"I see my life in chapters,
and in every chapter God was there
preparing me for the next."
Subsequently, God began restoring relationships in my life. As I surrendered my future, He redeemed my past. At a time when I only wanted Jesus, God led me to Mark, a 40-year-old bachelor who was waiting for God's perfect mate. I am the lucky one! God has used Mark to restore me, my daughter, and our trust in men. In our first year of marriage, I recognized my need for deeper friendships and godly girlfriends. God gave me a vision for restoring relationships among women.
I grew up as the youngest of 5 children in a Christian family ravaged by an alcoholic father. Longing to fulfill my dream of the perfect family and escape the stigma of shame, I married my high school sweetheart just before my 19th birthday. God blessed us with a beautiful baby girl 4 years later. After a divorce and second marriage, my seemingly perfect life came to a screeching halt when I became a widow. At a time when I trusted no one, I found solace in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."
I relentlessly questioned the "why's" of my life and was forced to remove the mask of perfection and self-reliance and totally depend upon God. He led me to the campus of Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and called me into ministry. Though I could not imagine how God would choose me, His redemptive plan was to reclaim my identity, mold me into the person He had in mind when He created me, and fulfill His plan for my life. I graduated with a B.S. in Theology, furthered my education at Ashland Theological Seminary and Nazarene Theological Seminary and was ordained as a minister in 2003.
In the midst of planting and pastoring a church, I woke one morning with a consuming grief. My counselor advised me to take a three month sabbatical and "be still." I needed restoration from the inside out, to grieve the losses of my life in order to fully embrace my future. In my incubation and heartache, a new ministry was born. Picking up a brush and dipping it in watercolor was the only way I could soothe my inner child. I never imagined that "Her Cindyness" watercolor and multi-media art would become a source of healing for others. I resigned from the church and God led me to the task of reinventing leadership by further developing Woven Women. It was quite humbling to step down from the pulpit, but it has been a joy to develop and equip women as authentic leaders willing to share their stories for God's glory.
Woven is for every woman on the planet and God is rapidly growing our Woven sisterhood in Africa. Through Woven Women International, Inc., we are reaching the world. Since 1998, God continues to redeem our pasts as we re-story our lives into "a tapestry of love" through Woven.
Cynthia Stiverson has served as adult ministries pastor at Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene, lead pastor of Homer Presbyterian Church, adjunct professor at MVNU, and church planter/pastor of The Shepherd's House Church. As a crisis responder in NYC following the World Trade Center attack, Pastor Cindy trained volunteers to lead displaced people to the Lord and witnessed hundreds of confessions to Christ at The Lambs Manhattan Church of the Nazarene.
She is an international commissioned evangelist and has spoken to multiple denominations.
Cindy is founder of Woven Women Int'l, Inc.
to be her greatest achievement. Nicole and hubby Matthew are blessed with three beautiful boys, giving Cindy her favorite hat to wear...