#114 – Showing up in your Relationship with God – Chrissy Cymbala Toledo

#114 – Showing up in your Relationship with God – Chrissy Cymbala Toledo

Today I’m talking with author of Girl in the Song, Chrissy Cymbala Toledo. 

Chrissy, daughter of Jim and Carol Cymbala of Brooklyn Tabneracle, talks with me today about what it means to cultivate a relationship with God. Chrissy is happily married and the mother of three. She ministers alongside her husband at the Chicago Tabernacle. Chrissy serves as the church’s music and women’s ministry director and is passionate about leading girls of all ages into freedom.

As a teenager, Chrissy became controlled by the lies around her and turned away from the Lord. She acknowledges that, despite her shortcomings, God has been faithful to her in giving her far beyond what she deserves. He has also given her a story, a story that has helped and continues to help girls of all ages walk in freedom. Her message is for girls to see their value in Christ and experience that freedom that has been gifted to her.


In our chat, Chrissy shares what it means to connect with God and what to do when you need a fresh touch from God. She shares what she has been doing just recently in this season of her life to cultivate her relationship with God and how she structures her quiet time.

Chrissy is convinced that when you understand the length that Christ would go for you, you won’t dismiss your value. We are His masterpiece, and if you need a reminder of that Chrissy will give it to you. Take a moment to listen to today’s podcast.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Hearing from and talking to God
  • Overcoming moments of weakness
  • Refreshing your vision

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  • Do you struggle with believing you are who God says you are?
  • What does your daily quiet time look like?

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  1. Candice May 30, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for stopping at Mc Donald’s and sharing Chrissy with us. I was introduced to Christ as a child through my maternal great grandmother and grandparents but I wasn’t raised in a Christ centered home. My father became addicted to drugs, left and was in and out of jail for most of my almost 37 years of life. I was really close to him and his leaving hurt me deeply. It left me vulnerable to many lies of the enemy that I am really just now breaking free from. I became passionate about my walk with God in 2007 after my then husband decided to drop out of our marriage. But my walk has been far from pretty because I was truly like an infant trying to teach herself to walk and the lies I believed were deep so it has been a fight. I am one of those natural morning people so I love spending mornings with God. My walk began with a structured book bible study(Experiencing God) so usually God leads me to one or a book and it ignites conversation. I’ve done and facilitated several by Beth Moore and your sister. In fact my last one was Armor of God. Just finished up Kingdom Woman and now I’m waiting on Entrusted by Beth Moore and of course She’s Still There. Thanks again, God bless

    • Chrystal Hurst May 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      So proud of you for continuing to grow despite the difficult seasons of your life!!!

  2. Calvonia Radford May 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast. I have an intimate relationship with the Lord, however, this podcast has given me some great tools to tighten it up. Thanks so much!

    • Calvonia Radford May 30, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      I’m sorry I was supposed to share my time with God. I spend my morning in simple devotion. Whatever Christian book I am reading or book study I’m currently in. I stop when I feel God has spoken. I treasure this time because it jumpstarts my day and I am usually enlightened in some way.

      • Chrystal Hurst May 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply

        That’s good. Love that you stop to listen!

    • Chrystal Hurst May 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply


  3. lorine clark May 30, 2017 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I was searching for ways to spend time with God and studying his word. Your podcast really helped me. Thank Crystall and Crissy so much.

    • Chrystal Hurst May 30, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      So glad this podcast was helpful to you!

  4. Tabatha May 30, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Crystal I just have to respond to this pod cast!!! Tonight I’m starting a home bible study for young girls. The message I feel God wanting me to teach is about being disciplined and having a quite time with the Lord. I struggled this afternoon about if this is truly what God would have me teach and I prayed this morning for confirmation. Getting ready I decided to listen to your podcast and WOW!! 😳 Your conversation with Chrissy went right a long with my notes for tonight! Just standing in amazement! Thank you so very much for following the Lord. He delayed you yesterday bc I wouldn’t have been able to listen yesterday! Thank you for stopping at McDonald’s and posting this. 🙌🙌

  5. Melissa May 31, 2017 at 3:04 am - Reply

    Your podcast has been a blessing in my life! I listen to it daily since I just found you at the homeschool convention in Arlington. I didn’t grow up in the church and only went casually until I met my husband as a teenager. You are one of the few people that I can listen to where I feel as though I’m learning the Bible and how to walk in His word practically. You often ask questions that I’m thinking about which is funny to me as I’m listening sometimes.

    Anyways, thank you for sharing and please don’t stop! Also, I would love to be a part of your rescue team!!

    • Chrystal Hurst May 31, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      So glad you “met” me in Arlington. And I’m so glad that when you listen you are helped in a practical ways! Sign up for the rescue team opens up tomorrow! Make sure you are signed up for my email list: chrystalevanshurst.com/welcome

  6. Nia May 31, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Yes, I struggle to believe I am who God says that I am. I come from a background that involved neglect. So in my experience, it wasn’t someone telling me that I am not good enough, or I’ll never be anything. Instead, it was the lack of affirmation, validation and approval. God is taking me on this journey and tearing up the lies from the root source! I was APPROVED, ACCEPTED, CHOSEN, LOVED by God before my conception- before I was formed in my mother’s womb. Before any other event took place in my life. Before I took my first breath. I am starting to understand this truth more now than ever! For me, it’s putting into practice the “God self- talk.” What does God say about this? What are God’s thoughts toward me? Etc. etc.

    My daily time with God for me is on my lunch break at work. I can have the computer going, pull up the Bible, read articles, listen to music…uninterrupted! However, like you, I understand the benefits of seeking God early, before the day even begins. That is where I would like to be! Sometimes I struggle with the idea that God is not going to show up for me. But I keep reminding myself that He has over and over again and He will! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Some days I lose this battle…but I am not going to give up! 🙂

  7. Jamie Stapleton May 31, 2017 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    I loved today’s podcast. I have walked a line between my Christian beliefs and believing lies and have found myself in dangerous territory with visible reminders of my decisions. God has been so gracious to me but I still find my mind reverting more often than not to who I was, and to thoughts that keep me from being fully who God created me to be. I love how reference was given today to just camp out in Ephesians 2 and I plan on doing just that! I know that God has things He wants me to accomplish in this life and I am tired of allowing the enemy to waste my time. 🙂 Right now my quiet time is sort of quick spurts throughout the day and an occasional lunch hour. Am on a definite pursuit to be more intentional and show up out of love and desire for Him rather than a duty to just fit something in.

    • Chrystal Hurst May 31, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      So glad you were encouraged in listening!

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