Testimony by Cheryl Zelenka

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Life Interruptions are often Divine Interruptions. I am amazed at how my life has changed since July 23, 2011.
 
Let me start at the beginning.I am a retired teacher and single mom. I adopted one of my fourth grade students and have known God all of my life. I have served Him in several ministries including as a member of the worship team, prayer groups, and counseling women with sexual abuse issues. My life was full and I was happy in my small southern Oregon town…. Until I had a break down.
 
I became clinically depressed. I had to take a leave of absence three times from my teaching position. Every time I returned to work I failed to finish the school year.  Eventually, I went on disability and quit my teaching job.  Humiliation and hopelessness were my constant companions.
 
For over six years I struggled with guilt. Christians have so much to be thankful for and yet, my behavior and emotional state kept spiraling downward. I went to my medical provider many times and the real problem was never identified. I was told that the stress of my teaching job, a family history of depression, premenopause, and bad genes were the cause of all my trouble. It took the love of my parents and a bold step on their part to get to the bottom of my health issues.
 
On one of the many occasions in which I visited my medical provider, I recounted the following strange event. I was in a parking lot when suddenly my walking turned into running. I could not stop my jog, so I intentionally crashed into a parked car and fell to the ground. Getting myself back up on my own was impossible. It took two strong men to place me on my feet again. 
 
My brain was functioning enough at this time to realize something was amiss. You will not believe the response my Nurse Practitioner had to this story. Her comment will send shivers down your spine. “Well,” she said, “If it happens again let me know.”
 
She made no mention of a test or MRI. She did not ask me if I was having balance issues or any other strange symptoms. She sent me off more concern about my low Vitamin D levels! When my parents heard this story it confirmed the fear in their hearts. They had been praying for me over the past two years, not knowing how to help. They both recognized I was not myself and were very concerned, so they decided to drive out and get me.
 
 
Cheryl Zelenka is a retired teacher, single mom, brain tumor survivor and author. Her passion for Scripture and a desire to encourage others is what pressed her to create this blog and write Facing Trials: Thoughts for Meditation.She loves to garden and has two spoiled dogs named Akasha and Bosco. Cheryl adopted a former fourth grade student named Steve. He is a wonderful writer who aspires to be an author just like his mom. He attends college in Colorado Springs and is an English major.
 
Cheryl’s parents are one of her greatest blessings and she cherishes their love and friendship. They poured love into her so that God could use her to pour love out to others in need.
 
Cheryl Zelanka is the author of the books: Facing Trials: Thoughts for Meditation and Divine Interruptions: A Bible Study Through The Book Of Job. 
 
You will find both of her books on Amazon and WestBow Press.
 
To find out more about Cheryl Zelenka, please go to http://facingtrials.com  or find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cherylzelenkaauthor

When you are the most frustrated…

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Author: Renee K Tomczak McCombs

Just when you are the most frustrated…
Beaten down…
Tired….
Defeated…
You see a light….

As Napoleon Hill States…
“The darkest hour is just before dawn.”

You must discipline yourself against all of the negatives…
in the world…
because there will be many….

You must discipline yourself against the people who say…
you can not do it….
because there will be many….

You must discipline yourself not to quit….
because there will be many times…
that you will want to…..

You must discipline yourself against failure….
for there will be many times you will fail….
before you succeed….

You must discipline yourself…
for success…
for there will be many….

If, at the most difficult times in your journey to success…
you can keep a positive attitude…
one that will not quit no matter what….
you will find not just one success…
but many….
For…
it is up to you…
to prepare yourself…
not only for the struggle…
but ,
for the glory as well….

Because when you do find the glory of success…
You must not stop…
For, it is just the beginning….

It is the beginning of many future successes….
many future dreams, passions and desires…
being brought to life and reality…

So…
just when you feel like quitting…
just remember….
you are only one failure away from a success…
big or small!!!!

Create a great day!
For only you can make it a great day!

Imagine….

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Author: 
Renee K Tomczak McCombs

 

Imagine….

