Simply Sunday and Some Girl Talk

Hey friends! I have some things on my heart today and I need to share them with you. I know life is busy but I want you to know how much I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog.

I’ve been blogging since 2009, right before my Mom was diagnosed with gastric cancer. She passed away that year. This blog became a place for me to write about it and share my struggles.

In 2011, I took my blog in a different direction. I started writing about fashion & beauty and of course still shared about my faith. I found my niche and it’s been so much fun.

So why am I telling you this? Because this blogging thing takes time, a lot of time and thankfully over the last year I’ve been able to get paid through advertisement and through sponsored posts.

A sponsored post is when I’m sent a product to try, I write an honest post about it, and then they pay me. I only accept things that fit within my blog topic, but once maybe twice (at the most) a month,  you might see a sponsored post.

This month, I’ve had two, the Tide Pods and I’m also doing one for Strivectin. I hope you all understand and will give me grace when it comes to financially supporting my blog.

Now, to something different. This has been one of those rough weeks. You know the kind that cause you to lose some sleep over. My sister shared a little about it on her blog today. It’s called the Unexpected, and it’s definitely worth reading.

As always a song seems to touch me and I’ve listened to this song by Tenth Avenue North all week. Sometimes we’re just worn, aren’t we? Life is hard but thankfully we have a God who knows and understands.

Maybe you’re having one of those weeks too, I hope you find comfort in knowing that in the midst of your struggles, God is faithful.

Do you sometimes feel worn out? Are you having a rough week? If you want to share, I’d love to pray for you.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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  1. says

    Hi Wanda,
    Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I’m sorry for your loss but I pray that during this difficult time, you can draw close to God. He is faithful!
    It’s easy to get out of going to church and studying His word but as christians we need to encourage one another. Life is hard but Jesus is our hope!
    Thanks again for stopping by!
    P.S. My Mom’s name is Wanda :-)

  2. Wanda says

    I am a lurker, always reading your blog but never commenting. But today, I just wanted to thank you for your blog and for making a difference. I used to be much like you, walking closer to God. But it seems as if the last few years after a painful divorce and then after remarrying and the loss of my husband, I have drifted away from God. But your faithfulness and love toward God that comes through in your posts has brought me back to a longing to get back in church and draw nearer to Him. You never know what impact you have on your readers, and I for one just wanted to let you know that I thank you for your commitment to living true to God and exemplifying Him! I know you miss your Mother, and I can so identify with the song you posted (Worn). Hugs and Blessings to you!

  3. Caf says

    Cyndi, i love your blog and I hope you are encourged as much as I am (and other followers). i thank you for the time you spend on it.
    I’m on a roller coaster of a ride at the moment and at times I want it stop – the song sums it up. I love that even in the darkest moments I know His love and light are near, a new revelation i’ve been given.
    Thank you for your honesty. I am praying for you and your family to be covered in His Peace and I thank God for the gift of family, blood and God, and that you know your God family is lifting you all up in prayer.
    God bless x

  4. Lisa says

    Cyndi I was so sorry to hear about the “unexpected”…..I have been praying for you and Traci and trust God will fill you all with peace. I love the song! Music touches me in similar ways. 1 1/2 years ago my then 26 year old daughter was diagnosed with a rare type of gestational cancer. I was beside myself with worry – especially as we awaited the results of her scan. She (yes she in the midst of her unrest) sent me the link to Matthew West’s song “STRONG ENOUGH” which was a good reminder to me that I didn’t have to be strong enough that week to handle the news of the unexpected…..So please know many are praying for you and whatever your “unexpected news” is, God is strong enough to handle it for all of you!

  5. Jeanine says

    This song touches my heart. Life can just beat you down but we have a promise of an eternal life with no sorrows. Our family is having a hard time with a family member in ICU with heart trouble. But we know who is in control! Praying for your family Cyndi!

  6. Joy says

    Praying for you Cyndi… you and Traci have become so dear to me thru your blogs. :) Hugs and pls know I am praying for you. SO thankful for the power of prayer and for answered prayers. God is SO faithful!

