The Secret to Spiritual WELLness

Up in the wee hours. Engaged in peaceful prayers and the sweet encouragement of a devotional I shared with Carpenter Husband before bedtime. Charles Spurgeon’s evening offering from one of his most popular works, Morning & Evening, lingers in my soul…                                           

“Tell the righteous it will be well with them…” (Isaiah 3:10). Here’s just a smidgen of the text…

He will be WELL FED because he feeds upon the flesh and blood of Jesus.
He is WELL CLOTHED because he wears the righteousness of Christ.
He is WELL HOUSED for he dwells in God.
He is WELL MARRIED for his soul is knit in bonds of marriage union to Christ.
He is WELL PROVIDED FOR because the Lord is his Shepherd.
He is WELL ENDOWED for heaven is his inheritance.

This is who we are. This is our position in Christ.

Nothing at all against the insurance company, but we are not in good hands with Allstate. Rather we are in the Good Hands of One who knows us through and through, whatever state we’re in. In all conditions and under all circumstances, IT WILL BE WELL with the righteous (caps mine). Righteousness not of our own, but of God Himself. Talk about an insurance policy!

Interestingly, I googled a bit about that famous slogan to learn it was created in the 1950s by Allstate Insurance Company’s sales executive, Davis W. Ellis, based on a similar phrase he used to reassure his wife about a doctor caring for their child.

Cameron with baby sister, Sarah.

I can remember when my children were little. I cared about every little thing. When they were with me and whenever we were apart, I was seldom not thinking of them, always wanting for their good. Though we each have busy lives of our own, that posture continues today, even as they are now in their latter twenties. Wherever they are, whatever they’re doing, it matters to me. And I delight in hearing from them.

A mother’s love is never waning.

Why is it so hard for us to believe that’s true for us sometimes? We become so self-focused and consumed with worry, living as orphans instead of chosen, adopted, adult children of God. Wholly loved. Always wanted. Blood-sealed in Christ. We forget this is not a month-to-month agreement or a contract that must be renewed annually. This is not some willy-nilly arrangement that could dissolve at any moment due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

No. This is a lifetime membership. This is forever kinda stuff. WE BELONG. No fees. No cancellation. Just incomparable benefits, including an out of this world retirement plan. Literally. Like soon and very soon.

At a women’s retreat in Minnesota recently, I prefaced the song, “You Go Before” saying, “This is a song about perspective.” Walk long enough with Jesus and we gain some.

Lord, when sin-sick, world-weary, and ridden with anxiety, give us this perspective, YOUR perspective… we are well fed, well clothed, well housed, well married, well provided for, and well endowed.  Yes, it is well. WE are well. For You have made it so.

Sun’s up. I’m thinkin’ blueberry waffles. Thanks for trackin’ with me.

Grace and peace…

Cheri

 

 

3 comments to The Secret to Spiritual WELLness

  • Paul Cronk

    Cheri, such good words of encouragement. What you said reminds me of what Jesus said “the father has given them to me and nothing can snatch them out of my hands. That is the best insurance policy. Jesus’s words assure me that He will take care of every need we have, we just have to rest in that fact.

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  • DK

    Dear Cheri, Thank you for reminding those of us who tend to constantly worry and fret that in Him our future is assured, our present is secure, and our past is forgiven. I have for years wanted to reach out and tell you how profoundly your music and ministry have impacted me and my faith journey, through many joys and some deep sorrows. I found your first CD in a Christian music story not long after it came out and have eagerly awaited each new release since. It it was possible to wear out a CD (as it was a vinyl album) then Child of the Father would have been worn slick and unusable long ago. You also ministered to my teen aged daughter at a difficult time; your music was one of the few we agreed on. We got to see you in person in Western North Carolina, and you autographed one of your songbooks (she was in piano at the time) and she treasured that book. My wife, who listens to very little music, also holds you as a favorite. Countless times when my life seemed a tempest, I reflexively turned to one of your songs and it quickly re-aligned me, took me back directly to the One Source of help and hope. This quote from the Award Winning Producer Tom Hemby struck me as a perfect description of the effect of your music for me: “She has an uncanny way of gently pulling you into a song and allowing you to soak it up like sunshine on a front porch swing. I know firsthand the soothing affect her music can have on the soul.” You are in my thank prayers for your work, past, present and future. Thanks for the many blessings God has supplied me through your ministry. (P.S.: I’m glad you mentioned the Morning and Evening devotional collection from the great Charles Spurgeon; it is my foundational ‘go to’ devotional; filled with so many gems).

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thanks for taking the time to write. Your words lift my spirits. I love hearing how the Lord has met you through life’s joys and sorrows. And it’s very humbling to think that He would be so kind as to use my music in that way. He is our All-Sufficient God for all seasons! Grace and peace to you and your family. Thank you again for sharing a bit of your story. You have blessed me today.

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