Spoken from the Heart: Embracing the Adventure

Spoken from the Heart: Embracing the Adventure was born in the year 2015. Even though it was written almost 18 months after Spoken from the Heart: Journey from Fear to Faith, it’s continues the journey God took me on to learn how to trust Him.

The first Sunday in January our pastor gave a sermon explaining if we dedicate each new year to God, it should build excitement in us regarding the adventure we’re about to travel with Him. He went on to say, “Some people will experience more trials/challenges this year than most.”

I had started giving God my firsts each January in the form of fasting. However, during the sermon (I didn’t even wait until I got home), I prayed in my seat, “Please, God, just like You kept us from a tornado in the fall of 2013, please don’t let it be our family that is going to experience more trials this year.

However, instead of feeling a peace come over me, or hearing an audible, “Okay” from God, “you can have another free pass,” I felt Him say to me, “Buckle your seatbelt, Little One, we’re going for a ride. If you let Me drive, it won’t be as bad as you fear.”

The very next day, I received an email from my employer stating I would be completely unemployed in less than 30 days. My job was being replaced through no fault of my own.

To say I was scared would be an understatement. The following 32 stories share with you how I slowly learned how to trust God through the midst of uncertainty.

The picture given to me for the cover was taken by my brother-in-law in California, which I think aptly shows the adventure our family went on. It reminds me (loosely) of the desert the Egyptians wandered around in for 40 years.

At times the adventure my family and I have been on has felt like 40 years, instead of only five. And there are many times throughout the stories that I refer to myself (unfortunately) as stubborn as the Israelites.

Thank goodness our Heavenly Father is loving and patient and kind. Looking back, while I wouldn’t necessarily want to travel the journey again, I’m thankful for the lessons God taught me during that time and how He has changed my heart during the process.

Have you (or a family member) suddenly been given bad news? If yes, what was your first response and what lessons did God teach you from that adventure? Please share with the group by hitting reply. I’d love to continue this conversation with you. 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Spoken from the Heart: Embracing the Adventure

  1. *Hi Cheri,* *From my life experience, I found that the most comforting scripture at times like this can be found in ECCLESIASTES 3:1-8; which got read at the funeral for my mother of blessed memory.* *Which is why I’m offering this to you?”* *Robin Leigh*

    *BTW – You never responded back when I wrote you that I’ve reviewed “Marriage Matters” which I’d given 5 STARS. The review now has 7 HELPFUL votes. I would like to know what you thought of the scripture I included in my review, and if you can I would appreciate you clicking HELPFUL at the end of the review. So far this year over 70% of the 84 books I’ve reviewed have been for nonfiction Christian books.*

    On Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 5:15 AM Spoken From the Heart wrote:

    > cheriswalwell posted: “Spoken from the Heart: Embracing the Adventure was > born in the year 2015. Even though it was written almost 18 months after > Spoken from the Heart: Journey from Fear to Faith, it’s continues the > journey God took me on to learn how to trust Him. The firs” >

    1. Thank you so much, for the beautiful Scripture. Yes, that is so comforting. I appreciate the reminder.
      I apologize for not replying to your email about your review to Marriage Matters. I thought I had. I read your review and was humbled and so appreciative of the time you took to write such a beautiful and thought out review, and yes, I enjoyed the Scriptures you used as well. I’m so glad you’re here! I look forward to continuing to get to know you better and better.

      Blessings,
      Cheri Swalwell

  2. Embracing the Adventure sounds like a great book.
    I sure would love to read this book and the rest of your books in paperback/print form. I love your books and the rest of them sound great too.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoy the devotionals. Also so glad you’re here and part of our group! Blessings to you my friend!

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