Thursday, February 28, 2013

THREADS: Lucy's Story

MY HEART IS BREAKING FOR OUR WOVEN SISTER LACY. Her baby LUCY was born 6 weeks premature. Her story is below. PLEASE PRAY! She has even provided the beautiful prayer following this story. JOIN THIS MOVEMENT OF PRAYER!
~Cindy

LACY & LUCY'S STORY...

My Dear friends and family, February 27, 2013.

These are times when you can’t be ashamed to ask for an outreach of help. When you have to set your pride aside because the despair is so great, and your left feeling alone on your faith. All I know, is to keep my faith in God. To keep trusting in Gods’ plan. I am calling on all the children of God, neighbors, brothers, and sisters, I pray that this reaches you! I ask that we all join together in faith, in spirit, and in prayer. The hearts’ of my family are breaking in this hard time of desperation. We are suffering heart ache for my daughter Lucy, our 17 day old, precious baby girl.


Lucy Reign Hamilton was born on 2/10/13, she was 34wks 4days, 6wks premature. She stayed in the NICU for 8days, doing beautifully, she came home on 2/18/13. On 2/23/13 around 11:30pm she stopped breathing. By the time she got to the hospital, they were able to get her heart beat. She was life-flighted to the Children’s hospital in Columbus Ohio. Due to severe damage from lack of oxygen, she was put on a respirator, it sends oxygen to her heart, keeping her alive, our baby is on life support now.


The last 4days I would not put on anyone. All of the tests are done, and modern medicines’ telling us that there is no hope. That the damage is too great. They are telling us that Lucy, this beautiful, precious child has no brain activity. Though this is going on, I will NOT stray from God, nor has my faith wavered! My eyes look to God in our time of need. Nothing is impossible with God, and the power of prayer is real and alive, and with us. We as parents have found ourselves in one of the hardest situations to be faced with. This Saturday, March 2, 2013; between 11pm-12am, we have decided to take our precious baby Lucy off the respirator, making it 7days from this horrific event.


We are asking that you to light a candle to symbolize unity, and pray this prayer with us in this hour of darkness, bringing us together as one. I pray that we unify as warriors of faith, soldiers of God, creating an army of prayer to surround Lucy! Thank you for your support. God Bless, all of you.

Pray these words with us
“Dear Lord Jesus, we come to you now in these sad times, asking you for complete healing over Lucy’s mind, body, and soul. We ask you to smile down upon Lucy, renewing her with your Holy Spirit. God, we believe in you, your son is alive in us. By the power of prayer, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we look to you now to answer our plea. With the power of unity, we bring fourth with courage and strength, this prayer, to deliver Lucy. If it is that of your will, we ask you to bring her back to us whole. Let this child live and thrive and flourish. We are putting our faith in you Lord, when hope on earth is lost. You are the doer all things. God we thank you, for your unconditional love you have for us, for you are an awesome God. We lift Lucy up to you now, in Jesus name. You know our hearts’ Lord. We ask that you touch this situation with your perfect healing and love . We thank you in all that you do. In your precious name, Amen.”

Thursday, February 7, 2013

WEAVINGS: Moving


WEAVINGS: Moving
by Cindy Stiverson

Moving.
The word conjures up images of boxes...upon boxes...upon boxes. Our worldly goods packed for protection to get to the next location. It's quite an awakening to see all your "stuff" in the form of a box. Labeled, of course, to know which box contains which stuff. Unbelievable how many boxes that requires. Unbelievable how much stuff we accumulate.
 
MOVING.
What I am getting a grip on today does not fit in a box. Label me sentimental. The emotions I am feeling cannot be stuffed. As I've reminisced on the love seat in my upper room these past few mornings, I realize how much I will miss this space. My hubby carved this room out of the attic space above our garage. We never dreamed it would be likened to a small chapel and become my office, where words would be written that would travel around the globe: my beginnings in blogging, my first published works, my Woven lesssons, my speaking engagements.  We had no idea the amount of prayers that would be prayed in this room, the immense peace that would be found here, the intimate moments I would spend with my Lord. I will miss this space. It cannot be duplicated.
 
MOVING 
I remember moving here: 42 North Highland Court. We were pioneers setting foot on new land, planting a new church. The cathedral ceiling seemed so appropriate for core group meetings, planning and worshipping before actually launching our Sunday services. Memories etched in the very walls of our home with students, interns, college professors, friends, families who all played a role in the process. We were family. God gathered us and God sent us.
 
Moving.
My "retreat room", where I fasted from civilization as I prayed and prepared to preach. The labor that took place in that room gave birth to new thoughts: God-thoughts to present to God's people. The extra special seasons of our lives when God blessed us with overnight and extended stay guests. That very same room became their respite before moving forward in God's plans. And more recently, it's the visual of grandbabes sleeping amongst the fluff of down comforter and pillows that brings joy to my heart. Oh the memories that abound in this place!
 
We are Moving.
Moving is a good thing. We are expectant of "greater things than these". We are moving closer to our children, closer to our church. We are moving forward in God's plan for our lives. We're saying, "Good-bye yesterday. Hello tomorrow!"
 
WE ARE MOVING.
 
Thereisnoturningback!

 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

WEAVINGS: Daily Whispers

WEAVINGS: Daily Whispers
by Cindy Stiverson

"Do everything without arguing or complaining,
so that you may become blameless and pure,
children of God without fault
in a crooked and depraved generation,
in which you shine like stars in the universe..."
Philippians 2:14-15NIV1984

I am so busted when I read this passage! I can still remember the first time I discovered these first five words: "Do everything without arguing or complaining." As pastor, I was leading a time of prayer for our church plant, when "Wham!" Someone read this passage and I was immediately convicted. Six years ago and I still remember it. How could such a small phrase carry such a powerful punch?

