Sunday, May 16, 2010

Guess Who's GOING to Dinner Part 2

So....last week I wrote this post, please go read it and catch up if you haven't already.

I was so thrilled, yet nervous, that both of the kids would be sitting down to a meal with their dad. I just knew this would be the beginning of great things and lots of healing.

HA!! Funny how I had it all figured out in my head. Not to bore you with details, but it didn't happen as I planned. David did not feel comfortable with me going (thought it was awkward) and Ellie would not go without me. So, David went alone and met Don for dinner.

Here is where God amazes me! I was beyond distraught. You know when you cry and you literally are shaking? Yep, that was me. I couldn't figure out why God wasn't making this work. All of you were praying. I had comments, emails, FB messages from so many of you that were interceding for us that evening.

Couldn't I came and sat on "the perch" around 1:30 am. Crying. Hard! As soon as I sat down my email notification chimed and I hesitated. I thought I shouldn't open the laptop that I should just spend time alone with the Lord. But I did read it. And it was yet another encouraging comment. Only this one was directly from GOD.

Robin over at This Is Me had this to say, "Praying!!! I was just flipping through my verses on index cards and one of my favorites caught my eye tonight...Zechariah 4:10..."Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel."

So, I went and looked up that verse in The Message to get a better handle on its meaning. It says "Does anyone dare despise the day of small beginnings?"

Do you see it? Just as the temple had to be rebuilt one stone at a time and it looked as if it was an insurmountable task, so it is with our family. Do I dare despise the small beginnings that are taking place. MY SON IS HAVING DINNER WITH HIS DAD. That is huge!! One day at a time we will rebuild relationships between Don, David and Ellie. I am praising God for the new beginnings. And asking His forgiveness for losing faith.

He IS faithful. There IS beauty. When God is involved it cannot fail.

I love you all and thank you for your friendship, your love for our family and your continued prayers.


Debbie said...

Here I was just thinking and praying about this today, wondering how things had gone. And here is the answer. Our God is so good. Continuing to pray my friend.

Diane Fay (littlealma) said...

Wow - what a message and what a Messenger!

UL Cards Fan said...

I have recently had several confirmations that showed me how life changing it was for me to memorize scripture in 2009 with my fellow Siestas. Now I come here to check on you and see how God has once again used "scripture cards/spirals" to speak to you Sheryl. Praying as always for healing and wholeness for you and your family.
Love, Linda

Laura said... friend! I was praying on that night and I continue to do so! GOD's WORD does change...I so love ya and excited of what GOD has in store. I love ya my friend!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Still praying, still believing, still loving you and praying for a miracle

Jeani said...

Sheryl I know how you feel. We take the small steps and pretty soon we are there! I am praying for you and your family. God is Good don't you forget that!

Heather of the EO said...

You are so right. We can so quickly forget the small beginnings when things don't go the way we thought they should, huh? Well...for me anyway.

I'm so glad your son is seeing his Dad.

Peace to you.

Andrea said...

One pebble at a time! I LOVE IT!!
Praising GOD with you for the word HE gave you through another sister.

Robin said...

I just got goosebumps! Isn't God amazing? I consider it an honor that he brought us together for this journey :o)


nancygrayce said...

God's will never fails even when we do! Your son probably needed time alone with his dad and may have felt he couldn't say all he wanted to say with you there. God will work it out! In His time and in His way.

I'm trying to work on wrapping myself around that where my older son is concerned. We really have no control....only God!

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi Sheryl,
Wow! David and his dad met for dinner. first stone laid in rebuilding!!
Just give it time, after a while David will have some help in laying the other stones, Can hardly wait to see what God is going to do in this rebuilding. Please know your family is in my prayer journal, and God is working.

Meli n Pat said...

That is awesome! Yay God! and Yay for Him reminding you in such a lovely way!

Jackie said...

Hey Sheryl!!

I've been out of bloggy loop alot over the past several months and I'm trying to get caught up (my mom had a stroke and then I was out of town)! I popped by your place a little earlier today and before I could leave a comment, my handyman shut off the power to install a new GFI switch.....It's always something isn't it!!! here's my comment.....How incredibly awesome is it that the very same One who created the sun, moon and the stars loves you soooo much that he moved upon a sisters heart in the middle of the night to email you a word from His very heart!! Uh...I'll take God's heavenly email notification chime anytime!!! Hallelujah!

Praising Him with you for the step by step progress that's happening in your son's relationship with his dad! I believe it will be in the form of a gradual revealing......a gradual healing.....a gradual season of restoration! Our God is a wonderful "starter" and an amazing finisher!!! Glory!!!

I'll continue to pray for you and your family, my dear Michigan friend!! HE IS FAITHFUL!!

Luv, Hugs and Sweet Blessings!

Sassy Granny ... said...

What a wonderful testimony, even in the midst of angst & tears!

Some years ago I read a story (I think it was by Oswald Chambers, or another well-known teacher) about how this great man of God was awake in the night: upset, worrisome, unable to sleep. Then, as if by loud speaker, the Lord spoke into his heart: Why don't you get some sleep and let Me pace the floor.

He's got you covered, friend.

What an amazing God is He!


Jenn said...

Glad to see you are finding beauty even in the hard times. I'm praying for you!

God's girl said...

Your post was very encouraging. Thank you for sharing. My kids see their dad for his wedding on Saturday. Not only will it be the first time since October, but they will also be meeting their new step-mom and 4 step brothers.

I found peace as I read your post. God is definitely in control, especially with our kids:)

Melanie said...

If you are coming my way, let me know. You will love my favorite beach.

Sonja said...

Isn't that just like God? To send you something so special at just the right time! How wise... one stone at a time, and the first stone is already in place.


Technonana said...

Isn't it Amazing just how Amazed we can be at Our Amazing God, He is never too early, or too late... He is right on time!!

Lloyd said...

I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd

ShEiLa said...


I have been away for awhile... life has kept me from blogging and the computer... but I am back.

Please check your e.mail... I found a new bloggy-buddy this week and she is feeling so very alone. I thought maybe you could help.


sanjeet said...

what a message and what a Messenger!
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lisasmith said...

Sheryl, I came to catch up, to see if you were sitting on the perch any lately and well, i see you need me to pray so pray I will and pray i am. (That's the longest sentence ever!) Just wanted you to know I'm praying and to remind you that God chose YOU to parent David and Ellie. You're the best pick for the job =) Love you, sister!! God always finishes what He starts... that includes David. I'm claiming it tonight!!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Hey friend~
Just stopping by to say hi...and to let you know I've been thinking about you...praying for you..and missing you.

I hope all is well in your corner of the world?

Anonymous said...

you're on my mind today... a day that, i'm thinking, may have been difficult for you and your kids. just know this: you are loved. deeply.

gitz said...

His timing. Man, that's hard isn't it? But it is always perfect, so we wait wih you and celebrate the small sties ;)