Study Trip

My name is Cynthia Smith. 

I am 43 yrs old and embarking on a new season in my life. I had a Traumatic Brain Injury in 2003 and at the time they were not sure how well I would recover. I have had other challenges that I have overcome. 

I have received a new lease on life. Normally I would go to my grandparents and my mom to help but they died in 2008 and 2009. May their memory always be a blessing. 

I am asking you if you would help me accomplish my dream. There are many reasons why going to Israel will be life changing and wondrous for me. I never thought I would have the opportunity to travel to Israel and study and learn. It will connect me to my roots and give me an opportunity to study and visit actual excavation sites. Would you help my dream come true?

I am excited to be a part of a unique educational opportunity of a lifetime: a 12-day study seminar in Israel, designed to give participants an in-depth educational, historical, and archaeological experience of the Holy Land from border to border.


They have designed a special itinerary which will allow me to see sites most tourists to Israel never visit—all for the price of $3,450 per person. 

One of the sites is in the side of a mountain and we will walk down one mountain and up the side of the other to get to the excavation site. I am asking for $2,000 to cover the cost of the transportation and lodging etc. I can borrow $1,500 to cover the cost of the class but it would be great if I could have enough to pay down the loan for the class as well. 

I personally believe this may be one of the most exciting trips I have taken. Israel will be buzzing with lots of activities and people from all over the world—even the Pope will be in Israel/Jerusalem during our educational study seminar. I Do not want to miss this opportunity to create lifelong memories as I visit and photograph these historical sites of the Bible. I can borrow student financial aid for the study but I can’t borrow enough to cover the whole trip. Please help me cover the cost of the trip.

If you can’t help financially, would you like it on Facebook and email it and give it attention on social media. The more people who know the more opportunities people have to help.


I want to Thank you for your help. Any money given will be put towards the trip and/or educational expenses regardless of whether I make the goal. I needed to withdraw 60 days before they leave if I wasn’t going, so there is no going back now. 

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Study Trip

This is a short video about my trip..

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March 25, 2014 · 10:50 pm

Sheila has been a real blessing to me. Her latest book came out on the 11th and I  had tried to post to my blog by email previously and it apparently didn’t work. She was there for me when my mom died after the TBI. This book she has written is like having a conversation over coffee. It is an easy read and yet she takes on some really hard topics. 

Women feel the storm activity all around. We find ourselves teetering somewhere between everyday chaos and crisis.

 We can feel a storm brewing, we are in the middle of a storm, or we are facing the aftermath of a storm. But don’t be afraid because it is possible to grow through turbulent times.

 Storms show you what’s really going on inside, reveal what you really believe, and actually make you stronger. In this powerful book Sheila will help you:

  •  Redefine your failures as a new beginning instead of an end.
  • Replace the words always and never in your life with positive declarations of hope.
  • Know with confidence how to help a friend in chaos or crisis.

Out now, The Storm Inside book, study guide and DVD Bible Study


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February 13, 2014 · 11:32 am

Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts. house: Image credit: “love Don’t live here anymore…” – © 2009 Robb North – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic

Proverbs 25:28 reminds us, “A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.” When we place expectations on others, but don’t follow them ourselves we invite dissension to the party.

In this fast paced world we live in today the words of Proverbs are screaming out a warning to us! Let’s heed the call. 

Have a great Saturday !


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January 25, 2014 · 11:01 am

I wanted to share with all my Christian followers something I have found to be really good. I was given a copy of my friend Sheila Walsh’s new book to read before release. It is probably the best thing she has ever written. I think that it is well worth your time and effort. She is also doing some webcasts where she will discuss the book and life situations with some of her friends. It is free so please don’t hesitate to join in the fun!

The upcoming Storm Inside webcasts with Women of Faith is up now for free registration:

Have a great Saturday everyone!!!


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January 25, 2014 · 10:51 am

encouraging words…

Encouraging words…We all need them. Sometimes it is a favorite scripture or a special poem, or just a note from a close friend. For the next several weeks as a new semester starts, I am going to be sharing some things that encourage me. Tonight I was reading in Psalms 121 and thought I would share it with you. Sleep well my friends.


The Lord Guards His People

A song for going up to worship.

121 I look up to the hills,
    but where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let you be defeated.
    He who guards you never sleeps.
4 He who guards Israel
    never rests or sleeps.
5 The Lord guards you.
    The Lord is the shade that protects you from the sun.
6 The sun cannot hurt you during the day,
    and the moon cannot hurt you at night.
7 The Lord will protect you from all dangers;
    he will guard your life.
8 The Lord will guard you as you come and go,
    both now and forever.

New Century Version (NCV)

The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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Accept Yourself

Cynthia's words of faith

Image credit: “safe” – © 2007 Paul Keller – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic

So what would you say about this safe? I saw it and it got me to thinking…  It reminds me that we have no choice in what is done to us, but we do have a choice in how we choose to respond. It is said that with PTSD you recover a lot quicker if you don’t use avoidance to numb your pain. the avoidance only buries the pain. It doesn’t heal it. Only exposing it and dealing with it, can healing begin. It is like a scraped knee. take it and clean it up right away and it will hurt but it will be fine. If you don’t and it was badly scraped, it will get infected and will need more work and hurt more to clean it up after it…

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