printing off a set of Pray A to Z cards. How about you?

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! Happy Praying, friend!

Sweet blessings,

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Twitter Party Recap (& Mandisa winners!)

Hey Friends –

Discovery House Publishers hosted a Twitter party for me on September 23, 2014. Using the hashtags #AskCindy and #RedHotFaith, tweets came in from all over the nation to discuss igniting a passionate faith life.

Here is a small sampling of the great questions!

A huge THANK YOU to Anne from Discovery House for organizing a great party, and for all my friends who stopped by to say hello and ask a question. It was a super fun day!

What’s new with you, friend? Are you having a good week? How can I pray for you?!

Sending a big hug your way!

Sweet blessings -

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016P.S. Here are the 3 winners to Mandisa’s new amazing remix CD –

1. Crystal Benton
2. Veronica Mancilla
3. Jil Herbert

Please send me your mailing address, and I’ll forward it to Mandisa’s team so they can get a CD right out to you!

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Turn Up the Heat! Twitter Party

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Something FUN is happening and YOU are invited!

Discovery House Publishers is hosting a LIVE Red Hot Faith Twitter Party!

Here are more details –

Chat Live Online with Author Cindy Bultema!

Turn Up the Heat in the #AskCindy Twitter Event!

Join us tomorrow, September 23, at 3:00 p.m. EST on Twitter to chat with Red Hot Faith Bible study creator Cindy Bultema. Get involved in the conversation about life, faith, motherhood, marriage, and a whole lot more to help you turn up the heat to a Red Hot Faith and a stronger relationship with God.

Simply follow @CindyBultema and @DiscoveryHouse on Twitter and make sure you use the hashtags #AskCindy or #RedHotFaith.

Bloggy friends, I would LOVE for you to join us online. Pretty please?

If we’re not connected yet on Twitter, let’s connect here. (If you follow me, I’ll follow you back! Yay!)

Why Should You Join the #RedHotFaith Twitter Party?

You’ll have tons of fun, learn new things, meet new friends, and you might even win a red-hot prize! Plus, who doesn’t love a good party?!

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There’s no need to RSVP, but to get this party started — I’ll send five of my red-hot A to Z Scripture Truth-tellers to 5 blessed friends who will help me get ready!

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Thanks for your support, friends! I hope you can stop by this Tuesday, September 23rd at 3:00 PM EST! Please feel free to help spread the word!

May raise up a generation of women (& men) who are red-hot for Him!

Sweet blessings,

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Mandisa’s Get Up: The Remixes (& giveaway!)

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Y’all know how much I love Mandisa, right?!

Last summer I had the best time seeing Mandisa in concert at Muskegon’s Unity Christian Music Festival (remember how I was screaming in my kitchen when I learned I won tickets?!)

Not only is Mandisa’s band amazing and her music powerful ~ I especially appreciated the Truth-filled words  she shared between songs.

Mandisa is absolutely beautiful – inside and out – and I love every time she comes to West Michigan.

Of course, being escorted backstage by Mandisa’s Tour Manager and getting some personal time with Mandisa is definitely at the top of my girls’ dream-come-true list.

Yay, God!

Brandon Heath, Mandisa, & my gang

Brandon Heath, Mandisa, & my gang

Imagine my delight when I learned Mandisa has a brand new CD coming out, and her team wondered if I’d like to share her music with my blog readers.

Um, YES PLEASE! 

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Introducing Mandisa’s brand  new CD –  Get Up: The Remixes! 

This 11-track album puts an upbeat spin on Mandisa’s hits, encouraging everyong to Get Up and move – whether you want to dance and exercise or just need a little extra motivation to face the day.

Get Up: The Remixes follows the success of Mandisa’s best-selling and critically acclaimed album Overcomer which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. Woo Hoo!