Being curled up in front of a roaring fire….
Smelling the fresh wood burning….
Sipping on a cup of soothing tea….
Reading your favorite book….

You look out of the window and the snow is falling….

In fact,
it has been falling for what seems like years….

Instead of being frustrated….
You decide to stop and look at the natural beauty,
That the snow is creating…..
Being grateful for all that you have in life….

It is so easy….
to get caught up in the moment….
by simple frustration….

That sometimes….
we forget to appreciate the simple things in life….

Being grateful for what we are blessed with….
Being grateful for what we are able to overcome….
Being grateful for the raw moments that nature shares with us….
Just being grateful….

When something frustrates us….
We have to realize…
that it is our choice….
to allow it to bother us…
to allow it to become an obstacle….
to allow it to bring us to a dead stop.

Instead….


have gratitude for the beauty of the moment…
life may be telling you…
that it is time for learning and growing….
time to read a book…
time to take a break….
time to expand your limitations…..
time for you to accept what is rather than what is not….

So….

Remember….
Whatever the situation is….
We have a choice!!!!

Create a great day!
For only you can make it a great day!


©~Renee~2014

Never Give Up

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Author: Jon Rouse – life so aware
http://www.lifesoaware.com

In life we all go through ups and downs with emotions, with unforeseen circumstances, with storms of life, with letting ourselves down and not living up to who we want to be. 

I have three words for you “Never Give Up”.Jesus tells us that there will be storms, that you will have ups and downs, that you will let yourself down.

But one thing is certain and never changes – God and his love for us.

He doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but what he does ask is that we depend on him and that we lean on him and that we build ourselves up strong by spending time with him. He gives us direction on how to do life and on how to lean on him. We could never survive life if it wasn’t for his goodness and mercy and his grace that gives us ability to be strong when we are at our breaking point, when we are at our weakest. When we learn that we are nothing with out him and that we can’t do it on our own, that is when his grace works in our lives and he makes a seemingly impossible situation work out.

James 4:6  “6 But the grace that God gives is even stronger. As the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

We need to realize and be humble about life.

We need to learn to trust that God knows what is best for us and that we don’t.

When you learn to be humble in life in reverence  to God, he then will give you grace to get through what ever life is handing you. You will find more peace about not knowing what to do, because you are learning to lean and trust him in and through life, even when we go through hard times. He has been my constant and ever so faithful to me, and he will do the same for you.

Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight.”

This requires a DECISION on your part to put your trust in him.

If you believe the bible then you should believe his word is true and that his promises are true. He will guide us, but it is up to us to place our trust and faith in him so that he can guide us. Things aren’t automatically awesome and perfect when we do follow him, but that decision to trust him will give you peace in times of trouble. And if you follow him and trust him long enough, learn also to see the miracles he will give birth to in your life. He will work things out even through the storms and the heart aches. 

It is a tough thing to do, to not make every decision on our own, but it is the best thing we can do, so that he can work in our lives the way he wants to.  “All things work for the good of those who love him”.

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

We need to trust that God is with us and he will never leave us. If we learn to trust in him and walk with him, we will find more courage and strength that if we were trying to do things on our own. He will give us grace to live life more joyfully and more fulfilled. Trusting him does require patience, because we live in such a NOW, Instantaneous results kind of world, we need to learn to change our patterns.

It is something you choose to do, but if you don’t fully choose to trust, then you won’t see the great things God has planned for you. While you trust God, you should have a personal relationship with him, walking with him daily, talking with him daily and letting him lead your path. 

If you trust him, but go your own way, you can’t expect for your path to be straight and for things to work out. 

God has a plan for you and that is something he wants your trust in too. So continue to follow him in your life and learn to trust him. Make the choice, its yours to make. But God will lead you if you learn to follow.

Philippians 4:12-13 “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

My challenge for you today to apply to your life, is change your patterns of impatience and make a choice to trust in God and follow him through all the ups and downs in life. 

He gives you peace and grace to get through anything this life throws at you. I challenge you to follow him with your life and trust him with your life. 

He has the best life planned for you.

By Jon Rouse – life so aware
http://www.lifesoaware.com