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Do You Run To Man Before God?



What is your first response to adversity? Do you run to God or do you look elsewhere for support? A loving father wants his child to solicit his help in times of difficulty thus, our heavenly Father wants His spiritual children to do the same.

“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” Psalm 54:4 (NIV)

God is pleased when we depend on His provision. He longs to assist us with His wisdom, strength, and love. Christian saints know a miraculous peace during the most trying of circumstances if they remain constant in their faith, remembering that God is good…. All the time! With a strong Father to protect and guide, trouble quickly diminishes into an obstacle of realistic proportion.

Fear has a way of making circumstances look darker than they really are. Satan gladly jumps on any opportunity to harass the children of God, so a weak faith or a weakened spiritual condition gives him a foot in the door we call torment. God is our eternal hope, but when we are overwhelmed by the sorrows and cares of this world hope can appear to be out of reach. This is a lie since God is both eternal and our hope. Therefore our hope is everlasting.

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” John 8:44 (NKJV)

Since God is omniscient, He is aware of your trouble and knows how best to direct you to higher ground. The Word of God is truly alive, so if you search it with your whole heart…. Very special verses will come to your attention. Thanks to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, these scriptures will give you the necessary comfort and instruction you need to help you through your time of trouble.

Trials and storms will whip about us causing great discomfort. These storms in life come from many different directions and originate from places we often never suspect. Don’t let this throw you off your spiritual race or cause confusion in your service to God. Look up to the heavens and imagine God on His throne. Keep your focus on Him and soon the irritating whirlwind will loose its power. God is not a God of confusion. Confusion and chaos live in a spiritual realm the devil likes to inhabit.

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” 1 CO 14:33 (NKJV)

It is wonderful having flesh and blood brothers and sisters who support us during troublesome times. The Lord encourages the body of Christ to pray for one another. However, God should always be our main source of help and the first caregiver we call upon when adversity strikes.


My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:5-8 (NKJV)

“When I remember You on my bed,I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help,therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You;Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:6-8 (NKJV)

“Help me, Lord my God;Save me according to Your unfailing love.” Psalm 109:26 (NIV) “Save me, O God!For the waters have come up to my neck.I sink in deep mire,where there is no standing;I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.I am weary with my crying;My throat is dry;My eyes fail while I wait for my God.”   Psalm 69:1-3

“He does not regard the quantity of faith, but the quality. He does not measure its degree, but its truth. He will not break any bruised reed, nor quench any smoking flax. He will never let it be said that any perished at the foot of the cross.” ~ J.C. Ryle

This devotion is in FACING ADVERSITY WITH WISDOM, PRAISE, AND PROMISES. Look for it the first week of December on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cheryl%20zelenka&sprefix=chery%2Caps

Facing Trials, Storms, and Adversity Trilogy Now on Amazon!

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My second book of devotions is now available on Amazon. Here is a review from my first book, Facing Trials. I promise… Facing Storms is as good, if not even better!


“I received “Facing Trials: Thoughts For Meditation,” by Cheryl Zelenka for free through GoodReads First Reads. It is one of the best devotionals I have read. Personally, it spoke to the trials I face. As a single mother, my only child died 2 1/2 years ago after a fatal car accident. Ms. Zelenka, a brain tumor survivor, speaks to anyone who is plagued with adversity. She offers hope, encouragement, and reminds the reader of His promises to us. We only need to keep on pressing on through the difficulties of our life journey. I will keep the book, “Facing Trials: Thoughts For Meditation,” close at hand because it fortifies my faith.”

My third book will be available on Amazon the first week of December. Evey devotional is just $12! They are also available as eBooks.

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Christian Fellowship: Are You Read To Be Sharpened?


A dull knife is still a knife but far less effective than one that has been thoroughly sharpened. The same goes for Christians. A Christian who is lax in obtaining knowledge by way of reading scripture is still a Christian, but far less effective than a believer who reads the living Word daily. Both Christians will be used of God, but the one who is more spiritually minded will have greater success in leading others to Christ.

