Live Full Walk Free Bible Study – a word from the Author & a giveaway!

I am so excited to introduce you to Cindy Bultema, a sweet friend and Bible teacher that I have grown to love over the years. I’m still not even sure how our paths first crossed but it had to do with Shamrock Shakes from McDonalds. I’ve read all of Cindy’s Bible Studies and I love her because she’s so very much like you and me and has an ability to teach God’s word and connect with women of all ages and seasons of life. Even hard seasons that include rock bottom. Not everyone is willing to talk about their “rock bottom” with the grace and balance that Cindy does. This is why I keep coming back to her studies. Her blog. Her resources. In fact I’ve just started her brand new study Live Full Walk Free! More on that later. First I want you to get a glimpse of Cindy’s heart by hearing her words in this post. 

Meet Cindy:

High school was not kind to me.

Although there are a few fun memories – cheering for the freshmen basketball team, attending a zany psychology class, passing drivers training – I’m glad I never have to return to those four agonizing years again. Ever.

Mostly my adolescent days were filled with intense loneliness, rejection, and a bottomless longing for acceptance and love.

I’ll never forget the day I thought I finally was on my way to high school recognition. A fellow classmate shared she saw something written about me in the girls’ bathroom. Really? Me?!

I ran to the south side of the building as quickly as my clog-wearing feet would take me. I couldn’t wait to examine what someone had taken the time to reveal publicly about me!

I pulled open the heavy wooden door and scanned the chipped bathroom stall’s exterior. Then I spotted the six words that would shape my life for the next two decades…

“Cindy is a fat red cow.”

And on that dreadful day those six words attached to me like a sticky, descriptive name tag.

As the years went on, I may have appeared happy and self-confident. But beneath the cheery smile and bubbly personality, remained an injured and insecure young woman meticulously attempting to cover up the pain, and striving to protect herself from ever being hurt or teased…again.

I wonder if you can relate, sweet friend? What labels have attached to you over the years?

  • Not good enough
  • Stupid
  • Ugly
  • Fat
  • Not wanted.

Thankfully my story has a joyful ending. In 1996, in the midst of a drug and alcohol addiction, I was introduced to Jesus, and surrendered my life to Him. As I began to study the Bible, I quickly discovered God says I am….

  • Accepted (Romans 15:7).
  • Beautiful (Ephesians 1:3).
  • Chosen (1 Peter 2:9).
  • Dearly Loved (1 John 3:1).
  • Enough (2 Corinthians 12:9).
  • Forgiven (1 John 1:9).

My dear sister, you are too!

In Christ, we have been given new, Truth-filled, life-giving labels to wear. We all have.

Regardless of where we have been. Regardless of what we have done.

And in Christ, not only are the old labels erased, they have been replaced with power-filled words of Truth. Only God can do that!

What label are you wearing today? Did you put on “loved,” “significant,” “courageous” – or are your old labels trying to impact your new days?

May we say “no more” to not-nice nametags, lying labels, and sassy self-talk. Instead, may God infuse us with a fresh faith to “put on” Truth each day. His Words are always a perfect fit!

Be reminded of God’s power-filled words of truth with these free A-Z Scripture Cards available for download at http://www.cindybultema.com/live-full-walk-free/.

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With nearly 20 years of ministry experience, Cindy is a popular women’s speaker, author, and Bible teacher. But don’t let her cheerful smile fool you—Cindy has endured single parenting, overcome bondage to addiction, and survived tragic loss.

Cindy’s latest Bible study, Live Full Walk Free: Set Apart in a Sin-Soaked World http://www.cindybultema.com/live-full-walk-free/ was released in December 2016. Cindy lives in Michigan with her husband and their four kids. Most days you can find Cindy walking her beagle Rocky, attending one of her boys’ hockey games, or serving hot lunch at her kids’ school. Visit Cindy at www.cindybultema.com.

You guys – the Bible Study is really really good and the A-Z Scripture Cards are Awesome. Do you even know how many packs I’ve given away to people? Even danger stranger giveaways. I’m serious. Get you some! 

Cindy is donating a copy of Live Full Walk Free and a pack of A-Z Scripture Cards to a reader today. Just leave a comment on my blog and I’ll have the kids draw a name out of the hat. Umm yes, I did say drawing out of a hat. Sometimes I defy the high tech way of doing things and go old school. Actually I just don’t know how to do it. Ha! Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you in the case YOU are the winner. 

 

Comments

  1. Maria Verdi says:

    I definitely could relate to the labels Cindy mentioned. Sadly, I feel quite certain many of us are running this race wearing labels we were never meant to wear. Those labels are lies the enemy wants us to believe. They are so destructive and can leave us feeling so inadequate and empty. Thank you, Cindy, for sharing a piece of your journey and reminding us that God is the only One who can replace those labels (the enemy’s lies) with His Truth. As His daughters, we are chosen, loved, precious, and safe – always and forever.

    • So true Maria. Cindy really helped me see this in another one of her studies called Red Hot Faith. She gives a really powerful visual of the labels we wear but how God sees us as righteous. When we get this piece understood of how God sees us and the other piece of WHO God is we really do have such a freedom.

  2. I love Cindy. She is such an encourager to me.

  3. live full WALK FREE! YES I LOVE IT!

  4. Thank you for giving us all this opportunity to win a amazing Bible study.

  5. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to do this study.

  6. Sylvia asnip says:

    I look forward to hearing more about Cindy and Live Full Walk Free. I am so thankful to God for reaching down into the ugliness of our lives to bring healing and restoration!

  7. Oh Melody, how I thank God our paths crossed so many years ago over shamrock shakes. Ha! But even more than our love for family fun, I will never forget our time of prayer together in North Carolina. Shakes may have brought us together, but our Savior makes us sisters. Yay!

    Thanks so much for sharing Live Full Walk Free on your blog. I am super grateful!

    And now I hope you will write a post telling us more about the danger stranger giveaways. Pretty please?

    Love you much, friend! xoxo

    • Ha! It was supposed to read “stranger danger” but apparently I got it mixed up – but basically it was just a dramatic way of saying I give scripture cards to total strangers sometimes. The most recent was a lady in the parking lot of Dollar Tree. We prayed together and I gave her a scripture card. That was it. Today I was at the nursing home with Sophie and her friend. Her friend looked at me and said, “Wow, you talk to everyone – even if you don’t know them.” Hahaha!!!! Sounds like I might be a little “needy” but I’d rather call it friendly. I’m still not sure which it is. LOL! And Cindy – I’m glad God crossed our paths too. I remember our special time of prayer as well – such a gift.

  8. Julie Lemons says:

    Love Cindy, her authenticity and her courageous ability to share her life’s experiences with others so that we may walk a fuller life with God!

  9. Thanks for sharing! I would love to do your study & to live full & free.

  10. Lisa Howard Colpo says:

    Thankful for the way she expresses herself and the opportunity to win her book

  11. Kristi Stoutjesdyk says:

    Cindy is such a blessing and I’m so thankful for her courage to share her stories! I would love to win her study and encouragement cards 🙂

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