Live With Eternal Perspective Podcast Episode 098 How Big Is Your God - Interview with Cindy Newland
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Episode #098 – How Big is Your God - Interview with Cindy Newland
Thank you for entrusting and investing your precious time with me to grow in Jesus together. I am blessed to be back with you to discuss more ways to live with eternal perspective.
Because of the internet, I have met many women I consider friends. Our greatest ties are adoption, usually from China. Would be friends if we met in person? I believe so. The bonds woven through shared and understood adoption stories, the gift of truly understanding the gospel in a deeper and more intimate way through the grace of adoption, and the high and low emotional journeys through crafting new lives and families together, plus the triumphs and tragedies of love, loss, and medical miracles raise your friendship to levels untouched in day to day life. We love one another’s children, pray for them, and cheer them on through personal struggles and precious moments shared on the web. I feel like I have met most of them in person. We share an unspoken understanding, a trust, and a hope that we are not alone. Not in this world and certainly not in eternity when we or our children pass on. Our ties are fierce; we weep and grieve when hardship hits another.
I don’t remember when I first met Cindy. It honestly feels like I’ve known her from the beginning of our adoption journey back in 2005. In reality, it was probably after our second adoption that we became acquainted. We share a respect and appreciation for each other that is rooted in relationship with Christ and in the way Jesus linked us through our love for our children who happened to be born in another country, as well as those still waiting.
I invite you to listen today as Cindy shares a theme threaded throughout her life and proves to us just how big her God is and weaves a verbal tapestry of what He has done in her life.
Does listening to Cindy’s story make you appreciate how big God is?
Does it remind you to appreciate Him more as you think about what He has done in your life, too?
Does it make you think about what can you do for Him?
Stepping forward in obedience when we hear God’s call is one of the greatest ways to show our love for Him.
What is He calling you to do?
What changes might He want in your life?
How big is your God?
He is the Great I Am, the Beginning and the End, our Provider and Protector, our Comforter.
You may not be called to adopt, but what about helping fund the adoption of another family? What about praying consistently for someone in the process?
Maybe God is moving your life in an entirely different direction.
What will you do when you feel and hear Him call? How will you answer the Creator of the Universe when He whispers your name and taps your heart?
Father God, You alone are good. You are holy. You are sovereign. You are the Beginning and the End. You create each of us with a purpose. You mean good for our lives and Your glory. You don’t need us, but delight in relationship with us. Thank you for Your all-encompassing eternal love and compassion for us. Thank you for choosing us, for creating us with a purpose that fills our spirit will joy and gladness, even through pain when we trust in You and continue pursuing fellowship with, and obedience to You. You warned us we would have trouble. You told us we would be persecuted, but You also promised to carry us through it all. Remind us to keep looking Up to You. Deepen our faith, our hope, our trust in You. May we please You when You look inside our hearts, when You watch the actions we make, hear the words we say, and know the attitude with which we live. In the precious name of Your Holy Son we pray. Amen.
Cindy Newland is known as Cindy Champnella, and is the author of two books, “The Waiting Child: How the Faith and Love of One Orphan Saved the Life of Another” and “The Twelve Gifts of Life: Finding Extraordinary Meaning in Ordinary Moments.” She is an acclaimed speaker who has presented to numerous civic, community, and religious groups all over the United States. Cindy has appeared on several TV programs including NBC's "The John Walsh Show," dozens of nationally syndicated radio programs including "The Mitch Albom Show" and "The Al Kresta Show" and the internationally syndicated "Voice of America." She has published features in numerous publications, including Ladies Home Journal and Women's Weekly. Cindy is a feature writer for Adoption Today and a former guest columnist for The Detroit News. She is a keynote speaker at conferences and forums, including an appearance at Duke University.
Cindy is married and has 5 daughters. She also has a B.A. from Albion College, a M.A. in business, a M.A. in psychology from Central Michigan University, and a PhD. in psychology. All proceeds from her first book were designated for the charity, Half the Sky Foundation. You can find her books at Amazon.com.
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