Easter Devotion-Friday, April 8, 2016



Friday, April 8, 2016


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


October, 1994, found me a single parent of a beautiful little toddler.  When I married, I never dreamed that within a year and a half, I would be divorced and raising this little boy alone.


Growing up as an only child of divorced parents, with a dad I never saw, I was so fearful that my sweet little boy would face the same future.  It was such a difficult time.


I never let my faith falter, though.  I prayed that God would bring someone into my life that would be a Dad to my little boy.  More than anything, I wanted a Godly man to teach my son how to love God.  I will never forget the night that I met my husband.  My mom forced me to attend a ‘matched and unattached’ group at our church.  “You might meet a great guy”, she said.  Having grown up in that congregation, I remember my response.  “I know all the guys at church and they are all dorks.”  What I didn’t realize was that God had led someone to move to St. Louis from Arkansas, for a reason he really couldn’t explain – other than that it was a little closer to his family in Rolla.  On top of that, he also skipped a Cardinal game that he believed might be historical to go to this ‘matched and unattached’ group at church.  He couldn’t really explain that either.


I had no idea that God had prepared us to meet and would not only provide a Godly man to raise my son as his own (even adopting him), but that he would become a father to our other 5 kids and a wonderful husband to me and a spiritual leader in our family.  God taught me to lean on Him in hard times.  When we put our faith in God, and let Him do the rest, His will is done.


THE PRAYER:  Dear Lord, when we struggle with the hard times in this life, help us to remember that not just in the good times, but also in the hard times, we should lean on You.  AMEN.


THE AUTHOR: Cheryl Bates, a busy mother of six children, Juice Plus Distributor, Harvester Township committeewoman and Troop Coordinator of American Heritage Girls.