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Facing Adversity: Thoughts of Wisdom, Praise, & Promise

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The last book of my devotion trilogy, Facing Adversity: Thoughts of Wisdom, Praise, & Promise, is now available on Amazon. Here is an excerpt from a devotion titled SUFFERING UNITES US ALL

http://www.amazon.com/Facing-Adversity-Thoughts-Wisdom-Promise/dp/1503377989/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417501877&sr=1-5&keywords=Cheryl+Zelenka

“God has a plan and a purpose for everyone. Nobody is insignificant. We are, after all, created in the very image of God. This includes the homeless person living in a cardboard box and the abused child in a home of neglect. We all have a part to play in God’s divine design, and sharing in the sufferings of Christ is part of His game plan.

Suffering is an effective tool God uses to refine our spiritual character. Adversity is permitted, or sent, as a loving gift from heaven above. Perspective is critical here. God gives good gifts therefore trials are beneficial.

So how can our painful moments be of any use? How can something hurtful, shameful, or grievous actually be a blessing? Do not trials teach us valuable lessons? Do we not gain insight, knowledge and wisdom as we muddle through our adversity? Is this not something we can share with others? Healing and lessons of perseverance are not only a witness of God’s grace but also an encouragement to others.

The process of sanctification chips away self-reliance and causes even the most prideful of mankind to cry out for help, help that only God can provide. Learning to depend on the Father is a major lesson in our spiritual walk. When we trust Him with all things and remain peaceful in the midst of an uncertain fate, faith has carried us. Others will notice our manner and desire the same inner peace we exude. Life style witnessing is a powerful tool and useful in the work of the Great Commission.

Suffering unites us all. Each person has experienced pain. Therefore, we can compassionately connect with others through this common bond. No race, creed, social status or level of education can escape the reality of suffering. Because of this fact we have an open door, a first step in sharing the Good News. We can build relationships in many different ways and there is a fellowship of suffering, with Christ Jesus and with others.

Here then is the great blessing found in adversity. Because of the pain you endured, thanks to the grace of God, you are now equipped to encourage and bless others. Your victory over tribulation will give them hope.”

New Book Of Devotions Will Be Out Soon!

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Here is a little tease. This is taken from the devotion WAILING INTO DANCING and will be included in my upcoming book… FACING STORMS.

“How then do we recover from depression and despair? It is only by crying out to God and accepting His helping hands that are we able to overcome our greatest sorrows. When we finally choose to lay down our wills and surrender our complaints, trusting in His goodness, we permit Him to mold and work into us the very image of His son, Jesus Christ. Through our yielding to His sovereignty and by declaring His right to have His way in all things, without the slightest need for an explanations, we enter into an even deeper and more intimate walk.

As we forgo our urge to wrestle with past events and their painful effects, we experience the rolling back of suffering. In its stead, we find ourselves within the supernatural peace that transcends all understanding. Through our submission to His will, and by acknowledging His ways to be so much higher than our own, our tragedy becomes bearable. He had a plan, and it included the circumstances of our heartache even before He knit us together. At all times, our need for understanding must side step when faith decides to take the lead.

Turning our wailing and sorrows into joy and dancing will happen with the passing of seasons. By allowing some time to pass, we will eventually look behind us and thank God for the precious moments, days, and years we had with the special someone we so dearly loved, or the life we were so content to play out. Faith helps us to accept and find comfort in knowing that all things work together for those who love Him….. according to HIS PURPOSE (Ro. 8:28).

Loss, be it the death of a loved one, deteriorating health, lost dreams, or some kind of divine interruption ….. Will usually include a measure of pain. Your positive attitude, perspective change, and faith are what will turn your wailing into praise and joyful dancing. The Lord equips you to sing songs of joy in good times and bad times. On some days you may have to look a little harder for the blessings in your life, but they are always present.”

To purchase my first book of devotions go to ….

http://www.amazon.com/Facing-Trials-Meditation-Cheryl-Zelenka-ebook/dp/B00K7TNT5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404617156&sr=8-1&keywords=Cheryl+Zelenka

Pre-Order My New Christian Devotional Now!

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Dear Ones,

My book is about to be published on West Bow!  Facing Trials:  Thoughts for Meditation has been a labor of love and I am very excited to offer a means to pre-order my devotional.  If you go to

http://facingtrials.com

click to the top tab…MY BOOK you will find a link to PayPal.  For now I am only selling the soft cover book on PayPal.  

When the book is available on West Bow, I will let everyone know. (Sometime in October)                                                              

On West Bow you will have the option to purchase the                                         Hard Cover for $30.95  

The Soft Cover for $13.95  

and/or the eBook for $7.99    

I will have a second book published in (God willing) December or January of 2014.  The second book is called Divine Interruptions:  Opportunities for Spiritual Growth.  It is a Bible study.  There are ten chapters with five days in each chapter.  Day one tells a little of my story recovering from a brain tumor.  Day two-four are scripture searches that lead you through the entire book of Job.  Day five includes a prayer and meditation.

I also have a third book nearly finished, a devotional similar in design to Facing Trials: Thoughts for Meditation.

Please let your friends know about the book.  Word of mouth is so important and I do believe God wants to bless many with the words and thoughts He has shared with me.

Lastly, dear ones….. I am once again stepping out in faith.  I believe the Lord is asking me to do some public speaking.  If your church or organization is interested in hiring me to speak, check out the new tab on top…. listed Speaking Events      

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”  1 Peter 4:10-11 NKJV

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