It’s been eighteen months since I last wrote on Sundays with Cindy. After five years of sharing my life and thoughts and Scripture, I set aside my blog for a time to take care of other pressing needs. I did not mean to take so long to return to it, but I have been feeling the conviction in my heart lately that it is time to obey His voice and come back to my own little corner of ministry. And so I take up my pen—er, laptop—and well—let’s get on with it!
Welcome back! I’m excited to be here again, and I hope if you have been a follower of Sundays with Cindy, that you are, too! I’m sure you’ve noticed that there is a new look to the site (which I love!) but it’s still the same ol’ me. If you are new to my blog, the premise of Sundays with Cindy is this: Each week I use something that has occurred that week in my life, or the life of someone I love, or even in the nation or world, as inspiration for a devotion from God’s Word. I have been blessed by writing and sharing these things, and I pray my readers have been blessed as well. You can catch up on all my past blogs by exploring the archives listed in the sidebar on this page. If you would like to know a little of my background, please check out “About.” And feel free to leave a comment and share with me, too! I would love it!
Today is Father’s Day. This day cannot pass without me remembering my own dad who went to be with the Lord twelve years ago this week. I miss him, but there is no hurt anymore at losing him. From the time he left us, we have praised God for sparing him pain and suffering and rejoiced that he is in Heaven, enjoying its glories and awaiting the rest of us there. There is a smile on my face as I pull out the memories of him from my childhood, my teen years, and the support and encouragement he always gave me as an adult. How he loved his children and grandchildren—and great-grandchildren! How he loved my mother! I thank my Heavenly Father for the wonderful earthly father He gave me! (I shared more about my dad in the June 2009 archives.) I do not go to the cemetery often, but when I do, it is not to mourn my father, but to remember him and honor him and thank God for giving him to me. Deuteronomy 5:16 says, “Honor thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee…” Thank you, Lord, for the sweet memories I have of my father!
When I left you eighteen months ago, my mother had just gone into the hospital. It turns out she had cancer and some very serious heart issues. After surgery and chemotherapy, eight months later the cancer was gone and the heart issues are under control. God is gracious and good all the time and through the difficult times we had last year, He was always faithful and loving and walking beside us. He tells us in I Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” I am so grateful for this extra time we have with her now!
Probably the most momentous things that have happened in our lives since last I left you are the wonderful changes that have been happening in our sweet Robbie’s life! I had already told you that after twelve years of been nourished through a feeding tube and never having a morsel of food or drink in his mouth, Robbie got his “swallow” back and suddenly was able to eat again, on a limited scale! He has progressed from yogurt and pudding and jello to things like scrambled eggs, beans, and spaghetti (cut very fine.) He still cannot handle liquids or things that have to be chewed a lot, and we still use the feeding tube for most of his meals, but it is such a miracle to us to see our boy once again enjoying one of the very basic things of life that we all enjoy—food! In the last year we have also begun to wean him off of some of the old drugs he took for his severe seizures and introduce some of the newer drugs that seem to have fewer harmful side effects and work better. As a result, we are seeing a new, alert, excited, lively, happy Robbie! What a joy to see shades of our “old” Robbie returning!
One of the greatest surprises happened just this week and it truly was a miracle! I was in the kitchen and Bob was standing at the dining room table. Robbie was sitting on the couch in the living room. Bob glanced over at Robbie—and there was our son standing straight and tall all by himself and grinning from ear to ear! Robbie has not stood on his own since July of 2001—fourteen years ago! Since then we have had to hold him up and steady him, since he has no balance or strength in his legs, and the last few years he has stood hunched over while he clings to us. To see him standing on his own was like seeing a ghost of the old Robbie.
“Robbie!” Bob exclaimed and rushed over to him, to catch him if he should fall. (The back of his legs were against the couch which was steadying him.) Robbie saw him coming toward him and sat down quickly as if, “Oh-oh! I’m in trouble now!” He was not in trouble, of course. We were thrilled, but at the same time scared. If he were to fall against a piece of furniture, he could maim or kill himself. But praise God! Is this the first step in Robbie regaining his strength and someday being able to stand or maybe even walk on his own???
Robbie standing on his own, so straight and tall, reminds me of the story of the lame man in Acts 3. Verses 1-10 tell us, “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.”
The people were “filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him.” That is exactly how I felt about Robbie suddenly standing after fourteen years! The rest of chapter 3 goes on to tell us that Peter and John used this as an instrument to share Jesus Christ as the Savior to the crowd gathered there that day. Acts 4:4 then tells us, “Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.” What a testimony that Jesus has the power to not only heal our physical infirmities in such a miraculous fashion, but to save us from sin miraculously as well!
God still works miracles today. Some big miracles like the one I shared today; many times little miracles that we recognize as a “God thing.” We need to share them with others as a testimony to God’s greatness and power and as an instrument to share the Good News of the Gospel.
And so Sundays with Cindy is back. Sometimes to relate the more significant events in my life, other times to share the little things, but hopefully to find something each week to encourage, edify or simply bless each of us through His Word. And it’s so good to be back!