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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri



I've struggled with whether or not to write this post.  I've struggled with when to write this post because I've so many thoughts running through my mind.  Lately, Mike and I have been dealing with a difficult situation that really started almost 2 years ago.  It is a very personal matter that only a couple of people are aware of.  But, the point of my post is to write down what I believe the Lord has shown me through these times.  I am generally a very private person when it comes to my fears and concerns and my faith.  But, I do believe that God spoke to me about certain matters of my heart.

You see, I've been doubting God can ever take care of the "situation" (as I'll call it).  I've replayed various events over the last couple of years in my life.  I've even thought about how the things I did decades ago could have resulted in our current situation.  What if I did not do this?  What if we never moved here?  What if we never had children?  What if we never adopted?  What if we never married?  All these questions and more ran through my mind on a daily basis.  I was/am trying to find a cause for our current situation.  I wanted to blame it on someone or something.

God so lovingly brought to my mind a lady.  She's a lady many of us have heard about or even read about.  We do not know much about this particular lady, but we all do know one thing about her...She...Looked... Back.  The lady was specifically told in Genesis 19:17 "Do not look behind you...."  But, in verse 26 it says, "But his (Lot's) wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt."

Ouch!  When I looked up the word "looked", it meant "look intently at; to regard with pleasure, favor or care".  Was I doing that?  Yes, I was regarding my life of years ago, before the situation, with pleasure!  Oh, I wanted to be out of this situation.  I wanted to go back to the carefree days. But, I was wrong, so wrong.

Then, God showed me a blog post from another adoptive mom and it convicted my heart.  I'm quoting her last paragraph with permission since it applied to my heart also, but she put it so well!  "I was given a beautiful reminder the other day when a visiting pastor spoke on Matthew 11:28-30.  He first recounted to us how Jesus, as a carpenter, would have had the distinct job of fashioning farming implements, including yokes.  He told us how each yoke would be fashioned to be a perfect fit for the oxen that it was designed for.  If used properly this yoke would then make the work easier and the oxen would more effectively accomplish the task that was required of it.  If the oxen chose to fight against the yoke, regardless of its perfect design, it would cause chafing and discomfort.  What a beautiful picture of the perfect design of our own life experiences.  If we would allow them to work in the way they are intended, rather than struggling against them, the Lord can work more effectively in and through us to accomplish his purposes for our lives.  I needed this reminder last week as I struggled with guilt and condemnation at my own shortcomings.  I needed to be reminded that the Lord is not surprised at any of the ugliness that remains deeply rooted in my own character, but rather that He has fashioned this current situation to help bring forth the fruit or Godly character that He desires to see there in its stead.  How I pray that I would learn to fully cooperate with Him, allowing Him to change me into the wife, mother, and friend that He wants me to be."
Wow!  Every time I read that quote, I seem to understand it more fully.  So, I'm trying...very hard...with God's not look back....and allow use and work this situation accomplish His purpose.

5 kind words:

Serving the King

Gracious friend I so hear you on this. As they say, the view from the mountaintop is beautiful....but all the growth is in the valley. And in those valley moments and times my prayer is to serve Him there with everything that is in, so much more difficult than serving on the mountaintop it seems. Praying for you right now....well, right before this....can't pray AND type...I'm not THAT good a multitasker. ;) Hang on for the blessing! It's coming because HE said so!! Keep your eyes on HIM!


Cheri - I don't really and very obviously know what you're dealing with, but I know our Lord is faithful, loving, grace-giving and will use whatever has taken place in your life to bring Himself glory when you allow Him to and will in turn, use it in your life to minister to someone else. HUGS my friend! :)

The Kings

HI Cheri,
I have only just had the opportunity to 'meet' you but I am glad to now have this opportunity to lift you in prayer. These times of struggle can be so hard! I am reading a book right now by Kay Arthur, 'As Silver Refined'. It is very timely for me and is helping to teach me how to "cooperate" with Him. How I want to be able to reflect His image more clearly!!

Learning Together at Home

Life and faith is such a journey. I am so encouraged to know that He is not surprised by this journey you are on. I would even say that the journey is part of what will make the victory all the more sweet! Cheering you on, friend!


Reading your post reminded me in the book of Luke where Jesus talks about the cost of following Him. He replied to the people that "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God". I would say that your desire for this situation to be used "to accomplish His purpose" false right in line with this. You are so wise to keep seeking Him and to not look back!! Thank you for sharing and in turn encouraging others to keep walking forward with our eyes on Christ!

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