Welcome to my blog.
My name is Cheryl and I live in Southern Ontario, Canada.
I am a Jesus-follower who longs to glorify Him in everything I do. My relationship with my Father God is my highest priority, my greatest source of strength and my reason to go on.
I am a wife who has survived my husband’s addiction to pornography. Somehow God has managed to take our mangled mess and restore it into something good. Our marriage isn’t perfect but my prayer is that my Father God will keep molding and changing it into a message that glorifies Him.
I am a mom to 6 kids. I have a daughter in her early twenties, 2 teenagers and elementary school-age twins.
I have a teenage son with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He also has a learning disability. Being his mom has been a challenge. I don’t know what the future holds but I know my Father God has him. That is enough for now.
My second daughter, Arlynne, had just turned 16 in the summer of 2011 when God called her home to Heaven. Losing her was like a wave crashing into my life. The wake still continues to wash through my life. I am forever changed.
This blog is about the grace that my Father God continues to lavish on my life.
Grace. Undeserved favour. Love and mercy from God that I have done nothing to earn.
Walking in grace daily can be difficult. Seeing God’s favour and His unrelentless, sacrificial love for me while life isn’t what I expect can be a challenge.
Life is hard. It is full of circumstances that overwhelm me. I expect it to be a certain way and then something happens–loss, pain, disappointment. Especially when I have reached out to God and have given Him the control of my life.
I forget sometimes that God hasn’t promised me a smooth road here on earth. I will be stretched and pushed and moulded, as long as I am willing, until I finally get to Heaven. And that is my heart’s cry–to be transformed into something that resembles my Saviour, to walk so close to Him that you can see Him through me, in spite of me. To become “an Oak of Righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of HIS Splendor”. (Isaiah 61:3(b)
I am not perfect. I have not had a life without challenges. And my life isn’t pretty. In fact, sometimes it is down-right messy. But it is my prayer that, by exposing my mess, not only will my ashes become beautiful but you might find some encouragement through my journey.
This blog is about seeing God when life hurts. It is about working through life’s ashes, pain and loss and becoming someone new. Someone I never could have imagined on my own.