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Friday, June 27, 2014

Fearful Buddy

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Our sweet and adorable lab, Buddy, is ridiculously scared of seemingly everything. A rain storm, train whistle, and even the weekly garbage trucks are enough to send him into fits of shaking, hiding, or attempts at running away.

I can understand the shaking and hiding, but the running away has always puzzled me. Why would he seek to run away from the safety of our home and out into the open where the scary noises or threatening weather is?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cloudy Waters

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
We have a fish tank which is home to eight goldfish. It is quite relaxing to watch them swim around; however, there are times when we have to care for the fish by cleaning their tank. 

Every once in awhile, the water gets cloudy and and that’s when we know it is time to clean the tank. That means we must drain it, clean it, rinse all the rocks, and refill it. Of course in this process, we have to relocate our fish. We wait to catch them until the water is relatively low; this cuts down on the chase somewhat. The poor little dears dart all over frantically trying to avoid the approaching net. One by one, we scoop them out and gently place them in their temporary holding tank. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Many Hats of Womanhood

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women

by Cyndi Coleman
As a woman, I wear so many hats: wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, co-worker, church member, neighbor, teacher … and just maybe, one or two I am not aware of. I earnestly desire to excel, not just survive, in all of these areas. Of course, that is impossible and comparing myself to others is a one way street to depression and unrealistic expectations of self.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Running the Race

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women

by Cyndi Coleman
Every once in a while I get on a health kick. You too? When I do, I usually employ two things - healthy eating habits and running. I don’t really enjoy running as some do; however, it quickly produces more dramatic results.

Running is hard to do. Pushing myself to my goal of distance is tough; but I must press on because if I do not, nothing will be gained. The fatigue, sweat, burning muscles and thirst are not pleasant; however, they are part of the process. Pain can indicate growth, mile markers on the track lead to finishing well. 


“...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1b)