" Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are 'patches of godlight' in the woods of our experience."

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Changes, BIG Changes

Anyone who has known me for the past year and half will know that I have been struggling with my job. Working with 2-3 year olds is very difficult, especially when you are the only adult in a room with twelve 2-3 year olds.

I have been wanting a different job but I am not really qualified to do anything but childcare and retail. Both of these types of jobs, I hate! Recently my husband came home and told me he thought I should go back to school. Back to school???!! I have already been in college at least 6 years and I do have my Bachelor of Arts degree. Although my B.A. is not in anything useful (Bible), I still felt a great sense of accomplishment when I graduated almost 2 years ago. So you can imagine my surprise when my husband suggested this to me.

So I considered and thought and prayed for several weeks over this. I finally decided I would just apply and if everything went through with no problems, I would consider that my "Yes" from God.

You see this whole time I had been wondering about my job. If I started school, there would be no way I would be able to continue my 7:30 am to 4:30 pm schedule at work. And I was torn. Should I just up and leave my job? My automatic answer was "YES!" But was I really supposed to go back to school? Even after I put in my application, I still felt unsure of whether or not I was doing the right thing.

And then one day I was driving in the car, still deliberating over what exactly I would do when I started school, wondering if this was the right decision, when I heard Him. Yes, God spoke to me. Not in audible way, of course, but He spoke to my heart.

This is what He said: "Cherith, this is it! I have made you a way to escape. You have been unhappy for a long time and this is IT! This is your escape."

I was shocked. I will be honest. It has been a LONG time since God has spoken to my heart like that. But after that, I felt strangely at peace. And I say strangely because that is also an emotion that I have not felt in a LONG time.

So that's the story. I have been praying that 2012 would be a better year, filled with changes and new, exciting opportunities. So far, it has. And I have one person to thank for that......

God. :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Do unto others...

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

We've all heard this quote before right? I actually heard a sermon about this quote on Sunday. And it was thoroughly and completely spot on. Possibly the best sermon I had heard on the subject. It was thought provoking, convicting and I want to share that with you.

The actual quote comes from the Bible. Matthew 7: 12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

Most people usually mistake what this verse actually means. They think it says that you should treat people the way they treat you. But it actually means YOU should treat people the way YOU would like to be treated. Would you like to be treated with respect? Then you give people respect. Would you like people to be friendly to you? Then you be friendly. It's not about revenge or giving back the attitude or actions that the other person first gave you. It's about you acting first. You giving respect, kindness, loyalty FIRST because that is how you want to be treated.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things....

1. Beautiful, billowing clouds
2. Paris, France
3. Hot air balloons
4. Hot cup of cocoa on a cold evening
5. A good book
6. Late night conversations
7. Black cats
8. Entertaining Broadway musicals
9. Quoting movies
10. Long, sandy beaches

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Perseverance

I will persevere!
I will carry on!
Though it seems life is pointless,
Though it seems I'm going in circles,
God has a plan and a purpose.
I know He will bring me
To the place I ultimately belong.

The clouds are parting,
And the sun is peeking through.
Some days are still dreary,
But I can feel the healing.
For the first time in months,
I can smile freely!
Trusting in God,
Whether I feel His presence or not,
I know He is here,
Carrying me in His arms.

I am weary and stretched,
But He gives me strength
For each new day.
If I am to know Him,
I must share in His sufferings.
Who better to share with
Than my Most High God?

He knows me more intimately
Than any other.
He is the only one who can heal me.
I will press on
And fix my eyes to the goal.
No matter what happens around me,
Though all my friends fail
Or abandon me,
I'll keep my eyes on the prize
For He never fails,
Nor will He leave me!

Monday, August 9, 2010

My Cloudy Days, Part 2

The one thing I was sure of.
The one thing I knew.
It too seems far away,
Lost in my cloudy days.
Then I wonder,
How? How can I be this?
Lord, You were mistaken
When You called me!
I don't meet the standards.
I won't measure up!
I should just forget it.
I'll attempt something else.

When will the clouds pass away?
When will my night turn to day?
I know He cares,
And I do trust Him.
But it's hard to wait,
It's hard to hope
When you don't see any light.
My eyes are dry,
But the tears still come.
When will it end?
When will the valley be over?

With each cloudy day,
My heart hardens more.
I don't want to love.
I don't want to care!
I've given myself before,
I gave too much....

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Cloudy Days, Part 1



A dark cloud covers me.
The sun may be shining,

But all I see is rain.

I pray for relief.

I beg for freedom.
I know He hears me,

But the answer never comes.

The cloud continues to darken my soul.

My joy has left me.

I feel only sadness.
I feel only darkness.
Sometimes, I feel nothing.
My life is passing quickly,
And I am missing out.

I call out for it to stop.

I pray for slower days.
But it continues to fly by,

Quicker each day.


I do my duties.
I continue each day.
I put on a mask,
And cover my pain.
Everything has become monotonous!
God doesn't answer,

So I stop asking.

I know it's me.
I know I should try harder...

But why?
Life seems pointless.