Cheryl grew up a “preacher’s daughter” and inherited her Daddy’s passion for sharing the truth in love. She married her high school sweetheart and, although life hasn’t always been a fairytale, they are living happily ever after, with 4 children, 2 dogs and a chicken. They also have 2 babies in heaven they can’t wait to meet. Though her oldest kids are now adults, Cheryl was, and continues to be, a stay-at-home mom. She discovered her love of writing when, following her first miscarriage, a poem was born. Cheryl has written online devotionals for christiandevotions.us and is the author of the book, Holy Crap!, published in 2012, which focuses on God’s power and healing through personal trials such as marriage, anxiety, and miscarriage. http://www.blurb.com/b/4063210-holy-crap/ She writes for the sheer joy of it but also hopes to encourage others by sharing what God has done in her life. Her greatest desire is to shine for the Lord, and the way she has found to do that best remains her life’s message, “See Him IN Everything!”
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Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. (Colossians 2:7a)
She was only two years old, but she loved clothes! Each day, several times a day, my daughter would come down the steps proudly displaying a new outfit. Sometimes, I would catch her in the process of dressing and ask if she needed help. Her answer was always the same “No! I can do it by myself!” She was determined... and a little bit stubborn.
In order to do anything well, it takes patience and practice but, most importantly, it takes a teacher. Yet even the best educator on earth can’t provide the knowledge or power Jesus can. That’s why I love this portion of scripture, especially on days when parenting is a little overwhelming: And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with him. Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done. (Colossians 2:6-7)
Our Heavenly Father is so patient with His kids. I’m reminded of a story in Luke 10 about two sisters, Martha and Mary. One was busy, running around getting things done, by herself, while the other was enjoying time with their dinner guest (or slacking, as perceived by her sister). Martha was, understandably, frustrated. But Jesus gently reminded her of a very important truth: “One thing is needed” (Him!). Mary seemed to understand this. But while Martha was proudly displaying her good qualities of responsibility, hospitality and diligence, Jesus was not her priority. Martha was so busy working for the Lord, she didn’t stop to spend time with Him. Distractions abound and always will. Jesus was essentially telling her, “First things first; everything else can wait”. A lesson that bears repeating, over and over.
I think we can all relate to the agony of watching a small child struggle with buttons, zippers and laces. Many demonstrations are required. No doubt we need God’s patience in guiding and raising our precious offspring. In the same way our kids can’t learn without first being taught, we, God’s children, can’t be “good” at life on our own. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing … (John 15:5). Not only does God offer eternal salvation, He can save us from everyday struggles such as busy-ness, exhaustion, and bitterness, redeeming the time previously consumed by these pitfalls.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing…
Like my baby girl, too often we want to do things “by myself”, but that only leads to frustration, as seen with Martha. Let God help. His Word is full of refreshment and wisdom. Also, beware of the trap Martha fell into – comparing yourself to others. That only compounds feelings of pride or worthlessness, neither of which are profitable. Remember, when you feel alone, you’re not. And when you can’t, God can. Rather than be “worried and troubled by many things”, clothe yourself with the Lord before attempting to take on the day. Sit at The Master’s feet and listen because in the same way the sun causes a plant to sprout, we will thrive when rooted in the Son. We can’t be strong in truth or overflow with joy by ourselves. That vital union is daily nourishment. Spiritual starvation isn’t as easily recognized as hunger pangs. If you’re cranky without cause, could be your soul is hangry. Taste and see, “For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.” (Psalm 107:9) It is essential to grow down before growing up.
“For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.”
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