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Caddo’s Seven Word Sundays!

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Caddo’s Seven Word Sundays!

HelpI’ve Fallen And Can’t Get Up!

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

(Galatians 6:2 ESV)

This week has been such a struggle for me, but I praise God for His unending love, and for the men and women who are my brothers and sisters in Christ. I thank the Lord for His Holy Spirit, who prayed for me when I was too weak to pray for myself. 

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the HolySpirit prays for uswith groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

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His Strength is Made Perfect in Weakness

9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV)

As I sit here, battling nausea, I am thankful – for His unending love and faithfulness… for His mercies that are new every morning… for His grace… that this too shall pass… Meanwhile, I will trust in the Lord and lean on His strength…

His Strength is Made Perfect in Weakness

Thank You, Father, for Your perfect strength, which holds me and carries me in my weakness… Thank You for Your great love, Lord, for Your perfect strength and Your perfect love…

His Strength is Made Perfect in Weakness

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers

Daily Prompt: Happily Ever After

Daily Prompt: Happily Ever After

by michelle w. on February 26, 2013

“And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?
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“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)

Happily ever after here on earth is a fairy tale. How do I know this? I know it is true because Jesus said so. He tells us that here on earth, we will have many trials and sorrows, and so far, that has proven to be true for me. How about you?

This has been a particularly difficult time for me. Just a little more than a week ago, my mother passed away, and though I knew it was coming, it still left me broken-hearted. My greatest hope and prayer is that Mom went home to the Lord, and that we will meet again one day, in the heavenly realms. Until then, though, I have many memories like this to comfort me…

I was the cute little blonde in the pictures, which were many years and many pounds ago. 🙂 

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1 There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to rebuild.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak up.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NLT)

So, is it reasonable for us expect perpetual happiness? Of course not…

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
(Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV)

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It would be pointless for me to strive to live happily ever after, because there will always be circumstances and things that happen to knock me down. I understand that there will be mountaintop times in my life when I am very happy, and that there will also be the deep, dark valley times, when I am very unhappy. Still, I’m content with that, because I love God, and He has called me to fulfill His purpose while I am here on earth.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.
(Romans 8:28 NLT)

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Therefore, although there will be periods of unhappiness in my life, and though I must face many trials and tribulations, I can still rejoice, knowing that everything is working according to God’s plan for my life. Even though there will be times when the pain knocks me to my knees, I will still take joy in the fact that God is causing even those horrible, painful events to work together for my good, and if God is for me, who can be against me?

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
(Isaiah 54:17 NKJV)

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You see, I know that there will be good times and bad times, for as long as this life continues, but I can handle that. Because there is coming a day, for all who believe in Christ, when there will be no more sorrow and no more tears…

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a beautiful bride prepared for her husband. 3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, the home of God is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them. 4 He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever.”
(Revelation 21:1-4 NLT)

Hallelujah! While there is not happily ever after for me in this lifetime, I persevere in all my circumstances, hopefully and joyfully looking toward that beautiful day, when I will no longer suffer from death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old things will have passed and behold! All things will become new. Until then, I will endure until the end…

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers

Daily Prompt: Musical

What role does music play in your life?
Daily Prompt: Musical

Music has always played a critical part of my life… I am one of those fun (some say annoying) people who has a song for just about every topic or occasion. Shall I share a musical sampling of my life’s story with you? Yes. I think I must…

First of all, I was born in Delaware, the first state in the U.S.A…

My mother and my birth father got a D-I-V-O-R-C-E when I was just a baby…

After that, I could probably count on one hand the number of times I saw my father as I grew up…

When I hit puberty, I fell madly, passionately in love with Donny Osmond…

I was an outcast as I grew up lonely and depressed…

Eventually, as circumstances and life became too much for a young girl to handle, I ended up on the psychiatric ward of a local hospital, due to panic attacks… Funnily enough, this song was extremely popular at the time, and I remember whenever that song was played on the radio, those of us on the psychiatric unit would crank it up and sing along loudly!

Within a few months after leaving the hospital, I met the love of my life, and after dating only 5 months, we married…

Many people said we’d never make it, but we’ve been together for more than 31 years now…

My husband and I had two children together…

I began to take my children to church when they were little, thinking that this was something they needed…

I was right. They did need Jesus, but I discovered that I desperately needed Him too…

When I met my Savior, He broke the chains that bound me…

Like David, I danced for joy when He removed the shackles that imprisoned me…

When He set me free, it was a happy day…

Hallelujah! Now I am free to run…

As I began to walk in new found confidence and joy, I was amazed by the love that Jesus has for me…

As He lavished His love on me, I began to fall in love with Jesus…

The more I grew to love Him, the more I sought to worship Him and enter into His presence… 

And when I entered into His presence, I was struck by His holiness, for there is none like Him…

There is coming a day, when every knee shall bow, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord!

