Posted by: allaboutcheryl | May 27, 2017

My Wonderful Counselor!

5-27-2017

Matthew 6:8b, NIV

…for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

He has already prepared a way for me

Do I trust Him in that way?

He knows what is best for me

Do I trust His judgment?

He will never leave me

Do I believe Him?

He loves me

Will I let Him prove it?

If or when I remove all my doubts and questions, what am I left with?

He has already prepared a way for me

He knows what is best for me

He will never leave me

He loves me

My Wonderful Counselor!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | May 24, 2017

Dreams: Whales

I dreamt that I was at an observation desk, looking through a window as if I were in a building that abutted to a great body of water, let’s say an ocean. I’m looking at all the crustaceans floating around. I am just amazed by the amount, the varieties and all the different colors. Then, I see a baby whale, maybe a humpback. It had pink coloring somewhere on it. He was under the water, but every now and then he would raise out his head. I was so excited. I called to others, to have them come witness this with me. They came. And the next time, the baby whale came out of the water, I had my phone or camera ready and I started taking pictures.

This agitated the baby whale, and he started thrashing and shrieking. The people standing with me, said that he was upset because I took his picture but didn’t get permission. Remember, this is a dream.

I’m still at the edge of this building, looking out of another window which is now below water level. This HUGE whale comes up and looks at me…I remember seeing one big eye, then she rams the window. It doesn’t shatter. But shakes a lot. The people now tell me, that’s the Momma and she is very angry at me for upsetting her baby!

In order for me to get away from this area, I need to pass lots of windows. I see the whale swimming back and forth, looking for me. How does she know who I am? Every now and then, I was exposed. She would see me and ram the window. 

I am really scared. But, I’m at work and I need to see my boss. I want to tell her what’s going on, that I can’t work. But there are too many people around, so we go into the hallway. 

I explain my dilemma. I can’t remember her response. But I don’t think that she was too sympathetic. I think the gist of it was, ‘go back and do your job.’ 

Now, I’m outside trying to make it somewhere, but still near the water’s edge. I am trying to use trees and shrubbery to conceal me from the ever-stalking whale.
That’s it.

Weird, isn’t it? I looked up pictures of whales and the closest that I could find was a humpback whale with barnacles. My dream-whale had lots more grooves and bumps on her body, but especially around her head. And her eye that she watched me and searched for me, what big, round and open.

This was a really long dream. There was more to it….but this was enough.

Last night before I went to bed, I drank green tea. Once someone told me that green tea causes you to dream more or sleep deeper, which puts you into REM and then you dream more.

I’m not sure…but I am so glad that it was just a dream!

Update:

Strange…

The very next day, New York Times posted a story about whales! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/science/whales-evolution-oceans.html

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | May 23, 2017

Seeing God Through Love

1 John 4:12
No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
I was wondering why the scripture said IF and not WHEN. It is because IF means it’s a choice that I can make. I can chose to love or I can chose not to love. To use the word WHEN means that I AM going to love, I just need to decide at what time.

Lord, help me to chose LOVE.

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | May 18, 2017

Mother’s Day, 2017

Sometimes I am surprised or amazed at how I can go through this holiday so casually. Except for loading a bunch of pictures on my Facebook page, I didn’t give a lot of thought about my mother, who made her transition on 11-26-2010 (and I even had the date wrong…I had to look it up). So what does that mean?

I don’t want it to be like the adage, out of sight out of mind. But, I don’t want to be like a friend who’s mother died before mine, but she is an emotional wreck on Mother’s Day and her mother’s birthday.

I know we all grieve differently.

And I don’t have to wait for a Hallmarks holiday to think about my mother.

I miss my mother.

Sometimes, I want to be able to share things with her…

But for the most part, I’m good.

