Today’s Feature Writer ~ Cindy Willingham

Thirty-seven years ago I married the most amazing man. I was way too young and he was way too handsome. Our happily ever after has certainly had a few bumps in the road, but it has made us into the couple that we are today. (We now call those heated discussions, growth opportunities. 😉

Life was good. I had married my sweetheart. We had two children, a boy and a girl. We had a nice home, complete with a picket fence. I was a stay-home mommy and life couldn’t be happier…on paper. The truth is there was a void, something that I didn’t have. Being raised in church, I knew that was where I needed to start. I took our children each week and I got involved, thinking I could do enough to make God like me. I didn’t know that God loved me just as I am. He stands at the door of my heart and is the only one who can fill that longing void.

Our children grew up and went to college and I decided to go back to school too, leaving Charles with three in college at the same time. I started at the community college in horticulture and transferred to Mississippi State in landscape architecture. LA’s design the space between the buildings. And I loved it!

By two thousand seven I had jumped through all the hoops of academia and they gave me a degree. It was a big celebration of a journey long lived. Our daughter and son-in-law gave us a grandson that same year. I claimed my grandmother name as Honey and promptly fell in love with the cutest baby boy!

The Willinghams Fall of 2015

I was offered a great job in Birmingham, Alabama. We moved and began finding our way around. Since then, our family has grown beautifully. Our son and his wife added two granddaughters with another scheduled to join us in the spring for a total of four grand babies! They are so much fun!I could end there by saying; The rest is history…or We rode off into the sunset! But it really isn’t the end. I still had that void. We began attending Church of the Highlands, finding that the void really can be filled. We met the Holy Spirit and fell in love with God. Jesus became real in our lives. We joined a small group and got to know people.

We all need community. Our church really isn’t that big if you discover small groups. It makes big church small. Not a Sunday goes by that I don’t get more than a few hugs from women I have connected with through small groups. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Because I allowed God to fill the void that He put in me, I can hardly wait to see what He has for me next. This has been an incredibly beautiful journey!

Blessings my friend. ~ Cindy 













85 thoughts on “Today’s Feature Writer ~ Cindy Willingham

    1. Thank you Mrs. DuBard. God is so good!
      I see your picture occasionally on Facebook and every time I think how much of an impact you had on me as a just one of your high school students. I also think, ‘I wish I had listened in class and learned more!’ Thank you for pouring into me.


  1. I love your story! I also found the missing void in my heart at Church of the Highlands, in finding relationship with God and people there. My closest friends are the ones I have met in small groups. Finding those friends has made my life better. Finding relationship with God and knowing I am deeply loved by Him has made all the broken pieces of my heart whole again. Life change really does happen in small groups.

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  2. I do not need to tell you how proud I am of you and for you. There is not a day goes by that I don’t think of you and your family and know how blessed I am to have been a small part of your story (though you know it or not). May God continue to bless you and yours and know how much I miss seeing you and Charles.

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    1. Of all the people who have impacted me the most…I put your name at the top of the list. I will never forget you teaching me, “Treat people based on the way they treat you, not by what you have heard about them.” I gleaned that and so many other life-lessons from your wisdom. Your sweet husband spoke a few sentences into my life that changed my course forever. I was at a crossroad and he told me, “Do what you would do for free and there’s your career.” I will forever be impacted by the time you invested in my life! I love you friend!


  3. Habe ich bislang auch nicht gemacht, weil mir schlicht nicht bewusst war, dass Litmeaturvrrwaltungsprogramee (ich verwende Endnote und Zotero) daraus Nutzen ziehen können. Auf welche Dokumentenformate beziehst Du Dich dabei? Ich gelobe aber Besserung…

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