Thursday, February 26, 2009

A sweet reader writes...

I have had a few comments and some emails suggesting the same thing that Rachel does:

Why not run some kind of a sale or a donation drive to help pay those fees right away. I bet a lot of your readers would like to help you out, Mama.

I can't tell you how much this touched my heart and humbled me....thank you.

In my 50+ years, I have been blessed enough to be able to reach out and bless others.  I still do this as I am is one of the greatest joys in my walk with Christ.  One of the biggest challenges for me this last year, has been having those roles reversed.  I struggle with this (pride perhaps?) even though my elders have encouraged me that the roles will reverse again one day.  It is humbling and I am ever grateful to those of you who have reached out to the boys and I...truly I have seen brothers and sisters in Christ band together to be the hands and feet of Christ in our time of need.  My boys have been privileged, at young ages, to see the body bless us in many ways.

I so appreciate Rachel's suggestion about the donation drive, but I must confess that I am uncomfortable with that for me. I want to say up front that nothing I am about to say applies to anyone else but me.  Please do not take offense if you choose differently.  I am just not comfortable placing a donation link here.  I understand your heart....and it is such a lovely thought...but I just don't think it would be the right thing to do...for me. If you choose to place a donation link on your website, please be assured that I will not be offended.  I just don't have peace to do that for me.

Several dear readers have emailed to ask how they could  help.  Prayer is the first thing that comes to mind.  As our Father puts us on your heart, I would be so appreciative if you would pray for us...especially my boys.  Next, if you are a lover of handmade, natural soap, please consider visiting our website or if you are already a customer, please consider telling others if you are happy with my products.  Perhaps you might consider linking to my blog or website from yours?  From my limited understanding of the vast Internet world...this might be a helpful thing.  If you shop for dried herbs, Christian books, or you frequent Amazon's store, perhaps you would consider going to those sites through the links in my sidebar.  By clicking through me, I receive a small compensation and it doesn't cost you anything.

A few of you have very generously, and graciously, offered or sent a financial blessing as you have felt the Lord directing you.  These were most gratefully and humbly received. The notes attached always  remind me that the gift is from our Father and that you were only the mode of delivery He chose to use.  I am overwhelmed at your obedience to what you believe the Father is directing you to do and at His provision in our lives...always when we are most in need....but then....He knows that doesn't He?    When I look at my ever growing legal fees, I can become discouraged.  However, I have an attorney that has been extremely gracious to allow me to make payments and he just continues to tack on the additional fees, as they come, at the end.  I joke that we will have a long-standing relationship!  When I find myself is usually because my eyes have left my Father and are dwelling on my circumstances instead. As one dear friend reminds me (and I need to hear it!), "Remember who your source is!".  My Father is my source - and He uses many tools to accomplish His will.

You, dear readers, are a continual reminder to me that my circumstances are right, smack-dab in the middle of my Father's hands....and He always provides.

I want you to also understand that we still consider ourselves very blessed.  We have a home, food to eat and clothes to wear.  We may not have many extras but we have found that truly, while extras are nice, they aren't necessary.

Your many notes of encouragement, scriptures sent, stories shared and prayers offered on our behalf these last few days have been an incredible outpouring of love, encouragement and blessing to me.  I have shed tears and laughed out loud.  Thank you all!

It just makes me wonder...if the body of Christ operates with such love and compassion here....I can only imagine what life will be like when we all stand together before Yahweh and worship him in spirit and truth!

Much love and many thanks from my family to yours...we pray that our Father would pour out His blessings on each and every one of you!

Cheri and "the boys"


  1. with all that was going on i'm sure my request for 3 bars was overlooked. sent with same email as request of wild yeast. do you need me to resend?

  2. I've been meaning to ask this questions for a long time...

    I've always been a "body wash" and "liquid shampoo" kinda of gal, but I'd LOVE to try your soaps and have often added some to a "shopping cart" only to never follow through with placing an order. My dad used "bar soap" in the shower when I was growing up and I can remember it always beening soggy and gross from where it laid on the shelf in there. Do you have any suggestions for how to keep the soap unsoggy so it lasts longer and isn't yucky when you pick it up??

    Thanks. ~ from an inexperienced bar-sap user wanna-be. :o)

  3. Hi Cheri,

    With your permission I'd like to make a 'button' that I could put in my sidebar to advertise your soaps. Anyone visiting my blog would then click on the button and be carried to your soap site. Would that be OK with you?

  4. Kay,
    Yikes! I'll go back and look for that email - I had over 200 come in! If I can't find it, I'll email you :) Thanks for your patience!

    We use two things to keep our soap/shampoo from getting "mushy"...and by the way...I hate that too - nothing worse than picking up a bar of soap and squish into it! We use a little plastic insert for soap dishes. It has little legs (sort of like bristles) on each side and is perforatted all over. This keeps it up out of the soap dish and keeps the soap sitting on top of it up even higher. In the shower, we bought a "metal cage" in the bath accessory department at Walmart (where they sell towel bars etc.) This metal cage has suction cups on it. We suction it to the wall of the shower out of reach of the water flow. When done bathing we drop our soap in there to dry off. Works wonderfully well. They are inexpensive too!

  5. Lady Why!
    What a sweet and generous offer! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I'd love that! Thank you so much. It amazes me that you can "make" a button. I think I need to carve out some time for some "Website" classes.

    Praying for you and your dear friends.


  6. Thank you, Cheri!! When I get it done, I can have my daughter tell you how to add it to your sidebar so others can install the button on their blogs as well. (Notice that I need a few website classes myself! My daughter is my resident HTML guru!)

    Thank you also for praying for the Forbes family. Please continue to pray. They have many difficult days ahead.


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