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New Year’s 2016

by Cyndy Gusler

“I Receive That!”     She walked into my Bible study classroom humbly and quietly and at that time, I had no earthly idea how dynamic this woman would become in my life. She came that first day with a friend of a friend and sat in the same spot each week, listening and nodding […]

Chaos or Silence in the Stable?

by Cyndy Gusler

The Christmas story…so long ago, yet still so human. I often wonder what divine elements occurred (if any) that were different from my own children’s births. Jesus was, after all, the Messiah.  A baby, yes – but God’s Son.  So was Mary’s pregnancy and delivery easier than normal? Was Jesus born physically glowing? Cooing or […]

Mending and Sending: God’s Personal Touch

by Cyndy Gusler

I walked up to a man I barely knew and said, “I am going to hug you.”  And he opened his arms… For several years now, we have had a little piece of heaven in our back pocket: a deer lease in Burnet, a tiny town in the Hill Country of Texas. Every so often, […]

When it Pours, He Reigns!

by Cyndy Gusler

When it Pours, He Reigns! “Blessed are those who listen to Me, watching daily at My doors, waiting at My doorway. For those who find Me, find life and receive grace from the Lord.”   Proverbs 8:34-35  Before the clock could strike 8:00, my emotions were raw with the morning’s chaos! But I wasn’t alone. As if […]

Three people. Three prayers. Which one are you?

by Cyndy Gusler

(March 2010) “I am a woman who is deeply troubled…I am pouring out my soul to the Lord.” Hannah “Answer me, Lord, answer me – so that these people will know that You, Lord, are God, and that You are turning their hearts back again.” Elijah “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow…Father, everything is possible […]

O Holy Night: Perfection or Perspective?

by Cyndy Gusler

(December 2010) “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by renewing your mind… and proving the perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 What appears to be is not always the case, so therefore striving to achieve that “perfect appearance” is not only impossible, but forever elusive and unnecessary. Being a […]

“I Want the Front Row Seats!”

by Cyndy Gusler

(February 2010) “We are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ… if we indeed share in His sufferings…we may also share in His Glory!” Romans 8:17 During a recent family vacation, we purchased plane tickets. Because of some fortunate circumstances, we received two bumped seats to first class. It was decided that I […]

No Empty Plates Allowed

by Cyndy Gusler

(November 2009) We have a rule among the neighbors on our street:  “If you receive a plate of food – don’t send it back empty!” For ten years we have been blessed to live among “family” who know our house codes and our children’s middle names. It is by no accident we all arrived on […]

Surviving the Changing of Seasons

by Cyndy Gusler

( October 2009) “To everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a season (turn, turn, turn,) and a time for every purpose, under Heaven.” (from The Byrds) Everyone has heard this little ditty some time in her life  and has even sung along. But I personally never really enjoyed this song as it slightly bored me – enough […]

Out of the Clutter, Onto the Prize!

by Cyndy Gusler

(September 2009) For two weeks in July, my family and I traveled north and were able to vacation back home, see relatives, and enjoy the cooler Great Lakes’ temperatures. One particularly sweet relative was our precious 1 year old niece, Cali Mae. She was having a delightful time one afternoon, sitting in the center of […]