Sunday, January 18, 2009

What Did You Do Last Night?

Well...thanks for asking! Let me tell you what I did. I went out to eat at a restaurant! Would you like me to repeat that? I WENT OUT TO EAT AT A RESTAURANT. If you're new here, you think I'm a crazy woman but if you've been with me awhile I hope you're celebrating God's healing power right along with me. For 19 months I've not been in a restaurant. It was impossible. Last night I went back to my favorite with a couple friends and some of our kids. Can I just say what a riot! Food was great, laughs were many (and loud), company was some of the best and God gets all the glory.

I caught myself complaining yesterday. About someone. Someone that "bothers" me. I was reminded that it is something I have been missing out - being annoyed by this person. Grateful to be among annoying people, now there is a new concept for me. I have said that I don't want to forget all the lessons I've learned during my perch sit. I want to be different. Lord, please don't leave me without a permanent reminder of The Perch. May I take this year & a half and be different "out there".

May each day no matter how mundane be a blessing to you. Let's not take it for granted. The ability to scrub the floor, grocery shop, be amongst annoying people, go out to eat, walk, serve the Lord, carpool, go to work, attend church, cook a meal, take a meal, shovel the snow....ok I will quit. Can you tell I am just a bit excited to do the ordinary.

Thanks for continuing on this journey with me. You'll never know how much you have meant to me. This has been the hardest trial of my life. I know I have a long way to go and I am hoping you will continue to walk this out with me.

By the way...I had a large order of guacamole (to myself), 2 enchiladas and finished it off with a large blizzard from DQ. (I knew you were dying to know)

Love ya,


-stephanie- said...

That's exciting news. I'm so happy for you. And to God be the glory. He IS healing you.

Courtney said...

Well, Yippee-Skippy!! How about that? Fantastic. My mom always said in the midst of her journey with cancer that "Normal is good....normal is soooo good." She always loved the days in between treatments that she felt normal. You made me smile thinking about my mom today and knowing that God is performing such amazing healing in you in so many ways.

BTW, I also ate 2 enchiladas last night out with friends...they weren't annoying, though. Should have topped off my night with a've got me thinking about one tonight, though. :)


JMBMOMMY said...

Yay! and yummy.

Nicole said...

Yahhh!!!!!!!! That is sooo exciting! So glad that God is healing you...actually you are already healed because of His blood, but it's just the journey to symptom free that is happening! You are an inspiration to me.

I am able to be out and about too now, although I have to pace myself quite a bit. Otherwise, I try to jump in head first and then crash with fatigue. Isn't it pretty cool to do things you weren't able to do before??? To me it feels as though I am learning to walk again... It feels like everything is a first. All with more joy than before!

Thanks for the reminder to never take any of my time at home in vain. I want to be different also. I want to be real and authentic for Him! Praise Jesus. You are right. To Him all the glory is due!!!!

Love you,

Susan said...

Praise GOD, Sadie Lu! How exciting is that?!


UL Cards Fan said...

I am SO EXCITED for you Sheryl! Bet David and Ellie were pretty thrilled too!!!

So WHEN are you coming to Lexington to organize my house??

I don't believe you will ever forget what your "new normal" was even after it is a distant memory.

Praising God for His Goodness in your life.

Love you tons, LINDA

Robin said...

I'm praising God with you...and I'm a bit hungry now, thanks!

I got a laugh out of the thankfulness to be around annoying people :o) It really is all about where our focus is, isn't it?

I'm off to clean my kitchen and try to be thankful that I can!


Jenn said...

YEAH!!!! And amen to the ordinary and mundane! So glad you had a wonderful time!

Nicole said...

Hi again! I just wrote a blog entry and including your name and your blog name. I hope that is okay...

You are such an inspiration to me and I know that anyone who would read your blog via mine would be so blessed! Come on over when you get a chance. Love you!


Cheri' said...

How wonderful that you could experience "normal" with your friends and kids! It must feel so incredibly liberating!

Your insight into being grateful for "annoying" people is something we all need to hear. So often, we tend to forget our need to be thankful to God and grateful for the "normal". Thanks for the reminder!

It's great to see the healing power of Jesus working -- not only in your physical body, but in your heart as well!

Tightening the Corset Again said...

God is so good! Wishing you many nights out in your future!


Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

God is SO good...ALL the time!!! PTL.

I SO love stopping by your ALWAYS bless my heart.

God has been dealing with my heart....calling me to notice the "God moments'...which requres me to be in tune to I can see what he's up too!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Yay!!!! How very exciting. Your excitement just plum jumps off the page...I mean screen.

