Cindy K. Sproles is an author and a speaker, whose dream is to do nothing more than craft words that speak from the heart. God's plan seems to be for her to write and teach the craft.  With God’s guidance, Cindy is expanding her horizons. We'll see how He uses her.

Cindy is a mountain gal. Proud of her heritage, she was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains where life is simple, words have a deep southern drawl, and colloquialisms like, "well slap my knee and call me corn pone" seem to take precedence over proper speech. Apple Butter, coal mining, the river, pink sunrises and golden sunsets help you settle into a porch swing and relax. Family, the love of God and strong morals are embedded into her life in the mountains. Teaching writers, spinning fiction tales about life in the mountains, history and down home ideas find their way into all she does. “I love to write devotions, to seek after the deeper side of Christ and to share the lessons He teaches me from life in the hills of East Tennessee. I am a writer. A speaker. A lover of God's Word and friend to all.” This is Cindy Sproles. Welcome home to the mountains.

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In the Midst of Chaos

3/17/2020 10:37:00 AM BY Cindy Sproles

UPDATE: Pathway to full healing…

So, it's been about 2 weeks since I last updated you on this pathway to full healing/cancer free/Vanderbilt. The title keeps getting longer, but isn't that what a path does? Grows longer. Before we know it, it turns into a trail, and then a road and I'm still unsure exactly where it leads. Still it doesn't matter, it's being led by the Maker of all paths.

The update first: Tim is doing very well. He still tires easily but he'd doing great. He now weighs less than me which is disheartening for me but also an incentive. He's eating well and growing stronger by the day. Needless to say, we are grateful.

So when this corona virus hit, of course we were greatly concerned for him because his body is still healing thus placing him in the classification of "at risk". I guess we could have panicked, but we didn't.

Instead we have stood in the face of grace and have done what Paul said, "be content in every circumstance."

I can stand in the midst of this chaos the world faces and find peace and confidence in what I have. I have my husband. God blessed him with healing. I am grateful.

I can sleep in a comfortable bed. Rise to brush my teeth and put on clean clothes.
I can open my refrigerator and fix a meal. In fact, I am so blessed I can cut my meals down to 1 a day if necessary, and even lessen the amount I consume per meal.
I can play with my pets.
Enjoy my family.
I can read and reintroduce myself to the art of oral conversation.
I can open my door and hear the beauty of a bird's song. I can see the emergence of jonquils and in the morning sky I can see the promise of a new day.

Am I inconvenienced? A little. But honestly, is this really so bad? Perhaps time to reconnect is not horrible.

I have stood in the face of losing what I love and yet, God has blessed me. I AM GRATEFUL. I am grateful that in the midst of the news blaring continually at me, the very same information relentlessly, to know that there are thousands who have been stricken and recovered. I am grateful that cancer, though not a bullet we dodged, certainly is thwarted.

Today I think of a song, the amazing Rich Mullins sang…

And that, sweet friends, is why I stand AT ALL. I hope you find peace in this ongoing chaos. And I hope that you turn to the One who holds mankind in his palm. Stand in the promise.