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The following is an article from our latest newsletter. I just thought I’d share my thoughts with you.

The Question That C*hanged My Life*  

Have you ever considered how a question can have the power to change your life?  Chances are you know someone whose life was changed by this one: Will you marry me? Or, what about: What will you name him/her? Or, pity the man who has been asked this one: Does this dress make me look fat?

In my early days working in Family Life Services I encountered a question that changed my life. I had been serving for a few months as a Board Member and volunteer, and I began to feel the stirrings of a divine discontent.  You know, that kind of gnawing, nagging sense that something isn't right, some injustice or issue someone should do something about.  We were offering young women in life crisis some much needed services with diapers, formula, and advice, but lives were not changing.  They were stuck in a cycle that would be perpetuated in the lives of their children.  "Someone should do something to help them", were my thoughts.

Very soon after the emerging of my divine discontent, I attended a conference where one of the Keynote speakers posed this question:

If you had all of the resources available to you, and you knew you could not fail, what would you attempt for God?

My heart began to beat a little faster.  I was so rapt in thought, that I never heard what the speaker said next!  I knew exactly what I would do!

I'd start a home where women, like the ones I served at Family Life Services, could live.  They would be surrounded by unconditional love in a Christian environment.  They would be taught the skills they needed to be successful in life. The thought of the possibility nearly took my breath away!

In April of 2008 Family Life Services opened that very dream, Shiloh Home of Hope for Women.  But as you may realize by now, it wasn't the power of the question that created this ministry.  The power is in the answer.  Through much prayer I realized that all of the resources were indeed available.  I understood that as long as I was obedient, I would not fail. And I knew that when God gives a vision He will also give the provision.  

God did want someone to do something about the divine discontent that He had given me.  He wanted me to answer that call.  Through much prayer, listening, and the help of many, I am doing just that.

The founder of World Vision, Bob Pierce, is known to have said "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God."  If you do not already have a divine discontent, ask God to give you one.
And then ask yourself "What will I attempt for God?"

The power is in your answer.

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      Denise Richardson wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • AWWWWWWWWWWWWWsome posting it really gave me something to think about even though I have a relationship with God it makes one think about changes in their lives and what can they do to make better changes in it as well as in anothers life.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • Wow, Cindy! That was powerful. At first I was chuckling thinking about the time I trapped Clay with similar question regarding coloring my hair.
      And as I read a cold chill ran over me. The founder of our Life Enhancement Company (deemed by his wife a Joseph Company from inception) said these EXACT same words last night “when God gives a vision He will also give the provision” Our vision is to bring health and healing to the nations - big vision! But God is doing that through www.Mannarelief.org And last night Sam took it further and explained the plan that has been developed (divinely I think) to offer financial provision to those whom He leads with a vision. I am very excited about some of the possibilities.
      Another adage that I have heard is “Attempt something so great that it is doomed to failure unless God is in it.” That way he can show His power, right? I know you feel like Shiloh is your ‘child‘. I know it must make your heart swell with gratitude to be privileged to the be the vessel God used to birth such a wonderful mission!



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • Yes, Neicy! That’s the heart of the matter!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • Cindy that is just beautiful. I’ve been all through your site and must say it’s filled with love, inspiration, hope, caring; all of it. It’s also filled with strength. There’s the feeling of “failure never has been or never will be an option here.” I just know that Shiloh Home of Hope will continue to grow.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • Oh, DeeDee and Cynthia, your words truly warm my heart and encourage me! Yes, indeed I am filled with gratitude to even get to participate in such a ministry!  

      I truly believe that same thing, DeeDee, that we need to have a God sized vision, so we know without a doubt that the success is up to Him!

      I love the concept of the ministry you are talking about. I will have to check in to it! It’s something really needed right now!



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • Tori, your humble, heartfelt thank you brings tears to my eyes! If I can help inspire one person to find the “yes” it’s all worth it!



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      Coachmombabe wrote May 23, 2009
    • Thanks, Cindy. It seems I’m always in “learning transition” myself! Maybe that’s what it is to be seeking the Kingdom. It’s dynamic, not static.

      Thanks for your kind words!



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