Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Regrets, anyone?

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
Eph. 5:17


This past Sunday morning, as we were getting ready for church, my husband Kyle asked me if there was anything in my life that I regret doing. I knew this was a loaded question, so I took a few minutes to think about it. My mind went to premarital sex almost instantly.

I want you to understand that I in no way, shape, or form condone premarital sex. It can lead to some very difficult circumstances, such as becoming a single parent. And that is a hard and lonely life. I know, because I lived it. Life would have been much different if I didn't have sex before marriage, but now I have this beautiful daughter and there is NO WAY I can look back and regret it. It was a choice I had made and my life is different because of that choice.

My answer to Kyle's question was this..." No, I don't regret anything, but I think hindsight is 20/20."

If I hadn't given birth to my daughter, then I never would have met my husband. If I hadn't met him, then I most likely wouldn't have come to know Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. And that was the most important day of my life.

Looking back now I can see God's hand in all of it--how He has worked things out for the better...even when I made the wrong choice. He was, and is, always waiting with His arms stretched out wide.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.
Rom. 8:28


This means that regardless of our circumstance, God is able to turn it around for our own good. My life is a perfect example of the mercy and faithfulness of God.

I am beginning to understand that if we ask God what His will is for our lives, and then patiently wait, he will answer us. He will lead us to the right choice.

So, regrets? Nope...none here, because God has turned my life around and I am now blessed beyond measure.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for that is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thes. 5:16-18

Lord, thank you so much for believing in me, for waiting patiently for me to turn to you, and because I chose to love you, you have shown me mercy. You are my Redeemer. I pray for those out there looking for truth. I pray that they will come to you and that they will know that all can and will be forgiven. In Jesus' name, Amen

5 comments:

Amy Wyatt said...

What a powerful post. Thanks for being so transparent. It is an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Cheri, What a wonderful testimony. Don't we wish we knew that everyone would be so fortunate to accept God'd forgiveness and go on. And best of all, when he forgives he forgets. Keep up the search for HIS truth and your life will be blessed. Love YOU!! Grandma D.

Carol said...

Wow. This was powerful. Thanks for sharing how God has changed your life.

Anonymous said...

Cheri
It is only by grace that any of us stand. I'm really thankful for both you and Dallas.
Cheryl

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

Cheri,

Thanks for celebrating with me earlier today!

What a powerful testimony you have here. Isn't it incredible how our God works?! Even when we "mess up", He is faithful to turn it around. What that enemy meant for destruction, God has used for His glory.

What a story you share with that precious daughter!

Blessings,
stephanie