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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Encouraged - Even When . . .

1/2/2018 12:00:00 PM BY Cindy Sproles

2017 was rough. To say I struggled, would be an understatement. In a short recap, MRIs, CT scans, endocrinologists, neurologist, two brain surgeries to repair worn bones in my ears. Topping it off with a 25% hearing loss in each ear. Rough? Uhh huh.

Still, I managed to pull myself to my feet and continue. The result: Not one, but two, traditionally published fiction books releasing within a month of one another. It’s surreal, but it wasn’t always that way.

My issues are no worse than anyone else’s. We all hit snags in life that require us to either buck up or slide to a screeching halt. What’s important is, we realize it is a choice. We can choose to make the best of a rough time or we can crawl into the fetal position and hide.

Writing wasn’t easy this past year. I contributed monthly to four major blogs and completed a novel and its edits. There were times, I literally hated to turn on the computer. Folks patted me on the back and said how impressed they are with my accomplishments. If they only knew. There were times I sobbed, but the difference in me and others was simple. I chose to move through the hardship, meeting every deadline and never missing a submission.

At times it seems encouragement dodges us at all costs. Life throws obstacles at us. Things as huge as major surgery or as small as a negative comment can derail us. The key is not sitting around waiting for encouragement to come, rather pushing through and finding our encouragement in simply moving ahead.

It’s tough when you work hard to pound out a piece and upon completion, rejections come. Our self-esteem is a bit wounded, pride a bit snuffed, and encouragement elusive. Still there is growth here. 

Learning the craft of writing is important. More important still, is finding the wherewithal within ourselves to move ahead. When we allow ourselves to wallow in the mud muddles, the detriment it does becomes devastating – crippling. 

Follow these four simple steps to keeping your writing on track during hardship:

  • Pray – Go to your knees for the encouragement that comes from your Father in heaven. Don’t wait for a family member or a friend to see you struggle, instead, take your stalled heart to the feet of Jesus. Simply calling out, sharing the pain to Him, is a release.
  • Make a daily list of tasks and stick to it – When you’re flailing, make a list of must dos. Set a time frame for the completion of the task and when it is done, mark it off the list. There is great satisfaction in seeing the completion of a task.
  • Delegate unnecessary tasks – Our paper plate can only hold so much weight before it buckles. Look at the tasks you perform daily and learn to delegate the overage of work. This removes some of the stress. Delegate to individuals you trust, then release the grip. Things will get done. Wiser words were never spoken when it was said, “We are not the be all or end all of everything.” Once we get our head around that, things are easier.
  • Reward yourself for the accomplishment – This may seem elementary or trivial, but a small reward for a job well done is wonderful. Whether it’s allowing yourself and extra 10 minutes to sleep or a glass of your special tea – positive reinforcement goes a long way. Learning healthy and encouraging self-talk is a good step. Taking these four baby steps will help.

Start to find your encouragement from within and begin to stretch past the hardships. When life knocks you down, crawl for a day, but then stand and step. It won’t be long before you’re hitting your stride again.

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