Here’s the amazing playlist –

Get Up: The Remixes

 1. Back To You (Neon Feather Remix)
2. Joy Unspeakable (ATELLAGALI Remix)
3. What If We Were Real (NEVA Remix)
4. Waiting For Tomorrow (Silver Remix)
5. Good Morning (Capital Kings Remix)
6. Stronger (Movin’ Remix)
7. Only the World (Switch Remix)
8. Shackles (Switch Remix)
9. My Deliverer (RawlsCO Remix)
10. Overcomer (Capital Kings Remix)
11. Press On (CB Ultra Run Remix) 

The kids and I went for a drive tonight to listen to the songs and pick our favorite. Bottom line: we loved them all!

Now are you ready for an awesome Mandisa giveaway?! (drumroll please….)

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I’ll close with a quote from the beautiful, gifted Mandisa….

“A struggle is a struggle, and Jesus is there through it all. He is there in compassion and grace. I have found that what He has spoken to me through these songs has been encouraging and I think that’ll be true for other people who are going through their own hard times…”

Amen, Mandisa, Amen!

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles.* Have a wonderful, strength-filled, empowered day!!

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P.S. Here’s how to get connected with Mandisa –

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What’s Up?!

Happy Fall y’all! Looking for some Fall family fun? Check out my A to Z list here . Enjoy!

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I was recently walking with a friend and she said, “Cindy, what 3 things are on your mind today?”

Isn’t that an awesome question?

It made me stop in my tracks and really think.

Here’s what’s on my mind (not in any particular order) –

1. Ministry

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Standale Baptist Kick-off

Can you believe Red Hot Faith is finally released? Yay, God!

I’ve had the best time traveling to different churches and home groups — meeting so many beautiful women and encouraging them on their faith journey.

I’ve also loved making personalized videos welcoming different groups both near and far. (In fact, if you’re hosting RHF this season, send my assistant a quick note to cindy@cindybultema.com, and I’d love to make a quick “shout out” video to you too!)

The good news: Red Hot Faith is already on its second print. Woo Hoo!

I love how God is answering my mentor Mary’s prayer to “raise up a generation of women who are red-hot for Him!”

I’d love to meet you this fall, friend! Here is a list where I will be speaking  - Cindy’s Speaking Schedule

 

2. Home Remodel

Do you remember the house flood my family endured last winter?

Thankfully, the ice jam + 70′s kitchen + broken refrigerator + moldy floor = new kitchen for us. Yippee!

We also decided to flip some rooms (our dining room became our living room, and vice versa) — so needless to say, since last May we’ve been in the midst of a crazy home project.

And after 6+ weeks of no kitchen, we finally are back in operation! Watch for a full “reveal” coming soon — but for those who have been wondering, here are some photo updates for you.

Before

Before

After Habitat for Humanity came.

After Habitat for Humanity came.

 

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Updated kitchen – not quite finished yet

 

New dining room/old living room

New dining room/old living room

3. Family and Marriage

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Mystery Day 2014

This school year I have a 5th grader, 6th grader, 7th grader & a Junior in college. Wow!

Although the transition for my eldest son Jake to leave for college was extremely hard (Jake is living off campus again this year) – I’m transitioning ok these days.

I haven’t melted down on my bathroom floor yet this fall. Whew!

Me & my man

Me & my man

Lastly, I’m so in love with my man I can barely stand it!

If you’re in a hard place in your marriage (like we have been – recap here) – please keep praying and don’t give up.

God is a Master Restorer and Rebuilder!

Keep praying, surround yourself with Godly women to encourage you, and get sound Biblical counsel (if needed). Your marriage is so worth it!

If God can do it for us, He can do it for you!

Well that’s “what’s up” in my neck of the world. How ’bout you? What 3 things are on your mind today? 

I would love to hear your favorite highlight this Fall so far! Fill me in please. :)

Have a super, joy-filled rest of your week! I thank God for you, my dear bloggy friend!!

Sweet blessings

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P.S. Next week my publisher is hosting a Twitter party for Red Hot Faith. Wanna come? Pretty please?! :) redhotfaith-800a

 

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