  7. Pam P says

    Praying peace and comfort for your family, the kind that only comes from our heavenly Father. Another song that comes to my mind is Laura Story’s Blessings In Disguise. Sometimes the unexpected brings unexpected blessings as well.
    Hugs and Blessings

  8. says

    Hi Cyndi.

    I love you blog, posts and opinions. You getting some financial inspiration is just icing on the cake. Keep on doing what you you! You enthusiasm and smile bring me joy as soon as I see your blog post. I pray that things will get better for you and your family.


  9. Casey says

    Cyndi, I am praying for you and your sister and the whole family. I know God hears prayers and loves when voices are joined in chorus for a particular need. I find such encouragement and Christian fellowship from reading your blog. I love when others hold me and my family up in prayer because I know it works. God bless you all.

  10. says

    One of my favorite verses during times of adversity;
    Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

    I am praying for you and your sister during this difficult time. God bless you all as you continue to put Christ first and focus on Him and not the situation. :)

    At His Feet, Lisa

  11. teresa says

    Cyndi, I haven’t read your sis’s post as she normally doesn’t post on the weekends.I will say concerning the sponsored posts that you shouldn’t worry about that. I’d rather you were financially reimbursed if that lets you keep up on your blog. Plus, we all get to learn about new products. thank you for writing this blog. Your spirit always put my day in a positive direction.

  12. Cyndy says

    Hi Cyndi. Sorry that you are going through a difficult time. I appreciate you and your blog; just want you to know that I am praying for you.

  13. Cathie Pinto says

    What a beautiful blog and song (love Tenth Avenue North). Music provides so much healing and support. I have had a rough week as I mourned with my best friend the loss of her mother, who had battled ovarian cancer for six years, and died suddenly of a heart attack last Sunday after the family decided to remove her from life support. Our God was so gracious in providing amazing memories for the family in the two weeks before she died, and healing as well, all with no knowledge that she would not be with us for long. What a gift!

    My own mother died 21 years ago, only 6 weeks after she told us she had esophogeal cancer. She had just turned 62, and I was 37. We had so much hope and were encouraged by her doctors, but God knew that my Mom could not fight that battle, and he graciously took her home after she slipped into a coma after just one chemotherapy treatment. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t long to see her, or call her, but I am so thankful for the hope in Jesus and eternal life, because I will see her again.

    There is a wonderful ministry we have supported since its inception over 10 years ago … that offers so much support through music for all of life’s challenges. Each project offers not only music, but spoken word and scripture. The newest project, Drink Deep, dealing with grieving and death, will be out in just a few days. All vocals are performed by Scott Krippayne and ‘Nita Whitaker LaFontaine. ‘Nita is the widow of famed voiceover artist, Don LaFontaine, who died 3 years ago.

    I will be praying for you Cyndi and for your sister as well. Thank you for sharing your heart and your fantastic beauty and style ideas.

  14. Susie H. says

    It has been so refreshing for me to find your blog! Thank you for your honesty and keeping it real. Life just is not fair and Christians are not exempt from trials and tribulations. Our family has lost many loved ones – our oldest son (at the age of 8 in 1993), both my parents, both inlaws, aunts and uncles, my younger brother (on his 50th birthday) and a brother-in-law. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and was in remission until a lesion was found on my liver in June of last year. So, there have been many, many tears, and every type of emotion in facing all of that. The cancer is gone – praise Him!!! Music and humor are my outlets, so thank you for sharing that song. I pray we will all encourage, as you do. One of my favorite Christian icons, Corrie Ten Boom, said it so well: There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still. I have found this to be true time and time again. May you have a blessed week!

  15. says

    Kristin, I love that song by Laura Story. Sometimes trials are his mercies in disguise. I’m so sorry you’re enduring physical pain and you shouldn’t give up praying for God to heal it. Why he hasn’t, I don’t know, but I do know he hears you and he’s faithful.
    Thanks you for stopping by my blog!