I truly cannot imagine a world without music… I am so thankful that the Lord gave mankind this gift of music… Without it, life would be very dark and dreary.

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On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

When darkness seems to hide His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

Daily Prompt: Oasis – The Secret Place

A sanctuary is a place you can escape to, to catch your breath and remember who you are. Write about the place you go to when everything is a bit too much.
Daily Prompt: Oasis

When I read today’s daily prompt, my heart skipped a beat. Hallelujah! I get to share my secret place with you. I only pray I have the words to convey to you how precious, how lovely, how desperately needed this place is to me.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the circumstances of life? You know what I’m talking about, those times when it seems as though everyone you care for has turned their backs on you… the times when the things you hoped for don’t come… the times when the things you prayed would never happen, do happen… the times when your bills are larger than your bank account… I could go on, but you get the picture. Let’s face it, sometimes life can be devastating.

How many of you who are older remember the old Calgon commercials from the 1970’s? Remember how the poor woman who’d had a rough and miserable day would finally “lose herself in luxury” as she bathed in a big beautiful bathtub filled with bubbles? Have you ever felt envious of her and longed to find your own oasis, away from the pain and stress of life?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt like the woman in that commercial or many times, even worse. And if I’m to be perfectly honest with you, on a few occasions, I’ve even groaned, “Calgon, take me away!” Of course, since I’m being honest with you, I never got swept away to some far-off oasis and found myself in that big beautiful bathtub filled with bubbles.

I was still there, stuck in the midst of my turmoil and trouble, feeling overcome and overwrought, so based on my own personal experience, my advice to you is not to even bother uttering those words. It’s a waste of time, and it brings no relief.

So, what do I do when life throws its curve balls at me? Where do I go to find relief from the pain and pressure that comes my way? I go to the secret place of the Most High.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
Psalm 91

Does it make my circumstances change? Sometimes, but more often than not, my circumstances remain the same. What changes is my ability to deal with those circumstances.

You see, when I am in my heavenly Father‘s presence, pouring out all of my pain and all of my anger, my disappointments and my failures, He comforts me, giving me beauty for ashes, and strength for fear. He tells me to cast all of my cares on Him, because He cares for me. Even though I may be in the midst of a whole world of people who have hurt me and betrayed me, many of whom have forsaken me, He holds me close and softly whispers to me, “I will NEVER leave you or forsake you.”

He instructs me to come boldly before His throne of grace, so that I can obtain mercy and grace to help me in my time of need. It is He who has told me, “When your father and mother forsake you, I will lift you up.” His love for me is unconditional, and just listen to this, I don’t just visit that secret place. He has allowed me to dwell there! When you dwell somewhere, you abide there; you inhabit that place; you hang out there!

So you see, my friend? I don’t just visit my secret place on those occasions when I’m distraught. I live in that secret place, under the shadow of His wings, and He covers me with His feathers. When I am overcome by the pain that often surrounds me, it is because I have left that secret place, for whatever reason, but guess what? I’ve learned over the years how to run right back to that secret place when I begin to come undone, and I dive right into my Father’s arms.

Before I close, I want to share one more thing with you about the secret place where I abide. It’s only a secret to those who don’t seek it. Do you understand what I’m telling you? Read these words from my Father:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me when you seek Me. (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT)

My prayer for each one who reads this post is that you will look for my Father, who dwells in the secret place, earnestly, because if you do, then you too will be able to dwell in the secret place of the Most High.

© 2012
Cheryl A. Showers

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Nothing Compares…

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:7-11 NLT)

I know I just posted this, but it’s where I am right now…

Nothing compares to the greatness of knowing You, Lord
Money means nothing compared to the greatness of knowing You
Position means nothing compared to the greatness of knowing You
Family, friends, home – nothing compares to the greatness of knowing You, Lord

My fears for today are nothing compared to the greatness of knowing You, Lord
My plans for tomorrow mean nothing compared to the greatness of knowing You
My dreams are nothing compared to the greatness of knowing You
Life nor death compares to the greatness of knowing You, Lord

Income, wealth, health, pain – nothing compares to the greatness of knowing You, Lord
Education, knowledge – all are loss compared to the greatness of knowing You
Nothing compares to the greatness of knowing You, Lord
Nothing compares to knowing You, Lord
Nothing compares to knowing You
Nothing compares to YOU