This article is a bit different than what you’d usually find on our Activ8Her website. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Cindy’s Change: Spare Change to Bring Change. We can’t think of a better way to do this than by introducing you to our friend, Cindy, the inspiration for Activ8Her to help activate and empower single moms.
On December 20th of 2018, Chrissy and I said goodbye to our treasured friend, Cindy Shipley Blaske. Her passing came as a surprise to us. We had been asking God to spare her life and allow her to remain with her family – with us. We were hoping God would show off a bit and work a miracle. While we trust that God knows what He’s doing, and believe He works everything together for good, it was painful to have her leave.
This article is dedicated to our friend, and the dreams of three girlfriends who chased after God together for the past 15 years. We will always treasure digging into the Word of God together. We sought out God’s plans and purposes, for each other individually, as well as for one another.
During one of my last visits with Cindy she made me promise I would not say she "lost her battle with cancer." She said it made it sound like she gave up. I gave her my word I wouldn’t say it, because I didn’t believe she ever gave up. She was a fighter. To prove it we decided we’d write a little about her and tell you just what a fighter she was.
Cindy was a strong, faithful woman of God who fought for everything she had. As a single mom, we watched her fight hard for her twins. During every age of testing Cindy stood, ready to go to war when destruction came close to her children. She was always ready to seek wise counsel, and insight into how to handle various matters with her children. She was humble and never pretended to have the answer. She never allowed pride to convince her there was no need to listen to the counsel of others. She also never allowed fear to keep her from doing the hard work of discipline and following through.
She fought financially. Cindy was the most frugal person we knew, and one of the easiest to please. Her heart was to make certain her kids had everything they needed - even if it meant she would go without. She often worked more than one job to support her family. This included her ability to sacrifice if it meant she could help another single mom in a tough situation.
Cindy fought for her faith. Even during times of wandering in the wilderness, Cindy always fought to come back to the streams of refreshing. She loved Jesus. Our times together at Bible Study are memories we will cherish. Our chats were full of conversation over the Word, and the life that could be found within the pages of Scripture. As moms, there were conversations during every stage of parenting: tweens, teens, dating, marriages, and then the joys of grandparenting. The highs and lows of each, mingled with personal growth and setbacks, challenges and victories, heartbreak and heart-filled joy, we always came away refreshed.
Cindy did some of her best fighting in prayer. She fought for her friends in prayer. We would never be able to count the prayers we asked her to pray on our behalf. We knew she would do more than just say, “I’ll pray for you.” We knew she’d be faithful to follow through. She was an intercessor, for sure.
Cindy was rare in that, as a single mom, she refused to consider the thought of finding a husband until she'd raised her kids. She never wanted to be torn between her children and a husband. Her desire was to give her best to her children until she dropped them from the nest. Then, and only then, would she be ready for the Lord to bring her a husband. She waited a long time for him. Through tears of loneliness and temptation, we prayed together for the man God trusted with her heart. Cindy was radiant with joy when the day came for her marry this man.
So, when she asked me not to say, "She lost her battle with cancer," I promised her I would say, "She had victory over death because she knew Jesus.” A few days before she left this earth she looked at me and said, "We're going to save the world, Kolleen. You and I" Yes, my friend, we're going to save the world.
The saving begins today; perhaps it includes you. First, if you don't know Jesus, you're missing out. Our friend Cindy fought cancer, and won because Jesus was Lord of her life. She lived her life for His glory. Right now, we are confident that she is with Jesus. We know she heard the words, “well done” when she arrived.
Next, Cindy’s desire was to serve with Chrissy and I within the Activ8Her Ministry. She talked often on the role God might have her serve. Her passing reminds us that our thoughts are not God’s, and sometimes He allows plans to take a different turn. Yet, here’s what we know: Cindy’s heart for reaching the single moms didn’t leave when she did —she’s passed it on to us. It is with great honor, and love for our friend, that we will begin Cindy’s Change: Spare Change to Bring Change.
While we don’t have every detail of the ministry formed—yet—one dream is a diaper bus. We’d be thrilled to drive into communities to meet the needs of the single mom in her time of need.
Today we open the door to giving, on behalf of Cindy, to Cindy’s Change: Spare Change to Bring Change. If you would like to donate through a tax-deductible one-time, or monthly gift, towards Cindy’s Change – please let us know by choosing In Memory of Cindy. You can designate your donation for Cindy’s Change: Spare Change to Bring Change here. Thank you.