My name is Cynthia Crawford. I am a child of God, wife, mother and the creator of Authentic Existence®. To express this way of life and brand has been a divine journey. I am honored to be able to share it with you!
From the time I can remember growing up, I had a strong reliance on myself and my abilities. I was smart, but never really looked at the deeper meaning of things because my talent didn't require me to. I was also confident and insecure at the same time; confident due to my successes and insecure because I was scared to fail or not measure up eventually.
It was in 2005 that I got my first lesson in surrendering to the Lord. I was facing being laid off from my first career employer. It was a long, drawn out process where I knew months in advance that I would be let go, but had to work until a certain date to get my severance package. A dear friend and co-worker gave me a small piece of paper with Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I put it up in my desk area and looked at it daily.
Toward the end of my employment with the company, I heard the word "surrender" four times over a weekend. The Holy Spirit, which I was not intimate with at the time, directed me that everything was going to be okay. So, I let go in the situation and God provided. I was able to secure another job that lined up for me to get my severance package, two weeks time off between the end of my old job and the start of my new job, and I would be making twenty percent more with better benefits. Praise God! The way God worked my employment situation out was my first big step in faith.
My husband and I began attending a wonderful church and learning more about God's promises through reading our bibles regularly. We became more prayerful and leaned less on our own understanding. Over the years, we had built up some spiritual muscle. But as life went on, in 2014, we hit a major situation that threatened our household in a tremendous way. I remember turning off all the lights, dropping down to the floor on my hands and knees and crying out to the Lord. I said and I meant it, "God, whatever we have to lose, I trust you." The Holy Spirit came upon me and this moment completely changed my life. It was a rough road, but God provided and made us better than before. I knew no matter what, I could make it through anything in this life if I trust and believe in God's plan for me.
Through tragedies, disappointments and whatever else may come my way, God has shown me time and time again that everything will be okay. These instances have propelled me to live life to the fullest. He has used me in miraculous situations and others to minister to me. I'm finally able to see the deeper meaning of things because of my reliance on Him. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. These last few years, God has been pruning me to step out on faith and share Authentic Existence® to glorify His name.
The mission of Authentic Existence® is to spread the Word of God through simple, unique products and testimonies to encourage all to boldly reflect the light of the "Son", Jesus Christ, in their own way. The brand encourages being who God created you to be, uniquely you, even at the risk of the judgement of others and to not be invisible in an attempt to hide shortcomings. I call this being a Bold Full Moon™. Every testimony is derived from a test and is worthy to be shared. The vision of Authentic Existence® is to bring this and future generations closer to God through His Son.
My Authentic Existence® has been unleashed by ending my pursuit of perfection and fear of failure. I am dedicated to live my life where my words and actions match my faith, yet am able to forgive myself when I fall short, knowing that each and every day God gives new mercies and grace.
I will continue to surrender to God's Will and live my Authentic Existence®! This is my personal invitation for you to join me.
Sydney Raye is my daughter. She is a very talented illustrator and she will provide one-of-a-kind creations for Authentic Existence®!