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Prayer

Posted by Cindy H French on 08/29/2010

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I was struck that our first part of worship should be prayer. It should be a priority in our lives and a natural reflex…but is it really? Do I go immediately to HIM when I have lost a deal, a candidate, a client? When I have a bill I haven’t expected? When I don’t feel well? I think I do some of the time-when I am really desperate, but over and over as my day unfolds? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.We are studying the Guardians at our church on Sunday mornings. This morning the passage was from I Timothy 2:1-6. This is a letter written to Timothy by Paul, the apostle, for instruction. He says ” I urge you, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone. (This is Jew and Gentile and Heathen alike)…This is good and pleases God our Saviour who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (wants means intense desire). For there is one God and One mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all men…

I think that a lot of how my prayer life goes-and life in general-depends on if I meet Jesus in the morning at our regular meeting time. How often I have skipped that time-more sleep, too busy, not enough time-lots of excuses. But you know, I always show up when I have a business meeting scheduled. I thought this morning, is Jesus not more important than any CEO I might meet? The scripture says that God has an intense desire to see us “saved” and to come to the knowledge of the truth. It also says that the very truth will set me (us) free.  And isn’t that what the world is searching for–freedom of expression, to do what they want? But what if that very truth says live this way and I will fill your life up and overflowing. That’s the kind of result  of freedom that I want.

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Keep Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Posted by Cindy H French on 08/24/2010

Remember singing that song as a child or young adult? It was one of my favorites and still is, even though my church doesn’t sing a lot of the old hymns. Sheila Walsh just wrote on the Women of Faith newsletter what she thinks keeping your eyes upon Jesus means…I do agree with her. I guess I would put it in different words though. You see, I talk to Jesus all day long as I am doing my work-as a recruiter, remember. I pray my candidates through their interviews, I ask for His blessing on my marketing calls or recruiting calls. And yes, Jesus actually helps me do my work! Sometimes, it’s just that a name seems a little clearer than another. Sometimes it’s an exhaustive search, but always at the end, He comes through for me.

I have a little sign posted on my desk. It says: Good Morning! This is God! I will be handling all your problems today. I will not need your help…so have a good day!  I love that sign–over and over when things don’t seem to go my way, I look at it and remember that it is going HIS way. That is what is important. That is what keeps me going regardless of what I am going through personally-and if you’ve read more of my blog, you know that I have been through it. But like Paul, I can say that this is nothing in comparison to Jesus-I just count it as loss, but I know that I know He is going to make something wonderful and beautiful out of my circumstances!

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Summer 2010 Has Flown…

Posted by Cindy H French on 08/24/2010

I can’t believe that fall is soon here. We start a new GriefShare Group this Thursday. For those of you who follow, please be in prayer for those who will be coming!

I spent a lot of last week, preparing for a presentation to an organization called “Ladies in the Biz”.  This is a group of ladies involved in all areas of commercial retail real estate. They had a big “to do” last night and I had the privilege of speaking to them about Human Resource issues ( I am a recruiter). I loved being back out among my clients and potential clients trading cards-it was like I had come out of hibernation. I guess it really was hibernation, because except for a meeting  at night 2 weeks ago, I haven’t done anything except work, eat, sleep, GriefShare, and church for a year since I had the tumors on my head. (see previous posts).  The success of that meeting has spurred me to plan speaking engagements with other groups within my specialty practice. I’m excited!

The Lord continues to be gracious with my work and collections. I am so learning not to do a thing for a search until I pray. Still, the Lord gives and He takes away. Other things in daily life continue to be hard:  expensive appliances breaking, one more thing to worry about health wise, my husband’s job-he sells too and isn’t! But I know who controls the universe and He’s my Father. I bow to Him and what He sends my way as I know He is refining me.

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