My sisters and I took VERY good care of her during her last years. I have no guilt, remorse, nor regrets. What I do have, sometimes, is sadness, emptiness and loneliness. But each year, I feel like I am getting better…if that’s a good thing…

But you know what’s strange? This is not what I thought I was going to write about for Mother’s Day and as a result, it is taking several days to finish this….so I think that I’ll just stop…

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | April 28, 2017

God’s Love

1 John 4:9, NLV God has shown His love to us by sending His only Son into the world. God did this so we might have life through Christ.

Romans 5:8, NRSV But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

Even before I was worthy, oops! never worthy. 

Even before I acknowledged the sin in my life. 

Even before I accepted Christ as my Savior for my life. 

Even before I believed in, had knowledge of, or confessed to…Christ died for me.

How can I not, show this same love that was given me, to others?

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | April 23, 2017

Turning Point

(4-23-17, Portimão, Day 12)

Psalms 18:35b, KJV …thy gentleness hath made me great.

Psalms 103:10, KJV, He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

I get harsh and hasty because I think my rights have been violated. 

I feel that I am justified in my ire and anger. 

My displeasure and my disappointments must be made aware….

But when it is over, the dust has settled and the ‘victory’ claimed…did I really win? 

Was my behavior really necessary? 

Did I show the love of, the gentleness of, the forgiveness of God?

No.

No.

No.

Lord, when I sin, I come to You for forgiveness, for love and compassion….and I receive them from You.

As Your ambassador, as Your example, as Your reflection here on Earth, help me to turn my scowls into smiles. 

My harsh words into helping words. 

My displeasure into pleasure.

Starting right now…

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | April 21, 2017

It’s Who I Am

1 Corinthians 15:10a, NIV, (But) by the grace of God I am what I am…

The first thing that I thought when I read this Scripture was the tag line by Popeye. 

Now I know where he got it.  

It is God’s grace that made me who I am, in His image to look like, act like and think like Him.

 And because of that…I am who I am. 

Made in the image of God, the Father. 

Fearfully and wonderfully. 

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | April 15, 2017

Captured Thoughts

2 Corinthians 10:5b NIV, “…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

What I have to learn, is to stop thinking, meditating or obsessing over negative thoughts on non-existent situations.
I need to learn IMMEDIATELY to take those thoughts captive.
To not give them predominance in my thought process.
But to think of the things of Philippians 4:8 NRSV, “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | April 15, 2017

Five Years Later

Five years after having troubles and pains walking for almost any distance, I decided that I had enough. I was tired of the pain. Tired of the limitations. Tired of being frustrated. Tired of sitting on the sidelines, while life passed me by. Was this to be my new life? Is this all that I had to look forward to? Of course I didn’t want that. I thought that I could just push past my pain and eventually, I’d get and be better. No. Then I tried pain medication, for a while. But I didn’t like putting meds like that in my body everyday. I tried therapy. Heat treatment. Nothing, absolutely, nothing was working.

Then I went to a pain management /orthopedic surgery seminar. And afterwards I got to speak with a team of surgeons and therapists. And why I told them during our conversation that my husband and I were planning a trip to Hawaii, one of them said that walking on the beach, in my condidtion now, was the worse thing for me to do. That the shifting, unstable sand would aggravate my problem more.

That did it! I was fed up with missing out on life. It is now time to DO something about this. And so I did. You must be become your own advocate. No one knows you nor will take care of you, like you. However, when I was going through the process, before, during and after…it was so important to my recovery to do exactly as I was being told. I did. I told everyone who had anything to do with me, that I was going to be the best patient that they ever had. I pushed myself when I felt like giving up. When I was told to keep trying, I tried. 

And now today, five years after having bilateral surgery, I feel great! I am able to do what I want to do without pain or discomfort. Of course, I know that I have limits and I stay within them without feeling any sense of denials. My thoughts to those contemplating surgery….please do it! You will not regret it! 

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | April 13, 2017

Not just stuff

John 10:10b…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

And the “full” or the “abundant” life that Jesus refers to does not just mean stuff. In Him, I can have a life filled with joy, peace, love, health, comfort, assurance, quietness, family, friends, happiness, contentment….

Thank You Lord!

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