Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Hey friends! Just checking in. Feel like I owe you a "hello" at least. Don't really have much to say tonight but thought I shouldn't go an entire week without contact. I've still been getting around and visiting most of you but I know some of you check in here and are wondering how we are doing.

That's a loaded question with no simple answer. Probably how most everyone feels if they are completely honest. My life is difficult but so are lots of yours. My life can be really great and so can yours. That's what is so great about doing this thing together. Hopefully we can be honest, transparent and real with each other.

God and I have been doing a lot of talking lately. I've been trying to keep my mouth shut (and my mind from wandering) and just listen to Him. We've been distant. I've been distant. You know what? I've been angry.

That's it. Angry. With God? Yep, with God.

Brings tears to my eyes to even write that. Here is the verse that I am memorizing for the next two weeks. It is from Isaiah. (I know can you believe it? Not like I love that book or anything) Anyway....it is Isaiah 30:18 and these are the words:

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a god of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him.

Do you see that? He LONGS to be gracious to me (to you). He rises to show compassion. Think of something you long for. That is how God longs to be gracious to you. It is a deep desire of His. The end of the verse is the hard part for me.

Wait for him. Wait for him. Wait for him.

He has not forgotten. Not about me. Not about you. He rises from His throne to show us compassion. What a picture is that. Oh, how I love Him.

I am finishing my "Esther" study. Thought there would be some lightening bolt moment for me. There was not. But what I did learn. God is in control. His plan will never be thwarted. Providence. He has a plan for my life. A destiny that only I can fulfill. I can spend my time being angry and questioning. Or spend my time waiting. Waiting for Him to rise up and tell me...."This is it Sheryl. The time has come for you to walk into your destiny. I am so proud! I long to be gracious to you."

Find me faithful, Lord!


His Girl said...

I just finished reading isaiah and I must've flown over that passage.

He LONGS to be gracious to me.

wow. that's amazing.

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

Amen & Amen Sheryl. Can you hear the clapping? As you have mentioned, we picked the same verse and I love the first part of the verse 'He longs to be gracious to me'.

You wouldn't be the first to be angry at God. He can take it and He invites us to come to Him and express our emotions so He can mend them with the balm of Gilead. A post by Melissa over LPM talked about something similar last week.

Praying for you and yours dear Sheryl.

Love to you.


Brenda said...

I think I' might have already told you this via email but one of the songs God has given me lately is "While I'm Waiting." It's a very simple song--keeps repeating-- but the idea is that while we're waiting for God to answer, or heal or whatever, we keep serving and keep praising. I know you're trying. But I also know that neither of us like waiting. So, I'll be praying that while you wait, you also keep moving, growing, serving, praising. . . .

Sharon said...

That is a great verse, But everything in Isaiah is wonderful isn't it. He longs to be gracious to us all, what a wonderful God we have.
I am praying for you!
Have a beautiful day

Amrita said...

The Lord is very close to you as you open your heart to Him.

Love, Amrita

Michelle said...

I just love visiting you, Sheryl. I love your honesty and transparency. You cause us to stop and REALLY think. As I'm sure you can imagine, my life has been a complete roller coaster since my diagnosis last summer...I'm sooooooo weary right now and I have no doubt you can understand where I'm coming from...but I'm SO thankful we can rest in Him!

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Gathering Hope said...

Sheryl, I have to repeat this - Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. It helps to share your heart...helps you, others.

What's so awesome about our God is that he totally understands that we get angry. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Love and peaceful thoughts-

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Romans 5:3-5

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Humble post...

I know what you mean about the lightening bolt...I think that with every study I do...not experienced any that I can recall yet.

Isaiah is a dandy of a book...you have right to favor it.

The Emery's said...

You are so strong.
I'm here to help comfort you as best as I know how.


nancygrayce said...

Sometimes we never know this side of Glory why certain things happen. But we know the character of our God and His plans are ultimately for His glory and our good! It can be a mystery, but we do just have to keep holding onto His promises!

Anonymous said...

Oh sweet Sheryl!
i am right there with you girl,
and i know what a tough spot this is to be in, believe me.
but His promises for us are unbelievable!! amazing!!! and more awesome than we can imagine!!!