Praise the Lord...He is healing Lord but in His time and in His steps.


Laura said...


I am so happy for you, my friend.
Sorry I have been out of the loop lately but so glad to hear of the awesome things that GOD is doing.

I love you, girl.


Tammy said...

What great news.

The things that once was bother is now a delight...Praise God!

Pam said...

Oh I am so glad to be in this with you and witnessing this healing miracle along with you!! PRAISE HIM!!! WHOO HOOO!!!!

Julie Gillies said...

Thanks, Sheryl, for the reminder not to take normal, everyday life for granted. I pray that I don't, and that in 2009 I'm able to maintain a grateful heart.

To God be the glory indeed!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

WOW! That's great! I pray you continue to heal. God is so good!

Amrita said...

Yay...way to go . So happy you had a good time.

Thy Word Is A Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Amen and Hallelujah - I am celebrating with you Sheryl. So so happy to hear you had a nice time out.
Our God is awesome.


He Knows My Name said...

Cheryl, what a post. I am so happy for you and sounds like all went really well. PTL I know I just take so much for granted. May your week be a good one.

hugs, janel

Sheryl said...

Thanks, Sheryl...making me hungry.

I am just praising the LORD that He set the captive free to go to a restaurant. That is so wonderful. God is so good.

I keep on praying for you and God is faithful. Amen!

Technonana said...

What a Meal!!! I am so excited for you!!! Praise the Lord from whom all blessing flow!!!
But, I'm not sure any of us know what normal is... are there any of us that are normal?? LOL
Love you, girl!

His Girl said...


Debbie said...

Fabulous! How great is that! Praying for continuing healing and more annoying people to come your way! LOL
Love and Blessings, Debbie

De Anna Morris said...

Yeah!!!! I am so glad you enjoyed this pleasure! And with your kids and friends! WOW! God is so good and generous!
You made me feel better when you said you had guacamole all to yourself...and the BLizzard! yum! next time, I want to go!!!!


Anonymous said...

I'm so excited for you - and it sounds like you had some delicious treats!!

I appreciate what you're saying here about being grateful for the simple things, and even for the annoying. That's a hard way to feel gratitude for, but He has a lot to teach us in those moments of frustration - we'll learn together. :)

Kimberly said...


So excited for you, what an answer to prayer! Though I still have to say yuck to the guacamole-ha! Love you so much...and still praying.


Luanne said...

Thanks for the reminder not to take the little stuff for granted. Why is it that we never appreciate what we had, until we lose it...

Anonymous said...

totally celebrating with you!!!


love you Sheryl!

nancygrayce said...

Rejoicing with you! It's so good to hear that lilt in your voice (writing)!

Debra said...

I am new here, and had to tell you how reading the posts on this first page touched my heart. Your heart and soul are out on this blog. I'm sure you are blessing so many by turning your sudden 'disease' into something God is using-just by being willing to do what you can...Much love to you, and I will pray for your family to be restored.
Love, Debra

Anonymous said...

We made the blog. What fun! Yea. Signed "The Mole"

Tonja said...

Thanks for visiting me at Gatherings. I have started reading through your archives, and want to continue to learn more about you. May God bless you with peace and comfort. I'll visit again.

Debbie said...

Hi Sheryl, Thanks for stopping by and leaving words of encouragement. I feel that God is already working on my little grandson. There are so many people praying for our little one and we would love for you to continue too. This is the first time I have been to your blog and I had to read before I left a comment. I see you have been on a journey yourself. You will be in my prayers too for now on. I'm glad to hear you are doing better. Thats where the miracle of prayer comes in. Please visit anytime and I will follow you too. Thanks again, Debbie

Tiffany Stuart said...

WOW, this is a huge praise. I am so excited for you...Sounds like a perfect dinner to me. Mexican and ice cream. My two favorites.

My Army Brats and Me said...

I am hungry now:) So happy for you. Looking for you on facebook! Praying that you get the 2nd bracelet tomorrow.

Sharon said...

Wow Good for you sister! I am so happy for you, and yes he gets all the glory. I can tell he is working on your heart!!!
That food sounds great, I love guac. I can eat a big bowl of that too, just give me some tortillas.
But girl when you said DQ, now that not fair, I love that place, but it's a 20 to 30 min drive for me, but praise god or I would be there alot.
Great post
Have a blessed day

Jenn @ Casa de Castro said...

Praise God!! How wonderful for you to be able to enjoy a meal out. Thrilling. Just thrilling!!

Praising with you and also praying for Don with you.

Love you, girl.