We were created for fellowship and a lone Christian is at a great disadvantage. Again let me refer back to the knife analogy. A single knife sitting in a drawer, with no other blade next to it, will eventually grow dull and less effective in its purpose. The same goes for the Christian who neglects fellowship with other believers. They are that solitary knife growing duller and more foolish every day, due to the absence of a sharpening “blade.”

The people who cross your path have been placed there for a reason. Nothing in this world is a coincidence and no meeting is by chance. Every person you work with, all of your family members, the homeless person on your street corner, even the neighbor next door has been placed in your life for some purpose. God has provided interactions with these individuals, although certainly in different measurements of intimacy. Everyone in your life is beneficial to your spiritual growth.

“Every experience God gives us, every person He puts into our lives, is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see.” Corrie ten Boom

The individual who causes you the greatest annoyance is sharpening your capacity to love unconditionally. The family members who borrow money they can never repay have been provided for your benefit as well. They are the means by which God is instructing you concerning the very profitable lessons of mercy and grace. And finally, the friend who refuses to turn an eye when the sins of your flesh rise up is God’s precious gift to you. This friend, who fearlessly exhorts in love and practices dauntless accountability, is invaluable and a true treasure. They have surely prevented your foot from slipping more than once, and hopefully you have returned the favor.

Fellowship with the body of Christ gives us strength, especially in the presence of evil. These are dark days we now live and the temptations of the world are closing in all around us. We need faithful brothers and sisters in Christ who will hold us accountable and this includes church leadership. Pastors should seek out mature believers who are not afraid to speak honest words of encouragement and exhortation.

“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 (NASB)

The lamb who wanders off alone is the one most likely to be caught in the enemy’s snare. There is safety in numbers since more eyes are available to observe approaching danger. In turn, every precious lamb of God has a spiritual gift. The more sheep abiding in a flock, the more spiritual gifts available to use against evil.

Faithfully, God prepares and equips His children for each of their earthly tasks. He uses many people and surprising circumstances to train and equip each of us for battle, as stated in Proverbs 27:17. I pray that the men and women of iron now present in your life continue to sharpen your faith. May you be like a two-edged sword, mighty and swift in your attack and victorious over all evil in your path. Oh that we would all grind and hone our only offensive piece of spiritual armor… the sword, otherwise known as the living Word of God.

“Whoever heeds life-giving correctionwill be at home among the wise.”  Proverbs 15:31 (NIV)

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.” Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)

“A righteous man who falters before the wickedis like a murky spring and a polluted well.” Proverbs 25:26 (NKJV)

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

“Fellowship means among other things that we are ready to receive of Christ from others. Other believers minister Christ to me, and I am ready to receive.”   ~ Watchman Nee

This devotion is from my upcoming book FACING ADVERSITY WITH WISDOM, PRAISE AND PROMISES. Check out my other books on Amazon at this site….




Memorial Day Event in Canon City, CO

I will be in Canon City, CO at the Holy Cross Abbey for the whole Memorial Day Weekend. Hope to see you there!


Recent Book Review On Amazon: 5 Stars!

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Be sure to check out my newest book review on Amazon. It’s for DIVINE INTERRUPTIONS: A BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JOB

“Divine Interruptions is a wonderfully crafted study through the book of Job and based on the author’s own personal life experiences. Cheryl Zelenka has done an excellent job in the writing of this book and the result is a Bible study that is both thought provoking and painfully honest as she takes us step by step through her trials, diagnosis, surgery, recovery….and rebirth! I really like the format and layout of the book which breaks the book of Job down into bite-size nuggets that makes it easy for you to read and digest. There are ten chapters with five days of studies for each one….this makes it easy to pick back up if you get “divinely interrupted” during your study. I also like the use of other scriptures throughout the book to support and enhance your understanding of the triumph you can have over trials and suffering in your own life. The study guide is a great tool and gives you ample space to answer the questions in each section as well as put down your own thoughts and feelings as you work through the book. I would highly recommend Divine Interruptions for anyone who is searching for either a personal or small group Bible study. Great job, Cheryl!!!!”


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