He is not done with us....
no way!!!!

the waiting is difficult and not fun, but He is doing a mighty work in us Sheryl!!!

love you so much!
praying for you and walking along side you through this.


1 Peter 5:10-11

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Every time i come by for a visit I always leave encouraged!! Even with all that you are going through you still find the time to encourage us!! You are such an inspiration to me.I'm still praying.

Technonana said...

Hi Sheryl!! I just did the study with Beth on Esther...WAITING!!
I loved the idea that God stopped Esther from saying anything until the next day.
It is very difficult for us as women to wait, sit on our hands, hold our tongues. But it REALLY IS all about HIS timing!!
I'm with you girl, and you know I am!! Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt!!
Love You,

Kiesha said...

Thank you! Your words always speak right to me.
Thinking of you and praying for you.

UL Cards Fan said...

Beautiful and insightful as always. Praying for you. Love you Sheryl.


My Army Brats and Me said...

Just checking on you:)

Praying for you

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

I am right there with you my friend. Waiting. May we wait patiently on Him and allow Him to give us the strength to rise on eagle's wings.

Hang in there my friend! He's not finished with you yet!

Cheri' said...

Wow! That was a powerful post! I love that verse -- I don't think I've really ever focused on it before!

Thanks for sharing your heart. Your honesty is refreshing! It helps me stop and re-visit my own heart issues!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sis..
(((Hugz)))) Being alone with the Lord is the best place to be right now, Soak and bask in his presence, wait on him, cry with him, just be my sistah, just be!

Luv ya Lorie

Pamela (His maidservant) said...

Sheryl-I too have been gone but had a moment to stop by. God has not been distant, maybe silent but not distant. He's getting you right where He wants you...be ready. Hang in there and stay on your knees. Isaiah is my favorite book in the Bible-keep in it...it will carry you through with all its promises!!

Blessings to you as you jorney through this.

In His Graces~Pamela

Tonya said...

Visiting from SITS! Isaiah is my fav. book of the Bible. Very nice post.

Miss Eve said...

Stopping by from SITS. Have a great weekend, love: Evi

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

Oh Sheryl, I just love your heart and I loved reading this...I really needed it.

Ang baylis said...

Hi, friend! I'm sorry I haven't read this earlier. Have you thought about writing Him a letter telling him how angry (and hurt) you are? It's just an idea. I've done that sometimes and it seems to help me. He isn't going anywhere. You are right when you say that you are being distant. I know that one first-hand. I've chosen to be distant. I wish I could play you a song on here... Unfailing Love is the song I have for you. I'm going to listen to it and pray for you, sweet friend. Joy Cometh!
I love you,
Angie xoxo

Ang baylis said...

p.s. Listen to this after you write your letter... then listen to: How he loves.

Susan said...

Sometimes just "being" in his presence is enough. Sometimes it still feels empty. Growth is hard. Sometimes it just stinks. Love you.

You don't have to "be" any way with God. He just loves you.

Hug, Lila

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog...I love hearing from you. Hope you have had a better week


Kiesha said...

You've been tagged my friend.

Don't complain, you brought me out into this whole blogging world in the first place. :)

He And Me + 3 said...

How awesome that God shows us a verse in His word that is exactly what we need at just the right time. He is perfect! His timing, His mercy, His love! So proud to have such an awesome Heavenly Father!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Thank you for this post too...it touched my heart. You have already blessed me. I too am following your blog now.

Debra said...

Thank you for this, Sheryl. I so needed this verse this morning. You will never know how this just ministered to me.

Blessings to you.

Graceful Threads said...

Thank you for this honest post. How in the world did you get so many loving praying kind friends on the net. Seriously? 30 comments from people who love you dearly. I think God is blessing you!!

Rebecca Louise. said...

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes their way.

When I am low or feel confused I just think of the above. ^ :) xxx.

Heather of the EO said...

Here's another post from you that really means something to me. I think it's possibly that part of your destiny is to touch the lives of other women, which you are already doing right here (or there) from your Perch.

Beautiful post.

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DeeDee said...

Returning the favor and praying for you today sweet friend...