Women Helping Other Women

October 3, 2019

I recall going through a period of transition a few years back. Even though I understood what I faced, I didn’t feel comfortable. The world didn’t seem right, and I didn’t know what to do. 

I’m thankful for the older women in my life who helped me navigate those times. They knew how to speak to my heart when nothing else worked. 

The Bible talks about older women teaching the younger ones how to love their husband and children, so praying for a mentor can be a good thing.

My guest this week was Susie Davis, and she has called herself a spiritual momma. She shared topics younger women often struggle with. 


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Welcome October 2019

October 1, 2019

“Father,  I long for your blessing, so keep me delighted with your words. It’s too easy for my focus to shift to the world around me and all its frustrations, but I know my hope lies in you and the eternal blessings you promise. Keep me closer to you and help me meditate on your truths. In the Jesus Name, Amen.”

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the October 2019 Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father.

To download, the October 2019 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.


Recover from Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Abuse

September 27, 2019
Abuse Recovery

Habakkuk’s complains ring true today:

Oh Lord, How long shall I cry for help and you will not hear?…

Why do you make me see iniquity and why do you idly look at wrong?  

Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.

So the law is paralyzed and justice never goes forth.


Many people today suffer at the hands of others, creating pain and sorrow. 

I’m glad we have hope. Today my guest is Paula Mosher Wallace and she will share her story and ministry: Bloom in the Dark. 

God can “restore the years the locusts have eaten” and he has done that for her. 

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Managing Difficult Emotions

September 20, 2019

Recently a dear friend suffered a severe heart attack and died. Sadness overwhelmed us The suddenness caught us by surprise because our friend was so strong and healthy. He had a vital role to play in our church and in missions. In my grief, I remember accusing God of making a mistake. 

From my earthly perspective, God needed to plan better since this man who died did helped so many people. 

Emotions don’t always reflect truth when you are hurting.

My guest today is Sarah Forgrave suffered a long illness and shares how she managed tough emotions to find hope and healing.

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Wisdom from Proverbs on Relationships, Parenting and Money

September 16, 2019

Once I married, I realized the complexity of relationships. I thought I understood my husband’s facial expressions, and I expected him to read my body language. He didn’t. In fact, I learned his perspective often differed from mine. 

Babies are challenging too. They start off sweet and cuddly, but someday they’ll grow up enough to say, “No!” 

How should you discipline them? Should you spank? That’s a big controversy today.

Have you ever been misunderstood or betrayed by a friend? What should you do about that?

The book of Proverbs addresses all these issues. Kathy Collard Miller is my guest today, and she shares on these topics from her recent Bible study. 



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Tweens and Teens

How to Manage Your Tweens and Teens

September 16, 2019
Tweens and Teens

I once heard a joke on the James Dobson show. The guest said that when a child turns 12 you lock him/her in a barrel with a small opening, and when he/she turns 13, you stop up the hole. That expresses the frustration we parents feel while trying to navigate those sensitive years.

I was a difficult teen at times too. When my mother got me a ride to school, I took issue with the family I didn’t know and refused to talk. Mother told me they wondered if I hated them, and that wasn’t far from the truth. It’s embarrassing to think how rudely I acted.

My guest is Letitia Suk and she has written 100 Need to Know Tips for Moms of Teens and Tweens.

She’s offering tips on managing our almost-grown-up kids. 

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Welcome September 2019

September 1, 2019

Dear Father, I want my heart to stay aligned with yours, so I’ll have the wisdom and strength to live like Jesus did. Remind me to stay in the Word and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the September 2019 Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father.

The Art of Living is #OthersCentered Calendar-sept 2019-Cynthia L. Simmons

To download, the September 2019 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

Surviving Cancer

Surviving Cancer and Chemotherapy

August 30, 2019
Surviving Cancer

When you hear the word cancer, you tremble. Recently, the doctor found I had enlarged lymph nodes. I understood he was trying to rule out cancer, but I felt creepy when my scan took place in the hospital cancer center.

I’m a retired RN, so I know what can happen.

Have you ever noticed people whisper when they talk about death? I heard a pastor from England remind the congregation that death is serious. At the least, facing death makes you evaluate your life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m confident in my faith, but I’m not anxious to be sick. The ups and downs of chemotherapy weigh on the family as well as the patient.

I’m thankful my tests came back normal.

Today my guest is Joanie Shawhan, and she shares how she lived through cancer and chemotherapy. Her book is called Dancing with Cancer.

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Experiencing God's Love

Experiencing God’s Love in a Broken World

August 23, 2019
Experiencing God's Love

My bedroom sat at the opposite end of the house from my parents, which enhanced that feeling of loneliness you have after a nightmare. Once I had a terrible dream, and I rushed down that long hallway to my father only to hear him tell me to trust in God. At that moment, I wanted someone I could see and feel. 

We all sense the ache and tragedy in our world, so how can we sense the love of God. Deb and Roy Haggerty share from their recent book which draws from a lifetime of learning about God’s mercy and love.

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Launch Your Children

How to Launch Your Children into Adulthood

August 16, 2019
Launch Your Children

Years ago, while teaching my kids at home, we watched at the window while two birds landed on our bird feeder. One bird, (I assumed it was the mother bird) grabbed a beakful of seeds and stuffed them down the other bird. I was shocked. The ‘baby’ bird appeared full grown to me, especially since he flew to the feeder himself. After mom gave him several servings, both birds flew away. 

What a terrific image for moms. As your children near their teens, you start equipping them to leave the nest and survive on their own.

Counselor Brenda L. Yoder shares ways we can help our kids (and ourselves) through that tough transition.

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