When divorce isn’t your story…

Hello, friends…I was just in Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh to film The Living Room Concert Series with the good folks at Cornerstone TV. Aside from the nerves that sometimes accompany lights and cameras, I thoroughly enjoyed the intimate set they created with candles, a cozy rug, and a small but warm studio audience. I admit I got a little choked up singing “Be My Sabbath”, proof there is still a part of me in need of rest. I met others for whom that song resonated. And so I’ll keep on singing.

A quick snapshot after filming The Living Room Concert Series at Cornerstone TV in Wall, PA

At Cornerstone TV Network

I was blessed also to minister at New Life Baptist Church in New Wilmington, PA, a return visit from their Mother’s Day luncheon back in 2011. I came home with a bunch of goodies from the trip…two Pittsburgh Pirates cups from my driver with the station along with two pamphlets on tongues and the Holy Spirit (we got into a conversation about the “gifts” and he prayed for me to receive my prayer language; I’ll let you know when/if it happens). I received hand made Citrus Delight soap and Lavender Dream lotion, some pretty note cards and paper clips (thanks, Sandy!), handwritten notes from my hosts, the gum and wintergreen mints, the homemade cherry hazelnut oat bars (thanks Mary!), the Real Life coffee mug, an inspirational tissue box cover, and a Clark bar.

Goodies from my brothers and sisters in Pennsylvania.

Goodies from my friends in Pennsylvania.

Silly to post it here, I know. But, I thought it a fun sampling from my dear brothers and sisters in Christ. What a joy it is to share in fellowship, to pray for one another, and unite in purpose to see lives changed by the gospel. I may just have the best job in the world.

One thing was especially meaningful this trip. I got to thank the pastor who ministered to me back in 2011 when I was barely getting used to uttering, “I never thought divorce would be my story” from the platform. I had sung my set that Sunday morning and as I turned to head back to my seat in the front row, the pastor stopped me half way up the steps. There he gently grabbed my arm and said something my tender heart would never forget…

He said, “Divorce isn’t your story. It’s just a chapter in a glorious life.”

I’ve shared his comforting words many times since then and was grateful for the opportunity to be able to tell Pastor John, in person, how much it meant to me. Singing my new song, “You Go Before”, on the platform this past Sunday was poignant indeed. Because He did. And He still does.

You have the answer before the question
You know the ending before it’s begun
You set the rain and the clouds in motion
Knowing full well You would bring back the sun
Ready and waiting with kind provision
Like a lighthouse that shines through the storm
A vision of land for the homesick sailor
You go before

It rained while I was in Pennsylvania this weekend, but it was all sunshine in my heart. Thank you, PA friends. Keep doing what you do. You never know who might need your kindness.

Blessings…

Cheri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 comments to When divorce isn’t your story…

  • Emily

    Very sweet “show and tell” of your treasures, old and new, Cheri! I will pray that you receive “the gift” you are desiring..just wanted to recommend a book that I was given:
    http://www.amazon.com/They-Speak-Other-Tongues-Sherrill/dp/0800793595
    It was great to read and actually I prayed for two years before I finally received it. But when I did, (unbeknownst to me) a pastor friend was praying for me to receive it that same week. I will be praying for you, too!

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Emily. I had the chance to process some of this in the song, “Lead Me To Your Love” on the new album. More than any outward sign or gift, my desire is “to know Christ and make Him known, ministering His message of Hope and Healing through song, speech, and the written word; to tell of His goodness and compel others to do the same, for the glory of God.” (from my mission statement) And so I continue with the calling and remain open to whatever He has for me, His humble servant. Thanks for your prayers.

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  • Hello,
    I noticed the brown and black bars at the top of your site. If you moved them down a little you’ll be able to sit up straight! Just trying to help.

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    Cheri Reply:

    Ha! Took me a minute to catch your humor:)

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  • Bob Koontz

    Cheri, it was such a blessing to have you here at our home church. The pastors, staff, and members are such wonderful servants of the Lord. Your heart for our Lord and Savior is obvious and so was His presence. Thank you I was truly blessed. Thank you for your song, He really does go before.
    Bob

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    Cheri Reply:

    Amen, Brother Bob!

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  • Emily

    Oh that’s very interesting – part of the backstory to that song?! And very true – I think our character is always more important to God than our giftings..everything else is just an added blessing, compared to knowing HIM. Love your mission statement, too. <3

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  • Bill Horosz

    Cheri,

    I’m kinda partial to PA having grown up just outside of Pittsburgh and going to an awesome Christian college not too far from my home (Geneva College).

    Like you I never ever thought I’d get divorced. And being in the church made it very difficult as sin was involved on both sides and I was the one basically kicked to the curb while others surrounded my now ex wife. But I found another church where I was accepted for who I am – a sinner saved by grace. Found a great therapist. Slowly put the pieces of the puzzle together. At roughly the same time I lost my job of 13 years and my father. God put a fighter in me. Three years single and unemployed- but God told me that a job and relationship would go hand in hand. Met a wonderful woman through Chrstian Mingle. We met 1/27/11 and got married on 2/11/11 – that’s not a typo. And I have the best job I’ve ever had and a restored relationship with all my children.

    So well out – just a chapter in my life, not the story.

    You ever head down to Tampa let us know and dinner is on us.

    Bill Horosz

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your story, or rather that part of your story, Bill. God forgives. God redeems. God is good. Forever in His service, Cheri

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  • Roberta

    Hi Cheri,
    I love your heart for the Lord – I am a single adult, never married (yet – I’m 34). Sharing this part of your journey really helps me to remember that God is going before me as well, He knows the desires of my heart, and will fulfill them in His time (if they are His desires as well). Thank you for sharing, and for the consistent encouragement in your music and your blog. I hope you know that your listeners pray for you and that you know that God is using you mightily in our lives.
    <3 – Roberta

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thank you so much for the prayers and encouragement, Roberta. It really matters. And, yes, He knows the desires of our hearts! Comforting to know. Keep leaning into Him, dear friend. Cheri

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  • Yonas

    Hello Cheri,
    Me and my dear wife have been blessed by your new song “overcome”
    God bless you!
    Let God continue shining His light through you.

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thank you, Yonas. Peace to you and yours in 2016.

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  • lynn

    I want to thank you for your honesty sharing about your divorce. My husband told me he was done loving me 2 years ago, 2 weeks after my mother’s death and after 35 years of marriage. I cannot describe the brokenness, the pain, the hopelessness that followed. But in the depth of my pain, God stayed with me and loved on me. He has used your music to help me heal. My divorce was final this last summer and God is near and helping me to move forward. Your are right, divorce is not our story, but it is a chapter, one that I have learned from and hope to help others learn from too. Thank you for being his words and music to my heart.

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thank you for sharing, Lynn. Sorry for your pain. If I know the Lord like I think I do, He will not waste it. And He will, indeed, allow you to help others walking a similar path. Here’s to the next chapter…

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