I'm guessing it's power comes with the fact that we seek, ask, plead, and beg God for direction. Yet, so often when He answers, it's not what we want to hear. It's not what we want to do. It's not really the answer we were hoping for. Usually, this means the answer requires US to do something, when we were really hoping for God to "Just do it!"

We expect God to reveal the masterplan. When, all the while, the Holy Spirit is daily whispering in our spiritual ears to go here, go there. Say these words to this person, give a hug to that person. Send a note. Write a letter. Make a phone call. Tend to business. We want to do God's will? Well, the Holy Spirit is sending us on a mission every day. But we don't follow through.

How do we know it's the Holy Spirit?
 
If we find ourselves arguing with that internal voice of instruction, then we know it must not be our idea. If it's something that would be pleasing to God and would share His love or further His mission, then we also know it's not "the devil made me do it" either. We can be sure that if it's the devil, it will be something very tempting that we will want to do, but we know we shouldn't.

I cannot count the number of times I have wished I had followed through on the prompting of the Holy Spirit. As events transpired, I could always look back and see that God was preparing me for what was ahead. If I had just done what He had whispered in my ear or placed on my heart and to-do list, I could have avoided many hardships and pitfalls.

In the same way, I cannot count the number of times that I followed the Spirit's prompting and was so glad I did! God is so amazing to give us a heads-up! Let's agree to "do everything without arguing and complaining". Just think of the stories we can share!

And to think that by simply being obedient, He has made it possible for us to
  • become blameless and pure
  • children of God
  • without fault
  • shine like stars in the universe
Sounds like a great plan, doesn't it?

To live at this level of obedience, we must get alone with God every single day. Besides praying and presenting our requests to Him, it requires that we also spend time listening to His requests for us. Just like any other relationship, our conversation with God requires speaking AND listening.

Ahh! I am so excited to hear what God has planned for me, for you!
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has planned for those who love him--but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit (ICor.2:9-10)."
Has God placed a God-sized dream on your heart?
We would love to hear how the Holy Spirit is speaking to you!
Leave a comment...

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I am a speaker, writer, artist and an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. I lead the women at NewarkNaz in Newark, Ohio. In 1998, God gave me a vision for Woven: Women of Virtue Network. It's a blessing to be involved in so many women's lives. Sometimes I think my heart will burst.
So very thankful for my hubby Mark. Extremely proud of my daughter speaker/author/activist Nicole and son-in-law Matthew Bromley. Love my grandsons Jude and Isaac beyond measure.

Loving the Lord with all my heart and leading others to do the same is the greatest joy of my life!
 

Monday, February 4, 2013

WEAVINGS: Prayer for Justice



This breaks my heart. Does it break yours?

Lord Jesus, show us how we can participate in your mission to "proclaim freedom for the captives and release  prisoners from darkness." ~Isaiah 61

Holy Spirit, anoint us that we may join you "to bring justice to the nations". May our heart and conscience not rest until we "see your righteousness shining like the dawn"!

This is an open-ended prayer. Will you keep it going?
Keep praying...keep speaking...keep seeking... to make a difference!

There will be no AMEN until this prayer is answered! Be the answer.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

WOVEN WEEKEND: Baskets of Blessings


We’re bringing a fresh new approach to our Woven Women’s Weekend this year at Newark Naz. Your leaders are excited: we are certain you will love it as much as we do!

The Agenda
You can begin to unwind Friday evening, March 1st at 6-pm. Come right on time for our Social Hour and enjoy some snacks just to whet your appetite, a Spring Boutique in case you’re in need of some retail therapy, and greet the girls because we want to make new friends and catch up with old ones!

A Praise & Prayer Service begins at 7-pm with our Woven Women of Worship, led by none other than the beautiful voice of Melissa Anderson. Imagine the beauty of our sisters singing, praising, and worshipping together. Now add praying to that picture! God is going to be so glorified and He will truly give rest for our weary souls.



Saturday we begin again at 9:30am for a day you won’t want to miss. A Woven Session with worship, Woven lesson, and discussion aimed to getting to know God and getting to know each other. All the while, our hearts will be woven into a tapestry of love” by the very hand of God!

A delicious Brunch (prepared by your Woven Leaders, YUM!) and more time to shop the Boutique will lead us to best closing ev-er! Baskets of Blessings will be our service project to reach out to children and families in our community. Imagine the joy of making Easter Baskets for those in need. Our satisfied hearts will depart at approximately 2pm.

The Place
This year’s Woven Weekend will be held at The Firehouse, a location of Newark Church of the Nazarene, 71 Maholm Street, Newark, Ohio. This is just a few blocks north from the corner of Grant & Williams St. There is no venue like the warmth of this space! It was built for community and you will begin to relax the minute you walk in the door.

To Register
Chocolate Bunnies & Money is all it takes to get you to this retreat~ you get to choose the amount! Pick up a plastic egg at the registration desk. Return it with your monetary donation inside accompanied by a packaged chocolate bunny. These will be used for our Baskets of Blessings! Sign up at the table in the foyer or on the Connect Card or by contacting ME (Cindy). Registration begins today, February 2nd through February 17th.

Don’t hesitate because we can’t wait to spend this time together…with YOU!