Not like the world gives, but better . . .

The other night as I prepared for bed my thoughts were restless.  Worry had once again worked its way into my head and I longed for peace.  Worry about financial security, the nuts and bolts of recording another record, fear of the “unknowns” in my future, just plain worry.  And yet I knew there’s a Prince of Peace who gives peace, not like the world gives, but better. 

“Lord,” I wrote in my journal, “as I go to your Word, would You give me a verse to go to sleep with?”  Surely this was a request He could grant.  And this is what I read:

 . . .The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.  – Psalm 138:8a

Simple and to the point.  Exactly what I needed actually.  This whole peace thing really works.  There may not be a lot of peace in the world right now, but that night, in my room, alone with God, me and Peace got along just fine.  And I slept great.

Goodnight,

Cheri

7 comments to Not like the world gives, but better . . .

  • Jonelle Gillette

    Cheri,
    I love your simple faith, and I am a lot like you in my talks with God. I too am struggling with the same issues of financial security and perhaps this was His message for me as well. God is amazing! His plan will unfold…I just have to trust and let Him lead….sometimes easier said than done, that’s why I need lots of prayers for patience!! :)

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  • Cheri, Isn’t that always how it works out. God gives you what you need to hear when you need it. Our daughter-in-law and her younger brother (her parents only 2 children, neither of whom had children yet) was tragically killed in a car accident on Dec. 16, 2005. Our son was a widower at 28 years old after only 3 years of marriage and Carrie and Ben’s parents would never have grandchildren). A tragedy that you would never expect to happen to you! With all the disruptions of going down to SC for the services and to spend time with our son it was a couple of weeks before I returned to my daily devotionals. When I looked back to see the devotional for the day they died it was based on Psalm 121 and vs. 7 says “The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.” (as translated in the King James version). I had originally read it in the Living Bible which translates it as “preserves your life”. In light of Carrie and Ben’s deaths that didn’t make sense but the KJV translation was very comforting and it struck me as so appropriate for the day of their deaths and it was just what I needed to read at that time. God is good! and loves and forgives us all!

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  • Janelle Beeson

    Cheri,

    I am very challenged on blogging etc. trying to get better. I few months ago I tried to blog you. it didn”t work :( I’m trying again :) I think it was shortly after you shared publicly about your divorce.
    I was just trying to tell you I am sorry for your pain. But as I am more than sure you know the the Lord is with you more than ever. Right know I am listening to your song (Here You Stand). Thank you !!! Please donnot ever stop sins and praising our Lord.

    Your distant cousin Janelle Beeson !!!

    (really) your grandmother Eva was my mothers 1st cousin. They are both with Jesus now awesome.

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  • Janelle Beeson

    Cheri,

    Told you I was challenged.
    Not sin singing !!!

    Janelle

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  • Gretchen

    This posting rang true for me too. I am on disability and can only earn $12,000 gross a year with a small supplement from social security. I want to hold on to my worries but I know that I can try to let go and have God take it from there. This is very hard for me to do.

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  • Gretchen

    I also worry about financial security. Thanks for sharing Cheri.

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  • Renee

    Hi Cheri,
    Just wanted you to know how much you have ministered to my heart these last 20 years we have been on the mission field. You’ve encouraged me on many an early morning walk to turn to the Lord in the midst of our difficulties in life and ministry here. Hearing the words of Scripture as the sun rises (with the call to prayer in the background) I was drawn upward into the Presence of my Prince of Peace who calmed my fears and took me through lots of storms, small and fierce. Thank you for your music and for walking in obedience to Christ these years. As we face moving back to the States to re-establish our lives there, we too face financial insecurities and concerns for how the future will look. May His Presence be more and more real to each of us. Thank you for your music and your heart.

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