  16. says

    Rondell I am praying!!!
    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

  17. says

    So interesting (or so God???) that both your and your sister’s posts popped up back to back on my reader so I have the both pulled up side-by-side tabbed in Chrome. Read yours first and now off to read hers.

    OK, I’m back.

    Physical pain. I’ve never been one to battle any physical pain but since May 5th of last year, it has been a part of my life. My “thorn in the flesh”? I don’t know. But I’m weary. I have begged the Lord to take it away. As one ailment has subsided, another has popped up. It is tiring. I’m 41 years old and healthy.

    I’m drawn to the Lord in this pain. I’m reminded often of Laura Story’s lyrics, “What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?”

    All in all, I’m just tired of it. Tired of hurting. Tired of being “that person” who hurts all the time. Tired of not being able to run like I love and my body is getting mighty fluffy.

    My prayer is simply for God’s will but I’m not giving up on begging for physical healing. If it is His will.

    Thank you for your blog.

  18. says

    Liz I’m so sorry for your loss. To lose both parents in such a short time had to be hard. I know you’re thankful that they’re both in heaven.
    God is so faithful,

  19. Dorothy McGovern says

    Love your blog and everything about what you say. I love trying new products, especially when getting great reviews. Thank you for what you do and praying for you!

  20. Bella Michelle @ Southern Somedays says

    I think your sponsored posts are fun to read and I really love getting an unbiased opinion. I have done them from time to time on my blog and it is nice to get a little reward for the time put into them.

    (((hugs))) and I Hope your week is better!

  21. Judith Hall says

    Hi Cyndi, Thanks for this lovely post, the song touched my hheart. I’m so sorry you’re having a tough time and my prayers are with you as always. After following your blog for so long, I feel as if you are my friend, not just a blog I read. When you are troubled, I am troubled with you. I’ve got a few big things going on right now, things that cannot quickly be rectified. We can share our troubles as prayer pals and as friends, doubling our prayers and praising God for each other in our lives.
    Be blessed and be well, you are in my heart. Judith

  22. says

    That song really hit home. Thanks for sharing it.

    If you could pray for our son, John it would be appreciated. He struggles daily with anxiety and depression.

    God Bless,

  23. Diane says

    Thank you Cyndi for your encouraging blog. Thank you for your transparency, it helps us to pray for you, as you have encouraged us!
    Lord we pray for Your everpresent help in time of need to be manifested to Cyndi and her sister and family! Please allow them to feel your strength filling them, and know Your great love for them. Please calm this storm and bring Your VIctory! Please supply through her blog, enough that she could be released to enjoy her family and the family of God,and use the talents You have gifted her with blogging and encouraging us all! Let it bear much fruit in Your Name!
    Thank you so much Cyndi!

  24. Rondell says

    I had a biopsy on Wednesday on my left breast, I’ll know Monday the results. I would so appreciate your prayers♥

  25. says

    That song has touched my heart a lot lately.

    Nothing unexpected for me – just the normal battle against the principalities and powers of darkness that want to keep me not moving forward and deeper. Emotions have been battling my progress a lot lately and every time I strive to go deeper with God, they are right there rebelling. And it gets exhausting and I just want to be through this battle. But my husband says I’m not dead yet, so I just have to keep fighting. LOL Not very encouraging, but at least it’s honest.

    Sending prayers of restoration and renewal your way. May the Lord of all Peace fill you with joy and comfort and newness today.

  26. Liz says

    Dear Cyndi,
    I totally understand the unexpected. Both of my parents had strokes which were devastating and changed our lives so quickly. My dad had a stroke in 2006 and passed away less than two days later —on my husband and my 25th wedding anniversary. In December 2009 my mom suffered a brain stem stroke. Within a matter of hours, Mom went from being completely independent –the one who took care of everyone else–to complete dependence. While her mind was still sharp as a tack, she cold not swallow or move her body. She passed away in March 2010 after a courageous 3 1/2 months and now is in Heaven with Dad. I am so grateful for wonderful memories and my faith in The Lord which got me through these unexpected events. Your post today really touched me. I pray that this week will be a better one for you.

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